Friday, November 30, 2012
My friend and I are planning to motivate one another in a start fresh eat clean self challenge. We start Monday. Fruits. Veggies. Lots of those. Old fashioned oats. Nuts. Things like that.
Things we will avoid. Sugar, junk food like chips, cookies, candy.
These foods can still be enjoyed in the future but on an 80/20 basis.
I'm really excited about and this I have actually done really well with my eating as of late. Not an A+ by any means but I'll take an improvement any day.
My weekend will be filled with lots of studying as my final exams draw near. Tuesday is accounting and Friday is management. I'm mostly nervous about the accounting. Her tests are monsters! She admits this but says it's all in good faith. Most of the students will be taking the CPA exam and have to get used to seeing difficult material. Oh well I will study study study and hope for the best.
Cheers to a productive weekend!
Thursday, November 29, 2012
List of Supplies:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs ( I used Ener-G)
2 1/8 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup + 2 tbs Vegan Eggnog
2/3 cup vegan chocolate chips tossed in 2 teaspoons of flour (I forgot to toss)
1/4 cup brown butter (I used Earth Balance and it didn't fully brown so I did it wrong or it doesn't work as well with the vegan version.)
1/2-3/4 cup powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons eggnog
oven (duh.. but its pretty important),small mixing bowl, large mixing bowl, whisk, large spoon, loaf pan,
How To Do It:
In a large bowl, whisk cooled butter with sugar until smooth. Add in vanilla extract, mixing until combined, then whisk in the Ener-G until totally combined. Add half of the flour mixture, stirring with a large spoon, then stir in the eggnog until smooth. Add remaining dry ingredients and stir until just combined and smooth. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour in the greased loaf pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes, until top is golden and cake is just set. Let cool completely, then cover in glaze.
To make glaze, whisk together brown butter, sugar and eggnog, stirring well for 1-2 full minutes until combined. If it still doesn’t appear glaze-like, add in eggnog 1/2 tablespoon at a time and mix again. Don’t worry if it becomes too liquidy – just add a tiny bit of powdered sugar until you get the desired consistency. Spoon glaze on bread then serve.
Monday, November 26, 2012
No... I didn't rule thanksgiving like I had planned. The carbs were calling my name and in the end I just wasn't strong enough to resist. But so what.. I'm over it. It was a fun day and the food was so seriously yummy.
Friday I went to Estelline to visit my grandparents. It was so much fun. My grandma cooked lunch and it rocked my world! And then my dad had the great idea to go on a hike through my grandparents land, its pretty hilly so it was an okay workout. My twin brother and husband went with us. We found some "sea" shells from when their land must've ,at one time way back in the past, been a swamp or lake. My husband stepped on a cactus and it freaked him out pretty good. One of the needles went all the way into the sole of his shoe.
On Saturday I went with my sister and two of her awesome kiddos to see Life Of Pi. I really enjoyed the movie... not as much as my nephew. This kid LOVES animals and this movie is a little violent but it didn't bother him. He said at one time "What? He had to do it. He had to eat." He's not even 7 yet but he is extremely mature for his age. My niece, she's 4 1/2, totally fell asleep. I don't think she even watched half of it. But I really enjoy spending time with the little ones in the family. That was probably one of the best parts of my holiday weekend.
On Saturday evening we went to the grocery store. I had read a quote earlier in the week about procrastination and how you have to just bite the bullet and finally do what you said you would do. You waste less time and you benefit faster. So at the grocery store I thought hard about that lesson. So I decided to surround myself with healthier foods. I chose tangerines, apples, avocado, sweet potatoes etc... It's true. I really need to just make that step. Treat my body with respect. It's a line I've dropped 100 times... I know... but eventually it will stick. Practice makes
Sunday morning started out very lazing. My husband and I (plus Oscar because he has to be in all up in our business) laid around together on the couch. Dozing off and on and watching "How the Earth was Made" or something like that. Eventually I hopped off the couch and put on my workout clothes (thus ensuring I would go) and then I made lunch. Tomato soup... I'm obsessed.... must be a weird soup phase. Then off to the gym where I got in some cardio and Combat class! It felt great!! Then I came home and spent the rest of the day working on good ole homework.
Monday, November 19, 2012
And it seems as though I have procrastinated for far too long.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
List of Supplies
- Two 14-ounce cans artichoke hearts, drained
- One 8-ounce block cream cheese or tofutti brand (vegan)
- 1 cup veganaise (vegan) or real mayo
- Cayenne Pepper (if you like it spicy)
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese or Galaxy brand (vegan)
- Dash of Salt
- Ground black pepper
- oh! and you'll need an oven, oven mitt, oven safe bowl, mixing bowl, knife, spoon, blender or food processor... you know.. all that good stuff
How To Do It
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Add one can of the artichokes, the cream cheese, and the mayonnaise to the bowl of a food processor,(if you don’t have a food processor, do smaller batches in the blender or simply chop and stir together)
- Sprinkle in cayenne pepper to taste. Add the green onions to the bowl as well.
- Pulse the mixture 6 or 7 times. You don’t want to liquify it, just get the artichokes all chopped up and mixed with the other ingredients. Mix in the Parmesan and salt and pepper to taste, and set aside.
- Now roughly chop the artichokes from the remaining can (this grossed me out because they were so squishy). Get them down to bite-size pieces.
- Add the artichoke pieces to the dip and stir together gently.
- Pour the mixture into an oven-safe dish and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until heated through and bubbly. Serve with tortilla chips, crackers...
Friday, November 9, 2012
Seriously though... I was not feeling well... for about a week and a half.
I never get that sick.
I hate having to miss the gym.
But I didn't feel well enough to go
It would've been kind of rude to expose other gym goers to my germy germs.
There are enough germs there anyway.
I feel better mentally and physically and I am always a little afraid that I will get out of the habit if a take too long of a break.
I'm back on my feet and ready to get back into the routine.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Because you buy premade cake donut holes at the store :)
And then just mix in your own flare!
I haven't tried this with yeast donut holes... not sure if it would work the same way.
Anyway this may seem like cheating to you hardcore bakers but for a college student who works full time... this is about all the energy I have to devote to some things.
I love finding ways to shake up the ordinary.
Regular donut holes? Meh..
Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes... Yes please!
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
I have been ill for over a week now. :,( Cry Baby
I usually can get up go to the gym and carry on about my business but this time I was knocked clear off my feet.
I couldn't think straight.
I couldn't remember things.
I would email people about the same thing twice.
I could hardly wake up in the mornings.
So I haven't been to the gym and I haven't made any yummy food to share with you.
I love tomato and basil soup.
Accounting has been kicking my ass and eating my lunch- so I gave in and decided to get tutoring.
I will have to miss work and that also means co-workers have to fill in for me.
I feel awful about it.
Like seriously awful...
I know that no one wants to sit for me and especially when they have things to get done too.
But I have to do this.
I can't believe how bad its kicking my butt.
Then I found out my dad has to find a new home for his dog :(
I'm especially sad about that.
I can't take her because my dog isnt fixed and my Dad can't wait long enough for me to get him fixed.
Luckily a very nice and caring animal person co-worker said he would take her in.
I'm just happy she will have a happy home.
But know she'll miss my Dad and my Dad will miss her.
I had better get back to the books.
Obviously I need to put more time into that!
Thank you to Jennifer for her wonderful Halloween post!
Everyone seemed to love it! :)
And maybe I can talk her into posting more often ;p