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I love Friday. I’ve said it before, everyone smiles at work. Customers are happier, vendors are more willing to drop prices, the weather is nicer (even if it rains – figure that one out ūüėȬ† ), it’s just all good on Friday.¬†

Yesterday I had a great workout. It was shoulder day.¬† 20 minute T/M run. 35 minutes of shoulders and abs. Shane and I went for¬†a 38 minute jog/walk.¬† He had to have a shower so we tried to make it home early enough to get him washed, nails cut and dried.¬† The dried didn’t happen but the other two did. He is a complete moosh dog when being bathed.¬† I should take a photo of him in the shower but I think he might feel that is an invasion of his privacy. I don’t want to offend.¬†

I changed up my breakfast yesterday and had one terrific vegetarian omelet. It was super. Sorry, no photos.¬† I ate it too fast and was focused on the crossword puzzle with Ted before I realized the error of my photographic ways.¬†¬†Today there are no breakfast¬†photos either – no food for you!¬† I went back to good old fashioned Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Steel Cut Oats.

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Exercise:¬†¬† Just a heart healthy fast 3.5 mile walk.¬† This morning’s walk was¬†hot, and stinky sticky. Got up a little late.¬†We were watching “The Good Witch”, a Hallmark family movie last night until 11 pm.¬†

This morning, first …. DSC_0714Welcome to my blog!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, what books do you like to read?¬†¬† I enjoy crime solving books for entertainment.¬† I also enjoy books that teach and lately, that has been a full menu for me.¬† I began with curiosity regarding “Twitter”.¬† A very good book if you know about twitter but really don’t understand it’s popularity or what it’s good for.¬† Valuable source.¬† I’m still working through the last 3/4’s of this book.

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Here are the 3 next in line to promote some serious understanding of the latest crazes…

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“Facebook: The Missing Manual”:¬†¬† There is a lot about Facebook that I just don’t know. Applications I don’t know how to use or even realize exist.¬†

“Will Write For Food”:¬† Blogging about food. Anyone can do it, but for people to read it, it should be good.¬† Definitely a must read.

“The iPhone”:¬† Do you have one?¬† I do.¬† This little piece of electronic marvelry is beyond comprehension.¬† All the applications.¬† All the functions. It’s an amazing piece of equipment.¬† It would be a sin not to get¬†the most out of it.¬† I love the thin, light weight, ultra-responsive phone-computer-notepad-camera.¬†

Lastly, this is what I want to begin reading for entertainment. Don’t give me a “It figures!” because it’s a book about cooking.

DSC_0713“Cooking Dirty”.¬† This is a book about life behind the scenes in a restaurant kitchen.¬† It should be quite amusing because unlike others I’ve read where the author takes you through his/her experience in a top culinary school, this book avoids all that fancy-smancy stuff completely.¬† It makes the cooks/chefs the “bad boys” we all like.

Finally, this morning, there was no paper delivery.¬† Ted went to play golf until noon. A half day vacation for him. Although he was already working at 6:30 am (he works from home) trying to get some critical things done before leaving. He’ll be back at it at 12 today.¬† Such a devoted employee.

As for me, I took photos of my books for you.

Shane on the other hand could care less about the paper. He was trying to get the treat out of his chewy bone. 

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He finally accomplished the task because now he has retired to the smallest, most remote space in the house which is under the desk, by my feet, where I type.

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Silly boy. 

Happy Friday Everyone and, once again, what books do you like to read?

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It seems the latest reporting on line and in hard copy media is about portion allotment on ones dinner plate.¬† Think of it like a clock and divide the appropriate nutrition requirements within “15 minute intervals”.¬† This was one of the presentations I came across¬†and was provided by “Runner’s World” magazine.¬† Protein and grains/starches (carbohydrates) each get about 15 minutes or from 12:01 to 6:00.¬† Vegetables and fruits are designated to fill the 6:01 to 11:58 slot.¬† That would be about 20 minutes for veggies and the rest for fruit.¬† Note the greatest amount of space on your plate should be from vegetables.¬† That little bit of time, the last 2 minutes,¬†is for healthy fats such as Omega 3’s, nut oils¬†or your olive oils, etc.¬†¬†¬†Just a “good-to-know” tid bit to start your day. ūüôā

As for starting the day, it was chest and bicep day, beginning with 20 minutes of sprints on the treadmill and ending with a 3.25 mile run with Shane.   It was a smelly run Рnot good for lung health.  The garbage truck passed us twice and we smelled a skunk.  While running through the MVCC campus, we saw the little stinker but he saw us as well and turned the other way.  My biggest fear in the AM is sneaking up on a skunk.  PeeeeEwwww!  :mrgreen:

And now …. about that Lentil Quiche

I was reading a wonderful blog post the other day by Jeena of JeenasKitchen.¬† Make sure to check it out.¬† She offered a great Vegan Lentil Quiche recipe and it had some wonderful spices in the ingredient list.¬† I made my adaptation of her recipe omitting the buckwheat pastry crust and using EggBeaters, Egg Whites, and whole eggs.¬† The result was a unique quiche.¬†The flavors were very mild, in fact I probably should have doubled the spice quantities, and the texture was fluffy and almost “cake” like.¬†¬†

Here is my recipe corrected for flavor intensity.

DSC_0351Serves 6

  • 1 cup Red Lentils
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • (1) 15 oz canned Petite Peas – drained and rinsed
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp Epazote (or use tarragon but 1/2 tsp)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 TBS EVOO
  • 1/2 cup EggBeaters
  • 1/2 cup Egg Whites
  • 4 whole eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese

Rinse the lentils and check for stones or bad ones.  Cover with 2 cups water, bring to a boil and simmer for 25 minutes.  Drain and set aside.

Saute the onions in 1 TBS EVOO for 3 minutes.  Add the peppers and continue for 2 minutes.  Add the garlic, peas and spices and continue for 2 minutes Рstir constantly.  Remove from heat and cool.

Line a 10″ spring form pan bottom with foil. Make sure your foil is flat and flush.¬† Spray with non-stick.¬† Preheat the oven to 375 F.

Mix the lentils with the sauteed vegetables in a bowl.  Mix, in a separate bowl, the eggs and milk. Beat for 2 minutes.*NOTE:  Another way to try this is to put the lentils on the bottom to act as your base instead of mixing in with the veggies.  Then the filling would be the veggie and egg mix (to top the lentils).  If you try it that way, let me know how it turns out.  

Making sure your mixtures are cool enough, add the egg-milk mixture to the lentil-veg. and stir. Pour into prepared spring form. Top with the Gruyere cheese.  Put into the oven immediately and bake 50 Р55 minutes.  Allow to cool for 5 Р10 minutes before serving. 

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This dinner needed a bit more flavor, maybe adding salsa. But I think the changes I made (reflected above in the ingredient list), should empart  a lot more taste.  

We had the quiche with a puree of broccoli and carrots laced with lemon.

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You guys have been asking about Shane. He’s great.¬† Yesterday, after a 7 1/2 mile run, he was STILL up for some frisbee…

What a dog!
What a dog!

Have a terrific Monday.

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The animal world that exists at Donna’s house.¬† Who is Donna? Shane’s doggy sitter.¬† Donna comes to the house four times a day to feed and play with Shane when Ted and I are away.¬† He has such a great time with her!¬† She’s “Auntie Donna” to Shane.¬†

Donna is the owner of a pet sitting service called “Paws and Claws Pet Sitting”.¬†¬†She is so reliable and actually becomes part of the family.¬† Such a great feeling when you go away to know that your pet is so well cared for.¬† Donna feeds birds, cares for cats, dogs… not sure if there is any creature she wouldn’t take care of.¬†

Recently, Donna and her husband converted the heifer barn into a chicken house. She intends to raise chickens for farm fresh eggs. No she won’t eat the adults! I asked and the response was “you know me better than that!”.¬† I do… just testing. ūüėĬ† Here are some family photos from Donna…

From Top Left: Smudge the black cat, Peaches so calm looking, Dora the sleeping beauty, and lower left is Flower who is such a gorgeous color!

From Top Left: Smudge the black cat, Peaches so calm looking, Dora the sleeping beauty, and lower left is Flower who is such a gorgeous color!

What about all those chicks?  Well these are new arrivals and Donna identified them by breed: 

….a few colors of Polish, Frizzles, 20 Easter Eggers, Wyandottes., 2 roosters and 42 hens so we’ll have lots of fresh eggs ūüôā

Don’t you just love the¬†cute little innocence of the babies?

I think we have some Polish, Bantam, and Easter chicks.

I think we have some Polish, Bantam, and Easter chicks.

Since I’m not a cat person, my question is …would the cat’s really enjoy being in that newly converted barn right now?¬† Would that be the ultimate play ground for them at this moment?¬†¬† Shane’s not a cat but I know he would consider it a real good time!

As for Wednesday exercise:  Work the Back and Tricep Day.

  • Again, 4 sets. Same descending repetitions of 20 – 18 – 15 – 12.
  • Wide grip seated pull and one hand tri extensions
  • Close grip seated pull and two hand tri extensions
  • Wide grip lat pull down and wide grip tricep presses
  • Close grip lat pull down and tricep dips off the bench.
  • Finish with a set of 25 crunches.

Pre-workout warm up:  20 minute elliptical

Post–workout with Shane:¬† 48 minute walk/jog around MVCC and Utica streets.

Healthy eats: … ahh…no eggs today, that’s for sure!

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1/4 cup Cream of Rice + cinnamon + raisins.  Chocolate Protein shake with raspberries and 1 TBS of Chocolate PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter.  1/2 a large orange. 

Happy Hump Day!

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A while ago I bought a different brand of steel cut oats, “John McCann Steel Cut Oat Meal”

DSCN1587It’s actually referred to on the can as Irish Porridge.¬† The nutritional information is comparable to other steel cut oat brands. The taste is nutty with a slight chew.¬† I love the storage can!¬† It is so official looking with the words “Certificate of Award, Uniformity of Granulation” Then there are some approval identifications by the President of Departmental Committee and a Judge, Mr. Chas. Keith, and others. The ingredients is simply 100% wholegrain Irish oats.¬† Maybe that’s the slight taste difference.¬† I don’t think the other brands of¬†steel cut oats I’ve tried are “Irish Oats”.¬†

The serving suggestion is to add fresh buttermilk, or milk or cream. Add brown sugar or honey and butter. Sounds great but in my book, there goes the healthy oats. It just became dessert!

It’s fun doing taste comparisons among different brands.¬† Even though the product might be the same, different producers add their own personal twist to bring out a variety of flavors.¬†

What do you eat on a regular basis?  Are there different brands out there where you can offer your own taste comparison? 

Tuesday Workout:  Legs

  • 4 sets.¬† Descending count repetitions 20 – 18 – 15 – 12
  • Leg press followed by walking lunges
  • Leg curls followed by dead lifts (squeeze those hams and butts)
  • Leg extensions followed by calf raises

Aerobic activity:  2.25 mile run on the tread mill to warm up.   4+ mile run with Shane.

DSCN1588Topping off a great breakfast with a Vanilla Kiwi Shake (added 1 kiwi to vanilla protein powder) and 1/2 a grapefruit.

I used to look forward to watching Tyler Florence in How To Boil Water every Tuesday morning during my warm up. Now the Network has changed the programming to some other show that is SO not interesting.  Bummer!

Super Tuesday, Everyone!

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This weeks CEimB recipe was chosen by Natalie of ¬†Whats For Supper.¬† Make sure to check out Natalie’s blog for the complete recipe or go HERE for the link.

The first way to eat a Breakfast Cookie

The first way to eat a Breakfast Cookie

Since the title of the recipe is “Breakfast Cookies”, I made them¬†for breakfast. Quick and easy. In 30 minutes the cookies were mixed,¬†in the oven and my bowls and utensils were cleaned.¬†

There were a few changes and a couple of screw ups.  My changes and screw ups  resulted in a tasty, not too sweet cookie that was a bit dry for Ted but a good dunking treat for me.  

  • Reduced the butter to 1 TBS from 2
  • Used 2 TBS Natural Peanut Butter and no oil

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  • No granulated sugar added
  • Used 1 large banana instead of baby food carrots (I have some frozen bananas in the freezer that need using up and this was a prime opportunity to use one of them.)*See Below.

 

 

 

 

  • Instead of 1/2 cup oats, I used 1 cup – This was an error. I don’t know who,¬†what,¬†when,¬†where,¬†or why this even happened.¬† My only guess is that I always use 1 cup of oatmeal when making my favorite oatmeal cookies. I must have had a relapse from the present moment.
  • I added 2 scoops of Protein Powder to make it a¬†breakfast POWER cookie.

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  • I baked the cookies 16 minutes…another mistake.

*Do you save your over ripe bananas?¬†¬†If you don’t want¬†to waste left over bananas,¬†you simply put the over ripe¬†fruit in a freezer bag.¬† When you are ready to bake banana bread, cookies, or some other delicious goody, simply remove the banana(s) from the freezer and let defrost for an hour or so. Make sure you peel it over a bowl because once it defrosts, it is very mushy.

Other than ingredient changes, I followed the directions, adding the protein powder with the oats and baking on Silpat sheets instead of parchment.  Mixing entailed ditching the spoon and using clean hands since the batter was sticky and thick Рprobably due to doubling the oats.

The way we ate the cookies:

Crumbled the cookie over cooked oatmeal to add sweetness and crunch to morning steel cut oatmeal:

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The second way to eat a breakfast cookie

Ted enjoyed the taste and therefore countered the dryness by pouring his protein drink over the cookie…see the pink cookie?

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The Third way to eat a breakfast cookie - Ted's way

The best use for this cookie is to dunk it in milk, coffee or, my favorite dunking “juice”¬† = TEA

The Fourth Way - The Final Way - Joanne's Way to eat a breakfast cookie

The Fourth Way - The Final Way - Joanne's Way to eat a breakfast cookie

Thanks Natalie for a unique twist on our CEimB Thursday cooking adventures.

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This is a half and half cake.  One side is yellow cake with strawberries and vanilla pudding filling and the other side is chocolate cake with raspberries and vanilla pudding filling.  The frosting is a sturdy buttercream because graduation parties are typically held outside and the cake may be exposed to a little summer heat.

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Congratulations Michael. You made the grade!

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This morning’s activities included a 4 mile walk/jog with Shane.¬† We saw a few people truckin’ along, but not as many people out there as usual. Surprising because it’s a nice mild morning.

The excitement happened at home as I sat here uploading the photos, I heard banging outside. It was the guys doing the stampcrete job.¬† Not a problem right? Wrong!¬† After Shane and I returned from our walk, I tossed my clothes into the wash.¬† I had to get on my hands and knees and make a bee line from the kitchen through the dining area (with a HUGE window I might add) and to the stairs.¬† Embarrassing but I don’t think anyone looked up.¬† Ted said that wasn’t as bad as when I got on the roof, outside our bedroom to clear the sticks off and I was only in my undies.¬† Hey! It was the back of the house and the only neighbor who would possibly see me was a doctor.¬† Nothing the Doc hadn’t seen before I’m sure.¬† Well … the woman on the roof in her underwear might be new but….you know what I mean.

This mornings healthy eats:  1/3 cup Cream of Rye + 1 TBS Coconut + 1 TBS Buckwheat Groats + 1 TBS Maple Sugar Quick oats, some raisins and pineapple banana Gallop-a-loozas.  1/2 an Orange.  Protein shake with vanilla VPX + 1/4 cup raspberries and 3 strawberries.

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It’s Friday and you deserve to have a good one. Enjoy!

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