#1, 3, 4, & 5: M&Mass Consumption

Okay, sorry that I have been out of the blogging loop lately, but I’m back, and I’m ready to kill a few birds with one stone: consumption journaling!

Alright, alright. This idea started out as an idea to document everything that I eat. I never thought that I’d want to do that – I always thought that food journaling was something for old women with lots of cats, but I also found that it’s really easy for me to eat anything that’s in front of me during the day (normally junk food – are medium-sized M&M bags not supposed to be consumed all in one sitting?), which is affecting running (and my digestive system) in a pretty bad way…

But then I realized, consumption journaling is the way to go. Not in a way that will control me/badly affect what I do, but I want to be a good steward of what I have. I want to document what I use during a day: from the amount of time that I shower to the number of diet coke cans that I throw away to, yes, the number of M&M’s bags I go through in one day. And hopefully this will help me out with my next few endeavors:

1. Run a half marathon.

3. Follow the food pyramid!

4. Give up soda.

5. Use my resources more effectively.

And here we go. Look forward to my next blog post on craft-cycling!

Secret Ingredient

And the winner is…

My chocolate chip cookies were laced with strips of pig. Bacon makes everything better, right?

Well, I’ve run a few taste tests, and the conclusion of all of my tasters was the same. The cookies are delicious, but you barely notice the bacon. They aren’t show-stoppers for their novelty, but they’re great for conversation, and as far as chocolate chip cookies go, they’re actually pretty good. With or without the bacon. Just chewy enough. A hint of maple. A little bit of savoriness, if you pay close attention. Yum.

You can find the recipe here.

If you ARE looking for a show-stopper, though, I would recommend the German Pancake.

Gaze upon its beauty…

(Both this and the bacon photo were stolen from Google Images.)

I found a recipe for these babies in a G.Q. (of all places), and I’m going to give it FIVE STARS in all of the following categories: taste, aesthetics, smell, impressiveness, novelty, ease of baking. Seriously. Make one. Make ten!

German Pancake Recipe (Makes 1 Pancake– 1-2 servings)

Ingredients: 3T Butter, 1/4 t Salt, 1t Sugar, 2 Eggs, 1/2 Cup Flower, 1/2 Cup Milk

1. Preheat oven to 425.
2. Melt butter on a pie plate in the oven.
3. Whisk together the remaining ingredients and pour them over the melted butter.
4. Bake for 20 minutes.
5. Serve with powdered sugar, syrup, fresh fruit, be creative!

Merry Christmas!

Jane.

PS: My brave friends who guessed ingredients in my last post will ALL get cookies. I’m thankful for your comments (and your existence!) and I’m getting into the spirit of this day of giving.

Let me know if you want bacon. 🙂

#6: Improve My Baking

Merry Christmas, everyone! It’s time for a giveaway!

I promised you baked goods, so to introduce my 6th goal, I thought it would be appropriate to make good on that promise. So, here’s the deal. I’ve posted a photo of my most recent baking experiment. This cookie features an (odd) ingredient that gives every few bites of the cookie an interesting flavor. I’ll bake and mail a batch of these cookies to the first person who leaves a comment with the name of the secret ingredient.

I’ll post the full recipe on Christmas Eve.

Good luck and enjoy the bakin’!

Jane

#5: Be a Snowboarder.

It’s the first second day of December, and it seems like Mother Nature immediately turned the precipitation dial from “rain” to “snow.”

The first snowfall always produces the same reactions in me.  I (finally) put on some socks. My attention shifts wholly towards activities like quilting, knitting, hot-chocolate drinking, and movie watching. I lose all interest in “work-related” activities like paper-writing, academic reading… leaving the house.

AND, I want to ski.

I don’t just go skiing. I would like to think I can call myself a skier. I think there’s a difference. Let me explain. Anyone can rent a pair of skis, stand at the top of a hill, and pray they don’t die on the way back down. I own my own skis, and for the most part, I’ve learned to control myself on them.

That’s the difference.

You see, I also own my own snowboarding equipment (I scored a sweet board, and boots for $50, a few years ago!), but I am not a snowboarder. I haven’t quite figured out how to translate my skiing skills to snowboarding. (If you want to have a good laugh, come snowboarding with me this winter!)

By the time I turn 30, I would like to be able to call myself a snowboarder. It’s much more efficient use of language to say “I am a snowboarder” than to say “I bought a snowboard for like $50 bucks a few years ago, but have only used it two or three times.”

Plus, it makes me sound tough, bad, hard, phat, extreme– or how ever the kids say it, these days! Regardless, I think this goal fits nicely with Oliver’s commitment to “extreme-sports-slash-life-in-general.”

What are some of the “extreme” things that you all want to learn?

Well, I’m off to shred some snow. Ride some powder? Hang ten?

I have a lot to learn.

Jane