Green Juice

24 Mar

I purchased a juicer a few years ago and pull it out every now and then. To me it is quite a hassle to clean and it takes SO many vegetables to get a fair amount of juice. But after I drink the juice I feel great and have more energy and forget about what I dislike about the juicer.

Today I had some fruits and veggies that I knew I was not going to get to eat this weekend so I decided to juice them…. yum:)

I used…

spinach

apples

cucumber

carrots

grapes

ginger

celery

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Donuts or Doughnuts?

23 Mar

Well whatever they are called I like them! I have given up with my fight with fried foods so every time I am offered a donut I sigh and say no thank you. This week has been very trying so I was very happy when there was a box waiting for me at home yesterday. What was in the box you ask? A donut pan! There also was a workout dvd in there too but I will tell you about that later….

 The first recipe I tried came out very ‘doughy’. The recipe below came out better.

Baked gingerbread donuts with a brown sugar glaze

adapted from http://pinchofyum.com/baked-gingerbread-mini-donuts

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1/4 cup applesauce

1 tsp soy milk (or whatever milk you have)

2 tbsp butter (melted)

1 cup unbleached AP flour

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp each of cloves and nutmeg

1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine brown sugar, egg, applesauce, milk and butter together. Add dry ingredients.

Pour batter into the donut pan evenly. This recipe made 6 donuts.

Glaze

2 tbsp butter

1/4 c brown sugar

1 tbsp soy milk

1/2 cup powdered sugar

Melt the butter and brown sugar in a small pan over medium heat. After boiling for 2 minutes add the tbsp of milk. Once the mixture has been brought back up to a boil – add in the powdered sugar. If it is too thick add another tbsp of milk. Be careful dipping the donuts into the glaze, it is very hot.

New Kicks

19 Mar

I was looking for a lighter workout shoe but it still needed to have support! I ordered these from DSW and they are soooooo comfy! I did a BodyPump workout today in these … which by the way I needed really bad after my indulgence in chocolate chip cookies this weekend:/  

I wonder… why I haven’t I looked for this type of shoe before?  I am not really in to brand names but I hear that Ryka is pretty good? I will let you know if they are in a few weeks if I still think they are as great. The best part is that they were on clearance, oh yeah! I love a sale. Can’t wait to try to Zumba class in these and during my walk for the March of Dimes! 

http://www.marchforbabies.org/amablenina

What is your favorite workout shoe?

Thin Chocolate Chip Cookies

17 Mar

I will take a good cookie over a piece of cake any day! I have my standard chocolate chip cookie recipe that often gets many requests but when I saw this recipe I had to try it. I made a couple of adjustments to the original recipe. For example just a little over a cup of flour the original recipe uses more than a stick of butter… sounded pretty glutenous to me.  I used one stick of butter and these cookies are still pretty rich. I added some heart healthy flax seeds in the mix too…these cookies are sweet, chewy, a little crunchy and a little salty all at the same time…Yum:)

Thin Chocolate Chip Cookies

adapted from http://phenome-nom.blogspot.com/2012/03/bon-appetit-chocolate-chip-cookies.html

  • 1 cup + 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (packed) brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp flax seed + 3 tbsp of water (or one egg)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and flax seed and water.

Add salt, baking powder and flour – mix until smooth.

Fold in chocolate chips.

Bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees. This recipe made 10 big cookies using my 3tbsp cookie scoop.

Let your cookies sit on the baking sheet for at least 5 minutes.Please do not try to move your cookies right away! They will break:(

Enjoy!

About Me

11 Mar

I love God… and HE made me QUIET for a reason that I am unsure of. I don’t question it but others sure do. Maybe it was to make me a great listener. After all we all have two ears and one mouth right? I am an introvert that likes to act like an extrovert at times. I internalize everything. When I am feeling stressed I clean, cook (and emotionally eat) and work-it-out. I have insomnia. I love coupons. I am creative. I dislike smoking, constant complaining and bad customer service. I have a cosmetology license and a MBA that took a lot of effort and student loans to get but I work a desk job that reflects none of the above. I love my Baltimore Ravens. I am a licensed Zumba instructor and would like open a bakery. I love my Sorors of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated. I like to read. I do not like peanut butter. Things that makes me happy… traveling, listening to music and dancing around – singing to myself or experimenting in the kitchen with some new recipes. Anything else you wanna know??

I just hope this blog allows me to share the things that make me happy!

~Kimberly