November 17, 2008

Sunday's Kitchen Adventures

Sunday kicked my ass - in a good way! I can't remember the last time I was on my feet for so long. By the evening, my feet were SO SORE, and I could barely stand up. But this morning I'm feeling fine, so all is well.

In any case, WHY was I standing up so much yesterday? Well, I spent almost all day in the kitchen - cooking, cleaning - you know, those "fun" things. But before that, I decided to spend some more time playing Wii Sports. As much as this made me sore the other day, I keep telling myself that the more I play it, the stronger I will become. And after playing for longer than a half hour, I work up a bit of a sweat. This counts as Activity points, right??

Anyways, onto the REAL fun. I started by doing the dishes. That's one tick on the fun meter. Next up, I had to go to the grocery store to supply our weekly bounty of edible things. I spent about an hour there, looking up up recipe ingredients that I had forgotten to place on my list on the web via my iPhone. That thing is amazing. I don't think I forgot a single thing, with its aid.

Then, back at home, came the "fun" task of unloading everything. So much joy this brings me, really. But finally, when all that was done, I was free to... no, not relax - make some pumpkin muffins! The season always gives me a hankering for pumpkin this and pumpkin that. Specifically, pumpkin pie (with heaps and heaps of whipped cream), pumpkin bread, and pumpkin-spice lattes from Starbucks. But those are, shall we say, NOT conducive to weight loss.

So I found a recipe on the Weight Watchers website for "Grandma's Pumpkin Muffins". They sounded scrum-didelee-umptious. I went to the task, mixing everything up as directed. I filled a muffin tin with wrappers, filled the wrappers with the goo, and put them in the oven.

They LOOKED okay, but there was a bizarre burning smell emanating from the oven. Not. Good. So when the toothpick came out "clean", I took them out of the oven and let them sit for awhile. They did not appear burned, and even kinda smelled okay.

It wasn't until I took them out of the tin that I found that the bottoms of each were burned. Burned! And the muffins would not easily come out of the paper wrappers. So basically, only the tops of the muffins were edible. They tasted alright, they certainly weren't as yummy as a slice of pumpkin loaf from Starbucks, but it was a learning experience, right? Of course, I don't know what I really learned, as I have no idea why they failed the way they did. Any ideas?

Not content to end the day in failure, I started making our planned dinner: Tri-Color Pesto Rotini - also a Weight Watchers recipe. This went much, much better. I spent, oh, about an hour dicing up carrots and green and red bell peppers. Then cooked the pasta, then stirred up the pesto with chicken broth. Then stirred everything together, and, what do you know! The meal actually turned out not only edible, but delicious!

The boyfriend was truly pleased with the meal. So much so that he got seconds. And almost thirds. If I make it again, I think I'll put a little more of the pesto mixture in (it's a low-fat pesto anyways, so can't hurt a lot) - and maybe even a little boiled, diced chicken breast as well. That would give it some real heft. And I can reduce the portion size of the pasta in that event. In any case, we have enough left to last us about three more days. Maybe more!

Posted by weezgrrl at November 17, 2008 10:48 AM
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I spend a lot of my Sunday's in the kitchen as well. It is exhausting but very rewarding. Last weekend I attempted chili rellenos which just ended up in the trash. Woops!

Posted by: WannaBeSkinny at November 17, 2008 11:21 AM
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