At the end of all of this ... Bonus Lemon Icing Recipe!
Monday was fun. I skated. 18.27 miles.
I have done that for more than 24,100 miles. A Goal, if there is one, is 25,000 miles since it is just more than once around the world at the Equator, plus a little bit.
Oh and yeah the round numbers please me.
So today is Tuesday. I cycled. 22.55 miles.
I'm finding I am enjoying cycling, bike riding, as a Cross Training exercise.
Cross Training is very important. When I *only* skated, it built my legs up cartoonishly large on the outside of the muscle group only. I would stand up and my knee would dislocate.
As painful as it sounds.
But it's the afternoon and I have time.
What did I do? After I fed Rack the McNab SuperDog (TM) at lunch, there was nothing left in the bowl or the refrigerator for him. I had to make dog food. That was the beginning of the end of my afternoon's free time.
That recipe works best if all the ingredients have thawed in the refrigerator. Then put everything but the Beef in a large container. Mash the daylights out of everything but make absolutely certain that anything "fresh" (Frozen Peas are FRESH!) comes up to at least 165F to sterilize it. Boil the beef and strain the fat off. Then mix everything together.
It is a good recipe, and it went through the hands of a canine nutritionist who only made suggestions to how much to feed.
If you need one.
But how does that effect your workouts?
I was in the kitchen. I snack. I am usually below what I have burned in a workout in calories until Dinner. Yes, a calorie deficit.
If you are any kind of an athlete, and you do the math on what you burn versus what you actually take in, you will find out that you are burning at least one meal before you get it.
But... No Dashboard Cookies? No Cupcakes for dessert tonight? Can't have that.
Dashboard cookies is a generic term in my mind. If I am working out at the park on a skate workout, I set a small bag of about 200 calories on the dashboard of my Jeep. Since I live in South Florida, regardless of where I put that in the car, they're nice and warm and tasty.
I also carry dashboard cookies for my mid cycle workout break too. They're good regardless of the sport.
What I did was to make Snickerdoodles.
Set the two sticks of butter and two eggs on the counter and do something else.
The recipe makes about 70 to 80 cookies. 4 or 5 for Dashboard. Trust me on this one, it's a great recipe. Every society that comes across Cinnamon makes something that tastes like these. In Mexico and in Latin neighborhoods through out the world, you can find Churros. This is a similar flavor. Butter cookies dusted with Cinnamon and Sugar.
Ok, so my cupcake recipe is a "hack". I used this one and it's trivial. I did however add one egg to the bowl and ended up with a less tender cupcake. The original hack recipe is nice, but the cupcakes are very tender and will fall apart. It needed a tweak. And who knows, I may just add another egg later.
Finally, I was told that I needed to make Lemon Icing. It's so simple that I mix it in a bowl.
Butter must be at room temperature. Get it out on the counter and let this come up to room temperature.
Remember, like with all Buttercream Icings, if it does not set properly, you will need to add more Confectioner's Sugar. That powdered stuff. Works like a champ!
- ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups confectioners' sugar
- Combine butter, lemon juice, vanilla, and confectioners' sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy.
- Add more confectioners' sugar, or lemon juice to adjust the consistency as needed.
- I typically double the lemon juice to taste, but this will give you a mild lemon icing.
- I like mine tasting like a lemon drop!