Apple-Raisin Bread Pudding in Ramekins + Pinhole Press

How I missed my ramekins!! I came up with the perfect compromise last night! My favorite dessert is my madre’s bread pudding. Kevin loves apple crisp. A lot. That’s right, I remixed them together.

I diced up one Honeycrisp apple (that’s where the awesome Honeybear sticker came from!) and divided it among four ramekins. On top of that I put the oldest, nastiest bread I had. I just ripped it up and stuffed it on top. A quick Google of my blog reveals that bread was from SEPTEMBER 21, the day I made some super gross French toast, but there was no mold!! However, I didn’t even have to toast the bread. It was that hard.

Next, I mixed in some raisins. I whisked together two eggs and approximately a quarter cup of skim milk and poured it over apple/bread combo. We finish by drenching the whole thing in cinnamon & brown sugar. Yum.

Ahhh… I was so happy to be in the elevator ALONE! I hate riding in elevators crowded with strangers. I’m far from claustrophobic… I’m just shy. And why don’t people have the decency to look distracted by their smartphones? Instead they make idle chatter about the weather or stopping at every floor. Blah, blah, blah! :)

Snacking at my desk wasn’t so simple. I’ve told you guys before that my desk is in an EXTREMELY VISIBLE area. In fact, someone visiting the building the other day was championing for me that they need to give me an actual cube. Being a hallway dweller is actually worse than being a cube dweller. I promise! I just needed a snack! But it was so noticeably crunchy that I had to eat it super slow. Maybe I should’ve just licked out my garlic Sabra hummus. You know I wanted to! :)

Speaking of salty snacks…

This article from Fit Sugar broke my little heart… What 100 Calories Really Looks Like: Salty Snacks

I always feel so well-behaved because I rarely give in to sweets, but salts have their consequences too! I could fit more chips than that it my little fist! Haha.

I got some VERY EXCITING MAIL. My wedding thank yous from Pinhole Press! They are stunning. I love them so much I want to thank myself. Lol. I want to show you, but 10 out of my 12 readers were at our wedding so they’ll be getting one in the mail. Later!

Last day without internet! I’ve been hanging out in the clubhouse again so I can plan recipes for all the baking I have to do this weekend. It’s LOADS of baking. Very festive fall baking. Be excited.

Also, I bought Kevin’s first gift for the Advent mini-gift chain!  Only 3 left to find! So fun!

More Ramekins

*Mini Apple Crisps

*Healthy Greek Yogurt + Blueberries Broiled Dessert

*I want to try this —> Carrot Cake Minis. Her colorful ramekins rock! I think I’m going to start collecting them! I need some bigger ones too!



Southwest Turkey Meatball Skillet & Smiling in the Snow

Yeah. I know. Meatballs. To me they sound gross and I don’t think I’ve ever eaten them before, but I saw this dish on the cover of Cleaning Eating magazine while we were in line at King Sooper’s and my heart did a little flutter. That was the start of my love affair with Clean Eating. Take that, Cooking Light! Unfortunately, CL has a lot more issues so I’m sure I’ll resort back to them someday.

Southwest Turkey Meatball Skillet
1 lb ground turkey breast
2 lg egg whites
1/4c whole wheat bread crumbs
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tsp olive oil
1c frozen corn
15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed well
2c diced tomatoes
1/2c chicken broth
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4c chopped fresh cilantro
1. In a large bowl combine turkey, egg whites, bread crumbs, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Shape into 16 meatballs, each about the size of a golf ball.

2. In a large skillet, heat oil on medium high. Add meatballs and cook 3-5 minutes, turning frequently, until browned on all sides. Add corn, beans, tomatoes, broth, lime juice, and cumin. Mix well. Reduce heat to medium, partially cover and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes, until meatballs are cooked through. Stir in cilantro and serve.

Of course, we all know that I didn’t actually touch raw meat with my bare hands. I made the man of the house do it. While wearing this sticker:

Kevin will attest to the fact that I teared up a little because I WAS SO EXCITED when I saw this sticker on an apple last night. I’ll spare you the schmoopy details, but we like the words “honeybear” and “honeypie” in our household. Mostly inspired by one our favorite Weepies songs.

I’ve HAD IT with people telling me Denver winters were going to be better. The tree out our front door has been so covered with snow that we can’t really even use that sidewalk anymore! Ridiculous! :)

I’m not crazy about having to go outside in the snow now just to get to the treadmill. Doesn’t that crinkly eye just say it all? My paleness is starting to kill me. Seriously. What can I do? I don’t want to start tanning. It’s totally addictive for me. (TANOHOLOICS!)

I had just run for 6.04 miles in the gym or there’s no way I’d be smiling out in THAT weather! :) But look how pretty! Ugh. It’s seriously not supposed to snow before Thanksgiving. THOSE ARE THE RULES! But, I will admit that the sun is finally BLAZING right now. Woohoo!

I am still internetless at home until tomorrow night (boo!!!), but tonight is date night so I have to go Google some restaurants. I mean, what else would we do besides eat? Haha.

What do you like to do for date night? I’d also be open to running a race. And I saw that Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky concert this weekend that I’d love to go to… but we should probably work on unpacking for once in our lives.

Did you keep your wedding dress (if you’re married)? Just curious. I heartlessly put mine up for sale today. I’m sure I could also be suckered into giving it away. It’s taking up a LOT of space in our 1-bedroom right about now! :)

P.S. Try that recipe. I mean. Seriously. It’s really good. Runner-up of the week was the Shepherd’s Pie.