Merry Christmas New Year


Posted by Adam | Posted in , , | Posted on Sunday, December 27, 2009

I'm a pretty big fan of the weird type period between Christmas and New Years. The holiday festivities are over with, and it allows you to kinda catch your breath in between the fresh start of the big year ahead... 2010.

Are you as surprised as I am? Say it outloud... Twenty-Ten. It's so sci-fi... so Star Trekky... it just sounds like a big year. But the more important question is... Where the flip are the flying cars we're supposed to be using by now?

Then again... the way some people drive on roads... on the ground... I dunno if flying cars are the best idea. They'd have to make a special license, and maybe not let you get one until 25. Yup, I think it took me at least until that age to get rid of my invincibility shield and drive a car like a safe, normal person :)

So what's your goal for the new year? Eat right... lose weight? It's def among the top ten for resolutions each year, and I know for a fact the gyms are going to be packed for the next 4-6 weeks. I'm actually planning a 12 week weight loss program for people in the Raleigh area. Each week I'm going to do a lecture on a different topic, and we're going to put together diet plans and track everyone with body fat, tape measurements, and scale numbers each few weeks. Should be a pretty cool, fun thing to do... I just hope it has a big turnout.

Sorry, no recipes today... but I'll leave you a pic of some Christmas party cookies :)

Date Bars, Brown Sugar Cake, PB Fudge, Haystacks... Tasty Sugar Coma

Here's some resolutions I have... I want to post them so I stick to it... and hopefully reach all of them by Spring...
  1. Post on the blog 1-2 times a week consistently
  2. Volunteer more
  3. Get my bench press up to 315 and my deadlift to 405
  4. Start a new car fund and a Roth
  5. Put together a garden and maybe get some chickens
  6. And some others...
What's your resolutions? Anybody have anything really unique or fun?

If it's to exercise, here's some fun stuff to try I was messing around with the other day:

Dumbell Deadlift - Hamstrings, Glutes, Upper/Lower Back

Hamstring Curl - Core Strength, Hamstrings, Lumbar Spine

Pushup to Row - Core, Rhomboids, Traps, Lats, Chest and Shoulders

Have a Happy Rest of the Year and be safe :)

Kid Cookie Christmas


Posted by Adam | Posted in , , | Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2009

I have a confession to make... and you're probably going to laugh.

It's late December, one week until the fabled day. and that means Christmas music is ALL OVER the place. You can't escape it... and its ok sometimes. Just ok.

Well, today I couldn't really take it anymore. I've heard Mariah Carey I think 200 times already. Sure that's a fun song, but maybe we all need a little something extra for Christmas once in a while :)

So this I found this 90's station. And I don't know exactly how to explain this, but I listened to everything from Fuel to MC Hammer, to Ace of Base, to RHCP to STP. It was a real throwback to all the years that I grew up. Was I born with an 80's on my birth date? Sure... but I don't remember those days as much as I remember the 90's. Ah... what a nice break from the holiday madness :)

Here's a throwback cookie from my childhood... Thumbprints! How can you not be a kid and like these? I mean you make them, press them, and fill them with jam goodness. I love it because the combos are endless. If you're in a apricot, strawberry cherry, or blueberry mood, it does it all :)

Hope everyone is having a fantastic holiday season. I've been wicked busy with work and everything, but once all the dust settles I should be a ton better. I've been making cookies for office parties, cookie exchanges, and a whole lot more. Talk about loading up the single guy with no family commitments this season. Just kidding... its cool, this is really what the season is all about... helping out each other.

90's Thumbprints
Dr. Adam
- 1/2 cup finely ground almonds (use a food processor or spice grinder, it's easy)
-1/2 cups White Whole Wheat Flour
-1/2 cup sugar

-1/4 tsp salt
-1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut up into small pieces

-Any fruit spread, preserves, jelly, jam...

Preheat your oven to 350*. Line a couple cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients together, the flour, almonds, sugar, and salt.
Pour the butter into the bowl, and using your clean hands, rub it together until the crumbs becomes larger, and a very gritty, dry dough forms. If you have a tough time keeping it together, add a little bit of water.... very little. It should stay together, but barely.

Taking small portions of dough into your hands... like 1/2 tablespoonfuls... roll each into a ball and place on the baking sheet. Once you have 12-16 per sheet, flatten each ball with your thumb or finger, so there is an indent in the center.

Fill these indents with very small (like 1/4 tsp) amounts of jelly or preserves. If you fill them too much, they will def overflow :)

Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown. Place on the pans for a few minutes, and then on a wire rack completely. Makes about two and half dozen.

The Happiest of Holidays Everyone!

I may post a couple more of the holiday cookies over the next week or so. If not, they'll make the rotation into early next year!

If anyone has any weight loss or body recomp resolutions... well you know how to find me. My resolutions are to be more organized, have a full fledged garden, bench press 330, and get a lot better at adjusting extremities :)

See you next year, if not sooner :)