Continuing to whine Thursday

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Continuing to whine Thursday
Thu, 08-14-2014 - 7:53am

I'm still resting and not doing much. I try to play my home gym and I have to say I love having it as part of my office.  I'm online, I get up and play and come back again.   I have a pull up bar w/ TRX, heavy tube (my husband's), silks, BOSU and step360 so I do variations.  What are you all up to?

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Thu, 08-14-2014 - 9:46am

Those of you on FB  may have read last night... DH and I had a wonderful day yesterday.  We both blew off work, made brownies, snuggled, watched lots of Jeopardy episodes and just had a really nice time.  

My friend who was in the hospital will be going back to Michigan with his parents shortly so a mutual friend of ours has organized a going-away dinner for him tonight.  It's going to be very small and I'm thrilled we were on the guest list.  I'm happy to see him but it also just makes the whole thing more real.  *sigh*  We bought him a gift yesterday... a sketch book and a box of charcoals and of course, we'll put it all in a Minnie Mouse bag.  Cool  

Aside from that, I'm working, seeing my client this afternoon and planning to do a cardio interval workout.  

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 08-14-2014 - 11:42am

Jean, I hate resting. It makes me restless. lol

Gym, the brownies sound great but if I had to spend the day watching TV with hubby I'd rip my hair out. We watch TV at night and thankfully I am exhausted because it is easier to tolerate his pause-the-TV-and-comment style of watching TV when I am very tired. 

Today is a no-running day for me. I might lift weights or something but I'm trying not to do anything that requires me to wear shoes. I'm determined to get my feet healed before my Saturday long run. 

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Thu, 08-14-2014 - 8:55pm
Jean, I love the post a little, push up a little office...Karla, hope your feet are healing. GR, I love nieces and nephews call me 'the brownie queen'. I went to the doctor this morning, and he gave me a prescription which I start tomorrow. He ordered blood tests, but the technician in his office couldn't find a vein...after two tries, I decided to go to the blood lab at the hospital..where there was an hour wait....I can't wait for stuff like that because I get so nervous, so I will try gain tomorrow....I did go to the gym...15 minutes on bike, lifting, abs, swam 60 laps.
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Fri, 08-15-2014 - 8:10am

I just saw this brownie recipe that I need to try. I love brownies, too. The best part for me is that a little is satisfying enough.


1¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons dark unsweetened cocoa powder
11 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1½ cups granulated sugar
½ cup packed light brown sugar
5 eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the sides and bottom of a 9x13-inch glass or light-colored baking pan. Line the pan with parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, salt, and cocoa powder together.

3. Put the chocolate, butter and instant espresso powder in a large bowl and set it over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and smooth. Turn off the heat, but keep the bowl over the water and add the sugars. Whisk until completely combined, then remove the bowl from the pan.

4. Add 3 eggs to the chocolate mixture and whisk until combined. Add the remaining eggs and whisk until combined. Add the vanilla and stir until combined.

5. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the chocolate mixture. Using a rubber spatula (not a whisk), fold the flour mixture into the chocolate until just a bit of the flour mixture is visible.

6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake in the center of the oven for 30 minutes.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Fri, 08-15-2014 - 10:21am
That sounds yummy! I always start with a mix, then add in stuff like chocolate chips, nuts, peanut butter chips, peanut butter...I make cookies that way too....start with the mix, add extra vanilla, almond extract, and/or cinnamon, and extra chips, fruit, or nuts. I did make blueberry oatmeal squares from scratch this week and the guys at the gym rated them at the top of what I've made for them...I've been making blueberry squares a lot this summer because blueberries have been on sale a lot...but for these, I had to cook the berries with sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch first. I had some cherries that had been around for a while, so I added those. I was. Very excited when the filling got thick and shiny and I knew it was going to be perfect! I am going to do this again with peaches and raspberries, and then with apples and cranberries...