Cooking! Baking! Exercising! Oh, ouch…

I meant to blog about my workout yesterday, but I was pooped! I had a busy day.

Work, of course, always happens first when you have a big girl job, and that was where and when I found out the company was having a Memorial Day BBQ type celebration. Let me tell you how good I am with a grill.

I’m not.

So I baked! I made my White Stilton Blueberry Cheese Rolls, which were a HUGE hit. Yay!

After baking, I went to the YMCA to make up a workout I missed for that job interview… you  know, for that job I got. :)

Not our usual Bikini Boot Camp, but it made more sense, I suppose. We were in bikinis! (Who has two thumbs and wore a shirt over hers? This chick.)

Instead of killing ourselves on the TRX or Arc Trainer, we drown ourselves in the pool. (Heh. Drown. You get it? That’s probably not very funny.)

Water exercise! In water! I have never worked out in water before -swimming is for fun not for torture. I learned differently last night.

I was sweating in water.

Today: Sore. :) All of me is sore. Swimming is probably the perfect full-body workout -especially if you cannot reach the bottom of the pool like me.

After Bikini Wearin’ Bikini Boot Camp, I came home and made dinner. (This is when the fun happened!)

Simmering white onions on the stove for homemade tomato soup
Simmerin' onions!
Two garlic bulbs roasted in olive oil
This is what roasted garlic looks like. I know. It's like regular garlic, but this time it's hot.
skinnyshae's homemade tomato soup
What do simmerin' onions and roasted garlic (with several other ingredients) create?

That’s right! Homemade Roasted Garlic and Tomato Soup. Every time, it’s amazing.

What else? Well, since we were completely out of food, I had to improvise with what made up the meaty portion of our dinner.

Earlier in the week, I baked tilapia, but had some leftover -two fillets. Covered in oil, breadcrumbs and a mess of spices, I baked the fillets in my favorite Baked Tilapia fashion.

With a twist.

Microwave steamed onions, carrots and peas with baked tilapia

I’m not good at twists, but this tasted fresh and fantastic. (Oh, the fish are hiding under the veggies.)

Ivan the German Shepherd Dog in a kitchen
I had help.

Sorry – everybody needs a dog moment.

And after dinner I baked banana bread for the company celebration the next, which happened today… Anyway, also a big hit!

I wasn’t finished baking until midnight so you don’t get a finished product picture…

Baking banana bread
But doesn't that bubbly goodness look amazing?

Don’t worry. It was.

I tried a new recipe.

Banana Bread

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 mashed bananas
  • 1/3 cup plain applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and whisk. Combine the sugar with the eggs, one at a time, and then add the bananas, applesauce and vanilla extract. Blend together. I don’t recommend using a beater… a wooden spoon works just as well in my opinion.

Pour into a cooking spray coated loaf pan and bake for one hour. Remove from the oven and let cool 10 minutes before turning it out and allowing it to set.

Tonight: Tacos with my salsa!

skinnyshae with her homemade roasted garlic and tomato soup
Happy cooking!

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