Hitting the Hills and Eating Fudge

The BOY and I are laying low this weekend.  Last night, we snuggled into our house, made dinner and watched The HELP.  I didn’t sleep great last night and we were both up at 8AM.  The sunshine looked promising for my standing Saturday morning running date, but it was deceiving.  9 degrees!!!  Way to cold for an outdoor run.  After our 11 mile run last weekend, my trainer and I decided to meet for a hill workout today.  After checking the weather, we moved our workout indoors.  Breakfast was eggs and toast.  I have been slightly obsessed with these farm fresh eggs, making scrambled eggs for breakfast almost every morning.

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I opened up our last jar of Door County jam this morning, and if possible, I think I saved the best for last.

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I spread it over a toasted multigrain bread from Whole Foods.  Breakfast was simple, warm, and fresh-the perfect way to start your day.

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I met my trainer at the gym, which was packed.  Despite the crowds, we were able to find two treadmills side by side.  We started our indoor hill workout with a 10 minute warm up before jumping running right in.  Running at a speed of 6.0 mph, we started at 3.0% incline, increasing every minute until we got to 8.0%, then slowing down and returning to 3.0% for a recovery.  After 4 rounds, my heart rate had maxed out a 178bpm and we were both exhausted.  It was a challenging workout but much easier to do with a friend.  I wanted to get in a run this weekend more for the therapeutic aspect of pounding the pavement, so the HUGE calorie burn was just a bonus.  We finished up with some core before heading back out into the cold.  I ran a few errands, stopping by Whole Foods for a few dinner items, Jewel to return our Redbox movies, and Target because I always need something from Target.

 

The BOY and I had planned on a quiet dinner in and then going out to a movie.  I asked him what he wanted, and he requested Jen’s Jumbo.  I figured if I was going to be eating meat for dinner, then I should get a high quality meat.  I found these spicy Italian turkey sausages at WF and they were perfect for this recipe!

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I decided to try using brown rice from the bulk bin instead of the minute rice that I usually have in the house.  I was a little nervous about the cooking time, but after 30 minutes of simmering, the rice was soft and chewy.

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One last note on ingredients, if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s in your neighborhood, Target sells frozen roasted peppers and onions as well.  The roasted flavor is an important part of the soup, so they are worth looking for.

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We ate the soup hot off of the stove since we had a movie to catch. It was good, but the flavors really didn’t have a chance to blend and the jumbo was a little too brothy.  By the time we made it home (and after these photos were taken), the soup had thickened and the rice had plumped up some more.

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This is definitely the kind of soup worth making early or even a day ahead for maximum taste. 

Note the BOY using his pen to point out the meat in his soup.

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Last week, the BOY made a few hints that he might like some chocolate peanut butter fudge.  I found this recipe last weekend, but decided that we had enough Superbowl food and didn’t make it.  I had all the ingredients in the house and a few minute while the soup was simmering to pull this recipe together.  I figured that we could use a sweet treat tonight!!!

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This recipe is easy to make, but hard to snap photos while bouncing back and forth between your melting chocolate and peanut butter pans.

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The consistency of my peanut butter portion is a little off.  Instead of peanut butter chips, I used actual peanut butter.  It worked in terms of taste, but I would recommend picking up the peanut butter chips instead. 

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I used 8 ounces of Baker’s chocolate in place of chocolate chips.  The rich taste and smooth texture were absolute perfection.

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Combined together this melt in your mouth fudge is a new house hold favorite best enjoyed with a cold glass of milk.

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The BOY was so eager to try ‘HIS’ fudge that he snatched it away before I had finished my photo shoot.  I made him freeze so that I could get one last shot.

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Hooray leftovers!  Sweet Snacks=Sweet Dreams!

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Good Night!

 

 

Recipes

Jen’s Jumbo

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Fudge

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