Vegan Week

Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any instant cavities or weight gain you receive after reading this post.

HAPPY MONDAY! I’m starting my week off Vegan Style… It’s DC Vegan week and I am taking the challenge to go 7 days animal and dairy free! I’m positive I could be a Vegetarian for a week but going Vegan is really going to test me. I’ve planned out my meals and I’m hoping that will make it easier. Wish me luck πŸ™‚ If you have any tips feel free to share them!

I am finally feeling back to normal (sickness wise, i feel gross from Super Bowl Food!). I got a couple of workouts in this weekend including spin, a 3 mile run, zumba and lifting shoulders and legs! It felt good to get back in the gym and sweat the rest of the sickness out. My legs absolutely hate me today. I cannot remember the last time they were this sore… But, I guess that’s a good thing!

Saturday I had lunch with my mom and aunt at California Pizza Kitchen. We all had a cup of their Tuscan White Bean Soup (I HIGHLY recommend this) and split a White Pizza w/ spinach and bacon on wheat thin crust.

We thought we had such great will power for sharing a pizza between 3 people. After we left lunch we walked around the mall… Then we saw a window display that looked like this:

Who can pass up godiva!? Clearly not us…

Can you guess which one is mine? The “healthy” one… Dark chocolate covered strawberry! If I would’ve known it was 7.99 before we got to the register I would’ve never ordered one! It was good…but seriously, I could make 24 of those for 7.99!

I was proud of myself for leaving the mall with only one bag.

Go me πŸ™‚

The 5-year-old I nanny for had her birthday this weekend so I finished hanging the lanterns, making the cutest cupcakes ever, a delicious kids trail mix and wrapping the gift baskets. Kids birthdays sure have gotten extravagant! I want to share the cupcake “recipe” with you… Can you guess what kind they were?

OBVIOUSLY! I have yet to come across someone who doesn’t like funfetti cake… and if I do ever meet that person I’m positive we have nothing in common and we can’t be friends. Sorry. These weren’t just normal funfetti cupcakes… They were pink and purple rainbow princess cupcakes! Seriously, I want someone to take notes for my next birthday party because these will need to be in attendance. I have the same taste as a 5-year-old, it’s cool.

Princess Colored Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • Funfetti cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • Neon food coloring
  • Vanilla Frosting
  • Sprinkles

Directions

  • Start off by preparing the Funfetti cake mix as directed on box with eggs, oil and water.
  • Divide into 2 separate bowls. Add food coloring drops til desired color is reached.

  • Line muffin tin with baking cups or spray with non-stick oil. Evenly distribute the first layer (whichever color you choose; i alternated) with batter.

  • Gently spread the next layer of color on top with the back of a spoon.

Pink and Purple. Pink and Purple. Pink and Purple.

  • Bake the cupcakes according to your box directions.
  • Remove and let cool before icing.

  • Decorate with Icing
  • Sprinkle

When you cut into them they should look a little like this:

You know you want to make these. Right now. Or maybe for valentine’s day… Although, I really do have the best cupcake recipe for that day that I will post later – I am such a tease.

I also made some Festive Pretzels.

 

Sweet and Salty. Sweet and Salty. Sweet and Salty. ( I need to get the black and Yellow song out of my head)

AND one of the yummiest Kids Trail Mixes…

Captain Crunch Berries cereal, Banana Chips, M&Ms, Dried Blueberries and Pretzels drizzled with White Chocolate.

My dentist is going to hate me.

For Super Bowl Sunday I made 2 things… But only concentrated on taking pictures and writing down measurements for one recipe. Recipe #1 was a Bacon Cheeseburger Macaroni and Cheese and recipe #2 was Twix Blondies. I paid more attention to the dessert because I know you all secretly have a fat kid trapped in your body like I do. You’re welcome.

Twix Blondies


Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 cups of brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 26 coarsely chopped mini twix bars + 1 king size twix
  • 1 cup Vegan chocolate chips + 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips melted

Directions

  • Preheat to 350 F.
  • Grease 9×13 baking pan.
  • In medium-sized bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt, whisking together.

     

  • In mixing bowl combine butter and brown sugar on low-speed until smooth.

     

  • Add eggs one at a time continuing on low-speed.

  • Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until just combined.

  • Add the coarsely chopped Twix and chocolate chips stirring with wooden spoon.

  • Spread batter into prepared pan and bake approx 25-30 minutes until they are set.

  • Toothpick will come out slightly gooey. Be careful not to overcook.

  • When removed from oven sprinkled reserved Twix on top and drizzle with melted chocolate.

  • Cool in pan for 2-3 hours or overnight.

  • Don’t cut the bars until they are completely cooled or they will be messy

Twix blondies might be my new favorite dessert… Beating funfetti… Yep, I said it. Gooey, salty, and sweet. I’ve fallen in love… Sorry Adam.

Speaking of my boyfriend – He is 28 years young today! Happy Birthday babe πŸ™‚

I’m still feeling so bad for not being able to make it to NJ to spend the weekend with him for his birthday but we will see each other this weekend so it will have to be extra special!

I’m also sorry to admit to all you Steelers fans but I’m happy that Green Bay won! The Steelers JUST won… I’m glad someone else got the chance… Did anyone else notice Christina Aguilera sing the wrong words to the national anthem? She has a phenomenal voice but girlfriend is looking rough these days! I also wasn’t thrilled with the halftime performance… I thought it was cheesy and that Fergie’s voice sounded HORRIBLE. Ok, I’m done being a hater.

One more thing I want to share with you before you stop reading this lengthy post… I got an awesome groupon deal yesterday for 1 month of unlimited yoga at Bikram Studio in Annapolis for $15! Normally its $15 a class… If you don’t receive Groupon emails daily you need to sign up! Click here to do so. Each day they send you a deal on something in your area. I am a groupon groupie. I buy alllll the time and I’ve never once regretted a purchase.

I’m off to work aka playing catch up on reading blogs πŸ˜‰

QUESTIONS: Do you have any vegan tips for me? What was your favorite Super Bowl commercial?

Day 10: Something you’re afraid of

THE DARK!! AHHHHH… I am such a baby. If the lights go out I instantly turn into chicken little. I may be tough on the inside but the dark is one thing that scare the bejeebees out of me.

Day 11: Favorite tv shows

I honestly don’t watch too much tv but when I do it’s all trash… Jersey Shore, Real Housewives, Kardashians etc. Anything on the Food Network gets my attention as well… Not trash πŸ™‚


Day 12: Something you don’t leave the house without

Currently it would be my Blackberry…But I will officially be an iphone user in 3 days! Woohooooo! My blackberry is breaking as we speak. I think it knows I’m about to trade it in πŸ˜‰

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25 Responses to “Vegan Week”

  1. I LOVE Goupon. Seriously, it’s amazing!

    I want those cupcakes, now. Lol. They look super fun. Purple is my favorite color, so that rocks my socks.

    I agree on the Superbowl halftime show, and that Christina is looking kinda rough. She sure has talent though… Lol.

  2. Yay for going vegan! I am going to shoot for 3 days and I am sure funfetti cupcakes can fall under that…maybe?!! haha

    Ginas is right down the road from us but I have been there once and it wasn’t great. I am always up for giving it another shot! Let’s plan a meet up this week! weds/thurs??

  3. Those cupcakes look seriously delicious. And the half time show was good but Fergie was just way off!! I am afraid of bugs, love watching The Office, True Blood, and Jersey Shore and never leave my house without my iphone. It’s my baby πŸ˜›

  4. Holy cow! Definitely think I just gained 10lbs. looking at all of those DELICIOUS desserts! Jk- but they do look amazing. I love how you made the cupcakes- so cool looking on the inside! πŸ™‚
    Favorite shows: pretty much any reality shows…I’m such a sucker, The Office & Desparte Housewives.
    Don’t leave the house without my crackberry, errr I mean Blackberry.

    Hope you have a good week! & Happy Birthday to your boyfriend πŸ™‚

  5. Twix blondies? Yum yum yum. I think I’d do it with PB twix, the scarcer of the two πŸ˜‰

    And yay to the Packers..woot woot!

  6. The funfetti cupcakes look amazing, and so do the Twix blondies!! I could devour both of them so easily! Good luck going vegan! πŸ™‚ My fave SB commercial definitely was the Volkswagen Star Wars one. So cute!

  7. Those cupcakes look so pretty! And tasty too. πŸ™‚

  8. I love all your pictures the funfetti cupcakes look great! Where do you buy the NEON food coloring?

  9. Holy cow, this post is right up my alley!! Those cupcakes are SO bright and colorful I love it!! I’ve been up to some baking of my own so expect some more sugar-high posts comin’ your way! Glad to hear you’re feeling better and gettin’ back in the swing of things; I’m quite impressed that you managed to work out that much in just 2 days after being sick. Props to you girl! Oh and on the Godiva note…I can never walk past that store without getting a treat:)

  10. Haha, I can never pass up the chocolate store either! But chocolate is healthy right? πŸ˜‰
    I love all those dessert recipes – mouthwatering! πŸ™‚

  11. I just went into a sugar coma reading this! hahaha! It all looks so delish! and OMG those cupcakes are adorable!

  12. Those cupcakes and brownies look so good! I’m thinking abour coming to your house and stealing them. JUST KIDDING!

  13. Hello! I just came across your blog – what a great post! Those twix blondies look totally amazing! I’m gonna subscribe and look forward to more fun and fashion! πŸ™‚

  14. Love those funfetti cupcakes, seriously, you must be the FUNNEST (yep, that’s a word now) nanny!

  15. Coming to your blog always makes me hungry. You always have the most amazing sounding recipes, and they seriously make my mouth water!
    Happy bday to your man πŸ™‚

  16. I absolutely love blondies. They’re so versatile. And you can mix almost anything in them!

  17. I want a Twix blondie! I love Twix candy bars, my mom used to buy them in the boxes for us when we were younger.
    Those princess cupcakes look so adorable! You know that show on MTV, My Sweet 16? They are going to have to get a show like that for these young princesses to show off their extravagant parties!

  18. VEGAN WEEK!??? GOOD LUCK GIRL! those eats look delishhh!

  19. I’ve had a sweet tooth for days but I think just reading this post fulfilled it! πŸ˜‰ Haha, great recipes that I’ll have to try someday. Those cupcakes look delicious…anything pink with funfetti has my vote.
    Way to root for the Packers–I love my Rodgers. Glad to see you’re feeling better & good luck with the vegan week! πŸ™‚

  20. With desserts like this-WE NEED TO BE FRIENDS, haha! Funfetti-my fav!!!
    If you’re on a cheese craving-try daiya:) Gluck!

  21. Yay for vegan week!! Those cupcakes look soo cute! I might just make a variation for my son’s V-day party! πŸ™‚

  22. Oh funfetti…lots of memories from college baking funfetti cookies! I think I like the frosting more that goeso n top though! haha

    So many sweet treats in this post that now I’m thankful I have a few M&Ms in my office to munch on haha.

    Vegan tips…careful menu planning and lots of homemade meals. I try to plan my meal plan the week before and do some prep on weekends so I am not overwhelmed during the week!

  23. Oooh I want you to plan my birthday party for this year!!

    Happy birthday to your man! You guys are so cute together. πŸ™‚

    Favorite SB commercial was definitely the one with the kiddo dressed like Darth Vader – too cute.

  24. splitting pizza (which is something i could never ever do) completely balances out steering right into the Godiva chocolate store! At least in my book ; )

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