The End of Week Twenty-Two

I am down 41 pounds since July 15th. Forty-One Pounds! Victor didn’t make the gym today because he caught a cold and didn’t want to share it with the world – but he is most likely there, as well, since we’ve been pretty much identical since we started this.

Forty-One Pounds! To say I am psyched would be an understatement.

We’ve started purging the clothes… The local Goodwill Store is doing a brisk business. T-shirts, pants, casual and dress shirts all have been donated – with more to go. One sad note, though, was a suit I’ve carried around since I lived in Boston. I tried it on, it was snug but wearable – and moth-eaten! Holes in the pant legs, along the collar and lapels, arms… I am bummed. It was a classic Oleg Cassini – not really expensive, but cut well and always stylish – even at 30 years old. Into the trash since it wasn’t worth donating. Oh, well.

We’re not rushing out to buy more clothes, though. We’re retired. We don’t need much, anymore. It’s great to gain back some closet space. We’ve been in a bit od a purge mode for a while, now – not just clothes, but stuff we’ve had forever and just don’t use – and never will, again.

Since Victor has a cold – and it’s raining outside – I made soup and baked bread. I took my basic Multi-Grain Bread and made one loaf of bread and 9 dinner rolls. The bread for sandwiches and the rolls to go with soup.

Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Tonight’s soup consisted of:

  • homemade chicken broth
  • 12 oz andouille sausage
  • 1/4 cup beluga lentils
  • 1/4 cup heirloom rice blend
  • 1/4 cup wheat berries
  • 1/4 cup green split peas
  • 1/4 cup brown lentils
  • 1/4 cup fregola
  • celery
  • carrots
  • onion
  • leeks
  • hot sauce
  • bay leaves
  • oregano
  • salt & pepper

Put it in a pot and make it hot.

Soup

As I say over and over – soup doesn’t have a recipe. You just make it with what you have on hand.

We started baking the Christmas Biscotti yesterday. We’ll see how well the next couple of weeks go!

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