Archive for February, 2011

February 28, 2011

Girl Scout Lovin’

Happy Monday! How happy are you that we are ONE day away from March? Which means we are just weeks away from Spring!!! I hope this makes you as happy as it makes me 🙂

This weekend was extremely busy and filled with food. 6 hours of my Saturday was spent cooking for my Grandma’s birthday. Thankfully I have an amazing boyfriend who helped me out A LOT in the kitchen…until the beer got there 😉 Our menu included : Sesame Ginger Shrimp, Baked Potato Nachos, Pasta A la Vodka Chicken Casserole, French Bread, Spinach – Goat Cheese – Apple – Raisins  & Candied Walnut Salad, Tagalong Cake and S’mores Cookies! I bet you can guess what I wore all day yesterday… Extreme stretchy pants from food overload! Everything turned out perfect which is a plus for you because that means I have recipes to share 🙂

Sunday, I promised the recipe that included TWO boxes of Girl Scout Tagalongs. Chocolate + Peanut Butter = the dangerously delicious most perfect combination ever.

Tagalong Cake


Ingredients

  • 1 box of Devils Food Cake  + ingredients you will need to make this (or make your own)
  • 2 boxes of Girl Scout Tagalong cookies
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
  • 16 oz tub of Cool Whip
  • 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Prepare cake mix as prepared on box
  • Chop 1 box of Tagalongs into small pieces

  • Add them to the batter

  • Pour batter into two greased 8 inch rounds

  • Cook for 3-4 minutes less than recommended on box
  • Remove from oven when toothpick comes out clean
  • Cool completely then remove from rounds to a platter

  • Chop 1/2 of the tagalongs into small pieces from the 2nd box
  • Warm the peanut butter slightly and fold it into half of the tub of cool whip

  • Slowly add 1/4 cup of the powdered sugar and mix well
  • Spread the peanut butter filling between the layers

  • Mix the rest of the cool whip with the remainder of the chopped tagalong cookies and frost the outside of cake.
  • Cut the last of the tagalongs in half and add them to the top of the cake

  • Refrigerate until ready to serve – Serve chilled

Look at the cookie pieces in the cake! I’m not a HUGE fan of chocolate cake but this cake takes the cake. Know what I’m sayin?

This deserves a total foodgasm face.

Next time you see those cute little girls at the grocery store asking you for $5 to buy a sinful treat say yes…and make this cake!

I have a couple more recipes from Saturday to share with you but I’m wrapped up in the Bachelor right now so I will save them for later on this week. Sneak peak…

In case you didn’t know – Tomorrow is National Pancake Day! If you don’t have time to stop by iHOP for your free pancakes then feel free to make one of my recipes… I bet mine taste better anyways 😉

Protein Pumpkin Pancakes

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Funfetti Pancakes

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Apple Swirl w/ Apple Topping Pancakes

Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Crepe Pancakes

Pumpkin Raisin Pancakes for One

Not to mention they will save you hundreds of calories. Indulge a little…

QUESTIONS: Will you be celebrating National Pancake Day? What is your favorite girl scout cookie? Have you ever made a dessert with Girl Scout cookies?

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February 27, 2011

Quickie…

Ahh it’s the weekend and I’m up at 6:45…Awesome! I’m not sure when my body decided it didn’t need 8 hours of sleep to function anymore but it’s not cool. Guess I should get my day started..

Yesterdays breakfast was a Strawberry Oatmeal Protein Shake. I’ve never added Oatmeal to a smoothie before but it was extremely filling. Good choice, Alyssa…Good choice.

Lunch was leftover Chili w/ a vitamuffin cornbread – 100 calories. Love it.

Dinner had to be quick because I had baking to do and a boyfriend to pick up! I used my trader joe’s chili lime chicken burgers and made lettuce wraps.

Bib lettuce, sprouts, avocado slices and chili lime chicken burger  dipped in sesame ginger sauce… I think PF Changs has some competition!

I am making apps/dinner/dessert for my family tonight so I did a little preparation while making myself some dessert!

I will show you the final results of the family dinner tomorrow but here is a sneak peak of what I used for one of the desserts…

2 boxes of those. I don’t have to tell you again how I feel about the chocolate + peanut butter combination… I’m sure it’s a mutual feeling.

My own dessert was a Non-Dairy attempt at my favorite Ice Cream… In the process I BROKE my ice cream maker 😦 The top has still not come off but I managed to pour what I could out of the top because I was not letting this go to waste. Tis a sad, sad day in my house.

Regardless of the tragedy it still turned out OK so I will pass the recipe on for you Non-Dairy lovers.

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (GREEN – there is no other way to eat it)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Coconut Milk – Original
  • 1 1/4 cup Coconut Milk – Unsweetened
  • 9 tsp stevia
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp mint extract
  • drops of green food coloring
  • 3/8 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 cup (or more, i wont judge) vegan chocolate chips – btw, is it possible i like these more than regular now?

Directions

  • Add coconut milk and xanthan gum to blender.
  • Blend for 30 seconds
  • Add vanilla, stevia, mint extract and green food coloring and blend for 30 more seconds
  • Pour into ice cream maker (follow ice cream maker instructions)
  • Last 5 minutes of churning add your chocolate chips
  • Freeze in airtight container for at least 2 hours

I’m not sure if the consistency was off because the machine was broken or because it was dairy-free. Either way it was delicious and WILL be finished.

One Ice Cream Sundae at a time…

Day 29: 3 Wishes

1.) For cancer to be to a non-existent word. I hate everything about it!

2.) I wish that fantasy baseball and football teams didn’t take over my boyfriends life! It’s a weird obsession to me.

3.) To have endless amounts of money to buy these things



See, I don’t ask for much 🙂 OK We’re off to start the cooking spree… If all goes well I’ll be back with lots of recipes tomorrow!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Xoxo