Close Call! How I Save my Fingers in the Kitchen

A couple of weeks ago, cutting into a couple of huge potatoes that I hoped to turn into some delicious, homemade french fries, possibly the scariest thing for any cook nearly happened to me. While cutting away at these skinned potatoes, I was busy catching up on the latest Netflix original, and to be fair, I’m normally extremely good at multitasking (and I really, really wanted to see what happened next on the show before my friends would bug me to finish the series for the millionth time). However, while being completely engrossed into the spectacle that was unfolding on my laptop screen, a quick slip of the fingers quickly sent the blade that I was working with just inches away from my unprotected fingers, grazing it so closely that a bit of skin freely peeled away. Quickly inspecting my fingers, I was lucky that I walked away with nothing but a small graze and a heck of a scare. Needless to say, after that I had a choice to make: either give up on watching my Netflix shows while cooking or give up on cooking. Pretty extreme decisions to make if you ask me, but luckily I didn’t have to give up either one.

After telling my friend about the incident, she brought me some of the best mandoline slicers I had ever used to make sure something like this never happens again. The first was the De Buyer La Mandoline V Professionalle which was so satisfying to use; it cut everything from potatoes to cucumbers and carrots with barely any effort at all. Even a slight nudge was enough to perfectly and thinly slice anything I wanted. Part of this came from the spring-load, making even the hardest items feel like butter when you’re cutting into them.
The second one I was given was a De Buyer La Mandoline Swing, which was serrated on one side while the other side was straight for even, fine cuts. It was also a lot wider, helping to accommodate large, hefty potatoes, or long carrots.

The third my friend had given me was a Oxo Good Grips V- Blade Mandoline Slicer, which remarkably allowed me to not only slice various things, but also dice them when I needed a little more chunky texture. And though there were only a few settings for thickness, the compactness of it really made it handy and easy to use in the kitchen.

Needless to say, I’m no longer afraid of accidentally cutting myself as each of these mandoline slicers really only requires a single hand to cut anything from fruits and vegetables to even small chunks of cheese. And I am extremely thankful for my friend for getting me some of the best mandoline slicers out there!

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Candy Recipes

There are many types of easy candy recipes and many people specially prepare candies to give as a gift to their friends and loved ones. Candies are easy and simple to prepare like butter scotch, candy apples, angel food candy and many more. People use those recipes that are easy to prepare and consume less time to get ready. Candies can be stored and used when these are needed.

The most liked recipes for candy is Almond Bark Candy and rocky road fudge. Candy brittle and peanut brittle are also used to give as gift and the presentation, wrapping of the gift matters a lot. The flavor of candy brittle is buttery and its texture is crunchy. The benefit of making the candy recipes at home is that you can easily make these according to your choice and you can make different exciting creations.

Microwave Truffles Recipes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup butter (no substitutes)
  • 8 ounces semi sweet chocolate

Method Of Making

  • Place 24 small foil candy cups in miniature muffin or on a baking sheet.
  • 1/2 teaspoon pecans into each cup and remaining pecans aside.
  • Mix chocolate and butter.
  • And then Microwave at 50% power for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes or until melted.
  • Beat with an electric mixer.
  • Immediately put into prepared cups.
  • Refrigerate until set.
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Best Vegetable Smoothie Ever

How do you know if you have made the best vegetable smoothie ever? If you look at the bottom of the glass and wish you had more. That’s when you know that you finally made it. You may also have a green mustache.

I like to make my own recipes using some standard guidelines. First you need liquid. I use water, orange juice (100%), or cranberry juice. Next you need vegetables. I usually go with the Baby Spinach. It tastes good and is readily available. Next, you need some fiber. I have three sources, a meal replacement, chia seeds or flaxseed. I usually alternate between the three. Haven’t notice much difference, however, I do notice I get less hungry when using the meal replacement.

Next for additional structure, I mix a fruit in the form of an apple. I normally using Granny Smith apples or a red delicious. Sometimes I will throw in a banana that I have frozen or you can use a fresh one. I top the vegetable smoothie with three or four ice cubes, put them all in the Vitamix and spin for a few minutes.

When the smoothie is well blended, (you will know) and you pour it in the glass, you will finally say this is the best vegetable smoothie ever.

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Running quotes

Here’s some funny running quotes I found online

“Jogging is for people who aren’t intelligent enough to watch television.”  – Victoria Wood

If it were any easier, it’d be called football.

“Everybody can’t be good, there has to be somebody to stand on the curb and cheer us on.”  – Bill Rodgers

If you went for a run today and didn’t sacrifice anything, congratulations you just jogged.

Running-cheaper than therapy.

Running-it’s a mental sport and we’re all insane.

Death before DNF.

A marathon is just a 10k with a 20 mile warmup.

My favorites:

Girl, please, my mascara runs faster than you do!

If running were easy, it’d be called your mom.

Run like you stole something.

I highlighted my favorites.   What’s your favorite or do you have a good one to add?

 

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My thoughts on a marathon….

Here’s the recap of my first marathon if you somehow missed it, as if I haven’t talked about it enough…

As I’ve said, I was completely shocked and overwhelmed by how mental a marathon is.  For me, it was about 80% mental and 20% physical.  I don’t think you can truly understand how mentally difficult a marathon is until you run one; I sure didn’t.  It definitely gives me an appreciation for anyone who has ran one.

Part of the surprise was because this my first marathon and I didn’t know what to expect so next time I’ll be more prepared.  I had run the full distance before, but when you’re in the actual race it’s so different because your mind keeps doubting yourself as you get more tired…. “You can’t keep up this pace, you’re gonna have to walk, there’s so much further to go, you’ll never finish…”  It was really hard for me to keep a positive attitude but I tried to continually remind myself of the good stuff and that was basically whatever I could think of, “Wow, I’ve already ran 14 miles!  I’m in double digits, I’m in a rhythm, I haven’t pooped my pants yet!”

The marathon was physically hard, but not the hardest thing I’ve ever done.  I think the last half marathon that I ran I worked just as hard if not more.  But mentally it was definitely on the top of the list.  More mentally difficult than the insurmountable feeling of leaving for Alaska with hundreds of thousands of pounds of halibut to catch.

The things I’m proud of:

  • I didn’t psych myself out or put a ton of pressure on myself to perform.  Besides the normal race day jitters, I was pretty calm about the whole thing.
  • I trained for a marathon in 41 training runs over a 3 month period and even more importantly, didn’t re-injure myself.  I did the stretching, icing, rest days, cross training, and core work even though I still think it’s lame and I’d much rather be checking celeb gossip online. or watching my hair grow.
  • During the race I didn’t break down or let up.  It was tough and I wanted to, but I just kept going.

The things I need to work on:

  • Being mentally tougher next time around.
  • Pacing myself better, especially in the middle of the race.

Although I don’t want to negate what I accomplished, a tiny part of me feels that because I came so close to the BQ cut off, it’s not as valid.  I know this is dumb, but I want to qualify and not have to use the 59 second cushion.  I guess it will motivate me to run harder next time.

The thought of running another marathon right now still kinda makes me want to gag, but I know that I’ll get over it soon and be itching to do the next one.  I’m signed up for the Rock n Roll Arizona in the middle of January so I better get ready!

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Book Review: Running for Women

Met with the PT today; she told me to quit running until I can run pain-freeThe goal isn’t to be able to run in pain but to make the pain go away completely which isn’t going to happen if I keep running with things the way they are.  Frustrating but I know the last couple runs I’ve been in pain and should have stopped.  Good thing I’m headed to Alaska soon!

I just read Joan Samuelson’s Running for Women.

She won the first Olympic womens’ marathon in 1984 in 2:24:52 (17 days after having knee surgery!!) and also held the American womens’ marathon record for 17 years, 2:21:21.  Last year, at the age of 50, Joan competed in the US Olympic team trials and finished in 2:49:08, setting a new US 50+ record.  She is a running machine.

This is a great basic informational resource for women runners.  There is a training plan in the book, and Joan covers everything from nutrition to injuries to sports bras.  It’s part training and part autobiography.  I enjoyed reading about Joan’s career more than the informational stuff, but I think it’s a good mix of both and great for any woman runner.  It’s a really fast read; I’d recommend it.

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