Friday, November 9, 2012

GO CHECK OUT THE NEW BLOG SITE:
coffeeloversdilemma.com

Saturday, November 3, 2012

new site!

Hi all!!
In the process of switching the blog over to wordpress! It's definitely a work in progress but here's the new address

Go visit!
Add it to your reader list!
Favorite it! 

xoxo,

Katie 
ps. if you have any suggestions for making this transition a smooth one please share!!


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!!



I just love Halloween. Dressing up, kids excited to get candy, haunted houses, giving candy!
It is the kick off to the holiday season!
I finally have a day off after 9 days in a row of work. Time to get caught up on laundry, blogging, cleaning, and life!!  However I will be taking some time to celebrate Halloween!!
Happy Halloween!


What are you doing today to celebrate this Halloween??

xoxo,

Katie

Monday, October 22, 2012

2 states in one weekend

Hello lovelies!!
Hope you all had a lovely weekend! It's been a busy one for me. Thursday night I flew out to Michigan to celebrate my grandpa's 90th birthday. He's quite the man. He has story after story and loves the Detroit Tigers. 

Happy Birthday Grandpa!!! 
While there we stopped at a local bar to get some dinner. I ordered a corn beef sandwich.  I did not expect to get the sandwich that I got. It was HUGE!!!
Look at this thing, its man verses food big!


Delicious yes however its was quite salty. 
After a wonderful time with my family it was back to St. Louis for the Rock 'n Roll half marathon.
 I flew back Saturday, carb loaded at Zia's Italian Restaurant, then got up bright and early ready to run. 
Not going to lie I was a bit nervous. Shin pain has been bad lately and was nervous it was going to hinder the race. I tried to keep it out of my mind as we got set to go. 

 13.1 miles, 1:49.15, I was done!!
My running partner Sarah had a personal best and under 2 hours with me at 1:49.15 with me! Alyson from SimplyNutricising also had a personal best. Girl rocked it running a 1:3... something. I can't remember the exact number but regardless she did AMAZING!!! 
Hillary also (the girl in pink) ALSO had a personal best.Just a great day all around!!
 So proud of you all!!

Time to start another week and this week I'm heading back to the pool. I'm so excited to go splash around and get back into swimming since I need to give the legs a rest. 

Question for you!
What is your favorite low impact exercise? 

xoxo,

Katie  


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Motivational thoughts on Tuesday

"One has to live in the present. Whatever is past is gone beyond recall; whatever is future remains beyond one's reach, until it becomes present. Remembering the past and giving thought to the future are important, but only to the extent that they help one deal with the present."
- S.N. Goenka

The present is in our control. We can't fix the past, only learn from it. What are you going to do to make the best of the present?? Unless you get up and do something about it, nothing will change.

What are you going do to make the most out of your Tuesday?

xoxo,


Katie 

Monday, October 15, 2012

What up Monday

I will be honest, Monday's are my least favorite days of the week. The alarm goes off way to early for my liking, I tend to dwadle in the morning and make myself late. On top of it all, my hair did not want to cooperate, it was revolting starting the week as well. Luckily my day turned right around when I got to work. I am lucky to work with some awesome people. We work hard, have lots of laughs, and save lives... well we feed people and talk about food all day :)

One of my coworkers had a birthday last week and conveniently did not tell us. Well I figure better late than never and I made her a birthday cake, well kind of. I read a good friend's of mine blog (check it out)
The Nutrition Nerd
and got the idea for this "cake".
No Pudge Brownies with some pumpkin creamcheese.







It's super easy, all you do is mix the brownie mix with 2/3 cup of nonfat yogurt, the box recommends vanilla, I used Fage nonfat greek yogurt and added some nectar agave.

Popped it in the oven then topped it with some pumpkin cream cheese. I tried it out before topping all the brownie with cream cheese and let me tell you it was heeeavvveenn!!! Chocolate AND pumpkin, I'm sold.  This could be my favorite new combo for the moment :)

Questions of for YOU: 
What is your go to cake/ treat for your friends/ co-workers??
What is your new favorite fall flavor combinations??

xoxo,

Katie 

Canning your veggies



The leaves are turning, the air is getting cold, time to start canning some of your veggies! My friend Laura,

who is no longer in St. Louis with me, but in Chicago, who I miss VERY MUCH told me she was doing some caning. She is a new blogger as well: burgersnberriesLaura and her mom took on a canning adventure and here's their story!

Hey all! I’m Laura and Katie has asked me to write a guest post on canning. Katie is one of my very best friends and I am so glad she has asked me to write this for all of you on Coffee Lover’s Dilemma. This year my mom planted an awesome vegetable garden in our backyard. We had four tomato plants, a banana pepper plant, kohlrabi, radishes and green beans. One plant that has been producing more rapidly than we can eat is the banana pepper plant. We have about 15 peppers right now that there is no way we can eat before they go bad.
 So my mom and I got it into our heads to try and pickle them for sandwiches and can them. Please note this is our first time canning, so there is sure to be a learning curve here. We searched online and found a recipe by Emeril and went out and bought all the supplies we needed at Menard’s.

 We then washed and sterilized all of our jars and lids in a simmering water bath per instructions in our Ball Instructional Cookbook (great buy for anyone who wants to start canning!)



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                We kept the jars warm while we started prepping and cooking our peppers. We cut up garlic, onions, our peppers and then added then to vinegar with pickling spice and canning salt per the recipe. Please not that the recipe wasn’t all that great in the end and we would definitely find a different one next time we did this because the peppers got too soft and it was entirely too salty. Still taste good on a panini or roast beef sandwich.


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Once the banana peppers were done cooking in the pickling liquids, we took the jars out one at a time and filled them using out funnel. We removed air bubbles and left a ¼ inch headspace on the jars. This was specified in our Ball Canning Cookbook. Once the jars were filled evenly, we used a magnetic lid lifter to sanitarily place the tops on our jars before putting on the lids and tightening until they were what the book called “hand tight.” You don’t want the lid too loose otherwise your liquids with move out and water will move in but it can’t be too tight otherwise it could interfere with seal development.



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We then placed the jars in our water bath and processed for 20 minutes per our recipe.

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Once the 20 minutes were up, we removed the jars using our jar lifter and let them cool for 24 hours by placing them on a kitchen towel spaced 2 inches apart. This is necessary to let the seal develop. I should note that all of our seals came out the first time. Beginner’s luck, perhaps? If any of the seals do not develop you should reprocess the jars in the water bath and let sit again.



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                With our 15ish peppers we got 5 jars of pickled banana peppers. We brought one up to our lakehouse to share with the families with whom we share the place and have one at home. Our other 3 are currently in our cool basement where we can keep them from 6 months-1 year according to our book as long as the seals are not broken. These need to be refrigerated once opened. If I find a better recipe, I will have Katie post it on her blog. All in all, canning ended up being a really fun process and my mom and I are planning on canning with our tomatoes once we get a larger yield. 


xoxo,

Katie