In my quest to pack my lunch, and pack things that A) can be eaten in a car, B) do no require a microwave or refrigerator, and C) will fill me up I’ve started eating more beans than I ever had before. I’m still not crazy about the texture of beans, but I’m getting there.
This salad I found in the NY Times Cooking section and have to say, I kind of love it. It holds for a while and has both protein from the feta and beans and grains from the couscous to fill me up. Add in some heirloom tomatoes and basic from the garden and what is not to like. Admittedly I can’t eat this while driving, but it can be eaten in a parking lot and it holds up well with an ice pack in my lunch bag. We had this for dinner one day as is, then I added some celery and yellow pepper to the leftovers to stretch it for lunch for a few days. The only real change I made to the original salad was using cannellini beans instead of pinto and adding a little more garlic (I think 2 large cloves instead of one).
Surprisingly I’ve kept up with learning to knit. It is one of those things that is relaxing in its repetitiveness and can be done in small chunks of time. Since I’m still adjusting to the drive with the new job, it is really nice to have something to do in the evenings that doesn’t require a ton of brain power but enough concentration to keep me awake.
(I did work on another kitty blanket but it isn’t totally finished yet, so I’ll probably post that one next month.)
I wanted to learn the lace stitch and started with one pattern that was just not working for me. I think I was a little too ambitious with one of the stitches in the pattern and so I took a step back and tried a more basic stitch. I found one I really liked at Give me a purl. I actually found a few stitches I liked, so I’m sure I’ll be going back there soon.
But the scarf! Yes, I actually knitted a scarf. It isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty darn good for a beginner.
I must have started this about 6 times over one weekend. I started getting frustrated because I would mess up around row ten and then have to start over. But I finally decided that I wouldn’t start over, I would just keep going. Originally this was going to be a sample piece, not a whole project, but once I really got started, I decide to just finish it and make myself a scarf. It is a little wider than ideal, but I like it. (And really, I live in Florida, so how often do I need a scarf?)
The ten year old in me sometimes (ok often) likes basic food and one classic kid-friendly food is pizza. You can justify it by saying it contains several food groups including vegetables (tomato sauce), dairy (cheese) and grains (the crust) but really, it isn’t the healthiest of foods. However, you really can’t beat a good pizza.
The best thing about a basic sauce and cheese pizza is that it is fast and takes almost no brainpower – perfect after a long day at work. I cheated on the crust on this and bought the dough at the grocery, and used leftover sauce and cheese. Add a few sun-dried tomatoes and basil from the garden and you have a near perfect pizza.