Peanut Chocolate Souffles

Hi Friends 🙂
 
Did you have a nice Valentine’s Day? Did you go anything exciting? Jason loved his giant Reese’s Heart:

And he got me a new Blu Ray player!!! Our old one crapped out a few weeks ago — so this was such a nice surprise!

The Vegan Alfredo was so good that we had it again on Valentine’s Day. 


 
We had the rest of the Alfredo from yesterday, but I added some chopped chicken breast and sprinkle of Nutritional Yeast on top. For dessert we had Peanut Chocolate Souffles! I bought these little ramekins from Target on Sunday and then I stumbled across a Souffle recipe on the Weight Watchers site. I switched up a few things so here is the recipe:

Peanut Chocolate Souffles (serves 2)

1 TBSP peanut flour (you could use regular flour, it would be a chocolate souffle instead)

1 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder

3 TBSP sugar (divided)

3 TBSP soy milk

1 egg white

powdered sugar to sprinkle on top

In a small saucepan, whisk together flour, cocoa powder and 2 TBSP sugar. Stir over medium heat and slowly add milk. Whisk/stir for about 2 minutes, until ingredients are well mixed. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes. Whisk the egg white until soft peaks form, then slowly add the sugar. Fold the chocolate mixture into the egg white carefully. Pour into 2 greased ramekins (just use cooking spray) and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

My souffles didn’t really rise — I’m not sure if I didn’t stir the egg white enough, or if peanut flour didn’t work well, or if the soy milk didn’t work well. Either way, it didn’t look the best, but it sure tasted good. Kind of like a gooey peanut butter brownie 🙂

I also finished one of my books last night!
 

 
I really enjoyed reading this book. For anyone who is interested, please recognize that this is a Christian book about marriage. All of the principles reviewed in the book relate to Bible passages or stories. The author’s website explains it this way:

 “We believe love best motivates a woman and respect most powerfully motivates a man. Research reveals that during marital conflict a husband most often reacts when feeling disrespected and a wife reacts when feeling unloved. “

The principles are pretty simple if you think about it, and the author sure repeats himself over and over to get his point across. I think the book could have been half as long and just as effective. Maybe it is because the author is a man, but I felt as though the author tended to “blame” wives for issues in marriages moreso then the husbands. Honestly the best point in the book is to communicate with your partner — don’t go to bed angry, don’t be afraid to disagree, don’t hold back your feelings, and show your partner love and respect — these are things most people know already, but sometimes we all need reminders! I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys reading books about marriage and how to better communicate with your partner.

Now I am moving onto In Defense of Food  I have 14 days to get through it!

*How was your Valentine’s Day?

*How do you like to revamp leftovers? Or do you even like leftovers?

Enjoy your day!

Holly

Green & Gold Breakfast

Hi Friends 🙂

How sad that the weekend is almost over! It always goes by so quickly (same with summer in MN, it never sticks around long enough).

So I finished 5 miles yesterday morning – and it was tough! Usually anything over 3 miles is a challenge (and hello 10+ or 15+ are super challenging for me) but I pushed through.

I took a few walking breaks, but generally my pace was 10 min/mile with a 1-2% incline. I’m happy with that on the treadmill for now, but we’ll see what my pace is once I start running outside. It was actually “warm” (30+ degrees!) this weekend, but there is still plenty of snow and ice and SLUSH on the sidewalks. No thanks.

I did have some IT band pain today, so I foamrolled for a while and that seemed to help. I also did some strength training at home (basic stuff like squats, lunges, planks, pushups, etc). Saturday afternoon we went to the Mall of America and it was a total mobscene. I have mentioned on the blog previously that I get easily overwhelmed in large crowds, loud, noisy places, etc so the MOA trip was not the greatest. But it was nice to walk around for a while and pick up a few gifts.

As part of my Feb goals, I tried a new recipe this morning! Spabettie’s Spinach Pancakes.

I blended up the flour, spinach and egg in my Magic Bullet:

I cut down the recipe and used ground oats instead of rice flour, but they still tasted pretty good! I ate them with a fried egg in between, and to be honest anything covered with a runny egg tastes amazing!

Thank you Spabettie – the best part was how GREEN they turned out! (So with the GREEN pancakes and GOLD runny egg — should I cheer for the Packers today?)

Today’s plans include fun things like laundry, vacuuming, cleaning, dusting, etc. But I hope to get some reading in as well. I’m plugging through Love & Respect

The idea of the book is quite simple: the author describes how husbands want respect from their partners and wives want love — and in arguments, it almost always boils down to the husband feeling disrespected or the wife feeling unloved. The author talks a lot about conflict resolution which is wonderful information for married couples, or anyone for that matter. We all fall in to conflict at some point – whether at work, at school, with our parents/siblings, spouses, significant others, friends, etc. Knowing how to share your views/opinions/complaints in an effective matter is something that everyone needs to learn.

Alright I’m off to start some chores around the house! Maybe I’ll turn on the Super Bowl while I’m folding laundry 🙂

*Are you watching the big game today?

*Are you good at resolving conflict? Do you tend to avoid it or do you confront it head on?

Enjoy your day!

Holly

Respectful Blueberry Muffins

Hi Friends 🙂

I hope you’re having a wonderful day because I am!

It is the last day of September today. It went fast, huh? Tomorrow I plan on giving you all the final update on my September goals, but I do have to confess that I didn’t quite make one of them.

“#4. Read at least 2 non fiction books.”

Well, I finished one book (The Dance of Fear) but I will not be able to finish Love & Respect by the end of the day. Well, I could, but I don’t want to rush myself because I can already tell that I need to take my time and really absorb this book.

The author explains the “secret” to a better marriage. He found it in the Bible in Ephesians 5:33: “Each one of you also must LOVE his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must RESPECT her husband.” He explains that yes, wives need to also love their husbands and husbands need to respect their wives, but the emphasis is on wives respecting their husbands and husbands loving their wives because, according to the author, those are our primary needs.

The first few chapters of the book detail different scenarios and situations between couples — and when reading them I laughed a lot. Arguments sound so silly when you aren’t in them, right?  One story was about a couple who were celebrating their 10 year anniversary. The husband was out shopping for a card and found “the perfect one” — it has the right picture on it, the right message, everything. He comes home, writes a little message on the inside and gives it to his wife that evening. She opens it and makes a face. The husband is waiting for her to say something nice, or to start tearing up. Nothing. Instead, the wife asks “why did you get me a birthday card?” and immediately makes accusations that the husband FORGOT their anniversary. Long story short, the wife ends up being disrespectful to the husband and the husband responds by being unloving. The author refers to this situation as The Crazy Cycle:

Communication is the key to stopping the Crazy Cycle — and knowing what your partner needs. Even in arguements, you can be respectful and loving.

I’ve only begun to dig into this book but I like it so far. Learning about people, relationships and different personalities is really interesting to me! Plus, when I read marriage/relationship books I have the urge to make stuff for Jason, whether it is a card or a baked good 🙂 I try to show him that I appreciate him and all that he does!

Respectful Blueberry Muffins

I used the recipe I love which is *here*. They are dairy free and taste so delicious. I’ve made these with all sorts of flours, so feel free to experiment. Also, I’ve made these with different berries or with nuts instead of fruit.

*And because of the comments yesterday I’ve decided to give Glee a chance…Hulu here I come…*

Questions:

1. What kind of phone do you have? What do you like about it? Right now I have a Blackberry Curve — I love it because of the big screen, the “real” keyboard and the email access. Plus it takes pretty good pictures for a phone! I got my first cell phone at age 23 which was a basic flip phone, then I got a Razr — how cool, right? Then I upgraded to the Blackberry and I don’t think I could ever go back.

2. What has been the best relationship advice you have been given? The best advice I have been given is to choose your battles wisely and to compromise when you can. Obviously if there are big issues and you need to stand your ground, do so. But, if its not that big of a deal, give a little. For example: I am a saver and Jason is a spender. For a while I would freak out about anything he bought — even when he bought me flowers!!! Hello!?!?!?! Now, I have toned it down and although I still prefer to save, I don’t mind as much when we spend extra money. I’m letting go of my inner control freak gradually 🙂

3. Favorite muffin? I love blueberry or banana nut the best. But anything chocolate is ok too 🙂

Enjoy your day!

Holly