Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thanksgiving Leftovers?

I'm sure everyone has a few Thanksgiving leftovers that they're trying to figure out what to do with.

I had quite a bit of leftover homemade Gingered-Cranberry Sauce, so I decided to utilize my favorite french toast recipe (see: Recipe Review: Ciabatta French Toast with Marmalade Drizzle).

I substituted a half cup of the Gingered-Cranberry sauce for the Orange Marmalade and juiced the leftover orange I had from making the Orange-Buttermilk Dinner Rolls. It was an excellent breakfast. :)

What'd everyone else do with their leftovers?

Monday, November 29, 2010

I really do match the traffic cones...

I got many comments on how much everyone liked the color of my running gear.  And check me out, I really do match the traffic cone!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Weekly Weigh-In: 11/26/2010

Weight: 125.0
Body Fat: 19.6% + 3% = 22.6%
Measurements: 34"-26"-33.5"-17.75"

 Thanksgiving was a success. All of my dishes turned out excellent, no failures. Unfortunately, I was so busy that I forgot to take any pictures the day of so I have just a few to share.

Turkey's last act of defiance, mooning me from the brine bucket.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Recipe Review: Chocolate Walnut Tart

I know what you're thinking...

"Sarah, you hate walnuts! Why are you making a Chocolate Walnut Tart?"

Well...I guess it's not really a Chocolate Walnut Tart if I substitute hazelnuts, is it? That's what I did anyhow. Hazelnuts and chocolate go better together than walnuts and chocolate in my opinion!

Recipe and commentary after the jump.. 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Oleana & BodPod Testing

Eric and I have been trying to go to Oleana since early July.  The first time we had to cancel our reservation because someone (I won't name any names here) decided to put mayonnaise that was three years past it's expiration date on their burger the night before.  The next time we talked about going, I came down with strep throat. Saturday's reservation was  definitely a long time in coming.

Oh but it was completely worth the wait! It was also completely worth the calories.  I do not feel a single bit of guilt about the food that I consumed last night.

We had:

Friday, November 19, 2010

Weekly Weigh-In: 11/19/2010

Weight: 125.2
Body Fat: 20.3%
Measurements: 34"-26"-33.5"-17.5"

Weight/BF% seems to be up a little bit this week but I'm not sure if it's because I'm extremely sore from class on Wednesday, because I splurged a couple days this week or because it's that time of the month.  I guess I'll just have to wait until next week to see.

Eric and I are going out to Oleana tomorrow night. I've wanted to go to Oleana since I came back from Norway in July, so I'm pretty excited that we're finally going. Perhaps I'll bring a camera and document the food, but I'm afraid of looking a bit like a weirdo taking pictures of her food.

I've got some studying to do tonight, and a little bit of grocery shopping. Hopefully this will translate to a nice low-key night for me, since last week was hectic with all the cooking and baking I had to do.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Bacon & Shallot Peas

For Eric's birthday last week, I decided to design the dishes around the foods he likes best. I keep various different Bird's Eye frozen vegetables in my freezer for dinner but he seems to like the peas best. Regular old steamed peas weren't going to cut it for a nicer dinner so hence the bacon and shallot peas:

Today is pea day.
Recipe and review after the break...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


On my way home yesterday, I heard Katy Perry's Firework on the radio. Not being a huge fan of her music, I was happily surprised at the message of this song.  Perhaps I'm hitting that sentimental time of the month, but singing along with this song makes me a little teary-eyed.

No matter how badly you feel...

You are worth it.

You are beautiful.

You are strong.

You will prevail.

Believe in yourself and there is no limit to the things you can achieve.

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Pictorial: My busy weekend

I was up at 6:45 AM on Saturday to start the cleaning and cooking prep for my little brother's birthday:
At 20, he's not so little anymore.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Weekly Weigh-In: 11/12/2010

Weight: 125
Body Fat: 19.4%
Measurements: 34"-26"-33.5"-17.5"

I have a very, very busy evening and weekend ahead of me.  Tonight I have to:
  • Pick up the digital SLR camera that I'm borrowing from a friend
  • Buy Eric's birthday gift
  • Go grocery shopping
  • Bake Eric's birthday cake 
  • Make the cake filling
  • Study my PT materials for four hours
  • Get 40-50 minutes of treadmill running in somehow (blech)
  • Make crumpets for Nate's birthday brunch
  • Wrap both the birthday boys' gifts!
I'm thinking that I can multitask a few of the things in there. Maybe watch the DVD that came with my PT materials while I'm on the treadmill so the treadmill will hopefully seem less boring. I'll have plenty of (hopefully) great pictures for the blog on Monday. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

    Wednesday, November 10, 2010


    Fear is a natural part of the human existence.

    Fear tells you to be afraid of things that could harm your well-being, be they internal or external stimuli.  Some fears trigger your sympathetic nervous system, preparing you to fight or to take flight. Other fears can be more insidious.

    I have an insidious fear.

    Tuesday, November 9, 2010

    Recipe Review: Chicken Piccata with Orzo

    I was looking for a quick recipe that I had almost all the ingredients on-hand for last night. I always keep lemons on hand for my hot lemonade drink that Eric hates, so the Chicken Piccata with Orzo was a no-brainer.

    Note: I meant to post this last night but apparently didn't actually hit the post button. I also seem to have forgotten to put the picture in, I'll try to do that when I get home tonight!

    Monday, November 8, 2010

    Is it too early to start counting...?

    Counting the days until next Spring and Summer, that is.

    I'm feeling a bit dead today, so I thought I'd share this bit of wisdom that I received in my inbox today:

    Friday, November 5, 2010

    Weekly Weigh-in: 11/05/2010

    Weight: 124.2
    Body Fat: 20.2%
    Measurements: 34"-26"-33.5"-17.5"

    Physical fitness, as defined by the American Council on Exercise, is the combination of the physical components that constitute well-being, which enables an individual to function at an optimal level.

    There are five major components of physical fitness:

    Wednesday, November 3, 2010

    Ode to Oatmeal

    Today we are going to talk about something special to me. Something near and dear to my heart:

    Yes, that's right. We are going to talk about my undying love for the grain known to us as the oat.

    Mmmm....peanut butter and bananas in my oatmeal
    Let's begin the tale of the oat with a little bit of history:

    • Oats were the last cereal grain to be domesticated as they were not nearly as popular as wheat or barley.
    • They started out as weeds that grew amongst other crops.
    • Oats are primarily a North American and European crop because they require a cool, moist climate to grow.
    • They've been considered a lowly horse food by many a culture.
    • Less than 5% of oat crops grown today are for human consumption.

    Poor oats! They've got a bad reputation.

    What makes them so great then? Well...
    1. Oats contain more soluble fiber than any other grain. Soluble fiber is the kind that dissolves in water, making a sticky sludgy mass.  This sticky sludgy mass moves very slowly through your digestive system, leaving you feeling satiated for longer. It also slows the absorption of glucose, preventing those frightful lows and highs of blood sugar. And the neatest part? It inhibits the absorption of bile into your body.  That means your liver has to look elsewhere for it's required cholesterol, forcing it to get it out of your blood. That's right. Oats can lower your blood cholesterol levels!
    2. Aveeno has it dead-on. Oats also have anti-inflammatory properties, have been showing to relieve dry-itchy skin and have best balance of amino-acids.

    I did not always love oats the way that I do now.

    At first, we had a tentative relationship.

    I started out by only eating old-fashioned oats.  They were finicky at best. They loved to blow up in my microwave and get sticky, gooey oat-y mess all over the place.  I had to watch it like a hawk every morning I made it, hoping to prevent the oatmeal related disaster. I used to stand at the microwave with my nose plastered against it, staring, waiting for that moment where I had to yank open the door and give them a stir.

    Initially, my toppings of choice were fresh strawberries and chopped up hazelnuts, but I noticed a suggestion on the container one day. Peanut butter and bananas? Sounded like a match made in heaven to me!

    Eventually I grew weary of the bland taste of old-fashioned oats.  I branched out one weekend morning and made McCann's Steel Cut oats.

    Oh, they were perfect! They had a delightful nutty flavor (no, that was not the peanut butter!) and they had the perfect amount of chewiness. But ACK! Their cooking time was 15x how long it takes to make old-fashioned oats.  I went hunting for methods to cook the oats and found this one on the McCann's website.

    Quick Soak Method

    One of the quickest and easiest ways to prepare McCann's Steel Cut Oats is to soak the oats overnight. Before going to bed, boil four cups of water in a pot, add one cup of oatmeal. Simmer 1 minute. Cover pot and store overnight in refrigerator. The next morning cook the oatmeal on low for 9 – 12 minutes; stirring occasionally. (source)

    In the morning when you awake, your steel-cut oats will have absorbed all of the water and look delicious and fluffy.  Reheat, top and devour!

    I know, another gratuitous shot of the oats, but I love them so.

    Tuesday, November 2, 2010

    Recipe Review: Ginger-Soy Chicken Thighs with Scallion Rice

    I was leafing through my Cooking Light magazine this morning while I ate my oatmeal, in the hopes that I could find a speedy recipe for dinner.  It had to be fast because by the time I got back from grocery shopping, I would be starving.  I happened across this recipe on page 45.

    I'm sorry in advance for this terrible looking picture, but I was so hungry!

    Monday, November 1, 2010

    Is it really November already?

    I can't believe it's November already!

    It feels like October just flew by, and I'm quite proud of myself. I managed to blog every single weekday in October.  Woohoo! That's the longest I've ever managed to blog continuously.

    I definitely ate way too much yesterday, but I have no regrets. Except for maybe the pumpkin cheesecake ice cream, that gave me a pretty bad upset intestines on my run today.  I had to bail a mile early because it was so painful.

    I rather wanted to make and review one of the new recipes in the November Cooking Light issue but I haven't been to the grocery store in a week and a half. I'm desperately lacking in many key ingredients.  Hopefully tomorrow evening, I will be able to make it out to the store and thusly be able to cook two recipes for review this week.

    Hopefully everyone had a fantastic Halloween! :)