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Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!!

For my final post in this blog (bringing the post count up to 365) I thought it appropriate to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and here’s to a splendid New Year! The past year on here has been such a marvelous learning experience. I couldn’t have done it without your encouragement! 2012 has been one of the best years of my entire life. Thank you so very much! May your season be filled with loving family, good friends, good food, and your 2013 be a fresh start for your mind and body! This time of year is stressful for us retail workers, so I will start my new cooking blog after January 1st. Don’t fret, I will be back soon! Take care of yourselves!

 

Don’t forget to eat lots of cookies!!!

Happy one year anniversary.

Actually, I think my anniversary was yesterday, but that is ok. What matters is that I have won. I have been successful in managing and overcoming my anxieties. Save for 1 missing week while I was moving, I have written every day.  I was as faithful as possible to the idea of taking pictures of my meals so you could share in my journey and help keep me accountable. It feels as though it was a very long year. So much happened. My life changed entirely. And all of you had the opportunity to see how grandiose life events affect a person’s eating. Things could have taken a turn for the worse very, very easily. But my freshly acquired confidence and boost in self-esteem from making the decision to get better aided me through the roughest patches. I received the most views here during the month of July, the month I began dating G. He has helped change my life for the better. I have someone who really cares. Someone to keep me accountable. I thank all of you for your encouragement and support through my divorce, current relationship, and recovery. I cannot believe how much you have witnessed. Every single one of you were, and continue to be, absolutely vital to my current state of health, mentally and physically. None of you realize how much the little comments meant to me. Even just something as simple as “That looks delicious!” brightened my day so very much and made a huge difference.

Thank you.

Breakfast:

Apple Cinnamon Maple Muffins

Still experimenting with my “shredded additives” base, attempting to get a better rise, I included shredded apple and cut the liquid down a little more, weighing the maple syrup instead, and reducing the milk and oil added. I also upped the baking soda measurement to 1/2 t. As you can see, I did achieve a much better rise, though still not perfect. They were in general much improved from the last 2 attempts.

I had a sandwich for lunch along with some candy corn.

I took hours today for a co-worker who really needed the day off. He and his girlfriend are having a baby and they needed to tour the hospital, you know, just to know where to go and what to do the day of delivery. Which will be extremely soon. I could not deny this to him, so I took the shift. I also got to work with my lovely, which always greatly encourages me to take hours for someone else. I walked to work. It was a GORGEOUS day. I surprised him. He had no idea that I was going to be working. He is adorable when he is surprised.

I had 2 cups of soup for dinner at work.

G took me home. I brewed some coffee and we talked, somewhat accidentally, late into the night. Before we knew it, we had been chatting for 3 hours. He left at around 1 AM. I enjoy that 6 months into our relationship we still never, ever come close to running out of things to talk about. I hope that lasts.

Don’t worry, I will be back.

2 more days

My 1 year anniversary of this blog is tomorrow. It will be the last day I update with the same format. I must admit, I am not too sad to see this one go.

Breakfast:

Carrot Cake Muffins

For this, I took my “shredded additives” base, took out a little of the liquid, and used the last of my molasses. These did not rise very much, so I still have experimenting to do! Next time I shall up the amount of baking soda (to counter the extra acidity in the molasses) and cut out even more of the other liquid. The extra wetness makes them very moist, which is great, but keeps them from rising.

I got lazy for lunch. I had a sandwich, but didn’t feel like taking a picture because I didn’t feel like I needed to. I no longer feel obligated.

I also did not take pictures of dinner. It was just soup at work.

When I get a real recipe worked up, I’ll go into more details in my new blog about my muffin experiments. ^_^ I am so sorry about the lack of details in my updates. I need some time off I think before starting my new one. Everything is okay. I’m just tired.

 

 

Closer

Coming closer to my 1 year has left me much lazier in updating this. I am spending too much time thinking of a name, the new content I want to write about, what my first entry will be, how I want to approach it, that I’ve become behind again by a couple days on here. I promise you it will be worth it.

Breakfast:

Miss P’s Test Kitchen: Muffin Experiment #5 – Molasses Muffins

I ought to have perfected my base recipe first before deviating so much, but I was interested in working with liquid sweeteners as opposed to granulated sugar. Here were the results:

2.8 oz Flour (I experimented with Whole Wheat)
3.3 oz grated Vegetables/Fruits (here I used a combination of carrots and apple)
1/3 cup Molasses
1/3 cup full fat Milk
Heaping 1/8 cup Oil
1 Egg
1/3 t Baking Soda
2/3 t Baking Powder
1 t Cinnamon
1/2 t Ginger
Fresh grated Nutmeg (about 1/4 t)
Pinch of Salt

These hardly rose at all. I figured it was due to the insane amount of liquid in it. I should have taken some liquid out elsewhere in the recipe when I added all that molasses. The result, though, ended up on a very tender, moist, and fluffy muffin. Odd! Even though the batter rose better yesterday, the flatter muffins have a MUCH better texture. I will try again tomorrow.

Before lunch, I went flea market shopping. I need a coffee table. Something small, low to the floor and unique. I found an old painted army trunk. It was painted black with gold swirls on top. Some of the paint has chipped off because it is old. I love it. I could buy one and paint it myself, but this one LOOKS antique since is IS antique. That’s the look I want! I bargained with the man over the trunk and a very large oval-shaped mirror with a gold, ornate frame. He tried to offer me $28 for both, but his wife became rather cross, yelled at him in Spanish, and the man muttered, “I am sorry, my wife wants at least $30 for them…” The poor man. I took them anyway. to be honest, the mirror alone is worth nearly $100 new, and the trunk worth close to $70 as it was painted and had love and work put into it as an art piece. I tried to hang my mirror in my living room and just hated how it looked every place I put it. Then it hit me. I don’t have to hang it in my living room. I now have it hanging in my kitchen where it reflects the windows in my little nook. It is beautiful.

Lunch:

I ate this and also had an extra muffin before I leaving to go work out. It had been a long morning and I just wanted a little extra pick-me-up before going back for the first time in 4 months!

Going to the gym was WONDERFUL! I was so excited about being back, I couldn’t keep my heart rate down! The music my mp3 player chose to play were FABULOUS! I missed running! I missed spacing out for an hour! I missed relaxing my brain and just letting the workout take me. LOVED IT!

Dinner:

Pasta with Broccoli, Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Parmesan Cheese

Taken from: http://www.creative-culinary.com/2011/04/pasta-con-broccoli/

Ingredients

2-3 cups broccoli florets
12 oz spaghetti noodles (I used angel hair because I prefer it)
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1 cup chopped fresh tomato
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 Tbsp butter, melted
4 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
More Parmesan to sprinkle on top
ADDED:
Minced Garlic
Fresh chopped Parsley (for garnish)

Preparation

Simmer broccoli in approximately 2 quarts of salted hot water for a few seconds.
Add uncooked spaghetti and cook for 8 minutes. (I prefer thin spaghetti…so adjust accordingly if you do and add to water after a couple of minutes).
Put mushrooms and tomatoes in bottom of serving bowl.
Drain broccoli and spaghetti in colander and put on top of vegetables in bowl and let it sit for a minute.
Add Parmesan, butter, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper; toss together and serve with some additional Parmesan grated on top.

*This recipe was a HUGE surprise to me! HUGE! I just wanted something easy and simple (because I was DYING to start watching “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” with Jeremy Brett, who is positively swoon-worthy) and I randomly found this recipe that used all the ingredients that needed to be eaten before going bad and being wasted. THIS was fantastic. I will be making this many, many more times in the future.

Exercise: 1 hour at the gym

Exciting things!

I explained to G today what I am doing with this blog. He is helping me think of a new name. I will be archiving this one soon. I told him that I no longer need this blog for 2 big reasons:

#1) I understand that not everybody believes in “recovery”, but I trust I am now fine. I don’t obsess. I don’t count calories. I don’t dislike the way I look in the least bit even though I am 20 lbs heavier than my lowest weight. I am not depressed. I eat well and regularly, not overeating, not undereating. I curb my sugar cravings naturally, just eating a little here and there, not binging and not denying myself. I am a perfectly healthy and acceptable weight. I maintain it with a naturally active lifestyle, a retail job, walking, yoga, and visits to the gym 3 times a week. I am no longer disordered.

#2) I have someone to keep me accountable. Him. We are honest to each other about what we eat every day. We discuss what we’ve eaten/cooked/thought about eating literally every single day. We eat together a lot. These are all things my ex-husband never did with me. I couldn’t trust him to care. I couldn’t share with him that I had a problem because he would have just said “Well, I liked you better fat anyway, so what the fuck is wrong with you?” and that would have been his solution to the issue. G actually gives a shit. He cares. He doesn’t see it as weak. He loves me. No matter what size I am, what diet I am on or not on, if my clothes are too big or too small. But he still wants to help me in any way he can. If I wish to lose weight, he will help me. If I wish to gain back weight, he will help me. As long as I am eating balanced meals every day, he is willing to be supportive through whatever journey I choose.

I can’t wait to reveal my new site! I might even purchase a domain. ^_^

Breakfast:

 

Miss P’s Test Kitchen: Muffin Experiment #5 – Chocolate Mint Walnut

Now these gave me a very startling result. I made these with a first draft of what will hopefully be a good muffin formula. These were made with:

4.1 oz Flour
1/3 t Baking Soda
2/3 t Baking Powder
Pinch of Salt
2.6 oz Sugar
A heaping 1/8 cup Oil
1 Egg
1/3 cup Half and Half
1/2 t Peppermint extract
2 T Cocoa Powder (half dutch process, half Hershey’s dark)

I also tried to fill them with chocolate syrup, but it didn’t turn out, so I won’t post that.

The results were interesting. They rose REALLY beautifully, which I was not expecting. They had perfect domes that I have since not been able to recreate 3 experiments later. The only problem was that they were a bit dense. Not as light and fluffy as usual. And not quite as moist. I am not certain why. I ate 4 of these.

Lunch:

You shall be seeing far less of these!

For dinner tonight, I got lazy. I was visited yet again (when SOMEONE should be writing instead of seeing me…) to watch more Doctor Who and some Portlandia. He stayed until somewhat late and I didn’t feel like making a crazy dinner. I just wanted a bowl of cereal and maybe a muffin. So that’s what I ate. I was happy.

I took some hours at work for (the friend formerly known as) PFH#2 on Saturday of this week and of next week. This is my slow time of year with my business, so it is best I stock up on hours at my retail job! And I am ALWAYS willing to do him a favour. Anything in the world, I will do for him. He is an extremely close friend and one of the best people I know. In the morning: MORE MUFFINS!

Pissed *shakes fist at WordPress*

I had a whole bunch of stuff written here, and WordPress didn’t save it. Wow.

I’m mad, so I’ll skip trying to remember it. It was a lot. I will just get meals out of the way for today, then maybe in the next couple of posts I’ll try to sum up what I said.

Breakfast:

AB’s Parsnip Muffins

I’ve used this recipe a ton of times, weighing the ingredients really seems to do the trick. I also would like to point out that the bottoms look PERFECT! Not overcooked whatsoever! Just beautifully, lightly browned! This is because I used a lighter muffin pan. The color makes a difference! The darker pans retain and hold more heat for longer than lighter pans. These were baked at 375 for 19 minutes. I topped them with pine nuts instead of almonds because I did not have almonds. They rose very pretty with nice domed tops. They were nice and moist and not too dense due to the oil.

Lunch:

For Jess.

Dinner:

Quick Spaghetti Sauce

I chopped a tomato and threw in all the usual tomato sauce culprits, tomato paste, water, chopped onion, chopped green pepper, sliced mushrooms, fresh parsley, fresh rosemary, dried basil, dash of cinnamon, large pinch of sugar, garlic, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, a splash of lemon juice and a little added Parmesan on top. Simmered all of that for about half an hour. The only thing that could have made it better would be for me to peel the tomatoes next time and blend them. This will make a smoother sauce. Otherwise, it was fantastic.

I was visited today for a short while. We watched some classic Doctor Who, which I am simply ADORING! I knew that I would, though. I have 3 shirts with the 4th Doctor on them even though I never saw one episode with him in it until now.  I tried sending my darling home early so he could write, but I’m fairly certain little to no writing actually occurred. I need to encourage him more.

 

Election Day

Voting is EXTREMELY important to me. I was up at 7 AM and out the door by 7:45 to go vote. I went to do this before even making breakfast. My dad would be mostly proud of me.*

Breakfast:

Miss P’s Test Kitchen: Muffin Experiment #4 – Strawberry Muffins

These were clearly a massive failure. Well, not massive. They still tasted great. But as you can see, they did not rise at all. This was because I packed them full of strawberries, which caused them to be too wet, and subsequently caused them to not rise properly. I still learned something, but remembered why additives aren’t always a good idea.

I accidentally skipped lunch today. I had a late breakfast and so was not hungry when lunch came around. So I did not eat it. I figured I’d just have something from the cafe at work later.

I got to work with what was PFH # 2 today. He’s so fantastic. We were trying to explain to a newer coworker of ours that he knows literally EVERYTHING that has happened to me in the past 10 years of my life. Everything. I mean it. I tell the guy absolutely everything. He’s incredibly trustworthy and he’s been my walking, talking diary for a decade now. We had fun chatting and not getting any real work done. Because that’s just what we do.

I had half of a turkey sandwich and chicken dumpling soup for dinner.

When I came home, I turned on the news and waited patiently for election results. I also had a bowl of ice cream. I passed out with my computer still streaming live coverage. G sent me a message at one point hoping that I was still awake. I always feel bad when I am not there when he needs me. I wish he were just here all the time.

 

 

 

 

*I’m certain I now cancel out my dad’s votes.

 

Happy Divorce Day! (Maybe? For real this time?)

My ex-idiot went into court today to sign the last of the papers that makes us divorced. I don’t know if they need time to file shit or whatever, but I THINK maybe now I am finally divorced?

Lets hope so! I’m ready to get married again.

It is also another somehow NOT fucked up Meatless Monday! (Woo!)

Breakfast:

Having to work today at 11, I opted to save a couple of muffins in my adorable cake case. I ate this one plus one of the spice ones from yesterday.

For lunch I had half of a tomato pesto sandwich and black bean soup.

Also, I messed up my dinner picture by accident. I made just a simple stir fry with mushrooms, parsnips and carrots. I took a picture, then ate, then somehow managed to delete the picture while looking at it on my camera. Uhg. So, I have no picture. But that was what I ate! And I SWEAR I remained faithful to MM! You kids know I would admit it fully if I hadn’t!

So here’s hoping I am divorced! I’d call and ask, but I am being avoided. So he probably would not answer my call if I tried.

Extremely important question to all!

I’ve been taking the opportunity to use the extra time that I will have this week (this month, really) to catch up on my blog entries. I also want to ask a very important question.

As I near the 1 year mark of this blog, I feel that many of my former anxieties are nonexistent. I don’t think about the calorie content of something before I order it. I don’t worry about cutting the sugar down in my baked goods. I don’t stress about having a dish of candy out in the open on my kitchen table. That’s right, I purchased 4 bags of candy corn on a sale yesterday and have it displayed in a gorgeous little silver dish on my table. I eat a couple pieces here and there when I feel like it. I no longer live under the fear of binging. Since I don’t deprive myself of anything I want, I no longer feel the need to binge. I eat everything in moderation and still hardly drink alcohol, not because of the calorie content, but because I don’t really care to anymore. I’ve maintained a healthy, gorgeous figure. I am happy and in love. I am on my own and fiercely independent. I exercise very regularly. I feel well. Very well.

Do I continue this blog in its current format? Or should I change it to more of a cooking/baking format only for when I make interesting recipes? (i.e. – No more boring cereal and PB&J sandwich pictures.) I just don’t feel that I struggle in such a way that deserves its own blog anymore. The disorder is not what interests me, FOOD interests me! So what do you girls think? What should I do?

One thing is for sure, I will blog every day throughout November on time. This is how I will be doing my writing every day since I am not actually participating in NaNoWriMo. After that though, well, that’s what I need your help with!

Breakfast:

Miss P’s Test Kitchen: Muffin Experiment #1 – Maple Walnut Buttermilk Muffins

Taken From: http://www.yummly.com/recipe/external/Maple-Walnut-Buttermilk-Muffins-Food_com-163259

Ingredients:

2/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup white flour
2/3 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 eggs
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup sunflower oil
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (reserve 1 tablespoon)Preheat oven to 400.
2
In a medium bowl, mix together dry ingredients.
3
In a separate bowl, beat eggs. Add buttermilk, maple syrup and oil; stir well.
4
Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients.
5
Add walnuts and stir just enough to moisten.
6
Put ½ cup batter into each oiled muffin tin.
7
Sprinkle the reserved walnuts on the muffins and bake 20 minutes or until browned.

*Here’s my beef with muffins! Every set of directions tells you to do something different with the baking times and temperatures. This is because everyone’s ovens are different and if they don’t have an oven thermometer, there’s no way of telling actually how hot their oven is. Now. I know that my oven is 50 degrees off as I now have an oven thermometer. I decided to make a few batches of muffins, one for the next couple days, and try different temperatures and times.

This one I set at the specified 400 degrees and baked them for 12 minutes.

This resulted in overcooked, burned edges and bottoms. WAY too hot. How did they possibly think baking muffins at 400 is a good idea? On top of that, the outside was already overcooked before the inside was done. Overcooked outsides and undercooked middles point toward overly hot ovens!

They still tasted okay even though they were overcooked. It’s alright! I will try again tomorrow!

Lunch:

I had a lot to do today, so a quick sandwich sufficed well! Also some of that candy corn in the back! I had some of that, too! Tis why it is included in the picture!

Tonight, I had dinner at a friend’s house. She was having a party of sorts. There was homemade soup, veggies, wine, cookies and lemon bars. I partook in all of the above. Mmmmm!!! Great evening with friends and food! There were also many people there I hadn’t seen in a while!

I purchased ice cream on the way home, but didn’t have any. I’d eaten quite enough for one evening!

Tomorrow, I will get back to my business! It was nice taking a couple days off from it to catch up with trimming my apartment a bit and visiting with friends! A girl’s work is never done though!

Happy Halloween!!!!!!!!!!

This is my day! A day for people like me to shine!

I’m obsessed with candy.

I live for costumes.

AND it’s Wednesday, GOTH NIGHT! I get to go dancing!

I’m so happy, I have such a gorgeous costume!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve worked on it all day!

Breakfast:

Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Scones

Taken from: http://neithersciencenorart.blogspot.com/2009/10/cinnamon-raisin-oatmeal-scones.html

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups rolled oats (4 1/2 ounces) or quick oats
1/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (7 1/2 ounces)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup granulated sugar (2 1/4 ounces)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt
10 tablespoons unsalted butter , cold, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup raisins
1 tablespoon granulated sugar for sprinkling

Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 375 degrees. Spread oats evenly on baking sheet and toast in oven until fragrant and lightly browned, 7 to 9 minutes; cool on wire rack. Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees. Line second baking sheet with parchment paper. When oats are cooled, measure out 2 tablespoons and set aside.

Whisk milk, cream, and egg in large measuring cup until incorporated; remove 1 tablespoon to small bowl and reserve for glazing.

Pulse flour, cinnamon, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt in food processor until combined, about four 1-second pulses. Scatter cold butter evenly over dry ingredients and pulse until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal, twelve to fourteen 1-second pulses. Transfer mixture to medium bowl; stir in cooled oats and raisins. Using rubber spatula, fold in liquid ingredients until large clumps form. Mix dough by hand in bowl until dough forms cohesive mass.

Dust work surface with half of reserved oats (note: I also dusted with some flour as the dough was a bit sticky), turn dough out onto work surface, and dust top with remaining oats. Gently pat into 7-inch circle about 1 inch thick. Using bench scraper or chef’s knife, cut dough into 8 wedges and set on parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart. Brush surfaces with reserved egg mixture and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes (note: they baked fast in my oven and needed no more than 12 minutes); cool scones on baking sheet on wire rack 5 minutes, then remove scones to cooling rack and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Serve.

*Toasting the oats was fascinating to me for some reason. REALLY delicious! I’m still experimenting with scones and baking times/temperatures. I agree with the person who wrote this when they said don’t bake them any longer than 12 minutes, I would actually suggest 11.

G called after getting out of work to ask me how my costume was coming along. It was his idea, so I did my best to make him proud! I get to actually see him tomorrow, so the phone call will tide me over till then.

I skipped lunch.

I was too busy making my wings!!!! Can anyone guess what I am dressed up as??

The pattern on the wings is a dead giveaway! I will be very surprised if anyone figures it out.

I went to my brother’s to help pass out candy. It was cold and rainy, so there weren’t quite as many kids as usual, but it was still a decent turnout. A few kids thought I was Nicki Minaj. One thought I was his math teacher. I had some fried bread and yogurt that my brother made for dinner. I think 3 pieces. And of course a bunch of candy.

Then I made the half hour drive to the club. This was EXTREMELY pleasant as I’ve not been in the car by myself on a long drive in a long time. I was elated. I danced all night. I hardly stopped 10 minutes for a breather. I love dancing so much. This was such a great Halloween!

Don’t worry, no one at the club knew what I was supposed to be either.

Exercise: 3.5 hours of dancing