Tuesday, May 15, 2012


- active dry yeast 2tsp
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 2 cups hot water
- 2 tbsp butter (I used plain butter and herbed butter)
- salt to sprinkle on top of the pretzels

1. Sprinkle the yeast in the warm water and add 1/2 tsp sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes or till it froths up.
2. In a bowl combine 2 1/2 cup all purpose flour, 1/4 cup sugar, and 3/4 tsp salt. Add the yeast mixture to the bowl and knead well.  I used my kitchen aid stand mixer to combine the ingredients. I had to add a little more water then called for.
3. Transfer the dough to a well oiled bowl and let rise for about an hour.
4. Preheat the oven to 400F. Divide the dough into 8 pieces.
5. Take each piece of dough and roll into a rope and twist into a pretzel shape.
6. Dissolve the baking soda in hot water. Dip the pretzels into the solution and place on a well greased tray. 
7. Bake for 10minutes. Then brush the pretzels with butter and sprinkle with salt.

French Toast

For the bread I used a cinnamon swirl bread that I bought from the grocery store. You could use any type of bread. I think a cranberry or blueberry bread would be delicious!

Since I was only making two pieces I just threw together the ingredients without measuring anything. I actually very rarely measure anything. In a small bowl I poured about a cup of skim milk, 1tbsp vanilla, 1 tbsp cinnamon, pinch of salt and egg substitute.

I then cooked the french toast in a stir-fry pan in a little bit of butter. I topped it with powdered sugar and maple syrup.

Homemade Spaghetti & Meatballs

 - 1/2 lb lean ground beef
 - 1/2 lb extra lean ground turkey
 - 1/2 tsp sea salt
 - 1 small onion, diced
 - 1 1/2 tsp garlic
 - 1 1/2 tsp italian seasoning
 - 3/4 tsp dried oregano
 - 3/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
 - 1 dash hot pepper sauce
 - 1/3 cup milk
 - 1 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
 - 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
 - 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
 - 3 tbsp pesto
 - spaghetti noodles(I use whole wheat)
 - large can of spaghetti sauce
 - 1 small can of tomato sauce

1. Combine all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Mix until evenly blended, then form into 1 1/2-inch meatballs.
2. Begin bowling some water for the pasta. Cook the pasta as the box instructs.
3. Pour just enough olive oil or vegetable oil in a pan to cover the bottom. Heat the oil and place the meatballs in the pan to beging browning.
4. While the meatballs are browning on one side, dump a jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce into a pan on low heat. I like add extra italian seasoning and garlic. Make sure to put a lid over the sauce as it may splatter a little.
5. Turn the meatballs over to make sure the other side browns. Once most of the meatballs have browned place them into the sauce along with a small can of tomato sauce.
6. Let the meatballs continue cooking for another 15minutes. ENJOY!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Who doesn't love pie, whether it's apple . . cherry . . peach .  . or chocolate.


- 2 store bought pie crust dough (thawed)
- 6 to 7 cups of apples (green)
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp butter


- preheat the oven to 375F
- Place one of the pie doughs in the pie dish. Bake the pie dough for 8-10 minutes until light brown.
- In a skillet melt the butter and add the chopped apples.
- Then add the cinnamon and brown sugar.
- Cook the apples until they are tender, adding flour as a thickner as needed.
- Then place the apple mixture into the pie dish on top of the pie dough. Place the second pie crust on top of the apples. Cover the pie with foil and bake for another fifteen to twenty minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another five minutes or until golden brown.


This is a picture of my girlfriend Kim's delicious peach pie. She makes the BEST peach pie!




Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Some of My Favorite Blogs

This post is all about some of my favorite blogs and not just cooking blogs, but fashion and running.

I'm pretty sure most of your have heard of The Pioneer Woman. If you are new to cooking or just like step by step pictures then you will love her blog. She even has a show on the Cooking Channel that comes on Saturday mornings.
Here is her blog: Pioneer Woman

If you're into fashion or interior design then your will love this blog: The Peak of Tres Chic
My girlfriend Sam Penner updates her blog frequently and I'm obsessed! Here she is:

This blog has so many great recipes ranging from healthy smoothies to delicious desserts.

Joylicious contains wonderful recipes that are upscale, photographic,  and entertaining. I love all the wonderful cooking tips as well.

Here's a picture of Oven Fried Zucchini Chips with Basil Dipping Sauce.
I made these for a girls night and everyone devoured them. I replaced the dipping sauce ingredients with lighter versions.


Monday, February 27, 2012

Banana Bread

This banana bread is great for breakfast, snack or late night munchie.

- 2 1/3 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon (I like to add a little more . . actually a lot more)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup plus 2tsp sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup oil
- 4 bananas (very ripe & mashed) Putting the bananas in the freezer ripens them very quickly.
- 2 tbsp sour cream (I use light sour cream)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- If you like walnuts then you can add 2/3 cup chopped walnuts.

Set oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom of a loaf pan with parchment paper.

Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Beat sugar and eggs until light and fluffy, about 10 minutes. Drizzle in oil. Add mashed bananas, sour cream, and vanilla. Fold in dry ingredients and nuts or chocolate chips. Pour into a lined loaf pan and bake for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
If you want to lower your calories or sugar then try Banana Bread made with Splenda. The bread will look a little funny because of the splenda, but it tastes great. I like to add spray butter to the bread after heating it up for a few seconds.


Monday, February 13, 2012

Fitness - Pinterest Post

Say Goodbye to my dessert posts for a while because this is my new inspiration. Any and all recipes that aren't 'healthy' on my blog from here on out were made a while back and never posted! So jumpy on board and enjoy my healthy recipes!

I'm super excited to get my workouts started because I just joined LifeTime Fitness! I wont stop running, but will be adding a lot more resistance and weight training to my workouts. If you know me then you know I usually only run, so this will be a little bit of a challenge for me. I'm always up for running buddies. If you'd like to join me I joined the CityCentre Run Club.

Inspiration for Rodeo Run 10k

Great quote!!!