🥘 TURKEY COTTAGE PIE | 🥘 RENDANG CURRY RICE CAKE BOWL

🎯 DAILY CALORIE TARGET – 1343
🧮 CALORIES CONSUMED –  1341 ✅

🎯 MACRO TARGETS HIT – ❌
Protein ⬇️
Carbs ⬆️
Fat ✅

👟 ACTIVITY ACHIEVED  – ✅
Mailbox Walk
Boogie Break
Boogie Break
Arm Exercises
2500+ Steps

📸 DAILY PHOTO – ✅
Twin deer babies visiting (in video as well)

🎨 PAINTING – ✅
Stage 2 – base color and Inks only

👩🏻‍🍳 COOKING FOR SANDY DAY
3 days a week, I cook meals for a neighbor who had a stroke last year and has limited mobility.

We often share a meal kit or something similar and spend some time together since neither of us go out too much 😁

Today is one of her normal days but we are going to wait until next week to get together. I decided to start some batch cooking this week and put her together some freezer meals.

Today I did some Butter Chicken & Rice and a variation on a Shepherds Pie… I forgot to take photos before I put them up but I’ll add photos/video tomorrow.


🥘 TURKEY COTTAGE PIE
▪️ 93% Lean Ground Turkey
▪️ Mixed Vegetables
▪️ Four Cheese Pasta Sauce
▪️ Brown Gravy Mix
▪️ Yukon Gold Potatoes
▪️ Half n Half
▪️ Lemon Herb Butter
▪️ Extra Sharp White Cheddar

♨️ COOKED IN
@ninjakitchen Foodi Smart XL Air Fryer Oven
Preheated – Middle Rack
BAKE 400° for 20min
Add CHEESE then BROIL 3min

Great traditional Shepherds Pie recipe:
https://www.thewholesomedish.com/the-best-classic-shepherds-pie


🧮 CALORIES – 484
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🥘 RENDANG CURRY RICE CAKE BOWL
▪️ Rice Cake Sticks 🆕
▪️ Indonesian Rendang Curry Spice 🆕
▪️ Green Onion
▪️ Avocado
▪️ Lime Juice
▪️ Rainbow Peppercorns
▪️ Himalayan Pink Salt

(Full review in video – Yum!)

🧮 CALORIES – 719
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👅 RANDOM EXTRAS
▪️ Mandarins

🧮 CALORIES – 138
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Many thanks to @krogerco and @misfitsmarket for providing all my gorgeous produce.

Thank you for joining me today.
Until tomorrow…
In Love ♥ and Light 💫

🐠 AIR FRYER COD | 🍝 TURKEY FETTUCCINE

🎯 DAILY CALORIE TARGET – 1343
🧮 ACTUAL CALORIES CONSUMED –  1231 ✅

🎯 MACRO TARGETS HIT – ✅

👟 ACTIVITY ACHIEVED  – ✅
Mailbox Walk
Boogie Break
Arm Exercises
2500 Steps

📸 DAILY PHOTO – ✅
🎨 PAINTING – ✅

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🐠 DIJON COD, TZATZIKI & VEGGIES
▪️ Cod
▪️ Whole Grain Dijon Mustard
▪️ Italian Breadcrumbs
▪️ Greek Yogurt
▪️ Lime Juice
▪️ Dill
▪️ Sugar Snaps
▪️ Mixed Veggies – Peas, Corn, Carrots, Beans
▪️ Lemon Herb Butter

♨️ COOKED IN
@ninjakitchen Foodi Smart XL Air Fryer Oven
Preheated – Middle Rack
400° for 15min

🧮 CALORIES – 418
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🍝 TURKEY FETTUCCINE
▪️ 93% Ground Turkey
▪️ Four Cheese Pasta Sauce
▪️ Italian Fettuccine
▪️ Havarti Cheese
▪️ Dried Parsley
▪️ Kinders Salt, Pepper & Garlic Blend

🧮 CALORIES – 639
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👅 RANDOM EXTRAS
▪️ Green Seedless Grapes
▪️ Mandarins
▪️ Garlic Stuffed Olives

🧮 CALORIES – 175
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Many thanks to @krogerco and @misfitsmarket for providing all my gorgeous produce.

Thank you for joining me today.
Until tomorrow…
In Love ♥ and Light 💫

🎨ON THE WORKBENCH

KROSMASTER DRAGOON POWER PACK

KROSMASTER is a collectable game with large Chibi style, cute, pre-painted figures. I bought a bunch of them – they are adorable. I wanted to teach myself to use an airbrush and thought these would be good for that.

Here is the figure as she comes. I started her in 2020 before I quit painting. At some point her hammer must have broken and it is no where to be found…

Like many Anime / Chibi style models – pretty much anything goes color wise so I was practicing color fades on her hair… It will be nice to finish her.

🎨 COMPLETED – THE MONKEY KING – Fairytale Games

COMPLETED AUGUST 2022
The Monkey King – Fairytale Games
Paints: Mostly Warcolors
Inks: Warcolors & Army Painter

I gave up painting a few years ago when my hand tremors and weakness got to a point I was more miserable trying to paint than enjoying it. I am finding my way back after 2yrs and am going to learn new techniques to work around my limitations.

How it started

🎨 MINI PAINTING BRAIN RETRAIN – The Monkey King – Fairytale Games

ON THE WORKBENCH

The next project is another figure from the same box set as the Cheshire Cat I just completed. This is The Monkey King.

In looking around for inspiration for his color scheme I came across these two helpful references…

So here is where I am starting… I just don’t have the dexterity to clean the mold release lines or pin the weapon straight like I would like but if I want to ever get anything painted I will have to just get over that…

I worked on him, on and off, for about 4 hrs today to complete up to Stage 2.

🎨 MINI PAINTING BRAIN RETRAIN – STAGE 3 STARTED

This is going to be harder than I thought. My hand tremors make fine detail work and smooth blending just not possible. So I needed to figure out a way to still show detail without relying on being able to tightly control a brush… Imagine this whole figure is not much bigger than a quarter so the detail is Itty bitty… And much of my other ones are even smaller…. But anywhoooooo….

Left: End of Stage 2 yesterday

Right: Part 1 of Stage 3 – First Highlights
I am trying a technique that you can see the best on the tree trunk. I created very strong, dramatic highlights in a cartoon style and will go back once it’s ready and add some light color back over the top to add tone back in… Not at all my normal style but it might work…

🎨 MINI PAINTING BRAIN RETRAIN – STAGE 1

STAGE 1 – basic color blocking – is done… the idea of Stage 1 is like kindergarten coloring – stay in the lines and put down a basic middle tone color in the right spots but just in 3D…

Things I have learned so far :
▪️ Pushing myself for an hour straight out of the gate because… Just 5 more min…. Maybe not the best idea…
▪️ 2yr old paint requires much, much, much shaking – whew!
▪️ My old lady eyes, even wearing my detail glasses, are certainly not what they used to be…
▪️ My hands are wrecked for high detail work… I will have to do short sessions because the shakes are real and I think, I hope, I have an idea that will compensate somewhat for it… We shall see…

That needs to dry completely now and I’ll start Stage 2 tomorrow…

BRAIN RETRAIN

For many years, until my hands got weak and I started getting tremors, I painted fantasy miniatures… Think Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter type things. I absolutely loved it but I eventually reached a point where I was so disappointed with my limitations I gave it up…

I haven’t been in my painting room in over 2 yrs… It was making me anxious and sad and I didn’t deal well with all the feels – so I closed the room off and at one point almost sold it all… and this is a very addictive hobby – I have hundreds of miniatures to be painted…

My hands are still not great but I miss this so much that I am going to try to reteach myself to paint within my current limitations. I will have to learn all new techniques as the way I painted before is just not possible anymore.

So I dug around for a model that didn’t have too much tiny tiny detail that I couldn’t handle and found this Cheshire Cat from a box set of Fairytale Creatures.

Then while looking for a reference photo to use I found this teapot…. WHAT!?!

It’s exactly the color palette I was thinking of – I didn’t paint that, I found it on Google….

So the models range in size and difficulty and this one is bigger than many I have but until I develop new brush skills, that’s what I need.

2yrs guys… 2yrs of missing a hobby I was more than a little involved in. I have to keep reminding myself to go in with low expectations and that I may just have to settle for a very different style than what I could do before but…

ADVENTURE AWAITS…

I’m going to go pick some paints and start base coloring after lunch…

*squeeeeeeeeeee*