Apple Betty FAIL

You all know by now that I’m really good ruining recipe execution. I’m really learning how bad I am at following instructions. I’m not a good enough of a chef/baker to improvise. So, let me share with you my lovely story of this fail, just because it’s fun.

So, I have a cast iron skillet I received for our wedding and I have never used it. I put the thought in my pretty little mind that I would season it and make an apple betty. I followed the instructions on the Kitchn’s website to season my skillet. When I pulled it out of the oven, it was completely gross and sticky. I had never seen a skillet like this. I couldn’t figure out what happened, but a Google search led me to this article. Well, it turns out I used way too much vegetable oil and rendered my skillet sticky and basically disgusting to handle. To be fair, the article did not emphasize the importance of LIGHTLY seasoning the pan. As the stubborn girl I am, I decided to keep calm and carry on without fixing the issue.

When making the betty, I decided to follow a few recipes, first one from Allrecipes, and Betty Crocker, figuring she would know about it since she shares a name. The reason I chose two is because I wanted to use some oatmeal for the topping. See below for a step by step failure graphic:

So here’s what I would change about my rendering of this recipe:

  • Re-seasoning the skillet before starting the recipe.
  • Peeling the skin of the apples before adding them to the skillet. The texture when biting into them was less than ideal.
  • Make more topping to fully cover the apples in the skillet.
  • I would also add some caramel drizzle, that sounds like a delicious addition.

Also it made a ton, which I could never eat so much. I ended up tossing the whole thing because I am not about to waste my calories on something that isn’t deletable. Hope you enjoyed this failure and decided to try something new to make. The best part of failure is learning from your mistakes.

Treadmill Blues

Going to the gym to run on the treadmill is not my ideal form of running. I like running outside and listening to my preferred playlist. However, running outside is not always feasible for me. I live in an apartment, and there are not great trails in my neighborhood. So, in the winter, I will go to the gym.

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The single best thing I’ve found to do for myself when running inside on a treadmill (not a track, there’s not one at my gym) is to watch a really high intensity show like 24. This not only keeps my heart rate up, but also keeps my attention. It also helps to not have seen the show a lot. If I watch The Office when I run it feels like the run will never be over since I know everything that’s going to happen & my mind starts to wander.

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Another way to mix up the gym in the winter is by using the elliptical sometimes too. It’s definitely not ideal, but if you cannot stomach the idea of running another single step on the stupid treadmill, it’s definitely worth it to switch up the machine to prevent burnout.

Also, create your own vengeance running scenarios like Mindy Kaling should also work if you don’t have access to a TV.

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Two Ingredient Pancakes (a review)

There are some recipes that you see online and wonder if you could make, but it seems daunting. Like, “I could never figure that out.” Well friends, this is NOT one of those times. I found this recipe on The Kitchn and knew that I could not possibly ruin it. And guess what? I WAS RIGHT!

The two ingredients are: eggs & a banana. That’s it. All you gotta do is mush up the banana and scramble the eggs and mix the two together. Then scoop it out and make as you would with regular pancakes.

So, I would recommend using this recipe, especially if you are doing some kind of paleo diet. Also if you are trying to eliminate flour or sugar from your diet. The texture is a little spongey and fluffy, but SUPER BANANAEY at the same time. You probably couldn’t ruin these either. I’m just saying.

Sometimes we need to be THAT guy

How many of you use Snapchat? I use it all the time to send pictures to my family in Florida of my everyday life. I have a love/hate relationship with it. I love seeing my family easily throughout the day, but don’t get me started on their featured stories, which I HATE. (Okay, you got me started–they’re wildly inappropriate for young kids who have snapchat, and there’s no way to filter them.) Anyway, I use the “memories” feature quite a lot because I like taking pictures of my food and taking pictures of myself working out and being generally “THAT guy” on the regular.

The Snapchat memories feature allows me to do that without being THAT guy. I have a record of my workouts and can look at my accomplishments and feel good WITHOUT annoying everyone. Win/win. It also helps to motivate me to keep up my goals. No, seriously, I use it all the time:

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It’s nice to go back over the past week and give myself a pat on the back. “Hey, you did that. You can do it this week too.”

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“What does it mean to be a ‘runner?’”

I’ve been thinking about this question a lot. I follow a lot of running moms on Instagram because they inspire me so much. They run despite having a lot more hurdles in the way than I do (KIDDOS). I saw a post one day that said:

How to become a runner? Run.

I love that, because you have to start somewhere! You don’t have to run a mile in five minutes, you don’t have to run a marathon, you don’t even have to run every day. You just have to run. Let that be your motivation. What does it mean to be a runner? It means running. Just get out there, and run.

Roasting veggies (aka taking the easy way out)

You may have realized that roasting veggies is the easiest thing in the world. If so, you may save time by not reading this post. If you haven’t, this post is for you.

Beau and I have roasted veggies at least twice a week, sometimes three times, since I’m a lazy lopple and do not have a creative bone in my body. But, it’s so good. And so easy! I can’t say no. First, pick two to three veggie combos that you wouldn’t mind eating. My favorite at the moment are Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes.

Chop about a cup-cup and a half of Brussels sprouts and a small sweet potato (or half a large one)  and place it on a foil-covered cookie sheet. Drizzle veggies with olive oil, garlic powder, cumin, pepper, and (LIGHTLY) salt. Mix together & place in an oven in either 350-400 degrees and bake for 25-30 minutes or until light brown, and kind of crispy just the way I like ‘em.

Good Morning, Girls

GOOD MORNING GIRLS! You may have clicked on the “Blogs I Follow” links right over to the right. Good Morning Girls is an account on Instagram that I started following last year. They have daily Bible readings using the “SOAK” method (Scripture, Observation, Application, Kneel [in prayer]). I usually don’t do my reading in the morning as the name suggests, however, at night after dinner is when I get my “quiet time” in with God. I make a nice cup of tea, take out my contacts, and read my Bible. The reason I enjoy following the Good Morning Girls account is because the woman who created it makes time with God a priority. Seeing it on my Instagram timeline is just a helpful reminder of something I need to do every day.

In Acts, Paul visits the brethren in Berea, and Acts says of them: “Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed” Acts 17:11-12a (NASB)

I’ve grown up reading the Bible, so I’m not intimidated by it. I can totally understand if someone had not had that experience, it would seem like a LOT to get ahold of. So if you have the question, “Where do I start?” I would recommend starting in the New Testament book of John. If it’s your first time through, I would read that all the way through. I would probably keep a notebook with me, writing down all of my questions as I went through it.

If this is NOT your first time reading the Bible, what do you do during quiet time?

If you follow the model above, you can read the scriptures, write down the observations, and how you need to apply the lesson in your life today. Then say a prayer.

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.  The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:4-8 (NASB)

Focus on the good! And God is GOOD.