Monday, September 5, 2016

This and That.......

Whew, it was a busy weekend but today is quiet and I have been loving it.

Saturday we had our Little Angel Face for the day.  We always have a good time.  We play puzzles. We watch Minnie.  We go for walks outside.  We play on the swings.

A Girl and her Dog.

And that was all before noon when we headed out for the Memorial picnic.  Melody talked and sang for over an hour while we drove and then, literally 2 minutes before we arrived, she fell asleep.  Luckily the gathering was outside so we pulled into the shade, opened all the doors and sat outside the car visiting while she took a nice long nap.  When she awoke she wasn't interested in eating but she was happy to find other kids to play with and she was good as could be.

Mostly she was interested in playing on the lawn tractor she discovered in the barn.

When we got home, she still wasn't very interested in food.  She must not be growing too much right now.  She did eat a little bit of chicken and a cheesestick.  She was dirty and dusty from all the running and exploring but isn't crazy about our upstairs bath.  I think the fact that it has doors rather than a curtain concerns her.  But necessity is the mother of all invention so we improvised.

Luckily our shower in the master bath is large enough to fit her swimming pool.  She spent quite a while playing and came out sparkling clean.  She didn't even fuss when I washed her hair.  A couple of bedtime stories, some foot rubs and she was dead to the world.

Her mama stayed the night when she got home so we got to hang out in the morning too.  They headed home about 10 am and Frank and I headed to Mass.  Then we came home, got all gussied up and headed to a wedding.  It was an absolutely gorgeous day for an outdoor wedding.  It was held at the Pine Knob Mansion, a lovely venue.  The food was outstanding and a wonderful time was had by all.  We got home late and I was a little tipsy so it was a good thing we had a free day today.

We slept in, had breakfast and putzed around the house a bit.  Then we went for a two mile walk.  It is another gorgeous day here.  After our walk we went out to lunch and stopped at Best Buy to order up a dishwasher for the new house.  Closing is scheduled by the 16th of this month so moving day is fast approaching.  

For dinner tonight we grilled some Phase 1 friendly burgers on the grill.  I had mine without a bun served on a bed of greens with fresh slices of tomato and grilled pineapple on the side.  Frank had his on a bun with a couple of ears of sweet corn and grilled pineapple.  Everyday is like  holiday around here with us both retired but I hope that you had a wonderful long weekend with people you enjoy, doing the things you love.

See that bottle of True Made Foods Ketchup on the table?  I received that when they sponsored an event in which I partook.  It is perfect for this eating plan!!  Made from vegetables with very little sugar and no corn syrup.  You can find them here in Michigan at Westborn Markets.

Phase 1 Hamburgers
adapted from The Fast Metabolism Diet 

1 sprouted grain English muffin, torn into pieces
3 cloves garlic
1/4 of an onion
salt and pepper to taste
2 egg whites
1 lb. lean ground beef

Place the English muffin, garlic and onion in a food processor and pulse until finely crumbled.  Place in a bowl with the ground beef and egg whites.  Season with salt and pepper.  Using clean hands, thoroughly combine all of the ingredients.  Divide into 4 equal pieces and form into patties.  Grill over med high heat to desired temperature.  Print Recipe

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