thoughts on popcorn and yoga

Well, we survived the hot, hot night.  Actually, the air conditioner helped a lot – go figure!  I woke up and had blankets on, a sure sign that the temperature was at a bearable level.  Of course, leaving the air on all day doesn’t make a ton of sense so when I got home from work the apartment had hit 97 – still hot but better than 99, right?  I’m doing my best to ignore the heat knowing that tonight, I’ll be able to sleep comfortably.

All this talk about the heat is making me sweat.  Let’s talk about food instead.

When I got home from work I was hungry (as usual) but since I have yoga class later on I didn’t want to eat too much.  My favorite solution to this problem is to pop some popcorn.

I really love popcorn and about a year ago, give or take, I bought a box of Orville Redenbacher’s Natural Lime and Salt popcorn.  I’ve been hooked ever since.  I dare say that it’s taken the place of movie theater butter popcorn as my favorite type of popcorn.  The best part is that it comes in mini bags so I can always make the perfect amount for a little snack.  The lime is subtle, as if you had squeezed a fresh lime over top of the bag, not overwhelmingly fruity.  Seriously, I always have this in the house. If you haven’t tried it, go buy a box, you won’t be sorry!

Also, speaking of yoga class, isn’t it kind of funny that my hot yoga class at 95° will be cooler than our apartment, kind of?

After almost a week off due to not being able to breathe at all (thanks for that, allergies), I went back to yoga yesterday morning at 6:00 am.  I’m always proud of myself for getting up and actually going and I feel better all day long.  Morning workouts are the ticket, I think.  I’m excited for tonight’s Shake Your Asana class, I haven’t been to one in ages.  They play music the whole time so there’s a different, fun and playful vibe to the class.  It’s a good time.

Well, time to go sweat my butt off!  I hope you’re having a great Wednesday!

What’s your favorite pre-workout snack?

If you practice yoga, do you do so quietly or do you turn up the jams from time to time?

tengo hot

At the risk of sounding elderly, today  was a scorcher!

Temperatures hovered around 90° all day and while I was after work, Todd sent me this text:

100° inside?  This was getting ridiculous.  You see, we don’t have air conditioning at all.  Our thermostat tricked us, it has a “COOL” option but if you flip it to “COOL” nothing happens.  So far we’ve been getting by with fans but 100°, now that’s hot.

Thankfully we had plans to go out on a little date and have dinner and ice cream so we left as soon as I got home from work. At dinner I ordered the salmon, a big step for me since I’m just starting to eat fish.  When I saw that it came served on a “goat cheese pool”, I was in.

After dinner we walked over to one of our favorite ice cream shops and indulged in cones of Chocolate Monster and Chocolate Chip Extreme.  That ice cream was half melted before we walked out of the shop but man, it was delicious.

When we got home our apartment was so stinking hot.  I looked at the thermometer and it read 99° – not a big improvement since we left.

I decided the only thing to do was go to bed.  Somehow, about 15 seconds after I had changed into sleep clothes, we decided that this was ridiculous and that we had to go get an air conditioner.  A minute after that we were in the car, heading to Target.

We picked out the cheapest air conditioner we could find and brought it home.  We immediately realized that it wouldn’t fit in either of our bedroom windows, too big for one, too small for the other.  Todd decided that 99* was a good reason to try it anyways.

In the end, he was right – it fit in our 20″ window even though it’s 3″ smaller than the minimum width.  We both took turns standing in front of it, soaking up the cool air.

I’m guessing that our bedroom is still about 85° but that is a heck of a lot cooler than it was.

Something tells me that our bedroom will be our new favorite room in the house, forget the living room!

Do you have air conditioning?  If not, how do you keep cool in the summer?

pink lemonade cookies a la kelly

Tonight we will host our first dinner guests since moving into the apartment, Todd’s parents!  In preparation, I spent a bit of time in the kitchen yesterday baking up some treats for dessert.  First on the docket, Kelly’s Pink Lemonade Cookies.  When I read her post a few weeks ago I knew that these summery cookies would be perfect for this dinner.

This recipe was easy to follow and only uses 6 ingredients – now that’s my kind of cookie!  If you’d like to try these yummy cookies, the recipe can be found on Laughter, Strength, and Food.

I followed Kelly’s recipe exactly except that I substituted in whole wheat flour because that’s all we have right now.  By the way, if you’re going to substitute in whole wheat for all-purpose flour, you can’t do a cup to cup equivalent.  The easiest conversion I’ve found is this: if the recipe calls for 1 cup of all-purpose you should use 1 cup minus 2 tablespoons of whole wheat flour.  Make sense?  I’ve used this conversion 3 or 4 times and it’s worked great.

Now back to the cookies.  They came out of the oven like this:

And after dressing them up a bit, they looked like this:

I happened to have some pink sugar sprinkles left from a Valentine’s long, long ago and they were the perfect thing to top the cookies with.  Don’t they remind you of candy buttons?

Even those these cookies are for dinner tonight I tried a few with a big glass of pink lemonade and they were so good and refreshing, the perfect summer cookie.

I was going to post about my other baking adventure but this post is getting lengthy so it will have to wait until later on.

Do you have any favorite summertime baked goods?

Did you bake anything tasty this weekend?

hmp: grilled pizza

The Homemade Meal Project return tonight with grilled pizzas.  It was a relatively nice day in West Michigan (read: not snowing or ice cold) so Todd and I decided to pretend it was summer and fire up the grill.  I swung by Nantucket Baking Company on the way home from work and bought pizza dough (and some chocolate chip cookies…).

At home we worked the dough and turned it into pizza crusts.  After spraying the crusts with olive oil, they were ready for their first round on the grill.

Once on the grill, you begin by cooking only one side.  When the bottom is cooked, you remove the pizza dough, flip it over and add toppings to the cooked side.

Todd chose pizza sauce, mozzarella, goat cheese, bacon and mushrooms to top his pie.

I went for mozzarella, goat cheese, pineapple and bacon with pizza sauce on half.  No mushies for this girl, no way.

Having the grilled side up when you add toppings allows the bottom of the pizza to cook when you return the pizza to the grill.  The cheese melts pretty well with the grill lid closed.  After about 3 minutes, voila – pizza pie!

Doesn’t that look delicious!?

Grilled pizza is so delicious and really simple.  We just used store-bought sauce and fresh cheese and toppings.  It was so nice to grill outside, it really felt like a (chilly) summer night.  Add in an Oberon and it was the perfect kick-off to a relaxing weekend.

What’s your favorite grilled meal?

Do you prefer homemade pizza, delivery or pizza from a restaurant?

P.S.  I bought myself tulips the other day.  Aren’t they pretty?


 

 

 

happy oberon day!

After a hot, sweaty power vinyasa class at the Funky Buddha, I surprised Todd with a 6-pack of Oberon in celebration of Oberon Day.

What is Oberon Day, you say?  It is the annual debut of what may be my favorite beer.  Oberon is brewed semi-locally at Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, MI.  Oberon is basically West Michigan’s unofficial beer of summer.  And let me tell you what, sipping on an Oberon on a 35 degree day in March makes it feel like summer is just that much closer.

 

Yup, I love me some Oberon.  Cheers to summer, it will be here soon!

What’s your favorite summer beer?  Or beer in general?

Is there anything that marks the end of winter for you?