We've had a little snow and a lot of freezing rain and ice recently. I usually take my daily walks in any sort of weather, but with the bitter cold here I found that my feet just don't stay warm in my runners and I don't have the support I need on snow and/or ice. So I went winter boot shopping online and look what I found!
They fit perfectly, have lots of support and plenty of traction for just about anything but sheer ice! I remember how cold my feet were standing for 2 hours at the Christmas parade at night just after we moved here - next year they will be warm and toasty and fashionable - just like the natives!
I've also begun baking in earnest again thanks to Ulla and Melanie giving me a jump start with 2 great recipes! I've always used King Arthur Flour and just love the catalog they put out. I saved the last one I got at the old house, brought it here and decided to pick up a few things!
I've always had trouble proofing yeast, but King Arthur carries an instant yeast that requires no proofing! I thought I would give it a try. Also when I was packing up the cupboards in the old house I threw out the rest of my dark Dutch baking cocoa as it hadn't been used for quite some time. Now I have a new bag and there is a great recipe on the back for double chocolate brownies! I also got 2 bags of white icing mix for cookies or royal icing, and decided to try their Vietnamese Cinnamon. Wow - I wish computers had smellavision! This stuff is incredible! If you have some time, do visit their website - see the link I provided above - they have all kinds of recipes, too!
The other thing that kept us busy this week was Miss Sophie. She began throwing up every day a couple of weeks ago. Her wonderful new vet did some blood tests and didn't find anything. While we were waiting for those results, she had two Grand Mal seizures - nothing is more scary than watching your pet go through something like that. The vet then did a complete thoracic (sp?) workup and still didn't find much of anything. She decided that Sophie needed something to keep her calmer so she wouldn't have the seizures, or at least lessen them. We had to get a compounding pharmacy in Arizona to make up a lotion that is rubbed inside of her ear as she won't take pills or liquid. Check out the cute toys the pharmacy sent with the script below - how nice, and Sophie loves them!This weekend I'll be buying paint to do the small bathroom off the kitchen. Two rooms done and 8 to go......