SOOOO my co-worker and friend, Ashley was having a birthday and I figured, why get her a store-bought cake when I could make one especially for her? Her favorite cake is yellow with chocolate frosting, and fortunately, I stumbled across this. Smitten Kitchen's "Best Birthday Cake". I used her exact recipe, so I won't post it here, but it turned out amazing...especially the frosting, which wasn't too sweet but had an incredible flavor! So anyway, the pictures below are just the process, but it turned out fabulous and I highly recommend this recipe!
Well, as some of you may already know through twitter, my boyfriend surprised me with a trip this Christmas. He also surprised me with a trip last Christmas (to VEGAS, and the Grand Canyon) but you probably don't know about that because I hadn't started blogging (or tweeting) then. This year he decided to go bigger... a longer trip, a longer flight and an awesome location...
Here's a hint:
Also known as HAWAII:
I won't gush about all of the details of the gift (which includes a LOST tour) but I will say that it involved a slideshow. And that said slideshow was password protected with the code being: 4 8 15 16 23 42 (and then press EXECUTE). I just love that man.
So anyway, now that the time for resolutions is upon us, and my trip is happening in February, I am working to continue with exercising regularly and eating a bit healthier (ignore the fact that my last post was about cookies...I exercised restraint people, I swear). So I decided to take a traditional winter classic and give it a healthy spin, and that's how this hot chocolate was born...
1 cup non-fat skim milk
1 scoop EAS Chocolate protein powder (or an alternative if you have a favorite kind already)
A steamer of some sort (or you could alternatively microwave your milk)
Steam the milk, then mix the protein powder in to the hot milk, stirring until it is fully incorporated
Honestly I thought it was almost as good as the real thing. Now when I say "the real thing" I mean real chocolate shavings and not the crushed powder that you buy at the store. If you are used to the powder, than I would say that this is just as good! Love it. Easy and I don't have to feel guilty eating it. Bring on the bikini! (Okay not quite there yet, but getting there!) EAS powder is a great choice because it is 23g of protein with 130 calories and only 3 carbs! Other protein powders may work just as well, this one I just love because it tastes fantastic and is very versatile (I also love to mix it in a blender with 1 cup vanilla or regular soy milk to make a healthy chocolate milk!)
Here are a few of my other favorite healthy items*:
Greek Yogurt-- high in protein and low in calories and carbs
Uncle Ben's Whole Grain Ready Rice-- whole grain rice that's ready in 90 seconds!
Cottage Cheese (individual packs, fat-free)--still getting used to this one...
*The thoughts and opinions in this post are mine alone and no one has provided me with these items
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
What are your new year's resolutions??
These are some of mine:
Remember when THIS happened??
And THIS had already happened in preparation for that?
Well THIS is what happened next!:
Hey guys...just a quick post for you tonight. I posted a picture on facebook and twitter earlier about these adorable little nuggets of deliciousness and have received a few tweets and instagram comments requesting the recipe. Truth be told, I wasn't really going to post this recipe because it is so simple that I didn't really think it worthy of the food-blog-world that normally intrigues me beyond belief with the creativity that exists amongst those people. But since you asked... of course I will share! :)