Back to Reality

Normally I would be super bummed to be back to reality, but I’m pretty glad to come back to some semblance of a routine.  Kinda.  If you haven’t been following along on Instagram, let me get you up to speed:

 I’ve been attempting to detox from two to three weeks of boozing and celebrating, catch up on sleep and work, and settle into a less hectic schedule.  So far, so good.  I’ve eaten lots of salads, drank tons of water, been doing yoga every day, walking more (love my fitbit!), and drinking lots of juices.  I even spent a day drinking nothing but juices. That’s about as far as I can get on a cleanse.

I’ve been eating clean, which to me includes one slice of whole wheat bread a day, either turned into avocado toast or almond butter toast with pomegranate.

Almond Butter Toast with Pomegranate | Oysters & Pearls

We’ve dined on shrimp skewers with onions and tomatoes, sautéed baby bok choy, and grilled baby eggplant.

Shrimp Skewers and Veggies  | Oysters & Pearls

And I’ve eaten a lot of delicious salads from Grassroots while working in Thomasville.  They can’t be beat.

Salad from Grassroots Coffee Shop in Downtown Thomasville | Oysters & Pearls

And that cleanse I mentioned?  I drank juice all day long on Saturday.  And then I roasted a chicken when I got home from the Shop.  I feel better – I really do!  Find the recipe for the perfect roasted chicken from Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc At Home here.

Ad Hoc at Home Roast Chicken | Oysters & Pearls

Another clean thing we’ve been eating: MORE PHO.  Pho real.  With pho real pictures, too!

Faux Pho at Home | Oysters & Pearls

We basically wanted nothing but broth and vegetables when we got back from wedding-stravaganza, so pho it was.

Shitaake Mushrooms and a Heartwood Forge Knife | Oysters & Pearls Sliced Radishes, Tiny Eggplant, Limes, and Thai Basil for Pho at Home | Oysters & Pearls Quick Pickled Onions and Bok Choy | Oysters & Pearls Pho Ingredients | Oysters & Pearls

Make your own faux pho – here’s how I make my pho.

It’s amazing what a week of yoga, walking, and eating healthy and not drinking will do!  That being said, I had a glass or two of wine last night for my mother-in-law’s and sister-in-law’s birthdays Sunday night. ;)

I gave a presentation to the Lady Banks Garden Club of Thomasville Friday morning on backyard beekeeping.  It was the first time I had given a presentation on bees, and the first time in a long time in general!  I think there are a few more bee-lovers in Thomas County now.

Pictured: Top left: a worker bee (female), top right: a drone (male bee), and bottom is a Queen Bee.

Bee Diagram | Oysters & Pearls

Bee Diagram nabbed from Instagram @girlnextdoorhoney

I also shared a little tidbit I learned from @girlnextdoorhoney (one of my favorite instagram accounts) with the group.  Rather than paraphrase, I’ll just share the screenshot.  Just more proof that bees are divine little creatures.

Girl Next Door Honey Bee Facts | Oysters & Pearls

Amazing, no?

I haven’t been knitting much lately, sadly.  I’ve just been too busy!  I did finish up a hat for Fuzzy Goat as a sample.  It’s the Tin Can Knits Barley hat pattern in Swan’s Island yarn from Fuzzy Goat.

Tin Can Knits Barley Hat in Swan's Island Yarn | Oysters & Pearls

Just before Christmas, I took the plunge and ordered myself my own yarn ball winder!  I got some yarn for Christmas, too, so Sunday I got it out and figured out how to use it and got winding.  I wound up my Malabrigo Rasta and Sweet Georgia (in English Ivy) and look forward to winding center-pull balls for years to come. Malabrigo Rasta and Sweet Georgia in English Ivy, Wound at Home | Oysters & Pearls

Yarn Winding at Home | Oysters & Pearls

I made a sad attempt to start the Ishbel Shawl with that Sweet Georgia yarn (green), but my oh MY it might be over my head.  It begins with a Garter Tab cast on, which is precisely as far as I got.

Garter Tab Cast On for the Ishbel Shawl | Oysters & Pearls

Pure talent right there… le sigh.  Maybe by next Christmas I’ll have a shawl?  HALP.

And that’s pretty much what I’ve been up to!  Cooking more this week, but it’s pretty much been oldies but goodies.  Pho, Quinoa Pilaf, and plans for a venison pot roast this week.  What are y’all cooking?  I need some (healthy) inspiration!

Until Next Time


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