A Catch-Up on Skinny Mini Piggy + Cinnamon Vanilla Peanut Butter, The BEST IN THE WORLD Blueberry Jam & a Recipe Sneak Peek
*A preface to my blog – I have been working on this for WEEKS, and have FINALLY gotten it ready to post. I was thinking of changing a few things around, but wanted to keep it as I wrote it a while ago. I just added some content.
Hey all! It has been quite some time since my last blog post. Sorry for my absence, but as we all know life gets busy and can be overwhelming at times. I’ve wanted to get back to blogging, and got some extra motivation to actually jump back in. In the last few weeks 3 people asked me about the blog and if I still do it and wanted some recipes. I have also been getting some great comments on the blog from readers, which is amazing! So that motivated me to make my blogging return.
Lots of things have been going on with me! Fitness related first…for the 2nd year in a row I trained and completed a very popular 10 mile run in my area! It is the Independence Blue Cross Broad Street Run in Philadelphia, which was May 4th. Of course I had my favorite running partner by my side the entire time, my love. We started together and ended the run hand in hand and sealed it with a kiss. I was SO EXCITED that our kiss was actually captured by the photographers at the run! When I saw it I immediately bought the digital image, I couldn’t resist!!! I now have a blown up canvas piece of this picture hanging in my bedroom, and it looks so piggy perfect!
The run went really well, and I enjoyed it much more than I did last year. I was definitely more prepared and was in better shape. I wasn’t nearly as sore both during and after the run as I was last year. I actually felt pretty great for the majority of the run. The pain didn’t really start until mile 8. Those last 2 miles (especially the last one) were TOUGH!!! We had to slow our pace at the end, but we pushed through the pain and crossed the finish line never giving up. We finished in 2 hours and 4 minutes, which felt amazing and I couldn’t be prouder of both of us!
Of course I have a few funny stories from run day which I’ll share with you. First thing was pre-race. My love and I were hitting the port-a-potties before the start. Of course NONE of them had any toilet paper! Thankfully there was a nice woman who had tissues and was willing to share! I don’t know what I would have done without those tissues…I had to pee, but I couldn’t be a wet mess for the run. Thankfully I didn’t have to worry about that!
As I run, I love to watch and see all of the different people around me. The diversity in the group always amazes me! I love seeing older people out there giving it their all still; it is so motivating for me! I hope I can still be doing it when I’m in my 50’s or 60’s! As we were running, we both noticed a man running in khaki pants, a polo shirt, a sweater tied around his waist, and in loafer-type dress shoes. Yes you read that right! Really dude??? What are you thinking?!?! Who does that?!?! That just isn’t smart!
All in all, the race was a great experience, and I am looking forward to next year! Of course before that we’ll be doing the 10K Bridge Run in November, which I am already looking forward to. There have also been talks of potentially doing our first half marathon, so I’ll keep you posted if that is going to happen.
Besides the run, other great things have been going on as well. I found, and started a new job! To make a long story short I’ll just say that I absolutely hated my old job, management was AWFUL, and I am so happy to have found a much better place to work. Both the job and my new boss are a breath of fresh air!
I ended the old job Friday April 25th, and when the clock struck 5 that day it was one of the best feelings ever!!! I felt like the weight of the world had been lifted off of my shoulders! The job was so bad I wasn’t sleeping well and was even having nightmares about it. But as soon as I was done, I was sleeping like a peaceful baby again.
I decided to give myself a week off between jobs since I hadn’t had an entire week off since the end of 2010. That week off was GLORIOUS! I got a lot of housework done, worked out every day, and got some much needed R&R! The timing couldn’t have been more perfect because it was the week leading up to the big race, so I was very well rested for my 10 mile journey.
I started the new job the day after the race, Monday May 5th. So I made it through a full month, and so far I am LOVING the new job! All the people I work with are really nice, and I have been getting lots of training and being eased into my tasks. There is nothing worse than starting a job and just being thrown into things that you don’t know how to do. Hopefully things keep going as well as they have been, but I think they will. I have a really good feeling about this place!
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again…my one unhealthy vice I still haven’t given up is alcohol. I know it is bad, but I don’t do it too often and we all have something. I won’t eat a piece of pizza or a piece of cake…but a beer, HELL YEAH! My love and I went to a Beer Fest the Saturday after our race, which was a celebration for us. It is a tradition for us; this was our 3rd time attending this particular Fest. We had an awesome time, and then went back to my place afterwards and grilled up some veggie burgers with a side of beans (at least we kept the eating healthy!). My feeling is you have to enjoy life, and I’d much prefer a glass of beer (or wine, vodka, margaritas) over a piece of cake or greasy pizza!
Another thing, my love helped me get my balcony all ready for the summer! He had a table and chairs that he gave to me, I bought a little grill (shaped like a pig of course!), and my love bought the charcoal and lighter fluid so we could grill. We tried it out once after Beer Fest, and it was perfect. We grilled up some veggie burgers and they were so yummers! We will definitely be using that little piggy lots this summer, and I plan on sharing it all with you! I went shopping a few weeks ago with my Mom and bought one of those burger stuffers. Of course I’ll keep it healthy, my first creation was spinach and feta stuffed turkey burgers! They were TO DIE FOR! Stay tuned, I’ll post the recipe soon! And I can’t wait to try out a few other flavors
My love and I celebrated the Memorial Day holiday with a BBQ. We whipped up those stuffed spinach & feta turkey burgers! Man oh man, they were TO DIE FOR!!! I made the patties and he did the grilling, awesome teamwork! To go along with that I whipped up a test batch of a light version of potato salad, and it was super yummers! I’ll need another try before posting the recipe, just to make sure it is perfected.
I have two new recipes to share with you today, and I am going to give you a sneak peek at some recipe ideas I have and plan to test out (and post) soon! As I just said, I am ready for summer and am planning on testing out a ton of new healthy summertime recipes on and off the grill. Here are a few that I have in mind:
- This Ain’t Grandma’s Potato Salad
- Honey Mustard Coleslaw
- Spinach & Feta STUFFED Turkey Burgers
- Broccoli Rabe, Roasted Red Pepper, & Sharp Provolone STUFFED Chicken Burgers
- No Sugar Added BBQ Sauce
- No Sugar Added BBQ Baked Beans
- No Sugar Added Homemade Fudgesicles
- Pina Colada Bread
- Veggie-Packed Bread
Of course that is just to name a few…I have some more ideas in my head and will continue to think of some great summer inspired healthy recipes! Do you have some ideas that you’d like me to test out? Perhaps a favorite summertime food that you’d like me to give a healthy makeover to? E-mail me your ideas! Skinnyminipiggy@gmail.com. I’d love to hear from you!!! Until next time make sure to keep it healthy, and keep it yummers! Here’s to happy and healthy cooking!
2 Saturdays ago, my love and I went to see Dave Matthews Band for the FOURTH time together. We were outdoors, and it was surprising cold for a June night. But other than that, we had a great time. There is nothing better than spending quality fun time with the man I adore
My love and I celebrated the first day of summer with our first beach day of the year! The weather was super perfect, and it was so nice just lying in the sun all afternoon! It was so nice, peaceful, and relaxing. For me, there is no better place than the beach! I love just lying on the sand, listening to the sound of the waves.
OK so lots more blogging to come (I promise!), I am going to start working on a new blog tonight which may take me a few days to write, on a very serious subject, so stay tuned for that. Before I go I have 2 recipes to share! Cinnamon Vanilla Peanut Butter and The BEST IN THE WORLD Blueberry Jam! Whip these 2 recipes up, and make a SUPER DUPER YUMMERS PB&J! PB spread on whole wheat toast also makes a really great pre-workout meal. Until next time, enjoy!
Cinnamon Vanilla Peanut Butter
- 2 lbs. roasted peanuts, unsalted (you can totally use salted peanuts if you prefer)
- 1/2 tbsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
- 2 tbsps. Cinnamon (you can use more or less depending on your taste, but I LOVE cinnamon!!!)
- Put all ingredients into your food processor/blender (I use the Ninja), and blend for approximately 5 minutes. Stop occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl to get all ingredients fully incorporated.
*Note – the longer you blend your nut butter, the drippier it will get. My recommendation is to blend an additional minute or two after you think it is done.
The BEST IN THE WORLD Blueberry Jam
- 1 48 oz. bag frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tbsp. cornstarch mixed with 1 tbsp. warm water (slurry – this thickens the jam)
- Pour blueberries into a large stock pot or dutch oven that has been greased with cooking spray (to prevent sticking).
- Cook blueberries on medium heat, stirring every 2-3 minutes, for about 30 minutes.
- After about 30 minutes, add in your honey. Continue cooking, and use a potato masher to mash down your blueberries.
- Once your blueberries are mashed, add in your slurry. (*NOTE – make sure your cornstarch and water are completely blended together before adding it to the jam! Otherwise it will clump!) When adding in your slurry, make sure you are constantly stirring the jam until the slurry is fully incorporated.
- Continue cooking the jam for about 10-15 minutes, stirring every few minutes, until you get your desired jam consistency. (I cooked my jam for about 1 hour total; it also thickens up a bit more once it is cooled.)
- Let your jam cool, transfer it to a plastic or glass container, and refrigerate.
- Enjoy on toast, pancakes, with peanut butter, or just out of the jar!