Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Talking about blogging

It was thunder storming today, so we didn't get to go to the creek. Which was good, because I needed a break! I can't believe the boys aren't sick of it yet.

I didn't mention this yesterday, because I didn't know much about it at the time.. my friend Tammy's husband, Stan, is writing a book about blogging. He already signed his book contract and it's all in the works now, but he wanted to interview me for his book. (Rather than having just the big-name celebrity bloggers, he wanted to show that "normal" people blog as well, and it impacts their lives--which I am a good example of).

So yesterday evening, I met with Stan and Tammy at a coffee shop for the interview. It was actually really fun to talk about blogging with someone! I don't know many bloggers (in real life, anyway), so I don't get to talk about it much.

Blogging has become such a huge part of my life, and I absolutely love it, so naturally I would like to talk about it with someone that knows what I'm talking about ;) Stan has a great blog called Pushing Social which is actually about blogging. I so wish I had known about his expertise when I thought I wanted to switch to Wordpress and was completely overwhelmed!



Yesterday, I made an old favorite for lunch--Indian Lentil Soup. I forgot just how good it is! I've always said that the hardest part about eating vegetarian would be to give up broth. I cook a LOT of soup in the fall and winter. Despite the fact that I love to cook, I hate making homemade broth, so I just buy the base (like a paste) that you mix with water. I've seen vegetable stock at the store, but it's super expensive.

Anyway, the last time I was at Gordon's, I was super excited to find this:
It's the same stuff that I normally use, only it's a vegetable base instead of chicken or beef. I used it yesterday in the lentil soup, and it was delicious--I wouldn't have any idea it was made with vegetable broth instead of chicken broth, which is what I used in the past.

Yesterday, I had the soup with a spinach salad for lunch (which I didn't like, so I chose not to have salad again today). Today I had the soup and an apple with granola for lunch. Both yesterday and today, I felt full until dinnertime--that never happens!

Lunch is always a hard meal for me, because I never know what to have. Then I'm always hungry again an hour later, and that is prime binge-time for me. Making a batch of the soup didn't take long, and now I can have leftovers all week.

I've been doing pretty good this week as far as eating goes, so I hope to see a loss on the scale tomorrow. I had a couple of bad days at the beginning of the week, so it could be a wash. Tomorrow we're going to a party at my mom's house, so it will be hard to stay on track, but I'm going to do what I used to do while I was losing weight--eat before I go.

The party is at 1:00, so I will just eat lunch before I go, and then have something ready to eat when I get home. I'm going to make fruit salad to bring with me, so if I'm hungry, I'll have a cup of that. Jerry is watching what he eats right now too--he hasn't gained more than a couple of pounds, but he said he really likes where his weight is right now and he is worried about gaining because of the habits we seem to have picked up lately.



The other day, after reading all the book suggestions, I was really in the mood to read. The library was closed, so I just looked at my shelf (which contains very few books--just some my sister gave me that I've been meaning to read for a while).

I picked one called The Wrong Mother, by Sophie Hannah, and I really like it so far. It's suspenseful, which keeps me interested enough to keep reading. But I've requested (at the library) quite a few of your suggestions. I'm sure they're all going to become available at once, and I'll have 10 books to read in three weeks, lol. That always happens to me--I can never decide what one to pick, so I pick too many, and can't possibly read them all. But some of them are pretty popular, because there was a long waiting list.



Baseball again tonight if it doesn't get called off because of a thunder storm!

18 comments:

  1. Glad you're enjoying the soup, Katie!

    A couple of other brands of vegetarian broth I like are: Not-Chick'n & Not-Beef broth cubes...they are made by Edward and Sons and I can get them at Whole Foods. Yet another brand (also at WF)is Better than Bouillon....they also make a No Chicken and No Beef flavor. Both brands make standard vegetable flavor, too, and both brands can also be ordered online.

    Dede

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  2. Katie, if you really like this book I suggest you check out her other ones as well. They're all fantastic and have recurring characters. I just finished "Lasting Damage" by Sophie Hannah and it was great. Please keep us posted with reviews of what you're reading!

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  3. Hey girl! Holy WOW that soup looks good! Will be trying it. Speaking of blogging, wanted to let you know that I linked to you today on the weekly posts I do called "gratituesday". I used a picture from your site - please let me know if that's OK! I am totally going to check out your friend's site - that sounds like really helpful information. I had a 9 mile run today -- it was the furthest I've run in almost 2 years!! I was thinking of you and feeling motivated! Thank you!

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  4. I know what you mean about picking up bad habits! I have been gaining a lot of weight in a short period of time because of these habits but I am back on track (and hope to stay that way)!! As for the books, I did the same thing at my library when I purchased my Kindle (requested a ton of electronic books at once and then they all became available at once!). Needless to say, I couldn't read all of them so instead I have been putting new books in my "Wish List" instead of requesting them and just requesting a couple at a time. Just an idea if that is an option through your library!

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    1. Thats one thing I hate.. I worked so hard to lose 30lbs in 6 months...and due to depression, boredom, what ever I gained atleast 15-20lbs back. in like 2 months.. im so glad you got back on track... hopefully I can say the same soon too.

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  5. I've wanted to try that Indian Lentil Soup for a long time, but I couldn't find red lentils anywhere- do regular lentils taste alright too?

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  6. Yay new books! After I finish the 50 Shades series i don't know what to read next. On my "to read" book shelf right now is Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult, When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris, and Stiff, but I can't read the author name form here :P I have never made soup before but I am interested in trying! Nothing beats soup in the winter!! Or chili...mmmmm.

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    1. 19 minutes is one of my favorites by her. :)

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  7. the soup looks really good

    signed up for Pushing Social's newsletter

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  8. LOVE all of the amazing things coming our way because we've shared our lives with each other and everyone! Congratulations!

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  9. I know what you mean about not having too many people to talk about blogging. I find there is so much to learn and I think I am still going through all the basic basics. The soup looks delicious.

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  10. I made the Biscoff cheesesteak--I'll let you know how it turned out. Happy Fourth!

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  11. thanks for posting Stan's blog, it looks very interesting!

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  12. Keep us updated on if you like that book or not! I bought it a few years ago ... but never read it. Hahaha. I'm curious as to what you think! I just started a book called "The Hangman's Daughter" it's set in 1660 Germany and it's a thriller where they try to solve a murder. It's not really my usual type, but it peaked my interest. :) Happy 4th!

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  13. How very cool that you're going to be in a book!! You deserve it...because you (and your blog) are awesome!!

    I cannot believe you are eating soup in this hot weather. :p But I love soup in the fall, and I will be keeping your recipes bookmarked for then. Thanks for always sharing great new things with us!!

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  14. When is your interview going to be posted on his website?

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    1. It won't be on the website. He was just interviewing me for his book, which will be out sometime next year.

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