Hey guys!!! So, just wanted to share a quick cake I recently made. Peanuts Cake was so fun to make!!
Today I am going to share some things I love. Usually that would mean shoes, clothes, purses, jewelry and makeup. But, I also love some healthy things that have made eating a healthier diet a little more enjoyable and convenient.
For the most part, Corey and I try to eat some what healthy. I have found that having certain things on hand helps to keep me from reaching for a donut or pizza slice. These are just a few things that we like to always have on hand.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a huge sweet tooth. Cookies,candy, cake, brownies….you name it. I love it. I have found that even the healthiest versions of these things have a fairly high calorie count. So, I try to save those for special occasions and stick with these for a nightly indulgence. Artic Zero comes in lots of yummy flavors and are only 35 or 75 calories a serving. So essentially you can sit down and eat the entire pint for less calories than a couple of cookies. Pretty good!!! I suggest that you pull them out of the freezer about 10-15 minutes before you want to eat them. This way they are softer and taste a lot more creamy. If straight out of the freezer they are a bit harder.
Another great thing to have on hand when you have a severe sweet tooth is fruit. These are just a few things that we have in the fridge at the moment. But we also love berries and melons as well. They make for a quick easy snack with pretty low calories and lots of great vitamins. Also, I am the worlds worst at drinking water. I have found that by squeezing a little lime or lemon in my water, whether hot or cold, makes it much easier to drink.
More snacks. I love having yogurt on hand. It is a great healthy option. I personally love the Dannon Light and Fit brand the most. They come in all kinds of great flavors and are super low in calories as well. My personally favs are the Whips Vanilla Cupcake and Greek Black Cherry. Apple sauce is another favorite of mine. I love getting the unsweetened version and sprinkling a little apple pie spice of cinnamon on top to jazz it up a bit. Skinny Cow makes tons of great and convenient snacks. They totally can take the place of a Snickers bar with at least have of the calories.
Eggs and tuna,….yum, right? We love eggs at our house. They are great for scrambles and omelets as well as a salad topper when hard boiled. They are high in protein and fairly low in calories. Canned tuna is also a great pantry staple. It is great on top of a salad as well as on a sandwich. (ps – using Sara Lee 45 calorie bread makes for a great low cal lunch)
Finally veggies!!! I love to have tons of different choices on hand. We like to have either a sweet potatoes of some form of squash to replace the need for a starch or carb. We also usually have a salad with our meal if not as our meal. This helps fill you up and is a great source of vitamins. Lately we have been enjoying salsa, both red and green, on our salad instead of dressing. Not only do we like it better, but it is also much lower in calories. Their are some really fun options to try as well.
Ok, so here is my disclaimer. I am in no way a health expert, nor do I claim to be. I am just a momma/wife sharing some tips that have helped us be more healthy than not.
Here’s an example of how I use some of the above ingredients to make a pretty filling supper.
I love baking goodies and making them look cute! The girls and I went around to our neighbors yesterday to deliver Halloween treats. You would be surprised how weird it is here to do such a thing. Ha.
Anyway…. Happy Halloween!!!
I recently got the opportunity to make these cute, 90’s themed cake decorations for a 30th birthday party.
The party was in Plainview (which is quite a few hours from Fort Worth). So instead of trying to send a cake with family heading that way for the party, in hopes it would get there in one piece, the cake itself was ordered there and I just sent the decorations to put onto the cake. This worked perfect and I think the cake turned out great!!! Thanks so much to Terra for sending me a picture of the end result. I love seeing how things look for the actual event!
Salad greens with Peppers, Cucumbers, Avocado, and Turkey with Salsa Verde. Watermelon
Fat Free Refried Beans, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Avocado, & Cucumbers. Cantaloupe & Strawberry
Tuna Lettuce Wraps with Jalapeno Relish & Watermelon
Kung Po Green Beans and Shrimp with Avocado
Toast with Tomato, Cheese, Carrots, and Spicy Pickled Veggies, & Watermelon
Eating healthier is not always easy or convenient. For me having certain things on hand makes it so much easier to make a smart and healthy choice. Here are some of the things I really like to have.
Mangos, Blueberries, Strawberries, Apples, & Bananas
Broccoli, Sweet Potatoes, Avocado, Tomatoes, Green Beans
I know these are not nearly as good as fresh Brussels Sprouts (which often times we have fresh in on hand as well), but I like to keep these in the freezer because we all like them and we never have to use the excuse that we don’t have any veggies in the fridge.
Tuna, Green Chilies, Veggie Pasta, and Veggie Straws
Condiments are a good way to spruce up what can sometimes be a boring healthy meal. These are a few that I like to use. They are all low in calories, but can also be high in sodium, so as with everything they are used in moderation.
Sweet Jalepano Relish, Pace Picante Sause, Hot Mustard, Pickled Spicy Veggie Mix, Yellow Mustard, Wing Sauce, Dill Relish
With spring here and summer knocking on the door, healthier eating has been a little more on my mind. Here are a few lunches I’ve been enjoying lately.
Avocado Toast, Baked Sweet Potato Fries, Oven Roasted Squash, Zucchini, and Peppers, Raspberries
Salad Greens with Tuna, Tomato & Avocado, Strawberries & Blueberries
Avocado Toast, Baked Sweet Potato Fries, Apples and Cheese
Also been enjoying this for a afternoon snack!
Hot Tea and Half a Pistachio Muffin
I love brownies and I love chocolate chip cookies (and dough), and sometimes….I just can’t decide. So, why not just have them both!!! YUM!
The brownie recipe is a little bit drier than I like, so if you have a recipe you love, I’d suggest using it instead. But this frosting…..it’s a keeper. I can see this being great on a cupcake, as a filling in a cake or cupcake or even in a bowl with a spoon 🙂
(*** hint,…if your brownies are drier than you want…pop them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds**)
Here is the recipe I used!
Recently I had the opportunity to make a cake/cupcakes for a Sip & See party. This is how it turned out!
Also, I made sugar cookies for the saucers underneath the cupcake teacups. Since I had quite a bit of cookie dough left over I whipped up the rest and topped them with vanilla, almond buttercream frosting roses. I took them with me on my visit back to Amarillo and shared them with family. They were delicious. The cookie itself is a little bland but with frosting…….oh my. It is definitely something I will make again.
Sharing a fun 3 year old birthday party cake and cupcakes.
First time making cupcake toppers. I think they turned out pretty cute.
Most importantly, the birthday girl was so excited when I delivered it!
This weekend I got to share a great opportunity with some very special “Wing-Women”.
Birchbox & Benefit Cosmetics were kind enough to send me samples of some of their new product to share with my girlfriends.
It was a great excuse to get these sweet mommas out for a night of girl talk and makeup.
The decorations were inspired by Benefits vintage style and food was appropriately named after their products. (Sugarbombs, Big Easy Shrimp Cocktails, Bella Bamba Fruit Cocktails, Hoola punch & Dallas BBQ Sliders)
We had a blast trying to master the art of winged liner….not too successful, but definitely laugh worthy!
Fun people deserve a fun cake!
This is no exception for some very good friends of ours, Ashley & TJ.
TJ turned 30 and his sweet little wifey through him a luau party.
Here’s how the cake turned out!
One of my dear, sweet friends little boy turned 1 over the last month. It was a beautiful party and that little momma thought of everything. It was whaled themed and the whole party was over the top.
I had the honor of making her baby shower cake, so to be able to make his first birthday cake was a joy.
Here are a few pics of how it turned out.
What better way to celebrate V-Day than with a Cupcake Decorating Party for the girls. They were so excited and loved it. Especially the icing.
Let’s admit, sometimes we just NEED this stuff.
I love making cookie dough just to eat. Salty and sweet and so so so good to eat!
Raw Cookie Dough
1/4 Cup of Butter
3/4 Cup of Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp. Vanilla
1/4 Cup of Milk
1 Cup of Flour
Dash of Salt
1/3 Cup of Chocolate Chips
** Cream Butter and Sugar. Add vanilla and milk and mix. Blend in Flour and Salt. Stir in Chocolate Chips. Enjoy. Keep Refrigerated in you don’t eat every bite of it immediately**
I love single serve deserts. They’re fresh, warm, and keeps me from going back to the cookie jar a million times a day (and night). So, with somewhat cooler weather, I wanted to make something with toasted pecans. It just sounded yummy. So I found a recipe for chocolate chip toffee cookies, added toasted pecans and cut the recipe down quite a bit to only make enough batter dough for 3 deep dishes.
Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Toffee Pecan Cookies
1 1/3 cups of Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 Cup o1f Butter (1 Stick)
1/3 Cup Sugar
1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
1 small Egg (or not quite all of large one)
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/3 Cup Chocolate Chips
1/3 Cup Toffee Bits
1/3 Cup Toasted Pecans
**Preheat oven to 375. Spray 3 ramekins with non stick spray. Blend butter and sugars together until creamy, then add in egg and vanilla. gradually add flour, powder and soda. Stir in chips, bits, and pecans. Divide into ramekins (should be about 1/3 cup mixture in each) Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.**
These are all over Pintrest,…..So I had to try them out. They are so easy and really super good.
Banana Chocolate Oat Cookies
1 Cup of Oats
Cinnamon to taste
1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
** Mash Banana, mix in oats and cinnamon. Add in chocolate chips. Spoon onto greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10 minutes.**
It has begun!
The last couple of days we have had thunder showers in the late afternoon, leaving us with a somewhat cooler, fall like feeling. Therefore, I found it very appropriate to start in with the pumpkin dessert extravaganza.
I originally saw this recipe online, but made a few adjustments in order to just make 2. Also, I don’t usually use really butter if I can help it, so I substituted liquid butter spray in place. You can use whatever you like.
1/3 cup Pumpkin Puree
1/3 Cup Milk
1 Egg White
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
A few drops of Vanilla
Cinnamon to taste
1/3 Cup of Flour
1/4 tsp Baking Powder
2 TBS Brown Sugar
2 TBS Butter of Choice
1 Egg Yolk
1 TBS Four
2 TBS Brown Sugar
Cinnamon to Taste
1 TBS Butter of Choice
** Preheat oven to 400, grease 2 individual size ramekins.
For pumpkin mixture- Mix all ingredients and divide into both ramekins.
For cobbler topping- Mix all dry ingredients. Melt butter. Add Butter and Egg Yolk to dry ingredients until combined. Add to top of pumpkin mixture.
For streusel- Mix all dry ingredients, then cut in butter and add to the top of cobbler topping.
Place ramekins on a baking sheet and cook for 25 minutes. Let cool 5 minute before serving. **
Crockpots are the best! This meal was so easy thanks to my good ole trusty crockpot. I just put one onion chopped in the pot with a peppercorn crusted beef roast, cooked it for about 8 hours on medium heat and VIOLLA!
Served it over buttered egg noodles, sautéed spinach and roasted butternut squash. MMMMM….nothing like a hearty home cooked meal!