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FIT! the buzz word of the new year……. every year for the past… well for too many years!  When we bought the Wii console we were disappointed that we were unable to get the Fit Balance Board.  We were told they were first come first serve and we could line up on delivery day with others that were anticipating the purchase.  Being in line before opening was highly recommended as they were only receiving thirty boards.  We decided we did not have a burning desire that required staying over night in Victoria, rising before the light of day to possibly have a chance to buy the balance board.

Who would have thought that so many people wanted to buy a FIT to get fit? Who knew there were so many  games that could be used with the board!  Fast forward ….. still keeping our eyes open for a FIT.  The staff in the stores said much the same thing…. ‘first come first served’,’ be here on delivery day’, ‘the company only releases so many at a time.  I think it is a marketing ploy to keep up the interest by invoking scarcity!

In early January our friends Dave and Joan (who originally introduced us to Wii) were able to pick up the FIT on line.  We checked availability, ordered it, and waited, all the while listening to our friends telling us how much fun they were having  getting fit!  I was excited.  Having fun may hold my attention to exercise longer.  I know I should exercise and I need it,  yet I never found anything that could hold my interest for long. Let’s try yet another program…never give up!  Something has to work!

On Jan. 22 FIT arrived. We quickly set it up and began experimenting with Yoga, Strength, Aerobics, and Balance.  FIT starts with only a few different poses or challenges open,  as you build time in the ‘activity bank’ more of the training features open, giving us more variety and greater challenges. Once everything is open the number of rep choices increase. When we started we were doing two of each and it took about an hour, now we do a few different ones in each section and it takes an hour to an hour and a half.  Of course you can quit at any time but I am enjoying quite a few in each section so I spend longer.

We do yoga and strength training plus we jog, dance step, ski, snowboard, hula hoop (without a hoop!), catch fish (dressed like a penguin!), and we drop balls through holes. We laugh at ourselves and each other wondering what the people on the tugboats and ships would think if they happened to look our way.

More important I am still working on it and still enjoying doing it!  Do I feel fit?  Not yet, I feel a bit stiff and sore some days so I guess it must be working. Aaaah the quest to be fit using FIT!

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Basic Crepe

Basic Crepe

I really enjoy crepes because they can be made up to a month before they are needed.

Cook them, stack them – layering them with wax or parchment paper, put them in a freezer bag and freeze. Pull them out of the freezer, let them thaw until they are soft, then they are ready to roll!

The filling choices are only restricted by your imagination. Crepes can be for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, and they can be made with either sweet or savory, hot or cold fillings. Use them anytime as they are very versatile!The Best Basic Crepe Recipe

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Basic Wheat Flour Crepes
(makes about 24 crepes)

  • 1 1/3cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 6 tsp. butter, divided 4 tsp. butter, divided

Basic Rice Flour Crepes
(makes about 18 crepes)

  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ Rice Flour
  • 6 tsp. butter, divided 4 tsp. butter, divided

What you do:

  1. In a large bowl, blend milk, eggs and flour until smooth then let stand for at least an hour at room temperature.
  2. Melt ¼ teaspoon butter over medium-high heat in a small flat pan (6″-7″), or a large fry pan if you don’t have a flat pan. We use a non-stick 6″ fry pan.
  3. Pour 2 Tablespoons of batter in the bottom of the pan and tilt the pan so it covers the entire bottom. Tiny bubbles will start forming immediately if the heat is right, if not turn it up a bit.
  4. Cook until they lose the gloss and the edges are starting to turn golden brown.
  5. Flip and heat the other side to brown.
  6. As you take them off of the pan, stagger them on a plate to cool to room temperature, or if you are going to freeze them, stack on layers of wax or parchment paper.

For the Fillings:

For breakfast we mostly use fruits and cream cheese combinations but you can try any chopped meat/fish or vegetable combination with different sauces either in or on top. How about a hot one of scrambled egg with bacon bits and cheese, topped with salsa? Or a cold one with ice cream, such as Crepe Suzette? The possibilities are endless and many you can make ahead, and quickly put on the finishing touches.

If you would like some recipe combinations just let me know. You can enjoy your guests and look like you have spent the entire day cooking.

Or, if you happen to be in Paris enjoy crepes at La Brehatine. They were friendly, helpful and served up a wonderful selection of delicious crepes. Bon appétit!

Blueberry Crepe

Blueberry Crepe

Only a few more days until Valentine’s Day – and we’re all done sending out the recipes to our Breakfast with the Broads email subscribers! But, in case you missed it, or you weren’t on our list of subscribers, we are going to share the special recipe for Heart Shaped Chocolate Chip Scones with you. These go wonderfully with the fruit that is served with dark chocolate dipping sauce! 🙂 YUM.

Chocolate Chip Scones for Valentine's Day Breakfast

Chocolate Chip Scones for Valentine's Day Breakfast

Preparation Time: 15 – 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Servings: Makes 1 dozen

What you need:

Ingredients for Chocolate Chips Scones

Ingredients for Chocolate Chips Scones

  • 2 cups flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter (room temperature)
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 eggs

What you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 425oF.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients together.
  3. Using a pastry blender or two butter knives, cut in butter until it looks like coarse meal.
  4. Add the chocolate chips.valentine-table-food004
  5. Stir in milk and eggs with a fork just until moistened.
  6. Lightly flour a small surface.
  7. Take dough out of the bowl and turn onto the lightly floured surface. Form dough into a ball and knead about 20 times.
  8. Roll dough out with floured rolling pin until it’s about ½ inch thick.
  9. Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out the heart shaped scones. valentine-table-food007
  10. Place on ungreased baking sheet.
  11. Bake at 425oF for 12-15 minutes.valentine-table-food012

NOTE: We used an egg wash and sugar on top of our scones but the sugar gave it a glaze that changed the look of the chocolate. If you wish to top them perhaps try an egg wash then chocolate sprinkles.

At Anne’s, every morning begins with coffee or tea delivered to your door at 8am. At 9am we serve a glorious 4 course breakfast in our dining room. And, every breakfast starts off with a juice drink and a fresh fruit dish. Our Valentine’s Day menu that we’ve been sending to our Breakfast with the Broads e-mail recipe list also starts off with a fruit dish, but with a special Valentine’s Day twist.

Fresh fruit is yummy

Fresh fruit is yummy

Mmmm – fresh fruit IS yummy, BUT, on Valentine’s Day why not make it really delicious and tasty by adding some dark chocolate dipping sauce?

Dark chocolate - the perfect dipping sauce for fruit on Valentine's Day

Dark chocolate - the perfect dipping sauce for fruit on Valentine's Day

Here’s our Valentine’s Day Breakfast Menu for 2009:

White Grape Juice (with a few drops of red juice for color if desired)

Fruit Dish: Strawberries, Kiwi, Mango, or Red Grapes

(with dipping dark chocolate)

Pear Melba with Raspberry Sauce

Chocolate Chip Scones

Heart-shaped Raisin Toast with Cinnamon Sugar

Heart shaped waffles, whipped cream & Maple/Strawberry Sauce

Chicken/Turkey Sausage

(looks nice garnished with sliced Strawberry and Fresh Rosemary/Mint Sprig)

Tea, Coffee (with cinnamon hearts)

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We’re featuring a simple yet delicious Valentine’s Day Breakfast or Brunch Menu at Breakfast & Beyond. And, as with any breakfast put on by Anne’s Oceanfron Hideaway it’s a several course breakfast. The wonderful thing about that is that you don’t always have to make a 4 or 5 course breakfast! Each dish in itself is a great breakfast or brunch item. This particular one is perfect for everyday enjoyment. And, it takes you less than 10 minutes to prepare:

Special on Valentine's Day but Great Any Day it's the Pear Melba with Raspberry Sauce

Special on Valentine's Day but Great Any Day it's the Pear Melba with Raspberry SaucePreparation Time: 10 minutesCooking Time: NoneServings: 4

What you need:

  • 2 Cups Granola (Harvest Crunch Granola is a good one)
  • 2 Cups French vanilla yogurt
  • 4 canned pear halves
  • 4 Tablespoons Raspberry syrup (you can make your own or use some store bought)
  • 4 Tablespoons Almond Slices

What you do:

  1. In 4 serving dishes, sprinkle 1/4 cup of granola per dish. Top with 1/4 cup of yogurt.
  2. Repeat, sprinkling 1/4 cup of granola on top of the yogurt and then 1/4 cup of yogurt on top of the granola, yogurt, granola layers.
  3. Place one pear half (indent down, round side up) in each dish.
  4. Drizzle 1 Tablespoon raspberry syrup over the mixture and sprinkle with almonds.

Heart Shaped Chocolate Chip Scones & Heart Shaped Cinnamon Toast Cut Outs

More Valentine's Day Breakfast Menu Items: Heart Shaped Chocolate Chip Scones & Heart Shaped Cinnamon Toast Cut Outs

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Rick and I don’t spend much on each other for Christmas anymore, we already have too much ‘stuff’. But, after playing Wii at a friend’s place, we decided to treat ourselves to an early Christmas present.

We justified it easily, thinking that it would be a form of exercise AND entertainment.  In early November we managed to find a console after trying several places on line and different stores in Victoria.  We also bought an extra remote so we each had one…(my idea which I am sure you will understand if you have tried removing a remote from the male grip!)

We set it up early so we could practice before Christmas. We wanted to at least show some expertise (HA!)!  Baseball, Boxing, Golf, Bowling and Tennis, we tried them all several times but we mostly stayed with the Bowling and Tennis.

Rick started playing tennis against himself by using two different players, one for each arm!  What a sight – he was talking the whole time hitting the ball back and forth and calling out both sides.  The left arm plays as “Janet” and the right arm plays as “Rick”. He has kept this up for almost an hour each day, exhausted but thoroughly enjoying defeating  himself.

A couple of times he would say “Janet has a sore arm today, she overextended” or some such comment that to others would be totally bizarre. Needless to say I am no match for him.

When the kids arrived we started to Golf.   I did everything wrong, from golfing back handed to not hitting the ball hard enough and ending up in the water, or too hard and overshooting the greens and ending up out of bounds (or in the water, again!). The Wii kept saying +10 GIVE UP! I had so many points I made everyone look like pros! Julie kept repeating one of the many quotes she says “The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expecting different results” or something like that.  Anyway I got the message, didn’t heed it all that well but I got the message.  YOU suck mom!

Next came the driving game Mario Kart.  We hadn’t taken it out of the package! Well I still do not have  the hang of that one.  I guess my hand and eye coordination leaves much to be desired as I ran into every wall and hazard they put in front of me. Not just once but EVERY time!

I would even back up and hit it again and again and again! Everyone else was completely involved, so they didn’t see me sitting at the start line trying to figure out which way to go and how to get there (until the end and I wasn’t finished!) They loved it driving like they owned the road and everything on it!  Maybe I am getting too old for these games, or I just need practice, lots and lots and lots of practice!

One of my childhood memories was my Grandmother making toast strips to eat with my egg in the morning.  On special days she would sprinkle a mix of  cinnamon and sugar on top, pop them in  the oven on broil for a few seconds until they started to bubble.  The kitchen would smell of cinnamon as I waited in anticipation for the moment I could savor the flavor as well as the smell! Inspired by those memories, this year’s Valentine’s Day Breakfast Menu includes some tasty and comforting heart shaped Cinnamon Toast!

Crunchy and tastey!

Crunchy and sweet!

We use 2 Tablespoons of Sugar  to 1 teaspoon of Cinnamon, but you can alter it to suit your taste buds.

Cookie cutter

Cookie cutter

Sprinkle on the Sugar Cinnamon Mix
Broil until the sugar bubbles

Broil until the sugar bubbles

Put in frypan add an egg, cover and cook.

Put in fry pan add an egg, cover and cook.

Need an idea of how to use  up the left over bread?  Put it in a frying pan add an egg and cook until egg starts to solidify, cover for a minute to set the egg. If you like your eggs over easy flip them, then just leave on the other side for about 30 seconds.
Serve with a sprig of green and berries or grape size tomatoes.  Loved by kids and kitchen staff (me)!


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