11.02.2020

Favorite Breakfast Recipe - Baked Frittata


Baked Egg Frattata

12 eggs
1 bell pepper, chopped (any kind is find, I usually have the Costco variety pack on hand)
1 small package feta cheese, crumbled
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
Salt & pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a 13x9 baking dish - I use glass and spray with non-stick spray.

Break the eggs into a large dish. Whisk them all together until all yellow and combined. Add in Italian seasoning, salt, pepper. Add in pepper and feta.

Pour into baking dish making sure that all the ingredients are evenly around the dish.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until egg pulls away at the sides and the egg is set in the middle.

Cut into 6 pieces for individual breakfast servings.

I top everything with sriracha. 

Variations: add in zucchini or yellow squash, Italian sausage, swap feta for mozzarella. Chorizo, jalepeno, bell peppers, with Mexican cheese

 

Happy Halloween


Now that it's over... here they are! We had a spooky pumpkin and a Vampire Queen. I enjoyed this year because we didn't have as much candy as normal, so thank goodness it won't be in the house for WEEKS this year! Yay!! Hope your Halloween was awesome.




 

10.30.2020

Snow in October!

 


Minnesota has the weirdest weather sometimes. But, luckily for Baby Chewy he no longer needs to come inside for a snack. He's got the snow in the front yard.


The snow has now melted a bit but it's still cold - I'm hoping for another day in the 50s before it gets terribly cold so I can finish cleaning up the yard. Oy, this snow came before some trees even turned colors! 2020 is really throwing the heavy stuff at us.

10.27.2020

Exercise During a Pandemic in Winter

 


Going into it here - I've gained 10 pounds since last November. It's mostly alcohol weight, along with the fact that I stopped exercising for a long while. Also, we're home and I cook and I LIKE TO COOK so I definitely don't make the healthiest of food all the time - but I don't make things like Hamburger Helper, if we want that, then I make it from scratch. And stress.

I used to be up at 5 to do a workout video. Then I'd make myself a protein shake for breakfast, I'd meal prep my lunches, and calculate the calories with dinner. In short, I was obsessed with controlling what I was eating. And that stopped. And I feel better now. Like, I lost a stress that I didn't need.

But I also gained more stress - yay, pandemic!! I tried so hard to keep up with waking up early but I was so exhausted and just plain burnt out by 5pm. I couldn't wake up early anymore and be "on" the whole day, I needed the sleep so I stopped waking up early.


A long time ago we used to have a bike trainer. It was loud, it was awful. I didn't like it. Also, Bimmer Man used to exercise by riding his bike to work and doing classes at the YMCA.  

I mentioned getting a trainer last year because our neighbors are cyclists and they use Zwift, and again this Spring but Bimmer Man brushed it off...until he decided that he needed to workout too (can I get an "I TOLD YOU SO" here? Because I think this deserves it). I literally signed up for a Beachbody account because I can't ride my bike AND watch children at the same time so this was the only way that I could workout and exercise.


So he created a Zwift account, got a trainer, and now we're back at it. I took yesterday off for a rest day, and today is weightlifting for me, tomorrow I'll be on the trainer for at least an hour in the morning, I think - we'll see how early I can wake up! If not, I'll carve out time in the afternoon for a ride. 

It's somewhat satisfying??? It's not the same as being outside but the routes are pretty good - there's lots of hills and hill climbs (Bimmer Man just jumped right in after not biking for awhile and picked a hilly route, so he's still sore). I don't mind riding with the other virtual riders either - it's fun to pick a rider and try to pass them. I think I saw you can race too but I'm not all that competitive, and I need to ride more before I even think about it! There's some really awesome riders on the Zwift. 

So that's where we're at right now. I finally have cardio that I can do at home that's not a Beachbody HIIT workout video. 

Happy Tuesday!

Super Easy Hummus


I don't have a fancy recipe roll reader thingy. Deal with it. 

Super Easy Hummus

1/3 cup really good tahini
3 tbsp cold water
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin
3 tsp minced garlic (well, I use 2 spoonfuls of garlic because I LOVE garlic!)
Heaping 1/2 tsp salt
Juice of 1 lemon (or 2 tbsp of lemon juice)
1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
Toppings: Olive oil & paprika

Add ingredients tahini through lemon juice to a food processor. Process until ingredients are entirely smooth and blended.

Add chickpeas, process until smooth - or keep chunky if you want to, whatever your tastebuds like.

Transfer to a low, wide bowl.

Add a turn or two of olive oil, sprinkle with a couple dashes of paprika. VOILA!

Serve with pita chips, pretzels, cut veggies

                                                                                                                                                                 

 

10.01.2020

October Already???


I feel like October is shaping up to be a shitshow and it's only the first. Also, where did September go???

Hybrid learning starts on Monday... do we really want to do this?? I mean, the general public doesn't respect each other, the racists are running rampant, the President told people to WATCH OTHER PEOPLE VOTING IN THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE (like this is actually a felony and yet no one FUCKING CARES). I'm using too many uppercase letters. I'm raging inside.

The world is currently like Quentin's shoes. They're so dirty and beat up and no one wants anything better. But I do. I want better.

I want the racists to crawl back into their holes and go away.

I want to go to the store without telling someone to step 6 feet away from me.

I want to go to Ikea to pick up a new lap desk thingy without having to wait hours in line to stay social distanced.

I want normal as much as the next person but we can't because people just don't know how to respect one another. UGH. It makes me want to scream. 

Alrighty, thanks for the vent. Back to parenting my children and re-teaching math.