Friday, March 9, 2012

Hello Strangers!

You didn't think I forgot about you, did you?  

I have been back from Boston for just over a week but I'm still feeling a little disoriented.  My trip was amazing, the best ever.  That last minute change that allowed me to have a whole extra week with my family was a major boon.  We visited, hugged, ate, drank, shopped 'til we dropped, laughed our heads off and repeated!  I did quite a bit of cooking while I was up there, including a 10-pound beef tenderloin for the big family dinner.

 Brontosaurus Loin

I was really nervous as I had never cooked a roast that big before, let alone one that cost as much as that.  But it came out perfectly.  I also made potato pie, steamed asparagus and the homemade Bearnaise sauce was a revelation.  A good time was had by all.

The weather was absolutely beautiful and I didn't want to come home.  My nephew PJ told me he would give his Pizza Friday money (the only day he doesn't bring his own lunch) to me so I could change my plane ticket and stay another week.  I needed a dozen tissues for those tears.  I'm not waiting another year to head back, that's for sure.  I already have tentative dates for later in the year marked on the calendar and Rob is building up frequent flyer miles as we speak.

My suitcase hasn't been put up yet as we're off to the sunny shores of Florida later this month.  My Mother and Auntie rented a three-bedroom on the beach at St. Augustine for the month of March.  I can't wait to get to spend more time with Mom and Auntie and take lovely long beach walks with Rob.  With his new job and my recent trip, we've not spent more than a few days in the past 5 weeks.

Did you have the lovely non-winter winter and super-early spring occur in your neck of the woods? I certainly could get used to skipping winter, all that sunshine was so good!  It made the gardens go crazy, our daffodils popped up in December, bloomed in January and were gone over by the time I got home on Leap Day.  The azaleas are blooming and my gorgeous Japanese Magnolia bloomed and already started dropping fragrant pink petals.

In other news, my newly purchased copy of Sally Fallon's Nourishing Traditions has been mocking me from the coffee table since I've been back but I have another couple of books in my Nook to finish.  I may read ahead about making a sourdough starter because my fingers have been itching to do that since late last year.  I think a wonderful homemade sourdough boule and homemade jam would make a fabulous hostess gift to bring to FL with us.  

I'm still getting out there walking with Tally but my gym membership has expired and my motivation is pretty low.  I'm toying with the idea of joining a boot camp or cross fit type program because I had such great results when I was working with the personal trainer.  Weight training coupled with HIIT (high intensity interval training) is tough but that sort of a kick in the butt is what I need to improve my fitness.  I've got to make the rounds to price out the programs and find one that is closest to me.  Because I know me, the closer I am to where the activity is the more inclined I am to participate.  Have you ever tried out cross fit/boot camp?  If so, please share your experiences with me!

It's good to be back sharing with you, I hope you'll stay with me and keep reading and sharing, too!  Happy Friday.


  1. Crossfit seems to be all the rage now. You need to make sure you find a box that will give you a good foundation and base training. There are a lot of quick set up crossfit gyms without much behind them.

    Try the sourdough starter. I had to try twice. It is best to start with whole wheat flour as there are more yeast beasties in it. I really neglected mine in the fridge for a while, but it came right back to life after I took it out and fed it a few times!

    I have made a couple boules, the english muffins and some pancakes with it.

  2. What do you mean by box?

    I mixed up whole wheat flour and water as soon as I posted on the blog. I put a pic on facebook, and name him at your urging. LOL I will feed him daily, hopefully we'll have some activity in a week or so.

  3. Welcome back!! I'm on day 38 of a 60-day juice fast and it's all your fault. :) you've been one of my best cheerleaders since 2008.. Your story has totally mattered in my life. I'm so thankful! We had a non-winter here in Wisco, too - 60 tomorrow - and I'm itching for my daffodils, too. Have a great weekend!!! -Steph

  4. OMG, Steph! That is so awesome. I want to hear everything. Do you want to write a blog for me to post about your experience? E-mail me at so we can discuss further. :)

  5. I finally emailed you, A. Just letting you know in case it went into spamalot. ;)