Good Gouda

I had such a good swim on Sunday morning. I was glad I wasn’t sore from yesterday’s snowshoeing adventures. I saw a woman at the pool this morning that I’ve seen many times. She’s so impressive to watch. I can spot a Swim Team Swimmer from a mile away and she’s definitely one (whether currently or in the past). She’s flawless in the pool and I know her routine (seen it many times in other swim team swimmers) like I know my own routine. We’re about the same pace, which is cool and sometimes a challenge for me to push myself a little harder. One thing: I am totally envious of her Butterfly stroke. It’s perfect. I’ve never learned how to do the butterfly and that’s one thing I wish I could do.

After my swim I relaxed in the hot tub, decompressed in the steam room and then headed home to eat lunch. I made an ingenious sandwich:


1 Onion Hamburger Bun – 200 calories

Sliced Deli Turkey Meat – 100 Calories

Sliced Smoked Gouda Cheese – 100 Calories

Light Mayo – 40 calories

440 calories of awesome.


I might have to go back to World Market and get some more smoked Gouda. I might be slightly addicted. I also had some strawberries and some chocolate.


Not only am I loving my lunch, I’m also having fun playing with my light box. The quality is so much better. Compare the above photos to Friday night’s dinner:


Now that I can see the quality difference in the photos I feel almost bad for posting the not-so-great ones! Bear with me as I learn all this stuff. πŸ™‚

Bacon Jalapeno Turkey Burgers on the onion buns with sweet potato fries.


One of my most favorite of our meals! If you’ve noticed in our meal planning turkey burgers are a once a week occurrence. They are delicious, healthy, EASY, and convenient.

This coming week will be a little different. First, I have tomorrow off and have plans with a friend on Monday for dinner. Michael is on his own, having the sausage links for dinner. Then on Thursday I bought us tickets to see the Hood to Coast movie so we’ll most likely go out for happy hour before the movie. We also left next Saturday night blank. Mostly because I was at a mental loss of what to schedule. But I’m pretty sure Michael and I will be making pizza again! Thanks to all my readers who gave me GREAT pizza ideas for next time.

I discovered several blisters on my ankles from yesterday’s snowshoeing. I think it’s time to buy new hiking boots. Mine are pretty old and clearly not holding up anymore. I wear a size 8.5 but I’m wondering if I should buy a size 9? To accommodate swelling feet in summer time and/or thicker winter socks. Any thoughts? Or will a size 9 just give me more blisters because they are too big?

Today’s agenda: finish watching “I Hate Valentine’s Day” (great movie starring John Corbett) and maybe I’ll bake some cookies. I haven’t decided yet but that Kitchenaid Mixer is really calling to me….

QUESTION: What’s your favorite kind of cheese? And what’s something that you WISH you could do but can’t?

10 Responses

  1. I <3 all cheese…but probably the blues are my favorite. I don't eat much cheese though. A cheese plate is the devil's temptation to me….I would like to be able to swim well. I suspect that it is something I could improve with practice and perhaps lessons. On the other hand, ice skating is something I would like to do but do not think I ever could (ankle issues).

    1. I have ankle issues to and rollerskating/rollerblading/ice skating are pretty much out for me.

      Michael is the same way–he can’t resist cheese. I usually go for the chocolate and sweets but a good Gouda? I’m a goner!

  2. I literally just got home from the World Market in the Pike Place Market and am SO SAD I didn’t read this post first. Smoked Gouda? Get out! (and you know there’s know way I’d go back to PPM without tourist relatives in town) Maybe I can find it at my regular market. That sandwich looks delicious!

    Chris gave me a lightbox for Xmas. I haven’t broken it out yet. Just haven’t been motivated but your photos look great!

    1. The smoked gouda was so good! I might go tomorrow to get a little bit more. πŸ˜€

      You will have so much fun with the light box. It’s a blast. Sounds like you had a good weekend. I like Pike Place Market. My mom works there too. πŸ™‚

  3. Mmm I *love* your burger photos! They never fail to make me hungry!!!

    You have to stop posting those onion buns though!!! You are making me desperately want some and I’ve never seen them in Australia :(!!

  4. One tthing to consider about your hiking boots if if you wear extra socks because it’s cold out.. My CC ski boots are a tad too big for me, but I usually wear 3 pairs of socks to make up for it, lol, weird, but, it works.
    My favorite cheese? That’s a tough one. I like Parmesan because it’s low-ish in fat.. But I do like Jarlsburg too. I’m stingy with cheese.. I always cut either a 1/2 or a 1/3 of the slice and put it on my sandwich.

  5. Hey Lisa,

    On the shoes… My “regular” everyday wear shoes are a size 9. My trail shoes and running shoes are a 9.5.. I’m so jealous that you guys are close enough to Pikes Place Market! … I love that place! πŸ™‚

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