A First Time For Everything

I am writing this post using Windows Live Writer for the first time. 

computer-2A big step for me! But this is what my goal was when I went through all kinds of crazy efforts in order to get Windows + Windows Live Writer set up on my new iMac.

Another first is that this past week I’ve been enjoying the first white nectarines of the season.

Saying they are “the first of the season”, however, implies there is a long season for white nectarines.  Oh, contraire.  Blink and you miss it.


So I have been enjoying juicy, sweet, perfect white nectarines like they’re going out of style.  Because they will be, soon, actually.

It’s also the first time I won a giveaway that included beans, grill tools, a cooking pot, and a $50 Visa gift card!


I want to extend a big thank you to Bush’s Beans and Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod.  I won her Bush’s giveaway that she hosted a few weeks ago and just received my prize yesterday.

I can’t wait to cook up some beans in my new pot!  I’ll be cooking them up the beans savory style. 

I also want to take a can of beans and use them in a Cheezy Vegetable Bake

Whatever fresh veggies or canned beans you have on hand will work.  It’s a very flexible recipe.

But there will be No Beans In Desserts for me, though.  Not yet, anyway.  I still haven’t jumped on board that trend.

There will never be beans in White Chocolate Blondies with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting, ever.

And now it’s time to announce the winner of my Coconut Oil Giveaway:

Beth on June 8, 2011 at 5:38 am said: I’m subscribed to TT’s newsletter.
I use coconut oil in pie crust, cookie dough balls, raw vegan coconut chocolate snowballs, protein bars, and raw vegan chocolate / fudge.

Congrats, Beth!  Email me your shipping address and your coconut oil will be on the way!

Thanks for the great comments, thoughts, and perspectives from my last post, Rising Food & Grocery Prices.  Most of you said that yes, you unfortunately have noticed rising food prices and you’re just trying to cut corners and do the best you can to deal with it.

Many of you mentioned that gas prices are really inching up and that is worrisome, too.

Let’s not talk about rising prices.  Let’s talk about something sweet like Rice Pudding with Raisins



1. Do you like white nectarines?  Or peaches and nectarines in general?

I love apricots, peaches, nectarines, and there is just nothing better than a perfectly ripe, in season, juicy peach, nectarine, or apricot for me!  Eating out of season fruit is not even worth eating.  Especially when it comes to peaches.  <—Wood much?

2. What’s a First for you lately?

As I am concluding the end of this post, from editing the pictures in Lightroom 3, saving them on my computer, then getting them uploaded into the post and just figuring out where everything is on the settings in WLW, this post has taken me at least 5 times as long as it would have had I not tried to use Windows Live Writer and just blogged directly from WordPress.

I resisted the urge about 17 times to just quit WLW and go back to WP because I knew it would have been faster but everyone swears WLW is faster so I hope I get the hang of it and am whizzing around on it in no time.

Now, fingers crossed, the post publishes ok.  I am saving a copy before I hit publish.  If I lost this post, I would start crying!

Honestly, maybe I am missing something, but I don’t see how this is going to be that much faster?  I can almost feel myself going back to just blogging from WordPress’ platform for all you inquiring minds because with my new computer, it has taken me far less time anyway.

All that…for possibly nothing.  Ahh, well, live and learn and you never know til you try something, right.

And I haven’t ruled WLW out completely yet, but it did just take me forever to write this post!

One other first was our ocean boat ride with Skylar.   Firsts lived through the eyes of a child are the best.

3. Weekend plans?

I am working but plan to spend some time with Skylar.


And I plan to get some nice runs and yoga in, as well as hopefully some time outside and keeping my fingers crossed for sunny weather!


TGIF and enjoy your weekend!

68 comments on “A First Time For Everything”

  1. I am more of a peach fan than nectarine, but you are right about out of season peaches being NASTY. I don’t even bother. Same with most fruit. I had a really mealy watermelon the other day that was so beyond disappointing. Ugh.

  2. Very cool on Live Writer, does Windows run okay on your iMac?

    Great giveaway score!

    1. Yes in just about any form – in smoothies, fresh, dried.
    2. Trying more dehydrator recipes and a new protein powder.
    3. Working on our new office and hopefully enjoying the hot weather a bit.

    • does Windows run okay on your iMac? = yes, it runs ok.

      but i am reminded that i hate windows in general!

      and that I am not that impressed with WLW. It’s meh to me.

      Probably will just end up not using any of it. Now that I have it all on my machine. ha!

      Do you know if just having it sit there, not in use, so yes in theory it’s tying up RAM or memory by being parked there, but do you think it will slow down my machine, overall? I have 8 GB ram installed. I doubt it, but would love your thoughts.

      I dont necessarily want to un-install it all on the if-come I do want to try it again but so far, am just sticking w/ WP blogging and skipping WLW.

  3. averie, you are just queen of the transitions/flowing from one topic to the next with a linking word/idea. i am in awe! :)
    wow – if you’re having a hard time adjusting to WLW…i am rethinking my belief that i *need* that program…i’ll look forward to reading more commenters’ comments and also what you have to say in the next few days…i hate that i’ve lost a few posts with wordpress, but at least i more or less get it.
    GREAT prize to win – wow!
    i dislike stone fruits. esp peaches. you said it – woody and i hate the strings.
    have a great eve!

  4. Mmm I love nectarines with everything lately! On pizzas, in salads, snacks, mmm! And this is the first I’ve heard of WLW — I’m always learning from you gals :) My plans for the weekend include packing up our place in SF and getting ready for the move!

  5. was it a huge pain in the ass to set up windows or was it just $$$??? i really want live writer!

  6. Thanks for the white nectarine reminder. I’ll be lookin’ for them this week, esp at the farmers’ market.

    Hmmmm, maybe you can return or sell the WLW if it really isn’t your bag? Though I’m sure you’ve already thought of those options ;-)

    Firsts: First few watermelons of the season. Yum! First bike I’ve owned in NYC. Just rode it today for the first time, in fact.

    Weekend plans are mainly work, but some fun time with friends, loved ones, and outdoors.

  7. Pleaseee keep us updated on WLW! I’d love to know if it’s worth it on my Mac!

  8. i love stone fruits in general but my fave are apricots, then nectarines, plums, peaches in that order! a first for me is going to HLS and meeting some bloggers! plans this weekend include a morning sweaty run, heading to a place called meat and potatoes for a meal and hitting up the arts festival. i’m sure walks and sunday brunch at our fave vegetarian/vegan cafe will happen as well (you know they have amazing food if my carnivore husband and i dig it!)

  9. I am currently on my first serious solo vacation, making my way through France and Spain. Staying at a beautiful little hotel in the Pyrenees right now — it can be scary to be by myself but it is also freeing!

  10. I looooove peaches and nectarines! I plan on going to the farmer’s market tomorrow morning and picking up a ton! They’re the perfect summertime treat.

    Hope you can get WLW figured out. I never understood the whole hype around it. Kath blogged a bit about WLW a while back. Don’t know if you’ve seen it but it’s worth a shot: http://www.katheats.com/home-neat-home-blogging-behind-the-scenes

    • I have stalked that post of Kath’s for months. I re-read it all the time. It’s SUCH a gem.

      I use Lightroom and do many of the things she does, but I dont get the WLW stuff. I really dont think it’s *that* much faster and it’s such a complicated interface with a MAC. As a PC user, I think it’s one thing but for me…meh, on it all so far.

      Thanks for that link and thinking of me :)

  11. LOVE nectarines…..I didn’t know they were in season? I need some-ASAP!

  12. I love all nectarines! In fact, just a few days ago I posted a yummy grilled nectarine recipe with blueberry softserve! I like them better than peaches because they are not fuzzy. I’ll have to be on the lookout for white nectarines!

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  14. You totally should try the beans in your dessert–you would love it–its the same concept as the avocados in the ice cream you make, and you can’t taste them at all!

  15. Glad you got the Windows Live Writer working on your Mac. Phew!
    Amazing giveaway win too. I’ve never seen a giveaway with the much stuff. Wow!

    Peaches and nectarines are great. Can’t wait until they are fresh & in season up this way. Yum!

  16. i was cautious in buying our first stone fruit of the season because of the cuckoo CA weather…but so glad i did–our peaches were amazing—enjoy yours!

  17. Peaches and nectarines are both awesome – love ’em!

    The weekend has now passed (I am catching up after a crazing weekend), but it was awesome because I threw my sister a bridal shower that turned out really well. I love being matron of honour/wedding coordinator!!!! It is so fun!

  18. Oh, how I love peaches when they’re ripe and juicy!!! YUM!

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