Nov 30, 2010
Nov 28, 2010
We were really proud of our cookies and they were a huge hit at the party.
The Clemson cookies disappeared before the Carolina cookies. This either means they were delicious or people were trying to get rid of them. Clemson started playing like doo doo and my attention turned from the game to some decoys I found in Cord’s living room. Do you like how I’m not only making out with a duck but I have antlers in this picture? Sunday morning was spent lazily watching tv until Tyler came back from Clemson demanding that we go for a run. He’s a feisty one! We ran up and down the Battery – the same route we’ll be running in our Reindeer Run 5k this Saturday.
After our run Tyler claimed that because his “life revolves around meal times” that we needed to discuss dinner options. Is he my twin or what? We settled on takeout from Tasty Thai. Unfortunately it was not so tasty. I was determined to try something other than my typical Pad Thai which was what Tyler ordered. My choice: Bleh. Boring. No flavor. Thanks for the massive amount of noodles with 5 vegetables, Tasty Thai. You are so generous.
Here’s to clean eating all week long with lots of exercise. Thanksgiving detox is a must!!
Nov 26, 2010
For this year’s Thanksgiving, I was in charge of making an appetizer and a dessert. I love showing my family that healthy can equal delicious, so I chose two recipes that would do just that. On Thanksgiving Eve I made the dessert: Pumpkin Chiffon Cake by Rachael Ray. I’m not usually a fan of RR or her recipes, but this one caught my eye bc a)the name sounds fancy and b)it was lightened up.
- 1 cup flour
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs, separated, plus 5 egg whites, at room temperature
- 1 cup canned pure pumpkin puree
- Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
Using an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, whip the remaining 9 egg whites at medium speed until foamy, about 2 minutes. With the machine on, gradually whisk in the remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar; increase the speed to high and beat until stiff but still moist, 1 to 2 minutes.
Add one-quarter of the egg white mixture to the pumpkin batter, folding with a rubber spatula just until no streaks remain. Fold in the remaining egg white mixture in the same manner. Pour the batter into a 10-inch tube pan with a removable bottom and bake until springy to the touch and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 55 minutes.
Let cool in the cake pan for 5 minutes, then invert the pan onto a narrow-necked bottle and let hang upside down until completely cool, about 1 1/2 hours. (I REFUSED to put a hole in my cake, so I let it cool on top of cans.)Place the cake right side up and remove the pan. To serve, dust the cake with the confectioners’ sugar.
For a beautiful cake, this was quite easy! While it baked, Lucy and I did some Christmas decorating and arts & crafts. I picked up these mugs for our nightly tea seshes. So adorbs!! I am the penguin and she is the snow(w0)man.I also found place mats. Target has the best seasonal crap. Omggggg I’m obsessed.
This was one of the best desserts I have ever made. My family is full of chocolate fanatics, but every single one of us loved this. Even the baby ate two slices! At only 122 calories per slice, this is the perfect indulgence. We could not get over how light and moist it was. Move over pumpkin loaves and cookies, the pumpkin chiffon cake is the best yet!As if you could even focus on a vegetable right now, I do want to show the app too. I simply took a bunch of fresh asparagus, snapped off their tails, and parboiled them for a few minutes. I wrapped them in prosciutto while drinking a mimosa…and then roasted them in balsamic and honey with pistachios. Easy and delicious!
Hope everyone had a fatttttttttttttttt Thanksgiving!
Nov 25, 2010
Nov 23, 2010
Monday’s boot camp was work work work. In multiples of fifty. Our night consisted of the following:
Do you believe it? It’s true. Ask Amanda, Mary, Margaret, or me how our butts felt and we will tell you “JELLO.”
It was all worth it when class was over and I received some prezzies for YOU, my blog readers. Remember when I picked up my 2011 Chick-fil-A coupon calendar? I now have some to give away!
Three of my readers will win a Chick-fil-A calendar, an adorable cow ornament, and a box to put presents in! It is the perfect size box for a bottle of wine…or sparkling grape juice. Whatevs. Calendar coupons (that do not expire) include:
- January: Spicy Chicken Biscuit or Small Bowl of Chicken Soup
- February: Yogurt Parfait and Dasani Bottled Water
- March: Large Diet Coke
- April: Chick-Fila Nuggets (8 ct)
- May: Chargrilled Chicken Garden Salad (my fave!)
- June: Small Hand-Spun Milkshake
- July: Medium Freshly Squeezed Lemonade (my other fave!)
- August: Large Sprite
- September: Spicy Chicken Sandwich
- October: Large Coca-Cola
- November: Chick-n-Minis (3 ct) OR Large Waffle Fry
- December: Large Coca-Cola Zero
PS: I finally made a header!! It’s nothing fancy but I’m really proud of it!
Nov 22, 2010
- Chestnuts can be eaten raw, but can also be roasted, boiled, candied, steamed, or grilled.
- The texture is similar to that of a potato with a sweet and nutty flavor.
- Chestnuts can be dried and milled into flour.
- Chestnuts contain no cholesterol, and very little fat (mostly unsaturated) and no gluten.
- They are the only “nuts” that contain Vitamin C; 100g contains about 65% of your daily requirement.