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Buckwheat Pancakes with Easley Orchestra Red Blueberry Sauce

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I started out this morning with another bowl of baked oatmeal.  Today, I added some peaches in the mix to make it a little bit like a peach cobbler.

Delicious, and easy to eat in the car.  That’s all I ask for.

Wine Recipes

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned on the blog that I was working on a “special project.”  I was pretty vague about what I was doing, but I can finally talk about it!

About a month ago, the Brand Manager of Easley Winery, a local Indianapolis winery, contacted me via facebook saying that he stumbled across my blog as he searched the internet for pictures of the winery.  Last summer, Brian and I visited the winery and had a delicious and fun experience, I blogged about our tasting adventure and that is how he found my Treble in the Kitchen site.

On their site, they have a “Cooking Made Easley” section that showcases simple and delicious recipes that feature the Easley wines in the ingredient list, and he asked my to contribute!  Of course I was more than willing to start experimenting in the kitchen, and the end result of all my concoctions were delicious.

When brainstorming what to make, the first thing that popped into my head was a blueberry red wine sauce.  For me, when I think blueberries I think pancakes.  Growing up, blueberry pancakes were made as our big Saturday breakfast, and I looked forward to them every single time.  I decided to put a little twist on traditional blueberry pancakes by utilizing a nutty buckwheat flour that is high in fiber, minerals, all 8 amino acids, and is rich in flavonoids (which are super strong antioxidants!).  The end result had even Brian asking for more.

Buckwheat Pancakes with Easley Orchestra Red Blueberry Sauce

Ingredients:

Pancakes:

  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp granulated cane sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 cup unsweetened original almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter

Easley Orchestra Red Blueberry Sauce:

  • ¾ cup Easley’s Orchestra Red Wine
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 ½ – 2 cups of fresh or frozen blueberries

Instructions:

For the Pancakes:

Heat a skillet on the stove at medium high heat.  In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and nutmeg.  Once combined, add in the vanilla, egg, almond milk, and butter.  Stir until smooth and thoroughly combined.  Test the heat of the skillet by dropping small drops of water onto the skillet.  If it sizzles, it is the perfect temperature. Spray pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Place ¼ cup of batter onto the skillet.  Allow the batter to cook until the edges are dry (about 2 minutes checking frequently so it doesn’t overcook), then flip the pancake and cook about 1-2 minutes more on the other side.

Yields: 3 servings of two pancakes

Nutrition per Serving:  Calories—198.2  Fat—4g  Carbohydrates—37.2g  Protein—7.4g

Orchestra Red Blueberry Sauce:

Place the wine and sugar in a saucepan over medium high heat.  Once the sugar is dissolved, add in the blueberries.  Bring to a boil.  One boiling, lower the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes, or until ready to serve.

Yields:  10 servings of 4 Tbsp

Nutrition:  Calories—65.6  Fat–.1g  Carbohydrates—17.6g  Protein–.1g

Final Day in Brown County

I woke up this morning feeling a little sore, but not quite workout sore.  I’m thinking that it is the change in weather here in Indiana.  For the past couple of weeks it has been rather warm for the fall season, but the past couple of days have gotten suddenly cold and I am hoping that my body is just having a difficult time adjusting.

 

Despite the soreness in my body, I created a quick workout that can be repeated 2-3 times for a great at-home full body session that requires zero equipment.

 

Zero Equipment Total Body Workout

I tried to get clever with the name like (30, 40, 50, 10, 20, 30 Workout…but then I realized that just got confusing…)

Repeat this workout 2-3 times, or tag it on after a quick run!

  • 30 Jumping Jacks
  • 30 Regular Crunches
  • 40 Jumping Jacks
  • 20 Lunges (on each side)
  • 50 Jumping Jacks
  • 10 Push ups
  • 40 Jumping Jacks
  • 20 Side dips (10 on each side)
  • 30 Jumping Jacks
  • 30 Tricep Dips
After my quick workout and showering up for our last day in Nashville, Indiana I made myself a peanut butter apple buckwheat bowl
Using the apples from yesterday was a perfect idea because they were sweet and the perfect crispness!  Apples from the orchard always taste better than from the store.
We then headed out to walk around the historic little shops of Nashville.  The town used to be an artists colony back in the 1800s and all of the old houses have now been turned into little gift and specialty shops as well as restaurants, inns, and art galleries.
The town has such a quaint and cozy feel to it, which makes it the perfect fall destination.
Brian and I headed in to a little toy shop just to see what they had to offer when I found something that I had been considering purchasing for quite a while…
A head massager!  This contraption looks a little goofy, but after gently rubbing this little baby on your head one or two times you will understand the pure happiness that it brings!  It literally gives me chills every time I use it 🙂
We then stopped into a little antique shop.  There was jewelry dating back to the 1800s, old cameras, and just about everything you could imagine that had a story behind it.  The woman who owned the store seemed to know a little piece of history about each and every item and shared that knowledge with us.
After listening to her stories, Brian and I found a brooch that was so pretty and something that I could wear today.  Brian bought it for me as a little going away present.  I came home, cleaned and shined it up and now I can’t wait to incorporate it into an outfit!
It basically rained all day, which was OK in my book because it gave us an excuse to duck into a cute little coffee shop for a warm drink.
I ordered a hot apple cider and Brian ordered a hot chocolate.  Perfectly warm and delicious!
We then continued to walk around and wandered into a little shop that sold Tom’s Shoes.  When the shoes initially hit the market a few years ago I did not think that they were cute at all.  Even though they were for a good cause, I just didn’t see myself wearing the shoes.
After talking to several people who own and wear them on a regular a basis I decided that it would be a practical purchase before my trip (well…job and move) to London and the cruise.  They look good with shorts and skinny jeans and are comfortable for walking around….so I bought some!
Dinner
Brian and I then came home, unpacked, did some laundry and then whipped up a quick dinner!
Tilapia and steamed zucchini.
Baked Tilapia
Ingredients:
  • 2 pieces of tilapia, thawed
  • garlic salt to taste
  • basil to taste
  • Italian seasoning to taste
  • pepper to taste
Preparation:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Place the fish in a greased glass pan.  Season to taste.  Place in the oven and bake for 12 minutes or until the fish flakes with a fork.
Steamed Zucchini
Ingredients:
Preparation:
Slice up the squash into medallions, then slice the onion.  Place in a large bowl, season with salt and garlic pepper.  Place 1/4 cup or a little less into the bottom of the dish.  Microwave on high and covered for 7 minutes.  After the 7 minutes, drain the excess water and mix in the wedge of laughing cow cheese.
Both of these recipes make 2 servings.  Enjoy!
Tomorrow is the ultimate packing day…I am packing up everything in Brian’s apartment and officially packing for the cruise…wish me luck!!

No More Insanity Workout

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It is Saturday morning, and many of you are probably sleeping in.  I wish I could say that I have missed my evening post yesterday because I was busy  doing something super fun and cool, but unfortunately I was just working all day and night.  Likewise, my day today will also be consumed by work 😦

 

I’m sad because the weather is such an “Indian Summer” right now.  The trees are bright,vibrant colors but the temperature is literally in the 80s!

 

Workout

I was pretty tired this morning when I first woke up, and wasn’t in the mood for another Insanity video, so I created my own little at home workout routine.

No More Insanity Home Workout Circuit

This workout requires no equipment and can be done while traveling, at home, or even at the gym!

  • Start with 2-3 rounds of Karena and Katrina’s Best Ab Workout Circuit (ToneItUp.com)
  • 10 pushups (the girly kind are acceptable, but try to push yourself with the full out version!)
  • 10 tricep dips on a chair, bench, whatever you have available
  • 10 pushups
  • 10 tricep dips
  • 30 jumping jacks
  • 15 rear delt flies (lie on your stomach, spread your arms out wide on the floor and point your thumbs up toward the ceiling.  Slightly lift your arms off of the floor by squeezing your shoulder blades together.
  • 30 jumping jacks
  • 15 touch downs (lie on your stomach, bring arms straight in front of you above your head, gently lift the upper body, bring arms down into 90 degree angles or “touchdown” position for one rep.)
  • 30 jumping jacks
  • 15 one arm tricep pushups, on each side
  • 30 jumping jacks
  • 15 side lying lift and lowers (stack your legs and lie on your side, prop yourself on one elbow, put the other arm on your waist, lift and lower your hips for 15 reps)
  • Switch sides
  • 30 jumping jacks to finish it off!
This workout will tone your abs, arms, and back while giving you short bursts of cardio to get that heart rate up 🙂
Breakfast
For breakfast I had another bowl of buckwheat, but I added a little something different to the mix today.
In addition to an apple and a tablespoon of peanut butter for some healthy fat and protein, I added 1/4 cup of Fiber One 80 Calorie Honey Squares for a little crunch.  Let me just tell you, this cereal is good.
If you are the kind of person who loves Honey Grahams or putting crunchies on top of ice cream, fro yo, or any yogurt I think that it is imperative that you run out to try this now.  Trust me 😉
After work, Brian and I are headed to an engagement party for one of his family members!
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I LOVE anything having to do with weddings, so it should be a good evening 🙂

What’s Up This Weekend?!

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It’s Friday!

 

I just love the start of the weekend, even if I don’t have anything special going on.  Everyone just seems a little happier, a little less stressed, and a little more relaxed about things.

 

I started off my Friday morning with a super duper sweaty workout, literally super sweaty.  I did the Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs workout.  Seriously, I was sweatin’.  I quickly cooled off when I took Bella on a walk this morning.  This weather is totally tripping me up.  I can literally see my breath in the morning, but by lunchtime I can wear shorts outside!

 

Breakfast

I really wanted something that was going to last for breakfast today because I have to work a long shift at work.  Another bowl of buckwheat.

I  mixed a really old and mushy banana into the oats before cooking them, so when they were done cooking they were super creamy and banana flavored!  I also mixed in vanilla extract and a tablespoon of peanut butter.  Mmmmm so delish!  I also had a side of chocolate glazed donut flavored coffee!! Bella’s family has a Keurig (I really enjoyed it last time too!) and they have all sorts of fun coffee flavors 🙂

 

Question of the day:

What are your plans for the weekend?!  Anything fall themed???  

Not Expecting Autumn

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After seeing the beautiful weather outside the past couple of days, I just had to lace up the running shoes and get out there!  The highs in the afternoon have been in the 80s, but in the morning the weather has been in the 40s and 50s.  So cold that I can see my breath.  This brings up the dilemma of what to wear when working out outside.

Today, I opted for running shorts and a sweatshirt, but it still wasn’t the right combo.  My legs were freezing the first portion of the run, and then I felt like I was burning up after the first 10 minutes.  There just isn’t  a way to balance it, I guess.

 

Because my knee has been hurting lately I was a little nervous about running, and I actually forgot to wear the knee brace that I purchased to help give me a little extra support.  I set out and told myself that my goal was to run for 30 minutes, and as soon as I felt any sort of discomfort in my knee that I would stop and walk….and guess what!  I never felt any discomfort and was able to complete the entire 30 minutes pain free, thank goodness!

 

After the run, I walked Bella around the block, then came inside and did Jeanette Jenkin’s 10 minute Booty Bootcamp video again, then did the following:

  • 50 center crunches
  • 10 push-ups
  • 50 crunches on each side
  • 15 bicycle crunches
  • 10 push-ups
Breakfast
Because it is sooo dark until practically 7:45am here in Indiana I definitely ate breakfast before my workout (I woke up around 6am). Since Brian and I are dog-sitting, it was easier to transport buckwheat than it was to transfer all of my frozen fruit and blender so I had buckwheat for breakfast!
The buckwheat was mixed with cinnamon and half of a banana.  It kind of tasted like banana bread!

 

Not Expecting Autumn

Ok, so it is clearly autumn.  The weather is cooler, the leaves are changing color and falling, pumpkins and cornstalks are adorning each house.  I have purchased and cooked up pumpkin and butternut squash, apples, and started cooking warm soups.

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But to me it just doesn’t feel like autumn.  Maybe it’s because this fall is totally different from any other fall has been for me.  Usually I am getting out all of the fall decorations, planning my halloween costume, making trips to haunted houses and apple orchards.  This year is different.  Because I leave in a couple of weeks, I did not get out any fall decor, there is no reason for me to plan a halloween outfit, and I have yet to purchase a pumpkin to decorate and carve.  I have realized that because I am leaving, I mentally planned to not be here for any holidays, and therefore did not anticipate being here for the season change.  But I am here!!  Brian has his big exam on Monday, but after that I am going to plan plenty of fall activities for us to do so I can get out of “season limbo.”

 

What are some ways you have adapted to the season change?  Decorations?  Special baked goodies?  Visiting an apple orchard?  A fall festival?  Let me know!!!

I Love the Avett Brothers and Vera Bradley

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Ok, so it is official!  The Avett Brothers are amazing!  The concert last night was simply perfect.

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Right after I got home from work I changed into warm clothes, and boy was I cozy for the show!  I wore:  sock tights under my pants, regular socks over my tights, uggs (I officially broke them out for the first time this year!), a cami, a button up shirt, a pullover sweatshirt, my Northface jacket, a scarf, and gloves.  Sounds like a lot, but I promise you that it was the perfecta mount!

Everyone met at our apartment for some food and drinks before heading out to the show.

Kate made Smores cupcakes!

The music was touching, fun, and perfect!  The air was crisp and truly made it feel like it was officially fall.  It was the perfect night 🙂

 

Sunday

Today, I woke up and debated whether or not I wanted to work out because I was tired and kind of in a lazy mode.  I didn’t work out yesterday, and I thought about how good I always feel after a sweat session…so I did it.  I popped in another insanity video and sweated my little tail off, and I felt great afterwards!  Just like I knew I would.

 

I then made myself a bowl of buckwheat.

Today’s mix-ins included:  pumpkin, splenda, peanut butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  The perfect fall breakfast!  I am so glad that Courtney introduced me to this wonderful grain.

 

After coming home from work around 3pm, I was hungry but wanted to save a little room for a tasty fall dinner that I am cooking up so I really just grazed on some crackers, hummus, a little bit of ranch veggie dip, and lots of celery and carrots 🙂  Sorry there were no pictures.

 

I then did a little online shopping at verbradley.com.  When I did my photoshoot in May I was paid with a gift card, and after receiving an e-mail about some of their prints being on super sale I decided that I was finally going to use the card today!

 

I purchased a wristlet in Poppy Fields

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and the pleated tote in Poppy Fields…all for under $50!! If you have ever purchased anything Vera Bradley…you know that is a steal!

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I purchased that wristlet to use as a camera case.  This will be my third attempt at having a Vera Bradley wristlet as a camera case.  My mom has gotten my two the past two years for my birthday and they literally just go missing and I never find them….weird.  I hope that this one doesn’t disappear on me!!

Now, I’m off to start my tasty fall meal!! Don’t worry…I’ll share that recipe with you later tonight 🙂

I Need A Gym Membership

I woke up super duper early this morning for no real reason.  I was hungry and had a while before the sun came up when I could run outside, so I ate an early breakfast of buckwheat.

The bowl included:

  • Buckwheat
  • 1 Tbsp raisins
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 cup Wheaties Fuel for some crunch
Workout
Once the sun came out, I headed out for a short, light jog making sure to take it easy on my knee.  I then came back in and did
  • 10 push ups
  • 20 alternating lunges
  • 15 squats
  • 10 push ups
  • 20 alternating lunges
  • 15 tricep dips
  • 10 pushups
  • 60 second plank
  • 35 crunches
  • 30 second plank
  • 30 clam crunches
  • 60 second plank
Doing my little workout at home was great, but it sure made me realize how much I actually miss going to the gym each morning.

Since I stopped teaching weekly at Butler University’s gym this past August I have not had a gym membership.  Even though I haven’t taught regularly or been able to attend a gym daily I have not let that be an excuse to allow slack in my workouts.

 

Here are my tips on how to survive (if you are addicted to the gym like me) and challenge your body without a gym membership, and only owning minimal equipment.

Take advantage of free trials

Check out gyms that are local to you.  Many have programs such as 14-day free trials and drop-in class fees.  Also check out some free trials of online workout sources such as PilatesAnytime.com which offers pilates videos at all levels for a 14-day free trial and then a monthly fee after that.

Participate in Community Classes

Lululemon offers free pilates and yoga classes on Saturday mornings before the store opens.  Simply by typing your city’s name and free classes or community classes will pull up more information than you think!  In my hometown (Fort Wayne) yoga classes are put on in the library for free every week.  You never know what you will find.

Look for At-Home Workouts

There are so many great resources that provide at-home workouts that you can do with little or no equipment.  Here are some of the sites that I use as resources:

  • ToneItUp.com
  • Youtube.com
  • Self.com (and the magazine)
  • Fitness.com
  • Shape.com
  • Fitsugar.com
  • Sparkpeople.com
Take Advantage of the Great Outdoors
Weather permitting, there are so many great activities to participate in outdoors that don’t cost a thing!  If you are unsure of where to run, Google is another great resource for finding great running trails throughout your city.  Mapmyrun.com is also helpful if you are aiming for distance or want to plan your route ahead of time.  Things to do outdoors:
Workout Videos
Workout videos are a staple for at-home workouts.  You can literally pop a new one in everyday so that you are never bored!
Where to find affordable workout videos:
  • Borrow/swap with a friend
  • Rent from a local library
  • Purchase them at the store….they are cheaper than a gym membership!
Partner Up!
I have had a great time experiencing new gyms as a guest of a friend who already has a membership.  Not only will you get in a free workout, but you will get to spend quality time with a great pal!
Create your own workout
Because I teach group fitness, I have created several workouts that you can view on my workout page.  By simply doing a little research, finding moves that challenge you, and getting a little creative you can piece together a workout that will keep you coming back for more!
Do you prefer to workout at the gym or at home???