Saturday, February 13, 2010
I finally finished the Golden Light's Valentine Banquet Cake. I had the hardest time making it for some reason. My cakes were not baking right - - I think it was the oven. But after a failed attempt, a HOT Valentine date with the hubby, staying up till 1AM icing it, and strategically placing berries....It. Is. Finished.
Also, I forgot my camera, so I had to take the picture with my cell phone - oh well.
Happy Valentine Weekend!
Friday, February 12, 2010
My sweet husband is taking me on a surprise Valentine date tonight! I have no clue where we are going - - I was just told to dress up "nicer." lol :)
My day has been full of cake baking, facebook-ing, and pandora radio listening.
(I'm baking a cake for the Golden Light's Valentine Banquet. It's going to be two-tiered. Bottom tier is 12in. square, top tier is 8in round. Chocolate cake, chocolate icing, raspberry filling between the layers, and garnished with fresh berries. I'll take a picture when it's done and post it. :)
Now it's time to fill my day with laundry, dusting, vacuuming, etc., etc.
I'd rather spend my day doing the first list. But, I love it when my husband comes home to a clean/organized home. I seriously married a man that is as close to perfect as it gets. He does dishes, laundry, picking up, decluttering, cooks, gets me gifts!, and so much more. I'm a blessed woman. I feel like the least I can do is try to pitch in. :)
Have a happy Valentine weekend. Make it about the love and not the stuff :)
By the way, I'm so stuck on The Canadian Tenor's Hallelujah. It's just beautiful! Here's the clip from Oprah.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Miah and I have been on this exercise/health journey together. He really is a lot better at it than I am. He's so motivated and disciplined. I have a lot to learn.
We have been cooking most of our dinner recipes out of the Biggest Loser Family Cookbook and the Cooking Light Complete Cookbook. I have been pleasantly surprised at how delicious the recipes are. We've mostly been trying to eat less calories, less fat, less sodium, and more fresh foods. Tonight I was in the mood for chili, and thought I'd try something completely different. My friend Susan's mom, Mary, had us over for dinner one night and made White Chicken Chili...OMGosh it was so yummy and comforting! :)
She told me she used Rachael Ray's recipe...I found it online:
- 1 32-ounce box chicken stock
- 3 cans white beans, left undrained
- 5 cups cooked chicken (rotisserie or boiled)
- 1 16-ounce jar salsa
- 1 8-ounce block pepper jack cheese, grated
- 2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Black or white pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup finely crushed corn chips (optional, if you like your chili thicker)
- Sour cream, for garnish
Yields: 6 servings
Place all ingredients except the corn chips in a crockpot. Cook on high until the cheese is melted.
Chili may also be cooked on the stovetop over medium-high heat until cheese is melted.
When the chili is ready, add the crushed corn chips, if using, and simmer for 10 minutes to thicken. Garnish with more chips, cheese and/or sour cream and serve.
I tried going with healthier options to make it (low sodium, fat free, etc. etc). I have no clue how many calories this actually comes out to...I probably don't want to know ;).
For a side (a healthy side) we're having the cucumber/red onion/tomato/lite ranch thingy from The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook. It's so easy, and hardly any calories, plus you're getting all veggies. Basically, you cut the cucumber lengthwise, then cut each length in half so you have 4 fairly large pieces of cucumber. De-seed the cucumbers. Chop the onion and tomato into small pieces. Fill the cucumber boats with the onion and tomato. Then, drizzle lite ranch on top. It's pretty yummy (and easy), too.
If I didn't love food so much, this weight-loss thing may be a lot easier! ;)
Monday, February 8, 2010
Being a communications major and working everyday in communications with my job, I couldn't think of a better way to further my education. I love writing, but sometimes feel I struggle with using what I have - life experiences - to write about.
I hope I win!!!