Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wow me, Wednesday: Try Something New!


You know how you see something (maybe food, a style of shirt, an artist) and it isn't something you'll think you like? You're intrigued. But hesitant. You might even curl your lip and scoff, "heh. I won't like that!" But it keeps surfacing and resurfacing in your life...trrryyyy meeeee. TRRRYYYYMEEEEEEE!

This is cabbage for me. It's one of those weird, so-called super foods that, unless smothered in mayo and sugar in slaw, or wrapped into a Chinese roll, I never figured out on my own. This scene from Willy Wonka probably ruined cabbage for me too...


I love, and I mean LOVE, to try new things. So when I saw this recipe for cabbage eggs, purple ones, no less, I was all, YES. Finally. Someone who wants cabbage to be a success in my life.

I was skeptical. And it STUNK up the kitchen.

Finished product, with a side of bruschetta. 
And the purple cabbage turned my eggs navy blue.


and I love saying umami flavoring. 


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Throwback Thursday: South Park begins

If you were born on today's date in 1997, you be 18. You ALSO would've been born on the very first day South Park was aired. Think about that! South Park is old enough to buy cigarettes and vote in the US. Unreal.

I haven't watched South Park since the second or maybe the third season- but it's surely make it's mark on society. They push boundaries. They get away with stuff others won't try.

There are plenty of things that wouldn't exist without South Park, in fact.

Cheers to those guys. Let's celebrate them by listening to some of the songs featured in the series, mostly in season 2.

If you're at work, please remember to turn it down when Chocolate Salty Balls comes on. kthanks

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wow me Wednesday: Hero Dog Award given to a Cat!

This is a dog in a diaper.
He is not a hero. 
This is a neat story- this little cat Tara is the family pet and close personal friend to the family's son Jeremy. Jeremy is autistic and was playing outside- and was attacked by a dog. The cat races and mollywops the dog- thank goodness for home security footage.

Aside from the heroics of a beloved pet and the good natured humor of the organization who gives the award. I also want to give a shout out to the comments board- Tony had this to say, "You've got hero dogs saving lives every day, they are employed to do so, and yet one cat in the history of the earth steps up, and people lose their minds."

Classic Tony. 

Here's the vid! Wow!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Tunes for Tuesday! My life's dope and I do dope [things].

Hulllllo, friends!

Here are some tunes for your Tuesday. I love a good mixtape.

There's no theme, just some of my favorite toe tappin' songs of the moment and life.

I'll hit you manana.

Flush with cash.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Motivation Monday: Eat more brownies.

SERIOUSLY. You need to.

So counting calories can be tough- I've been on a recent diet reset journey for the past 36 days (according to MyFitnessPal, that is) and I'm doing well. Being able to log in the data and see the results is really, really helpful for me, and humans in general since we have a TERRIBLE time conceptualizing real, live facts.

I also have a terrible time resisting the urge from stuffing my face from time to time with brownies. Thank goodness for the recipe below based off of of a VERY popular one found here. It'sTHE most popular one on pinterest and for good reason- it's pretty good.

I've been making these jawns for about two years and I love them- and if you cut them into 9 pieces (from a 9x9" pan) they're 113 calories each and ONLY 1017 for the whole pan if you're on a cheat day.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Put the following ingredients in your blender or food processor:

1 can of black beans, drain and rinse off in cold water
3 eggs
3 TBSP Coconut Oil- other oils work but the taste is a little better for me
1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup of sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 TBSP instant coffee (this is optional but sometimes I leave this out...and taste the beans.)

Blend this stuff up until it is a beautiful and thick liquid.

Grease your pan or don't- these brownies are super gooey and alway stick for me. I forgot the grease this weekend and I was able to lick the rest off the bottom of the pan just fine.

BEFORE YOU POUR the batter in!!!!! Sprinkle the bottom of the pan with salt, about a teaspoon, more or less to taste. I used coarse salt this time and loved tasting it in some of the bites.

Pour in the batter. 

Sprinkle 1/2 cup of chocolate chips on top- or anything else you like on your brownies. Some people do nuts but I'll never understand why people want to ruin a perfect food.

Bake for 30-35 minutes (mine were really about 37 but that's an oven issue, methinks.)

The center always looks a little gooey- the sides appear firm. No need to poke to check for doneness- they're always messy.

Let these badboys cool- otherwise they fall right apart since there is no flour- about another 20 minutes.

They're good. And not entirely guilt-free, but pretty damn close.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Festive Friday! 2 Stones Pub: Aston, PA

I am SO excited about this festive Friday. This post is coming from my Telly so pardon the lack of links. 

Two Stones Pub Aston opened this week and as a resident I couldn't be more pumped. 

Let's throw a party in its honor!

We threw one by putting a basketball game in our living room. Which makes sense since we're trying to move. 

Lolz. Happy Friday. 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1994 Music

The summer after eighth grade was a pivotal one for me. MTV started with their Buzz Clips, I was running around all of Delaware County on my ten speed and if I reeeeeally wanted a song on-demand, I just called the Box with my homies. (No I didn't, Madge would've lost it!!)

So much has changed! Spotify is keeping my toes tapping these days.

This music ALWAYS sparks up nostalgia for me. Always.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Wow me, Wednesday!

Wedding dinner served by the bride and groom.

Lots of friends are bemoaning the terrible news all over their Facebook feeds'.. I often feel the same way- but since social media is such a blessing so I'm not one of those who take feed fasts; rather, I'm trying to be the change.

So, this Wednesday, I'm wow'd by these newlyweds. Rather than going all bridezilla like I did a few years back about tiny cheeseburgers, these folks shared a meal with 4,000 Syrian refugees.

I remember spending a YEAR planning my wedding- a whole year!!! Food tastings, dresses ordered on ebay from China. STRESSING over the favors and center pieces (major kudos to my friend Shannon, Bottle Pop Party owner, who made them as my wedding gift!) Shoes that were too tight, the possibility of snow during a January wedding- it made me NUTS!!

Now, I'm not one for regretting the past- but I wonder- what if my groom and I focused even a little of our time, energy, and money from our wedding a more like these fine Turks did?

What a great story.

To read the cliff notes about the civil war in Syria- check out the Skimm.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Beck and Laaaaaaambert!

Was I the only one singing Laaaaaaambert, the sheepish lion! when Adam Lambert wowed us on Idol all those year back?


Anyway- here are two tunes for Tuesday! Two is more than one. But one of these might not work for you.

I'm been ALL OVER Beck's new tune. He's been a staple in my shuffles since Mellow Gold. The Loser single was my very first CD purchase. Which, funny story, I couldn't actually listen to until I got a CD player about two months after I bought the CD at Sam Goody in the Springfield Mall. I was a sad sight. Just looking at my CD single. sigh

I digress.

Thanks to Spotify's Discover Weekly playlist, I found Laaaaaaaambert pop up.

So here is the little playlist. If you like either song, start a radio station for either and watch Spotify guess what music you like. I've always been thoroughly disappointed with these functions, but I'm the lady who like to listen to Felix Da Housecat followed by sad, sad Morrissey.

Turn it up!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Calories in, calories out

I've been on a weight loss journey for about a month. After birthday parties every month since February I put on a staggering 15 pounds. My pants were feeling a little snug. All because of my love affair with frosting.

I LOVE icing.

So I've been logging my food and workouts on MyFitnessPal with amazing success. I think it's for two reasons:

  1. I don't really know how many calories breastfeeding a 13 month old burn. I input 113 calories. I've been losing two lbs. a week eating at my prescribed deficit. WOOT!
  2. I'm super competitive. I will NOT go too far above my calories. It's a fun little game, this logging business, but it's uber sad that 8 oreos (or 4 double stuff quads- the way I like them!!) are 880 calories...half of my daily calorie allowance. 
At first, it was a little depressing- my portion sizes were pretty large- the first couple of days were tricky but now that I've had a little practice finding better foods, it's getting easier. 

But, the ONE THING that has been keeping me in the eating-for-pleasure game: ten minute workouts on my phone that tell me the calorie expenditure so I can input it right into MyFitnessPal (and then eat more food!) 

If I want a couple extra glasses of wine or beer or cupcakes? BOOM. Snag a quick workout. It syncs. I have more calories to burn!

I won't bore you with my macros (I'm still learning that part, anyway) or all of the "healthy" (code: gag) recipes that I'm trying out- because it isn't the area that has helped me the most.

Nope- it's the ten minute exercises and logging everything I'm eating.

So get after it, friends! I'm really loving FitStar and YouTube- I've been able to get these in, in my living room, on the beach, before the kids wake up- some days I do one. Other days (when I REALLLLLLLLY want to snack,) I get after a few.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Cheaper at Home Hummus

We love hummus but it's expensive considering the cost of the ingredients. 

1 can chick peas
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup of dry roasted sun flower seeds (replaces tahini paste)
The juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon salt (more or less to taste)
Water from the can of chick peas to blend

To garnish:
Olive oil
Green herbs- I used dry parsley
Red spices- I used paprika here but have used Sriracha or garlic chili sauce. 
A few extra sunflower seeds. 

Drain peas, set water from can aside. Juice lemon into processor. Toss everything else in food processor with garlic peeled. Pulse to mash- pour in can water a little at a time and continue to pulse until hummus is at the consistency you enjoy- I used about half of the water. 

Spoon into serving dish and chill in the fridge to let all the flavor marinate. 


Happy Fourth.