Lemon Loaf on a wintery day

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Hope the Easter Bunny found all of you! Dave and I somehow forgot to put out our baskets, but the Bunny made a late delivery yesterday and now I have some Mini-Eggs to munch on, yay!

Dave and I hosted his parents and one of his friends here for the Masters yesterday. Since I love entertaining so much, earlier in the week I had planned on this spring/warm weather meal with a nice light dessert. Springtime just isn’t the right time to make something heavy/full of chocolate, so I thought that a lemon loaf would be this perfect sunny, warm, Easter treat. I bought all my ingredients early in the week, and then woke up to this yesterday morning…

Just 12cm on snow in April... no big dealYup, a freak snowstorm rolled through overnight and dropped 12cm of snow on us! Normally I’m a huge fan of snow in the fall/winter so that I can snowboard, but once the hills close for the season I’m looking forward to Spring 🙂

Anyway, I made my lemon loaf and bbqed pulled pork with baked macaroni & cheese and it was all a big hit  🙂

If you ever have to go to a potluck or a family event this would be the perfect dessert because it travels so well. It also makes a great hostess gift for someone too!

LEMON LOAF

  • 1/2 cup shortening, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 lemon, grated rind and juiced
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar

Preheat oven to 340°. Mix together shortening, sugar, and eggs. In a seperate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients into the shortening mixture, along with the milk, lemon rind, and 1 Tbsp of the lemon juice. Mix together lightly until all the dry ingredients are absorbed. Pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour or until done (mine was about 50 minutes). Once done, remove from oven and let cool in the pan for 10 min. Meanwhile, mix in a small bowl the remaining lemon juice and 2 Tbsp of sugar. Microwave this for 30sec until the sugar is dissolved, then pour this over the loaf.

*Easiest way to see if the loaf is done is to insert a toothpick into the middle of the loaf. When you pull it out if nothing is sticking to it then the loaf is done. If there is batter on the toothpick, it needs more time.

And when you’re all done you’ll have this to enjoy:

ta-da!

On a side note, I went to the gym yesterday and did a full body circut. I thought the gym was going to be closed so I was pumped when I looked on their website and they were open! It was the most well-rounded circut I have done recently, it hit every major muscle group and didn’t require a ton of equipment. Sadly, I didn’t write down where I found it so I can’t link to it. Once I remember where I got it I’ll be sure to let you know!

Did you watch the Masters yesterday? Were you cheering for anyone? I was hoping for Bubba, he just seems so down-to-earth and I liked how emotional he was, I know I would be the exact same way!

What was the best part of your Easter? I didn’t expect to be off from work, so it was nice to be home for a couple days with Dave!

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Whole-wheat Yogurt Chocolate Chip Muffins

Tonight I continued my quest to health-ify yet another recipe. By substituting plain greek yogurt for oil, and whole-wheat flour for white flour, I have made these better for you than before! They still have 1/2c margerine and 1/2c of sugar, but as far as muffins go they’re not too bad. A muffin you’d buy from a coffee shop can be upwards of 400-500calories, so at least these are smaller normal sized portions, and you’re getting some protein from the greek yogurt. A win-win, yes?

with Christmas muffin papers... yes I am festive

To make these delicious snacks you will need:

  • 1/2c square margerine (softened)
  • 1/2c sugar
  • 2/3c plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2c whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 2 1/4tsp baking powder
  • 1/3c chocolate chips

Mix together the butter, sugar, yogurt, and egg. Beat in the rest of the ingredients until “just mixed”. Spoon into muffin tins, bake at 350 for 18-20min. Remove from tins and cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy!!!

Christmas Kick-off

Happy first week of December! I hope everyone is getting into the festive mood, I know I sure am.

Yesterday the Bf and I had our Christmas Kick-off. We went to pick out our tree in the early afternoon, and brought it home to decorate. We also put the candles in the windows and turned on our outdoor christmas lights for the first time this year. I love how outdoor lights brighten up the house! Then we made Monster Cookies and watched The Grinch (the Jim Carrey version). It’s my favourite Christmas movie by far!

Monster Cookies

Monster Cookies

  • 1/2 cup square margerine
  • 1 1/2 cups crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 1/2 cups oats
  • 1 cup add-ins (I used Smarties)

Preheat oven to 350degrees. Cream together butter, peanut butter, both sugars, eggs, and vanilla. Mix in baking soda, oats, and your add-ins. Drop by ice-cream scoopful onto a parchment paper covered cookie sheet, and press down each lump of dough slightly. Bake 8-10min, and when they start to brown slightly take them out of the oven. Let cool on cookie sheet a few minutes, then cool completely on a wire rack.

I try to tell myself that these are more healthy than most other cookies because of the peanut butter and oats 😉

our lovely tree... couldn't get a more clear pic unfortunately

I also taught another spin class yesterday, so I thought I would share my playlist and work-out with you. This is a very rock centered playlist as I was teaching a group of guys, and I thought my usual music was too “pop-y”. It was a sweat filled class, that’s for sure!

35min Spin Work-Out

Foo Fighters – Everlong : warm up

Aerosmith – Come Toegether : The 2 Minute Challenge : 30sec seated @ 70%, 15sec rest, 60sec seated @ 70%, 15sec rest, 90sec standing @ 70%, 15sec rest, 2min standing @ 70%

Incubus – Wish You Were Here & The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army : 30sec @ each position: seated hand position 1, seated hand position 3, hover, standing jog, hover, seated hand position 3, seated hand position 1

Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl : Tempo Work, 50% gear

Kings of Leon – Crawl, Linkin Park – In the End, & Black Eyed Peas – Imma Be : 9 Minute Climb : Start at 50% then increase tension every 30sec til the 3 minute mark, standing climb next 3min increasing tension every minute, last 3 minute is a climb at max tension for each person (standing or seated).

Kenny Chesney – Don’t Blink : cool down and stretch

On a side note, it’s just 22 more days until the bf and I weigh in for our goals. (My goal is to be 145lb). I have been working out pretty hard and consistently, but the scale hasn’t moved much. So, I’m really gonna ramp up the amount and intensity of my cardio for the next few weeks. I made another goal to do 10 runs between now and Christmas Eve. I know that if I do this and eat well that I will acheive my goal on the 24th 🙂

Tell me, what goals do you have for the month? Or do you make monthly goals?

Jilly Chili

If you’re looking for a way to eat more beans this is a great recipe. And an excellent way to warm up after a day of snowboarding (or maybe that’s just wishful thinking on my part after yesterdays snow ;)).

To make some Jilly Chili you will need:

  • 1 lb ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 8oz can tomato sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 an onion, finely diced
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • salt & pepper
  • 15oz can kidney beans

In a large frying pan, brown the ground beef. Drain off the fat.

Push the beef to the side and then sauté your onions and garlic until translucent. Pour all this into your slow cooker.

 Add chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and brown sugar.

Stir this together then add tomatoes, tomato sauce, and beans.

Don’t forget the green peppers like I almost did!

Put the lid on the slowcooker and set on low for 8hr. Or if you don’t have a slowcooker just cook on the stove for 4hr on low. Enjoy!!

the final product

Check out the steam!!

Side note – after eating chili (a.k.a. picking out the beans and eating only the hamburger chunks) once a week my whole childhood I never touched it for the past 7 years when I lived on my own… Dad, I’m sorry I dissed your chili for so long. I didn’t know what I was missing 🙂

 

TRX Tuesday

Today I started off my day with an hour long TRX class. Although I usually find I don’t work out my best in the morning, I usually put in a good effort at a morning TRX class. I think it’s all mental… The class went awesome though and I had a good sweat going by the end of it so I feel I worked hard! I wanted to go for a run afterwards but my shins just weren’t having it. After taking two weeks off after my first race I can tell my shins have gone back to their old ways of acting up, so I guess I’ll have to ease back into my running training and keep at it this time!

I wanted to share my first recipe with you. These are my favourite cookies to make, and my most highly requested ones for me to whip up at work. Enjoy 🙂

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup square margerine

3/4 cup white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 cup quick oats

1/2 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet are best)

Cream margerine and sugars together. Add in egg and vanilla, mix well. Stir in the dry ingredients. Drop by tablespoon full onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake at 350degrees for 9min. These are best taken out of the oven while still soft in the center. 

my baking centre.. where all the cookie magic happens 🙂