Friday, December 16, 2011

Oh the Holidays....

Well folks the holiday season is in full swing and every other day there is a new holiday treat to be eaten. There is shopping to be done, houses to clean before parties, work parties, and dinner with friends and loved ones.  Last year at Christmas we left on a cruise and while I cried while driving to the airport leaving my parents house Christmas morning, we had an amazing time. I missed my family, but the wife and I spent some much needed quality time together.

This year we are home for the holidays (this years cruise was over Thanksgiving!) so I am faced with all those yummy foods in my past life I would have eaten more than my fair share of.  This year I am determined to attend parties, eat delicious food and desserts, and tackle the holiday "my way". Over this past year I have found AMAZING blogs that I love that have provided me the tools I need to make yummy goodies that I can actually eat.

Mary Beth (the psychologist at the WLS center I go to) says there is nothing I can't eat. Everything in moderation and if you slip up, move on. There is always another day.

This year I still did my annual cookie box for the office filled with 3-4 kinds of cookies, homemade chocolate lollipop trees and candy canes. Next week I think I will bring cupcakes. I bought these super cute cupcake toppers I want to use :)  The guys and gals in our shop work so hard to make what we sell and I am grateful for that. We produce some amazing things. Check it out at

Every Christmas Eve we attend my parents neighbors (I say that but they are more like family...Hi Jurewicz family!) holiday party. It's the same people every year for the most part and we sit around and eat and chat. It's nice. It's annual. I look forward to it every year. This year instead of showing up with my usual super unhealthy baked goods, I will be bringing some healthy super delicious baked goods so I can eat some as well.

This year I am making: (Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dessert)

Chocolate Covered Katie's Deep Dish Cookie PIe
as well as her Pumpkin Bars
I also might make my own Sugar Free Chocolate Peanut Butter (or Almond Butter) Cups

The Deep Dish Cookie Pie above is so delicious. If you didn't know what the ingredients were, you would never guess it was made with chickpeas. I think I am mostly excited to make this because I am getting the Ninja System for Christmas and I am getting it early so I can make my desserts! So Excited! Healthy desserts can be just as delicious as regular flour filled and sugar filled ones if they are made with high quality, good ingredients.

On Liberty of the Seas- heading to Mexico!

I am kicking myself for not buying Vanilla when I was in Mexico two weeks ago.

Tonight after work I am finally going to try and tackle some shopping for presents. This year I am so unorganized. Holidays cards went out yesterday which is way late in my world! I also must pick up supplies for red velvet cupcakes. I think that is what I shall bring to work on Monday :)

I also made some Peppermint Hot Chocolate Jars for gifts this year. So cute and so easy! Let me know if you want the recipe :)

What you are making for holiday desserts if you are a baker?

Happy Holidays All!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip cookies pre-weight loss surgery were one of my favorite things. Fresh from the oven the warm melty goodness of chocolate chips used to scream my name. These days good old full fat, full sugar chocolate chip cookies would do a number on my pouch.

A few weeks ago I was doing some online research and found this really great blog called Spoonful of Sugar Free. There are some really great recipes on here including one for Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies!

I was iffy about this one, but after baking them, mine looked a little different than the original bloggers, they were pretty tasty. Not the exact same yummy goodness, but good in their own right. I even fed one to my dad and didn't tell them they were made with beans. I said" so how was it" and he said " good....interesting". He didn't want to know what was in them so I didn't tell him.

Here is a link to the original blog. I used Sugar Free Chocolate Chips and I used about 6 oz instead of the listed ammt. I would totally make these again. Next time I think I will add some Torani Syrup and see what happens....

Let me know if you try these out and what you think!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Apple Almond Quick Bread

A fellow blogger friend had a recipe for  Strawberry Almond Quick Breadthat was super delicious and since I have a fridge full of yummy fresh picked apples I thought might try and see if I could change the recipe around a bit. Low and behold a delicious loaf of bread came bursting out of my oven.

Here is what you will need:
1/2 cup Almond Flour
1-1/2 cups All purpose or Spelt flour
2/3 cup Splenda (that's what I use since I have to be sugar free but you can use regular Sugar)
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Ginger (ground or about 1/2 tsp fresh grated)
1/2 tsp Apple Pie Spice
1 healthy TB lemon zest
2 eggs
1/2 cup Veg Oil ( or canola)
3 large apples peeled and diced
1/4 milk (add very last)
1/8 cup Torani Caramel (optional)

Preheat your oven to 350 and butter and flour a 5x9 loaf pan. I love pam for baking. Saves me time and effort.

Cook prepared apples in pan for about 5 min until slightly tender. I like to add 1/8 cup Torani Caramel while cooking for a little extra zing but you can leave it out and use water.

Combine all dry ingredients. Add wet except for apples and milk. Fold apples into mixture and stir a few times. If it seems dry, slowly add the milk. Some days I use 1/8 cup, some days I use 1/4. All depends.

When all looks good, add to prepared pan. I cooked mine for about 55-60 min. 
Cool on wire rack for 10 min and remove from pan. Slice once cool. 

I brought mine to work and kept a couple pieces for us at the house. They were delish.

If you try this recipe out let me know!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Addicted to my scale....

So no recipe today....just a nice rant :)

I have been attending a "Hungry Head" class at my WLS center to help make sure my eating habits are what they should be. One of the main things they teach you in this class is to only eat when you are actually hungry and not just because your head thinks you want a snack.

I stopped snacking for almost 10 months right after surgery but now sometimes I want a snack after dinner just because. Now, I am not eating "bad" snacks. I eat things like 1oz of cheese or a serving of nuts, etc. I do have an addicition to Ritz crackers so in good faith, I walked past them in the supermarket this week. If they are not in my house, I can't eat them. Insert sad pouty face here.

The other thing we are working on in class is only getting on the scale once a week. I will admit that I have become crazy about getting on the scale. I have convinced myself that I need to weigh a certain ammt and that I won't be happy until I get to it. Yes I have gone from a size 28 to a size 12, but my scale does not say what I want it to. I know that nuts and it's a mental thing I have to work on. I tend to get on the scale everytime I go to the gym and I honestly have to stop.  I do have a scale at home, but I feel like it is not ever accurate. It always say something different than the scale at my gym or at my wls center. My sister told me today she was going to come over and steal my scale just so I don't get it on. My mum and sister are trying to help me stop the craziness with the scale but I am a work in progress.

In that vain, I am going home today and throwing out my at home scale. I am also going to do my best to only weigh myself on Monday nights for the next few weeks when I go to my Hungry Head class. It may almost kill me not to get on the scale at the gym, but I know I can do it. A note to my family....if you see me heading for the scale, yell at me and tell me no! lol

I am also going to do my best to not have any snacks after dinner. I don't need them and I am eating them when I am not hungry.

So that is my rant and pledge for the day. Now let's see if I can do it!

Monday, September 26, 2011

(Virtually) Sugar Free Apple Crisp

This is one of my favorite times of the year. Crisp fall weather here in NH and there is no better activity in the fall than apple picking!  Now, it's not quite cool enough for me to pick yet (maybe next week since it's 80 today) but I did pick up some local apples the other day. Looking at the bag of them and wishing I could make my favorite apple crisp recipe, but knowing if I took 2 bites the sugar would kill me. With some creative thinking and armed with a pantry full of goodies, I went to work on my sugar free yet SUPER tasty apple crisp.

Here is what you will need:

For the Apple Mix:
3 Baking Apples- I used Galas this time around
1 squeeze lemon juice
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp apple pie spice
1/4 cup Sugar Free Torani Syrup- I used Caramel but you can also use Vanilla or Salted Caramel

For the topping:
4TB Oats
2 pumps Torani Sugar Free Caramel
1TB butter (I use Earth Balance Soy Spread)
1/4 tsp Apple Pie Spice
1 TB Spenda

Chunk up apples and mix with spices and lemon juice. In a saucepan combine butter, caramel syrup, and apple mix. Cook about 5-6 minutes.

In a microwavable bowl combine topping ingredients. I nuked mine for about 1 min. Mix it up into a crumbly mix.

Divide apple mix into (4) 4oz ramekins

Top the apples with the crumble mix. Bake in oven for about 10 min at 350 degrees.
When cool, cover with plastic wrap and keep in fridge.

When I want to eat one, I remove the plastic, nuke for 30 seconds and top with Sugar Free topping.
and then I add some Sugar Free Caramel topping

If you wanted, you could make this in a large batch (scaling up the ingredients to a 13x9 pan) and bring to a fall cookout or as a yummy Thanksgiving dessert.

I loved this apple "crisp". If you try it out let me know what you think!! Just because I love my recipes does not mean everyone else will too!

I am also looking for new ideas for recipes. If there is something you would like to try, let me know and I will try and alter for the WLS lifestyle and see what I can come up with! I like to put on my mad scientist sometimes for a challenge!

Next up is Apple Cake (non wls for now) and I am also working on some WLS Coffee Cake muffins (not perfected yet!)

Happy eating!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Black Bean and Mango Salad

As we (the wife and I ) were walking through Whole Foods the other day she saw a listing for what looked like a yummy and wls friendly recipe. She is always thinking of what I can and can't eat and typically does eat everything I cook. I appreciate not having to make two different meals each night. Because she is now eating what I eat, she is down 20 lbs! We are both going to look super fab for our cruise in November.

Here is what we had with our dinner last night.

Black Bean and Mango Salad
What you will need:
2 15oz cans of Black Beans- drained and rinsed well
1 large Mango - cut into chunks (I suggest buying one that is already cut up for you)
1 small red onion- minced
1 medium red bell pepper- minced ( orange or yellow bell pepper would be good too)
1 jalapeno- minced and seeded
4 generous TB of minced fresh cilantro
2 cloves garlic - minced
1 fresh and juicy lime- zested and juiced
Salt & Pepper to taste ( I like sea salt and fresh ground pepper)

Mix beans (rinsed well), mango, onion, peppers, cilantro, and garlic in bowl.
I like to put the onion and garlic in last.
Top with lime rest and juice. Let sit 2 min so the lime juice starts to cut down on the onion taste. Toss.
Season with salt and pepper to your taste. Cover tightly with plastic wrap.

Chill and serve


Makes 4-6 regular size servings.

Monday, September 12, 2011

WLS Grill Cheese & Turkey Half-wich

The other day I was watching Food Network which is my favorite channel. Giada made the most delicious looking grill cheese sandwich with meat, cheese, and super delicious looking bread.  I have to say I typically stear clear of bread these days unless I am using a tortilla  or a flatbread to make a pizza.

The grill cheese looked so darn good and since it was one of my favorite pre-op foods I had to give it a go.
Here is what you will need:

Earth Balance Soy Buttery Spread
2oz Deli Meat - I like Thin & Trim Turkey Breast
Mini Bree Wheel- I get these at Trader Joes
Flatout Bread Slice- Cut in half. Or you can use a 8" tortilla cut in half

Cut the flat out in half and then cut in half again so you have two slices (sorry there are no time I promise!) and put the smallest dab of butter on the outside of each slice. In the center spead half of the mini bree wheel on the inside of each slice. Top with deli meat. I added a tiny drizzle of mustard and top with 2nd slice.  Place your half-wich in a small fry pan and cook just like you would regular grill chesse.

This sandwich was so delicious I am going to have to buy another package of flatouts!

Let me know if you try this and how you liked it or how you spiced it up!

Happy Eating :)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

WLS /GBS Essentials

Sometimes I feel like my cooking life takes two different directions. My kitchen is full of non wls lifestyle foods and even more wls lifestyle foods. I still LOVE to bake for the loved ones in my life as well as co-workers, etc. Baking is stress relief for me plus it makes me feel good inside to know that others enjoy my baking. So all that being said, I have pantry full of goodies to make baked goods and foods for others and a new seperate essentials list for my wls lifestyle change.

Here are my ESSENTIAL items to lead a fantastic WLS/ GBS lifestyle:
I have all of these items in my kitchen at all times....

Digital Kitchen Scale- I have this one:Small Kitchen Scale
Measuring Cups ( 2 sets) - 2 sets because I keep one in my purse
Measuring Spoons (2 sets)- same as above
Bento Box- Laptop Lunches Box
Lots of small tupperware containers- there are always leftovers
Mini Muffins tins and Mini Muffin liners- for baking protein muffins!
Fresh and Frozen fruits
Almond Meal- I swear Trader Joes has the BEST price on this stuff
Unsweetned Coconut
Cocoa Powder
Protein Powder- I have usually Chocolate, Vanilla, Banana
CLICK protein Powder- I cant live without this stuff!  Click Protein
Blender Bottle - gotta shake up those shakes! Blender Bottle
Torani Sugar Free Syrups-  I have at least 10 kinds on hand at all times.
Decaf Coffee
Sugar Free Hot cocoa- for those cold New England Winter mornings
Protein Bars- I really love Pure Protein Peanut Butter and Chocolate
Luna Bars- protein and a yummy treat all in one
Mini Brie Wheels- again I get these at Trader Joes
Assorted Nuts- delicious Snack
Cheddar Cheese- I always have cheese in my fridge

So that is my starter list...check back for updates!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

First year to a new me!

So that last year has been a long and interesting journey.  Most of you know by now that I had gastric bypass surgery on 8/31/2010 (before and after pics below). It was something that I didn't broadcast because everyone, and I mean EVERYONE has an option. It's not that I didn't want to know what people thought, but more over it was none of anyone's business. I told my immediate family and a few very special friends. People who really know me and understand my struggle. I appreciate all the advise I was given and took it all to heart. Weight loss has always been a struggle my entire life and I wanted to make a choice that was best for me, best for my health, my sanity, and my survivial.

It's been quite the year. Right after surgery I thought, what the hell have I done. I could not get in any water or protein shakes. 10 days on a liquid is no walk in the park and after I left the hospital my pain meds made me so sick I could not take them. I pushed on knowing it could only get better.  At my 10 day check up I was down 21 pounds. If I had the energy I would have done a dance of joy.

Over the last year I have learned a lot. There are still things that make me sick that I use to chicken. Man, I really miss eating chicken. I keep trying it every few weeks to see if I can get it down. I am determined!! I have learned to cook and shop in a whole new way. I have learned to tweak old favorite recipes to a way that I can enjoy them. I can't really have any sugar without feeling like I want to die, so it makes it pretty easy to avoid. Everyday I have to remind myself not to overeat. Everyday I still measure my food. My food scale is my best friend. It helps keep me on track and helps keep me honest about what I am eating and how much. I grocery shop and come home and pre-portion my snacks in snack baggies so if I need something I don't have to think about it. It's already measured for me. Cheese and Nuts are my go to snacks these days. I still love my protein shakes and replace breakfast or lunch with them a few days a week.

One thing I never ever thought I would like to do is exerceise. I love my gym. Before I hated going because I always felt like everyone was staring at the fat girl.  Now I toss on my exercise clothes and bust a move. Body Pump and Zumba are by far my favorite classes. I also find I enjoy walking to work or even walking on my lunch break. I like to move and that is very different for me.

My weight loss has cost us some pennies on top of the standard hospital and dr bills. I have gone through a ton of clothes. I am starting to even out now but I would still like to lose a little more. I am working on re-building my wardrobe slowly. When you need everything from undies to shoes (yes your feet shrink) it is not cheap!

The last year has been challenging and fun all at the same time. I feel better, have more energy and have a better outlook. I am more confident and more self aware. I feel like I have a re-newed purpose. I still enjoy going to support groups to try and help new pre-op patients start their journey and offer any advise I can. A lot of them read my blog now which is nice.

Some outsiders think gastric bypass is the "easy" way out. I can assure you, and so would any other post op that it is FAR from easy. My weight is still something I have to work at everyday. It will always be a struggle to maintain a healthy lifestyle but I am determined to do it!

At the end of 365 days I have gone from 303.5 and a size 28 (yes both those #'s are embarssing  and I can't believe I am putting it out there for all to see) down to a current 182 and a size 10/12. I would be happy living my life at 150 so I still have a ways to go.

Me "before" July 2010
Me and Viv - June 2010

Me- June 2011

August 31, 2011- 1 year from surgery!

Just for fun :)

For my readers who are WLS patients, pre-ops and post ops, feel free to ask me any questions you might have. Private message me if you want and we can chat. You can also follow this blog or follow me on twitter (jennygrl is my user name)

For those of my readers who are my dear friends and family, all I can say is thank you for your love and support.

In the coming months I will be posting more recipes for WLS and non WLS patients and just general ramblings.... I am currently working on a WLS Essentials list of things I can 't live without :)

I am celebrating my one year today by going to my "One Year Successful Habits" class and maybe, just maybe the wife will take me out to dinner this week  :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Blueberry Muffins...delish!!

I had a friend ask me for my favorite muffin recipe today, so here it is. You can switch out the blueberries for really any fruit....or chocolate :)

So I was watching my favorite cooking show the other night with Ina Garten and she made the most delicious looking Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins. Now, technically I can't eat muffins, but I want to make these so darn bad. So I caved and made them for my family...

Ina Gartens Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins:
What you will need:
Muffin Cup liners
2 Muffin tins- makes about 16 muffins
Regular size Ice Cream Scoop- makes the perfect size muffins

2tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
2-1/2 cups Flour
3 XL Eggs
1-1/2 Sticks Butter
1-1/2 cups Sugar
1-1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/4 cup Milk
8oz Sour Cream

1-2 cups Fresh or Thawed Blueberries

Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time then vanilla, sour cream, and milk.
Sift together Dry Ingredients and slowly add to wet mixture until just combined.

Fold in Blueberries gently so you don't break them! Scoop into prepared pans and bake at 350 for about 18-22 min.

I split my batter into two and made half blueberry and half chocolate chip!

I got a batch of 20 out of my batter...

If you give the recipe a try, let me know how it comes out!

Happy Baking!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Custard & Strawberries Mock Tart

So I have not had much free time lately but the other day I was craving some English custard so I broke out the Birds container. While digging around for my splenda I thought why not kick this up a notch so I started seeing what I had around and voila now I have a Custard & Strawberries Mock Tart what works for my WLS lifestyle..

Here is what you will need:

For the "Tart" Crust:
1/4 cup Almond Meal
2 TB Golden Flaxseed Meal
2 tsp Splenda
2 tsp melted Earth Balance butter (just enough to make it like a crumb base mixture)

Pat into 4oz heat ramekins and bake for 6 min at 350. They will be slightly puffy.

For the Custard:

Bird's Custard- half recipe on container to 1 cup Milk and 1 TB mix. Use 1TB Splenda. Cook as directed.

Fill ramekins with warm custard mixture. Let cool for about 5 min.
Slice a couple strawberries in half and gently place on top of custard.
Cover with plastic wrap and put in the fridge to cool.
These are super yummy and really hit the spot :)
Let me know if you try these out !
Happy Eating,

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Banana Bread with Golden Flaxseed and Sugar Free Chocolate Chips

So last night I noticed I had some bananas on the counter that were way past the point where I would eat them, but at that perfect stage for mashing them and making a banana bread. Off to Martha Stewart I went to find a recipe. Of course I can leave well enough alone and I always have to tweak it slightly. Sadly I was so excited about the bread, I didn't take my pics.

Here is what you will need:

9x5x3 loaf pan or mini loaf pans- buttered and floured ( I use the spray and line the bottom with a piece of parchment paper)

2 TB Melted Butter
1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
3/4 cup All Purpose Flour
1/4 Cup Golden Flaxseed ground
3/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 large egg, and 1 Egg White
2 tsp Vanilla ( I like the Vanilla Bean paste)
2 large Bananas mashed well ( about 3/4-1 cup)
1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar or 1/4 cup Splenda Brown Sugar (which is what I use)
Handful or two of Sugar Free Chocolate Chips- Martha uses Walnuts but I don't

Prepare your pan and set aside.

Mix egg and egg white together. Add rest of wet ingredient and combine well.
Add mixture of dry ingredients ( I like to sift all the dry together first) to the wet and mix until just combined.
Stir in the Chocolate Chips (or whatever add in's you like) by hand gently.

Add to prepared pan and bake at 350 for about 25-30 min. It is done when your knife comes out clean!

Happy Baking!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Kissed my.....Scale!

Last night I jumped on the scale before my NIA dance class and let out a big "Woo- Hoo" in the waiting room of the center. The scale tells me I have lost 100 lbs. I get off the scale and do a little victory dance and the other 2 ladies in the room laugh and clap for me. I'm a nut for sure, but I can't tell you how happy it made me feel inside. 

I proceeded to NIA and loved last night's class. It was a first Monday of the Month which brings out everyone for a seminar credit. None of them want to actually exercise so they watch us regulars do it. It's like being on display at a strip club as we dance around, but thankfully we are all fully dressed. I feel like saying to these people " you are here at the center because you are a fatty...get up and move with us!" I can say "fatty" because I am also a fatty so that gives me the right I figure. Nope, they rather sit and watch. Someone should tell them they are not going to lose any pounds that way.

Over the last week or so I have been inspired by "Eggface" and have started tweaking some of my favorite recipes and trying out some new ones in a "healthier" way.  I made some delish English Toffee Chocolate Protein Ice Cream and then follow-ed that up with the Eggface Patty Melt Bites. Try Em:
So Good!!! Even Viv loves them.

I tried my hand at some homemade protein bars. They are not too bad, but cooking with Whey protein tends to make them a little dry. So I just spread some extra peanut butter over the top for that extra boost of protein.

I also did some regular baking this week but neglected to blog about my cookies. I made Cornmeal Heart Cookies. I admit I did eat one and I found them delish. They have very little sugar so I think that is why I was able to eat it. I sent a batch to one of my favorite families so I hope they love them. I will be baking some more at some point and I will blog about them.

This week will be filled with work and exercise! Tonight Weesa Bug is coming over to watch Glee with me. Tomorrow is my 6th month class, Thursday and Friday at the gym and then at some point I have to get my hunny a Valentines Day gift. Yup, busy busy!

I think tonight I might try another crustless mini quiche recipe....I have some leftover pork ribs. I am thinking if I combine those with some cheese, onion, eggs, and maybe a little green pepper or garlic that might be yummy!

Happy Day!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Protein Ice Cream! Great for WLS patients

So as many of you may or may not know, I am in the process of undergoing a big weight loss. ..

YES, I've had help, and NO it's still not easy, but I have found some foods and recipes that are making my life easier. I have found they are not only good for helping to fight the weight loss battle but just good for healthy eating in general.

I recently stumbled upon some really great Protein Ice Cream recipes. Since I can't eat regular Ice cream since it is not weight loss friendly, these recipes by Eggface- google: The World According to Eggface- are amazing.  The base is super simple and then you can take that base recipe and do really whatever you want to it.

I bought the Kitchen Aid ice cream attachment. After having it for a whole 2 days I am in love.  Kitchen Aid Mixer is one of the best things ever invented. Just try and convince me otherwise!

Last Nights Protein Ice Cream Recipe (and the first I have ever made) was Chocolate Caramel Swirl with Sugar Free Chocolate bits

1 cup Milk (at least 2% or you can also use Vanilla Soy milk)
2 Scoops Chocolate Protein Powder (higher the protein the better)
2 TB Torini Sugar Free Caramel Flavor Syrup
1TB Sugar Free Smuckers Caramel Sauce
1/4 cup Sugar Free Chocolate bits

Mix everything except for the chocolate bits and then follow your mixer instructions.
I put my chocolate bits in 5 minutes before the ice cream is done.

When it's done it will be like soft serve. I like to put mine in tupperware and then freeze it for awhile before digging in!

The best thing about these ice creams is that you can take the milk and protein powder base (try vanilla, strawberry, etc) and try your own add-ins and different syrups.  Even better is that I didn't feel guilty after eating it and since I can only eat a tiny bit of it, a batch will last me quite a while.

Tomorrow I am thinking of trying to make a Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream with bits of Sugar Free Candy Canes. ... If it works out, recipe to follow :)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins....YUMMY

So I was watching my favorite cooking show the other night with Ina Garten and she made the most delicious looking Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins. Now, technically I can't eat muffins, but I want to make these so darn bad. So I caved and made them for my family...

Ina Gartens Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins:

What you will need:
Muffin Cup liners
2 Muffin tins- makes about 16 muffins
Regular size Ice Cream Scoop- makes the perfect size muffins

2tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
2-1/2 cups Flour
3 XL Eggs
1-1/2 Sticks Butter
1-1/2 cups Sugar
1-1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/4 cup Milk
8oz Sour Cream
1-2 cups Fresh or Thawed Blueberries

Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time then vanilla, sour cream, and milk.
Sift together Dry Ingredients and slowly add to wet mixture until just combined.

Fold in Blueberries gently so you don't break them!  Scoop into prepared pans and bake at 350 for about 18-22 min.

I split my batter into two and made half blueberry and half chocolate chip!

I got a batch of 20 out of my batter...

If you give the recipe a try, let me know how it comes out!

Happy Baking!!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

After the storm...

Living in New England always has it's ups and downs in the winter months. After the holidays I needed some time to decompress from all my holiday baking. We headed out on our cruise just two days after Christmas and we had the best time ever. I would highly recommend a Royal Caribbean cruise to anyone who asks.  We had such a good time, we are already booked for this Nov.

Me, Robert, and Viv right after we landed in Miami. 
Since we have just be trying to get all the holiday gear put back in the basement and picking up around the house. I think I still have an unpacked suitcase somewhere!

Yesterday we were lucky enough to get 20+ inches of snow...and yet we both still had to get to work. Boy was that fun. Thankfully the guys from work dug out my car since apparently the plow guy put so much snow around our cards it was up to the windows. I would have pissed if I went out at the end of a long day and saw that. Needless to day, there were treats of homemade Ginger Snaps for those work guys this am as a tasty treat. I had to do something other than say "oh hey, thanks for digging out my entire car!". I will try to blog the recipe in a few days. It is pretty easy actually and a change for your normal chocolate chip cookie.

My eating habits are getting pretty good too. I am down as of today about 95 lbs. I think I finally have my eating patterns down and as long as I plan ahead I do pretty good each day with my meals. I have some new things I am going to try in the upcoming weeks so we will see how that goes! I have a new love for these chocolate peppermint protein bars I found recently. They are super tasty and taste like a candy bar and at the same time, are low in sugar, carbs, and high in protein which is perfect. It's like getting a special treat without cheating! It's pretty awesome I have to say when on this crazy journey to find something super yummy when you thought you might never eat anything super yummy ever again.
Today I actually put on a pair of size 12 jeans. They were Viv's and I think they are a big 12, since none of her other jeans fit me quite yet, but the tag said a big ol' 12 and that made me do a little dance. The other day I bought 14's and that made me do a dance too....specially when my previous size was double that. My love of shopping was bad before, but I really love to shop now.  I had cute clothes before but bigger clothes are much more expensive so now I have cute and cheaper clothes which I guess is when you are buying them every few weeks it's a plus :)

On a final note, on day 2 of the snow fall, notice I earlier said 20 + inches, our dumb ass neighbors have YET as of right this minute (after 9pm on Thur) to clean off their damn car in the driveway. It's the one thing I hate about sharing it. They are redic. The entire driveway is so nice and clean except for their snowed in cars..and when they eventually clean them off, the drive will be a mess and then I am going to  knock them out with my shovel for being a pain in my ass.

Ok, that's it for today....

Looking forward to the weekend :)