>I know, sounds gross, but hear me out.
Today was Maddy’s last basketball game, and she, coach, and the team had a great season. They all learned a lot, and that called for a special little treat. I was up early (after having fallen asleep on the couch at 9pm!) so I decided to try to make cupcakes from scratch by altering a recipe. Daring for me, I know!
So I found a vegan recipe and made some substitutions, and un-veganed it by adding an egg white. Here’s the recipe!
1T apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 C skim milk
2C whole grain pastry flour
1C raw turbinado sugar
2t baking powder
1/2t baking soda
1/2t sea salt
1/2C cinnamon apple sauce
1 egg white
1 1/4t vanilla extract
Bake at 350 for 17 minutes. This recipe made 12 regular sized cupcakes and 12 mini cupcakes. I love silicone bakeware, but if you don’t have it, cupcake liners or some good greasing of the pan will cover you!
Now get this…I even made frosting! 3C of confectioners sugar, 2T (plus a little) skim milk, 1 1/2t vanilla extract, and 1/3C butter. 12 drops of yellow and 5 drops of red, and voila!
>This is my 100th post! Woo hoo!!! I apologize as there are no recipes to share…I bought all of my meals today, and yes, its pizza and movie night for the Webster girls. We’re snuggled on the couch watching Anastasia! I will plan something a bit more thrilling for 101…
I’m guessing by the time I go to sleep tonight, I will have also done at least 100 sit ups.
I woke up ready to head to Maine for work today, and before I even got in the shower, I did 60 addiction-busting sit ups. Not a huge deal, some I had already “earned,” others were in anticipation of sitting in traffic for a large part of the day!
Thanks to the lovely ladies in the Maine office (Brenda, Carrie and Katie), I found an alternative to sit ups on the ground – so there will be no inappropriate skirt-day sit-up snafus! And let me tell you, they had a bowl of awesome looking dark chocolate in the office. Which I walked on by a number of times! Go me…
The car is where I run into trouble…
Music is my thing. I love it – all kinds. I invest a lot of brain power and emotional energy into thinking about lyrics…and I sing my little heart out when I’m alone behind the wheel. Apparently, all that alone time and belting out tunes leaves me craving something sweet. Ugh, chocolate. So, I will have to do some extras before bed to make up for my drive times… I am so going to rock that suit this summer!
On another note, I started running again yesterday to get ready for the Celtic 5K on March 13th in Worcester. Very excited to get the road race season started this year! My same rules apply this year: finish the race alive, don’t finish DFL, and if I’ve run it before, beat my last time. Someday I may run to win…but for now, I’m good with those three things!
Off to do more snuggling and watch the lightening outside. I love family Friday nights…
>I think I might actually have a bikini season this year!
>Yes, the Perfectionista has them. And she’s not very good at admitting her weaknesses. Actually, she’s pretty bad at it. Today, we’re going to focus on one. Let’s call it “chocolate,” shall we?
I’m addicted to “chocolate.” That hasn’t always been the case, and we’re not talking huge quantities…but quality is what matters, right? And I didn’t realize it until I recently tried to give it up. The more I tried to let it go, the more I wanted it. The bond I’ve developed with it became much stronger than I thought possible. In hindsight, I totally denied that I loved it. I denied that it had me hooked. Denied that I had little to no self control around it. Darn cocoa!!!
It made me feel soooooo good. It was there when I had a bad day. It made me feel even better when I was having a great day. It’s sweet. It came between me and a lot of things…because I chose it over things that were presumably “better for me” by some standards.
I’ve been denying the true strength of “chocolate” in my life. I haven’t been honest with myself about that, and I guess, the fact that I’m not so perfect after all…
I’m breaking my addiction. Whenever I think about “chocolate” or daydream about it, or look for how I might be able to encounter it subtly in a recipe or in the health food store someplace, whenever I crave it…I’m going to do sit-ups. Of course, this starts later tonight…I’m obviously thinking about it now, but I have to type! I figure if anything, I should have rockin’ abs in a few weeks…and probably some embarrassing moments in a skirt and heels at the office!
And, even more important, the Perfectionista is going to be true to herself. Someone who cared enough to let me in once said, “I’m not perfect; I’m human.” I’m going to keep striving to get as close to perfect as possible, but perfect in my eyes – not someone else’s. That means that you may get a glimpse of how I try to turn the challenges that the Perfectionista image faces into a real life that she can live with and love, despite the slightly tarnished little halo. So be it. I’m human, too. And if I sneak a nibble of “chocolate” here and there…don’t judge. Grab yourself a piece and join me!
I’m so very sorry, my sweet addiction. I never, ever meant to hurt you. I’m going to try my best to let you go. I’m not good at letting go…but I’m going to try. And I guarantee I’ll make mistakes. I’ll slip up. And yes, I’ll blog about it. But no matter what, you will always know how I feel…
>Well, there are lots of ways to my heart. I’m kind of a sucker like that…but tonight, I was excited to cook for my loves. Yes, loves. Jason, Mom & Dad, and the girls….except dinner was going to be late, so they’ll eat this tomorrow! For my other loves…I need to see you to cook for you, so we’ll have to work on that!
I came home to find that Beppo had prepared some shrimp cocktail for before dinner – which is one of my favorite things to eat. Yummmmmm. Knowing that it was ahead of me, I quickly got dinner underway right after work!
I repeated a dinner posted on Perfectionista back in March of 2010 – Cranberry Medallion Salad. It was a hit back then, its been 11 months since I’ve made it…and I remembered it being fairly easy and quick. That would allow me the time to make cupcakes from scratch!!!
>Well, its Heart Month…so that means events, meetings, late nights at work, horrible eating habits, not to mention I think I forget where my gym is!
But, in all the craziness that is late January/February in an AHA house, we’re learning to make the best of it and squeeze in some quality time with each other whenever we can. To do that, it often involves turning work events into date nights…like yesterday!
Last night was the 2011 Central MA Heart and Stroke Ball at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. I decided to go all out and after all of the events I’ve had for work, I got a bit pampered yesterday and got my hair and makeup done. After all, who doesn’t want to look good for their hubby on Valentine’s Weekend??? Especially after I’ve been such a grouch lately…I definitely owe him that and more!