Walking, painting, cooking

October 15, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Ack. Time ran out on me today. I got engrossed in the kitchen and lost the afternoon. But, I committed to trying to blog every single day this month, so I’m going to try to bang one out.

This morning Chewie and I walked Mack to school.

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Every day we pass these two guys on the walk to school.

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They go ballistic, running the fence and yapping their heads off. Chewie just sort of smirks at them. I love dachshunds. We like seeing these little dudes every morning, as spastic as they are.

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Chewie gets sad when Mack leaves us to go into school. He has to gaze after him and I have to drag him away in the opposite direction. He and Mack are tight.

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When I got home I made breakfast, but got interrupted by a phone call from my Dad. I sent my parents Vinnie Tortorich’s Fitness Confidential, the Hartwig’s It Starts with Food, and Jimmy Moore’s Cholesterol Clarity. He wanted to talk about it all, which was great. Apparently my Mom is fired up and is already changing her diet. Dad is understandably more skeptical. We’ll see how it goes for them.

So I warmed up my breakfast a half hour later.

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After breakfast I drove out to the beach to help my friend Amy with some painting in their adorable beach cottage. We were painting cabinets, which I’ve never done before.

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I painted this cabinet (this is after two coats):

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I only got one coat on the cabinet doors and drawer fronts before I had to leave.

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I hope I was some help Amy! Mostly I just went over to hang out with her, so that was accomplished.

When I got home I had a surprise in the mail and that’s what killed my afternoon. Melissa Joulwan sent me a copy of her new cookbook, Well Fed 2!!!

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The book is being released on October 22nd and she was nice enough to send me an advance copy for review. If you have been reading my blog the past couple of months, then you know that I LOVE Well Fed.

The new book is thicker than the first one!

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I dove right into the book and all plans I had for the afternoon and for what I was making for dinner just flew out the window. I tore into the book while I ate my lunch.

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I am going to do a longer review of the book in a few days after I play with it a little bit more. But I managed to make four recipes out of it today just with what I already had on hand.

I made kickass ketchup:

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Awesome Sauce:

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Classic Coleslaw:

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and Oven-Fried Salmon Cakes.

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Dinner saw so good.

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The boys thought the cole slaw and salmon cakes were great. Mack literally raved about the salmon cakes. Cal really liked the awesome sauce, but Mack only kind of liked it. I think it might have been a little too garlicky for him. Next time, I’m using a smaller clove of garlic. But Cal and I really liked it just like it was! Both the Awesome Sauce and Cole Slaw utilized homemade mayo, which I already had on hand (also using Melissa Joulwan’s recipe from Well Fed…it’s also in Well Fed 2).

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I can’t wait to make some more things from the new book! I would go ahead and pre-order it if I were you. You can get a free 35-page preview of Well Fed 2…check out Melissa’s blog, The Clothes Make the Girl, for more information about that as well as her preview of the book. Ahhhhh, girl-crushing.

Cya.