Monthly Archives: July 2014

New Food Friday- July 25, 2014

New Food Friday is a weekly post that coincides with one of the items on my bucket list; that is, to try one new food or recipe a week for a whole year.

I totally missed last two weeks of New Food Friday, thanks  my laptop crapping the bed.  It is super difficult (think 10 on a scale of 1-10) to blog from my IPad, so I really haven’t been doing to much updating.  However, I picked up my new one last night and now everything is right again in blog world 🙂

Just because I am not blogging about them, doesn’t mean I haven’t been trying new things!

One of the things I made for my birthday was my very first homemade cheesecake.

I decided to make a baked cheesecake because a no bake cheesecake it not even a real thing because it is my favorite dessert.

Now, as you all know, I have been working really hard to eat clean and be healthy.  I definitely made a healthier version, but also kept some of what makes a cheesecake a cheesecake.  I also got close to 16 slices out of it, which made it a pretty good choice, but it is definitely still a treat!

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This was the most perfect dessert!  I was so impressed with myself!  Everyone loved it and it was devoured within 20 minutes!  I have already been requested to make it again!

Recipe-

For the cheesecake:

2 eight ounce bars of cream cheese (I did one regular and one 1/3 fat)

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup sour cream

1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

2 eggs

1 tbsp of vanilla

*Make sure ALL ingredients are room temperature before making the batter.  This includes the eggs!  First, blend only the cream cheese.  Then, add the sour cream, yogurt and vanilla.  Then, when blended, add in the eggs one at a time.  Do not over mix the batter; you want to avoid getting too much air into it, which will keep it from baking correctly.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Take out and let cool to room temperature for approx. 30 minutes.

For the topping:1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

3 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 cup strawberries; halved.

After the cake has cooled, apply the icing and then bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes.

Cool for one hour at room temperature.

Add strawberries before serving.

Refrigerate until ready to eat.  (Should be refrigerated for at least 4 hours.)

Nutritional stats: (per slice; 8 slices per cake)
Calories- 370.4
Fat- 21.5, Sugar- 28.5, Carbs- 28.5mg, Protein- 9g, Fiber-0, Sodium- 268.9mg

Please Note: Nutritional information estimated based on brands I use and/or calculations using nutriondata.com and sparkpeople.com. Data may not be completely accurate and yours may differ. You should not refer to this data as being exact but as a figure. I do not take responsibility for the inadequacies of the nutrition calculator used. This data is provided for general reference.

 

❤ Jillian

Why Yes, I Do Have A Blog!

You know what happens when you don’t have a computer?  You can’t blog!

Today, I am at work, hosting a soccer camp, so I have some time to get you all caught up!  Hopefully, my new laptop will be ready by the weekend and I can return to my regular scheduled blogging!  Meanwhile, I’ll just say, blogging on the Ipad is TERRIBLE!  Ugh!  Times ten!

Summer is going to be over in the blink of an eye!  I cannot believe we are almost through July!  The other day someone said something about how long until Christmas and all I can say is they are lucky they didn’t get punched square in the face.  I DO NOT want to talk about snow, cold weather or anything that involves being back at school yet!  Don’t get me started on the Back to School section of Target!

Let’s talk about fun stuff!

July is my birth month.  Summer birthdays are the absolute best and I have been living it up for sure!  In the past two weeks, I ate lots of yummy food and had WAY more beer than I should have.  I celebrated for a solid two weeks, which is what everyone should do on their birthday, and I had a blast!

Here is what 33 looks like….

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A few from my birthday party.  You are never too old to have one of those!

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Snapped this one of my new favorite summer activity…tubing down the river.

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And from my visit to Reboboth Beach.

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And here are all my cakes!

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Left is an ice cream cake (my mom is known for them!), then the cake and goodies from my friend Theresa in Delaware and finally, on the bottom is my cheesecake.  The cheesecake will be featured in this weeks New Food Friday.

Overall, I am having such a great summer.  I really don’t want it to end!  I have a few late summer races, two vacations and a lot more fun planned for August, but I don’t want to rush it!  If only it were summer all year!

What has been the best part of your summer?

Summer Vacation & A Birthday

I’m officially on Summer vacation for one month 🙂

I am working a one week soccer program but it still feels like vacation.  I get to sleep past 5am, work out in the morning, spend afternoons at the pool, go out any day of the week and stay up past 10pm.  I love it!

I had a most excellent 4th of July weekend. Spent some time at the pool and went tubing over the weekend. So much fun!!

Today begins my birthday celebrations.  I’m officially 33. I like celebrating birthdays because it is the one day you get to celebrate yourself. I’ve accomplished a lot in 33 years and have a lot to celebrate. Especially this year when I feel like things are finally coming together!

I am working on a “letter to myself” post that I was hoping to have done today but it’s not looking that way! You’ll have to stay tuned for that one!

I’m off to run 3.3 miles…I think that’s a good number for today!

Do you enjoy celebrating birthdays?

❤ Jillian

New Food Friday- July 4, 2014

New Food Friday is a weekly post that coincides with one of the items on my bucket list; that is, to try one new food or recipe a week for a whole year.

Last night I was craving something salty/sweet, so it was the perfect time to make the nut butter cookies I had been wanting to try.  The only recipes I could fine were for either almond or peanut butter and I was looking for a mix.  So I took a peanut butter cookie recipe I have had for years and changed it up.

First, I mixed together the peanut butter and almond butter.

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I could seriously eat this by the spoonful!

Then, I added in the rest of the ingredients and mixed it up.

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And viola!

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I reallllly need to work on the food photos!

Recipe:

1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup oats
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1tsp honey

Nutritional stats: per cookie (makes 12 small cookies)
Calories- 117
Fat- 6, Sugar- 10.3, Carbs- 14.1mg, Protein- 3.4g, Fiber-1, Sodium- 40mg

Please Note: Nutritional information estimated based on brands I use and/or calculations using nutriondata.com and sparkpeople.com. Data may not be completely accurate and yours may differ. You should not refer to this data as being exact but as a figure. I do not take responsibility for the inadequacies of the nutrition calculator used. This data is provided for general reference.

These were really good, but they need to be tweaked. I blindly decided how much of what to put it and while they are good, I feel like the ingredients are competing instead of meshing. I’m definitely going to make these again. Less sugar maybe and I’m thinking a mashed banana instead of the egg (which makes them vegan).

In addition to be yummy, these were the perfect start to my day as a quick pre-workout snack. They are pretty darn healthy…you know, for a cookie 🙂

PS- Happy Birthday America!!!!

 

Book Review- Basketball Junkie By Chris Herren

I read a lot of books about addiction.  Beautiful Boy, Lit, Smashed and The Basketball Diaries are among my favorite.  I loved The Basketball Diaries, both the book and the movie.  Intense.

Not as intense, but definitely a great read, was Basketball Junkie by Chris Herren.

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Last November, Chris Herren came to speak at a local high school close to where I live.  I had read about him plenty; I had watched him play when I was younger and read plenty of articles about his drug use.  I had heard his methods during speaking engagements were different (in a good way) and I was really excited to hear him speak.  He did not disappoint.  He was candid and compelling.  As is his book.  An honest portrayal of an addict.  A kid who had every opportunity to be a big star but whose addiction was so controlling, he lost everything.  Just when you think he has hit rock bottom, you realize he still has deeper places to go.  If I hadn’t known he lived, I would have been sure he had died.

Every addict starts out like Chris.  Addicts come in all colors, shapes and sizes.  They live in big houses, small houses, in cars and on the streets.  They have all different degrees, professions and hobbies.  They don’t all get to live to tell their stories.  Chris did and now he is using what he went through and what he learned to tell his story.  If he saves even one person.  Judging by what I have read, he has saved many.  He says it was all worth it.  I am sure if he had the chance to do it again, he wouldn’t have taken the path he did (would anyone?) but I admire him for turning something horrific into something worthy.

If you know someone fighting addiction and want an inside look and the life of an addict, this is a good place to start.  I was touched by addiction late in my teen years, when my best friend died of an accidental overdose.  That was almost 14 years ago and that never gets easier to say.  I didn’t grow up around drugs, I wasn’t a part of that crowd and I was so naive, I didn’t even know my friend was doing it.  It was a huge shock.  Sometimes, it still shocks me.  Only because I never could have imagined how the war on drugs would personally affect me, how out of control it would get and I could never have imagined how insensitive some people could be about addiction.  No one grows up wanting to be an addict.  For me, reading this book and other books like this, helps me to understand where my friend was and what he was going through during his addiction.  I am working on a post all about addiction and my friend, that closely ties to this post.

 

Are you drawn to books about anything specific?  Do you feel like you identify with any specific genre?

This Or That?

I had one of those days yesterday that seriously made me re-think home ownership.  The day started well and ended with my thumb slammed in my front door (who needs a thumbnail though, really?), my lawnmower shitting the bed and best of all, I noticed some unwanted friends had made a home in my grill.  Yellow jackets.  Just about 100 of them.  Awesome.  Except, not awesome.  Especially because I am so highly allergic.  Of course I did what any girl does when everything seems to be going wrong.  I called my parents to vent, created a list of everything that is wrong or not quite right with my house, decided I am a life failure because my lawn is half-mowed and I no longer have a working grill, drank a few glasses of wine and went to bed.  Then I woke up (and hour late) and started fixing all this shit.  And by that I mean, I went to work and my dad found an exterminator and met him at my house.  My parents are awesome!  I keep reminding myself that 90% of the time, owning a home is totally awesome even if it means I’ll be broke for the rest of my life.

I love my house.  I love my house.  I love my house.  

Anyway…I needed something light for today!  Saw this on a blog I started recently reading and it was exactly the type of post I needed for today!

 

this or that

 

1. This or that: 5k or a marathon?
They are both mentally tough for entirely different reasons.  I actually prefer longer distance runs…if I had to choose…the 5k, only because the training for a marathon is so taxing.  

2. This or that: flat race in the heat or hilly race in the cold?
Flat + heat!  Truthfully, I run better in the cold, but I HATE the cold and I HATE hills!

3. This or that: new running shoes or a new running outfit?
Outfit, for sure.  I love finding new running clothes!

4. This or that: run a marathon without headphones or Garmin?
Without headphones.

5. This or that: race because of the convenience (location, price, travel) or the swag?
I would say convenience, although I love to travel for races.  Although I fully intend to travel to D.C. next spring to get myself some Tiffany’s swag 🙂

6. This or that: PR but result in an injury or finish strong and missing a PR?
I have spent way too much time injured.  Miss the PR and finish strong!

7. This or that: 100 squats or 100 push ups? [Now take a break and go do them. ;)]
Pushups.  I HATE squats.

8. This or that: run without socks or without sports bra?
Wow.  Both would be incredibly uncomfortable.  I think though, without a bra.  Hopefully my tank is tight enough!

9. This or that: treadmill for an hour or run around the same street block for an hour?
Treadmill. 

10. This or that: Ragnar Relay or Marathon Relay team?
Ragnar all the way!!!

11. This or that: Naked run or naked yoga?
Both of these sound like they would be terrible for me.

12. This or that: Come in 4th in the Olympics or 1st in NYC marathon?
1st in NYC!!

13. This or that: give up running for a 3 years to get a BQ or never BQ but run as much as you want?
Never BQ and run as much as I want!  That IS my reality and I am solidly okay with it!

 

❤ Jillian