Posted on February 26, 2008 by Kathy Hester (geekypoet)
I wanted to share the lunch I made yesterday because it turned out pretty good. I know, I really need to start taking pictures, so you can see it too.
I used lightlife steak strips for this dish, they are low in calories, but as all premade foods – a little high in sodium. I’m trying to reduce the amount of salt I eat, but sometimes convenience trumps that.
Serves 2 (but can easily be multiplied)
- 1 package steak strips
- 1/2 pepper of any (or assorted) colors in strips
- 1/2 onion in strips
- 2 Tbl vegetarian worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup (or s) Whole Foods 365 Ginger Soy Sauce (if you don’t have a whole foods or feel like making it from scratch I found a recipe here that I want to try.)
Heat a non-stick pan (or a spray or 2 of oil, or in a pinch a little water), once hot add onion strips. Once they start to be translucent, add the peppers and steak strips. Through out this entire process you’ll need to keep stirring so the food doesn’t stick. Once the peppers are about as done as you like them, add the sauces.
Serve over steamed brown rice, or add cooked whole wheat spaghetti to make a lo mein. During the summer I think I’ll try it as a steak salad with raw peppers instead of cooked, and serve it over super crunchy lettuce.
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Posted on February 21, 2008 by Kathy Hester (geekypoet)
I have the top ribbing done (again), and tonight I will begin the leg – again. But I’m not nearly as bummed out as yesterday. I think my yarn order coming in from eat.sleep.knit certainly put me back in the sock mood.
I was lucky enough to catch the valentine sale at Eat.Sleep.Knit and got 20% off most pink/red/burgundy yarns, plus the 10% ravelry discount (RAVROX). I got Smooshy, Lornas Laces, Supersock and Noelles Noodles. They tucked away a couple of surprises in my package – a cute purple ruler with their logo and a couple of mini tootise pops. I though it was very sweet and the turn around time was super fast. I’ll try to post a picture of my yarn, if I can stop petting it long enough.
Now all I can do is think about trying a new sock pattern with each one of my new beautiful yarns. I have enough sock yarn in my stash to last me all summer. And if I frog every sock as much as the one I’m working on, it may just last me the rest of my life!
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Posted on February 20, 2008 by Kathy Hester (geekypoet)
Last night I had the whole leg of the sock down and was starting to work on the heel, when I realized I didn’t repeat row one of the leg pattern before I began. I tried to rip it to that point and, of course, messed it up even worse. So I frogged the whole thing – all because I stopped paying attention. Ugh!
It is my and C’s 2 year anniversary, so that makes the day a bit better. I’m taking her out to a surprise dinner at the Melting Pot. They have a vegetarian entree with tofu, artichoke, and portabella. I’m very interested in trying it out, and between cheese and chocolate fondue it must be good. We’re going at 6:30, so I have some sock knitting time before we leave.
Wish me luck on the sock. Third time’s a charm, right?
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Posted on February 14, 2008 by Kathy Hester (geekypoet)
I’m so excited! I am participating in my very first knitters/crocheters swap. And it’s about my favorite season – Spring. They are taking sign-ups through today at Longing For Spring Swap Blog.
- Do you knit or crochet? Knit
How long have you been at your craft?4 years
- What are your favorite yarns/fibers? Alpaca, bamboo, wool, cotton
What are your least favorite yarns/fibers? Acrylic because it rubs my fingers raw
- What are your favorite colors? Blue, purple, red, green, and earthy colors.
What are your least favorite colors? Orange, yellow and any neon colors.
- What ‘warm weather’ project are you looking forward to making this year? Socks and maybe a shawl
- What are you favorite scents? Lavender/floral, musky, and “green” scents like eucalyptus or grass
Least favorite? Food scents like raspberry or chocolate (unless I’m eating them of course!)
- What is your favorite flower? All bulbs, but especially irises and crocus, sunflowers, almost all flowers really
- What are you favorite spring time hobbies/activities? Gardening,walking, and sitting on my deck reading.
- Do you have a garden? Yes.
If you do, tell us a little about it. I have 2 raised beds for veggies and some marigolds, zinnias, and nasturtiums to keep away the bad guys. I have lavender, rosemary, lime thyme, parsley and other herbs as well. I usually plant some bright colored annuals around int he yard.
Do you like to plant flowers or vegetables? Both
- What are your favorite sweets? Dark chocolate, chocolate with unusual flavors like earl gray or chili are a plus – just know I’m a vegetarian, so no chocolate with bacon. I just gave a bacon bar to a friend, so as weird as it sounds, it really exists!
- Do you collect anything? I like anything japanese, badtz maru, bento box containers, and silly garden art, oh and sheep!
- Do you have any allergies? Dust and some pollen.
- Do you have any pets? I have 2 cats and one silly dog.
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Posted on February 13, 2008 by Kathy Hester (geekypoet)
I may not be feeling too good today, but I am still eating well. I just finished some Thai noodle soup (lemongrass flavor) from Thai Kitchen, which is my veggie version of chicken soup – only no chicken and nothing crappy in it. I grew up on Campbell’s soup – nothing much natural there!
I thought this would be a good day to praise oatmeal. Here in Durham it’s cloudy and raining, and in the 50′s. Definitely a change from 70 degrees on Sat., now that was a nice day! But back to oatmeal – it’s healthy, fairly cheap, and there’s nothing like waking up to it ready and waiting in the crockpot in the am.
serves 2 large portions
3/4 cup steel cut oats
2 cups water
Sleepily throw these two ingrdients in a small crockpot,like the little dipper.
(If you use a larger one you may need to add extra water and definately cook it on low.)
And then plug it in, the little crockpots cook on low. You can oil the pot first so you have no oatmeal sticking to the sides, but I just soak it all day and the stuck oatmeal comes right out. Plus the dog loves the leftovers as an afternoon snack.
Cook all night and wake up to breakfast!
- Chop a peeled apple and put a handful of frozen blueberries in the mix with cinnamon – then cook all night
- Add a handful of dehydrated strawberries and same ground ginger in after cooking
- Add Orange flavored cranberries with a touch of cinnamon
- Try it with other fresh and frozen fruit and let me your favorites!
I know you can use other styles of oats in the crockpot, but I’m not sure of the water to oats proportion.
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Posted on February 11, 2008 by Kathy Hester (geekypoet)
I finished the garterlac bath rug and started a pair of socks with some yarn from knitpicks. I had about 3 inches done this afternoon and had to frog the whole thing. I’m trying to do something besides stockinette stitch and dropped a stitch and noticed it too late. Oh well, I need the sock practice I guess.
I got a craving with the temp dropping, and made a big pot of Hungarian mushroom soup. It’s weird that it was 70 degrees yesterday and tonight it’s going to be 20. This weather is nutty.
I started a small crockpot of blueberry apple oatmeal for tomorrow’s breakfast. And a big crockpot of super-easy sweet potato black bean chili (recipe). I love it served with a big dolap of lowfat sour cream and some Tabasco. I also love having dinner hot and waiting for me when I get home from work!
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