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Monday, June 18, 2012

For All you breakfast skippers


This post is for All you Non-Breakfast Eaters out there in hopes of inspiring you to indulge in the most important meal of the day. Those of you with excuses like I don't have time, I feel sick in the morning if I eat, or I don't know what to eat. I've always been a breakfast eater, it doesn't matter what time I have to be to work 6:30 a.m. or 8 a.m. I will be sure and grab my cup of coffee and something good to eat before I head out for the day. It probably explains the reason why most days I am late to work despite what time I have to be there because I have to have my sit down in the morning.
I want to share with you, the most versatile creation ever made; Homemade English Muffins, you can make a delicious egg sandwich with cheese, bacon, and a slice of avocado, top em' off with some good cream cheese and your favorite jelly or jam, or whip up some eggs benedict if you really want to get fancy.
They give you a sense of accomplishment when you are making them and you can incorporate them into almost any breakfast indulgence out there.
I think I have finally perfected the recipe; you can go ahead and make them ahead of time the night before so you can enjoy them for the week.


Take advantage of our natural resources and leave the batter to rest in the warm sunshine for 30 minutes.


Grill a couple tablespoonfuls for 5-6 minutes on each side. Be sure to cover them with a sheet pan so they cook through well.








Toast them, add a little cream cheese, a little jam and enjoy.


Somebody thinks I should share.




Homemade English Muffins


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup non-fat instant dry milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 1/4 tsp rapid rise yeast
  • 1/8 teaspoon honey
  • 1/3 cup warm water 110 degrees fahrenheit
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • Non-stick vegetable spray
  • Special equipment: electric griddle or good size frying pan, 3-inch metal or biscuit rings, see Cook's Note*

Directions

In a bowl combine the dry milk, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, coconut oil, and hot water, stir until the honey and salt are dissolved. Let cool. In a separate bowl combine the yeast and 1/8 teaspoon of honey in 1/3 cup of warm water and rest until yeast has dissolved. Add this to the dry milk mixture. Add the sifted flour and beat thoroughly with wooden spoon. Cover the bowl and let it rest in a warm spot for 30 minutes.
Preheat the griddle to 300 degrees F or frying pan.
Add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt to mixture and beat thoroughly. Place metal rings onto the griddle and coat lightly with vegetable spray. Using a large spoon, place 2 scoops into each ring and cover with a pot lid or cookie sheet and cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the lid and flip rings using tongs. Cover with the lid and cook for another 5 to 6 minutes or until golden brown. Place on a cooling rack, remove rings and cool. Split with fork and serve.
*Cook's Note: Small tuna cans with tops and bottoms removed work well for metal rings.
*Adapted from Alton Brown's recipe.


So give yourself a little extra time in the morning and make yourself something good to eat and I apologize that this post doesn't explain the reasons why I am late to evening events. That's another story.
Enjoy your day! 












Monday, June 11, 2012

YMCA Fit Fest

This past Saturday I set a goal for myself to run my second 5k race of the season under 30 minutes. My goal was a success, I came in at exactly 295th place out of 514 runners while my main concern for a PR was 29 minutes, 45 seconds, that is 9:40 a mile. My next goal will 9 minute miles for a goal of 27 minutes while shooting for an 8 minutes my first mile to give me that extra time until the finish.

A New Addition To the Family.



Kahleese Bear, when we first brought her home the second week in April. She was about 8 weeks old.



She is the cutest thing ever with her soft, down-like, cuddly fur; I could scoop her up in an instant and give her a hundred kisses.
These are pictures of her today. She is exactly 4 months old June 11th.


More photos from Mothers Day