Friday, May 31, 2013
Today I spent the day at my parent's house cooking with my Mother. I have another work potluck this weekend, so I wanted to get the stuff made for that.
I made Pasta Salad. That is a given. Although, this time, I did something different. I measured out
1 cup of pasta
1 oz of ham
1/2 oz of pepperoni
1 oz of cheese (total 1/2 provolone, 1/2 colby jack)
green pepper and tomato
placed it in a separate container. To this, I added 1/4 cup of light italian dressing. This will be exclusively for me. This is enough for 2 servings. It greatly cuts down on the calories, and I can still enjoy it!
(this is what my pasta salad looks like)
I also made Peanut Butter Cream pie w/ an oreo crust and a homemade peanut butter tandy cake.
I asked Jason what he wanted for his cake, and normally every one requests the chocolate peanut butter filled cupcakes but he said he wanted to challenge me. He still wanted chocolate and peanut butter, but something different. I accepted and that is what I came up with.
Peanut Butter Tandy Cake
2 cups of flour
2 cups of sugar
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup of milk
2 tsp vanilla
Peanut butter - I don't measure this... I just glob it on until it looks like enough
2 7oz hershey bars
*preheat over to 350*
Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside
beat eggs and vanilla on high until fluffy, add milk and give another whirl. Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and beat until well combined.
Grease and flour a jelly roll pan. Pour batter into the pan and bake for 20 mins. Be very careful not to over bake!!
remove cake from the over and glob peanut butter on the hot cake and allow it to start melting. Work the peanut butter around until the entire cake is covered. Place cake in the fridge for several hours and allow the peanut butter to harden.
Once the peanut butter is hard remove the cake from the fridge. Break up the chocolate bars and place in a sauce pan. Melt the chocolate over low heat. Once it is completely melted. pour over the cake. Work it around until it is fully covered. Place cake back in the fridge until the chocolate hardens.
I don't have a picture of the pie, but I will include the recipe.
1 oreo cookie pie crust
1/2 cup of peanut butter
1/4 cup milk
3oz soften cream cheese
8oz tub of cool whip
Hershey chocolate syrup
Beat the milk, peanut butter and cream cheese together until well mixed. using a large spatula, fold in the cool whip. Once well mixed place in the pie crust. Drizzle with syrup and refrigerate.
Sometimes I think i should be setting a better example for my co-workers and bringing them in healthy dishes instead of these calorie laden and fattening things. Like I have said before, a healthy lifestyle is all about moderation. I do frequently bring my BFF/co-worker/supervisor Sue lunch. Of course, they are the healthy recipes I prepare for myself. She had enjoyed everything that I have made her so far.
I guess I feel like I should be the one bringing the veggie or fruit tray... Of course, none of my co-workers are really overweight either.
Oh well, I am sure every last crumb will get finished.
I think that is all for now
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
I admit I am addicted to iced coffee. I adore them. I love them. They are yummy! I usually get one from McDonalds - and even the large 32oz big gulp only has 160 calories. Honestly, calorie wise, that isn't too bad. I would stop and get one here and there. Then I started getting one every day that I work.
I went through my bank info yesterday and found out... in the last 90 days, I have spent over $90 ($92 and some change) on iced coffee. Not only that, but I have also consumed over 4,000 calories! In iced coffee!!!
Now to be fair, my weight hasn't really changed. In fact, in the last 90 days, I have even lost a few pounds... but to think, I wasted over $90 and 4,000 calories on a drink just has me in shock!
In other news...
Today was a gorgeous day out! I strapped my bike on and headed out for my first trail ride!! From the very start, something didn't feel right with my bike. Then i started to hear and feel a weird clicking and grinding... I got off and checked it out, and everything seemed fine, so I rode a little more. When I got about 2 miles in, it got worse, so I turned around and went back. I didn't want to get 10 miles out on the trail and have something major happen. I would have to walk it back, and it was already 6 in the evening. I am going to call the bike shop tomorrow and see when they can fit me in for a repair.
I then just drove to the gym and worked out there for a while. I did some upper body stuff, and ran a 1/2 mile.
I am getting together with my mom tomorrow to cook. I have yet another work potluck dinner this weekend. I am making Pasta salad, peanut butter oreo pie and peanut butter tandy cake. I like to cook, and it is my co-worker Jason's birthday. I love Jason. He is just great. we are fellow nerds/geeks. We need to stick together!
I think that is all for now!
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
I love my cats. I know that sounds crazy, but I really do. They bring such joy into my life, my boyfriend's life and our house. They are always doing goofy things to make us laugh, and wait for us by the door to greet us when we come home.
When I am sad or sick, they are right there by my side to make me feel better. There is something so very comforting about petting a cat during stressful times.
I don't know what I would do without them.
They make our house a home
Monday, May 27, 2013
My beloved trainer is not going to be around for 3 weeks!
Today was the holiday, gym was closed
The next 2 weeks she will be on vacation. I am going to miss her! Yes, I could work with another trainer, but it won't be her! I am dreading July! She is moving! I will be ready for PC Fit by then, but I am really going to miss her!
She has taught me a lot, so I won't have any problems throwing together a workout, but I will miss her yelling "LET'S GO" across the gym when I have to run my laps!
I would like to get her a going away present to let her know how much she means to me, and to thank her for all that she has done for me, but I am not sure what I want to get her? Any suggestions are most welcome!
I hope everyone had a great holiday!
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