Daily Archives: December 30, 2011

Mix it Up

Good afternoon everyone. I hope that your Friday is going wonderfully.

My Friday morning got off to a jumpstart with another new fitness class – Mix it Up. Holy shizznit! Can I say that on tv? Wait, this isn’t tv.

This class was tough. The instructor was like the energizer bunny on speed. Not in a bad way – I wish I had her energy.

This class was definitely the hardest yet and the one that got my heart rate up the most. It was very fast-paced and always took me a moment to catch on. It was still a great workout though.

Mix it Up is described as:

Mix up your workout with a little bit of jab, step, interval, cardiovascular movements. Pilates and Boot Camp routines. Various equipment will be used to strengthen and tone.

This week’s class focused mostly on kickboxing and luckily I’m still alive.

Before class, I had a light breakfast because I wasn’t too hungry. Greek yogurt and Bear Naked granola. The granola was finally on sale. I hate buying it full price because it’s so expensive. But I will buy ice cream full price, so I guess you can see where my priorities are.

After class, I had an apple because I still wasn’t too hungry, but by the time lunch time rolled around, I was starving. Lunch was nothing new and will probably bore you. A bagel with egg whites, Muenster cheese, and peach preserves. A real bagel, not a bagel thin, because now I am addicted.

Dang carbs, tasting all good.

I also had some Ruffles, because a girl needs potato chips every once in a while. And pickles because they’re awesome.

I ate lunch in my workout clothes because showering is overrated.

The rest of today is pretty low-key. Tomorrow morning I have a hair appointment (so, you don’t have to see my roots anymore) and then let the New Year’s festivities begin!

What’s your favorite carb? I like them all.


Filed under Breakfast, Fitness, Lunch, Working Out

Pasta with Roasted Broccoli and Balsamic Butter

Allergy shots in the house tonight…

Don’t certain words or situations always make you associate a song with them? For example, every time I think or talk about Yoga-Lates, I start singing “All the mocha lattes, you gotta do Pilates…You can do side bends and sit-ups but please don’t lose that butt.”

And yes, I realize that  those are two different songs but my mind always sings them together when I mention Yoga-Lates.

So, when my son gets allergy shots, I always sing, “allergy shots in the house tonight…” You know, like party rockers in the house tonight. And last night, my son wanted a truffle that my husband had gotten for Christmas, so we were singing, “everyday I’m truffling”.

Yes, I realize that it might be weird, but it’s fun.

Moving on…

My son gets allergy shots once a week. After he builds up a certain amount of shots, he’ll go once a month. I’m still trying to determine if I have seen a big difference in his allergies since he has started the shots. And I’m not really sure. He also takes two other allergy medications a day and nasal spray.

I’m here for my shots, please:

Two shots = two tootsie rolls:

Have you ever had allergy shots?  Did you feel like they made a difference?


Last night for dinner, I made pasta based on a recipe from Food and Wine magazine – pasta with roasted broccoli and balsamic butter. I slightly altered the recipe to use what ingredients I had on hand.

Pasta with Roasted Broccoli and Balsamic Butter


  • 1 pound broccoli
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt (divided 1/4 tsp & 1 3/4 tsp)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (divided 1/4 tsp & 1/4 tsp)
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar (I used white balsamic vinegar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 pound pasta (I used rotini, but I think penne would work best)
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut broccoli into small spears. Toss them with 2 tbsp oil, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, and 1 tsp garlic. Roast about 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, put the vinegar in a small saucepan. Simmer until about 3 tablespoons remain. Stir in the brown sugar and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Remove from heat.
  3. Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted, boiling water until just done. Drain the pasta and toss with butter, vinegar, broccoli, Parmesan, and the remaining 1 3/4 teaspoons salt. Serve with additional Parmesan.

I really liked this pasta – it had a milder flavor but was almost sweet. It reminded me of the Pasta Fresca that I make. I think this recipe could benefit from a few extra veggies. Next time I make it, maybe I’ll throw in some spinach, asparagus, or onions.

Danny enjoyed it. And yes, those are the giant Reese’s peanut butter cups on the middle of the table. Danny likes to leave them there when he’s at work to torture me. He still won’t open them. What the heck are you waiting for?! Life’s too short to leave those peanut butter cups uneaten!

What’s your favorite pasta dish? Would you eat the peanut butter cups while your significant other was at work and then pretend that you didn’t know what happened to them?

I would.


Filed under Dinner, Recipes