[FHCx121] National Oatmeal Cookie Day/National Raisin Day

Guess what we did?


Why did the powers-that-be make this two separate holidays? It’s very obvious what we’re supposed to do.

We made oatmeal raisin cookies! SURPRISE!

We looked at a weight watchers recipe, and it wasn’t all that light. It used 3/4 cup of regular butter and a cup of sugar… It’s kind of amusing to see some of the recipes that make it through the editing floor of WW. But at the very least, it’s easy to customize. We made this a little lighter, and we are certainly glad we did. Getting someone else’s oatmeal raisin cookie would have been much more uncontrollable.

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1.5 cups of quick cook oats

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3/4 cup flour, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 cup light butter, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar

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Vroom! Add one egg and keep it going.

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Raisins in the goop.

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Tablespoonfuls on a cookie sheet, bake at 375 for 14 minutes.

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SP: -0.4 pounds, total lost: 85.0

AK: Was off at Brass practice today so she couldn’t weigh in ūüė¶ But she will on Tuesday!

Tomorrow is Chocolate Parfait Day!


[FHCx107] National Eggs Benedict Day/Day of the Mushroom

Mushbooms and eggs!


Finding a brunch on the weekend is like looking for a kitty at the shelter. They all look so perfect and every single one has its own stuff to offer… The only hard choice is what you’re leaving out by choosing just one. Bad analogy. Go adopt kitties, people!

Anyway, Highland Grill was my pick. The Blue Plate Restaurant Company is well known in the Twin Cities for a high caliber of restaurants. Like Parasole, they have quite the following. One of my favorite things about Highland Grill is its annual celebration of bald men, as they hold a bald guys’ day where bald guys eat free. Totally awesome.

Another reason to like the Highland Grill is serving breakfast all day. Though I’m partial to their stuffed french toast, today we had a mission:

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Eggs Benedict. Gooey and creamy.

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The “Hot Hash & Holly” – hashbrowns with peppers and mushrooms, with two over-easy eggs and some hollandaise sauce

Let’s give a little appreciation for mushrooms, shall we? A poem I remember from my college composition class, by Sylvia Plath:

Overnight, very
Whitely, discreetly,
Very quietly

Our toes, our noses
Take hold on the loam,
Acquire the air.

Nobody sees us,
Stops us, betrays us;
The small grains make room.

Soft fists insist on
Heaving the needles,
The leafy bedding,

Even the paving.
Our hammers, our rams,
Earless and eyeless,

Perfectly voiceless,
Widen the crannies,
Shoulder through holes. We

Diet on water,
On crumbs of shadow,
Bland-mannered, asking

Little or nothing.
So many of us!
So many of us!

We are shelves, we are
Tables, we are meek,
We are edible,

Nudgers and shovers
In spite of ourselves.
Our kind multiplies:

We shall by morning
Inherit the earth.
Our foot’s in the door.

Wait a sec, that’s really creepy.


SP: -0.8 pounds, total lost: 87.2

AK:¬†Who knows. I’m still all alone here in SPAKville. ūüė•

Tomorrow is National Cheeseball Day!


[FHCx93] National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day


Last time we had PBJ was on Peanut Butter day. Frankly, there are few things that we associate more with peanut butter than the classic PBJ sandwich. There also aren’t that many sandwiches that get their own wikipedia page. It’s a glorious sandwich for kids and adults alike.

People disagree on how to make the sandwich. First, are we adhering strictly to Jelly, or does Jam also count? Second, what flavor jelly? Third, is the peanut butter crunchy or not? Fourth, triangles or rectangles? But the question people never seem to ask, and it’s actually the most important discernment between people’s PBJ ritual, is how the sandwich is assembled. You have your jelly and PB and bread out. What do you do first? The correct answer is:

  1. With one knife, spread jelly/jam on one bread slice.
  2. Wipe off knife on other bread slice.
  3. With same knife, spread PB on the other bread slice.
  4. Cut, if necessary.

For all of you¬†monsters who spread peanut butter and then use the same knife in the jelly, shame on you. For all of you¬†weirdos who can’t handle using the same knife for two different spreads, you’re wasting materials. Just… do it the right way, folks.

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Have a PBJ and treat yourself!

WEIGH IN DAY RESULTS! We haven’t kept up on these as horrible gastro problems have inflicted some strange fluctuations. But we’re back on the horse about posting our results today. In the upcoming weeks, we’re hoping that we’ll see regular losses again.

SP: Total lost: 85.6

AK: Total lost: 20.8

Tomorrow is National Chocolate Mousse Day.


[FHCx72] National Baked Scallops Day

Sea creatures!


We’ve had a few seafood holidays so far. Being in the middle of a landlocked state, despite all of our lakes, the seafood challenges are often the more tough to plan. We thought about the possibility of making our own baked scallops, but wanted to consult the internet first. Googling “baked scallops twin cities” brought us to the menu of the now defunct, but formerly super-good, Kikugawa in St. Anthony Village. And then it dawned on¬†SP that the former owners of Kikugawa are the current owners of Suishin, where the menu is mostly the same! Plus,¬†SP‘s friend Alex works there, so that’s a plus.

Our dish for the night was the Dynamite. No, not a dynamite roll. This thing is described on the menu as, “Baked scallops with mushrooms and special sauce.” And let us tell you, it is a¬†special sauce. It’s awesome.

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It’s this kind of saucy, buttery crust that makes this baked dish so awesome.

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Scallops and mushrooms! Mmmmm!

It’s really good. You ought to try it sometime soon!


SP: -2.6 pounds, total lost: 88.4

AK: -3.8 pounds, total lost: 27.8

Tomorrow is National Coconut Torte Day, and SPom whipped up something really special!


[FHCx66] National Frozen Food Day/National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day/National Oreo Day

Execute order 66 for fun!


…and we’re going to Manny’s for dinner tonight, too! How in the hell did this happen…

What better way for us to celebrate three holidays than to actually mash them into one super-item?

Frozen Food is one of those things where you wonder how the whole thing happened. Somebody in a cold climate said, “huh, this thing stays good when I leave it in the ice.” Meanwhile, in central Africa, someone said, “huh, my food seems to go bad really fast.” When the two finally met up, they swapped stories and the idea of frozen food was developed. Now they just had to come up with a way to freeze things without actually being stuck in a frozen wasteland. (This is especially poignant as this week in the Twin Cities we will be experiencing our first major multi-day warm-up.)

As for White Chocolate Cheesecake, it would honestly be enough for there to be cheesecake. New York Style or no, cheesecake is just fine the way it is.¬†SP for a long time shunned the food since it made him feel kind of sick, despite being lactose not-just-tolerant-but-also-embracing. By adding white chocolate, which¬†SP and his whole family agree shouldn’t even be called “chocolate,” you’re just making another layer of inaccessibility to today’s holiday.¬†But if there were something that could hold it all together…

That’s where Nabisco comes in. Since they seem to be pushing their products in the form of Food Holidays, they might as well get Oreo out of the way early in the year. Arguably the greatest sandwich cookie on the planet, the Oreo is actually a knockoff of Hydrox, and not the other way around! And frankly, the Oreo could have stopped at regular and Double Stuf varieties; now there’s red velvet, or caramel apple, or whatever other gross thing that doesn’t belong in an Oreo. The true tragedy of Oreo is that Mega Stuf isn’t actually Mega Stuf.

So what did we do this morning for breakfast?

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A FROZEN cheesecake from Sara Lee

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Using these mini OREOS

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Topped with the crushed OREOS

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AK is taking the rest of it to work, along with the leftover Cheetos Krispie Bars.

We forgot weigh-in day stuff again!


SP: 0.0 pounds, total lost: 85.8

AK: +1.0 pounds, total lost: 24.0

See you tomorrow for Cereal Day and Crown Roast of Pork Day (yes we’ll be making it at home)!


[FHCx58] National Kahlua Day/National Strawberry Day

Happy Saturday!


I didn’t know this before today, likely because I’m not an alcohol connoisseur, but Kahlua comes from Mexico. I guess I could have figured that it was some sort of South/Central American thing by the name, but maybe something from the Pacific? And why is it that it’s so integral to the White Russian, when Russia and Mexico have so little to do with each other?

Regardless, The Dude has inspired us to have a White Russian in honor of Kahlua day.

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Thank goodness for minis. Kahlua, Crystal Head, and some heavy cream

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Hooray for the Russki!

It was alcohol at about 12:30pm on a Saturday. I guess this is our life now. Thanks, FHC.

It’s also Strawberry Day: another day in a series of days that celebrate produce that should not at all be in season. In fact, I find it kind of amusing that these days,¬†there are probably kids who just assume that strawberries “happen” all year. Why should they not? For that matter, there are probably kids who just assume all strawberries are deep red and perfectly ripe, because why would produce distributors lie about something like that?

That’s where Driscoll’s comes in. “We naturally breed berry plants to be more resistant to diseases and pests while meeting our quality standards for flavor and appearance. Our berries are never genetically modified or subjected to irradiation. Each year, we study thousands of potential varieties to choose the top 1% to farm and sell under the Driscoll‚Äôs brand name. It takes 5-7 years to develop a new patented variety of Driscoll‚Äôs strawberries.” Well, ok then! I’ll take some strawberries please.

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My strawberry has a hat and AK is jealous!


SP: +1.8 pounds, total lost: 85.8

AK: +0.8 pounds, total lost: 25.0

Not a great week for SPAK, despite “doing the right things.” At some points in the weight loss journey, things get stuck and you really have to push through to get past the plateau. We’ll keep doing our best!

Tomorrow is National Chocolate Soufflé Day!


[FHCx51] National Cherry Pie Day

Seasonal? Not really. That’s ok,


Pie is pretty universal. As our last foray into pieing went very well, we were happy to observe today’s food holiday with a slice. Today in particular is the day of the Cherry pie, a fruit pie that’s been celebrated in the USA for a long, long time. So long that they’ve warped the space-time continuum and made the official day for cherry pie outside of summertime when cherries are ready. This is the world we live in.

Our fancy for pie took us to Baker’s Square, a midwestern chain of pie restaurants. It’s the kind of place where older people flock for their 4:45pm dinner. But as it was/is a staple of the midwestern “diner” scene,¬†SP frequented The Square many times in his youth. One summer, they offered all-you-can-eat pie for something like $7. When you do the math, you’d find that you’d have to consume 3 slices to make it worth your money.¬†SP couldn’t even finish a third slice even when he was a youngster. There is an upper limit for pie when you’re dealing with this much decadence.

Anyway, cherry pie.

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Tomorrow is Sticky Bun day and boy-oh-boy is SP excited to take AK somewhere special!


SP: +2.2 pounds, total lost: 87.6

AK: 0.0 pounds, total lost: 25.8


[FHCx45] National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day

Valentine’s greetings to you all! But, more importantly,


Whose idea was it to insert cow-secretion byproduct into chocolate? Probably the French. For that, we thank them.

Godiva has a monthly free chocolate thing if you join their (also free) rewards program. Once a month, on some weekend when we’re walking around in the mall (which is basically all weekends), we’ll roll up to Godiva and split one of their decadent truffles between the two of us. Since this is a pretty regular thing, we thought it would be cool to try something else on this Cream-Filled Chocolates Day. Plus, if we want to be purists about this, none of Godiva’s chocolates are filled with “basic” cream filling.

While at the grocery store, we saw a man with a chef hat and a chocolate fountain. He had our attention. Turns out he’s the owner of a local confectionery company called Creative Confectionaire, and he was giving out *gaaaaaaaaaasp* SAMPLES! Even though we had already decided against Godiva truffles, we got some of his. Local stuff is cool.

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In a cute little heart box, no less. The pack of 4 was on sale! One is missing because we ate it.

On to the main event. Some would say we cheated on this one because it is “chocolate” rather than “chocolates” but WHATEVER. Also at the grocery store, we spotted this beauty. She called to us from the case. She said… “Lo, I am filled with cream!”

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We heeded the call. Plus, there were heart sprinkles, and we are consumer whores.


You might have a couple questions. One question may be, “did you share that cupcake?” and the answer is yes. We also shared the truffles. The other answer to the question you’re not actually asking is “Yes, we ate a cupcake and chocolate truffles for breakfast.”

We forgot to add weigh-in day stuff to yesterday’s post, so here it is:


SP: -0.4 pounds, total lost: 89.8

AK: -0.4 pounds, total lost: 25.8


Tomorrow is National Gumdrop Day. Goody!







[FHCx37] National Frozen Yogurt Day

We don’t agree with Ron Swanson on this one. We are excited that


I (SP) still remember a conversation I had with a friend in college. A place had just opened in the loop called “FroYo” and he thought it was the most genius business plan ever: Get a handful of minimum-wage college kids to sit around and be cashiers in what was an entirely self-serve food place. The only real cost is maintenance of the machines and the supplies for the yogurt, but you would really only need one employee at a time to handle the whole place.

Little did we know, there was about to be an explosion of self-serve frozen yogurt joints around the country as the fad turned frozen yogurt into a saturated market. The days of TCBY and Monkey Paw frozen yogurt were over, and a new age was ushered in.

During that time, one of our family-favorite yogurt places opened up – Menchie’s. I value a few things the most out of a froyo haven, and Menchie’s delivers:

  1. Creaminess. I hate icy, chunky frozen “yogurt.” It should be smooth and milky.
  2. Low calorie options. While “non fat” frozen yogurt is the centerpiece of most places, having no added sugar means you actually get an awesome yogurty flavor when you want it.
  3. Bananas as a topping. I mean seriously, how hard is it? Places like YogurtLab have told us¬†to our faces that bananas go bad when they sit out and it’s just not feasible. Cheezus criminy.

Anyway, the yogurt!

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Method 1: Side-by-side swirls

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Method 2: Geological Strata

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Thanks, Menchie’s!


SP: -1.4 pounds, total lost: 89.4

AK: +3.2 pounds, total lost: 25.4

AK starts Minnesota Brass this week, so the offset of the activity is proving to be a challenge. Here’s hoping for a solid week coming up.

Tomorrow is Fettucini Alfredo Day!


[FHCx30] National Croissant Day

Oh, France. What food have you made that isn’t amazing…


SPuncle Ricky has lived in Paris for a long time, and I (SP) have fortunately been able to visit a few times over the years. And every time I go, the main thing on my mind is French patisserie. Well, all sorts of food, but mostly the things that are made with flour and/or chocolate. The problem is, we weren’t able to secure some cheap tickets to Paris for the day to pick up a bundle of croissants.

Instead, we were able to go to a favorite French cafe in Minneapolis, Patisserie 46. These guys mean serious business when it comes to their French bakery items. Croissants, brioche, chocolate, all of those amazing things. They don’t have palmiers though, so put that on the list for the must-have of the next Paris trip.

Without further adieu (get it?), here’s the goods.

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Left: Pain Au Chocolat. Right: Croissant. Buttery, flaky, amazing.

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The carnage of a too-good croissant

We’ll have to be conscious of our carb-and-butter intake for the rest of the day, but it was well worth it!


SP: -0.2 pounds, total lost: 88.0

AK: -3.0 pounds, total lost: 28.6

As we say in the business, “Take¬†that, Space Coyote!” A great showing for AK this week.

Tomorrow is National Brandy Alexander Day! If booze didn’t go so well with coffee, but it went well with butter and brown sugar, let’s see how it goes with chocolate.