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This week was a little weird in that I didn’t have to teach because of Veteran’s Day and I had some meetings cancelled so I thought of a lot of usual reasons to leave the house taken off the table. No bother, though. I just wore the cozy, crazy scarves.
On Monday while I readied my grocery list for the plant-based challenge I wore my slytherin scarf. This has the name “Slytherin” intarsia’d into it. My friend Joy Killyjoy, the ’52 Spitfire made it for me before I moved to Wales. She went to all the trouble of making sure it was never mistaken for anything other than a Slytherin scarf so I wouldn’t get accused of wearing another team’s footie colors. I love it. That scarf is one of the longest scarves I own. It was lovely to wear it out to the store. Tuesday, another day I didn’t have to leave the house, I wore the Muppet scarf. It’s just red, white, and pink felt but it cracks me up. It’s quite warm, too. I won it last year at the Ten Lives Club Valentine’s Day fundraiser. I bid on the theme basket specifically for the scarf. Wednesday I wore this green and purple lace piece. The yarn is Crystal Palace Mochi and the pattern for the scarf came from Victorian Lace Today. I think it might be my first all lace piece. I remember I finished it right before I attended my first Lace Guilld Seminar. I was very proud of it. I still love it.
Thursday was another for not leaving the house. I wore the blue and white tie-dyed scarf. It came with a tank top as part of a two-piece set I bought years and years ago at Wal-Mart. I’m not actually all that in love with this scarf and now that I’m writing about it I think it might be time to release it back into the wild via AmVets.
Friday was a theme day. I wore the grey jersey silk-screened Kraken scarf that was recently featured in a Glass Bowl photo with my eShakti anchor dress. No one commented on the outfit, but I knew and I loved it. Release the kraken!
Saturday I wore a sparkly little thing that I think I bought at Kohl’s. Another scarf that I’m not sure I love but I’m not sure I don’t love. It is a very light scarf and is much more fashion and than function. But, it was unseasonably warm over the weekend and that made it a perfect scarf.
Finally, I Sunday I wore the gray infinity scarf. Another piece that I picked up at Kohl’s. I like it because of the ribbons woven through the yarn overs. I bought this scarf a couple of years ago when I went home for a friend’s wedding October. It needs to have some of the ribbons woven back through the yarn overs but it’s still a great scarf. It’s fun without being loud.
I’ve noticed this week that I have one or two ways of tying a scarf and I leave it at that. I either wrap it around once and let the ends dangle or I wrap it so that it looks like an infinity scarf. On Friday, I tried a different knot and I’ve since been looking into different ways on tying things on pinterest. So, maybe in the coming weeks I will have some new knots to show off!
This is the grocery list for week 2: Garlic, Dried Cranberries, 2 Carrots, Cheapest Non-Dairy Milk, 5 Dried Apricots, 1/2 lb Cheapest Pasta, 1/2 lb Black Beans, Cheapest Frozen Berries (I got Blueberries), 12 ct Corn Tortillas, Lemon, Small can Tomato Paste, Pack of 6ct Bullion Cubes, 1/4 lb Pinto Bean, 15 oz can Apple Sauce, 3/4 lb Garbanzo Beans, Kale, 1/4 lb Kidney Beans, 1/2 lb Green Lentils,
1/2 lb Old Fashioned Oats, 8 oz can Tomato Sauce,15 oz can diced tomatoes, 1 Cup Long Grain Rice, Red Onion, 2 Yellow Onions – .67
1/2 lb Cheapest Bulk Cereal (I got cornflakes), 4 Bananas, Green Bell Pepper, Orange
I already have garlic, cranberries, carrots, lemons, pinto beans, green lentils, old fashioned oats, long grain rice, yellow onions, and clementines. So, I’m skipping those things (and I’m subbing the orange out for a couple of clementines). I’m also going to replace the lentil soup for a butternut squash soup because I have one from volunteering at a local farm and I think it will be a tasty addition to my week.
The past couple of months have been rough, personally, and I’ve been looking for a way back into eating right, being healthy and blogging beyond my glass bowl photos. So, when I saw on facebook that Plant Based on a Budget was going to be hosting a challenge, I thought I’d go for it. This is a notoriously hard time of year for sticking to my food budget. I go out with friends; I ignore meals in order to get just a little bit more work in before the end of the semester; I have friends over for nibbles and wine. Oh, and I love holiday treats! Aldi gets all kinds of great cheese (I know) in this time of year and there’s stollen and panetone and pfeffernusse and all kinds of cookies and summer sausage (I know) and crackers and cocktails. I love the upcoming holidays.
Anyway, I have other things I really need to be focusing on, so the thought that I’d just have to follow someone else’s meal plan was pretty great. Last friday the first meals were posted. I went through plan and everything looked great. There were soups, salads, and tacos, all foods I enjoy. I did a little tweaking to the menu, though. A couple of the breakfasts called for granola and I’m not a huge fan of granola. Instead a baked a no-knead loaf of bread and had that with peanut butter on those days. I’ve been in the mood for comfort food, so I tweaked one of the soups and turned it into a casserole. In the same vein of looking for comfort food, I changed up the potato tacos (which look delicious and will one day grace my table) for beans on potato and spinach waffles. I had to tweak some of the purchases, too. The grocery stores I like to frequent are places you buy in bulk but not places there are bulk bins. That’s alright, though, because I used stuff I already had this week (for example, the bread came out of ingredients already in the house) and in the coming weeks I’ll use surplus of what I bought this week.
This was what was on Toni at Plant Based on a Budget’s list this week: kale, 1/2 lb cheapest pasta, 4 bananas, cilantro, garlic, 2 carrots, lemon, fuji apple, 2 yellow onions, orange, 1/2 lb pinto beans, tomato, 5 lb bag russet potatoes, small cucumber, 18ct corn tortillas, lettuce, 1/2 brown rice, celery, mexican pasta shapes,15 oz tomato sauce, soy milk, 2 packs 6 ct bullion cubes, frozen broccoli cuts, 1 lb pearl barley , 1 lb oats , 1/2 garbanzo beans, 1 lb cheapest granola, 1/2 cup cheapest dried fruit, 1/4 cup cheapest seeds
I already had garlic, lemons, apples, onions, potatoes, rice, bullion cubes, barley (funny story about that), oats, garbanzo beans (funny story about that, too), dried fruit, and seeds. And, as mentioned above, I already knew granola was out. So, I didn’t get those things. I meant to do my casserole vegan, I even looked up a recipe that used silken tofu and soy milk for the creamy mushroom soup base but I was tired and cranky the night I went shopping and didn’t have it in me to go to another store. So, I opted for the “just like mom used to make” way and I picked up some dairy products.
This is what I ended up buying: broccoli, Spinach (there was no kale), Great northern beans (1/2 lb left), celery, romaine hearts, cucumbers (came in a 3-pack) Sugar (for the bread), sour cream (dairy, for the casserole), almond milk, clementines (have extra for next week), bananas (have extra for next week), tomato sauce and condensed cream of mushroom soup (dairy). My total was 20.26.
I made the casserole first. I just used everything in the second soup with the Mexican shapes minus all the water and bullion plus the dairy products. Mix, Bake at 350 for half an hour. It did taste like home.
When I went to make the chickpea dish, I realized I was wrong and I didn’t actually have chickpeas. No bother. So, I instead made the celery barley soup. Of course, when I went to make that I realized I had only half a pound of barley and not a whole pound like I thought. It all worked out in the end, though. The last time I bought rice, I bought something like 10 lbs of it so I just subbed in rice for the missing barley. The soup was just too delicious. I had two bowls the first night. I haven’t really felt like eating breakfast this week so I was glad to have the bread. I had it with peanut butter the first day and then just with Earth Balance the next couple of days. On Friday I had a breakfast date with on colleague and a dinner date with a couple of other colleagues. So, I guess I didn’t miss those chickpeas? And, today I started out with a spinach banana smoothie to which I added a scoop of cocoa powder and I have baked beans in my crockpot for later. I’m going to make spinach and potato waffles (my own recipe I’ll post.) The beans are orange (well, clementine) bourbon beans and when they’re done I’ll serve them with the waffles. Yum.
Wool from Llady Llama. This is going to be such a lovely heathered yarn when it’s done, don’t you think?
These are scarves that are going to make an appearance shortly. I’m particularly in love with this jersey number with a kraken eating a ship silk-screened on it.
After looking at all my scarves on Saturday it occurred to me that it’s Na+Mo and that people are busy writing their novels, knitting their sweaters, and declaring their daily dose of gratitude or grumblitude. And, while those things aren’t my scene scarves clearly are. So, starting on Sunday I decided to wear a scarf a day in November, no repeats. Here are my first 7.
On Sunday I wore a black, sequined infinity scarf. It’s jersey and I’ve always found it a bit flimsy but it was cute with my grey top I wore to Buffalo’s plus-sized clothing swap and it kept my neck warm. Monday I wore the orange print scarf with a print maxi dress (I picked up at Buffalo’s plus-sized clothing swap)The scarf is cotton and it’s such a cheerful color. Tuesday I wore my Nosferatu scarf I got from nwshirts on etsy. It’s silk-screened on jersey. I have another scarf from them and, I have to say, that there’s a very good chance I’ll buy from them again. They’re stuff is great! Wednesday I wore a hand knit scarf made out of some fantastic art yarn from Knox Farm. The yarn is corespun over acrylic, so it’s got wonderful color peeping out from under the natural brown wool. (The top was another Buffalo plus-sized clothing swap find.) Thursday I wore this red/black peacock feather number I picked up doing some retail therapy with my Mom and sister a couple of weeks ago. I loved the colors of this scarf and the peacock design.
Friday, I wore this lovely pink pashmina over a black and white striped shirt. I picked up a pin at the swap and I tried to secure the knot with the pin to add a little extra bling, but that didn’t work out. The pin ended up getting pulled into the knot. The scarf didn’t need any extra bling to show itself off, though. It was a bit of a grey day and Friday and I was happy for the cheery color. Saturday I had friends over for a little afternoon Cafe and Kuchen and Stricken (coffee, cake and knitting). I made a pumpkin bundt cake and wore this feisty little cheetah number. I picked it up at a Silent Auction for the Ten Lives Club. This is actually the first time I’ve worn it. It’s cute, though.
I’m very excited to be doing this Plant Based on a Budget Challenge in the coming weeks. I just looked over the recipes posted by site founder Toni Okamoto for one person and I’ve made my grocery list. (I still have to check to make sure I’m not buying stuff I already own.)
Eating healthy and staying on budget are both important things for me but I also have time constraints that need to be met. This week’s recipes look completely doable and so I look forward to trying them out and reporting back.
I was cleaning, like you do, on a Saturday Night. I organized my scarves and I realized I may need new hooks. Or, to get rid of some of the scarves I don’t wear very often. Ha! Who am I kidding?
Halloween candy for my trick or treaters in a plastic bowl that I believe is my sister’s. It has glitter and little bats on it. So adorable, like the trick or treaters.