Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Things I'm Thinking About on Tuesday (12-3-2013)

This Chopped Brussels Sprouts Salad with Creamy Shallot Dressing from Pinch of Yum has my mind spinning!  (Photo from Pinch of Yum.)

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you might remember back when I used to do Five Fun Things on Friday.  Every Friday I wrote those posts about things I'd spotted on the web and sometimes a little about what was happening in my life.  I enjoyed sharing things that way, but eventually it got to be a burden to do it every Friday and I switched to Phase One Fridays, which I'm really committed to now because of how it perfectly fits the overall purpose of the site.

But lately I've been missing the opportunity to share things just for the fun of it.  After thinking about it for a few weeks, I've decided to do Things I'm Thinking About posts occasionally, probably not every week, and not always on the same day of the week, but when I find enough worthwhile things for a post I'll share them.  Of course, I'm always thinking about food, so let's start this first one out with the amazing-looking Chopped Brussels Sprouts Salad with Creamy Shallot Dressing shown above from Pinch of Yum.  The salad has a few ingredients that aren't especially SBD friendly. (Like bacon!  Did I mention there's bacon?) There's also a lot of juice in the dressing that would make it high in sugar, but I think it would be fun to try coming up with a diet-friendly version of this salad.

Here's what else I'm thinking about this Tuesday.

I Love this post about 10 Things I Want my Daughter to Know About Working Out from Wellfesto.  (Thanks to my nephew's wife Angee for sharing on Facebook!)

I am completely stunned by these photos of a previously modern Afghanistan from 1940-1980 from Messy Nessy.  The author says " . . . keep in mind the implications of what happened to this culture in just a few decades."

It's the season for Latkes, and when I saw this recipe for Latkes/Potato Pancakes from my friend Lydia at The Perfect Pantry I realized I'd only eaten them once!   Nowdays something made of potatoes would be a very rare treat for me, but I think these Brussels Sprouts Latkes from What Jew Want to Eat look intriguing! 

Did you know you can Improve Your Brain Performance by exercising it?  The folks at Lumosity have a bunch of games combined into a brain training program that you can target to specific skills. 

I'm always spotting delicious-looking and low-carb baked goods at All Day I Dream About Food, a blog written by my friend Carolyn who's living well with Type 1 Diabetes.  This time it's her Low Carb Walnut Cardamom Snowball Cookies that have me drooling on my keyboard.

I love the way the web makes it easy to share stories about people who do inspiring things, and this story from YahooShine about What Happened When a Man Stole This Woman's Wallet really moved me.

If you drink coffee and have a Keurig coffeemaker, did you know about San Francisco Bay Bio-Degradable Keurig Cups?  No more Keurig guilt about all those little cups clogging up the landfills.  (Thanks to my brother Rand for sharing this with me!)

And finally, The Book List Challenge.  I'm a pretty avid reader, but I've only read about a third of these "must read" selections (and my own list of 100 books everyone must read would include a lot of things that aren't mentioned here.)  How many of these have you read?

That's my list for this time; let me know in the comments if you enjoy seeing this type of post once in a while, or are you just coming here for the food?

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16 comments:

Kristen - Dine & Dish said...

I love these kind of posts - so glad you are brining them back!

Kalyn Denny said...

Thanks Kristen. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I missed doing them!

Jeanette said...

Fun post Kalyn - always nice to see what you're up to - happy to learn of the biodegradable Keurig cups - my husband loves coffee.

Kalyn Denny said...

Thanks Jeanette. I was ridiculously excited about the biodegradable Keurig Cups! It's the little things, right?

Pam said...

This is a great idea! Thanks for the tip on the Keurig cups!

Kalyn Denny said...

Pam, my pleasure!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Sometimes people forget that food bloggers are people with other interests, too. This is a fun way to remind everyone of the whole person you are!

Kalyn Denny said...

Thanks Lydia! It's fun for me, so I'm glad people are liking it.

Katie Webster said...

Yes please do Kalyn! This is a great list and gets me thinking too. If this is anything like what you have in mind I would love more:)

Kalyn Denny said...

Thanks Katie, so glad you liked it!

EA said...

Yes-love these type of posts too! I do an occasional "My Happy Things" post w/ my weekly meal plan, and I don't know if my regular readers like it as much as the recipes, but it sure makes me happy :-) Those Brussels Sprouts look amazing!

Kalyn Denny said...

I don't know either (I notice all these comments are from bloggers; maybe we are all just bored with food all the time!) But I think it's fun to talk about other things once in a while!

Carolyn said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Kalyn and I am psyched to hear about the k-cups because I completely had the guilt and stopped using my Keurig for that very reason!

Kalyn Denny said...

Carolyn, my pleasure. And I knew I wasn't the only one with that Keurig Guilt!

elkit said...

Kalyn, what is on your list of 100 books everyone must read? I am hoping to see them in a future post.

Kalyn Denny said...

Elkit, I have to confess I read so many books and read them so quickly, most of them just fly out of my mind! But I will give that some thought!

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