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Would you rather be a vampire or a vampire hunter, and why?

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Vampire, duh!  No sparkling , though.  Caveat, only if my significant other gets turned at the same time, so I have someone to spend eternity with.

Mar. 18th, 2011

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You were born during a Waxing Crescent moon

This phase occurs right after the New Moon, when we can start to see part of the moon that's illuminated by the sun.





- what it says about you -


You like having a clear vision of the future, and are good at helping people set out plans to accomplish important goals. Once you're done with a task, you're done with it. You don't like revisiting or rehashing issues you think are settled. You're inventive and encourage people around you to be new and different instead of copying from the past.

What phase was the moon at on your birthday? Find out at Spacefem.com

World Steam Expo countdown

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ok, so it's roughly 5.5 months until the World Steam Expo, so I've decided to turn this into a "OMG!  I have so much to create" blog, LOL.    

I have so much sewing to do in the next few months, as I want the Dear Husband and I to look good when we go there.  And as we really don't have much Victorian-esque clothing, we're starting from the ground up. yay...

I have conquered my first vest for DH, and it did garner compliments from Those In The Know, so I feel pretty confident about creating more for him.  And luckily, modifying shirts is relatively easy.  We are thinking of contacting someone who does leatherwork to create a knee brace for him in a steam style, so he has extra support and looks spiffy as well.

For myself, I have Plans for an old olive green chef coat of mine, hee hee.  Paired with knee length pants or knickers, a Sparky type chef is in my future, LOL.  As for regular day and evening wear, I'm tending toward the farther end of the Steam era, as in Edwardian.  I have in mind an outfit inspired by the "Show Me" number in My Fair Lady, but for the jacket in a lovely shot striped fabric of brassy gold, green and blue, with blue velvet lapels, and a green skirt.  I also have plans to make my wardrobe mix and match, which is something I never really did with my SCA garb.

Enough babbling for now, I leave you with a picture from the Sunday Steampunk Salon a few weeks ago at Frenchie's, which features DH's vest:


He's th handsome fella in the dark brown vest...

Wild Mushroom Schmeer

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(xposted from Facebook)

As promised, here is the recipe for my Wild Mushroom Schmeer.  Relatively simple to make, but it does take some time and watching while the mixture reduces.

 

Makes roughly 2 1/5 to 3 cups

 

1 package dried wild mushrooms (25 gram weight)  (I found mine at Cost Plus World Market in the food section near the spices)

10 oz. white wine ( I used Pinot Grigio this time, but have used Chardonnay and Champagne before with good results)

1/2 stick salted butter

1 tablespoon fresh garlic (to start, add more if you like!)

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 package cream cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Start by crushing the dried mushrooms into little pieces, cover with the wine and let soak for 20 to 30 minutes.

Drain the mushrooms, being sure to reserve the mushroom infused wine.

Melt the butter in a heavy bottomed sauce pan, add mushrooms and garlic.  Sweat the mushrooms down over medium heat until they look about half as much as when you started.

Add the wine and reduce by half, stirring occasionally, keeping heat at medium.

Add the heavy cream, reduce by half, until it looks like thick mushroom soup.  Adjust seasoning, adding more garlic if needed, as well as salt and pepper.

Remove from heat and stir in the cream cheese until fully melted and no white lumps are visible.

Pour into serving container and let chill 2 to 4 hours, better if left to sit and think about itself overnight.

Serve with sliced bread, bagels, etc. and good friends!

 

 

Notes:  I actually added some fresh mixed mushrooms to this, as I had them in the house.  I used about 3 ounces of them and didn't have to change a thing.

 

I also liked the flavor of the Pinot Grigio in the final product as the sweetness of the wine played nicely with the flavors of the mushrooms and garlic.

 

I have not tried to make this with "lite" cream cheese, lowfat milk, low fat anything, nor will I, LOL!  This recipe is dependent of the silkiness of the dariyfat to give it the best flavor and to stand up to the rich flavors of the other ingredients.  You can try, and if you do, let me know the results.

New CD

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Just picked this cd up in Target called "Music for Vampires", in the Halloween section, but I have a feeling I'll be playing it all year...

So Alive ~ Love and Rockets
Hungry Like the Wolf ~ Duran Duran
Everyday is Halloween ~ Ministry
Dead Man's Party ~ Oingo Boingo
Bela Lugosi's Dead ~ Bauhaus
Love Will Tear Us Apart ~ Joy Divison
Head On ~ The Jesus and Mary Chain
People Are Strange ~ Echo and the Bunnymen
Paint It Black ~ The Mighty Lemon Drops
Lucretia My Reflection ~ The Sisters of Mercy
Clones (We're All) ~ Alice Cooper
Halloween ~ The Dream Syndicate

Not a bad deal for 10 bucks!

Halfway to Goal 1!

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Just finished my 10th workout with the EA Sports Active program!  Only 10 more to go!  I really haven't seen any weight loss, but my legs are getting toned and looking better.  I've also found out that my favorite part of the workout is when I can do my "run", so this bodes well for when I start my 5k training.

Speaking of 5k training, I plan on starting that next weekend, after I get my shoes.  With as beat up as my feet are, spending the money on shoes is a necessity.  Ah, the joys of getting older!

Foodwise, I am so glad it's summer!  Fresh fruits and veggies for all!  Been going down to Coleman's Farm Market, down on Michigan off of Carpenter.  Nice family run place, decent prices, and they are big on carrying local items.  They also have a huge section of bulk items, such as lentils, snack mixes, and other wonderful stuff.

To all my friends who are also working on being fit, keep it up!  We can do this!

One week in...

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... and still going!  I've kept up with using the Wii EA Sports Active, went to Tortoise and Hare today to look at and price running shoes, but still need to keep working on eating better.  Baby steps...

One of the best resources that I've found, and been using is Sparkpeople.  It's a FREE website with support groups, articles, exercise demos, and a HUGE recipe section with nutritional breakdowns.  You can log your foods eaten (if you want), exercise minutes, glasses of water drank, and you earn points and get stars (ok, so maybe it's a little gradeschoolish, but it does motivate!).  I'm on there as knitstuff, so if you decide to join, put me down as referring you and I get points towards my next star!

( Disclaimer, I get nothing from Spark, I just love the site!)

2 workouts in!

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So, I've completed 2 of 30 workouts with my EA Sports Active.  Not feeling too sore right now, but that may change come tomorrow, LOL!

I mentioned that I made my own (Yummy!) yogurt yesterday.  The recipe that I used is here.  The only things I changed for this is the fact that I used regular milk and yogurt from Kroger, and for straining I used this wonderful strainer my mom used to use for draining yogurt when she made it.   Yay for hand me downs!  Will definitely be making this recipe on a regular basis, as I can make twice the amount of yogurt for about half the price I can buy it for in the store.

Another thing I've been doing to make sure I drink more water is making infused water at home.  So far I've made green apple infused water, and it was yummy!  Super simple to do as well, all I did was cut up 3 green apples, remove core and seeds, and put them in one of those gallon jars that have the spigot on them, cover with water and let sit overnight.  We've been doing this at work, and we've done strawberry (less soaking time), citrus (lemon, lime, orange), grapefruit, cucumber, and apple.

 Yay healthy!

Joining the crowd

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( shamelessly stole this idea from charles_midair  and elaine242 )

So, a few of my friends here on LJ have taken to their blogs as a way to document their fitness endeavors, and I thought it was such a good idea that I'm following along.

Since the beginning of the year, I've dropped roughly 15 pounds, mainly due to giving up pop (SO HARD!).  I'd like to be down to 130 by the end of the year, and that's only about 12 pounds away.

So, to do this, my plan is:
  • Walk to my car after work.  It's roughly a little over a half mile from the front of the UM Cancer Center to Mitchell Field parking, and it actually takes me less time to walk than take the shuttle, so I have no excuses.
  • Start the 30 Day Challenge on EA Sports Active for the Wii.  I've done some of the workouts on this already, so I know it will challenge me.
  • Start training at then end of July for the Big House Big Heart 5k run on October 3.  I've already downloaded the C25K app for my iTouch, and I plan on using that for training.  I can do this!
  • Start eating better in general.  Keep off the pop, bypass the desserts at work, good snacks at home.  Made my own yogurt for the first time and that came out really good, so I'll be adding that to my repository of recipes.  Also, having a granola  bar for breakfast during the week while waiting for the shuttle bus at 5 am.

So, there's my plan.  Hopefully I can stick with this, and will report back here.  Please feel free to comment, I need all the support I can get!

(xposted to my Facebook Notes section)

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