Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The first week or two I thought, what a great "diet" this will be! By the time I get home I'm too tired to even eat. I'll just eat an apple or pop some air popped popcorn and call it a night...but then we started cooking. Heavy cream in this, a pound of butter in this...even on vegetable day one of the things we made was "glazed carrots" which consisted of carrots in a pan with a ton of butter and SUGAR....until it reduced down to a sugary glaze. (first of all, gross. second of all- at least lets have a healthy day on vegetable day!) A raw egg on the Caesar salad, handmade full fat mayonnaise on the cole slaw...goodness gracious. French cooking is fattening!
There are many things I can try my hardest to not eat, especially when I haven't had a real meal since lunch. Avoid them, pretend they are not there....but there is one thing I can not avoid. Lately, we've been practicing our knife skills...on potatoes... and why would you waste all those potato scraps when there is a deep fryer, right in the room? Why not make french fries every night? Fresh right out of the deep fryer french fries with every spice you can imagine right there to put on them while they are still hot...with a bunch of eager to experiment foodies ready to get creative..... trouble. Last night there were bowls and bowls of fresh, hot french fries with different seasonings in each bowl. Salt & Pepper, Cajun, Jerk, Rosemary and Garlic, Paprika.....etc etc. I volunteered to help cook them so I wouldn't be just standing there eating them, but I still ate my fair share...and being that I don't really eat anything deep fried anymore (with the exception of stealing a fry or two off of an occasional friend's plate) my stomach was not happy. At the end of the night I felt too guilty for all the calories I must have eaten in deep fried potato goodness to eat anything real for dinner. It was fun, but from this point on I'm going to try my hardest to avoid this late night fatty snack. Wish me luck.
Wednesday, among other things, we are moving on with potato week and making, duchesse potatoes (which I am excited to do because I love the pastry bag), parsley potatoes, stuffed baked potatoes and potatoes Anna (which was apparently super popular in the 80s, I have never seen nor heard of this dish)
I should bring my camera to class to see if my culinary creations look like either of these two old school potato favorites. Today the most common potato eaten- even in fancy restaurants is the good old fashioned no frills mashed. Delicious!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
If you have some free time today and in the coming weeks, vote for her band and become a fan!
Help Kid Jupiter get an opportunity to play on the Ernie Ball stage at the Vans Warped Tour as it comes through Cincinnati!!
Go to www.battleofthebands.com - click on the Warped Tour logo (left)
Create an account as a fan - this will require email varification
Once you have created and unlocked your account, you can vote for us once a day until the contest is over on 7/08/09.
1. Log into your Vans Warped Tour account
2. Click Competition
3. Search Cincinnati for "Kid Jupiter"
4. Vote for us
Send MB an email (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
You can vote for as many bands as you want, but only once a day. I hope you all choose to vote for Kid Jupiter at least once a day. :)
Send Kid Jupiter a fan or friend request on the site. This creates buzz and buzz = good. :) Thanks everyone!
Friday, March 6, 2009
Well last night's run came and went and while I will never say it was fun, I will say that it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. The random podcast guy was encouraging, and the 60 second runs didn't (always) feel like 60 seconds. I think Maggie was completely confused as to why we were running and then walking and then running and then walking, but she was just happy to be out and about. The next run is scheduled for this Sunday.
Tonight we plan on having a low key night and doing one of my favorite things! I don't like to tell many people about this because...well it's just more fun when it's not super crowded..but anything for you guys.... it's the 5 for $5 Friday nights at Whole Foods.
Basically for $5 you get 5 glasses of wine and 5 super tasty hors d'oeuvres to go with them. You can kind of just wonder around the store, sipping on your wine, chatting and eating your yummy food. Also, the best part is that the $5 includes a wine glass and if you bring that back next time, you get $1 off...making it $4/person and seriously the best deal in the city!
Afterwards we usually either grab some fresh food to make for dinner at home or grab a bottle of wine and head over to asiana for some sushi...which I'm sure is exactly what they want you to do...but I am happy to oblige!
On Saturday we are "Giving Back" by helping to fix up/paint the Emery Theater downtown...with a volunteer appreciation party at Bockfest afterwards....should be an interesting day... Happy Friday Everyone!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
This weather takes its toll on me every year. After a couple of months of cold weather and little to no sunlight, I lose my desire to do almost everything…including but not limited to getting out of bed, going to work, being social and….blogging. Wow, that sounds really depressing…basically I’m just not a winter person. I need a little warm weather in my life….
When I’m not at work, at school or writing papers on Oregano and eggs… I’m searching for tropical places to go on vacation this year. So far our front runner is this beauty. Just the thought of being there for a week makes me so excited…..and also, there is nothing to whip a girl into realizing she needs to boost her getting in shape efforts like the thought of living in a bathing suit in Mexico for a week…which brings me to my newest weight loss addition… I am going to run a 5k. (hopefully)
I am NOT a runner….at all. I had a pretty bad knee injury that involved a full leg cast for 3 months and surgery way back in the 8th grade, and it has never fully recovered from that…so I just don’t run. And I have come to the realization that I am constantly babying that leg which is never going to allow it to be any stronger. The other day I re-took the fitness test on my wii fit and it told me to stand with my feet apart, balancing my weight evenly on each leg..which I absolutely thought I was doing and after the test it told me that my “center of balance” was completely to the right… which fits with my theory that I subconsciously baby my left leg…and could also explain my slight clumsiness issue.
ANYway…enough of that, my point is tonight Rob and I are starting the Couch to 5k Plan, which is apparently supposed to help complete non-runners, be able to run a 5k in 2 months… I looked for an awesome 5k that is about 2 months away and found this one.. yesssss…party at the Great American Ballpark afterwards…sounds good to me! And last night we downloaded podcasts that go with how you are supposed to run…60 seconds jogging, 90 seconds walking for the first week, and the music on the podcast is slower when you should be walking and faster when you should be jogging… I’m nervous, probably desperately need better shoes and a sturdy knee brace, but we are going to try the first run/walk tonight and take care of any necessary details this weekend.
I’m going to give it at least a full week or two to see how my knee holds up on running on cement…and just stretch that leg as much as I can. Looks like we’ll actually have good weather for our first day! Wish us luck!!!