Monday, February 1, 2010

Ice Ice Baby

Hello there! I hope everyone is having a wonderful and rest-before-the-crazy-week-starts Sunday.  Fortunately for me, the crazy week this week doesn't start 'til Tuesday, because of the big snow storm we got Friday night! The roads are really messy, and it's gonna be even colder tonight, so it'll turn to ice! Not great conditions for driving = NO CLASS TOMORROW!! Woooo hooooo!

So due to the snow, this weekend has been a super lazy, stay-in-and-chill kinda weekend.  Friday night I was hanging out over at Joseph's house, and by the time I was ready to leave, it was too slippery to drive! So I've been stranded here the entire weekend with my favorite guys: Joe, Ted, and Tim. 
Ted, Tim, and Joe headin' for the hills!

These guys are some of my best friends - I grew up with Ted (who lives with Joe) and Tim because they've been on my jump rope team for even longer than I have. We've known each other forever (13 years now maybe? GAH that makes me feel old...) and I love 'em to death! So it was pretty much an awesome group to be stuck with all weekend :)

We ended up bummin', playing games (Apples to Apples anyone? SO fun!), watching a ton of TV and movies (have you seen "Disturbia" with Shia LaBeouf? I crapped my pants love it), and sledding (childhood memories!) yesterday and today.  

Also, since the last time we were able to really get to the grocery store (and it was a short trip at that...people around here go crazy and stock up like they're getting ready to go into hiding for a month when there's even a forecast for snow) was Friday night, I've had some interesting and new food experiences while cleaning out their cupboards.

Both were a huge success!

The first: microwave-baked cinnamon raisin apples. The PERFECT snow-day snack!

These should be called "sin"-amon raisin apples because of how good they taste...clever, eh? Eh?

These are SO easy-peasy! Check it out:

  • 1 apple
  • 1 tsp. butter or margarine
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar (OR regular sugar - this is what I did since I didn't have brown sugah)
  • 0.5 tsp. cinnamon
  • Handful raisins
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 1 tbsp. honey

Quarter the apple, making sure to cut out the core. Place apple in microwave dish. Melt butter in small bowl on maximum power for 12 seconds. Stir in sugar, cinnamon and raisins. Pour mixture over apple and add water to dish. Cook, covered with plastic wrap on high for 4 to 6 minutes. Drizzle honey over the top and enjoy!

You really can't mess 'em up. Seriously, I found this recipe online and totally guesstimated the measurements (you know how I do), and they were still apple-licious! YUM. And even pretty healthy! I bet you could even  substitute a low- or no-calorie sweetener for the sugah and cut the butter/margarine in half and still get a tasty result. Might try it next time!

CAUTION: The next food experiment may not be for everyone

(...that makes it sounds really cool and intense, right?)

Ted and I actually tried kippered herring for the first time! Joe eats kippers and sardines ALL the time as a snack, and even though we always tell him they STANK up the room, they're jam-packed with vitamins and crazy amounts of concentrated fish-oil-goodness.

 Ted, freakin' out really excited to try kippers!
Don't I look pumped to try these things??

Alright, so Ted and I were a little skeptical. But they were actually pretty good! They kind of had a tuna-like texture. Mine were in mustard while Ted's were in hot sauce, so that helped ease us into the super-fishy taste (while Joe, on the other hand, had his in oil, which wasn't all that bad, either...just a little fishier). 

Just another experience that teaches me to keep an open mind!

Anywho, I'm headed to bed to get some rest before my big day tomorrow (of probably sledding some more, watchin' a little TV, maybe reading another magazine, know how stressful these things can be). Have a superb start to your week! -Anna


  1. WOW! Those apples looks amazing! Is it bad that my first thought is "I'd like those on top of some ice cream!" ??? :D

  2. No way! It would make the meal more balanced by adding calcium, right??... :)