This weekend is FULL of festivities, so I’m trying to get a few things done ahead of time. Tomorrow I have work, then my last fitting for my Halloween costume, aka, going to my grandmother’s house to pick up my costume and make sure she didn’t leave any straight pins in it! Then I’m going to a housewarming party. I’m always looking for new easy recipes for such events. After doing some research I found two that I’ll be using this weekend (the other to be taken to a Halloween party on Saturday).
I found this recipe on the Martha Stewart website for a Pistachio-Covered Cheese Log. I made a few changes, mostly to the name. "Cheese Block" sounds a little more appetizing than "Cheese Log". Gross.
I might have already taste-tested this and it’s simple but delicious. Also, if I make it again I’ll use reduced fat/fat free cream cheese. I think there’s a enough flavor in the other ingredients and air whipped into it to all you to cut some fat!
Pecan-Covered Cheese Block
• 1 bar (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
• 1 cup grated muenster or a sharp, white cheese
• 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
• 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
• salt and pepper to taste
• 1 cup pecan pieces
• Crackers, for serving, such as Wheat Thins
1. With an electric mixer beat cream cheese, cheddar, Dijon, and Worcestershire until well combined; season with salt and pepper (taste first, I found it needed a pinch of salt but a lot of pepper). Cover, and refrigerate until slightly firm, 1 to 2 hours.
2. Toast pecan pieces and then transfer to a plate; let cool.
3. Transfer cheese mixture to a piece of waxed paper and shape into a 6-inch-long log/brick. Cover with pecans. Wrap in a fresh piece of waxed paper; chill until firm, 1 to 2 hours (or up to 1 day). Serve with crackers.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I’ve had a lot of people ask me if I’m teaching, and I guess I’ve been keeping secrets (I love secrets). I’m subbing right now as I finish an alternative certification program. The more I’m in the classroom the more I realize this is such the right thing for me to be doing. I feel as though throughout my life I always come to forks in the road and choose to go left when I should go right. Usually the journey still has its memorable moments, and wonderful friends are always met, but about halfway I realize I should have gone a different route. This has happened many, many times. A few years ago I faced this fork, and chose to go to seminary rather than go into teaching. I can honestly say that from the very beginning I knew I had made the wrong decision. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy learning, and some of the professors, and the people I met, but from the very start I knew that my “ministry” would not take place in a church. So I pondered social work, and thankfully I lived with two social workers, because while they loved what they were doing I knew that wasn’t exactly what I wanted either.
And so two years later…nearly three really…I’m back where I started. But this time I know where I want to be (with friends and family and in the city) and where I’m going. And it’s such a good feeling. It’s a peace I haven’t felt for truly more than 3 years. I think the constant feeling of anxiety was part of my everyday life, and it only caused concerned when, say, I couldn’t sleep for days straight or I had massive panic attacks.
Throughout high school I had it in my head I was going to be a teacher, then my senior year I started having a lot of doubts and became very indecisive. This indecisiveness stayed with me through college (hello, I changed my major 13 times). All that to say, I have not felt doubt or anxiety to the level I had grew accustomed to during these last few months. I have only felt affirmation by being in the classroom, and encouragement from friends and family. Of course, my mother always new this is what I would end up doing (how do mothers always know?)
Post to come soon about my training for my first two back-to-back half marathons!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
DVRd, and then watched mostly on FF to skip the 1 1/2 hours of crying. I just have to see the weigh in and the update of the person who gets kicked off at the end. These people are amazing!
XT: P90X Yoga, push up challenge
Run: 1 mi
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Can’t sell it, can’t buy it
Walk on, walk on
Stay safe tonight
And I know it aches
And your heart it breaks
And you can only take so much
Walk on, walk onAnd I may cry again…
Thursday I was feeling ill. My throat was hurting and I was pulling in a zero on my energy level. I chose to just stay in and rest.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Regardless of the temperature, rainy days are always meant for eating a bit of pan dulce and sipping on coffee, tea, or hot chocolate (preferably Mexican hot chocolate!) After church we grabbed a taco at our favorite taqueria and also bought a few sweet treats: some crumbly sugar cookies and mini sweet breads. If you've never ventured into a Mexican bakery, also known as a panaderia, you should! Don't be intimidated. At most stores you simply grab a large tray and some tongs and go shelf to shelf picking out whatever you want. And don't be afraid to pile those treats high, because more than likely it will only cost between $5-$10. We bought 4 of the breads pictured above, and 6 cookies for $3!
I was on my feet all day and wore some gorgeous, yet impractical, patent leather plum wedges. I barely made it to my car after work! I went straight to the gym to do my short run and felt.every.step. I'm about to soak the tootsies for a bit and then indulge in some Gossip Girl before bed :)
I was recently given a copy of P90X by a friend. I'm a bit nervous, seeing as how when he handed it to me he told me he threw up after the first 30 minutes. What?! I'm going to give it go tonight, but if it's out of control I'm stopping--it's not worth losing my pan dulce over!
Run: 2 mi
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
There’s also a 200 sit ups and 200 squats challenge on the site too! I think I’ll pass for now…
XT: Pushups Challenge, Wk 1 Day 1
Run: 5 mi
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
This weekend I attended The Original Greek Festival here in Houston. Despite the rain which forced us to huddle around a tiny table inside the tent we still enjoyed some delicious food and drink! While my friends opted for souvlaki (meat on a stick) I hit up the spanakopita and dolmade stand. The spanakopita was out of this world, perhaps the best I've ever had. I'm usually not a fan of dolmades, but like oatmeal I'm always willing to give them a second chance. They were definitely the best I've had, but the dolmade is still going to have to win me over. As for the wine...it was good and plentiful :)
Run: 2 mi on treadmill
Run: 2 mi on treadmill
I have a strange attraction to oatmeal. I’m not talking about oatmeal in general, though I do love all things oats, but a hot bowl of the stuff. I love that it’s comforting and filling, that it sticks with you all day. I love that especially during fall you start seeing commercials of people running in from the cold outdoors and are greeted with a steaming bowl of oats.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
In this month’s issue of Fitness they have a section on soup recipes. I love soup. I usually make a pot and eat it the whole week...or in a few days if I eat it for lunch and dinner. You can find all of the recipes here. I tried the White Bean Chili and felt it was very bland. Despite cooking the meat with the onion and garlic it really had no taste. You definitely need to experiment and add some spices. And on the issue of spices, isn’t that a trademark of chili? This soup (and that’s what it was, soup and not chili) didn’t thicken and really needed to be kicked up a notch on the spicy side.