Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Ouch.

My thighs feel like jello and I have to make a conscious effort to not walk bowlegged :lol: I went to the gym on Monday and probably pushed myself harder than I should have and then went to my combat class today and now, my legs hurt so much that they can't even stand a gentle massage. I have to remember to just keep stretching... but it hurts [insert baby wine here].

On the plus side, I found out that I'm uber stretchy. I have hyperextened joints and have always had a hard time stretching -- specifically my hamstrings. I would always feel the stretches in the back of my knee and the arch of my foot instead of my muscle. Well, I talked to the combat instructor and she suggested that I stretch way past the "normal" everyone else point in order for it to work in my legs and lo and behold -- it worked! For the first time in my life I can do hamstring stretches and they don't hurt in all the wrong places... yay :)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Homemade Peanut Butter

Another experiment that turned out awesome! If you have a food processor you can make peanut butter.

Ingredients:
16 ounces of dry roasted, unsalted peanuts

That's it. Put the peanuts in the processor with the sharp blade and process till it clumps up and turns into smooth peanut butter (about 2-3 min or so).



If you want chunky. Reserve about a cup of peanuts. Process the rest of the nuts till they're smooth. Remove the butter from the processor and dump in the cup of reserved nuts. Pulse a couple of times to break them up a bit. Stir the chunks into the smooth and voila!

Store your peanut butter in an air tight container in the fridge. I'm just re-using my store bought container so it's even labeled "Peanut Butter".

I'm pretty positive this will work with just about all nuts so my next experiments are almond butter and pistachio butter (thank you Gamer)