Monday, December 26, 2011

101 Update

Goal #1 - Complete! I went to a mozzarella making class at Dave's. We started with the curd and made fresh mozzarella. Fresh mozzarella is completely different than the stuff you get in the store. It's awesome and you can taste how it changes over time.

#2 Complete (Modified). Originally to preserve foods by canning or pickling. But I got a ton on kale from the year end PYO, that I blanched and froze. It means I didn't get to learn more about the canning or pickling process, but I've spent a bunch of time persevering foods. I also peeled and froze apples then, and recently made them into a fantastic apple pie. I also froze a bunch of turkey, vegetable soup, and cooked beans. I just got a vacuum sealer for Christmas, which I tired out on some lentil soup.

#9 New Foods: I've tried jackfruit. I tried the canned version and made an Indian type curry with it.

#23 I took a gun safety course. I fired a glock in the simulators. So no bullets, and the computer and air tank provided the feedback and kickback. I handled a revolver, semi-automatic, shotgun, and AR-15 with fake ammo and stuff.

#68 We had 3 other couples over for Thanksgiving. I had an 18lb turkey from my meat CSA. It totally counts as a dinner party in my book.

#80 Lots of date type things with Ted. We did a dinner and concert-- Dinner at a Tibetan restaurant and then saw Tornado Rider which was a fun experience. The lead has a great presences, is very funny, and plays and is a fantastic cello player. Unfortunately, his singing leaves something to be desired. However, I do love the Golden Apple Dance (which you can listen to on their website.)

#87 Winterizing the home: Well I replaced all the furnace filters, we've resealed the door, replaced the mail slot, plasticked over the stain glass window, have winter supplies (shovels, salt, sand, etc.), which I'm declaring is good enough.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Goals Updates #10, 97, 70, 27

#10 - New Foods: I cooked shark recently. Didn't really care for it. Found out later that it is on the overfished list, so yet another reason not to eat it again.

#97 Read the Karma Sutra. It's not as sexy as people make it out to be. Most of it is a compilation of advice on relationships.

#70 Be in contact with my sister. Haven't been keeping precise track, but we've had enough contact since she moved to the area that I'm checking this off.

#27. First Aid Kit -- I just bought one off of the Red Cross site, so that will work well enough.

I'm definitely going to be changing some of the craft goals. But I'm happy with the progress overall.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Still more goals I forgot to check off...

#10 -- I had duck tongue a while back. A bit strange. Other parts of the duck are much tastier.
#67 -- And a letter off to grandma...
#83 -- Living room has been decorated for a while now...
#90 -- Tons of pictures up. We still could use more, but there's enough up to check this off.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Other Goals Completed

#21 - Finally finished that knitted sweater. It's too small (figures). I think I'll be going back to crochet.

#39 &#80 - Went ice skating with Ted. Had a lot of fun. Did lunch at the Friendly Toast first, which was very tasty.

#55 - I've been making and wearing jewelry quite a bit, so I'm counting this as done.

#64 - I only meant to go to one yoga class, but I've enjoyed it so much that I've regularly been going 3-5 times a week.

#66 - We held a Halloween party and I dressed as Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Lots of fun.

#67 Christmas card went out to grandparents on both sides.

#89 Fire extinguishers, new smoked detectors and CO detectors all in good shape.

Food Related Goals #2, 3, 4, 10

I've been very remiss about keeping this up to date. Since my last post I've:
  • Made no-kneed bread, which turned out very well. It's very easy and tasty, though I used a tablespoon or two more water than what that recipe calls for.
  • Made homemade butter for the bread. It's even easier than bread and wow, does fresh butter taste good! The buttermilk from making it went towards making buttermilk pancakes.
  • Tried several new foods, but have apparently forgotten a number of them. I do remember:
--- Red Hawaiian Sea Salt. (Okay, but I like Fleur de Sel better as far as expensive salt goes.)
--- Squid ink (as part of a tasting menu I had for my birthday)
--- Burdock root (I made kinpria goba and pickled burdock root, both okay, but not a favorite)