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A Pretty Lunch

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I thought I'd share how I eat now: a lottttt of veggies and a bit of protein is basically the plan.  This is how I lost 50 pounds, and counting.  It's also really simple eating: easy on the processed foods, no real fancy recipes, everything as close to it's original state as possible. Oh, I love my food.

I made this on Tuesday, when it was snowing out and I was wanting something that was wintery and yummy. I think the colors are beautiful.  And it tasted exactly as I hoped it would.  Love it when it that happens.


Here's what went in the big wooden bowl:

*lentils
*cooked beets
*sauted spinach and sweet onions
*avocado
*cucumber
*goat cheese
*drizzled with Temecula Olive Oil Company's Citrus Reserve Olive Oil (sweet mother of pearl, that stuff is good.  my sister lives near temecula and introduced me. my bottle is almost gone and i've only had it a week. whoops!)

The Most Beautiful Quilt in the World

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Our friend E makes quilts.  (That link will take you to a bunch of her quilts, including ones that have won awards.)  She's unbelievable.  She dyes (some of) her own fabric and whips these puppies out like nobody's business.  Last summer she offered to make us one, and we could hardly believe her generosity.  But we came to believe it, and she told us to pick what we wanted.  Sam and I spent days discussing this, finally settling on a strange system of discussing color schemes: we each brought each other books with covers we really liked.  Except that didn't really work.  Because I liked stuff like this:

And stuff like that made Sam feel like he was bleeding internally.  He was looking for something a bit simpler.  Finally, after stacks of books were on the kitchen table, we agreed that we both LOVED the colors and vibe of a particular region of Brian Kershisnik's "Nativity"--the part with Mary and Jesus:

  We showed that to E, and the pattern we liked best, an…

More Photos of the New Place

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[cats, rug]

Finding rugs was hard.  We knew we needed them, that our living room(s) wouldn't be warm and living room-esque without them.  But finding ones we both liked proved harder than we thought.  Sam and I don't always see eye to eye, but when it comes to how we want things to look, we generally align nicely.  Or so I thought ...  Until we went to Home Depot and stood outside in a big white Rug Tent, and discovered we completely disagreed.  Then we went inside Home Depot, and disagreed some more.  Then to Target, disagreeing.  And out to Home Goods (a half hour drive), where we nearly bought one, but ultimately, disagreed.  And we came home empty-handed. 


                                                               [the rug + messy coffee table, disheveled couch. i decided not to care, or i'd never take pictures.]

Those were rough days, when we first got in the house.  Moving tries a relationship anyway.…