Sunday, September 28, 2008

Lazy Sunday

One of my favorite things about cooking is wearing an apron. No, I'm not kidding. More times than not, I am probably wearing my gym clothes underneath, but still. For me, it's the vintage, yellow, ruffled apron that makes the experience complete.

I've been searching for a "healthy" recipe for chocolate chip pumpkin bread. There's millions of regular recipes out there, but nothing was making the nutritional cut. I found this one (on Cooking Light) just a bit ago, so I put on my apron (this time over my pajamas) and started mixing. I suppose healthy is matter of opinion. This one works for me.

32 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

2 cups sugar
2 cups canned pumpkin
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup fat-free vanilla pudding
4 large egg whites
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture, stirring just until moist. Stir in chocolate chips.

Spoon batter into 2 (8 x 4-inch) loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pans on a wire rack, and remove from pans. Cool completely on wire rack.

Nutritional Information
Calories:152 (30% from fat)
Fat:5g (sat 1.2g,mono 2.5g,poly 1.1g)

So, now I wait, while it's in the oven, hoping it tastes delish, and wondering what a girl with a dog is going to do with 2 loaves of chocolate chip pumpkin bread. 152 calories, at 32 servings is NOT healthy, my friends. Although, Athena has eaten a whole loaf of bread before (and several pieces of chicken, a whole roast, the last BOCA burger in the freezer, on my plate, waiting for my consumption...)she too is trying to watch her trim, 32 lb. figure... I'll figure something out.

At this point, there's one thing I'd change. I wish I would have found this "bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes" recipe before 9:00. See, I am not a morning person -- especially not a MONDAY morning person -- and I have early (EARLY) morning gym class tomorrow... you know, 'cause someone's got to eat all this bread.

Friday, September 5, 2008

I love my country...

I already talked about loving my country in my olympics post, but I wanted to make sure there's no doubt. Do you think that they olympics, where we pretty much dominate, and the presidential election are purposely in the same year? Just to get us normal people excited. People seem to have more pride in the US when we're doing good things... like winning olympic gold medals. I'm just saying.

One time in college, I had a professor who only refered to me as "Good Little Republican Girl." Honestly, I have no idea where he came up with that b/c we never really talked about politics. It was Accounting. I had the highest grade in the class. He liked to pick on me. Whatever. I maintained all semester that I was an independant. Truth be known, he was more right than I was.

I don't like to talk about it because I'll be the first to admit I don't know all the facts. I don't fully understand the Middle East conflict that's been happening since Jesus was on Earth... in the flesh, that is. I've never gone through the shame of being raped and pregnant and contemplating an abortion. I've never bought a house, and I've never known the personal defeat one must feel when foreclosure is the only option. I've never lost a brother, or a son, or a dad because he was fighting for my freedom and for my "rights." For those reasons... and way more than you care to listen about...I understand I'm no authority on "the issues." I have experienced other things that have shaped me into who I am today; what's important to me, and what is non-negotiable. Regardless, I do have a vote. On November 4th, my vote is my voice.

My favorite part of John McCain's speech last night was when he said this...

"I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone elses. My country saved me...I can not forget it. And I will fight for her as long as I draw breath... so help me God."

It's geniune, and heartfelt. I don't agree with all he says, but he loves the United States even more than I do and I'm thankful for that. Besides who wouldn't want a vice president who looked like Tina Fey? Tina is pretty stinkin' hilarious.