Thursday, December 31, 2009
Today will only be a half day of food posting! The second half of my eating-- the evening NYE party and such, will have to wait till tomorrow after my Polar Dash 10K race!!
I have all my clothes laid out for the race! It isn't till 11am, but I want to make sure I am all ready! Smart Wool socks, Montrail shoes, 2 pair pants (it's supposed to be 5 degrees!) my champion running pants and my Lucy cardio pants. Smart Wool undershirt, Nike Dry fit, Denali jacket in MINT green-Yum! Aveda chap stick, Ipod, Creepy face mask and new pink Burton hat!
I ran errands this morning, finding everything I needed and getting a lot done in a short amount of time! So, becuase of that I treated myself to a quick breakfast from the Wedge, my local co-op. Butter croisant & coffee!
I also had a half a banana with almond butter and some Blueberry POM.
Lunch was leftovers! Chicken, sweet potato, sundried tomato wrap with lettuce and dijon and
Anne's Tomato bisque!
Snacks were California Cuties that I toted around with me!
Check back tomorrow for more food blogging and a recap of NYE!
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My calendar page for December reads "Courage" with this quote: Courage is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm. -Winston Churchill
Sorry Mr. Churchill, I prefer this definition:
1 packed cup grated raw carrots (1-2 medium sized carrots)
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup canola oil
2 cups coconut flakes
3/4 cup rice flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp alcohol-free vanilla extract
2 tbs agave nectar
optional garnish: 1 handful semisweet chocolate chips, melted.
(Christine used Tropical Source brand which are vegan and gluten-free.)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all the ingredients together except for the chocolate in a large bowl.
Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
Wash your hands and pat the mixture into 24 balls, slightly smaller than golfballs.
Place balls on pan 2 inches apart and bake for 30 minutes, rotating once. Use a spatula to remove the macaroons from the pan.
If desired, drizzle melted chocolate over the macaroons with a fork.
NOTE: If you think you KNOW how to melt chocolate chips, but aren't certain, look that up first. I thought "how hard can it be?" I started in a pan on the stove and it looked great, but they hardened right up so I promptly burnt them to a crisp in the microwave. Sigh.
As I stood there in the kitchen, nibbling on the hard, chewy, burnt chips (thinking they tasted like when you set a marshmallow on fire) I knew that I couldn't post the final product and gloss over this fiasco.
So 1) Yes, I ate some of this gunk and B) I am sticking to brutally honest blogging! After all, this wasn't a failure, it was a learning experience!
Chocolate for drizzling, take TWO!
This time, with a bit of research, I found that a no mess way to melt and drizzle chocolate chips is to place them in a ziploc bag, dipping that in hot water, and sniping a hole in the corner.
I cut a larger hole than I needed, so the chocolate is really thick, but this is a WONDERFUL trick, next time I will snip smaller!
Happy New Years Eve! Here's to a great new year!