Posts tagged ‘twix’

February 7, 2011

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˜‰

January 26, 2011

Operation NICE

I stumbled upon this website today (thanks to Self Magazine) and it really caught my attention. The website is called Operation Nice and it simply encourages people to be proactively nice. There are a lot of positive upbeat stories about how an act of kindness affected them and “assignments” for you to do every couple of days.

Wouldn’t it be great if EVERYONE in the world was nice? I can’t stand when I go to the grocery store or the MVA and someone miserable/rude checks me out. If you hate your job that much find a new one…and if you’re in that bad of a mood go home and take time to yourself, don’t try to bring me down too :)! Monday was “Pay a compliment day” – since I was too busy celebrating “National Peanut Butter Day” I missed it… So I am going to do it today! My goal is to compliment 5 people today – I am kind of shy so this will be a step out of my comfort zone but I am up for the challenge! I’ll let you know how it goes πŸ™‚ If you want to try it too and can’t think of anything nice to say (which I’m SURE you guys can!!), just head to this website for a list full of compliments.

Yesterday’s eats were simple – but every single one tasted SO good. I don’t know if I was starving by the time I finally ate them or if they were really that good but I was a happy girl come bed time πŸ™‚

Breakfast – PB&J Oats

1/2 cup oatmeal, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 tsp Better n Peanut Butter, 1 tsp Sugar free Strawberry preserves and a handful of blueberries

Lunch: Apple & Avocado Spinach Salad

1 apple, 1/2 of an avocado, 1 1/2 cups of spinach – Balsamic Vinaigrette

Snack: Home made Protein Granola Bar

Dinner: Buffalo Chicken, pepper jack cheese and spinach Panini

Dessert: Vegan Chocolate Chips – I swear…after this bag is done I’m not buying these!!! For 2 weeks, maybe πŸ™‚ I left my Peanut Butter at work… this could be a good or bad thing. Good that I wasn’t able to mix my chocolate chips in and scoop them out and bad if this snow keeps up and I cannot get my peanut butter fix today.

Buffalo Chicken Panini

Ingredients

  • 1Β lb of natural chicken breast tenderloins
  • 1/2 block of pepper jack cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • Bread of choice (I used a wheat sandwich thin for myself – white for the 16-year-old)
  • 1 cup Franks red hot buffalo sauce
  • Olive Oil Cooking Spray

Marinate the tenderloins in the buffalo sauce for 30 minutes. Spray skillet with Olive Oil cooking spray and heat on medium high. Saute tenderloins for 8 minutes or until cooked throughly.

Transfer to plate.

Turn on Panini maker on low (200 degrees or so) and start stacking your sandwich. Sprinkle cheese on one slice of bread, add 1 1/2 – 2 buffalo tenderloins and top with spinach. Top with other slice of bread and place on panini grill…

Cook for about 3 minutes.

Inhale. Easy and delicious, no better combo than that…besides choc and peanut butter and maybe pancakes with bacon – but you get my point.

I should’ve never used the Breville Panini Maker because now I need one…and I don’t have $180 for one. Sigh.

Workout for the day was a Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown video. My back was still sore so I decided to take it easy…but this video was everything BUT easy. I think I’m ready to get in a good run today!

I’m going to a girls night out on Saturday in DC (finallllly, much-needed) with some of my best friends and I need a cute dress to wear so I was going to take the girls to the mall but it’s icy so I’m going to have to look online. I found this one…

Thoughts? It may be too “wedding”ish.

Also yesterday at the grocery store I got a HUGE bag of twix and an even bigger bag of Valentines M&Ms – I want to make a fun dessert out of them…Any ideas/requests?

I’m going to post a new challenge tomorrow that seems like a lot of fun!

Happy Hump Day!

You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.Β  ~John Wooden