Monday, April 21, 2014

Cooking with Girl Scout cookies

Normally this is not a topic I would even consider -- I mean really, who has extra Girl Scout cookies? Well, this year, I do. We, er I, overestimated the area's desire for Shortbread and we ended up with about 2 cases more than we needed. And people aren't exactly clamoring for Shortbread!

There are a lot of options out there, but most called for crushing the cookies and making into a crust. Then I found one to use the cookies to make tiramisu. I've always wanted to try to make tiramisu and this seemed like a fun way to use up some of the cookies (and perhaps sell more boxes with the recipe!)

I think next time I will add cocoa directly to the mascarpone mix so it wasn't so grainy.

1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
8 oz mascarpone cheese
1tablespoon cocoa
Mix the above together.
8 oz heavy cream
Whip the heavy cream to stuff peaks and then fold in the mascarpone mix.
5 tablespoons of brewed coffee (or 1/2 coffee and 1/2 coffee liquor)

To plate the tiramisu:
1 shortbread cookie
1 tsp coffee
1/4 cup mascarpone mix

Layer as many times as you like. This will make approximately 7 servings of tiramisu with 2 layers.

Yum yum!!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Eggs

I always think that dying Easter Eggs is so much bigger than it ends up being. We don't eat many hard boiled eggs though I do plan to eat all these -- should be a good before work out snack! This year, I saw a post about using Kool-Aid.

It looked like a good idea -- strong colors and much better smell! We used just 2 tablespoons of water for each packet of Kool-Aid and only the grape was an odd color (more black than purple).

We put eggs in the mix, dribbled the mix on the eggs for a tie-dyed look, and, in Jessie's case, used the spoon as a brush.

It was a lot of fun and the eggs look great. I like the colors much better than the Paas packets. Definitely doing this again!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Blessed (and Frustrated)

As I walked back from spin class this afternoon, I waffled on whether or not I really am frustrated. My weight doesn't seem to have changed and my clothes seem to fit the same. My thighs are still big, but wait, is that some muscle definition I see there? And how lucky am I to work 5 minutes from the gym? A gym that doesn't charge extra for classes?

We just "survived" a long winter -- bitter cold, snowy/windy days -- but we were never hungry. I wasn't ever worried about surviving the winter. We always were warm and had plenty of food.

Our little family is healthy. Trips to the doctor come once or twice a year and the most illness we have to worry about is a cold here & there or a splinter.

Today, the sun is shining, there is a slight breeze. I can hear bird singing. So my pants are a little tight. Today I am going to be thankful that I have pants! I have the clothing I need to protect my body -- which is strong, even if it has a little fluff. It is my body. I am still on this weight loss journey. I enjoy my spin and weight classes. I like my fitbit, which helps me stay on track with my food and my steps. I want my body to be a Holy Temple for God; I want to be disciplined so I can enjoy that one Girl Scout Thin Mint without wondering where the entire sleeve went! I want to be able to enjoy the spring weekends by walking or playing with my girls and not worry about being winded once we get to the park.

14. Therefore my friends, flee from idolatry. 21. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord & the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord's table & the table of demons. 1 Corinthians 10:14, 21

Food is not my reward and exercise is not my punishment. I'm doing a 4 week Bible Study in preparation for Easter and this was last Friday's verses. It stuck with me this weekend -- what are my idols? Has exercise become one? Food is -- definitely. It's time for me to spend more time with the Lord, taking time to pray before hitting the snacks at work! One bag of Cheez-its is all it takes to throw off my calorie intake! So I'm learning and remembering that I cannot do this alone. If I seek God's guidance and assistance, I CAN make this happen.

Sunday, March 30, 2014


There's a blizzard warning for tonight, but it was in the 50s today so we took advantage of it and walked to the park (TWICE!)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A Night at the Museum

Or really at the Zoo! Last night Maggie & I spent the night at the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls at the first ZooZnooze. The zoo has hosted sleepovers like this for Girl & Boy Scouts, but we were too late to register. It was a pretty amazing night!

We got there at 7 pm and the evening started with a pizza party and animal encounters. We met a Indian Star tortoise, a hedgehog & a lizard. Maggie really liked Bolt the lizard & Ellie the tortoise, and thought Sonic the Hedgehog was cute. But her favorite one was Bolt because he's pretty cool and his spines he uses for protection.

After the animal encounter, we did some stations to learn about animals. Maggie thought the giraffe skull was pretty cool.

We then got to take a night your of the zoo. We saw the caribou, llamas, primate house (with monkeys, apes & lemurs) and the red fox.

We then returned to the museum to get ready for bed & pick out a movie. "Night at the Museum" was the overwhelming favorite. Though it wasn't long before Maggie said she was ready for sleep.

In the morning after breakfast, we met a skunk and red tailed hawk. Then we got to dissect an owl pellet to determine what the owl has to eat. We discovered a rodent skull in ours!

We ended our time at the zoo with a morning tour. We did get to see the giraffes, though it was still too cold for them to be outside.

It was a very cool overnight adventure and Maggie is already looking forward to the one in the fall -- either another family or this time, with Girl Scouts!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dinner & a Movie

Many years ago, TBS used to have segments about cooking during their Friday night movie, and the meal always matched the movie. And I've wanted to do something like that for some time. Finally tonight! We did our dinner & a movie with Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. We were able to find a list of all of the foodimals from the movie and we served:

Tacodiles with Flamango salsa, Pickle People, Bananastritches, and Watermelonphant punch.

Both girls enjoyed helping me make the Pickle People. Aunt Tammy & Cousin Taylor came over to eat & watch the movie. I really think we'll have to do this more often. I've seen a lot of ideas on Pinterest for a lot of Disney movies and I think the girls would really enjoy it, especially helping make the menu!