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Day 455: Pasta Salad

I had the leftover eggplant in mi goreng for lunch.

I ordered a rigid heddle loom last night and a bunch of accessories. Now I’m going to be nervous until it arrives! I couldn’t find a place locally that sold any looms. I’m glad I just did it because when I was looking at the specs today it was sold out! I went with the biggest size since you can make smaller things on it but I hope it’s not too big. And that I like using it!

I started a new punch needle with the ultra punch. I’m finally getting that vintage yarn to work by not following the instructions properly. Ha! At least it works, I have so much of that yarn. I think I might like it better with larger yarn though.

We watched Dark Horse about a town in Wales that chipped in on a race horse. Steeplechasing looks horrific!

For dinner I made a pasta salad with pesto, hearts of palm, mozzarella and olives. It’s so hot today! It was good to have a cold dinner.

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Day 449: Grilled Salmon

We are having my mother’s memorial Sunday so I went to my dads house in the morning to drop off a table, chairs and serving pieces.

On the way back I picked up some shrimp salad for my lunch at a new take out only market. They weren’t wearing masks and it was weird to see!

For dinner we were planning on grilling chicken but when Matt opened it, it didn’t smell right so we quickly defrosted a bunch of salmon and grilled that with some zucchini. I also grilled a whole cauliflower for a future meal.

We watched Cruel Summer. How are there only two episodes left??

I finished my latest weaving. I think I will send it to my ILs.

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Day 434: Crabcakes

I had to get my emissions test in the morning! It was put off for so long, I have to go back in October!

Our CSA starts up this week so I drove past the pick up place. I’m disappointed not to have delivery but hopefully it was be so good, I won’t mind picking it up! It’s only about 10 minutes from our house but it’s at a weird time- 2-6pm.

For lunch I had my favorite jjajangmyeon and Matt had some noodles and cottage cheese.

For dinner we had the leftover crab cakes and I made a chickpea, eggplant, arugula, tomato salad with tahini as a side.

We finished Ghosts on HBO Max and I tried out my new punch needle but I can’t get that vintage yarn to stay put! It’s very frustrating. I tried some sun art from a kit the library gave me and it didn’t work well. Why are the easiest things the hardest for me to do? Jell-O never sets for me either.

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Day 432: Crumpets & Crab Cakes

I went and picked up a punch needle kit I found on Facebook Marketplace north of the city early in the morning. Then I stopped off a bakery I’ve always wanted to try but they are far from us and closed Saturdays so I never made it. Glad I did! I bought some chocolate top cookies and a peanut butter cake bar that was really good.

Matt timed it so he’d have bacon, crumpets and eggs ready when I arrived so we had sort of brunch.

For dinner we had more of the fennel leek gratin and crab cakes. The crab cakes came out really good using my ritzy crab cake recipe. We have 3 left so that will be an easy meal later in the week.

I tried out my punch needle and it’s not working with the yarn and fabric I have but it is working with the embroidery floss the Facebook woman gave me. It’s a mystery. It’s punch needle yarn! Made for this needle! I really hate troubleshooting crafts, because I’m doing them for less stress, not new problems.

We watched more Ghosts. It is really cute. Only one dud episode so far. I can’t wait for a new episode of Mare. I worry about her partner, introducing his mom and he’s so nice it seems like foreshadowing .

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Day 430(!): Leek-Fennel-Potato Gratin

I had to go to the courthouse early to drop off some more paperwork. Fingers crossed it is enough. Dealing with my mom’s estate has been so stressful!

I stopped at Trader Joe’s and got some spices, a plant, goddess dressing, pelmeni and some garlic sauce. Mine always splits but Trader Joe’s is good. I don’t really like Trader Joe’s and probably won’t be back for a long time because right after I left they announced they weren’t requiring masks anymore.

Matt was off so we made some (frozen) dumplings for lunch and watched Hacks. Does Jean Smart have an over all deal with HBO or what? She is so good.

For dinner we made pork chops and a gratin with potatoes, leeks (whites and greens) and fennel. Prepping the fennel/leeks yesterday really sped up the progress. I should have taken a picture, it was actually pretty good looking for a gratin. We have so much leftover! It was basically this recipe but with leeks replacing some of the potatoes.

We watched Woman in the Window on Netflix. You can really tell they were messing with that movie. It seemed really patched together. I had liked the book and read it way before the author drama came out and thought it could have been a good movie, if tricky to adapt. They weren’t up to it!

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Day 425: Pizza!

My dad kept saying he wanted to have us other for food now that we have all been vaccinated so we picked up some Baltimore-style pizza from a place near-ish him. We own a pizza bag so they stay nice and hot! It was nice eating food we didn’t make ourselves but I think they left off some ingredients from my pizza.

I did see a great blue heron!

He lives near Costco so we popped in and got some odds and ends and 2 rotisserie chickens. I can’t shake these migraines lately so I wanted easy food on hand. Worst case scenario we freeze some of it.

For dinner we had these pita/ folded flatbread type things I bought at Aldi with chicken, tahini coleslaw and tortellini salad from Costco.

We are a little overloaded with leftovers!

I did watch a lockerhooking weaving class I bought and ordered more craft supplies. I haven’t been crafty in years so it feels good to make something. I figure if I ever want to sell anything, the punch needle might be a good choice because it is a quite a bit quicker than weaving.

We watched Kramer vs Kramer which neither of us had seen and The Nevers on HBO Plus. Joss Whedon is the worst, I wish someone else did the show because it has some promise.

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Day 424: Corned Beef Hash & Braised Pork Mince

Matt made corned beef hash with the little bit of leftover corned beef for brunch.

For dinner I suggested he make this Taiwanese pork dish but add extra mushrooms and pickled mustard greens. It was really good! We’ve had those greens for months now and they expired next week so it was good timing. Lidl had ground pork which can be tricky to find.

I did some more punch needle while we watched Summer Stock (Netflix DVD).

I ordered some punch needle supplies. It’s fun and quick.

I had another migraine but I did get to read a lot of the new Megan Abbott ARC. Ballet sounds brutal.

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Day 421: Chicken Sandwiches

I had to help my dad out in the morning so Matt made tuna pasta salad yesterday for today’s lunch.

I wasn’t sure how long I’d be out so we had Aldi red bag chicken sandwiches with pickles and a bagged salad.

I stopped at Lidl and picked up a bunch of produce and a house plant. I don’t like Lidl as much as Aldi but they do have a great produce department and have things like leeks and fennel.