I didn't receive any submissions for Motivational Monday yesterday, which is why there was no post. I leave for Phoenix on Friday, and won't be home until Monday evening, so I likely won't have a MM post next week, either. But if you have a submission, feel free to send it! I'll just save it for later.
Yesterday, Jerry was off work and the roads weren't all that great, so we stayed home and had a really lazy day. We had about six episodes of The Blacklist on our DVR, so we finally watched those (well, five of them). I drank a ton of hot tea yesterday, trying to stay warm.
My parents are dog-sitting for Bailey, my little brother's black lab. My mom was going to be gone all afternoon, so she asked if we would want to take Bailey for a walk. Even though I'm not much of a dog person, I really like Bailey, so I was excited to walk her.
Jerry and I drove over there, and she was thrilled to see us, especially when she saw me pick up her leash. As soon as I got her outside, I knew it was going to be a challenge to walk her in the snow/ice. The roads were completely covered in packed snow, which was REALLY slippery. Bailey isn't the greatest on a leash (she pulls), and I almost immediately biffed it into the snow.
I was worried about messing up my ankle (which was feeling really good!) so Jerry took the leash and I walked next to him. I hoped Bailey would calm down a bit as we walked, but she almost pulled Jerry over several times, so we decided just to walk the perimeter of the neighborhood (one mile) and call it quits.
When we got home, I was walking from the garage to the house when I slipped and fell. I landed on my hands and knees, and not my back--otherwise I'm sure it would have been worse! But all evening, my bad ankle was nagging me again. I don't know if it was the fall or the fact that I walked on it for a mile, but I'm so bummed. I didn't have any issues with it for a few days, and I hoped that meant it was healing. This morning when I woke up, it was still causing me problems while walking.
I can't get into the doctor for at least a month, so meanwhile, I'm just going to have to continue to rest it. My AquaJogger belt is supposed to be delivered on Thursday (slowest shipping ever!), so as soon as I get that, I'll go renew my membership at the rec center and get started with the deep water running. (Well, probably Tuesday, when I'll be home from Phoenix.)
For Taste Test Tuesday, Eli asked me to make something that I'd pinned on Pinterest a LONG time ago. It's not a super healthy recipe, but Eli really wanted to try it, so I agreed. The recipe is for Dill Pickle Soup. Eli LOVES dill pickles (and dill pickle flavored foods). While I was looking at the recipe, I noticed another recipe on that site for a dill pickle sandwich. I bought the stuff to make that as well, because it sounded SO good.
First--the sandwich. I made it for lunch, and it just has four ingredients: an English muffin, two long pickle slices, some tiny sweet tomatoes, and real mayonnaise. The recipe was very specific about the brand of English muffins, pickles, and tomatoes. So I made sure to make it as specified. And I was not disappointed. It truly was The Best Dill Pickle Sandwich ever! I can see myself making it for lunch every day. And the recipe is right on with the ingredients' brands--I wouldn't change them.
I'm not normally a fan of raw tomatoes, either, but I think they really worked with this sandwich.
As for the soup, I had no idea what to expect. I'd never heard of dill pickle soup! But it looked good in the photo, and like I said, Eli was dying to try it. When I read through the recipe, I couldn't understand why it didn't use a roux. I was tempted to change it up by making a roux, but I wanted to stick to the recipe as written.
When I mixed the sour cream, flour, and water together, it was SUPER thick--a dough. I really didn't want to add that to the soup, because I didn't want to risk having clumps of flour all through the soup. So I just added a cup of the cold pickle juice to it and shook it up (in a container with a lid) until it was super smooth, then poured that into the soup before adding the other cup of pickle juice. It worked out perfectly--no clumps.
Holy yum! This soup was fantastic. Eli loved it, of course, and even Noah (who is super picky) really liked it. It was 11 PointsPlus for 1/6 of the recipe, and I have to say, it's super filling. I would definitely make this again! Maybe the dill pickle sandwiches and a cup of the dill pickle soup for a meal one day ;)
(P.S. I'm not pregnant, I promise. I've just had a bad craving for dill pickles recently!)