Cake Pops

June 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

I woke up at 7am on saturday and started my dad with a mission: Cake Pops. I looked up a couple of sites on how to make them and all were pretty much the same: 1.) Box of Cake Mix 2.) Ingredients on Cake Box 3.) 1/3 Cup Frosting 4.) Decorative accessories.

I figured it could be too bad… I finished the darn things at 4pm!! There was a lot of sitting time in between where I had to let the cake cool, refrigerate, re-refrigerate, refrigerate x3 and etc. The hardest part of it was the decorating. I didn’t thin out my candy coating enough so it clopped off my cake ball. Lesson learned for next time!

I put so much darn effort into the little buzzards that I trudged on and brought them to the party:

The party was a good-bye party for my friend Megan:

Megan is starting a new chapter of her life and is heading westward to St. Louis, Missouri! I’m sad to see her leave but happy to have met her and wish her the best of luck. I’m sure she will be back to visit NC!

Julie, the hostess had a nice spread at the party:

Lot’s of great people at the party too!

It was a great weekend!

Have you ever tried to make something, put a lot of effort into it, and it just didn’t work out? What was it? Did you try to do it again?

Melon’s,

Elizabeth

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Grobanless Friday Night

June 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

I enjoy posting in the mornings much more so than at night. The past couple of nights have been night posts, but tomorrow I am going to try to swing back into a morning routine.

Today I had to drive down to Charlotte to attend an all day meeting 😦 I found out I am on a project (at work) that has me dedicating 60% of my time to it. The funny thing is, is that my normal 100% routine is there…so I think I am no expected to work 160%? I am the FIRST to admit that I am not a math genius…but that doesn’t make sense to me. I am just going to roll on with it though.

One perk of where I work is that we have a company suite at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Uptown Charlotte. I got two tickets (and a parking pass!) to tonight’s Josh Groban concert. My friend had to cancel on me, and none of my other friends have A.) never heard of him B.) already had plans. I would have went alone, but I don’t feel safe walking around that late at night in Uptown Charlotte. So I am a bit bummed about that. I decided that I would do something instead that is fun. I am going to make Cake Pop’s for my friend’s going away party tomorrow.

You know those cute little cake on a stick’s that have appeared at Starbucks. I apparently am the last blogger on the planet to have known about these cute little things from Bakerella’s blog, but came upon them after googling “how to make cake pops.” I think I am going to do polka doted ones with pink and white as the base.

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Can’t wait to show you my results tomorrow!

Pop’n Lock’n-

Elizabeth

Sunday Morning Blues

June 5, 2011 § 1 Comment

Good Morning! I started out my day by making a quick run to the grocery store for some fruits. I picked up a watermelon, bananas, strawberries and blueberries. I also got a few more staples that I needed for the week. 

When I got home from the store I wanted to start the day off right with a healthy breakfast. I saw a fun breakfast idea in the June issue of Women’s Health Magazine.

Simple ingredients including: 1.) Thomas’s Bagel Thin 2.) 1 tbsp natural peanut butter 3.) cut up banana 4.) Cut up strawberry (qty 2). I enjoyed this breakfast with a hot k-cup mocha.

I tried to have my breakfast on the balcony, but at 82 degrees it was already a little too warm for me 🙂

It felt great to have a good breakfast.  my fitness plans for the day include swimming laps this morning and then go to Kadi Fit for Kardio Dance with JT.

Last night I ventured into Charlotte and went to the NODA area of town. I can’t believe I have lived here for 6+ years and have never been to this cute little neighborhood. There were amazing crafts being sold on the street, people everywhere and great music playing. I went to the infamous Cabo Fish Taco with my friend Julie. Julie had run a half marathon yesterday morning and was in quite a bit of pain, but knew she had to keep moving to stop that lactic acid build up.

Going for food and doing a little poking around was just the answer for her. I have heard about Cabo Fish Taco for years but have yet to visit. I decided on the chicken tacos with a cheddar and jalapeno mashed potato. Soo good! I highly recomend stopping by this restaurant if you are in the Charlotte area.

I am off for an adventure. I hope you all have a beautiful Sunday.

Tacos for now,

Elizabeth

When the World Gives you Rotten Bananas…

January 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

You make Banana Bread!

I had purchased a bag of ripe bananas from the grocery store 2 weeks ago. They have been sitting on my kitchen counter waiting for them to turn until they are perfect for banana bread.

YESTERDAY… was my day! I love making banana bread, it’s super easy and it makes the house smell so yummy.

To make 2 loves you need the following:

4 Medium Sized Bananas
2 and 1/2 cups of flour
1 half cup of milk
1 t/2 tbs of white vinnegar
1 stick of butter (softened)
1 and 1/4 cup of sugar
2 Large Eggs
1 teaspoon of Vanilla
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of baking soda

What might jump out at you in this recipe is the vinegar. Why on earth would you put vinegar in banana bread? Well..banana bread tastes better when you use buttermilk. But who on earth has buttermilk on hand? I NEVER do.

So you can use a fun substitute. The ratio of creating your own buttermilk is 1 cup of milk and 1 Tbs of White Vinegar (you can also you lemon juice). Since I need 1/2 cup of milk for this recipe I cut the above ration in half. You combine the milk and vinegar and let the creation sit on the kitchen counter for 5 minutes. Voila you now have buttermilk.

The (1.) first thing you want to do is to remove all the racks in your oven. Adjust so that there is one rack in the oven towards the bottom (you want the top of the pan to be in the middle of the oven). Then (2.) pre-heat your oven to 350°F (*TIP if you are going to use convection, you’ll need to look up the temperature conversion if your oven doesn’t do it for you).

(3.) In a Large Bowl (or your Kitchen Aid Mixer Bowl) mix/stir the butter and sugar until they are well mixed.

(4.) Stir in the eggs until well mixed

(5.) Stir in bananas, milk and vanilla, let the mix stir for about 25 seconds

(6.) Stir in flour, baking soda and salt. Mix about 30 more seconds

Your batter should be very smooth.

(7.) Use 2 bread pans, and spray with cooking spray. (8.) Poor mix into both bowls. (9.)Put in oven for about 45 minutes. (10.) Pull out of oven after 45 minutes (or when top starts to brown) and let cool for 1 hour.

Enjoy!

Elizabeth

Training Days 4-6

August 16, 2010 § 4 Comments

What a great weekend! It was the perfect mix of relaxing and fun. I have to admit that I was pretty jealous seeing the posts and tweets from all the Healthy Living Summit attendees, but it motivated me in so many ways. I look forward to going to a blogger conference in the future and am going to try to make the Food Buzz Conference.

Saturday morning I went to the Y for a Zumba Class. I really love Zumba, it is such a great workout and since you are dancing and in a fun environment it doesn’t feel like your typical exercise class. Sometimes when I am in a spin or even a more traditional aerobics class, I find myself straining to see the clock and how many more minutes I have left (because I am usually bored). I had a very enthusiastic high schooler next to me that was very into the dance so that was fun too.

Saturday night my brother wanted to know if I wanted to go bowling with him and our friend Kaytea.  I of course said yes because she is super fun and I knew that it would be a good time.

I did pretty horrible in bowling, but it was about fun and not about competition. I even rolled it down once like an old lady in honor of my friend Arika! My brother had a great time too, he posed for a picture:

Kaytea and my brother kicked my butt in bowling and in Dance Dance Revolution (DDR). I felt like I was a kid again because after we bowled we went into the arcade. I only did DDR one time and it was my first time ever and it wasn’t that easy! My brother and Kaytea played for a long time and it was very funny.

On Sunday morning when I woke up I had a severe headache. I rarely get headaches and when I do I am a super baby about it. I didn’t know if I was dehydrated and felt like I could use an IV hydration drip or a Pinkberry drip. Now I have never had Pinkberry but thought it could solve all of my problems 🙂

I was right! I went down to the South Park area of Charlotte, met my friends Arika and Hunter for a Pinkberry experience.

How was it? OMG AMAZING!!!!

I think all of the worlds problems can and should by solved by Pinkberry 🙂

My brother complained that all we have in our refrigerator is vegetables and fruit ( I see that as a good thing!) So I told him that I would make him chocolate chip cookies, plus I was looking for an excuse to bake.

For dinner we had a Roma tomato (local), fresh mozzarella, garlic (local) and basil pizza (local).

And I totally forgot to get a picture of the finished pizza but it was super yummy and the flavor was amazing…maybe I should open a pizza shop 🙂

This was a much longer post than usual but I had a whole lot to say. Onto more 10k training tonight!

Do you like to bake? What do you do with your baked goods? Do you eat them? Bring them to work? Give to neighbors? Please comment!

 

Basily Good For Now-

Elizabeth

Pickle Parting Gifts

August 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

Saturday I started out with a mission: To Create the BEST Pickles Ever! This involved multiple steps which is what I am going to write about on here.

The first step in the process was the inspiration part. I was inspired to create pickles from a blog post I read on The Edible Perspective’s Blog. Such beautiful pickles she created and the steps did not seem to bad. So get your boots on and get ready for some pickling!

I visited the Davidson Farmers Market early Saturday morning in hopes that pickling cucumbers would still be in season. I was surprised to see a nice mount of the cucumbers at the Barbee Farms stand. Cucumber Heaven! I piled up two big bags of cucumbers which totaled around $13.00. I also got 3 cloves of garlic (best garlic on earth) which was $2.00 a piece (ouch!). But since it is the best garlic on earth I decided to bite the bullet and not stress out about how much I paid for it.

My travels then took me to the Healthy Home Market for some organic dill sprigs, coriander and black pepper. I got home and realized that I forgot the vinegar, so out to Food Lion I ran.

This was the recipe that I used for the pickles:

  • 5 smallish pickling cucumbers
  • 8 sprigs fresh dill
  • 2 t coriander seeds
  • 1/2T mustard seed
  • 1T black peppercorns [whole]
  • 4 garlic cloves, halved
  • 1T kosher salt
  • 3/4c distilled white vinegar
  • water to cover
  • This is what the “pickles” looked like prior to liquid added:

    I made a total of 4 jars and it only took about 30 minutes for all of the prep work and cleanup. The recipe said that you can eat the pickles after about 4-6 hours but I am going to let mine sit for 48 hours to let maximum pickling occur. I have already given away 3 jars and have one for myself, but I have about another 6 to make and plan on doing that tonight 🙂

    Pickle love-

    Elizabeth

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