It was bake on today! But that was after all the other things I did in the morning before the baking commenced.
With a day planned full of appointments and errands, I awoke early, extremely groggy and terrifying to my dog, who ran away with his tail between his legs at my scowl, and set out for the strength training boot camp in mind.
I wanted to run about 15 minutes beforehand, but that didn’t happen.
My still leg hurts.
So I did the smart thing, ran around the block just enough to get my heart pumping, which took 5 minutes, then started my Bootcamp! It consisted of a wide range of moves…which I can’t recall as they were all spur of the moment and I didn’t write them down. I’m lazy like that, sorry. It did take a me full 45 minutes to finish though! I was a sweaty beast afterwards!
Oats in a jar happened again this morning with my Naturally Nutty PB waiting to be finished…and was the same as the other day. Except I added Newman’s Own Organics Dried Cranberries:
I quickly showered my stinky self and shot off to the dentist (again) with my family to get a clean up. Two hrs later (the whole family got cleaned…family event at Christmas! hah!) we shot out of there with nice pearly whites.
Lunch was on the road and luckily I remembered that was going to happen, so I brought along a banana and my Luna Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar, which was totally better than the Cookie Dough one! OMG it was pb chocolately goodness in my mouth. Sadly, it didn’t keep me filled very long, even with the banana. Guess I’m more of a volume eater.
Mom and I finally decided on Christmas Even and Christmas Dinner Menu’s (to be revealed tomorrow) while at the grocery store and my mom proceeded to spend money on things we didn’t need…like plastic utensils and plates. I HATE buying disposable stuff like that. Pisses me off to no end…all they do is end up in a dumpster and rot for years in a landfill that takes up space and which could be used for something else like restoration projects, and it doesn’t degrade as any rate that’s acceptable…ok, ramble over.
Anyhow…I snacked on an apple and Slightly Salted Soy Crisps from Newman’s Own Organics and then started on baking for family plates to give away on Christmas Eve.
We started off with some Whipper Snappers:
Spiced Cake Variety
And then made a semi-healthier version of Muddy Buddies…basically by omitting the margarine/butter that’s called for. Ergo, super easy recipe:
- 9 Cups of Chex (any kind, I used half wheat, half rice)
- 1C Chocolate Chips
- 1/2C Natural PB
- Powdered Sugar
Basically melt the chocolate w/ the pb, drizzle over chex, stir till covered and coat with some powdered sugar!
Easy as box cake (cause seriously, cake from scratch can be a b*tch!)
Of course I had to make sure it tasted ok since I tweeked the recipe…
Don’t hate at my messy counter in the background. Hate my mom. Haha. It’s her kitchen.
My Mom cheated by calling for help from Otis Spunkmeyer because she thinks my Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies have too much oatmeal in them:
And then proceeded to bash my baking by making more of Otis’ cookies: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Geez Mom, no faith (ok, I’m lying, she bought this prepared cookie dough from a fundraiser from my cousin…helped me out in the kitchen, but then I feel like a cheater. LOL).
I might have sampled a bit too much of my Muddy Buddy Mix so I settled on a simple yet filling dinner inspired by Caitlin and the Mini Quiches she’s made in the past…
For mine I mixed two egg whites with 1/2C cooked chickpeas, some artichoke hearts and broccoli, and microwaved in a bowl for three minutes.
Perfecto! I sided it with some salsa and an Arnold’s Thin.
Now I need to respond to a gagillion emails since I’ve been avoiding my computer the past two days, and get ready for a Pancake Breakfast tomorrow morning with a good friend of mine I haven’t seen in over TWO YEARS!