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    10 thoughts about fifty for 50.

    …taking a break today from carole’s prompt to share an update on my fifty for 50 project. I’d wanted to do this last week since that was close to the one-third done mark (and carole even took a break!), but sara was home, and I had ella to finish…and I just didn’t! I did however, thanks to a gentle push from sara “yeah mom, where are you with all those things you wanted to do this year?”, post an electronic page here on my blog (with a link on the sidebar) to track my progress. the paper, as of this morning… so, with 234 still days to go, here are my top…

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    baking bread with sara.

    …another item on my fifty for 50 list done – thanks to sara! baking bread has intimidated me for years, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. sara found a super-easy recipe on smitten kitchen. and we did it. 1. the ingredients (plus water); 2. the dough, after about 18 hours of resting at room temperature; 3. a quick mix; 4. resting; 5. into a pre-heated, covered pan for baking; 6. bread!!! everything that deb said about the bread is true (and we used two hands to handle the heavy hot pot!). we sliced it for sandwiches (pesto mayonnaise, turkey bacon, avocado, tomato and lettuce) and it was delicious.…

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    cranberry oatmeal scones.

    …quick bread #2 on my fifty for 50 list (I need to pick up the pace!) this time it was scones to share with martha and kathy who came over this morning to knit. and hold holly. and chit chat about books, summer plans, photography (and knitting!). sara is great for tracking down recipes. when I emailed her that I wanted to bake oatmeal raisin scones, she responded right back with a few suggestions. I selected this recipe because it looked easy and sort of healthy (with the yogurt and only one one third cup of sugar…isn’t it funny how our “healthy” test accommodates baking?!) it was easy. these ingredients…

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    vegetable lasagna.

    …healthy recipe #4! sara was home this past weekend and I completely enjoyed took advantage of the opportunity to cook with her. katie & rob were here for dinner saturday (and the weekend – whew! that’s why I’m feeling so far behind right now!). both my girls are vegetarians, but the guys demand something filling and a healthy lasagna seemed like it would satisfy everyone. I started with a spinach lasagna recipe I got years ago from a cookbook called connecticut cooks (sorry, I can’t find a link with a photo to know if it’s the right one…it was years ago!) my favorite thing about the recipe is that it doesn’t…

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    zucchini apple soup.

    …aka healthy recipe #3 (#8 from my list). and apologies, I know I’ve neglected to share #1 and #2 here, but oh well, we’re starting at 3. because this one is really the first recipe that I’ve cooked by myself from start to finish and that I’ve made enough tweaks to the original recipe to call it my own (and the one that I photographed to share!) my friend marci was the inspiration. (if you frequent cast-on cottage, yes, this is our marci!) she’s been working out with a trainer and he shared a healthy soup recipe with her. she shared the basics with us last weekend. I bought granny…

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    cranberry cornmeal muffins.

    …quick bread #1 from my fifty for 50 list (item #2 in the because it’s fun category is to bake 12 new (to me) quick breads). vanessa and beth came over this morning for our first discussion about power of a praying woman. and a meeting like that always calls for a quick bread. today I tried a recipe from the pioneer woman. ingredients assembled I didn’t change much except to add fresh chopped cranberries in place of half the dried cranberries (and next time, I’d use only fresh) and – of course! – I didn’t make the butter. the instructions weren’t clear on how to mix the wet and dry…

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    december daily 2011.

    …I’m a little embarrassed to admit this. (don’t worry, it’s nothing terrible – I’m only “a little” embarrassed 🙂 I’ve been slow about posting here because this is post 1001. and I had grand intentions of celebrating post #1000. I guess when I made that fifty for 50 list, I didn’t consider the real impact of trying to post daily during november, or how much I post in december, sharing december daily, and holiday fun. so here’s my first change to that list... instead of celebrating my 1000th post, I’m going to celebrate my blog’s 5th anniversary. next february. when I’m sure things will be much quieter! whew, it feels so…

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    fifty for 50.

    …today marks the beginning of my 50th year. (not to confuse, and not to embarrass my parents who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary next month :-), my 50th birthday isn’t til 2012 – this is my 50th year. and being one who loves to-do lists, I decided to make a big one for this year. things to accomplish once and done. 1. grow my hair to wear a pony tail. 2. knit through my WIP’s. 3. read mansfield park (and then I’ve read all of jane austen’s novels). 4. make pesto with my own homegrown basil. 5. knit ten projects from my stash. 6. finish the superhero photo treasure hunts. 7.…