Two Lives, One Lifestyle


Apple A Day by Katie
October 11, 2010, 6:09 pm
Filed under: Apple, Baking, Dessert, Katie

I have a lot of apples, approximately 100.

Apples with yogurt and crunchy cereal things.

A pie I promised to some Boston friends and forgot… so I guess I will have to return to Boston.

Applesauce. Way more applesauce than anyone with a full set of teeth needs.  Feel free to stop by my freezer for a container or 8.



Guest Star Granola Bar by Katie
September 12, 2010, 1:40 pm
Filed under: Baking, Family, Katie

Well this post is long overdue.  My sister made these granola bars weeks ago but after uploading the pictures, my computer started to crash every time I opened WordPress.  Turns out it was just my 6 year old laptop I got before college (happy birthday computer?) and not all computers.

Enough about technology problems, the granola bars were based on this recipe by Alton Brown.   I’m not sure about honey as a sweetener in these because there was a weird honey aftertaste.

We were basically excited to both be home at the same time, sipping wine, and talking each others ears off so I started to take pictures of her making granola bars.

Oats!

Nuts!

Dried fruit! Regular and golden raisins, cherries, cranberries.

The “glue.”

Mix it all up.

Make a pile and tell a sassy story.

Flatten everything out. The original recipe calls for a smaller pan but Madelyn has made these a few times and prefers thinner bars.

Some of the bars crumbled but the better for eating in a bowl.

And as usual, making them at home means they are cheaper, you know what’s in them, and your sister can take pictures..



Cracking Up by Kelli
July 1, 2010, 10:37 am
Filed under: Bread, Breakfast, Food, Kelli, Pizza

Happy July, everyone!  Can you believe its July?  I sure can’t!  This summer is flying by!  I really just want time to stop or slow down for a little while so I can enjoy the gorgeous weather we have been having in New England lately.

So last week I found out I have a cracked molar.  After experiencing a lot of pain on the left side of my mouth I decided to make a dentist appointment to see what was up.  Turns out one of my fillings had broken and caused my very back left molar to crack in three places (think of a peace sign without them middle piece!).  My appointment to have the tooth fixed was this morning and 3 hours, $600, and some pain later I have a whole back molar again. I really love my dentist.  Dr. Erikson does a fantastic job and he even provides those airplane neck pillows for when you are going to be the chair for a long time!  I was in the chair for close to 3 hours, so I was very grateful for that pillow!

Before heading to the dentist I made some pizza dough for the dinner I have planned for tonight.  I combined 1 cup warm water, 2 Tbsp honey, and active yeast in a bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes.  I then combined the yeast mixture, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 and 1/4 cup all purpose flour, salt and pepper in the Kitchen Aid Mixer (best wedding present EVER)

As it mixed I slowly added about 1/4 cup more of whole wheat flour.  Here is an action shot!  I used the “sport mode” on the husbands camera!

After letting the dough hook do its business for about 5-7 minutes I rubbed olive oil over the whole thing, covered and put in the fridge.  Now it will raise and we will haev homemade pizza for dinner!

While the dough was mixing I decided to make some breakfast.  My dentist appointment was going to go right into my normal morning snack time, and I knew I would not be able to chew for a while after getting the molar fixed.  So I decided to make a protein packed hearty breakfast to keep my full.  I decided on Eggs In A Basket!  This is an old favorite of mine. First you tear a whole in the middle of some whole grain bread and let is toast on the griddle for a little while on both sides.

Then when the bread is somewhat toasted, crack the egg so that the yolk lands in the hole.

I don’t know what it is about this breakfast that I love so much.  It would be easier just to make an over easy egg and throw a piece of bread in the toaster, but this is way more fun.

Enjoy the rest of your Thursday!



Banana Oatmeal Cookies by Katie
May 14, 2010, 4:00 pm
Filed under: Baking, Cookies, Dessert, Katie

Packing to move is not fun- you know how you start looking around like “oh it won’t be so bad!” and then the night before you’re like “what IS this stuff? why did I keep every magazine I’ve bought in 2 years!?”  For once, I’m ahead of the game and started packing about 3 weeks before I move for this reason.

One night my brain was bleeding from reading about Markov Chain Statistical Methods for Biological Applications so I needed a more mindless activity- going through all my magazines to tear out all the recipes I want to make someday.

I’m attempting to slowly eat everything in my kitchen rather than hauling it around with me (I’ll be a bit of a nomad for the next month) and the extra brown banana on my counter and an excessive amount of oats beckned as soon as I ripped “Banana-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies” out of Cooking Light, July 2009.

Banana-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1 medium ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. softened butter
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 5.6 oz. (1 1/4 c.) all-purpose flour (I used 1 c. white, 1/4 c. wheat)
  • 2 c. oats
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. semisweet chocolate chips (exactly the amount I had left in the bag!)

Using a mixer on medium speed, beat together the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl until smooth, then add the egg.  In a different bowl, mix the dry ingredients and then add the dry mixture to the banana mixture.  Drop onto a cookie sheet, spacing batter 2 inches apart, and bake for 18 minutes (um, set the timer for less than this… or maybe that’s just at altitude) at 350°F.   Makes about 12 cookies, or more if you can’t make consistent cookie shapes…

The banana helps add sweetness (so less added sugar) and keeps the cookies very moist, but just a touch of banana flavor.  They are a bit dense and not my favorite cookie, but still pretty tasty.  I’ve been refueling with one or two after my runs this week.

Just wanted to through a running respite in there for everyone who started reading for the food ;).



The Starbucks Cupcake Incident by Katie
April 30, 2010, 11:46 am
Filed under: Cupcakes, Katie, Nutrition

This article about children being likely to eat healthy food if they were given healthy food (thanks, Summer Tomato) and The Fitnessista asking if your kids [will] eat like you reminded me of a 2 minute conversation I overheard recently.

I was sitting at Starbucks doing some cover letter writing and a mom walked in with her 2 daughters: one was probably 5 and the other was at most 2 years old.  They were talking about the fun books they just bought, and I thought “awww that’s sweet, what a great mom!”

The mom started to order, including 4 Starbuck’s cupcakes, and the 5-year-old interrupted.  “Mom can I get this banana for a snack instead?”  The mother grabbed the banana out of her daughter’s hand and very firmly replied “NO! You’re getting a cupcake! You don’t need that banana.”  The little girl looked embarrassed for basically getting yelled at in front of the whole shop.

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They sat down and the mom fed each daughter (one of them was still in diapers okay?) a whole, big Starbuck’s cupcake.

My initial reaction: This is TERRIBLE! What kind of parent denies their child a banana and forces them to eat a cupcake?  Isn’t this completely backward? Shouldn’t she be thankful her kid wants a banana rather than dessert in the middle of the afternoon? The whole scene stuck with me and just kind of bothered me for the rest of the day.  Well, apparently it is still bothering me.

I’m not against letting kids have delicious cupcakes or other snacks but do they really need a huge one from Starbucks as a random afternoon snack? The size and nutrition stats on many of their baked goods are scary enough for an adult.  Plus, the little girl wanted a banana!

I don’t want to judge other people and their decisions; I tried to give them the benefit of the doubt- for example, maybe it was her birthday? But this seemed borderline outrageous since she was asking for fruit.  I was pissed at the mom.  I was disappointed in the lack of nutrition education that we have growing up. I was angry with the way this country treats the production and consumption of food. It was like the culmination of all the backwards, screwed-up eating standards in this country.

I debated throwing in this detail, wondering about it’s significance to the situation: the mom was very obese to where she had a lot of trouble walking.  The 5 year old was overweight.  If I had just seen them wandering around the book store, this wouldn’t have phased me. Tons of skinny looking people feed their kids garbage too.  But I’d be lying if  I said that detail didn’t lead to some speculation about the (lack of) healthy habits these little girls were being taught at home.

I wasn’t about to step in and tell a mother how to do her job or lecture her about the nutrition and health issues that were coming to mind.  Plus the blame can probably be partially passed on to the food industry or marketing or whatever else impacts our eating choices.  Instead, I just BBMed my sister and talked about it with her because I was practically bursting to get someone else’s thoughts.

How would you have reacted to this?  Do you think I’m being harsh or overreacting?



Bitter Eggplant Fail by Katie
April 7, 2010, 11:14 pm
Filed under: Bread, Dinner, Katie

Before anything else, let’s start out with a good laugh.  Since I haven’t taken any drugs for pain in a few days and was prepping a pasta dish, I decided to buy some wine.  I went to pay and naturally I was carded (want another laugh? John and I were carded at the movies as juniors in college).  The guy looks at my ID and responds “This says ‘96.”  Caught off guard, I replied that no, it definitely says ‘86.  Again he tells me he sees ‘96.  I point out that if it says ‘96 then I would be 13.  Finally he blundered an “oh true oh ok”… and let me through.   Getting carded will be more flattering the older I get but 13?!!

Anyway, I came back home to eggplant I had salted and left in a strainer.   I can’t believe how long it took me to find out salting it would remove the bitter flavor.

I steamed/sauteed/something-ed the eggplant on the stove with a little water. Then added a chopped portabella mushroom and (smaller than usual) jar of sauce.

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The sauce was good…

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But the eggplant…. terrible!! So, so bitter.  I really want to like eggplant but almost every time I make it, it is terrible.  Any suggestions on picking out a ripe one or cooking techniques?

I scooped a big serving of veggies and sauce over whole wheat pasta and topped it off with the lowest fat ricotta I could find.  It looked and smelled delicious but everything tasted “off.”  I attempted to pick out the bitter eggplant but the whole sauce was tainted with bitterness.

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I was able to force some down and though I hate wasting, I could not stomach it.  I’m going to research if there is anything I could do to make this better tomorrow, as there are a ton of leftovers.

Since that didn’t work out, I mixed together a homemade dressing with about 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar, Italian spices, sea salt, juice of a 1/4 lemon, and a splash of oil.  It was tangy, but in a good way- not like the eggplant!

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Over spinach, romaine, and half of a huge heirloom tomato.

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I was surprisingly satisfied after that and decided to wait and see what else sounded good.  Well… something is not agreeing with my stomach. Sigh.

Earlier today, I tried some delicious new products I picked up.

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This black bean hummus!?  Current favorite food! It’s made in Denver so it might not be available everywhere but I’m sure it could be recreated. Oh my, like black bean dip but ultra creamy and sort of spicy.  I dipped some cool, crisp cucumbers in it.

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After sampling this bread in Whole Foods, I was easily sold.  It’s usually $7.99 but it was on sale for $4 off!  Half price for some really yummy cinnamon bread!  Doesn’t it look like french toast?  Ideas…

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Greenlee’s Bakery:

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Other eats today were less exciting- things like oatmeal, yogurt, leftovers, not picture worthy.  Okay actually I think this is a good picture of a wheat English muffin with Heather’s jam.

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Makes me want to eat another one.

This morning, I went back to the office and I was struggling.  I was tired, out of sync with my work, sore, whine whine whine.  I left early and tried to nap while thinking of all the things I need to do in the next two months- finish, edit, and defend a thesis; figure out how to make my body happy without a gall bladder; get back into training and run a marathon; move; find a job; make the blog better… ayiyiy.

After my little nap, I woke up feeling renewed and decided to make a little bit of a plan.  For now while I’m out of running, I’m going to put extra time into my school work and job searching.

I’m thankful for the 300+ days of Colorodo sunshine.  There is something about the sun shining that makes the day seem so much better!

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Do you think weather has an impact on your mood?  Did anyone see SVU tonight? Ultra creepy doctor lady!



Carbs and Ice Cream by Katie
March 25, 2010, 10:35 pm
Filed under: Bread, Breakfast, Dessert, Ice cream, Katie

I’m fighting a stuffy nose/ sneezing/ scratchy throat allergies or cold sort of thing so I’ll keep this quick and get in bed early!

Breakfast was toast with AB and jam.  I was running late for a doctor’s appointment and figured I’d have that before and some eggs afterward but I was feeling nauseous and just stuck with toast.

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For lunch, I made some Annie’s Mac ‘N Cheese.  Ashley mentioned it yesterday and I remembered there was a few single serving packets in the cupboard!  No picture though. I googled images for this and several blogs I love popped up: Peanut Butter Fingers, Runner’s Kitchen, Green Dog Wine… guess we like Annie!

After a nap (instead of a run), I had a short-stack of IHOP pancakes with Jorge!  I don’t know the last time I willingly went to IHOP, my tastes are SO unusual between the gallbladder and the cold. Anyway, those flavored syrups? I used to love ‘em but they tasted nasty!

And finally, since my eating was sooo balanced all day, Edy’s Slow Churned Vanilla, half a banana, and hot fudge.

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I usually don’t crave carbs unless I’m sick… obviously my carb cravings were out of control today.  I’m going to try and make a point to eat more vegetables, less sugar, and be a bit more balanced tomorrow.  One day at a time!  Off to bed with me now.