Cupcake Fail

I’ve been in the mood to bake cupcakes for weeks. Well, really, I think it’s more that I’ve wanted to eat cupcakes for weeks and I won’t go out and buy cupcakes – no that would be too indulgent. Somehow it’s better to bake a whole two dozen than it is to buy one. So yesterday I baked chocolate cupcakes on a whim. And I whipped up some chocolate buttercream frosting to top them with. And I should have just kept it simple,but since I had Hershey Kisses, I plopped one in each of the batter filled paper liners. Sounds like a great idea, right? Well, the kisses didn’t melt like I thought they would. Instead they just fell out the bottom of the cupcakes as you unwrapped them, kind of like a little turd. And following along those poop lines, I piped the chocolate buttercream frosting on top of each cupcake in a swirl… Which looked like a little pile of poo on top of each cupcake. So my little turd cakes were not the most appetizing looking cupcakes I’ve ever seen – definitely my biggest baking fail in a while – but they sure were tasty lol!

Celebrating the little victories

So far this week, I’ve got a couple of little victories to celebrate – and it’s only Tuesday morning!

Alex invited some friends over on Sunday for dinner that night.  I was dead set on finding something to make that was nice enough to serve company but didn’t require me to go in the freezing cold to the store and spend more money on groceries.  I ended up coming up with a recipe inspired by the ingredients I had on hand: Artichoke Chicken Bake.  I took 4 chicken breasts that I’d already thawed and put them in a baking dish.  I emptied two (drained of liquid) cans of artichokes (not marinated) on top, along with a can of sliced mushrooms.  I added a half a cup of white wine and a tablespoon of olive oil, and then topped it with a cup of shredded romano cheese.  I baked that at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes and it turned out divine.  I made mashed cauliflower and sautéed spinach as sides.  The meal was Weight Watchers friendly (the chicken dish was 6 points, the cauliflower and spinach each a point) and it was delicious.  I was so proud to be able to whip up something that tasted good and was healthy without having to brave the cold or spend more money.  Win!

Last night I was supposed to do a workout with my EA Active 2.  I was pretty excited about it all day until I got home and I didn’t want to stop reading or get off the couch.  Then it occurred to me that in order to be successful at any endeavor, one must be flexible.  And so, instead of rigidly demanding of myself that I do the specific workout at the high intensity that I expected of myself all day, I let myself change plans and instead I took my book and went downstairs and used our elliptical-that-is-also-a-stationary-bike and read while I pedaled for a half hour (which is about as long as my butt could stand the bike seat).  It was a win-win situation: I got to read and earn some Activity Points – and I didn’t just bail on exercise all together like I’d felt like doing when I first got home.  And it was a perfect opportunity to remind myself that you can go ahead and plan all you want, but sometimes life doesn’t work out the way you planned, and that’s OK.  You can still make your goals happen, even if they don’t happen the way you expected.  Win!