May 152017
 

The celebrating started Friday when I picked Logan up from daycare. He made me a Mother’s Day present at daycare! Footprint butterfly and a handprint on the bottom. ๐Ÿ™‚

On Saturday we went to a friend’s house for a little surprise birthday dinner for another friend. My friend Star and her boyfriend Larry made a feast! They made marinated chicken and veggie kebobs and grilled them up. There was also rice (I skipped that to save my carbs for dessert!). I made a spinach, kale and chard salad topped with carrots, strawberries and feta cheese.

Yummy dinner!

Star made our friend Samantha a gorgeous Polish cake.

How beautiful is that cake? So pretty. It was really delicious, sort of like shortbread with custard and whipped cream. Logan ate some rice, chicken and strawberries and he LOVED the whipped cream. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here is the recipe:

Kremowka Papieska "Papal Cream Cake

From: http://www.europeancuisines.com/Poland-Polish-Kremowka-papieska-Papal-cream-cake-recipe

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces butter
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 egg yolks
  • A pinch of salt
  • Custard cream:
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 6 egg yolks

Instructions

  1. Grease well 2 8- or 9-inch baking pans / tins: coat with bread crumbs and set aside.
  2. Cake mixture:
  3. Cut the butter into the flour with a pastry blender.
  4. Beat the egg yolks into the water: mix into the flour. Mix well.
  5. Divide in halves and spread/press each half to completely cover the bottom of one of the baking pans.
  6. Bake for approximately 30 minutes in a medium-low oven (325F / 160C): remove and let cool. Remove from pans when cooled.
  7. Cream:
  8. Scald the milk and vanilla. In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, flour, salt, and egg yolks. Stir until very well blended (ideally, whisk to make sure there are no lumps). Add milk gradually. Cook over low flame, stirring constantly, being careful to scrape bottom of pan.
  9. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 3 minutes, still stirring constantly. When finished cooking, remove from heat and pour cream into a bowl; allow to cool, stirring occasionally until cold.
  10. When the custard cream is cold:
  11. Whether you're using puff pastry or cake, spread the custard cream thickly over the bottom layer. (If the custard is at all runny, put one baked layer back into a baking pan of the appropriate size and then do the spreading.) Then top with the second baked layer.
  12. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Cut and serve (possibly with thick whipped cream on top, if you like). A note about cutting: This is where calling this dessert a "cake" comes slightly into question, as it doesn't handle like a cake at all: the thick pastry cream center makes that impossible. The kremรณwka will always squish down somewhat when you slice it. However, it tastes so good that no one's going to care...
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The cake wasn’t overly sweet. It looks like it would be really sweet and rich but it was light and summery.

It was such a nice night! We had a great time and it was so lovely spending some time with friends.

On Sunday we celebrated Mother’s Day by going out to breakfast. (But first Logan woke me up in the cutest way…I was still asleep and then all of a sudden Michael said “Wake up mommy! Happy Mother’s Day!” and I open my eyes and see a big goofy grin on Logan’s face and then he giggled and laughed and crawled all over me. It was probably the best moment of the day!)

We went to Genie’s Cafe. We got there early enough that we got a table immediately! That is unheard of in Portland!

I got a complimentary Mimosa for Mother’s Day and a delicious mug of coffee (much needed). It was a busy morning but we got our food pretty quickly. I’ve been craving French Toast for about a month and kept putting it off. I decided to save it for my cheat meal for Mother’s Day.

The French Toast was perfect and delicious and really satisfied my craving. The one downside to cutting out carbs is that when you finally do eat a bunch of them, they sit like a rock and make me really sleepy. I just don’t like the way I feel after eating heavy carbs now. ๐Ÿ™

Michael got the caprese hash and said it was really good:

Logan had a bunch of my French Toast and he loved it. ๐Ÿ™‚ First time having it and first time having maple syrup. He’s a fan. Logan got me a gift (a new heart rate monitor–will review it soon!) and a card, which was very sweet.

After breakfast, Logan took a nap and I went swimming. It felt wonderful. Then we all ran some errands and went for a walk in between the rain showers. For dinner Michael picked up Pad Thai to continue my carb cheat day. It really hit the spot. Pad Thai is something else I’ve been craving for a long time!

It was a really lovely Mother’s Day and I was glad I got to spend the weekend with some of my favorite people!

As for the diet: I am going to reign it in today and tomorrow and try and really cut the carbs and weigh in Wednesday. Although I’m not looking forward to it!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

Jan 122017
 

My workout schedule has been a little wonky this week! Last Saturday they were predicting a little bit of snow so I got to the gym early and thankfully got in my workout. I stopped at the grocery store for essentials (chips and beer and baby food) on the way home and it was a MADHOUSE. I’ve never been to the grocery store when it was that nuts. I got home just as the snow was starting to get heavy and spent the rest of the day playing with Logan, watching Netflix, Michael did some painting…it was good.

Sunday I got up to not much snow, the rain overnight had melted it, but instead everything was a sheet of ice! I tried to go to the pool but decided it was a bad idea and turned around and went home. Instead, I worked out on the bike trainer in the living room. I did 35 minutes and burned 290 calories.

The weather improved and melted off. Fast forward to Tuesday. They were predicting more snow. I got to the gym after work (a little later than I planned) and ran 2.15 miles on the treadmill, watching the freezing rain/hail start to fall. I decided to cut my workout short and head home early because I had my car and not the Subaru and my car is NOT snow/ice capable.

I was bummed my workout was cut short. I had planned on running 2.5 miles and then doing some weight machines, but it was a smart move to just go home.

Dinner:

Chicken thigh, sauteed kale with bacon, cottage cheese and a beer! Dinner was around 700 calories. It was snowing a little bit. Michael and I watched an episode of Narcos and it snowed probably about an inch or so. We went to bed, pretty sure we weren’t going to be going to work on Wednesday…

….and woke up Wednesday to this:

SNOW DAY!

Kind of hard to tell but we have a TON of broken tree limbs. We’re going to have a lot of damage to fix once this is gone.

I know people reading this in the midwest are laughing at us, but this is a lot of snow for Oregonians! (And all over Oregon, there’s tons of snow accumulation!)

At like 4am we woke up to a big crashing noise. Michael was up in the kitchen making a bottle for Logan and I thought he dropped something in the kitchen, it was that loud! But it turns out it was the above giant tree in our yard and the sound was huge branches cracking and breaking. Scary!

8 years ago when Michael and I were first dating, I got snowed in at his house. I went to his house for dinner one Friday night after swimming and woke up Saturday morning to several feet of snow and it kept snowing–and we ended up being snowed in together for about 5 days!!! It was a true test of our new relationship. LOL Obviously, we lived through it!

So Wednesday we woke up to about 6 inches of snow and it was still falling. I fixed myself breakfast:

Scrambled eggs topped with cheese and hot sauce, toasted English muffin with cream cheese and avocado. Hot coffee and EmergenC. Logan had his breakfast:

And once he went down for a nap I got in my home workout.

Snowed In Workout:

Warm-up

Inchworms – 8

Pushups – 10×2

Squats – 10×3

KB swings with 20lbs – 12×4

Mountainclimbers – 30×4

Side Lunges – 10×2 each

Toe touches with ball – 15×4

Glute bridges – 15×4

Knee Raises – 10×2

Overhead triceps – 10×3

Biceps curls – 10×3

Cobra stretches – 10×3

V-Ups – 15×4

Biceps curls with strap – 10×4

Stretches – yoga and PT stretches

Foam Roller

End Result: 311 calories burned! I’ll take it!

I did some stuff around the house and then had soup and crackers for lunch. Spent the rest of the day kind of tinkering around the house. I think we were all feeling a little stir-crazy! I made Michael sit down with me and watch some of Twin Peaks. Can you believe he’s never seen it?!

Dinner was steak, sauteed peppers and a glass of this lovely wine:

Thursday I got up and weighed myself…to discover I’ve lost 2 pounds! It was quite the surprise. I was noticing that certain clothes lately have felt a little loose, which is why I got on the scale. I’ve started the weaning process and that’s the only thing I can think that might have helped me lose some pounds because I’ve been doing all the same things I’ve been doing for months…

We had breakfast and then I took Bella for a walk in the snow!

It was sunny and cool but not too cold to trek through the snow. Bella was LOVING it! And so was I, honestly, after being trapped in the house for a few days.

The snow was so beautiful! I walked around the neighborhood with B. I stuck with the snow because it was easier to walk in than the frozen car tracks. It was quiet and relaxing.

I am happy with my calorie burn for a trek through the snowy neighborhood:

Thursday workout done! The rest of the day is going to include some soup, tea and maybe a nap!