This is a big post full of random pics – just a warning!
We got our weekend off to a bang with dinner at Blue Stove in Nordstrom and shopping for a winter coat for Michael (we ended up at Jcrew).
And while we were in Cole Haan, I took a selfie in the mirror. I was wearing my favorite Cole Haan loafers, and my most favorite cowl that I knit last year. I made it with Western Sky Knits yarn and I actually just made a re-order for yarn for Michael’s Christmas present. He selected the yarn. Pretty excited to get working on that.
And since we’re talking about looks and stuff (we were, weren’t we?), here are 2 new nail polishes I bought. They’re both OPI. Left is Mrs. O’Leary’s BBQ and right is You Don’t Know Jacques. This is pre-clean up and looking at these pics, I think I should have moisturized my messy little paws.
On Saturday I went over to Kim’s (Domestocrat) for a girl’s Crafternoon! Isn’t that cute? There were 6 of us crafty girls altogether (oh, and I knit a drop-stitch cowl, but pics tomorrow on that) and it was really fun! I used up the last skein of my Quince and Co. yarn in Puffin.
Then, Michael and I had a lovely dinner-and-a-movie date night, all in our own town. It’s super convenient living in a town where there is so much to do.
We were on our way to M3 for dinner, when we saw a place on Highland Ave called Q’s Nuts. I am crazy about nuts, so we pulled in to check it out. And holy cats, totally awesome. I got pistachios and dates. Then we were off to dinner. M3 was super accommodating about my gluten allergy and I had a swiss chard salad that was to die for. Also – if you go, get the pickled veggies.
It was a crafty Sunday! I finished up this raccoon mitt, added four more 9-blocks to my sister’s wedding quilt, and tried to move the Bean but she was unamused. Happy cat, happy home.
Ok, let’s discuss. Obviously the raccoon doesn’t have eyes yet. However, it seems very puffy to me and I think my floats may have been too tight. This bothers me. I might just re-do it. Now, the quilt! I am going to try to make 7 more 9-blocks and then piece it together. I am running out of fabric. I think if I put a slightly wider border on it, it might be as big as I’d like it to be. I am unsure what I’ll do with the fabric in between the blocks. Basically, I’m rambling and I am going to need to put this together soon. So expect more pics of this bad boy.
And finally we have come to the food portion of the post.
After my run on Saturday, I had this delicious breakfast and I have decided it’s my most favorite thing ever. Scrambled egg whites with spinach and salsa, an orange and mint tea. Do you use mugs as small bowls? I always do!
I crave this miso-maple squash dish in the cold weather. We had some CSA butternut squash and broccoli and I couldn’t think of any better use. Thanks, Cate, for this recipe! It’s a hit in my house.
Now, here’s something: if you’re gluten free and eating dairy and sugar free…what does one do about social situations? I wanted to bring something sweet, like a cookie, to Kim’s, but I had no idea what to make.
I did a bunch of standing in my kitchen and googling and foodgawkering, and then I came across these from Kat in the Kitch. They’re free of: gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs and refined sugar. What’s holding them together? Basically bananas and oats. Thank you Kat! Really happy with these!
I am super psyched it’s a long weekend, because I took a nice rest day today, and decided since I’m still on an easy schedule until marathon training resume on 11/26, there is no reason to not use this time to let all the little aches and pains heal up. I went to bed early, slept until 7am and moved my long run to tomorrow. I’m going to run 10 miles, and then meet my sister for some shopping.