Monday, October 5, 2009

Who Cares What your Gym Teacher says?

Being that it was just conference weekend (wasn't it EXCELLENT? so many good talks. That deserves another post.)...I was spiritually fed. But dang! I ate a lot of food too (between the Friday night BYU football game and Sunday night dinner). I don't think I was ever hungry but I just kept eating. Dip to die for, cinnamon rolls, Hawaiian haystacks, Cafe Rio, papa johns. Oh my this is embarrassing. Plus we had candy bingo to play during conference.

Obviously I needed my step class at the gym this morning. It kicked my booty. At the end of the class my teacher/good friend/neighbor explains that the reason we might not be seeing results is because we are eating junk when we get home from the gym. And she proceeded to give us a kind little lecture about changing our eating habits. She said that it is basically pointless to work this hard and then eat that bad. I turned to my friend next to me and said (semi-jokingly), "that's why I come to the gym. So that I can eat whatever I want." :) Ha ha ha. Not really. I am not giving up my junk. I like it! And I like working out.

So I made the most DIVINE dessert for our FHE treat. You really should make it. Who cares what your gym teacher says? (she doesn't read my blog anyway so she'll never know )

Caramel-Glazed Apple Cake(from the Costco magazine)

1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil (eek!)
3 eggs
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
5 Granny Smith apples
1 1/4 cup chopped pecans and walnuts
2 1/4 tsp vanilla

Caramel Glaze
4 T butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 cup heavy cream

Preheat oven to 325. Butter and flour and a 9x13 pan (I did 2- 8x8 pans and gave one away).
Beat sugars and oil until well blended. Add eggs one at a time. Sift dry ingredients together and add to egg mixture until just blended. Stir in apples, nuts, and vanilla. Pour in pan(s).
Bake for 50-75 minutes (mine was about 60). Let cool in pan while preparing glaze.
Glaze: Melt better over low heat. Stir in sugars over med-low and cook for 2 minutes. Add cream and bring to a boil for 2 minutes. Stir constantly.
Poke holes in cake with skewer or toothpick. Pour glaze over the cake. Serve warm and top with whipped cream or ice cream. Yummers!


Dayna said...

that is EXACTLY why i work out too. i can NEVER give up sweets. NEVER.

Alissa said...

I am so glad that you put this up! I saw it in the costco magazine today, but in my de-clutter haste I tossed it. Thanks!

Hoffmann Family said...

I am a lover of good food too. Food is fun!

Kristine said...

yummmmy cake.

shoot. i need to be better. i tend to think..."hey i ran 4 miles this morning...i can eat ____"
i must work on that!

Christina said...

Okay, so you know how I could be a professional justifier person? Well, the trainer lady that makes Madonna and Gweneth Paltrow look amazing believes in working out and not totally limiting your food.

I love my junk, too. I totally understand. I embrace my love of tasty food.

Holly C M said...

As one who has lived that life, I understand. However, recent health news about the damaging effects, beyond weight, of sugar (such as your immune system and your heart) make me want to be much more careful. Treats are supposed to be a "treat" right? If we eat them all day everyday then they are not treats. That said, the cake sounds like the perfect thing for a special occasion. Thanks.

Holly C M said...

Oh, I forgot to mention sugar's effect on mood and appetite, too. You can ignore me--I'm just a mom.

Angie said...

YUM!!!! Thanks for posting this!!!! It looks so good (as indicated by the number of exclamation points I just used). I agree, if you're gonna work out that hard, you deserve a REWARD! :) :)

Cheryl said...

This is so funny - I just made this dessert on Sunday night, because the recipe looked so good in the Costco magazine!!

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Tracy said...

Food is the only drug I have. I have to get my fix. I saw the apple cake in Costco and it looked good. John loves apple bread, so I thought he might like it. I'm glad you tried it.

Lindsey said...

My thoughts exactly. Although now I don't get my same gym routine. It has been difficult to weed out the junk food to balance out the calories in calories out. I want my 24 back!

Malea said...

you said it!!!!

Leah Claire said...

Amen sister. Working out = Freedom to eat what I want. Always. :)