What is it about a four-day week being, at times, longer than a normal week? That's a little bit of how I felt this past week. Work is work though, right? I vowed to myself this year that I would try to "let things go" in terms of holding onto stress. I've only been partially successful at that, as I still tend to let things stay with me after I've left work. I have, needless to say, let a lot of things go that were especially toxic. I love that as I've matured, I feel less and less of a desire to please people and more of a desire to just do my job and then let it go. That doesn't mean I'm okay with the "amount" I have to do, just that I let the nonsense go. You know?
Do you know what else I've only been partially successful at? Exercise. Talk about impossible. There is this hideous fatigue and let down that hits once I leave work, and the endurance I thought I was building this summer with my 3 mile a day walks--well, it went out the window. When I do manage to hop on the treadmill, my feet are still so achy from work that I manage to get about 20 minutes in before I'm calling it quits. I suppose I'll just have to keep at it, because otherwise it's all just a big vicious circle. Here's to trying and never giving up!
All right, to end my post today, I wanted to share a little cooking experiment I tried out. One of my new favorite shows on TV is The Chew. I love their banter and the fun things they cook. Daphne Oz is on the show and recently made her own easy version of a fudgesicle, minus the chemicals, additives, and excess calories. (Click link for "Daphne Oz's Fudgesicle".)
The recipe is pretty straight forward, which I whipped up in my little smoothie machine. I then poured it into my cute sailboat popsicle molds and there you go--homemade fudgesicles.
After letting them set up last night, I finally tried one today. They are pretty good. I wouldn't say that mine were especially creamy, and I'm thankful that I cut back on the amount of cocoa that she called for. You'll notice that I used coconut milk (not the canned stuff), which I think led to them being less creamy--also fewer calories overall. I also used agave instead of honey, but only because that's all I had in the house.
My final verdict? Yes, I'd make them again. They were easy, fast, and satisfying. Mine were probably less than the 50 or so calories that she mentioned in the show, so I'm happy with them and think I'll definitely make these again. Besides, the cost per fudgesicle is a real steal!
Weekend Cooking is a great, weekly post run by Beth Fish Reads. There are some really great food-related posts there. Stop by to check out other great posts from this weekend.