The Mallory Project

"Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it." – Julia Child

30 Day Chronic Pain Challenge

Starting December 1, I’m going to be doing the 30 Day Chronic Pain Challenge on my Tumblr. Every day, you answer a different question about your chronic pain. I’ll link to that blog every so often so you can take a look at what I’m doing. Some days, I may even copy my answers on this blog.

Here is the link: MeleMallory’s Tumblr

Here are the questions:

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More Pumpkin Fudge

It turned out really great. The pumpkin purée took a lot of time (about two hours) and probably could have been blended a little bit longer (it was still a little chunky) but it ended up working really well.

While making the fudge, I did a few things differently, which I would fix in the future. Instead of using a 3 quart saucepan, like it says in the recipe, I grabbed a 2 quart, and the fudge mixture boiled over a time or two, so I had to turn down the temperature. I also didn’t let the white chocolate chips melt all the way (all the stirring hurt my wrists.)

But even with the chunks of chocolate, the fudge tasted amazing. It was like a tiny bite of pumpkin pie.

Have you ever tried to make your own pumpkin purée or pumpkin fudge? Let me know if you have, or if you want to try this recipe. I wanna hear from you!

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Pumpkin Fudge

Just because I’m doing the anti-inflammation diet, it doesn’t mean I’m going to stop baking and experimenting in the kitchen. In fact, I’m going to be doing more experimenting in a way, since I have to figure out how to make delicious desserts that are anti-inflammatory. How can I use agave instead of sugar in cupcakes? How can I use pure cocoa powder instead of chocolate chips? How do I use less processed products?

My first experiment will be pumpkin fudge. I’m going to be making homemade pumpkin purée instead of using canned pumpkin. (Unfortunately, I still have to use processed white chocolate chips, marshmallows, and evaporated milk, but one step at a time.)

I’m going to be making this tomorrow. Below is the recipe I’ll be using. I’ll check back in on Wednesday to let y’all know how it went.

Pumpkin Fudge (from allrecipes.com)

Ingredients
2 tablespoons butter
2 1/2 cups white sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 cup white chocolate chips
7 ounces marshmallow creme
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions
Line a 9×9 inch pan with aluminum foil, and set aside.
In a 3 quart saucepan, heat milk and sugar over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.
Mix in pumpkin puree and cinnamon; bring back to a boil. Stir in marshmallow creme and butter. Bring to a rolling boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 18 minutes.
Remove from heat, and add white chocolate chips and vanilla. Stir until creamy and all chips are melted. Pour into prepared pan. Cool, remove from pan, and cut into squares. Store in a cool, dry place.

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Epiphany

I’m always asking “why is my body being such a dick to me” and today I finally came up with the answer.

Because I am a dick to my body. First, there’s the negative self-talk, like “ugh, I’m getting so fat, that’s gross”, or “I’m the worst”. (Luckily that second one doesn’t come around so often, but it’s there enough, like when I make mistakes – even small ones.)

But there’s the physical way I treat my body. I eat horribly. I don’t have one sweet tooth, I have 32, and I often use that as an excuse to chow down on candy. I eat way too much candy. I probably eat more than your average 3rd grader.

I eat veggies and fruits, but not always the recommended 3-5 servings a day. (Actually, I only get that maybe 40% of the time.)

I don’t exercise, beyond the movement I need to do to go about my day.

When I’m not working, I’m normally sitting in bed, watching TV or reading. I snack throughout the day, even if I’m not hungry.

And I wonder why I get sick so often? Why I always feel like crap?

I got the stomach flu last week. I had to leave work early one day and call in sick the next. I didn’t eat for almost two days. It was bad. And that was when I had this epiphany. I need to treat myself better in order to feel better; in order to BE better.

So I’m starting the anti-inflammatory diet. This basically means no sugar, no saturated fats, limited processed foods. Which is pretty much my entire diet, so I’m going slowly. I’m starting with the fats this week…

We’ll see how it goes. But I really want to feel better.

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My biggest problem with Once Upon A Time

My biggest problem with Once Upon A Time right now is Aurora.

I have nothing against the character. She has grown on me (she was actually kind of plucky in that one episode). And I like the actress.

It’s just that she looks nothing like the character in the movie.

Not really a huge deal. But here are some comparisons.

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1. Emilie de Ravin, the actress who plays Belle. Notice that she’s blonde?

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2. Belle from the movie Beauty and the Beast. Notice that she’s brunette?

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3. Emilie de Ravin as Belle on Once Upon A Time. She’s brunette! Just like her cartoon equivalent.

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4. Sarah Bolger, the actress who plays Aurora. She’s brunette.

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5. Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, a blonde.

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6. Sarah Bolger as Aurora. She’s still brunette!

And see how Belle’s dress is a lot like (cartoon) Belle’s dress? But Aurora’s outfit is nothing like (cartoon) Aurora’s outfit.

It’s not a big deal, really. But they took pains to make sure
-Snow White looked like Snow White
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-Cinderella looked like Cinderella

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-Ariel looked like Ariel

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Why not make sure Aurora looks like Aurora? It just doesn’t make sense to me! They’ve been so careful with all the other characters, doing a wonderful job with casting. It feels like they dropped the ball on this one. It’s not that hard to find a good blonde wig or a box of bleach.

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