Monday, October 10, 2011
Did you read spark's editors choice on your start page? The one talking about the top 4 fattening fall foods? Uh, yea. Please disregard my pumpkin bread recipe!!!!!!
On another note, this week begins fruit and veggie week. On top of keeping up with your protein from last week, this week you are aiming for between 3 to 5 fruits and veggies. 3 is the minimum each day and we want to be up to 5 by the end of the week. Your homework is to look up what an actual serving size is. You may be surprised at how much or how little is considered a serving size.
OK guys, get after it and have a great day. And do not bake or eat that pumpkin bread!
Friday, October 07, 2011
We are going to eat our fruits and veggies. Yep, we sure are. You can start this weekend or you can wait till Monday but we are aiming for between 3 and (ultimatly) 5 fruits/veggies a day. Your homework is to look up what an actual serving size is and also, to get thee to a grocery store/farmer's market or nearest tree and get you some FREGGIES!
Do NOT leave your protein behind! I am sure you noticed a few changes just in the last couple of days, like you have more energy, you don't feel as hungry and it helps you stay on track to focus on hitting a goal.
Remember, this is back to basics. Do your best and let's get this eating thing under control and working FOR us, not against us.
WE are doing great, let's keep moving forward!
Besides this, what are you struggling with? What do you want to work on next?
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Pumpkin bread recipe (Yes I know it is not spark certified and feel free to make changes but this is the best pumpkin bread you will ever eat).
Mix dry ingredients together:
3 1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp each nutmeg, cinnamon,cloves, ginger or pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
You can use more of less of the spices at your discretion.
Make a well in the flour mix and add into the hole:
2 cup canned (or fresh) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix but just pumpkin)
3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup water
1 cup of walnuts (optional)
Mix well and bake for 1 hour. Makes 2 standard size loaves. Can be made into muffins, mini loaves or mini muffins as well. Adjust cooking time accordingly.
No I dont have the nutritional information and I really dont want to know! lol.
Thursday, October 06, 2011
I did NOT make cake pops but I DID make pumpkin bread pops... Gah! I know. I am such a freak.
I got inspired yesterday when I met Kelly and her friend for coffee and she was eating a pumpkin cream cheese centered muffin. I had a bite and it was fabulous so of course, I had to take it to the next level.
So I came home and baked (the family recipe) pumpkin bread. Then I crumbled it into peices and added cream cheese frosting, rolled it into balls, stuck them in the freezer and today went and got orange candy coating and sprinkles and this is the final product.
Then I took some to 2 of my neighbors, sent a box with Kelly to her boyfriend's family and even took some down to the guys at the Napa Auto parts store that we do business with. I had them in really cute halloween boxes and they are not only adorable, they are crazy delicious. I ate two and stuck the last dozen in the freezer for last minute gifts or for some little kids that may come by in the next few weeks.
It was really fun but baking is a bad, bad temptation for me but I did pretty good only eating two and I got them out of the house as fast as possible! I wish I could send one to every one of you guys for halloween. I mean, ONE wouldn't hurt. Right?
PS: Here is the recipe for cake pops. Yes MICHAEL's craft store has all different colored candy coating. If you try to die almond bark, it gets clumpy.
1 baked cake (any flavor) (or I used pumpkinbread. cant have any crispy bits or crunchy things in it or they fall apart)
1 16 oz tub of frosting (any flavor) (you will only use 3/4 of the can)
Chocolate candy melts wafers (available at Michael's craft store or baking supply store) (any flavor)
sprinkles or decor of any kind
Bake a cake (use a box mix or home recipe) according to directions. Let cool about 20 minutes or more.
Crumble it into small, fine crumbs in a large bowl. Use your hands for best results. Pick out any crispy bits.
Add 3/4 of a 16 oz. can of frosting (you made me a bit more).
Mix well. It should be soft enough to form a ball but not sticky.
You can put the mix in the frig for a little bit to make the dough easier to form if desired.
I use a 1" scoop, form the balls with my hands. Then place on a cookie sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper.
When all the balls are formed, put in the freezer for at least 20 minutes or for several hours or days.
When you are ready to coat the balls, take them out of the freezer.
Melt the chocolate coating in the microwave in a fairly deep bowl (a 2 cup glass measuring cup works great). Melt 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between. When it is just melted (like you can still see a few small chunks), stir to completly melt. DO NOT OVERCOOK THE CHOCOLATE! Then add 1 tsp of vegetable oil (not olive oil) at a time until the chocolate is fairly thin and runny.
Get the cake pop/candy sucker sticks ready and dip into the chocolate by about 1/2" then stick into each ball. Let dry. (This helps them stay on the stick when you dip them.
One by one, dip the cake balls into the chocolate. Dip all the way into the melted chocolate and try not to twist. Just dunk and lift. If it is too thick, add more oil and stir well.
Lean ball sideways over the bowl and tap stick gently on the bowl to let excess chocolate drip off. Then put ball side down on the waxed paper OR put the stick side down into that green floral styrofoam to dry.
If you want to add sprinkles or candy bits, sprinkle on after the balls have been sitting for a few seconds but not quite dry. You can also add a contrasting drizzle of melted chocolate.
Can be stored on the counter top for 2-3 days or in the freezer for many weeks. I recommend keeping in the freezer. They are really good straight from the freezer, too.The frig does not work well because it makes the pops sweat.
If you GOOGLE cake pops, there are videos that show you how to do it this. The more you do it, the easier it is. It takes a bit of practice but the possibilities and flavor combinations are endless!
Get the skinny lollipop sticks. michaels has them and the chocolate melts too...
also for cute items, get colorful cupcake wrappers. For other ideas for parties or events. my sister swears by "the perfect browinie pan" that is sold all over the place. I gotta say, they are super amazing and you can always frost them. ANother cute thing to do is take regular size marshmallows, put a stick in them and dip them in the chocolate and then roll in sprinkles or nuts. They look fabulous and are super easy and cheap to do. You can also do the long pretzel rods the same way. dip them halfway and then put sprinkles on them. Good luck and have fun!!
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Come on. Admit it. You drive along in your car, you drink stuff, you eat stuff. Today I was putting groceries in the back seat of my truck and there were about 20 items back there. I immediatly wondered what you all would think if you saw that.
I would not be embarrased. They were all empty water bottles.
No food wrappers, no candy bars wrappers, just water bottles.
And I even recycle them!
That is not always the way it was. A few years ago, it was filled with McDonalds wrappers, 32 oz. soda cups, candy bar wrappers, diet pepsi cans (cause I used to always drink diet soda cause then, in my mind, I could have cookies) and a bunch of other junk. That was only the things I would admit to. There were many, many other items that I would get rid of before I got home because I didn't want anyone to know exactly how much I was actually eating.
But today, I am proud of how I have changed my life. I can go to the store withouth eating something there or on the way home. I can cook without eating a whole meals worth before I even have dinner. I am not hiding anything anymore. That makes me happy.
The only thing besides water bottles is a bunch of black dog hair from Stitchy from when we go to where we walk at night. I can live with that.
So, truthfully, what is laying around in the back seat of your car?
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