Does anyone else adore dancing as much as I do?
Granted, I can only really dance one way, but I dance that way damn well.
As a treat to myself for all the crap I’ve been going through lately, I took myself out dancing. The place I like to go to is about half an hour away. So for me, it’s a big treat.
I tend to go to gothic/industrial clubs. Not because I am goth myself. But I do love the music, it’s fun to dance to, and goth boys are very respectful of women. No one ever comes up behind me trying to grind on my ass. I hate that shit. I just want to be left alone when I dance.
I need to start going more often. I wish this club was closer to me. I worked up such a crazy sweat, I was just dripping pink all over the floor. That’s what I get for going immediately after re-dying my hair. Such a great workout, if I could go every week and dance like that for 3 hours every time I go, I will not have a problem keeping weight off.
Parsnip Muffins (naturally by AB) with Banana and Almonds
- 1-ounce sliced almonds
- Nonstick spray
- 8 1/2 ounces all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 whole eggs
- 3/4 cup plain whole milk yogurt (I substituted with mashed ripe banana)
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 8 ounces sugar
- 10 ounces grated parsnips
Place the almonds in a single layer in a pie pan and place in oven. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Bake the nuts until lightly toasted, approximately 20 minutes while the oven heats. Meanwhile, spray a standard 12-cup muffin tin with the nonstick spray and set aside.
Whisk the eggs, yogurt, vegetable oil, and sugar in a large mixing bowl until combined. Add the flour mixture and parsnips, and fold with a spatula until all of the flour is moistened, there will be some lumps. Divide the mixture evenly among the muffin cups using a level 2 1/2-ounce disher or 1/3 cup measure. Sprinkle the top of each muffin with the toasted almonds. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the muffins reach an internal temperature of 210 degrees F and are golden brown, rotating halfway through baking. If needed, use a small knife or offset spatula to loosen the muffins and immediately remove them from the tin to a cooling rack, and cool for 15 minutes. Serve warm. Store completely cooled muffins in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
*So I now check my fridge every morning to see what needs to be used so I don’t throw anything away. I HATE throwing food away. Today I discover I have a parsnip and a banana that both desperately need to be used. I know Alton has an amazing parsnip muffin recipe as I’ve used it before. All I did was replaced the yogurt (which I don’t have right now anyway) with banana. Once again, I am a complete genius as the nuttiness of the parsnip complimented swimmingly with the banana.
The plumbers (who did not show up yesterday) came today early. Like around 10 AM. I had JUST finished eating my muffins when they showed up. I told them I would have made more had I known they were going to be there so early! They told me that it smelled good and they wish I had too! I felt great about myself.
My lunch looked exactly the same as it did yesterday. Sandwich (PB&J this time) with cheese and an extra piece of bread. I didn’t take a picture because it just seemed redundant.
I went to my brother’s for dinner. He made butternut squash curry on sticky rice. As usual, it was a perfect balance of savory, spicy, and a little sweetness with the squash. He’s a mastermind.
My brother felt partially responsible for the fact that my internet wasn’t working up to par, so he plugged in his laptop to the TV and let me watch FNS on it! YAYAYAYAY! I could NOT have been happier!!! This made my night. That stupid show is the best thing on TV at the moment. I hang on every goddamn word. He was going to join me at the club, but decided he was too tired and had to get up early for work. Which is fine, I was just going to go by myself anyway. I tend to prefer that.
Exercise: 3 hours of pretty hardcore goth dancing