Tropical Fruit Kabobs
Happy Valentine’s Day, Egg Heads! I hope you’re spending time with friends and loved ones on this February weekend. I woke up and made my mom the pancakes from my Portlandia cookbook, but since I didn’t have marionberries in my possession, I used chocolate chips. Hey, it’s Valentine’s Day, I’m allowed to have chocolate at 8 AM; these pancakes were delicious and filling. If you watch Portlandia, you’ll love the cookbook. It’s really hilarious and full of great tasting dishes.
In an attempt to justify the amount of chocolate and indulgent foods I will be eating today, I went to the gym after breakfast. It’s always super crowded on the weekends. I opted for a trip on the stair master. An hour of stair stepping at level 8 can make a girl go crazy…especially since those machines don’t have televisions attached. At the beginning of the year, I made the decision to delete social media from my phone and read more. I learned that 1.) I spent A LOT of time scrolling through mindless tweets and news feeds and 2.) All that time can be used to learn new things and actively participate in people’s lives. Now, I’m not saying that I don’t like social media, I actually use it quite often, especially for the blog. But, I became quite addicted and reliant on social media as a time filler. So, I took up reading at the gym as a substitute for my scrolling social media obsession. I’ve finished three books on ellipticals, treadmills, and stair masters this year so far.
The first book I read was It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell. It’s a beautifully written memoir by a food blogger and amazing young woman. Go read it! The second was a young adult book called Asylum by Madeleine Roux. It was entertaining and I ended up recommending it to one of my students who is interesting in suspense and thriller type books. The third book I’ve read at the gym and just finished today was A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard. I’m embarrassed to say this but I cried on the elliptical yesterday. If you haven’t read her story, it is powerful and inspiring; she found light in times when there was extreme darkness. It is incredible that someone could endure such a horrifying experience and grow both emotionally and spiritually from it. When I finished the book today, I still had a few more minutes on the stair master. The man working out next to me said, “That must have been a really good book”. I guess I had been kind of zoned out for a good hour! At least it makes exercise a little more enjoyable.
So, I worked out because I’m making a delicious chicken parmesan dinner that will end with red velvet cake for dessert and a few of these fruit kabobs. I’m beyond excited.
If you’re still trying to keep your New Year’s Resolutions and want something a little lighter for dessert tonight, try these kabobs. These will provide you and your loved one with another culinary escape from the winter–pineapple, coconut, and strawberries. It’ll make you feel like you’re on an island with palm trees and a warm sea breeze.