Strawberry Rice Krispy Treats

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Who ever said pink is only for Valentine’s Day? It’s recently been brought to my attention that the color pink is taking over my life. For a not so girly-girl, I laughed it off. Then I looked at my wardrobe, cell phone case, the nail polish I had on (my toes are almost always painted pink), my gym bag, and the fleece I wear when it’s warm out. All pink! Oh geez, guess I better stop saying I don’t like girly things. When I start seeing glitter on all my things, then I’ll really start to worry. Until then, I make Rice Krispy Treats.

Need:
3 tablespoons butter
1 package of marshmallows (10 ounce bag)
1/4 cup of dried strawberries, crushed (leave some big bits though)
Red food coloring
6 cups of Rice Krispies
1/4 cup of white chocolate chips

In a large sauce pan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows until completely melted. Remove from heat and fold in 1/4 cup of dried strawberries and two to four drops of red food coloring to make it pink.

Add in Rice Krispies, stir until completely mixed in evenly. Press mixture into a buttered pan.

In a small bowl, melt white chocolate in microwave. Heat in 20 second intervals until you can stir it smooth. Add a few drops of red food coloring to make it pink. spread it over the Rice Krispy treats. When cool, cut and serve. Keep in airtight container and best eaten the same day.

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Fresh Fajita Tacos

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Hi, my name is Roni, and I’m addicted to reality TV.

There, I said it. Phew. You see, I can’t stop watching shows like Toddlers & Tiaras, Hoarders, and Say Yes to the Dress. They suck you in to the point where you have to watch just one more episode.

On a completely random other note, avocados are on sale all the time recently. I’m not complaining, they’re one of my favorite foods. Just surprised. That’s what has caused me to make fresh fajita tacos. I had some steak, so I seasoned it thoroughly with cumin, cayenne, black ground pepper, and garlic powder. I sliced and grilled that until I got a nice char on the meat.

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I placed the meat on a bed of avocado, diced Roma tomatoes, and Romaine lettuce. It was delicious!

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Spicy Lettuce Tacos

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Holy spicy demons, I put in a heck of a lot of cayenne.

My mouth is still burning, but it was worth it.

I decided to continue my test on tortilla-less tacos. This time with a kick. In a tablespoon of olive oil, I cooked up a quarter cup of diced flank steak with two teaspoons of cayenne pepper and a teaspoon of garlic powder. Hint, the extra cayenne was a bit much in the end. I may have over thought I could handle the spice.

I plated the meat on some Romaine lettuce and topped it with diced sweet onions and tomatoes. Easy, tasty, and good for you.

Deals & Presidents

I remember when I was in second grade we had to do a project about a president. I picked Calvin Coolidge, mostly because at the time my grandparents lived in Vermont (he’s from there), and no one even knew who he was (I didn’t fight anyone for his pick). My grandparents shipped me some postcards from his homestead, a bunch of brochure information, and directed me to the Encyclopedia Britannica. Yes, back then we didn’t use the Internet for our research, we had to pour over books and take handwritten notes. Tedious, but somehow I think I learned a lot more that way then just pulling up a Wiki page. Just saying.

Anyway, I rocked the report. And I’m only think about this because today is Presidents Day. A day that most people have off and don’t even think twice about what it really is. However, I think that is the same for other holidays. We just don’t think about why we’re supposed to be celebrating them anymore.

Case in point: Presidents Day is a huge sale day. And I mean HUGE. Car dealerships wait for this weekend to run funny ads, stores drop prices, and online shopping has taken hold of it, too. I’m not complaining about the sales at all. I’ve even been addicted to the OneKingsLane.com sales that are going on right now. Huge blowout sale with items under $10 for the kitchen. Check it out. Click here and you’ll get another $15 off your first order of $30.

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Avocado Steak Lettuce Tacos

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Kick the carbs to the curb.

Even though it’s been cold out, I’ve been thinking of summer. Yes, I totally rock my knit pom-pom hat like a champ, and scarves are my best friend, but I miss laying out on the beach in my bikini. So instead of making a heavy, coma-inducing meal for myself, I opted for what I’d enjoy on a hot summer day.

I started by sauteing a quarter cup of fresh salsa (diced Roma tomatoes, sweet onions, and green peppers) in olive oil. Add a teaspoon each of cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and black pepper. When the vegetables are cooked down (the tomato will start to fall apart and make a sauce), add a quarter cup of diced steak. Cook the meat through.

I plated this on cleaned Romaine lettuce and topped it with a slice of avocado. Delicious!

Pancakes & Shoes

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Apparently my shoe addiction has made its way into my cooking.

So when Nemo came through last weekend, I got a little stir-crazy. The weather reports kept saying that we had to stay off the roads, we’d be buried in foot after foot of snow, and there might be power outages. Looking back on it, that was a little bit of overkill. Especially since our power didn’t flicker, our roads were clear until about 7 p.m. on Friday night, and my car miraculously had no snow on it in the morning. I apparently have a snow-repellent car. Everyone else on the street had to shovel out their buried cars.

So on Saturday morning I had two choices, either forego breakfast because I was lazy, or make pancakes. The later would require me to be creative since, heck, I just can’t make a simple meal. Also, my friend L bought me the most adorable cookie cutter for my birthday that had fashion shapes – a ballgown, a sheath dress, handbag, and high heeled shoes. They gave me an idea – peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes!

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Snow-repellent cars. Can’t live without them.

Need (This makes 4 servings, cut in a quarter for a morning breakfast for yourself):
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 egg
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon of smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup chocolate chip morsels
&
Any cookie cutters you have to make shaped pancakes

Mix milk, butter, peanut butter, and egg. Slowly add in the dry ingredients. Fold in chocolate chips.

Heat a skillet on the stove and keep on medium-high heat. Spray pan with Pam or coat lightly with vegetable oil so the pancakes won’t stick. Place cookie cutter on the pan and spoon in pancake batter into the mold. You’ll want to fill it just a quarter of the way up. It’s because the pancake will rise.

Cook until small bubbles appear, flip pancakes. I keep it in the cookie cutter, but that’s your call if you can get it out without ruining it. Cook for another minute or two.

Pull off the pan and push the pancake out of the cutter. This might take a few tries to get it right, but if you have a cutter that has smooth edges (shapes like hearts, squares, gingerbread men work best), you shouldn’t have a problem.

Serve with maple syrup. Yum!

Run It III

Ohhhh, my legs hurt. Yeah, I’m gonna whine. However, I can’t whine too much, and that’s because I’m losing weight and getting toned from all this running. (9 wholes pounds lost from the first of January to now!!) I can’t believe focusing on running and not on weight loss is actually paying off. Go figure. For all those years I worried about what the scale said, all I had to do was not worry and get on the treadmill.

To be fair, it’s not just the running, I have changed my diet a lot and am actually tracking everything I eat. If you’re one of those people that think back on your day and go “I have no idea how much I’ve eaten today,” then you need to download the MyFitnessPal app in the Apple store. Some days I can’t believe I’ve eaten so much, and others I’m struggling to eat enough. But using the app and tracking what I eat and how much I work out has helped a ton to keep me on track. If you don’t eat enough calories, your body actually goes into starvation mode (or so I’m told), which is why those Don’t-Eat-Diets don’t work. Your body needs sustenance. Feed the cravings! I think I’ll go snack now…

Update:

Jan. 24 – 3.75 miles
Jan. 25 – 4.25 miles (While listening to Macklemore’s Thift Store the entire time on repeat.)
Jan. 26 – 0 miles tracked, went snowboarding instead – snow was calling to me
Jan. 27 – 1.75 miles
Jan. 28 – 0 miles
Jan. 29 – 2 miles
Jan. 30 – 2.25 miles
Jan. 31 – 3.25 miles

Feb. 1 – 3.85 miles (New month, new attitude!)
Feb. 2 – 2.34 miles
Feb. 3 – 0 miles
Feb. 4 – 2.25 miles
Feb. 5 – 1.52 miles
Feb. 6 – 2.80 miles
Feb. 7 – 0 miles
Feb. 8 – 0 miles (We had a blizzard, darn that Nemo from keeping me from the gym…)
Feb. 9 – 5.20 miles
Feb. 10 – 3.60 miles

Subtotal for this set = 38.81 miles + 46.26 (previous subtotal for 2013) = 85.07 miles in 2013 so far! Meaning I’m almost a quarter to my goal of going 365 miles in 2013 and it’s only February.