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.



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



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



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.



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.



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.




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.



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!!!



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



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. 



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



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



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.



Hooray leftovers!  Sweet Snacks=Sweet Dreams!



Good Night!




Jen’s Jumbo

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Fudge

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