Posts tagged ‘birthday party’

February 2, 2011

Sweet Teeth

Best news ever: Spring is coming early! Not sure how Punxsutawney Phil would have seen his shadow in all of this rain anyways… But I’ll take it 🙂

I’m home sick today… But while I sit here and watch Regis & Kelly, Rachel Ray and other shows that only you lucky stay at home workers get to watch I figured I could update my blog! I’m a great multitasker.

By the way, thank you for all of your sweet messages on my post yesterday about being sick. Hopefully just one more day and I’m back to normal!

I’ve made some amazing breakfasts recently…one of them has become my new favorite. Thanks to Olivia for giving me this idea!

Oatmeal Fro-Yo Parfait

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana, sliced

Directions

  • Prepare Oatmeal (1/2 cup oatmeal + 1 cup almond milk)
  • While Oatmeal is cooking slice banana and add to food processor w/ 2 tbsp of almond milk
  • Blend until banana becomes the consistency of frozen yogurt
  • Layer it in a glass
  • Eat your dessert for breakfast 🙂

Sorry, but you’ll be seeing A LOT of this breakfast in the future.

Another blueberry concoction…

Tofu Blueberry Protein Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces silken tofu
  • 1/3 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons of protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons of plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon agave
  • 2 -3 ice cubes, optional

Directions

  • Mix everything in blender until smooth
  • Top with some blueberries

OK, last breakfast recipe and then onto dessert 🙂

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 Tbsp of Peanut Butter

Directions

  • Prepare oatmeal (1/2 cup oatmeal & 1 cup almond milk)
  • While oatmeal is thickening slice 1/2 banana and add to food processor with a Tbsp. of Peanut Butter

  • Once smooth add the cooked Oatmeal to the food processor

  • Blend everything together.
  • Pour into bowl.

  • Feel free to add more toppings (i chose the other half of banana, blueberry granola crisps and some raisins)

All of these breakfast foods are healthy, delicious and easy to make so you’re not just stuck eating plain cereal everyday. Beach season is right around the corner! Make meals that wont break the bank or the button on your jeans 🙂

OK now for some Dessert recipes! These actually aren’t THAT bad for you.. I’m not sure what I am thinking with all of these healthy recipes lately but we will thank ourselves later when bikini pictures are being tagged of us on Facebook!

First up we have Tofu Mousse… Don’t be turned off by the name. It has CHOCOLATE in it. Everyone loves chocolate, right? I’m loving Olivia because I got this from her as well 🙂

Chocolate Mousse (Tofu)

Ingredients

  • 4 oz silken tofu
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp agave
  • 1 tbsp almond milk
  • 3/4 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp xanthan gum

Directions

  • Blend first 5 ingredients together until smooth
  • Add xanthan gum until pudding becomes thicker
  • Eat immediately… not like  you would want to wait anyways

Oh imagine that… I sprinkled blueberries on top! I’m not gonna lie, I ate this for dinner… It had protein and fiber in it, so it counts as a healthy meal 🙂

Funfetti owns my life. It started off with the pancakes last week and now I’ve moved on to dips, whoopies and lollipops. This box of funfetti mix has come A LONG way.

Funfetti dip

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp of funfetti cake mix
  • 2 tbsp of greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of fat free cool whip

Directions

  • Mix everything together….Easy enough.

Dip anything you want… Vanilla wafers, graham crackers or even funfetti cookies if you’re feeling really fun! This tastes just like licking the batter off of the bowl (i have plenty of experience so I should know) but without the raw eggs, oil and butter! Sorry my bowl is so messy… I may or may not have already started dipping before I took the picture 😉

For the next 2 recipes you will use the remainder of your cupcake mix… If you’re anything like me you have a secret stash in the basement so this isn’t too upsetting.

Funfetti Cookie Lollipops & Whoopie Pies

Ingredients

  • Funfetti cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick of butter
  • Container of Fat Free Cool Whip
  • Wooden sticks
  • Icing
  • Sprinkles

Directions

  • Mix together funfetti cake mix, egg and stick of butter until dough forms.
  • Scoop out a generous tablespoon and form into a ball shape.
  • Push wooden stick in the middle of dough ball.
  • Flatten out with a spoon to make the ball flat.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden at edges.
  • Ice, sprinkle, eat!

Not only do these look pretty but they taste pretty good!

  • Scoop the remainder of the dough into a rounded teaspoon
  • Place on baking sheet
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes
  • Let cool
  • Once cool spread the cool whip onto one cookie and place another cookie on top of that. Roll in the sprinkles. Freeze until ready to eat.

I, clearly didn’t need to freeze mine.

I guess you could eat them as regular cookies too… but who wants to do that when there are so many fun ways you can enjoy them instead.

Now do you believe me when I say I have sweet teeth instead of a sweet tooth? I also ate some regular dinner foods… Not everything had chocolate or peanut butter. (although it’d be great if it did)

Egg Salad Salad (Spinach, cucumber, carrot, egg salad (courtesy of whole foods))
Sesame and Thyme encrusted Halibut with a side of Asparagus

Black Bean and Squash Enchilada

I wont bore you with the savory recipes after I’ve given you all of the sweet ones. Another time…

I finished the goodie bags for the 5-year-old birthday party and also made some paper napkin flowers. 

The party is on Saturday and there is still a lot left to do! I hope being sick today doesn’t leave us stressed for time!

I went to the grocery store on Monday (along with 3 million other people) because we were apparently going to get the worst ice storm of the year… Didn’t happen. But I did find these things that made me HAPPY 🙂

Love edamame… especially if it comes shelled!

I promised I wouldnt buy vegan chocolate chips… But these are carob chips! and they are just like chocolate chips – but healthier. So I’m still going strong with no Chocolate Chips – I think its been a week?

I have been eating these all day… Guess I knew I was going to get sick!

I plan on making a new running playlist tonight so hopefully I can share these with you tomorrow!

Day 6: A picture of something that makes you happy

Key West Sunset… I love sunrises and sunsets and this is one of the best places to see them!

Day 7: Favorite movies – mine are completely random.

1. Grease

2. Man on Fire

3. Devil Wears Prada

4. Toy Story

5. Love Actually

6. Closer

7. Mean Girls

8. The Little Mermaid

9. The Town

10. Eat, Pray, Love

This post has exhausted me… Time to rest again!

QUESTIONS: Do you workout when you are sick? What is your favorite movie of all time? Are you hungry when you are sick?

January 21, 2011

Fashion, Fitness, Favorites & FRIDAY!

Happy Friday Everyone 🙂 I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to not be in a good mood on Friday! I love the guy on the radio who screams It’sssssssssssss Friiiiidayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! Always puts a smile on my face 🙂

Yesterday I only made ONE thing… That’s so not like me. I was really tired and needed to relax so I took the easy way out. My meals were still great, just not as fresh!

Breakfast: 2 brown rice cakes w/ Better n Peanut Butter and blueberries

Snack: Protein bar

Lunch: Vegetable Lasagna (leftovers)

Dinner: OK – Confession time… I had been craving something cold ALL DAY LONG. I’m not sure if I’m getting sick or I’m extremely dehydrated (I drank 5-6 bottles of water today) but my body was telling me it wanted something cold – so for dinner I made a banana split!

A banana sliced in half topped with leftover Smore’s Ice Cream (from last night), a graham cracker, and a little more better n Peanut Butter. It hit the spot… I usually don’t just eat dessert for dinner but I made an exception tonight. It happens, right?

When the girls woke up from naptime they said they wanted to bake a cake… We didnt have enough ingredients to bake an entire cake and ice it… So i thought we could make 3 ingredient cookies.

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup of Sugar

Mix all (3) ingredients together.

Let the girls plop them onto a baking sheet.

Bake them for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.

They also BEG for candy every single day so we put some hershey kisses on top of a couple of these as soon as they came out.

It doesn’t get much simpler than that!

The invitations were finished for the 4-year-olds upcoming Birthday Party! It’s a tangled theme – They turned out so cute!

After work aka watching 4 different G-rated movies with 2 sick little girls I headed to the gym for Boot camp class. This boot camp is different from the one I took last week… It’s an hour long – 5 minutes of warm-up, 3 minutes intense cardio, 3 minutes weights – repeat this 5 times (all different stations) – 5 minutes of Tabata – 10 minute abs – 5 minute cool down. I enjoy this class and the variety it offers. It was extremely packed today so the stations were a little crowded. After boot camp I decided to run 1 mile uphill on the treadmill. I ran 5.8 mph at a 3-4 incline. My legs are already starting to feel like jello! A yoga video might be in order for today…

I was supposed to attend Happy Hour with some girlfriends but we decided to reschedule for next week!

Yesterday’s warm weather had me dreaming about Spring…. I also bought new bathing suits the other day so I’m ready for it to arrive! Since I know that (spring arriving) will be a while I’ve booked a trip to Florida for the first weekend in March 🙂 Thank god because this girl NEEDS a tan. I’m pretty sure I haven’t been this pale in the past 10 years – but I’ve given up tanning beds for good so I guess I better get used to it.

Me now: (after a workout)

Me when I was tan:

Me when I was clearly tanorexic:

Don’t laugh… Looking back on this I was seriously RIDICULOUS! I’m actually embarrassed I looked like this during my senior prom.

Anyways… Back to my Florida talk. I found some things i need want for the Spring season!

1. Michael Kors Bag

2. Gucci Aviators

3. Becca Coverup

4. Steve Madden Sandals

5. Julie Dillon Dress

I might have to get a second job 😉

Since Spring IS right around the corner and we will all be resorting back to tiny shorts, bikinis and sleeveless tops it’s really time to hit the gym hard! Try to get in a little workout EVERYDAY if possible. I know its not easy to get to the gym every single day of the week but you could always take a walk (around the mall), take the stairs instead of the elevator or do this quick 10 minute workout in your own home.

UCML (Upper, Cardio, Middle, Lower)

– Do as many pushups as you can with good form

– Cardio for 60 straight seconds (Jump rope, mountain climbers, run in place) for 60 seconds.

– 30 reps of your favorite ab move (plank, crunches, bicycle)

– 20-30 reps of a squat & plyometric jump

Repeat 3-6 times! No excuses…You can do it!

Now for my favorite Friday section… 10 random things!

1. Favorite way to update my LBD (little black dress) – Add a glitzy broach to a belt. Instantly Fabulous.

2. Favorite way to put myself in an instantly good mood: Do Less. – Sometimes you need the down time. You cant always be go, go go!

3. Favorite afternoon snack: Apple and Peanut Butter – Fiber & Protein = Full & Energized!

4. Favorite celebrity crush: Brody Jenner. Enough said.

5. Favorite Mascara: Hypnose Drama by lancome

6. Favorite Winter Nail Color: You don’t know Jacques! -OPI

7. Favorite thing I made this week: Smores Ice Cream..DUH

8. Favorite Hostess Gift: Cocktail Napkins

9. Favorite Flowers: Gerbera Daisies (Orange)

10. Favorite Singer: Miss Britney Spears – Always and Forever.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! I have nothing planned… I’m starting my house-sitting duties today so if I do anything it will be a last minute decision.

Picture courtesy of my dad – The moon 40,000 feet high headed to Florida!