January 21, 2014

Whole Wheat Pancakes

I'm baaaaaaaaack!
SO much has been going on! New(ish) job, 4 months until the wedding, and a new exercise routine! Friends - I've discovered spinning.  Big shout out to friends AK and Shannon for the introduction.  I'm hooked.  It's amazing.  I've never sweat so much in my life - and during last night's class, burned a not-to-shabby 850 calories! Can't beat it.   Changing up my routine has helped so much.  I definitely don't regret joining the YMCA.
Today's recipe! I love pancakes. Love love love.  These are great.  Just as easy as a box mix, and you've controlled all the ingredients! The Mailman doesn't love fruit pancakes, so we ate ours plain, but these are just screaming out for some blueberries or bananas.  (PS - don't forget to a - use REAL maple syrup - none of that gross sugar free stuff, it's chemicals! and b- limit the syrup you use! Try simmering the syrup with blueberries or other fruit to get more bang for your buck. )
Recipe after the jump!

November 08, 2013

It's not you...It's me.

I've been neglecting you (I've been neglecting a lot of things...) Sorry about that.  I'm riddled with excuses. They include:

  • I'm exhausted
  • I don't have time
  • My new job takes up the majority of my brain waves
  • I'm planning a wedding
  • I haven't written down my last 3 recipes and have now forgotten them (see bullet point 3)
We're at 6 months until "I do." I've been stuck at the same weight for 4 months.  I haven't gained - but I haven't lost.  Coincidentally, I've had my new job for 4 months.  Here's my hypothesis, and here's what I'm doing about it: 

September 09, 2013

Nectarine BBQ Sauce

Happy Monday, UFG'ers!
Today's recipe is a winner - such a great way to use any kind of stone fruit that is a bit over-ripe.  This past Christmas, I got The Mailman a selection of fancy artisanal mustard from Trader Joe's.  I'm always looking for ways to incorporate them into my cooking.  For this one, I used the Black Currant mustard - but you can just use dijon if you don't have something fancy.  But trust me - invest in some fancy mustard - it will change your life.  Add it to pork, chicken - whatever!  Stone ground mustard too - amazing.
I put this bbq sauce on chicken and on a turkey burger.  Absolutely amazing.  The perfect summer into fall sauce! Recipe after the jump - enjoy!

August 19, 2013

Balsamic Poached Chicken

Happy Monday!
I'm baaaaack! (at least for now)  I can come up with a million exucses as to why I haven't blogged in a month - but the bottom line, friends?  I'm flippin' busy\exhausted\don't feel like being in front of a computer at home after being in front of a computer at work!
But I'm still UFG - and I'm still bringing you mailman approved recipes!

UFG-Mailman Wedding update!
Engagement pics are done and we're obsessed with them!

Today's recipe is amazing.  You can find it in a lot of different places - and some of them add some extra ingredients - like soy sauce.  For me - simple is the way to go.  3 ingredients - chicken breasts, chicken stock, and balsamic vinegar.  It results in the most amazingly moist and flavorful chicken you'll ever have.   Please let me know if you try it!
Recipe after the jump:

July 15, 2013

UFG Banana Pudding Trifle

Happy Monday, UFG'ers! 
So much happening at the UFG household!
The UFG wedding extravaganza is officially on!  Deposit has been put down on the venue and I said yes to the dress!  Excitement abounds! All we have to do is firm up the menu and the big stuff is done - it's pretty much the best feeling in the world.
Today is week 2 at the new jobby and it's fantastic. It's going to be a lot of work, but it's a wonderful company and I couldn't be more excited!
On to today's recipe.  I had to make a dessert for a 4th of July with my sister and her family and wanted to make something in my new trifle dish - and thus, UFG Banana Pudding Trifle was born! The pudding is homemade and couldn't be easier - it's dessert after all, so there are a couple of splurges, like real whipped cream, but the stuf in the can is pure chemical, and in the end, it's healthier to use all natural ingredients.   I hope you enjoy this trifle as much as my family and I did! (The Mailman pretty much devoured it)  Recipe after the jump!

July 01, 2013

Porkette Enchiladas and July Boot Camp

Happy Monday, UFG'ers.
I know, I know - I've been MIA.  It's a long story - but I had an unexpected "vacation" and unexpectedly filled it to the brim.  The happy ending is that I start a great new job in a week and everything is back to its harmonious balance.

First thing's first - here's July's UFG Bridal Boot Camp!  This one is pretty good - I did it this morning and was out. of. breath!
3 circuits this time: #1 (you'll need a staircase) - 30 seconds of step ups, 10 incline push ups (3xs)
                               #2 (on your mat) -  20 flutter kicks, 15 toe touch crunches (3xs)
                               #3 (standing up) - 10 bent over fly, 12 bicep curls (3xs)
Here's the download: DOWNLOAD HERE

Today's recipe is de.lish.  The Italian Festival in Delaware was not too long ago, and I had a craving for porkette!  This recipe is my version - slimmed down, chock full of broccoli rabe, and using Sargento Thin Sliced cheese.  It's all natural cheese, and 40 calories a slice - since it's thin.  Perfect!
I'm curious to hear your thoughts in the comments!  Recipe after the jump

June 11, 2013

UFG Orange Chicken

Happy Tuesday, UFG'ers!
Funny thing about today's recipe:  I've had it for months and forgot about it!  It's good.  Really good.  I'm so glad I found it and can share it with you!

Things are going well in wedding land - semi on track with the UFG Bridal Boot Camp and getting ready for our engagement pictures at the end of this month!  I also finished my first wedding craft!  Check it out!

Very proud of myself, haha.
Today's recipe after the jump - I hope you love it!