Well, it’s back to reality today, eh? Back to the routine . . . work, school, etc. I hope you were as ready as this kiddo.
Get it little guy! I am so going to make one of these for my future kid(s). (I have plenty of time though, don’t you worry. That won’t be for quite a few years).
I hope everyone had a fantastic Labor Day weekend, Mine was pretty good, but most importantly, it was pretty laid back. I spent quite a bit of time preparing for my VACATION! Madre and I leave tomorrow, and I couldn’t be more excited. Oh, and when I wasn’t packing, I was caching up on lost time with Michael C. Hall:
Who else is addicted? I swear I could watch the entire season in one sitting . . . if I had the time. The mystery, the morbid excitement, and the dark humor are fantastic. I also personally love Deb. I find her foul-mouthed, blunt reactions completely refreshing. She basically tells it how it is, although brutally. There are many times that I wish I could do that, but I don’t have the guts . . . or my conscience takes over. Anyway, if you haven’t experienced the utter brilliance that is Dexter, I am giving you full permission to go indulge. At this very moment. Seriously, go. Rent it. You will thank me later.
Among my packing and TV watching, I had planned to squeeze in a blog post; however, things did not work in my favor. Things meaning my computer. It’s the grandpa of MacBooks I do believe.
I am not even sure how old it is, but it is dying a slow and very painful (for me) death. My Uncle purchased it used off ebay several years ago and made some fixes/adjustments. After lending it to a friend for a period of time, he lent it to me when my Dell crashed during my sophomore year of college. It then turned into a graduation present once I was finished at the U of A in 2011. So, how many years is that? I’m not exactly sure, considering we don’t know how long the previous ebay owner had it. Let’s just say that this baby is a testament of Apple’s products. (My Dell lasted 2.5 years before crashing). However, it is getting to the point where I need to move on . . . if only I had enough money to buy a new MacBook.
I’m really not exaggerating about the dying a slow and painful death part. Last night, I went to upload the pictures from my phone . . . it took 2 hours. Then, I got an error message telling me that the photos I supposedly uploaded, well, didn’t. Hmmmmm . . . Oh, and with every other click, I have to wait for an unknown amount of time watching this:
What I like to call: The CIRCLE OF DEATH
The two of us are not friends. I have called it a variety of other colorful (no pun intended) names. It seriously takes FOREVER.
(Source) Oh Sandlot! 🙂
Sometimes, I wait so long that I have no choice left but to force shutdown and restart. And don’t even get me started on how many times I have been filling out job applications and my Mac just freezes, refusing to move. Oy vey. Deep breaths. Very deep breaths.
Thankfully, I did succeed with uploading my pictures this morning. You should be very thankful too. Why? You may ask? Because I did whip up a tasty treat this weekend. Once again, over-ripened naners were calling to me. Begging me to make their lives useful. I couldn’t refuse their pleas.
Go Bananas Whoopie Pies
I have had these tagged in my recipe book ever since they appeared in an issue of Food Network Magazine. Since I had the ingredients, AND since I it would be a great treat for Madre to bring to her non-chocolate-loving coworkers (gasp!), I couldn’t help but call it fate.
I pretty much followed Food Network Magazine’s recipe to the T, except for two minor alterations:
- I used reduced fat cream cheese (that’s all I had)
- I threw a few chocolate chips in the batter at the very end (for my last pan), because some of us just need a little chocolate in our desserts!
I give these guys a thumbs up! Ummm . . . how can I not? Peanut butter and banana are quite a pair. Although, I was a little surprised at the filling. I expected it to be more fluffy and frosting-like. This filling is definitely more of a thick, peanutty spread. You won’t be disappointed though. No worries!
Go Bananas Whoopie Pies
By: Food Network Magazine
- 1/2 C butter, softened
- 3/4 C sugar
- 1/4 C packed brown sugar (I used dark, again it’s all I had on hand)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla ext.
- 1/2 C mashed very-ripe banana (about 1.5 naners)
- 1/2 C buttermilk (I put 1.5 tsp white vinegar in a measuring cup and then filled it up with milk up to the 1/2 C mark)
- 2 C AP flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 pkg. cream cheese, softened
- 3 T butter, softened
- 1 C creamy PB
- 1 C powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla ext.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
- Beat in egg and vanilla.
- In a separate small bowl, combine banana and buttermilk.
- In another bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
- Gradually add dry mixture to creamed mixture, alternating with banana/buttermilk mixture.
- Drop by tablespoonfuls onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes (or until set).
- Cool for a few minutes on pan, then transfer to wire rack.
- For filling, cream peanut butter, cream cheese, and butter until fluffy. (Mine wasn’t that fluffy . . . )
- Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.
- Spread onto bottom of one cookie; top with another cookie.
- EAT! (Oh, and store in the fridge!)
For the love of peanut butter. Are you drooling yet?
How about now?
Did you know that these are called Gobs in Pennsylvania? I coworker last summer brought chocolate cookie with vanilla filling whoopie pies to a function one time, and when I exclaimed, “Yes! Whoopie Pies!” I was met with a dozen quizzical-faced colleagues. It took awhile for me to live that one down. I’m still calling them whoopie pies though. Gobs sound ugly.
Speaking of oddly-named things. Look what Madre and I found while browsing Kroger yesterday:
Snacks on a Stick Maker
It gets better. Look at all the delicious, high-quality and nutritious food you can make:
That’s steak, corn dogs, OMELETS???, pizza, pancakes, and cookies. On a stick . . .
Madre came up with the product’s new slogan: “You may never have to use silverware again!” I think it’s fitting.
Before I go take care of some other vaca preparations, I will share my workout with you.
I began with a nice 40 minutes on the elliptical machine. You know, to get my sweat on. The weight room was pretty packed after I finished, so I headed upstairs to complete a Plyometric workout I found.
I only did the entire circuit one time through, but I was still a sweaty fiend. Loved it! Those Hamstring Sliding Curls and Split Jumps are killer! I will definitely be revisiting this one again, and no worries, I will step it up and go for at least two rounds.
I finished with some random exercises to hit my arms and back:
- Seated Narrow Grip Cable Rows (3 sets of 10)
- Inclined Dumbbell Curl (3 sets of 10)
- Back Extensions (3 sets of 10-using 10 lb. weight)
Told ya it was random!
Well, that’s it for me today. I haven’t decided if I will be lugging my Mac to Mexico with me, so I may not be back until the 11th! Have a great week!
Questions of the Day:
- If you were to purchase a new laptop, what would you choose?
- What’s your favorite TV series?
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