Making Muesli

Aug. 20th, 2017 08:24 am
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 I'm finding that soft tissue damage heals a LOT more slowly than bone. My left wrist is still very achy & I can't use it for much, which means I can't bake--which sucks.

To fill the baking gap, I started making my own muesli. I like muesli, but don't like raisins (which most brands include), plus, it's pretty expensive. A box of no-sugar-added Mi Familia is $6.29 at Natural Grocers. I dislike paying that much and then having to endure ingredients I don't like.

So, I looked for recipes online. There are a LOT of variations, but it pretty much boiled down to:
  • Some sort of rolled grain (oats, spelt, etc)
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts/Seeds
  • Other stuff if you want
I could totally do that!

My first batch turned out well. I had rolled oats, dried cranberries, dried unsweetened coconut shreds and other things on hand, then went to Whole Foods bulk bins and got some more stuff. Bulk at WF is pricey, so I skimped on a lot of the fruit and made it up with the on-hand cranberries.

A couple of days ago, I decided that a trip to H.E.B. Central Market was in order. I hadn't been there since before I moved to DC in 2000, but did remember they had a pretty nice bulk bin section back in the day. Because I had my physical scheduled at 11, we went afterwards. BIG MISTAKE. Never go there during lunchtime. The place was beyond Bedlam. And the store is really badly laid out. My dad couldn't find most of the things on his grocery list and I very quickly became fatigued. 

That said, I did score some amazing bread. The bakery is to die for. I got some olive loaves, batard loaves and a dark, seedy bread similar to the WF Seeduction bread, along with a half-dozen assorted rolls. Picked up a pound of serrano ham at the deli and then fought my way over to bulk...which was less impressive than I remember. Not only crowded, but the selections were limited. Admittedly, there was a whole wall of bins for candies, but I was looking for grains, seeds, dried fruits. I got most of what I came for, but I was rather disappointed.

This morning, I mixed up the muesli.

  • rolled oats
  • wheat germ
  • dried coconut (unsweetened)
  • dried fruit (sour cherries, blueberries, goji berries, cranberries)
  • cacao nibs
  • hemp hearts
  • raw pumpkin seeds (unsalted)
  • slivered almonds

Bowl with muesli mix

Storage: airtight mason jars

Muesli storage

Serving: with yogurt (in this case, Almond Dream Vanilla. I usually use So Delicious, but the Central Market did not carry that.) + fresh blackberries (another disappointment, nearly half of them were moldy :( ) I have also used chopped apples in the past.

Muesli brekkie

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Hello all you lovely people!

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I'm mostly looking for the equivalent of a spelling-and-grammar check: a fresh ear to tell me where I've misspoken, the volume levels are weird, there's background noise, etc.  But feedback at the sentence/scene level is also welcome.

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What I'm Doing Wednesday

Aug. 16th, 2017 06:29 pm
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Bryony and Roses by T. Kingfisher (aka Ursula Vernon writing for older audiences). An excellent reimagining of Beauty and the Beast that turns sooo many tropes on their heads, yay! I do wish (for once) that there had been an epilogue. OTOH, fairytales don't, so maybe that's why this one doesn't?

Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon. Wonderful! I love the verse, I love the characters, I love how Molly builds herself a family, and the art is fun, too.

probably next: The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin, conclusion to the Broken Earth series, which was what I did for last Yuletide. Actually, I don't know if I dare read this during the present news cycle? I may need more kidlit first. But soon!

dirt (aka plant log) )

I thought I was going to be done with current project today but nazis happened, and it turns out I can't crochet and do twitter at the same time. Still, what I have is deep brick red and extremely satisfying. *pleased*

tomorrow is my birthday and I want 45 out of office, so if the universe could arrange that for us, I'd be really grateful.

My DWversary!

Aug. 16th, 2017 03:12 pm
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This is my sixth DWversary! \Dreamwidth/

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Aug. 16th, 2017 12:44 am
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I can haz fan_flashworks badge!

What I'm Doing Wednesday

Aug. 9th, 2017 08:43 pm
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I've been reading a LOT of news, houseplant research, and fic. No new books yet. Still slowly working on Arendt, except every time I look up from her, I see that 45 has done/said something ELSE improbably horrifying and need a break from Nazi/Soviet state terror.

Grandma loved the garland and it received a lot of compliments from people at the nursing home. (If she's healthy enough, she gets to go home next week, yay!) I have other yarning in progress, but nothing to talk about yet.

Outdoors, the esperanza & plumbago FINALLY have new flower buds! Lesson: I need to get them on a stricter watering schedule. Indoors, oh my goodness. Since last week, my baby lemon trees and dying arugula have been joined by an aloe, a sansevieria, asterisk ivy, a white jewel dracaena, dracaena marginata, ficus benjamina, a foot and a half tall (above the soil) peace lily, and a foot and a half tall (above the soil) burgundy rubber tree (f. elastica). I also repotted my kitchen pothos for the first time in the 14 years I've had it. (Hi, I'm feeling geeky enough about this right now to put Anthropomorfic: plants on my Yuletide noms list. I mean, these little trees are having so many opinions!)

I put some words on a page. I think all the oxygen from all the plants is making a difference. I mean, green growing things make me happy, so that's a thing, but I reread some fic I devoured wholesale back in the years when I was at my most prolific and I've been remembering how it felt. Retracing neural pathways, maybe. Considering characters and plots and whether/how to share some of the stories swirling around my head. Truth: I am out of practice. Truth: the solution is to resume practice. No rocket science required.

Holiday Planning Starts Early!

Aug. 7th, 2017 07:01 am
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Perhaps the holiday season is the farthest thing from your mind.  Perhaps you're in the midst of the most epic Summer (Northern Hemisphere) or Winter (Southern Hemisphere) party ever, and December seems a million months away.  Or perhaps, like me, the raging heat in the Pacific Northwest has you yearning for cooler times.

Well now that you've got the holiday season, or at least a whole different climate, on your mind, it's time to bring up the due South Seekrit Santa event for 2017!  Yes, we're planning on doing it all over again this year.  Interested?  Watch this space!  This year is a little different in that we're running the community from Dreamwidth instead of LiveJournal.  

So start thinking about how to give Dief the last donut how you want to spend the 2017 holiday season with Diefenbaker, Frannie, Benton, both Rays, and the whole cast of characters!  Because we've got due South Seekrit Santa on our minds!

The celebration will be announced and discussed here on Dreamwidth and on our Tumblr.  Click the links if you need to follow one or the other!