Bribing My Friends Blueberry Rolls

Hiya eaters!

Boy, have I got a recipe for you. And it’s from Pinterest.

Ya see eaters, I miss one of my best friends, Marisa. I haven’t seen her in months. And since I’m now working every single Saturday and she lives all the way down in Georgia, I can’t go visit her anytime soon. That means I’m constantly trying to entice her to come visit me in good ole Greensboro.

This is my newest way of convincing her to visit me — by bribing her with Pinterest desserts.

A few days ago Marisa pinned a recipe for raspberry cinnamon rolls. I normally don’t bother with any of the dessert recipes from Pinterest because they’re always so complicated and time consuming and that’s not my bag (baby), but this dessert was pretty straight forward and I have a ton of blueberries and blueberry jam on my hands (for reasons I’ll explain later) so I figured why not! And I figured that if she saw these delicious rolls that I made with my very own hands she would immediately hop in her car and speed straight to my house to eat them.

Is it working, Marisa?

Here’s what I did: I followed From Here to Paris’ recipe to a T except for a few things.

I halved the recipe for the dough.

For the filling I used ¼ c blueberry jam, ½ c fresh berries smashed with a spoon, and 1 T vanilla extract. I didn’t cook it down or anything. It was a little liquid-y when I was rolling the dough, but I managed just fine.

I cut the powered sugar in the frosting to ½ c because that’s all I had, but I added 2 T granulated sugar to sweeten things up. Oh, and I didn’t wait until the rolls were cooled to frost them. Warm is best for frosting cinnamon rolls.

And then I ate them.

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Imagine me saying “o’m’gosh, so good!” with a mouth full of roll while giving you a thumbs up. Because that’s kind how it would have gone if Marisa were here.

Since she wasn’t here, though, I just stuffed the whole thing in my mouth really fast. It’s kind of the same thing, except not as amusing in hindsight.

So there you have it, eaters — bribing my friends with Pinterest things. I’ll let you know if it works. If it doesn’t work, at least I have a bunch of really sweet sweet rolls to keep me company and laugh at my jokes.

Your turn, eaters:

What was the last recipe you made from Pinterest?

How do you keep in touch with long distance friends?

Later eaters!

Taco Truck Tortas

Howdy-doody eaters!

That was kind of a weird greeting. Let’s move on.

There’s a taco truck that parks down the street from my house every night — the La Azteca truck, for any locals who are interested. It’s actually right across the street from my Crossfit box and there have been many nights during running WODs that I’ve very seriously considered just running right over and getting some tacos.

Leon and I have been there a few times. We walk down with Charlie and sit in the folding chairs. The food is pretty great. It’s not like our regular dollar tacos, but since the truck is owned by the same restaurant the food is just as good.

Charlie has pretty bad manners.

Charlie has pretty bad manners.

And it only took us a couple of visits to establish our favorite dish — the torta with chorizo.

It’s this ah-maze-ing sandwich made with ground meat, jalapenos, tomatoes, lettuce, mayo, and refried beans.

The torta.

The torta.

The refried beans really make the sandwich. They take it from being a lame ground meat sandwich to being a serious thing.

One of us has gotten it every time we’ve gone to the taco truck. It’s that good.

(The fish tacos, which I think is what they were originally known for, were good, but not phenomenal.)

Fish tacos.

Fish tacos.

And while I’m not normally one to try to re-create my favorite restaurant dishes at home (because they’re really never as good and it takes away my excuse for getting take out), I figured that this sandwich was an easy one to make myself.

Ingredients:

Ground chorizo, red cabbage slaw with lime, jalapenos, plain yogurt, and refried beans on a small loaf of wheat bread.

Red cabbage slaw.

Red cabbage slaw.

Verdict:

Ehh, not as phenomenal. I could have gone with a firmer, less doughy bread. The slaw was good, but I think I should have gone simpler and stuck with lettuce and tomato. But even with those little misses, m’gosh this was a delicious sandwich.

This is one serious sandwich.

This is one serious sandwich.

A really, really delicious sandwich.

So delicious that I literally inhaled in. It was messy and beastly and amazing. Not quite ah-maze-ing, but close enough. And it still gives me an excuse to walk down to the taco truck.

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Your turn, eaters:

Do you like to re-create restaurant meals at home?

What’s your favorite kind of food truck?

Later eaters!

WIAW: Good Groceries

G’day eaters!

This week is kicking my butt a little. As in, I fell asleep as soon as I climbed into bed at 10pm last night. I tried so hard to stay awake, but I failed miserably.

(Side note: my mind is in such work mode that I almost typed “10p” instead of “10pm,” because that’s how we write times at work. And I spend a lot of time writing out times.)




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So here’s yesterday’s food.

Breakfast:

Scrambled eggs with bell pepper and cheese, with an apricot on the side.

Scrambled eggs with bell pepper and cheese, with an apricot on the side.

I felt the need to eat somewhat healthy yesterday since I barely even thought about vegetables while at the beach. Also, I was dying to eat an apricot.

Apricots are one of my favorite fruits, but I never buy them because they’re so expensive. And because half their weight is air and a pit.

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Sadly, these apricots weren’t too great, which only reaffirmed my thought that I like them dried better than fresh.

Lunch:

Nachos made with tortilla chips, TJ's black bean dip, avocado, Wholly Salsa, jalapeños, Cabot cheddar, and hot sauce.

Nachos made with tortilla chips, TJ’s black bean dip, avocado, Wholly Salsa, jalapeños, Cabot cheddar, and hot sauce.

As I was unpacking groceries on Monday I was dreaming up this lunch. I love breakfast nachos and having fresh avocado, homegrown jalapenos, and black bean dip from Trader Joe’s makes them all the better.

Dinner:

Bean and chicken bake.

Bean and chicken bake.

I got the idea for this recipe from Kath’s blog. I was drawn to it because it’s so versatile and we always have chicken in the freezer. Here’s my scaled down version with white kidney beans, grape tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar, and a bone-in skin-on chicken thigh and leg.

Bean and Chicken Bake

Yields 2 servings

1 can beans, drained and rinsed

2 c vegetables, chopped

2 T fresh herbs, chopped

1 T oil, plus a little extra

1 T acid

2 chicken pieces

salt and pepper

Mix the beans, vegetable, herbs, oil, and acid in a baking dish with salt and pepper.

Rub oil over the tops of the chicken and add salt and pepper. Place the chicken in the baking dish on top of the bean mixture.

Bake at 425F for 35-45 minutes, depending what parts of the chicken you use.

This dinner ended up being delicious, without being too wintery. And it was a great way to use up our small stash of tomatoes, since neither Leon nor I eat raw tomatoes.

Snacks:

Throughout the day I kept dipping my hand into a tub of Trader Joe’s animal crackers and sipping some of my homebrewed kombucha.

And there you have it — a pretty normal day of eats. If I was more sensible about my snacking I would have kept my hands out of the cookie jar and instead made myself a solid afternoon snack, but that didn’t happen. Not yesterday. not today. And I won’t have time for it tomorrow, either.

Maybe Friday?

Your turn, eaters:

What are some of your favorite groceries that you rarely buy?

Are you a snacker/mini-meal person or a grazer?

Later eaters!

Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth of July

Hiya eaters!

Long time so talk. How are you?

I’m…bleh. Leon and I got home from our Virginia Beach vacation last night and I’m feeling a little lazy and unmotivated. Oh well, I guess that’s what happens after a short vacation.

And since that laziness extends all the way to my blogging, I figured I’d just do a photo-dump. Also, I totally blanked on taking photos of most things, so this is the best I can do.

Car selfless with Charlie on the way up to Virginia Beach.

Car selfless with Charlie on the way up to Virginia Beach.

He's rejecting my love.

He’s rejecting my love.

This really is #nofilter.

This really is #nofilter.

We're making the same face!

We’re making the same face!

(Insert all the pictures that I didn’t take on the 4th.)

On Friday it was Leon's birthday, so we went out to dinner at Chick's Oyster Bar.

On Friday it was Leon’s birthday, so we went out to dinner at Chick’s Oyster Bar.

I ate two, which brings my lifetime raw oyster count up to three.

I ate two, which brings my lifetime raw oyster count up to three.

I love crab cakes!

I love crab cakes!

Leon requested apple pie for dessert.

Leon requested apple pie for dessert.

On Saturday we went for a family walk down by the water.

On Saturday we went for a family walk down by the water.

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Charlie and Papa's dog, Toby, were exhausted after we made them exercise so much.

Charlie and Papa’s dog, Toby, were exhausted after we made them exercise so much.

An interesting, almost champagne-y beer to round out the weekend.

An interesting, almost champagne-y beer to round out the weekend.

Your turn, eaters:

What did you do this weekend?

What’s your favorite kind of seafood?

Later eaters!

Fun Facts

Helloooooo eaters!

So I’m going a little crazy right now. I just can’t wait for my vacation.

Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!

And now that song “Vacation” by The Go-Go’s is going through my head, except I’m envisioning it from that episode of the Rugrats.

Anyway, since I’m more than a little slap-happy I’m not going to even try to come up with a coherent post. Instead, here’s some fun facts about my life right now.

Bloopers.

Bloopers.

1) I took 20 photos of my feet to get that one picture I used in my post last night.

2) Yesterday I did my first ever all rope climb, un-scaled WOD. It was 5 rounds of 20 wall balls with a 10 lbs ball to a 10’ target and 2 rope climbs. It wasn’t pretty, and I have the torn up hands and rope burn on the inside of my thighs to prove it, but it was a nice milestone. (And one of my goals for this year of Crossfit.)

3) I ended up going back to Harris Teeter and getting another free 6-pk of Zevia soda, this time ginger root beer.

4) I now drink a can of Zevia about every other day. I’m really not thrilled with the habit, but I rationalize it by saving that since it’s sweetened with stevia, not sugar or high fructose corn syrup, it’s not as bad. And since it’s so hot, I’ll take any kind of hydration I can get.

Third batch a-brewin'.

Third batch a-brewin’.

5) Today I bottled my second batch of homemade kombucha of the season. I love ‘buch, not to mention all of its amazing health benefits. And I especially love how refreshing it is on a hot summer day (or the morning after some drinking).

6) My brother and I were HUGE Rugrats fans when we were younger. Whenever it came on TV we used to yell, “Code red!”

A little blitzier than I would normally go for, but I was feeling it.

A little blitzier than I would normally go for, but I was feeling it.

7) I bought a new bathing suit! I haven’t bought a new one in a solid two years and I can’t wait to wear it.

Wheeeeeeeeeeee!

Your turn, eaters:

What do you drink when you’re sick of water?

What was your favorite TV show when you were a kid?

Later eaters!

Pedicure Reward

Hiya eaters!

Am I the only person who was so glad it’s Monday?

I know that sounds crazy, but really I’m just excited because Monday is a day closer to Wednesday, which is when I leave on vacation. I’m really very excited for my vacation.

And speaking of my vacation…I got a pedicure yesterday!

Please excuse my nasty tingers.

Please excuse my nasty tingers.

This isn’t just any pre-beach pedicure, though. This little pampering session was my reward for working out hard.

Ya see, at my box we scale the WODs into three levels: beast, roughneck, Viking. I’m generally at roughneck level. Occasionally, for WODs that involve rope climbs, double unders, or handstand push ups, I scale it down to beast level. And sometimes, on magical days when WODs contain all the things I’m good at, I can be a Viking. But more often than not I work in the middle ground.

There’s nothing wrong with being in the middle. I’m certainly not slacking off in the middle. I still get a good workout in the middle. But I don’t want to stay in the middle. I want to improve. I want to not be afraid to push myself harder even if that means not getting as fast a time or as many reps up on the whiteboard.

So I made a deal with myself: do 3 viking-level WODs and I get a pedicure.

I never get pedicures or do anything to pamper myself because I’m painfully responsible and can’t justify spending money on frivolous things like that, but I really like the idea of them. I especially like being able to pay someone to make my nasty feet less nasty (and I don’t even care how much they’re probably making fun of them in front of me).

So I made this deal with myself and whenever I was physically able (i.e.-when the weight wasn’t heavier than I could lift or the WOD didn’t require hundreds of double unders), I went for Viking-level.

And in the process I learned something: having a goal and something to work towards is great!

Not having a race or a competition or some other solid goal to work towards sometimes makes it hard to find motivation to work out. Sure, I know if I don’t workout I won’t have such a rockin’ bod and I won’t progress and get to those big weights and PRs, but that’s not always enough.

And now, thanks to my little reward system, I have very pretty toes and some very tough workouts under my belt. And you can bet every dollar you have that I’m going to be doing this again. Though next time will probably be after 6 viking-level WODs.

I can’t be pampering myself all the time, ya dig.

Your turn, eaters:

How do you reward yourself?

Do you have tingers or little stubby toes?

Later eaters!