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Posted by Lauren on November 1, 2013
I feel like I spent all of my weekend in the kitchen! I had pretty much decided that I wouldn’t do much, if any, canning this year. Well I did a batch of beets for a friend and that all changed. Apparently I got bit by the bug. Saturday morning we hit up the farmer’s market and got a bunch of stuff – tomatoes, peaches, apples – and I went to work. I wanted to do the peaches but they weren’t ready, and probably won’t be until tomorrow. So I started on the tomatoes and made some garden veggie juice. It didn’t take too long since I just leave in the skins and seeds. I put it in the Blendtec and it mixes it up really well. I got that done and still had some tomatoes left so I used them with some pizza sauce packets my friend gave me last year.
Then I did up some curried apple chutney – I’ve never even had chutney before It sounded good though and I think it will be really nice with pork chops or chicken. I was going to quit after that but I decided to hurry and get some applesauce done before bed. I didn’t get to bed until 10:00 from canning!
Sunday I wasn’t going to do much except a recipe for dried fruit conserve. I ended up organizing all of my jars and doing a count, which I will not reveal. I feel like I have a lot though That got me even more excited to fill them up, of course. I went to the store to get the ingredients for the conserve and also to make a batch of beer. When I got home I did the beer first, then started on the canning. The conserve was a new recipe for me and I’m not sure I did it right, I think I cooked too much liquid out of it. I may try it again and not cook it down so far. It sure tastes good though! I used blueberries, pineapple, papaya, and cranberries. If it works out well the next time I’ll share the recipe.
So I only did those two things but somehow it took me half the day. I finished just in time to make a quick soup for dinner. I’m feeling very over washing dishes right now! That is the worst part of canning and beer making. Anyway, it was productive and I’m going to gear myself up to do some more this weekend.
Here’s what I ended up with:
- 17 pints of garden veggie juice!
- 8 pints of pizza sauce
- 7 pints of applesauce
- 11 half pints and 1 pint of apple chutney
- 7 pints of dried fruit conserve
- 1 5 gallon batch of random beer
Posted by Lauren on September 9, 2013
The other day I bought a big container of heavy cream with no plan really to use it up. I guess that’s a lie, I was secretly thinking ice cream! I ended up opening it to make some potato leek soup. It sat in the fridge for a few days, I ran out of milk and had to use the cream, which reminded me I needed to make a plan. I still might make ice cream but who knows? Scones sounded good, but something more than basic had to be done. Enter the chocolate cherry scone!
This recipe is adapted from America’s Test Kitchen. Any time I’ve made it before the dough seems to dry and I have to add a bit more liquid. Today I just planned on adding more and it worked out great!
(I know this is not a pretty picture! Hard to make a dark brown rectangle look pretty :lol:)
Chocolate Cherry Scones
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. instant espresso powder
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder*
- 2/3 cup dried cherries, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 5 T butter cut into small pieces
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
*I used black cocoa powder but any kind will work.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Add all of the dry ingredients and the sugar to a food processor and pulse until combined. Add the butter and pulse 10-12 times to mix well. Add the cherries and pulse a few times. Transfer the mix to a large bowl and add in the cream and almond extract. You will probably need to work it with your hands a little bit, but don’t overdo it. The dough will be sticky and seem like it has too much liquid. It’s okay! Drop the dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and pat out into your desired shape, I did a square. Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces and separate them on the cookie sheet. Mine cooked for 15 minutes and I cooled them on a wire rack.
I really like these scones! They definitely gave me a good chocolate fix. I had one with a smoothie after a run and it really filled me up. Plus, chocolately. What else do you need?!
Posted by Lauren on September 8, 2013
Thought I’d share what I did this past week.
Sunday – ran/walked 3.18 miles at 8000 feet at Currant Creek Reservoir!
Monday – did a boot camp style workout starting at 10 reps and working down to 1 – did jumping jacks, squats, incline pushups, dips, step ups, and burpees.
Tuesday – ran 3.72 miles
Wednesday – Boot camp and I walked 3.5 miles
Thursday – Ran 4.52 miles
Friday – Did 40 minutes weights. I did 2 sets of everything. Details:
- Goblet squats 25# kettlebell 15 reps
- Calf raises 25# kettlebell 12 reps
- Lunges 25# kettlebell 10 reps
- Single leg deadlifts 25# kettlebell 10 reps
- Wall sits with the 25# kettlebell 30 seconds
- Rows 25# 10 reps
- Bicep curls 15# 6 reps – I’m weak lol
- Shoulder press 15# 10 reps
- Dips on the bench 10 reps
- Pushups on my toes 10 reps
- DB Bench press 25# 7 and 6 reps
- Pullovers 25# kettlebell 10 reps
- 1/2 pullups with help from the bench 10 reps
I wanted to do some swings today too but I kind of ran out of time! And I just remembered I was going to do some planks. At boot camp our goal is to do 2 minute planks and I’ve done it once, but last time I was only able to do 1 minute 40 seconds. I’d like to get to 2 minutes consistently. Anyway!
Tomorrow is my REST DAY!
Posted by Lauren on July 19, 2013
Wow, I am exhausted tonight!! I started the day bright and early at 5:30 with an hour of incline walking on the treadmill. Then after breakfast I wanted to get outside with M and we did a leisurely walk of 50 minutes. I’m having family over tomorrow so I emptied the kitchen and entryway and cleaned the floor, which seemed to take forever. I also did my first day of Boot Camp today! It was HARD. I am so out of shape I guess.
After we warmed up we did a circuit for I don’t know, maybe 25 minutes? of tire flips and jumps, rocking planks, and lunges with a twist holding a medicine ball – I used a 6 pound for most of the time and then 4 pounds on the last set. Oh my hell, that kicked my ass! I have never done those tire flips before. I was dripping and having a hard time breathing. Then we moved to do core work with the TRX. I seriously need a lot of work on my core. I couldn’t hold most of the planks for very long and I felt a lot of pressure in my back because I wasn’t holding my glutes tight enough. I think I will be attempting a lot more of that kind of stuff at home.
I can’t remember what the trainer said we were doing on Wednesday but I am ready to be whooped again I am super glad to be doing it with my good friend too Misery loves company.
After all the activity today my Fitbit has me at 24,000+ steps!! That is a record for me
Now time for bed!
Posted by Lauren on June 17, 2013
I thought I’d share what I’m planning for this week’s workouts. I have been slacking on exercise for the past few months and I really want to get back to doing it regularly. Here’s what is going on this week:
- Monday – Boot camp starts today!! I am going to go for a walk this morning and then boot camp is this afternoon. I was planning on doing weights also, but I think I’ll wait and see how boot camp goes.
- Tuesday – Run 3 miles
- Wednesday – Boot camp and possibly weights
- Thursday – Run 3 miles and boot camp
- Friday – Weights, depending on boot camp the day before, and walking
- Saturday – rest
- Sunday – Run 3-4 miles
I am going to try to get at least 10,000 steps every day on my Fitbit. We’ll see what I end up with and then make a goal for a little bit more next week.
Posted by Lauren on June 17, 2013
I have decided that right now I need help to get in shape and start moving back towards a happy, healthy me! I have three things that I think will be the ticket.
- I signed up for Boot Camp with a friend! We will be going 3 times a week for 7 weeks in the evenings to hopefully get our asses handed to us
- I am going to join in a Fitbit challenge via Cheeseslave. Should be a good motivator!
- I just registered for The Other Half Marathon again! I think a race schedule has always been a big helper to keep me motivated and moving towards fitness.
With all of these combined I should have plenty to keep me going and to look forward to, and will hopefully be in a better place all around by the time I do the race
Posted by Lauren on June 13, 2013
Seems like we did a lot this weekend! Bright and early on Saturday morning we went to Sugarhouse Park where M and I ran a 5k!! This is her second one through Girls on the Run. It was so much fun!! She did awesome too. She ran the entire race only stopping twice! She sure amazed me I can’t wait to do another one with her.
After we cleaned up and came down from our runner’s high we went out to get some plants for our ‘garden’, finally. We have a small strip of dirt in the back yard and we planted some tomatoes, peppers, squash, and herbs. Hopefully we’ll at least have a small amount of homegrown stuff to eat this year.
This morning we took off to Millcreek Canyon for a hike. We ended up doing Desolation Trail and it was great! It took us almost 3 hours to do 4.42 miles. I was so proud of M for sticking it out and making it to the lookout on top! It was great weather and we really enjoyed the hike.
Afterward we enjoyed some pool time at the outdoor Murray pool. We’d never been there. It wasn’t too crowded and it was nice to sit around in the water after all of our activity this weekend.
Only 2 more days of school left!! I hope that we will get in a lot more fun once the summer really starts
Posted by Lauren on June 2, 2013
Well I did it!!!! My 30 days on the juice fast are DONE!! I am going to have smoothies today with protein powder and almond milk, and they will be amazing I’m sure! I wish I had something really deep to say about the whole thing, but I don’t. I’m very glad I did it. I am very glad that I am done! Maybe someday I will do it again, but probably not ever for 30 days again. That is a long time!
In addition to weight loss, I wanted to see if some other issues went away or got better with the fast. The back pain I was having is completely gone! My back has really felt better than it has in the last 3 years, so that is a big improvement. My nagging knee stuff is also a lot better. I still have my moments, and they usually come after sitting on the couch cross-legged for too long, but I used to feel my knee all of the time and it is a lot less now. Is this from fasting? or just having extra weight gone? I don’t know, but I’ll take it! My skin is also a lot better. I thought my extra blotchiness would go away, but it didn’t. It’s evened out a lot though, so I’m happy enough with that.
Today also happens to be my weigh-in day so here goes.
Last week – 139.2
This week – 136.8
Lost 1.4 pounds
Here are the results from my 30 days.
Starting – 153.8
Ending – 136.8
Lost 17 pounds!!! I am also down 4% in body fat, and I lost 13.75 inches!!! I am still floored by the inches!
So yes, I know that I will probably gain some pounds back once I am eating again. I have probably mentioned that I am going to take an entire month to transition back to a healthy diet. Here’s what it looks like in terms of what I’m adding back in. I hope that in doing it this way, I will minimize pounds gained back, and hopefully just continue losing.
- Week 1 – smoothies
- Week 2 – salads
- Week 3 – soups
- Week 4 – beans
- Week 5 – new ‘diet’
The new ‘diet’ is going to be more of a Mediterranean style of eating. Which to me is more whole grains, less meat, more fish and beans, more fruits and veggies, less sugar and fat. I am still going to be eating real food of course. I think this will be a good plan for all of us, and we’ve all talked about it and agree. It also is supposed to be an inflammatory diet which I think will be good for M, who has athsma, K, who is just old :lol:, and me, who isn’t getting any younger and hopes it will help with my knee issues. Plus if we are veggie heavy, there isn’t anything wrong with that!
Anyway, I’m looking forward to making this month really count and keeping on my plan. I am feeling so good about what I’ve done and what I’m planning to do!! I’m excited to get back into exercising and eating well and enjoying my life!
Posted by Lauren on March 6, 2013
Here we go!
Last week 143.2
This week 139.2
Lost 4 pounds!
I also measured this morning and I’m down 3.25 inches from last week as well! According my scale though I lost about another pound of lean body mass. As of today I’m on a kind of two-day stall, so I hope things start moving again tomorrow.
I’m having a little issue though, most days when I look in the mirror I really don’t see that I am down 14 pounds already in this month. There have been a few days when I’ve thought that I was looking pretty small for sure. Maybe it is because I’m looking too much?! Anyway, I’m still happy with what I’ve accomplished and I know it is only going to get better.
Only one more week and one more weigh-in on this all-juice fast!!! I can’t wait to be done and getting more nutrition and calories in me so that I can start working out again. I wanna run and lift things again!
Posted by Lauren on February 27, 2013