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March 5, 2015

Recipe: Lemon Blueberry Bread

Over the weekend I had a craving for something lemony, so I whipped up a few mini loaves of this moist lemon bread. It's a sweet taste of Spring!


INGREDIENTS
2 cups all-purpose flour + 1 tablespoon, divided
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ cup. oil (coconut, vegetable, or canola)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup plain greek yogurt (or sour cream)
Zest & juice of 1 lemon
1 cup blueberries
Lemon Glaze
¾ cup confectioners sugar
1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x5 loaf pan or two mini loaf pans with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, toss the blueberries with 1 tablespoon of the flour and set aside (this helps to prevent the blueberries from sinking).
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together 2 cups of flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the oil, vanilla, eggs, sugar, greek yogurt, lemon zest, and lemon juice.
  5. Combine the wet and dry ingredients, just until smooth. Do not overmix or your bread will come out tough.
  6. Lightly fold the blueberries into the batter.
  7. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes. The bread will be finished when a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.*
  8. Once bread is finished, remove from oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes in the loaf pan. Remove from loaf pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Once bread has cooled, whisk together the confectioners sugar and lemon juice. Start with one tablespoon of lemon juice and whisk well. If your mixture is too thick, slowly add up to one more tablespoon of lemon juice. You want the glaze to be thin enough to drizzle, but thick enough to set up on the bread.
  10. Using a spoon, drizzle the glaze on top of the bread. The glaze should harden up a little more after about 15-20 minutes.  
Adapted slightly from Betty Crocker


I'm embarrassed to say that I have always had trouble making blueberry muffins, because until now I did not know the "toss the berries in flour" trick, so my blueberries always fell to the bottom of my muffins and breads.

Well, now I know, so I had to make sure I passed along the tip!


Enjoy! And a few fun kitchen items used in the making of this bread...

March 4, 2015

March Goals

It's March 4th, so it's time to set some new goals, but first let's review February!

In February we... tried a new play place called Rockin' Jump, went on a picnic with family, attended O's school's auction fundraiser, went to friends birthday parties, watched the cherry blossoms bloom, went to the dentist (no cavities!), celebrated Valentine's Day together, and took lots of steps!

 February Goals
  • Find my next book after Wild. I finished Wild earlier in the month and started and completed The Girl on the Train. I'm averaging about 1 1/2 books a month right now!
  • Create and order 2010-2011 photo album and start on 2011-2012 album. Putting the finishing touches on my 2010-11 album. This has got to be the most time consuming goal on my list!
  • Clean out and giveaway Winter clothes I didn't wear this year and Spring / Summer clothes I didn't wear last season. Check! Now I'm just waiting until after Lent to buy a few new pieces.
  • Create and implement a running plan. Because of my knees I'm taking this slower than I had hoped. I'm running one or two times a week right now.
  • Try a new healthy dinner recipe. We had these Greek Turkey Burgers last week and we're making them again this week because we liked them so much! Omitting the feta and using whole wheat bread crumbs helps make them extra healthy!
 Goals for March
  • Take over 350,000 steps! In February I took 293,132 steps, and March is longer, so and additional 60,000 or so should be no problem!
  • Take more in action photos of O using my dSLR.
  • Read another 1-2 books. Only problem is I'll have to borrow or read books I already own since I'm not buying things for myself during Lent.
  • Get rid of more toys. We have so so many, and my plan is pack away and give away even more. 
And in case you missed them, here are some of my favorite blog posts from February:
8 Things I Always Keep in my Gym Bag
Toddler Bed Switcheroo
Easy S'mores Bites
8 Great Meatless Meals for Lent

March 2, 2015

Menu & Motivational Monday

We had such a fun filled weekend! O and I spent Saturday morning exploring Curioddessey with our friends and Saturday night Keith and I had a date night and drinks with friends. Sunday morning we headed up to The Presidio with my mom and sister to have a little picnic at Picnic in the Park and gorge ourselves on food truck wonderfulness. It was a gorgeous sunny and warm day -- perfect for celebrating!


the best fried chicken from Wing Wing & snowballs from Skylite Snowballs


zeppoles with all their amazing dipping sauces

And today we're back to life, back to reality...


Goal: Make healthy choices for me and my family, including making healthy food choices and staying active.

Progress to date: Haven't weighed in yet this morning, but I'm hoping I'm still down another 1/2 a pound like I was when I weighed myself Friday morning.

Highlight of last week: The weekend! It was a great one!

Challenge of last week: Nap time snacking. My MIL bought Cadburry chocolate eggs and it has been rough trying to avoid them during naps.

Workouts: 4! This was a great week for workouts. I did two traditional gym workouts, and since I was free both days while O was in school I did workouts then too. I didn't want want to drive all he way to our gym from O's school and then back again (it pretty much takes the whole time) I decided to try something new. On Tuesday I drove to the track near our house and did some cross training and then on Thursday I did Jillian Michaels at home. These options were so great because I still had time to shower at home and do a couple tasks before picking O up again.

Lessons I learned this week: Fitting in a workout, even if it's short, feels so much better than just skipping it!

Here's what's on our dinner menu this week: 

We're repeating the Greek Burgers again this week because we liked them SO much!  


What are your plans for the week? 

February 27, 2015

Hey, Friday!

Yay it's Friday! While it's been a great week, filled with playing at the park, workouts and school, we're ready for the weekend ahead!

/ one / When you can't shop the only thing you want to do is SHOP. I've kept to my promise, which doesn't say a ton about me, because it's only been little more than a week, but here are 5 things that have caught my eye in last 10 days that I have not bought, but sure wanted too.

Sigh...


IN other news...

/ two / Most mornings I make a smoothie for breakfast because 1. it is the easiest thing to throw together for myself 2. it's healthier than bacon and eggs, which is what I really want.

My go-to smoothie this week has been the Chocolate PB Banana:

1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 banana
1 1/2 tbsp peanut butter
8 oz almond milk (I buy the Pure kind without all the junk in it)
1 handful ice cubes


/ three / Earlier this week I shared 8 Things to Always Keep in Your Gym Bag and 8 Meatless Meals for Lent. I guess 8 was a magic number for me this week.

/ four / I bought O this adorable shirt for St. Patrick's Day from The Blue Envelope. I usually go with an applique shirt, but once I saw this I thought it would be perfect!

/ five / We had the Greek Turkey Burgers that were on our menu this week, and they were fantastic and I want you to know how highly I recommend them! Keith and I agreed they were even better the next day on their own with no bun, etc.

I hope you have a lovely weekend!



Today I'm linking up with...

Friday Favorites at Momfessionals
Oh, Hey Friday at September F A R M
  High Five for Friday at Bright on a Budget
Friday Favorites at The Diary of a Real Housewife
Five on Friday at Hello! Happiness//A.Liz Adventures//Carolina Charm//The Good Life Blog
Friday Favorites at Housewife Glamour
Friday Favorites at Meet @ the Barre

February 26, 2015

8 Great Meatless Meals for Lent

It's the second week of Lent and I'm already tired of leaning on cheese pizza for dinner on Friday nights, although we've only had to do it once, I have it planned for this week too. I think two weeks of that will be enough for us, so I've done a little brainstorming and Pinteresting to find some filling, healthy, nutritious and delicious meatless meals.

Thought I'd share since I always seem to find myself stumped for what to serve for dinner on Fridays during Lent!



Are you abstaining from meat on Fridays? What's your plan for this week?
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