Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Is For Baking!

Happy Christmas Eve everyone!! I've been doing a log of baking to get ready for tomorrow. I decided to step out of my normal overnight oats for breakfast the other day and tried a new recipe: baked pumpking oatmeal....because I love anything with pumpkin
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp agave nectar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup milk
1/8 tsp salt
1 tbsp almond butter
handfull of craisins
Combine all ingredients and pour into a 1 cup ramekin.  Preheat the oven to 380 degrees.  Cook for 20 minutes and then broil on high for 3 minutes
I really liked this version of oatmeal. I had mine with some peach greek yogurt on top.

I also baked some sugar cookies for Matt's parents for Christmas:
Healthier Sugar Cookies also from Chocolate Covered Katie
3/4 cup flour (I used 1/2 cup unbleached all purpose and 1/4 cup whole wheat)
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp plus 1/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup sugar (I used sugar in the raw)
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 and 1/2 tbsp milk
1/4 cup vegan sub butter (I didn't have this on hand so I used regular unsalted butter)
Combine dry ingredients and mix well and do the same with the wet ingredients.  Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well.  Roll dough into 12 small balls and bake at 325 degrees for 9 minutes.  Take them out of the oven and let them sit 5 minutes before decorating and digging in.

And of course I had to make some more Peppermint Bark!!!
Wouldn't be Christmas without it!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Disfunctional Gingerbread Houses!

We're officially into the swing of the holiday season! Matt and I are off from work until Tuesday! My friend Chelsea came to visit yesterday afternoon. We started off our day by doing some shopping on main street and grabbing a cup of coffee. Then we began our hunt to find a gingerbread house kit.  Who knew it would be so hard.  We tried Walgreens, The Dollar Store, Rite Aid and ShopRite.  We finally gave up and headed back to my house.  When we told Matt about our troubles he says "did you try KMart?" haha. So we all get back in my car and head to KMart, and wouldn't you know it, there they were.  We picked up two kits, one for me and Chelsea and one for Matt and our friend Pat.  We wanted to have a little competition to see who could make the better house. Here's how it went:
Our house coming along quite nicely. Then I hear a noise from the boys and this is what I see....

Boys epic fail hahah
these two are sooo photogenic

Mine and Chelsea's cute little house...maybe a little messy
Matt and Pat's abstract gingerbread villiage

We finished off our night with The Christmas Story!

Today I got in a good run around UD campus now that all the students are gone

Finally figured out how to use the My Tracks Ap on my phone.  I ran 4.82 miles in 45 minutes! It wasn't the best run in the world. I didn't wait long enough after lunch and my stomach was not happy. But I finished and then went home for the longest hot shower ever and dinner thanks to Chelsea's amazing dad who made us a smoked turkey breast!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Intervals Kick My Butt!

Today was a very slowwww Monday.  I slept horribly last night and am still trying to get over this cold.  After a day of work that seemed to never end, I headed to the gym for an interval treadmill workout.  I based my interval workout off of one I found on  It mixes in speed and incline intervals and it kicks my butt every time I do it.  For each part there is a range of speeds you can use to accomadate different speed levels.

Warm Up       2 minutes      4.0 speed           0 incline
Speed Up     5 minutes      5.0-6 (increasin 0.5 every 30 seconds and then holding at 6.0)    0 incline
Climb      7 minutes        5.5-6.0speed      1.0 incline increase every minute stay at 6.0 2 min
Descend      1 minute      6.0speed      2.0 incline
Sprint         4 minutes        varied speed(sprint 1 minute, jog 1 minute)       2.0 incline
Climb      1 minute     5-6speed      4.0 incline 
Climb      4 minutes      6-7speed      4.0 incline
Recover       1 minute     5.5-6 speed      0 incline
Jog      1 minute        6 speed        0 incline
Sprint        2 minutes       SPRINT!      0 incline
Jog      1 minute      6.2 speed       0 incline
Srint       2 minutes     SPRINT!!!      0 incline
Cool down!

I'm hoping that this workout will finally get this cold out of me.  When I got home I made a really simple dinner: Grilled cheese and soup

I made my grilled cheese on a whole wheat deli flat. I spread some pesto sauce on both sides of the bread, then stuck two peices of provalone cheese and some spinach in the middle. I also had a bowl of sweet potato soup
Not homeade but still good

I just wamed it up in the microwave and then sprinkled some cinnamon on top.  Perfect meal for a sick girl on a cold day.  Fingers crossed that I actually sleep tonight.  On the bright side I only have 1 1/2 days left of work this week until my long Christmas weekend!!!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Back To Rock Climbing

This morning Matt and I went rock climbing at the Delaware Rock Gym.  I hadn't been in a couple of months, but Matt has been going with a friend once a week for the past couple of weeks. I decided to give it a go again and see how it went.  I'm glad I made it to the gym yesterday and this was the perfect chance for me to mix things up and get a really good upper body workout. And it's pretty fun too.
Yea my eyes are closed...

My forearms are killing me now and my hands are super sensative, but it was worth it.  When we got back, I whipped up a salad real quick and we sat down to watch Love Actually, one of my favorite Christmas movies.  Then I started on dinner, homeade whole wheat pizza!!

As promised here are the recipes for the cookies that I made for the cookie exchange last night.
First I made Pumkin Cranberry Muffin Tops. I actually made these once previously and loved them so I decided to make them again.
Then I made my own peppermint bark (which I'm obsessed with).  I based my recipe off of the one I found at Peanut Butter Fingers.
8 ozs Bakers brand semisweet chocolate
8ozs white chocolate
1/2 tsp canola oil
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
3 crushed candy canes
First I melted the semisweet chocolate in the microwave for 30 second intervals mixing in between until it was all melted.  I then mixed in 1/4 tsp canola oil and spread the chocolate evenly on a baking sheet lined with tin foil that had been sprayed with Pam.  I then stuck this in the fridge until it hardened.  Then I did the same thing with the white chocolate adding 1/4 tsp canola oil and 1/2 tsp peppermint extract and then spreading it over the dark chocolate.  Then I sprinkled the candy cane peices over it and stuck it back in the fridge and broke it into squares when it had hardened.