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Down for the Count

Posted Aug 29 2009 10:57pm

Good Morning!

I survived the night. I had the whole crew home yesterday, Emmet finally caught the cold Zoe had and Zoe had a bit of a relapse (if Emmet wasn't going to school, she wasn't) and I fell prey to the sickness as well. I should have known when I did not fight back with my own child about going to school. It was the sign of a weak immune system. I have been fighting back these feelings for the last few days but I think once I taught Boot Camp and knew I was done working for the week, I just sort of noticed how crappy I felt. Poor Emmet, he is my diplomatic, polite child and he just sort of told me he "felt wierd" in the middle of the night on Thursday. The poor boy was burning up with fever.

So the long and short of it is that we had another Sick Day and all three of us cuddled up on the couch and watched a silly movie on demand, the Yes Man with Jim Carrey. We laughed, we coughed and basically medicated ourselves with Motrin. That stuff really does take the edge off.

My hubby has not gotten the sickness yet and I am praying that he does not. We need one healthy and productive member in the family. So as with any sickness, you normally do not feel up to eating as much as you normally do. So that is one benefit of being sick, I guess. I did wake up and the scale was actually at my "goal" weight but I was not ecstatic because I have not worked out the last two days and honestly just feel like I have lost muscle tone and know that the minute I indulge in PIZZA today it will jump right back up. But hey, I actually saw the number on the scale. I guess you just need to get sick to really get you there--- just kidding.

I am actually feeling much better today and hope Emmet does too. I was not too sick to cook yesterday and made the kids some Quick and Easy Turkey Noodle Soup. Another soup that is so easy to make and you can control the salt content as well.

Quick and Easy Turkey Noodle Soup

1 carton low-sodium Chicken Stock
1/2 of a rotisserie turkey breast, meat chopped
1/2 a bag of carrot chips
2 stalks of celery chopped
1/2 bag of egg noodles
Salt and Pepper
Dried Parsley

Combine all ingredients into your soup pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20-30 minutes. Enjoy!

We all slurped up a bowl of this yummy soup. Turkey Noodle Soup really is good for the soul.

Now, you know I rarely miss a day without dessert and yesterday was no exception. I had received my weekly email from with a recipe for Old Fashioned Blueberry Cake. It looked really, really good. It is sort of like a coffee cake that is not too sweet. I also happened to have all the ingredients in the house so I was in luck.

I whipped up this simple cake and was pleased when the whole family liked it. It is sweetened with molasses has very little butter in it and tastes fantastic. If you like the taste of molasses you will love this cake.

Old-Fashioned Blueberry Cake Recipe from Heidi Swanson at

For those of you who want to use a whole grain flour here, I think I'd start by trying a 50/50 blend - half whole wheat pastry flour, half unbleached all-purpose flour. If you have a very fine, powdery soft whole wheat pastry flour, you might be able to get away with using it for 100% of the flour, but some of the whole wheat pastry flour has ragged, rustic texture that might be a problem here.

(I did use 1/2 cup of Whole Wheat Pastry Flour and the rest all-purpose and the cake turned out great).

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
5 tablespoons milk (divided)
1/2 cup unsulphered molasses
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, barely melted

1 1/2 cups blueberries, frozen (I freeze fresh berries)
1 teaspoon flour

Serve with a sprinkling of powdered sugar (optional), or a big dollop of sweetened freshly whipped cream

Preheat your oven to 350F degrees. Butter and flour a 9-inch round cake pan (or equivalent).

In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In a small bowl whisk together the cider vinegar with 3 tablespoons of the milk. In another bowl whisk the molasses with the remaining 2 tablespoons of milk. Whisk the cider vinegar mixture into the molasses mixture, then whisk in the eggs.

Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and stir until just barely combined. Stir in the butter. Toss the blueberries with 1 teaspoon of flour and fold them into the batter.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about thirty minutes or until a toothpick poked into the center comes out clean. Let cool for a few minutes and then serve sprinkled with powdered sugar, or with a dollop of whipped cream on the side. We just enjoyed this cake served straight out of the pan, but you can turn it out if you like.

Serves 8 - 10.


So Emmet is up and says he is feeling better, we shall see. I am not sure if I have shared this little tid bit of information with you yet but my husband who turned 40 in July is having a slight mid-life crisis and is actually studying for the LSAT (Law School Admission Test) and has been taking a Kaplan LSAT Extreme Course since the end of July. So he is has been working his b-tt off studying for the hideous test. Any of you lawyers out there will attest to that I hope. So he has class today and tomorrow and I had told Emmet that I would take him to this cool bike course in the city that has ramps and such but I am not sure he is up for that today. We might just have to go and grab a pie with Daddy before his class and call it a day. Do you like how I am still on my mission to get pizza?

So back to my hubby's mid-life crisis. Number 1) I should be happy that he has chosen not to find a younger woman or fritter away our money on a dumb sports car but Number 2) living through the ups and downs of this test is a bit much. I give him kuddos for doing this especially after all these years out of college and many lost brain cells. It is a real son of bitch test and I will be so happy once he takes it in September. Earlier this week he told me he may want to skip taking it in September and do it in December and I was not sure I could handle any more months of the ups and downs of moods that are evoked by taking this test. That notion has seemed to have passed (whew!)and he has a better attitude about the whole thing. You see they take practice LSAT tests in this course and then you get your score and his second test out he improved dramatically and then the 3rd went down (dramatically) and the 4th was up marginally so it can be a bit of a roller coaster ride. That is life and you just have to roll with the punches. Easy for me to say since I don't have to take the test!

But I do have to learn to be more compassionate and understanding and not to make it all about ME all the time. I want him to pursue his dreams and am really proud of him for working through the process and know it will all be worth it in the long run. We have just had some funny exchanges in the last month or so and let's just say he has been "no bowl of cherries to live with". I will have to keep you apprised of how the mid-life crisis saga proceeds and thank you in advance for listening to me "vent".

This experience also brought back memories of me taking the GMAT Prep Course while living in Chicago. If any of you know me, you are probably laughing at the notion of me thinking that I could go to business school. I am terrible at math and even with the prep course my score was not worthy of sending to any schools. I think I moved from thinking about business school to thinking about applying to Kendall Cooking School. You have got to have dreams.

So my mission today is to get the family better and to eat some really good pizza. I am feeling up to working out today as well so that will have to accompany the pizza eating.

I started out the day with a piece of Old Fashioned Blueberry Cake along with a bowl of Greek Yogurt topped with Raspberries and Almonds. That cake is fabulous with a cup of coffee.

The family is up and it is time to make a plan for the day. Have a great Saturday and I will check back later.
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