What is it with me and sweet things? Why is it lately I want nothing more than to buy a huge bag of candy and just sit and eat it all? Do I miss it? Do I even really want it? Am I happy? Am I depressed? Am I just a normal person who really likes candy and sugar?
While at my brother’s tonight for some reason I wanted nothing more than to buy some candy. I thought about all the places that I could walk to that may be open at 11 at night to quench my thirst for all things sugary. I decided I wasn’t willing to walk anywhere in the heels I was wearing, but I knew I had a couple of bags of chocolate chips at home (that I use for baking) and would just delve into those later.
I walked home and decided I would be incredibly disappointed in myself if I even looked at it let alone ate it. I didn’t even really want it. So I went to bed.
I also have a date on Wednesday that I absolutely need to look EXTRA beautiful for. I won’t feel beautiful if I go on some sort of mad candy binge. Even though I will surely look exactly the same, I won’t feel the same.
It’s just not worth it.
I can’t tell whats wrong with me, but until I figure it out I need to stop with the sweets. I think I’m alright, a little nervous….(okay very VERY nervous…) but otherwise I’m not depressed and I’ve been feeling great about me.
Buttermilk Biscuits (AB style)
- 2 cups flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons shortening
- 1 cup buttermilk, chilled
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using your fingertips, rub butter and shortening into dry ingredients until mixture looks like crumbs. (The faster the better, you don’t want the fats to melt.) Make a well in the center and pour in the chilled buttermilk. Stir just until the dough comes together. The dough will be very sticky.
Turn dough onto floured surface, dust top with flour and gently fold dough over on itself 5 or 6 times. Press into a 1-inch thick round. Cut out biscuits with a 2-inch cutter, being sure to push straight down through the dough. Place biscuits on baking sheet so that they just touch. Reform scrap dough, working it as little as possible and continue cutting. (Biscuits from the second pass will not be quite as light as those from the first, but hey, that’s life.)
Bake until biscuits are tall and light gold on top, 15 to 20 minutes.
*Perfect! These were exactly what I wanted. I made 3 of these. They rose gorgeously and were light and fluffy in the middle. Impressive!!
PB&J with about 1/3 cup of cottage cheese. Something quick in the middle of all that work I was doing.
Velvety Broccoli and Feta Pasta
1 pound broccoli
2 tablespoons water
Salt and pepper
1/2 small onion or two shallots, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup chopped flat parsley
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 cup feta cheese (low-fat if you want to be good) – divided
1/4 cup water
Cut the broccoli into small florets and steam on the stove or in the microwave with the 2 tablespoons of water. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large sauté pan. Cook the onion and garlic until it just begins to soften then add the broccoli. Cook for several minutes or until the onion turns translucent. Add the parsley and cook until it’s well wilted. Pour in the lemon juice and simmer for about two minutes.
Transfer to a blender and add 1/4 cup of the feta cheese and the 1/4 cup water. Puree until smooth, adding a drizzle of olive oil and a little more water if it sticks and turns to a lump. Puree until as smooth or chunky as you prefer.
Taste and add any necessary additional salt and pepper. Serve with a good ridged pasta like the rotini above.
*Perfect way to use up a bunch of clearance broccoli I bought yesterday morning! I also added some fresh mint leaves from my window box. I didn’t end up using all the sauce I made (for some reason I made a LOT) and made about a cup and a half of pasta. It was very fresh and light tasting! Great for a warm night!
I had some ice cream for dessert (as usual) and when I went to my brothers had a little chocolate ice cream there too that he offered me. I really really didn’t need any more sweets. I’m glad I convinced myself of this.
I worked very very hard today. I actually have a slight injury on my thumb from working so hard, but its ok. I’ll just throw a band aid on it tomorrow while I finish this project up. I plan on getting a super early start! I have to walk to buy more supplies early in the morning and get back here and finish this up, get it into my store and make some money. I am getting a bit more nervous about Wednesday…I’m going to do my best to play it off and calm down. I’ll try to put as much of that energy into working as I can. It will benefit me in the long run.