Archive for June, 2010

June 30, 2010

Good day all…

Well…. I made the spatchcock last night. Oh my gosh! I am pretty sure that it was the juiciest chicken that I have ever eaten. Oh so good!

I think next time I make this, I will let it cook for another 10 minutes though. I want a crispier crust and it could never dry out in that amount of time. So moist. And the galette was to die for. I will be making that again too.

Went for our run this morning. Wow, we got up early. 4am comes sooner than you expect it to. We grumped and ggrrrred and drove to the path and ran (walked too). Stupid Bill, ha ha. He never smoked and he can run. For those of you that don’t know, I quit smoking 6 months ago. They say that it can take up to 9 months fr the cilia in your lungs to grow back. Well, let me tell you that mine aren’t there all the way yet. We ran…. I stopped and he kept going – for a while!…. then I would try to catch up…  no luck. I need to do some endurance drills of some kind. Oh well. I will get there.

Its just another lemon 😉

I have decided that I am going to run the Sandpoint Scenic Half Marathon on September 19. I need motivation to make myself get better at running and its going to be my birthday present to myself as I am turning 30 on the 29th.

Well, I have some stuff I need to get done in the house before the water heater repair guy gets here (we’re having issues with ours).

Question: Any one else getting over the smoking thing? How did you get your lungs back into the swing of things?

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June 29, 2010

Adventures in baking

So… I decided that I wanted to bake today. I picked up the Martha Stewart Baking Handbook from the library yesterday. But being that we are almost out of white flour and brown sugar, there are not very many things that I can make in the book. Then I decided to experiment. I have fresh strawberries, canned pineapple rings, almonds, etc… I guess I have a lot to bake with.

I settled on a Galette – a free form tart. Of course the one in Martha’s book is exquisite. She has practiced for many years. Well, that and professional bakers probably make the things that are photographed for the book.

I started with the basic ingredients for Frangipane. This is a buttery sweet almond paste. I substituted almond butter for some of the real butter- both to save calories and I was out of butter after making the dough.

I then rolled out the dough in 3 pieces and put them together with the last of the stick of butter in between. After this I piped the Frangipane onto the dough 1″ thick and layered with sliced fruit.

I folded the edges and put it in the preheated to 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. At 15 minutes I applied an egg wash to the crust and put in the oven for another 20 minutes.

I wish you could smell this. Well, this is the galette as it was coming out of the oven. I put it onto a plate and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Ohhhh… I can’t wait to eat this tonight. I am also cooking Spatchcocked chicken tonight. I’ll post pictures of the yum-fest tomorrow.

June 29, 2010

We were rained out.

Bill and I woke up this morning at 4 to go running and wouldn’t you know it…. it was raining. So we went back to sleep. Got up at 5 to have breakfast and get ready for work and… its not. GGGRRR. Bill was a bit unimpressed with mother nature and I’m inclined to side with him. How is it that it rains all over our work out and then we have blue skies the rest of the day!?

I may try to go for a run later, but I think CardioX will have to do for today. This is also weigh-in day for those that are following my get healthy journey. I will be posting the results on the weight loss page in a while.

Have a great morning all; I’m off to start my day.

June 28, 2010

Lions and Tigers and Bears….

Oh my! Ok ok, there are no lions and tigers, but look at this cute little guy I saw yesterday –

Its a good thing I’m always really early to work or the 10 minutes that I sat in the car trying to get this picture would have started my day off wrong. I took a few pics, but he never showed me his full face. Bashful little guy. But my whole weekend was like this. We moved along and wonderful moments just popped up out of nowhere. Like our picnic dinner on friday, the beautiful morning jog on saturday, or like this moment…

This is Alexis… she is 6 and soon to be one of my wonderful step-children. She lost another tooth. Now… Lexi is unduely scared sometimes and this was no different, but just like last summer when I pulled on of the other ones that you see missing, she let me help and then realized I was right… It wouldn’t really hurt. We all smiled and laughed. It was just one of those moments. Now if the other ones would just grow in she would be able to say “THE”.

Well, Bill was wonderful enough to get most of the house clean yesterday, so now it is my turn to get the rest; I may even get started on a new project. But first, I think lunch out on the lawn is in order.

I love summer.

June 27, 2010

Wedding Thoughts

I am going to start posting about my wedding planning. Being an event planner, I have so many ideas. Many that I will never be able to fit into my small affair. But I feel that there is a need to show ordinary people that there is a way to have what you want and make it spectacular, even when your bank account says differently.

Engaged!!! And then…..?

If you’re like me, then next comes $50 in bridal magazines. And if you find out that you’re on a budget…. Oops… there went your personalized napkins and matchbooks or the deposit for your elephant. As an event planner, I had seen the ridiculous things that brides just have to have. And I, being the blushing bride, was following in suit. During my many hours of web surfing, looking for the coolest and most fun, I found websites about how to do things yourself. I had always touted this as a method to keep costs down, but I wasn’t taking it to heart. Then came the dreaded B-word : Budget. As it turned out, ours was pretty small. I looked at the list of people from our families that we just had to invite (my list was a bit larger than his), and looked at the number in front of me. How was I going to plan the chic, elegant, garden wedding that I had always dreamed of – for 60 people- on $5000? DIY it is!!!

I looked at my family realized that there is a wealth of talent just waiting to be exploited. All the people with eyes for detail will help with the set up of the reception. Changing the rehearsal dinner to a rehearsal lunch, at a cute little restaurant, would save us moola and that would give the “women folk” a chance to gather in the evening to make the flower arrangements. Bill, my ever patient fiancé, likes to put things together. So, I am giving him the drawing of the makeshift photo booth, the list of supplies, and letting him have at it. Invitations, menus, and other paper products = wine, cheese, me and my MOH. Other various projects can be done on the weekend or a productive evening in front of the TV.

Now this type of wedding isn’t for everyone. There are those people that just can’t find the time to put into it. Or those that feel that DIY is tacky. Well to the latter of these people I give a big giant raspberry… THHHSSSSPPPPPP!!! Our wedding will be classic and beautiful, and most important it will be us. A celebration of us, our families, and a testament to what a little bit of love and elbow grease can do.

June 26, 2010

Saturday…

Good morning all. Well, I am sitting here eating my Vegan Overnight Oats (thank you Angela) and I am trying to think of what to do with the kids on this beautiful day. I think a picnic in the park with bike riding is in order. Maybe even a swim.

Well…. I’m off to spend the morning watching Mama Mia with my hunny. – oh is he gonna be annoyed when I start singing every song.

Tell me what you are gonna do today…..

June 25, 2010

Something New Every Day

Bill and I went for my first run in years this morning. Its his day off, so getting him out of bed wasn’t the easiest thing. But we got up and dressed… and headed out.

I have decided that I love the Pine St. Park. They have  3 separate areas that all have tracks around them and signs everywhere that tell you the different distances. We ended up running (ok, ok… walking with a few running jags peppered in) 1.96 miles in 30 min. But it was great. Maybe soon I will do a 5k in 30 min. Thats the goal.

Good thing for last night’s dinner.

Homemade gnocchi w/ tomato sauce and turkey bacon on a bed of spinach. YUM!!!

Well… lots of cleaning to do today (as evidenced by the mess you can see behind me in the getting ready pic).

Have a great day! 🙂