Pittsburgh: Public Market

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Pittsburgh Public Market

After not leaving the house for four days, Jim and I set out to actually get out. We ended up going for lunch at the Pittsburgh Public Market which is a sort of sad version of Philly's Reading Terminal Market or Boston's Public Market. But they're just starting out. And they're trying, and that's what counts. The food vendors are great, there were plenty of produce stalls, but the ambiance is...lacking. We still ended up with a pint of salted caramel ice cream that tastes like Jeni's, but only cost $6. Oh, and a liege-ish waffle from Second Breakfast, not to mention 'cadillac pierogies' from Ohio City Pasta. Delicious.

At some point I realized the Pittsburgh Public Market was only one block from Wigle Whiskey so we headed over to the distillery for a tasting flight of wood-finished whiskey.

Overall, it was a pretty fantastic way to spend a few hours lolling about Pittsburgh...not in the house. It's too soon for spring fever!

Ohio City Pasta - Cadillac Pierogies
Pittsburgh Public Market - Second Breakfast Pittsburgh Public Market - Bakery
Wigle Whiskey - Gift Shop
Wigle Whiskey - Wodd Finish Flight Wigle Whiskey - Ceiling

Gingerbread Waffles

Sunday, January 25, 2015

SmittenKitchen Gingerbread Waffle from Shy

My friend rainmelon is an excellent cook. And as all avid bakers are wont to do, she gifted me one of her fabulous creations. So, I didn't make this Deep Dark Gingerbread Waffle from SmittenKitchen, but it was absolutely fantastic. Especially for molasses enthusiasts.

President of the molasses fan club, right here. Definitely worth a try!

SmittenKitchen Gingerbread Waffle from Shy

A Mini Gym for Xmas

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Workout Stuff

I made out like a bandit this Xmas...like a bandit with her own personal mini gym. We've got every size dumbbell you could possibly want for Jillian Michaels or P90X3. We're big fans of 30 minute workout DVDs, and sometimes that involves resistance bands or speed ropes. Whatever the nutball in front of the camera calls for, we've now got it.

Dizzy the Photobomber
Another nutball in front of a camera. Dizzy, photobomber extraordinaire.

I also received quite the boost to my fitness apparel. Since I've been walking as my shoulder heals the cold weather stuff is especially handy. And a few pair of stretchy capris are always nice for covering my rear during my weekly bootcamp class. Now I get to look stylin' while simultaneously being gross!

Fitness Apparel from Xmas

I now have all the sweat-wicking workout gear in the world!

Pro Tip: Turn Takeout Into Real Food

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Converting Takeout to Real Food

We've been adding sauteed vegetables into our Chinese takeout lately. It stretches the meals provided by the leftovers, while also adding some serious nutrition. You could also just mix a handful of frozen veggies into the container to thaw and absorb leftover MSG overnight. I did that with some frozen broccoli in the lo mein on the right. Yum!

Jillian Michaels Workouts in the New Year

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Jillian Michaels DVDs

Two months ago I invested in a collection of Jillian Michaels DVDs from eBay for $20 (isn't eBay grand?). I now have a large enough collection to do all of the JM mashups/rotations in existence.

Why do I wear horse blinders that only allow me to see Jillian Michaels workouts? Because they work for me. They may not work for you, but for this formerly out-of-shape lady, it worked. 7 months later I weigh less, I'm toned, I have better balance (thanks, one-legged squats!), and I am now swinging 8lb dumbbells around instead of cans of chili. I've also gotten tendonitis in my left shoulder from Ripped in 30 Week 3, and have been taking daily 2 mile walks (and the 30 Day Abs Challenge) instead of doing JM for the past month. So I'm itching to get back into the game. Or the non-game. The DVD.

It's interesting from a motivation standpoint, because when I first set out to get fit, I had all kinds of motivation problems. Nowadays I either look forward to my workout, or I just view it like a mild nuisance that must be done...like brushing or flossing your teeth. Most people don't look forward to brushing their teeth, but we all just suck it up and do it anyways. It doesn't take that long, nor that much effort, for the copious benefits it provides. Exercise is kinda the same thing. We always have choices to get off our duffs and get going. "Lack of motivation" is just an excuse so we don't have to make the more annoying choice.

So, as usual, I don't have any New Year's Resolutions. Except, maybe, to keep doing what I'm doing. Behavior change can come any time of the year, I just need to continue making the annoying choice.

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Success: Weirdo Pies

Sunday, January 11, 2015

When mom wasn't in the mood to make pies for Xmas, I volunteered to make "weirdo pies". Instead of the usual pumpkin and cherry, we had Joy the Baker's Sweet Potato Pie and TheKitchn's Chocolate Chess Pie. This wasn't the first time I made the sweet potato pie, having made it earlier in the month for a dinner party...but I think it's going to be the last time. Just soooo much effort for something that is a close second to a pumpkin pie. Which is considerably easier.

It's also not the first time I've made a chocolate chess pie, although this time I had help from my youngest brother and we used a premade traditional pie crust instead of a chocolate graham cracker crust. The filling was still considerably more shallow than one expects from a pie, and I'm not sure how to fix that (except to use a smaller pie dish?). However, it still tasted fine with the traditional crust, maybe slightly less sweet which is a good thing! Chocolate chess pie is so easy, and there's a fair chance you already have all of the ingredients on hand. Make it any time for a chocolate/brownie fix!

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