Adding Insult to Injury

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Is the fact that it’s staying light out until 5:30pm these days making anyone else deliriously happy?! 8)

It’s even helping me get motivated to go to the gym more since it’s not dark when I leave work. Darkness makes my brain think it’s cozy time. It’s not, brain!!!

Tonight I worked it out with a tough and sweaty treadmill routine:


LOVED those 8.0/6.0 intervals! I think anything is possible for 1 minute and alternating between a moderate pace and a sprint makes the time FLY. Plus it totally works your buns and abs.

Something I need to start toning ASAP in order to squeeze into the skin-tight, majestic purple bridesmaid’s dress I’m donning in a wedding later this Spring. Eek! (I’ll gladly do it for you, Laura!) ;)

How far in advance do you start working out with purpose before an important event? I always shoot for 3 weeks, which inevitably leads to 2 weeks, which ultimately ends up with me vigorously working out 4 3 2 days before the big day. Gosh! Right?!

In other news, it appears that bad things DO occur in threes – including in the kitchen. In the past two days I’ve experienced:

1. Exploding garlic

2. Burnt roux

3. A terrible, no good, very bad slow cooker dinner!

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It’s true! Yesterday my Slow Cooker Moroccan Brisket with Red Onions & Apricots hadn’t cooked all the way by the time I got home from the gym, resulting in a tough piece of shoe leather swimming in warm beef broth and red wine in my crock pot. Yeeeeah…

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I let it cook on low for 3 more hours last night before putting it to bed, and it did finally shred. The one thing this dish did right.

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Tonight I heated up the shreds, red onion and apricots with another splash of beef broth and tasted it. “It’s okkkkay…” I tried to convince myself as I briefly pretended that the brisket didn’t feel like little shoe strings stuck in my teeth.

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“I bet it’ll be crazy delicious when it’s all mixed up with fluffy couscous!! Yeah!”

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I reheated the parsnips that had also been tossed in the crock pot the morning before, added a flourish of parsley, closed my eyes, and dug in…

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It was awful.

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It was! So sad! Ben thought the parsnips were potatoes gone rotten!!! (That was actually pretty hilarious because he dug in thinking they were potatoes…)

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I don’t know…I’m sort of obsessed with seasoning meat with cinnamon, but the combo of cinnamon, cumin, coriander and garlic in this recipe just did NOT jive. Plus I don’t think brisket is the best cut of meat for a slow cooker meal. I’ll stick to chuck!

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To add insult to injury, the couscous I had romantically thought would turn the entire dish around turned out to be quinoa! :roll:

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It was actually quite serendipitous because not only was it the only yummy component to this meal – re-kindling my love for the chewy, poppy, complete-protein – but Ben inhaled one and I couldn’t stop laughing.

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It was soooo sad, poor guy!! He has this really unfortunate habit of inhaling the tiny little couscous and quinoa pearls every time I make them (I always tell him to slow down when he’s eating!) but I seriously can’t help myself when people get semi-hurt. I laugh until I cry! :lol:

I know, I know – terrible character flaw. At least I slapped him hard on the back while I snorted. He was very appreciative… ;)

When the coughing finally ceased, a pizza was popped in the oven and all was right with the world.

Until we meet again, slow cooker. Until we meet again.

Off to clean the kitchen – good night!

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What are some of your bad habits?

Mine include laughing when people get hurt, and picking my nails when I get anxious. Oh also, obsessively vacuuming my house. :oops:

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