Thursday, June 26, 2014

Confession time...

Wednesday Recap:

9:00am:  Breakfast- Flax Protein Pancake with peanut butter & syrup

Morning Workout:  Power Yoga

1:00pm:  Lunch- Cherry & Mango Smoothie 
Mmmmmmmmmmm...sooooo good after SUCH a HOT workout!  In this easy mix:
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 frozen cherries
  • 4 slices frozen mango
  • 1 scoop protein powder

5:00pm:  Dinner- Thyme Ricotta Flatbread

Ohhhhhh...this may have been our favorite dinner of the ENTIRE month!  Just looking at the pic makes me want to dive in the screen and have anotherJ.  And as 'fancy' as the title, is as quick as this came togetherJ

Well, that might have been because I had a little help from my sous chef, who got involved in all things FLOUR.... 

And promptly covered herself from head-to-toe in the white stuffJ

Annnnyyywayyyy...We/I patted & rolled out small handfuls of pizza dough until they made little rounds... 

...and tossed em on my pizza stone in the oven (preheated to 400 degrees) for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown.  (would have grilled these, except I felt bad sending Scott back in the heat after a HOT day working outside for him yesterday)

While the dough was baking, I mixed up some ricotta with Parmesan cheese, salt & pepper and a TON of fresh thyme... 

Once the dough was out of the oven, I popped some ricotta on top, drizzled with olive oil and garnished with a bit more salt & pepper and fresh thyme... 
Oooooooooooo...these were SOOOOO GOOD!  I am NOT a fan of HOT ricotta on pizza, but biting into the hot dough with the COLD ricotta on top couldn't be beat.  Not to mention all of the fresh thyme (and that yummy drizzle of olive oil) made this BURSTING with flavor.  SO simple, but soooooooooooo good!

And I planned to serve a salad on the side, only to find we were out of lettuce (OPPS!).  So I just made a salad of what I had on hand, which was shredded carrots (more on those in a sec) and some diced cucumbers (served with a little light Ranch dressing) 

I thought it made for some pretty plates last nightJ 
Definitely try this one out AND remember that "salads" can be made with whatever veggies you have on hand!  Who woulda thought carrots & cucumbers would have worked so well???  NOT ME, till I tried itJ

Evening Workout:  Body Jam
ANOTHER HOT ONE where I walked RIGHT into the door and then RIGHT into the shower.  Seeeesh!

8:00pm:  Dessert-  Carrot Cake with Brown Butter Frosting
Oh, did I mention those shredded carrots??  Here's where they originally came into play with THIS RECIPE.  (or a HALVED version, making our 'infamous half cake'J)  After Scott's aformentioned HOT week, I thought he needed a little mid-week BOOST from his favorite cakeJ

While the SPICED cake was baking and giving my kitchen the scent of FALL (swoooon), I got to work on the frosting....which had the special little touch of BROWNED BUTTER (MMMMMM!!!) AND, since I didn't have any cream cheese on hand, I swapped for some HONEY GOAT CHEESE...
I figured cream cheese and goat cheese weren't toooooo far off from one another (And I didn't feel like running to the grocery store SOLEY for cream cheese...and yes, let's just acknowledge how weird it is that GOAT CHEESE was the one of the two I had on handJ), I added a touch more honey & about 2 & 1/2 cups of powdered sugar to the frosting batch to sweeten it up.

And, of course, Katie got in on the frosting actionJ

Spiced carrot cake topped with nutty brown butter & sweet/tangy goat cheese frosting made this cake a pretty big hit in this house.  I didn't do to shabby usin up what I had on hand yesterday, huh??

And as much as I don't want to so since I've done so well just 'pullin from the pantry' so far this week, I think I'm gonna have to make a quick trip to the grocery store this morning, since we're having a 'typical summer dinner' tonight and I've been wishin for some FRESH CORN somethin FIERCE!  Can anyone even HANDLE that it's almost CORN SEASON in JERSEY....aka- July 4th is NEXT WEEK???  I can't even deal.

Not to mention, my dear readers, I have something to confess.  I fear as I may be suffering some sort of identity crisis as I tell you this news.  Are you ready??

I don't know if you can handle it, but here goes:

I'm actually REALLLLLLLLLLYLOVING summer this year!

I KNOW!!!!!!  MANY (MANY!) YEARS of HATING these 3 months and all the heat & humidity they bring and this year I seem to be EMBRACING IT.  Who am I, and what have you done with Donna?  AMIRIGHT??

Siiiggghhhhhh....this phenomenon DID begin last year with Katie's LOVE of the beach and ALL things "OUTSIDE" (I hear that word about 986 times a day) which probably has about 400% to do with this change of heart, but it is so quick & drastic that I don't even know how to handle this news.  Well....except to get to the Jersey Shore as much as possible any chance I can getJ hahahahhhhhahah

Don't worry.  I'm sure my LOVE of all things CRISP, COOL and FALL will be on it's way soon enough (as my heart DID still swoon at the smell of that baking spiced cake)J  My heart will always still beat for foilageJ

OK, Confession time over!  Have a great Thursday, everyone!J

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