Posts tagged ‘blog challenge’

January 28, 2011

Funfetti Pancakes & Favorite Friday

Happy Friday everyone! This week went by fast =) I love when that happens… Remember when we all used Myspace and people would send you Happy Friday comments? 

Sometimes they’re good for a smile.

Yesterday I woke up to 10 inches of snow on the ground! Yay for a snow day… I decided to make myself a yummy breakfast since I wasn’t in a rush for once. If you know me, you know I’m OBSESSED with funetti cake/cupcakes/cookies. I make them once a month and always have a spare box in the pantry. So, this morning, I ripped open the box in an attempt to make Funfetti Pancakes…

Mission Accomplished. I love incorporating one of my favorite things into breakfast because breakfast is my favorite meal so it’s bound to make for a wonderful day! Oh and these weren’t just regular pancakes, they were packed with protein and made with whole wheat 🙂 Give them a try, you wont regret it.

Protein packed Funfetti Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of brown rice protein
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/8 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/3 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 cup egg whites
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp funfetti cake mix (or more if you’d like)
  • Sprinkles

Directions

  1. Mix dry ingredients – protein powder, flour, oats, flax, baking soda, sprinkles and funfetti mix.
  2. Mix wet ingredients – almond milk, greek yogurt, vanilla and egg whites.
  3. Combine together.
  4. Heat a skillet with cooking spray to med-high heat. Drop the batter into 3 portions in skillet and heat for 3 minutes on each side. Make sure you press down after flipping the pancakes the first time.

5. Transfer to plate and top these however you would like.

I topped mine with frozen blueberries that were defrosted in the microwave. We were out of sugar-free syrup and I didn’t want to use regular. (Sugar free has 30 calories while regular has 210!) I’m still thinking about these pancakes because that’s how much I loved them.

Good thing I had a hearty breakfast because I was headed outside to shovel for my first time! Apparently I have OCD and couldn’t stop shoveling because I ended up shoveling the road… Ridiculous, I know. I was all about the calorie burn so I just kept going… I shoveled for about 2 hours and let me tell you that I’ve never been more sore in my life. Who would’ve thought that shoveling snow would’ve been the best workout I’ve ever had?? There is not 1 muscle in my body that isn’t achey today…

We had the cleanest sidewalk/road/driveway in the neighborhood and burned about 600 calories while doing it 🙂

After I got showered and warmed up I was hungry again! I decided to make a cheese”burger” out of last night’s Sweet Potato TurkeyLoaf.

Stuffed it in half of a pita with some spinach and it was goooood!

I love creating new meals out of leftovers.

During the day I also snacked on some watermelon slices and of course a protein granola bar. Those will finally be gone tomorrow! Need to think of a new snack to make 🙂

We had A LOT of fresh veggies on hand so we decided to go the stir fry route for dinner

Stir-fry is probably one of my favorite dinner choices!

We broiled some salmon and threw it into the veggies with brown rice, drizzled szechuan sauce and topped with sesame seeds. 15 minute meal – 6 ingredients – Rachel Ray & Claire Robinson would be proud.

Even though I am out of Vegan Chocolate Chips I still managed to have dessert…Imagine that. I received this candy bar 2 weeks ago and have been saving it for the perfect moment.

Which was clearly, now. I broke off 3 squares, topped them with marshmallow fluff and placed that on top of 1/3 of a piece of graham cracker.

I love mint, I love chocolate and I love anything that resembles smores so it’s only fair to say that I love this dessert as well. I didn’t even miss my chocolate chips. Did you notice I went an entire day without Peanut Butter? Weird, hope I’m not getting sick 😉

Onto Favorite Friday… I made a list of my top 10 favorite foods that I could NOT live without. Ready…

10. Green Beans – By far my favorite vegetable. I love them szechuan style the most!

9. Avocado – looks like greens will be at the top of the list. I love that you can add this to a lot of different dishes… But sometimes I just scoop it out with a spoon 🙂 

8.  Goat Cheese – On pizza, salads, quesadillas or the simple way with crackers

7. Pancakes…hence why i make them at least once a week

6. Apples – Honeycrisp to be exact. Of course they have to be the most expensive 😦

5.  Mac & Cheese… I’m sure you all agree

4. Strawberries – I’ve yet to meet someone who didn’t enjoy these

3.  BACON! I feel like the dog on the commercial when I say that.

2. Ice Cream – Tasti D Lite is the best EVER. They need to open one up in Maryland ASAP

1. Peanut Butter… any type. I currently have 5 different jars in my cabinet. That’s true love.

What are the top ten foods you cant live without?

Day #2 of my blog challenge – Meaning behind your blog name

Fashion – Fitness – Foodie – Staying fit while eating good food in stilettos.

I wish I had some awesome story or could tell you that there was a deeper meaning behind my name – But it’s just 3 things that I’m passionate about… Fashion (shopping) Fitness (working out and being fit) Foodie (food – healthy and not so healthy!) I was introduced to blogs by a friend who wanted me to make a recipe from someone’s website and I quickly became sucked in. I jumped from blog to blog reading about people’s daily eats, workouts and recipes they’ve created. After 2 weeks of basically stalking people I decided I would try one out myself…and now here I am testing out the waters. It’s only been a little over a month but I enjoy writing, thinking of new recipes and of course reading all of your blogs too 🙂

I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

QUESTIONS: What is the meaning behind your blog name? Weekend plans? What is a food you CANNOT live without?

January 27, 2011

Challenge

Hi friends ♥

Yesterday I posted about starting a blog challenge that looked fun. I had seen it on a couple of fellow blogger sites and was excited to get this 30 day challenge started! However, after reading over some of the topics I’ve decided to pass. A lot of the subjects are very serious and pretty deep… I’m not ready to elaborate on them so I found one a little more to my liking. Maybe one day I’ll try the other one but, for now here is what I’m going to do: Below is a list of the “challenge of the day” – I will elaborate on the subject at the end of my normal daily posts… If you do this challenge let me know so I can follow you 🙂

Day 0: The 30 Day Challenge Explanation and Description
Day 1: Introduce, recent picture of yourself, 15 interesting facts
Day 2: Meaning behind your blog name
Day 3: Your first love
Day 4: Your parents
Day 5: A song to match your mood
Day 6: A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 7: Favorite movies
Day 8: A place you’ve traveled to
Day 9: A favorite picture of your best friend
Day 10: Something you’re afraid of
Day 11: Favorite tv shows
Day 12: Something you don’t leave the house without
Day 13: Goals
Day 14: A picture of you last year – how have you changed?
Day 15: Bible verse
Day 16: Dream house
Day 17: Something you’re looking forward to
Day 18: Favorite Place to Eat
Day 19: Something you miss
Day 20: Nicknames
Day 21: Favorite Picture of yourself ALL TIME Why?
Day 22: What’s in your purse?
Day 23: Favorite Movie
Day 24: Something you’ve learned
Day 25: Put your iPod on shuffle, first 10 songs
Day 26: Your Dream Wedding
Day 27: Original Photo of the city you live in
Day 28: Something that stresses you out
Day 29: 3 Wishes
Day 30: a picture of yourself this day and 5 good things that happened since you started the challenge

OK – On to the day…

Started out with an icy morning – I had to take the boy to school late…which made me late to work – which also made me want to gnaw off my arm because I wasn’t able to eat breakfast until about 10:45 am. Not cool… Breakfast was a repeat of yesterday. 

PB& J Oats

Lunch was… um gross. So there was no picture of it. I ended up throwing out more than half and snacking on an apple, protein bar and some buffalo hummus with pretzel thins.

The girls and I went to the mall and I found a dress for Saturday night! Thanks for all of your comments on yesterdays dress – I think you will think this one is a little more “GNO (girls night out) appropriate”

For some reason I cannot find a decent picture on the internet anywhere so this is the best I can do…until you can see me in it 🙂

Or if you’d like to click on THIS LINK it will show you the full sized picture of the dress. I absolutely love it 🙂 It was the first and the only thing that I tried on… It’s a good day when that happens!

Last night was my first night back at home! While I’ll miss the heated bathroom floors, waking up to the sunrise on the bay and the fireplace next to the king sized bed, it sure does feel good to be home! Since we were “supposed” to get snow for the millionth bajillionth time I wanted a comforting warm dinner. I saw a recipe for Mashed Potato Meatloaf and decided to make it healthier by changing it into Sweet Potato Turkeyloaf! This had SO much flavor – I’ve never even made Meatloaf before so I was happy with they way it turned out (even if it does look a little funny). Truth is, my mom kind of scarred me with her meatloaf when i was younger (sorry mom!) but i thought it was time to get over it and move on. (Btw, my mom has increased her cooking skills since then 🙂 ) Do you want me to stop talking and show you the recipe already? Thought so…so here it is:

Sweet Potato TurkeyLoaf

Ingredients

  • 1.25 pounds of lean ground turkey
  • 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup honey bbq sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat panko

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F . Lightly grease a 2 quart baking dish.
  • Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the sweet potato, and cook until soft, about 10 minutes.

  • Drain the sweet potatoes, and mash or whip until smooth.

  • While potatoes are boiling – Mix the ground turkey together with the egg white, sweet onion, garlic, barbecue sauce, ketchup, Dijon mustard, and panko in a large mixing bowl.

Raw meat looks gross.

  • Add the sweet potatoes, and stir until evenly combined. If the mixture seems too wet, add more bread crumbs. Use your hands to form the turkey mixture into a loaf shape and place in the prepared baking dish.

Raw meat still looks gross.

  • Bake in the preheated oven 1 hour. Slice the loaf to serve.

It looks good now because it’s cooked – but we kept poking into it because I was starving (seems to be a lot lately) so it was kind of breaking.

My slice. Also had a little romaine lettuce on the side..

Dessert: Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Soft-fro-yo

Clearly my go to dessert.

It was a sad night because these babies

are all gone. I’m going to hold off on buying these for as long as possible. Anyone wanna guess how long that will be?

I’m also extremely handy just in case you didn’t know…

Yep, I fix garbage disposals. So many talents in one little girl… Haha.

We actually DID get snow this time!! For once our meteorologists weren’t lying. OK, lying is a stretch…. but they were finally right about the accumulation that would occur.

 

I took these right before I went to bed. I was totally banking on a no-work day! Which btw happened 🙂

Operation Nice went well yesterday!

1. Gave a random girl a compliment on her outfit at a boutique store

2. Gave the waitress at Nordstrom Cafe a big tip with a nice note

3. Paid for a man’s groceries (really he only had one thing) behind me in line.

4. Gave the little girl I nanny for an award for good behavior and complimented her on her sharing/listening skills.

5. Wrote a handwritten letter to “someone” (cant disclose their name because they read this) simply stating “You are so beautiful. My life is SO special because of you”

I still plan on attempting to give out *more* compliments daily – You never know what your nice gesture could do for someone’s day!

OK 30 day blog challenge Day Number 1:

Introduce, recent picture of yourself, 15 interesting facts

My name is Alyssa for those of you that don’t already know…and here is a little about me… I live as I always have—by my own rules, wits, and desires. I can tell you that life is worth living. I’m a hot mess and so is my room. I might laugh too much for my own good. I’m an obsessive doodler. I’ll probably never hate you even if I say I do. I fall into walls and laughs at my own jokes. Honesty always gets my attention, not just someone who is honest to me–but someone who is honest with themselves; that is a quality I really enjoy, admire, and love. I know how to laugh out loud and party hard. I always stay up late and never sleep in. I take way too many pictures, because I figure no one takes a picture of something they want to forget. I’ve seen too many movies – Well…half of every movie – Turn off the lights and I’m out. I am somewhat of a Martha Stewart. I could spend hours days in Target. I’ve learned to not to take things too serious. I’m a sucker for pretty eyes and a nice smile. I’m not concerned with impressing a bunch of people who I’ll never meet. There are too many mediocre things in life and love should not be one of them. I’m not good at goodbyes. I like to write and love to cuddle. My family, friends and boyfriend mean the most. I’m loud and extremely opinionated. I don’t sugarcoat anything but I believe a lot of people appreciate this quality and ask for my advice on a variety of issues. Running is the greatest escape. Cooking is talent. One of my many. I have a major sweet tooth that needs to be ripped out of my mouth and i believe there is nothing prettier than a sunset or sunrise.

Next for the picture – First let me tell you that I’m kind of embarrassed that the most recent picture I have on my camera of myself was from Boston (New Years) – the rest are all food! However, I did take a couple on my phone so that’s what you’ll get.

I look orange but it’s the flash on the crackberry. I’m really as white as a ghost.

15 random things about myself:

  1. It really annoys me when I spend a lot of time cooking a meal and someone goes ahead and pours salt all over it before even tasting!
  2. I was a cheerleader when I was younger but I was seriously uncoordinated.
  3. I crack every bone in my body.
  4. I had never broken a bone in my body or received stitches until a month and half ago…I broke my pinky toe – walking into a wall – in my own house – sober. Klutz.
  5. Im lactose intolerant but I still insist on eating ice cream or drinking a cup of whole milk chocolate milk when I’m aware of the pain that will occur shortly after.
  6. I’m a prissy girl who enjoys camping, hiking and white water rafting. Ok, i dont enjoy the last one YET because I’ve never done it. I plan on scratching that off my list this year.
  7. I’m extremely shy and hate speaking in front of people.
  8. I don’t watch much TV… If I’m home alone (which I am every other week) I don’t turn it on once.
  9. I love heights… I cant wait to jump out of an airplane!
  10. I rarely cry… Is that good or bad?
  11. I have a “tramp stamp” – I hate it. I regret it. If I had a chance to do anything over again it would be to live that day for sure.
  12. I know every lyric to every song, your birthday if I’ve met you and every phone number I’ve ever had.
  13. When I sign my name its just an A and a line….a___________
  14. I’m addicted to peanut butter and chocolate.
  15. I have learned more about myself in the past year than I have in the 25 before that.

Whew, day 1 completed! I hope I can stick to this… I tend to slack in the commitment area…

Tomorrow’s Favorite Friday! But most importantly, FRIDAY!

QUESTIONS: Did anyone else have a snow day? How did you spend it? Have you ever done a blog challenge?