Archive for March, 2009

Is it spring yet?

March 24, 2009

“Uh oh.”

That was my initial reaction when I stepped on the scale the other day.

“131?!? How did that happen?!”

and then:

“Oh…wait. I remember. Sweet Sin Chocolate Mousse Cakes every other day coupled with Lemon Bars and not exercising. Woops.”

So, I guess it’s time to get back on the weight-loss wagon. I know that a 6 pound gain is nothing in the grand scheme of things, but my size 6 pants that I was so proud to get into just a few months ago aren’t even fitting anymore. I’m officially in size 8 land and unhappy about it. Sigh. Oh well. Time to dust off my bike and get out for more runs!

Last month, Keith and I went to Pennsylvania to visit his very sweet grandfather, Russ. While we were there, Keith’s aunt Joyce mentioned that she had seen some gluten free ravioli and stuffed shells at an Italian market in the area. The market is called Altomonte’s Italian Market and Deli, and it’s AMAZING. If you’re ever in the Warminster or Doylestown PA areas, you must stop in and check it out. Their selection of homemade fresh and frozen pasta, sauces, pickles, meats, cheeses, baked goods was rather dizzying.

I ran to the freezer section and lo and behold, there were the gluten-free pastas. They were actually a brand that I had been unsuccessfully hunting down in Virginia for ages called Conte’s. I was truly overjoyed and promptly bought one of everything. I saw Keith grinning at me from the corner of my eye and his grandfather looking at me like I was nuts, but they willingly found me a cooler and some ice for the ride home.’

Keith and I tried these last night and I have to say…wow. They are fantastic.

With some marinara and a nice green salad, this was a really lovely dinner. The ravioli still have a nice bite after being cooked, and the cheese is delicious. I could probably have eaten the entire bag, but no…diet. I think I’ve mentioned before that my idea of dieting is not the same as everyone else’s. I would give these ravioli a 10 out of 10. As far as I know, these are the only gluten free stuffed pasta out there. Please tell me if I’m wrong though, I love trying new products!

Anyway, try the ravioli! Conte’s also makes gluten free Pierogies, stuffed shells, spinach and cheese ravioli, and gnocchi. My next one to try is the gnocchi, and I’m terribly excited about it!!

Sick Day

March 16, 2009

I miss sick days when I was still living at home. The walls of my bedroom glowed buttercup in the bright winter light outside my windows. I would squint, bleary, and roll over into my down comforter and flannel sheets. Sick days weren’t exactly fun, but they were better than being at school. It’s like the ultimate only child fantasy: I had my mom all to myself.

My mom, Kathleen, is the 3rd child in a family of 5 kids. I’ve never heard her reminisce about one on one sick days with her mom. My grandmother was a busy woman with a farm to run, 5 kids to take care of, and very little money. She’s wonderful but didn’t have the time to lavish on each of her children that I’m sure she would have liked to.

Lucky me, the only child. Wrapped in my great-grandmother’s afghan, I would stumble downstairs to the couch. My mom would serve me steaming mugs of black tea and bowls of homemade apple raisin oatmeal with a side of cold medicine and a thermometer. To this day, I find it hard to to be alone when I am sick and really love to have someone fuss over me.

Today though, I am staring out my north facing window onto a gray drizzly day, trees bare of leaves and starkly black against the sky. The TV is keeping me company, “What Not to Wear” running while I check my work email.

As soon as I got home, I made these. For lunch, I’ll be having leftover Gramma Soup from this weekend. This is the proper prescription, a la Mom, for a cold. That, and a good book. If you’re in the market for one, I picked up Molly Wizenburg’s new book “A Homemade Life”. If you are not familiar with Molly’s blog Orangette, you’ve been living under a rock. Go visit. You won’t be sorry.