I'm sure all of you are in the habit of reading labels. Here's an interesting thing about milk and milk substitutes. I remember many years ago when M started buying almond milk. "Oh, Mom -- you should try it -- it's the best." My response:" NO. I don't want to drink that stuff- it tastes terrible and doesn't have the same nutrients as regular milk. Not touching it!" And we had numerous discussions about it.
At some point, I tried it, and I never looked back. I LOVE almond milk now, and while I sometimes have to use skim milk on my cereal when I wasn't diligent enough to get more almond milk the day before, there is ZERO taste to skim milk. It's like colored water!
And there is nothing better than a half glass of chocolate milk on a hot day after a walk. Now that is laden with sugar!
So I had to laugh when someone tried my almond milk and said they didn't like it because it was too sweet! I had to laugh because it made me think of myself way back. The almond milk I buy is UNSWEETENED, so there is ZERO sugar!
Here are the labels from chocolate milk on the left and skim on the right.
There is much more sugar in skim milk than in unsweetened almond milk. Zero cholesterol, a lot less potassium, and well, you really should read the labels so you know that you are getting what you want or should be getting.
The big selling feature for me with almond milk is the flavor. I'm not a fan of the taste of milk, and while I don't drink almond milk, it provides a nutty flavor to the cereal. I did NOT like it overnight - but after a few tries, I came to love it! I will miss it next month!
This reminds me of a story about oatmeal. I'm not a cook, and I'm not a foodie. I eat what is simple and easy. So for years, I ate the instant oatmeal in a pouch. Years ago, when making group breakfasts at a quilt retreat, I suggested bringing instant oatmeal, among other things. I was STRONGLY voted down by one person, who was a foodie! She didn't speak highly of the instant oatmeal.
I started using the microwave version of the steel-cut oats somewhere along the line. OK -- now I get it. There is a HUGE difference in the texture and the taste of the instant oatmeal and the steel-cut oats. Even microwaveable steel-cut oats are 1000 times better (personal opinion) than the instant stuff, which tastes like cardboard. WOW -- I've come a long way, but I still am not a foodie! But I'm trying to be more open to trying new things!
Speaking of being a foodie -- there is NOTHING better than sitting down with a whole HUGE tomato directly from a garden, adding a bit of salt and pepper, and that's a meal. This is how we ate tomatoes on the farm, and I don't think there's any way to improve upon that. Simple! OK -- let's be honest, this would NOT do as a meal -- I would starve!
|A snack of tomatoes|
I was back out with a test walk yesterday. The backpack is now 9 pounds.
|9-pounds in the backpack|
I have thrown things in, and I will have to start packing properly -- taking stuff out of the packages, etc. It was very annoying yesterday as I could hear the packages bouncing around and making noise! The last thing I need to listen to for 6 hours!
However, the good news is that the backpack is working AMAZING. It was more comfortable when it was fuller than when it wasn't. That was regarding my arms. And the weight? It felt like a feather when I put it on -- you have to love the strap system and its construction. Now, after one hour of walking, I started to feel it, and I will be tired at the end of 6 hours, but overall, it's very comfortable, and the weight is well within my means to carry.
I still have to add a few other things -- the hat, the rain jacket, and a set of clothes, although I have to wear one set, so I will be carrying only one set of clothes at a time. OH -- I have to add in the electronics as well. But starting tomorrow, I'll show you, by category, what's in the bag.
Speaking of electronics, my keyboard came yesterday. It's a folding Bluetooth keyboard -- can you believe it? And it weighs about 200 grams.
I made good progress yesterday on the magazine quilt that needs to be pieced, quilted, and bound before I leave! I know --- it's always like this. I'm slowly working my way through that list of things to do -- VERY slowly, but I just need a day, and I should be fine. However, I have quilts for customers to finish.
Let's just say that this one was a massive quilt! It was 106" long, so there wasn't a lot of room at either end of the long arm.
|Customer quilt - DONE|
|Wanderers Wife by Maryke|
As usual, we had a blast at Monday's sewing. I got some work done, but I need a good day of sewing, with nothing else going on -- no long arm, no computer, no classes! Maybe Tuesday next week!
That's it for today -- a lot is going on, and I'm working my way through the stuff.
Just out of curiosity -- how is the decluttering coming along? I know I made leaps and bounds of improvements in the office, and now I'll be leaving it for a month. But I'm OK with that. Everything I've done has been an improvement, and that's all we can hope for. But I'm SHOCKED at the number of people who are happy to collect stuff and don't care how it gets cleaned up or who does the job. They are just happy to accumulate. WOW --- I could never do that!
Have a super day!!!!