Archive for April, 2011

April 29, 2011

WiNNiNG

OK, so I’m a little late on the Charlie Sheen title…but it applied to my post so I’m running with it 🙂 TWO of my favorite bloggers Alyssa (she has an amazing name) and Holly (she got engaged in Baltimore, where I live) awarded me with The Versatile Blogger Award. The only requirement is that I tell you 7 random things about myself…This shouldn’t be hard. I love talking about me 🙂

But first I wanted to fill everyone in on the lie from yesterdays post. Only a few of you got this right…My own mother and boyfriend both failed! If you guessed Number 5 “My favorite dessert is creme brulee and I wish I owned a torch to make it” – You are correct. I am a peanut butter and chocolate girl allllll the way but Ice Cream is my number one dessert pick. I have a bottomless pit when it comes to eating fro yo, soft serve or ice cream. Most of you picked Number 3. “I used to think bones could fall out of my feet and would come home daily to tell my mom another one did.” – Unfortunately, this is true. I. am. weird.

Now back to my 7 random things…

1.) When I grow up (ha), I want a husband (duh), 2 or 3 children, a Maltese named Daisy, a huge boutique like walk-in closet filled with shoes and accessories, an island in my kitchen, an Alyssa room where I can just scrapbook, blog and watch Disney movies alone, and a garage so I never have to scrape snow off my car ever again. Oh, and a really big backyard. I don’t ask for much.

2.) I’m lactose intolerant – but I cannot and will not give up dairy to save my life.


3. You know how everyone takes those really fun jumping pictures? Well this tan girl can’t jump. I’m not sure what’s wrong with me.

I'm in the yellow dress

4.) I do a little bit of this every. single. day.

5. I’m a diehard redskins fan – Even though they always disappoint me by the end of the year I still have high hopes!

6. I was sleeping in the same bed with my best friend the night her water broke. Is that TMI? Let’s just say that was a hectic night! But worth it 🙂

Sweet Baby Paxton

7.  Last but not least – I made one of my best friends wedding cakes (with the help of my best best friend). It was funfetti flavored. Everyone loved it. D.U.H.

So now I get to tag 7 people… Cara, Jenny, Maris, Jess, Nichole, Gina and Kate and of course anyone else who wants to participate 🙂

Now that I’ve told you random things about myself it’s onto two of my favorite meals this week for Favorite Friday!

I’ve been enjoying this Protein Shake after workouts and it’s SO SO amazing.

Peanut Butter Cup Shake

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop of chocolate whey protein
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp Peanut Butter
Directions
  • Blend together
I bet you can guess how long it took me to finish that? Yep, 2.6 seconds.

The next meal is a breakfast – I’ve never even had quinoa…Let alone thought of eating it for breakfast. But I’ve eaten this 3 times this week – and it is realllllly tasty.

Breakfast Quinoa

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1 tbs slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • drizzle of agave
Directions
  • Bring all ingredients (except agave) to a boil in a saucepan until all of the liquid has been soaked up.
  • Drizzle agave nectar on top and add more cinnamon if desired
I never thought I would eat the same breakfast 3 days in a row… But, it’s happened. I might even eat it again tomorrow. If you’ve never tried quinoa but have been thinking about it – try it this way! No joke, deliciousness.
Before I sign off for the night – Did everyone watch the Royal Wedding??
I honestly had no desire to until I woke up this morning at 5:40 with no alarm set so I turned  the TV on and watched for 2 straight hours. So much for not being interested huh? I really thought everything about it was great…The dress, the carriages, their love and how prim and proper everyone was over there. It was a true fairy tale! If you missed it I’m sure there are recaps on every single channel.
I hope everyone has an amazing weekend! I hope to make some fun recipes this weekend because I have a lot of free time on my hands.

Questions: Tell me a random fact about yourself. What is the best meal you’ve had this week? What did you think of the royal wedding? (i had to ask!)

April 28, 2011

Truth? or Lie?

There are some things you may not know about me — I like to play games…a lot. I’m a nanny – which means I’m a kid at heart. I bake, color and play candy land every week day. I’ve always been told that I remind people of a kindergartener (which is funny, because if I were a teacher THAT is the grade I would pick). I love bright colors (you wont ever catch me in all black), writing my name in swirly letters (see below) and watching Disney movies on repeat on rainy days. I’m actually watching Finding Nemo right now…

I remember playing 3 truths and 1 lie when I was younger and nobody would ever be able to guess my lie. Maybe I’m a good liar? Let’s see if I’ve still got it. Below are 4 truths and 1 lie. Sorry, I don’t follow rules. I NEEDED 4.

1. When I was younger, I used to pull the comforter over my head thinking the entire thing was bulletproof and if someone came in to “steal” me I would be safe.

2. I have helped build a house… Including but not limited to: Putting the dry wall up, adding the roof and building the stairs.

3. I used to think bones could fall out of my feet and would come home daily to tell my mom another one did.

4. I don’t know how to whistle!

5. My favorite dessert is Creme Brulee and I wish I had a torch to make it!

Well? Which one do you think it is??

 Since I bake so often I thought I’d share this quick recipe that the girls and I made this morning for their breakfast. When it’s rainy, we bake. I like rainy days =)

Mini Cinnamon Crunch Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups Whole Wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • TOPPING:
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and allspice.
  • Combine the egg, milk and butter; mix well.
  • Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Spoon into greased or paper-lined mini muffin cups.
  • Bake at 400° for 12-14 minutes or until muffins test done.
  • For topping, combine sugar and cinnamon.
  • Brush the tops of warm muffins with butter; sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar. 

Voila. I’ve always loved cinnamon crunch muffins but I know they aren’t exactly the best thing in the world to eat for breakfast every morning. Since these are mini they are perfect to crumble in your greek yogurt, oatmeal or as a side with eggs. I really wanted to add blueberries to these but we didn’t have any on hand – Next time!
Cutest muffin EVER. Yes, muffins can be cute.
Time to enjoy my lunch while the children are sleeping…
Spinach, walnuts, 1/4 avocado, 5 strawberries, a couple of green & red apple slices, and grilled chicken drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

QUESTIONS: Which one do you think is the lie?? What do you do on rainy days?