Thursday, 5 September 2013

Fit Sugar's Banana Apple Chunk Bread Modified | Food & Drink

Hello there! I've been a tad busy lately as you may have figured- hence my absence.  Today I want to show you this freaking incredible dessert.  This is a recipe I found on Fit Sugar, and the recipe is called Low Fat Vegan Banana Apple Chunk Bread. If you click on this link it will take you to the original recipe, and the site provides you will nutritional content.  My version has very few changes so the nutritional content should be about the same. I modified a couple small things, and turned this bread into muffins!  These are the most moistestest (it's a word now) muffins in town.  It's like they are dense AND fluffy at the same time.  They are best when you warm them up in the microwave for about 50 seconds and put a dollop of vanilla bean ice cream on top- YUM.  Might as well forget about the nutritional content on Fit Sugar, because now you are eating ice cream, and probably eating like 3 servings of this- just saying.  You will thank me.  I've never seen Mark so excited about a dessert before. 

You will need:
3 ripe bananas
1 apple, peeled and diced
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup applesauce (I used unsweetened cinnamon apple applesauce, and put in 2 of those small cups that you would buy in packets at the store)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Crushed pecans to sprinkle on top of the muffins before baking

So the modifications I made were: 
-brown sugar
-3 ripe bananas
-cinnamon applesauce
-crushed pecans 
-made into muffins

 Pour the batter in the muffin cups or in a loaf pan, and put in the oven at 350 degrees.  For the muffins, it took about 15 minutes or so until they were ready.  Just watch that the tops are turning brown, and when you stick in a fork or toothpick that it doesn't come out super gooey. 

This is the batter

Was a good breakfast treat (or any meal)

Do this- it is amazing

Let me know how you like it! I would give this like 6 out of 5 stars... hehe. Enjoy!

Monday, 26 August 2013

Knee-High Boots & Fat Calves | Fashion & Beauty

I LOVE knee high boots, but there was always one thing getting in the way of buying some- my huge calves.  Every time I would walk into a shoe store, even though I know they wouldn't fit, I tried them ALL on hoping and praying one pair would fit my stupid calves.  After years with this struggle I accepted my fate- knee high boots would never embrace my big calves. Sad right?  I know so many other girls have this problem.  Which is kind of silly! Why can't they just make them a little bit bigger?! Like seriously, an inch or two people! Well... my dream came true the other day.  I found a boot that fits my calves! If I could have, I would have sang and dance in the store. Thinking back, I just should have because this is something to celebrate. 

Drum roll... I found them at Pennington's.  Girls, don't be afraid of this store.  I always thought (without venturing in), "Oh boy, another plus size store with super ugly clothing."  I'm right though, no? A lot of chain stores that cater strictly to plus size people have some pretty ugly clothing.  I seriously believe they think, "Well you're big so, umm, maybe we will just throw a blanket on you, and hope that hides you."  Pennington's is actually different! They have some very nice clothes in there, that are still stylish, but cater to a plus size figure.  Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe the sizes were 1X to 5X.  The clothes do fit much larger than other commercial size 1X clothing, however.  I saw some awesome deals on dresses there so of course I wanted to try them on. I tried the 1X on, and it was still about 2 sizes or so too big.  Okay, so this post went a little off track, but I had to tell you about this store!

The best part about this store, whether you are plus size or just a girl with some bigger calves, is their boots fit awesome! I went into Pennington's once before to try on boots, but they never had my size.  If you have small feet, and you just read this- LEAVE NOW! They sell fast.  I am still on cloud nine, and so happy with my boots.  They rang up at $96- a little pricey, but OMG worth it.

I guess it would also be good to note that they are a little warm.  Of course I buy boots, and now it's been like 30 degrees outside for days... 

My babies :). 

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

How To Fix Lumpy Cream Cheese Frosting | Food & Drink

If you follow me on Instagram you probably know that last weekend I did a little baking.  One of the treats I made was the pumpkin cake I attempted a couple weeks ago.  This time, however, my cream cheese frosting went horribly wrong.  I really didn't want to waste all that frosting, but it tasted bad- unless you like lumps of butter in your frosting... Of the course the next logical thing to do is Google a solution right?  A few people recommended to microwave it! I was a little apprehensive about trying this, but it was either that or throw it out.  So, all I did was throw it into the microwave for about 20 seconds, and then stir it well with a fork until it was smooth.  Then I threw it into the fridge until it was stiff again. It worked!! I was so impressed.  It makes perfect sense right? Whoever thought of this initially was genius.  It turned out so well I think I might do this every time!

Another alteration I made to the frosting was swapping honey for icing sugar like my mom suggested.  It was awesome! Didn't taste too much different, and there was no stupid icing sugar in there. I used 2 packages of cream cheese, about 4 heaping tablespoons of honey, and about almost an 1/8 cup of butter. 

I hope this tip helps you save your lumpy frosting! 

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Easy Pumpkin Cake | Food & Drink

I had a weird craving for pumpkin, but I prefer cake over pie, so I thought hmmmm.... I made banana muffins with cake mix and bananas- what's stopping me from making pumpkin cake with cake mix and pumpkin?! I thought I was so clever until I did a search on internet- it's been done. So I tried it, and it turned out awesome! I got my pumpkin fix. Yes, I know it's summer, and I shouldn't want pumpkin anything yet.

You will need:

For the cake:
-1 large can of pumpkin puree
-1 spice cake mix box

For the cream cheese icing:
-2 blocks of cream cheese
-1/4 cup of softened butter
-5 cups of icing sugar (I think this is insane... I made half this recipe and only put just less than 2 cups of sugar in and it was PLENTY sweet enough. I found out today my mom makes her cream cheese icing with honey so I will try that next time, and let you know if there's a difference!)

Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until the knife you insert comes out clean (no batter sticks to it).

I plan to turn these into cupcakes in the near future so stay tuned!

I was watching The Women in bed with my, at least, second piece of cake. (Great movie by the way!)

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Spinach Feta Salad | Food & Drink

Hope you are all having a great evening! I am going to show you guys a recipe I made up about 5 years ago and SWORE I would never show anyone because it is so yummy!! AND it's great for you. The most fantastic part of this salad- NO DRESSING! This salad is also filling enough to eat as a meal. You could add meat to it if you wanted, but if you are on a budget, or don't eat meat, jack up the amount of mushrooms- those guys fill you up!

You will need:
-A bag of spinach
-1 Bell pepper (whatever color you want, I used red and yellow)
-1/2 of a red onion
-Montreal Steak Spice
-Garlic Plus
-Feta Cheese

First you will want to chop up all your vegetables.  When I had a grill, I used that because it was much better than a frying pan, but I don't have one anymore. With the grill, or a big frying pan, put about a tablespoon of olive oil in the pan and spread it around. Crank up the heat to almost maxium, get the pan hot, hot, hot then throw those veggies on and here them sizzle. Caution: Open those windows if you are going to crank up the heat- it get's smokey. Do not stir them around. Let them grill on one side before flipping them. When I was using the frying pan, this was too difficult so I just fried them up.  But the key is to not get them limp (like mine, but it's also your preference). If your pan is hot, and they don't stay on there too long, and if there is as much space in the pan as possible they won't go limp and squishy. When they are spread out they don't get watery. I obviously didn't have a choice.  Take them off the pan, and throw them straight into the bed of spinach. Top with cubed feta cheese. Eat it while it's hot. What's great about this salad is that if there's leftovers and your spinach is on the soggy side that's okay! Because spinach tastes great either way. Not that there will be leftovers, trust me.

I really need a big frying pan, and a wok

Let me know how you like it! If you have any question, just ask!

Sunday, 14 July 2013

The Easiest Banana Muffins EVER | Food & Drink

Oh my gooooooooodness you guys, I found the most easiest recipe for banana muffins ever on Pinterest from a blog called "My Own Blog Review". It originally was for banana bread, but I made it ever easier, and turned it into muffins!

ALL you need is:
-Box white cake mix
-2 eggs
-5 ripe bananas (I could've even put more, maybe one more)
-As many chocolate chips as you want
-Cinnamon (my secret ingredient to banana muffins)

All you have to do is mix all this together, put it in the muffin liners, and pop it into the oven at 350 degrees for approx 17- 20 minutes depending on your oven. Mine took 17 minutes.  If they are starting to turn brown on top they are probably cooked.  Pull them out and stick a toothpick in; if it pulls out clean then they are cooked.

You will love these! If you have any questions, let me know!

Friday, 5 July 2013

Zucchini Alfredo Lasagna | Food & Drink

Put on your stretchy pants because you will want to eat the whole pan. Tonight I'm going to show you a new lasagna recipe I made up, that was inspired by The Chew's half zucchini half pasta lasagna. The idea was that you were cutting out a lot of heavy fats and calories... cute eh? ;) Just kidding, it's not AWFUL for you; just modify it to your liking. At least it's a great way to sneak in A LOT of vegetables.

I shouldn't even be showing you guys this recipe- it's that good.

You will need:
-lasagna noodles (I literally used 6 noodles for the size of dish I made)
-zucchini (I used 4 small zucchini)
-cheese (I used old cheddar because it's stronger- like I've mentioned before)
-alfredo sauce (brand of your choice, you can experiment with it)
-a little garlic plus and oregano (my go to guys)

Here's the lasagna noodles I use. Boil them like you would regular pasta.

Then slice your zucchini the long way.

This is the alfredo sauce I used this time. Last time it was a garlicy one. If you are going to make a smaller lasagna like the one I'm doing you really only need one jar. I made one that was bigger before and needed 2 jars.

The next step is to layer the ingredients however you want to. I like to start with a layer of sauce, then zucchini, noodles- then from there, layer the rest of the veggies how you want. I had 2 layers of spinach, 1 layer of tomato, 2 layers of noodles, 3 zucchini layers, and 2 cheese layers.

Turn the oven on to about 400 degrees and let it cook for approx 30 minutes. Let the cheese brown a little bit on top. It should look something like this:

Now, to make your lasagna taste even more amazing- the key is to let it rest for a long time. You know how things like this always taste better the next day? Same kind of idea. I let our lasagna rest for a good 20 minutes, but it wouldn't hurt to leave it much much longer if possible. You can always throw it back in the oven for a couple minutes to warm it up. I know, it's so hard not to eat it the second it comes out. If you let it rest, it will also cut nicely, and you won't end up with a pile of goo on your plate.

Borderline pile of goo, but couldn't wait any longer

 Hope you enjoy! Actually, trust me you will. If you have any questions, just ask! Shoot me some comments!

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Warm Chicken Fajitas | Food & Drink

Good evening everyone! We just had some chicken fajitas for supper, and I'm going to share with you how I made them. I don't like to toot my own horn, but they were SO delicious. Not to mention they smelled heavenly in the oven! I hope you guys like them. They are not very expensive, and quick to make for someone who doesn't have a lot of time.

First you will need: 1 green pepper, 1 red pepper, 1/2 of a large onion (or 1 medium one), 3 cloves of garlic, 3 medium chicken breasts. Slice all of these up and put into a casserole dish.

Now you will need the following: 1 can of diced tomatoes, 2 teaspoons of olive oil, dried oregano, garlic plus, and basil. (You can substitute your favorite spices if you'd like). When adding spices I just make sure the food is coated well. Here are approximate measurements for the amount of food I cooked:
  • 3 tablespoons of oregano
  • 2 tablespoon of basil
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic plus

Once you have stirred everything together it should look like the picture below. Put it into the oven for approximately 45 minutes at 375 degrees celcius or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.

When it comes out of the oven it looks like this! Then I sprinkled on some cheddar cheese for good measure ;)

Put your tortilla shells in the microwave for about 30 seconds, and then wrap your fajita mixture up in the tortilla shell! Here are the tortilla shells I used, and we also had a few flour tortilla shells left over from another night. You can serve with sour cream, salsa, or even guacamole if you wanted to! 

I hope you enjoy them!

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Homemade Rainbow Chips for Cake | Food & Drink

You know the yummy Betty Crocker rainbow chip icing? Mark's birthday was at the beginning of June, and I told him I would make his cake. He told me his favorite cake was the box mix rainbow chip cake with rainbow chip icing.  Well, did you think I could find the rainbow chip icing anywhere? No, no I couldn't. So, I did some research and improvised for the icing. I don't have step by step pictures, but I have a picture from the internet, and the final product on the cake.

Go out and buy some white chocolate chips. I used about one large bulk bin scoop of chips, and I still had a lot left over after putting them on the cake. Your first step is to melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave. DO THIS VERY SLOWLY. It's very important you only put them in for approximately ten seconds at a time because they burn fast. After about ten or fifteen seconds they may not look like they are melting, but they are. Give them a stir, and if there is still chocolate lumps, throw them back in for another ten seconds.  Next step is to separate the white chocolate into how ever many colors you want to use; I did four. Have some fun mixing different food coloring into the chocolate. Then once they are mixed well, spread them out on a hard surface. I used a plate, but you could you parchment paper or even a cutting board, it really doesn't matter. You can see how they are spread out in the above picture. Put them in the fridge until they return to their solid state. Once they are hard, bring them out, and just start chopping them up into tiny pieces like you see in the above picture on the left hand side. Remember to put them back into the fridge if you aren't going to use them right away. This is to keep the colors from bleeding together once you've mixed them. You can mix them into your favorite icing or place them on top of the icing in a creative arrangement on the cake.

I will soon post a quick and inexpensive way to make the actual cake as well as my favorite icing. So watch out for these posts in the future to make a cake like the one I made for Mark!

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Cheesy Zucchini | Food & Drink

Whilst perusing Pinterest I came across this recipe. I love this recipe. It's super quick, super easy, and best of all super cheap!  Start off with how ever many zucchini you want. Mark and I had two small zucchinis tonight. Normally I make one each (2 halves), but we only had rice with it so I made more.  I like it best with baked fish. I will post that another time! Okay, anyways -zucchinis...

Chop off the ends and split them in half. Lay them on a baking sheet (I put foil down on the pan so it's a quick wash after). Drizzle on some olive oil -but don't get too crazy with it or your oven will be all greasy, and well, so will your zucchinis. Then I add a seasoning called garlic plus as well as oregano. You can add whatever you want, these are just my favorites.

Then I whip out a tomato- bet you weren't expecting that! Dice it up and throw it on top of the zucchini.  After that, get out some cheese and grate it on. I like old cheddar cheese because it's a bit stronger than other cheeses. Zucchini isn't SUPER flavorful on it's own, so this is a good combo. Be creative!

Once you're done, throw it in the oven around 350 degrees for maybe 20 minutes. You will start to smell it and the ends will start to shrivel. This is what it will look like when it comes out:

Enjoy! If you have any questions, feel free to ask.