Good Friday Morning!
Today is my workout “OFF” day this week because I have my BodyPump training all weekend and I hear it is pretty intense, so I want to be all rested and ready to show them who is boss 😉
Yesterday, I filled in as an instructor for a class called Total Burn. I taught the class last week and had a great time, but this week I wanted to switch up the routine. I took one of the boot camp style classes that we taught on the cruise and pumped it up a bit by adding some running in between rounds and about 20 minutes of ab work at the end. By the time the class was finished, everyone was sweating and struggling to finish the last rep…just the way I like it!
Here are some pictures for reference of each of the exercises:
After coming home from class and getting dinner ready, I decided to check on some fudge that I had made earlier in the day to see if it had hardened up nicely. Well, it hadn’t.
Cooking is a science, and that is one of the things that I love about it! Recipes are all little experiments. Well, when I set out to make fudge yesterday, I used a recipe of my mom’s that never fails…except when you don’t have several of the ingredients needed. Did I have marshmallow fluff? Nope…but I had marshmallows and thought that melting them down would be the same thing. Did I have chocolate chips? Nope…but I thought that mixing sugar, cocoa powder, and butter would be the same. Did I have evaporated milk? Nope…but I thought that using unsweetened original almond milk would be the same. None of it worked the same as the ingredients called for, and when I went to cut the fudge into slices, I realized that I had a ton of chocolate goo…great tasting chocolate goo I might add 😉
I thought…hmmm, what can I do with this? I know! I’ll roll it into balls and coat it with unsweetened cocoa and it will be like little truffles…The balls turned into little piles of flat goo.
I hate to put it all to waste, so I simply put the goo in some jars so that I can think about what I should actually do with it…I have no idea!!! It just goes to show that you never know what to expect when you experiment in the kitchen.
This morning, I was woken up by the lovely voice of my mom on the telephone singing me “Happy Birthday…” Brian, being the scrooge that he can be sometimes ;), heard this and immediately said “Go do happy birthday in the living room!” haha! Granted, it was 5am…what can I say, my mom and I are morning people.
After getting ready and waiting for
scrooge Brian to wake up, it was time to open the last present from my mom.
That box had been sitting in my room all week just staring at me, waiting for me to rip it open…what can I say, I have serious will power.
When I opened it, I saw the first glimpse of the blanket and knew exactly what it was! A t-shirt blanket made of shirts from the sorority I was in at Butler. Before I left for the cruise, I gave my mom a giant bag of t-shirts and asked if she would make one for me. I had no idea when it was coming, and I am so happy that she made this for me! It is absolutely perfect.
I am glad that I waited until my birthday to open it.
Then, it was time for breakfast…the most important meal of the day, and probably my favorite meal of the day. Today, I had spinach and cheese egg whites with a little peach, strawberry, and banana fruit salad and some coffee. What a great way to start the day!
Now, I am off to do some last minute BodyPump studying before going out for a birthday dinner with Brian and the Freshly Brewed concert (that is the women’s a cappella group that I was in during college). Should be a great day!
Questions of the Morning:
What kitchen disasters have you run into?
What ideas do you have for me to make with my chocolate goo?
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