Healthy and Sane

Weekend blogging

May 17th, 2010 · 26 Comments · baking, beef, dessert, grilling, product reviews, random favorites, shrimp, snacks

Man, it is quiet up in here on weekends! I almost felt like I was writing into a black hole. πŸ˜† How many of you read blogs on the weekends? How many of you catch up on (blog-related) weekend activities on Monday? Just wondering. I usually don’t have much time to sit in front of the computer either. :)

Yesterday was another busy day as I was trying to tackle the rest of my to-do list, complete a longer run, and prep for a casual bbq. Adam was a HUGE help. I gave him a grocery list with like 50 items on it (some kind of obscure) and he bought everything but one (which I was fine without at the end of the day). Awesome! I love grocery shopping but sometimes a little help in that dept helps!

My long run was kind of bluh. It was HOT out by the time I got out (almost at noon) and I took lots of water breaks and gave up kind of early. I think I covered 8 miles (maybe a bit more) but maybe ran 6.5 of them and not all in a row. Oh well, hopefully there will be better runs this week! :)

My breakfast/pre-workout meal:

FFL english muffin with BB, strawberry rhubarb jam and 1/2 banana + coffee

Sorry for the terrible photo. I wasn’t even going to take a picture because you’ve seen it a million times, but then I took a quick one just in case. haha

I ended up kind of grazing for the rest of the day, so let’s call the eats below snacks, lunch and dinner. πŸ˜€

Shrimp, mango & avocado ceviche in mini fillo shells. I think I’m going to submit this recipe to the phyllo contest. It turned out delicious after a few tweaks.

I munched on an orange and some cottage cheese while prepping these babies (unpictured).

Then the boys brought over some chips and salsa to munch on during the Celtics game. OMG, this black bean is like crack. So spicy and flavorful. I wanted to eat a whole jar with a spoon and call it dinner.

Let’s see the label a little closer. You guys need to find it asap!! I added it to my grocery list right away.

I did eat an actual meal eventually – Applegate Farms grass-fed organic hot dog & sauerkraut + grilled veggies

Did I mention how much I love grilled veggies? I think I did. πŸ˜‰

Dessert: bake-off test recipe #1 – break-up bars (recipe here)

I tried theseΒ  bars for the first time at the cookie swap party in January and they were definitely a favorite. I omitted the toffee (couldn’t find it + they are rich enough without it) but otherwise followed the recipe closely.

I’ve never baked with so much butter (more than a whole box was used for this batch) but man – these truly are incredible!! They took a while to set (I suggest throwing them in the freezer as the last step) but the wait was well worth it. So rich and decadent. I cut them into 64 little two-bite pieces and I think they can be enjoyed in such moderation guilt free (I had one of the bars pictured).

Shortbread + caramel + fudge = sounds like a winning recipe to me!!! :mrgreen: I’ll keep on testing though, just in case πŸ˜‰

My birthday is this Saturday so I’m calling this my birthday week. I’m actually excited for it. πŸ˜€ See you later!

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26 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Erin

    I do read blogs and blog on the weekends but totally know what you mean about the black hole. It’s like that with my freelance writing, too–I wonder why I even bother on Saturdays and Sundays when views go down SO much.

  • #2 - Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks

    Oh wow, those bars look delicious! I’ve been thinking about doing a whole wheat shortbread cookie for a while, and now you’ve got my wheels turning again. I like the idea of portioning them so small — with a treat that rich, the first two bites are the best anyway!

  • #3 - Madeline - Greens and Jeans

    I’m definitely a believer in a “birthday season” and not just your birth DAY!

  • #4 - Susan @ SGCC

    So glad you enjoyed the bars! I know they’re super rich, but I created them to help heal a broken heart. Sometimes, the only things that can make you forget your troubles are baked goods with copious amounts of butter, caramel and chocolate! πŸ˜‰

  • #5 - Lauren

    Happy Birthday Week!

    The ceviche looks fresh and light – a great contest entry, as are the break-up bars. Pure decadence!

  • #6 - Christina @ Bon Appetit Beantown

    I rarely read blogs on the weekend – Monday is always fun reading all the posts that have built up :)

  • #7 - MelissaNibbles

    I’m at the computer enough during the week. The last thing I want to do is sit in my house on the computer on the weekend. I’m sure that’s how most people are. Plus, with the great weather, I can’t even think about blogs.

    I love grilled veggies too. I could eat them by the bowlfull!

  • #8 - Kelly

    Sounds like a good weekend. I will admit I am not usually in front of my computer on the weekends. Your ceviche looks delicious and I remember those break up bars being quite fab as well.

  • #9 - Katie @ Health for the Whole Self

    I usually don’t do a lot of blogging or blog reading on the weekends, unless it’s a rainy day and I’ve planned to spend it in my pajamas on the couch, which is kinda fun sometimes. :)

  • #10 - sister inna

    !!! happy birthday week !!!

  • #11 -

    omg how fun would that be to do a bunch of test baking recipes for the bake off. i would love to be ur sampler haha! YUMMY! those bars look so good!!! omg just like nanaimo bars which are my fav dessert.
    i usually take it easy on weekends.. dont really comment as much and only post if theres something important or if im bored hehe. monday means my feed reader is packed but i love it cuz mondays mornings i have time off so i enjoy cantching up on posts.

    and that bean dip looks fabulous!!! and i love the jar too… im a sucker for buying things that have cute

  • #12 - janetha

    yay! happy birthday week! 22 is the best number EVER, i am jealous.

  • #13 - Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    I definitely don’t get much computer time on the weekends but I do post at least once. ha

    I try to catch up on reading on Sunday evening or Monday morning.

  • #14 - Bridget

    Oh god I remember those bars….incredible! I’ve been waiting for an excuse to make them!!!
    I think I’m opposite most people, I feel like my work week is usually so busy that I try to dedicate a little time on weekends to check blogs…but overall I just fit it in when I can!

  • #15 - Kerstin

    Those little phyllo cups look fabulous – good luck in the contest!!

    I actually catch up on my blog reading and commenting on the weekends because I’m so busy during the week. Although I do tend to read and comment right away on my favorites, like yours :)

  • #16 - Lara (Thinspired)

    Happy Birthday Week!
    Weekends can go one of two ways: really blog heavy (if I have nothing going on), or totally non-existent on the blog front (if I have a lot going on). In general though, my guess is that less people read blogs during the weekend. My readership is always really low on Sundays especially!

  • #17 - Michelle

    Mmmm i’m loving your beautiful yet simple breakfast plate. I love relaxing weekends and I don’t blog myself but i really enjoy reading other people’s blog entries!!

    P.s. I’m hostin’ a little giveaway for organic preserves and thought it would go PERFECT on your english muffins! Does strawberry basil jam and blueberry merlot sound good to you? :)

  • #18 - Rachael

    Strawberry rhubarb is one the universe’s best flavor combinations.
    Out of curiosity, do you have any Ukrainian recipes that you use on a regular basis? I spent some time near Kiev, and I’ve found that Americanized versions of Ukrainian classics are usually too healthified:). And I love anything fermented – the amount of pickled eggs and beets I consumed is borderline obscene!

  • #19 - Sophie @ yumventures

    Your filo cups look amazing! I’d love to see the recipe :)

    I hardly look at blogs on the weekend. If I want to write something I usually do it ahead of time!

  • #20 - Shannon

    my weekends are about to get crazy, so i doubt i’ll get much reading done then! those phyllo cups look amazing :) glad the breakup bars came out well, too! mmm, delicious!

  • #21 - Kristen (swanky dietitian)

    I don’t normally read blogs on the weekends. It is so hard cause there is normally so much going on.
    Those bars look delish! I am going to have to make them!

  • #22 - Naomi (onefitfoodie)

    ohh its your birthday this week?!?! what are you doing to celebrate?!?! I have that same sbux mug and LOVE IT! its huge and fits the perfect amount of cofffee :) (i can always use more ;))

    I reallty dont normally blog on the weekends, I spend enough time in front of the cimputer during the week, weekend are my time off!!

  • #23 - Barbara

    I read blogs a little every day so I don’t end up sitting for too long at the computer at any one time.
    And Happy Birthday this weekend!
    Love the dessert…and just had pb and 1/2 banana on a whole wheat Eng. muffin for breakfast too!

  • #25 - Elina

    Rachel – sorry, I’m not Ukranian so I don’t have any Ukranian recipes πŸ˜‰

    Sophie – about 5oz cooked shrimp, 1/2 avocado, 1/4 mango, zest of ~1/2 lime, juice of 2-3 limes and S&P (all to taste). Mix together, serve in phyllo cups. Garnish with cilantro. If you have time, I think it’s good to chill the filling in the fridge for a while. It lets the flavors “marinade.” Enjoy :)

  • #26 - Evan Thomas

    I’ve had those bars on my list of things to make since I saw them on Tina’s blog! They sound incredible