Friday, April 4, 2014

Sweet Tooth Strikes Again

Before I get into the sweets....(deep sigh)

I should say I am 1 week from my 40 to 40. 

Will I make my goal?  Probably not....but I will come close.  As of today I am 7 lbs away from hitting my mark.

I am still impressed that I made it this far.  When I made my goal I didn't think I would even lose 10 lbs....

I am soooo close to wearing all the clothes in my closet....(hello clothes that are not black)  I can get them up and button, but they look super tight. 

I'm in my toning phase now!!

Ok so enough about my 40th coming up (cake cake cake)

ON TO THE SWEETS

A few weeks ago I pinned some Pink Treats ....pink is my favorite color and I was looking for things to bake/make for my birthday with the family.  I mean hello?  I can't ever make just one around here now can I??!!

I found this Tiffany Blue icing Pink Cake one to make....then I found some Pink Cherry Fudge
and some Pink Cherry Rice Crispies too!

Last night I had to try the Pink Cherry Fudge

I changed the name...to Dark Chocolate Cherry Fluff  (I don't get the fudge analogy)



I think I like how my teen daughter described it.  It was like eating a cherry cloud of heaven.  She even went on to describe the cherries were like sweet candies and when you bit into one it burst sweet goodness in your mouth. 

I ended up giving half of it to the inlaws last night ....so I will surprise said teen with a new batch when she gets home from school today

The only thing different I did for the recipe?  I didn't use 2.5 cups of white choc chips (the bag evidently only holds 2 cups) and I used a 11x7 pan and not a 9" square pan.  People in the reviews complained of the dark choc cracking when they cut into it.  Well it did a bit, but who cares you are going to eat it anyways.   When you stir your cherries in do it quick...the mixture starts to harden quick...recipe says 1/2 cup...I think I might add a bit more or sprinkle some on top before I pour the dark chocolate

Thanks Shugary Sweets for this treat
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cup white chocolate
  • 7oz jar Fluff (marshmallow cream)
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • pinch salt
  • 1 Tbsp cherry flavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 10oz dark chocolate, melted
 
Instructions
  1. In large saucepan, melt butter with sugar, cream and pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Once boiling, set timer for 5 minutes and add in cherry gelatin.
  2. After 5 minutes remove from heat. In mixing bowl, add white chocolate and marshmallow cream. Pour hot mixture over this and beat with a whisk until smooth and creamy (and all chocolate is melted. Fold in dried cherries.
  3. Pour in a parchment paper lined 9inch square pan. Pour melted dark chocolate over cherry fudge and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Cut into squares and enjoy!

But I didn't just stop at this dessert.  I saw a Pillsbury dessert that caught my eye.  The crust was made using Cinnamon Rolls.  I was intrigued.  I read all the reviews and took to heart some of the ideas and when complete I had a dessert that was amazing.  In fact the family said "Oh man this is a keeper...you should have made 2"



Cinnamon Roll Dutch Apple Pie  (my changes in red)

Ingredients

Crumb Topping

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened

Crust

1 can (12.4 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing

Filling

6 medium Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced (4 apples)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons apple pie spice
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Steps

  •   Heat oven to 375°F. (reduce to 350') In medium bowl, mix Crumb Topping ingredients with fork until large clumps form. Refrigerate. Spoon icing from can of rolls into small microwavable bowl; cover and refrigerate.
  •   Lightly flour rolling pin and work surface or cutting board. Separate dough into 8 rolls. With rolling pin, roll each cinnamon roll, cinnamon side up, into 4- to 5-inch round.
  •   In ungreased 9-inch glass pie plate, place 1 dough round in center. Arrange remaining 7 dough rounds around center round and up side of plate, overlapping slightly as necessary. With fingers, press dough to seal together in bottom and up side of pie plate to form crust. Flute edge. (I didn't flute..it didn't come up that far on the sides)
  •   In large bowl, gently mix Filling ingredients. Spoon filling into cinnamon roll-lined pie plate. Sprinkle crumb topping over top to completely cover filling.
  •   Bake about 1 hour or until top is golden brown and apples are tender. Cool on cooling rack at least 1 hour.  (after 20 mins I covered edges with foil)
  •   Before serving, microwave icing on High 10 to 15 seconds or until runny enough to drizzle. Drizzle back and forth over top of pie.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

My Super Oily Mom Cape



I'm going to be guest blogging over at my Team Blog for Young Living Oils every Wednesday

For the next 12+ weeks I will be covering all the awesome things in the Starter Kit....

Join me over there today for uses on the awesome


Friday, March 28, 2014

It's the Pan....It Made Me


Donut Pans

Have you seen them?  It's my new obsession.  You saw how the other day I made some Cinnamon Sugar Donuts?


Well then later that day I used the same recipe and omitted the cinnamon and nutmeg combination and instead folded in some mini chocolate chips (I just poured some...I didn't measure)
and made a Nutella Glaze for the top



Oh sweet Bessie were those delish

Nutella Glaze

1/2 cup powdered sugar (sifted)
1-2 tbs HOT water
1-2 tbs (I used like 4) nutella

mix all together adding water to thin until desired consistency

My children inhaled them yesterday and my oldest and I quote told me "Mom you NAILED these"

So they saved them for their breakfast this morning and instructed me to make more 

My In Laws were coming for dinner and my MIL saw my IG pictures and sent me a txt letting me know Chocolate Donuts were her FAVORITE.  I got the hint and made these today


I used the recipe over at Joy the Baker, but not her glaze

For my chocolate glaze

3/4 chocolate chips
3 tbs butter
1 tbs light corn syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla

I heated in the microwave for about a min and then stirred until smooth

Chocolate Baked Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze
makes about 10 doughnuts
recipe adapted from Shutterbean
For the Doughnuts:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted until just browned
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 325  degrees F.  Spray a doughnut baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar.
In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla extract until thoroughly combined.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold together until all of the ingredients are well combined.  Scrape the bottom of the bowl to ensure that you’re not leaving any flour behind.  

Use a small spoon to portion batter into the prepared doughnut baking pan.  Each doughnut mold should be about two-thirds full.  Bake doughnuts for 11 to 13 minutes or until a skewer inserted into one of the doughnuts comes out clean.  

Remove from the oven.  Allow to rest for five minutes before inverting doughnuts onto a wire rack to cool completely.  

Allow doughnuts to cool completely before glazing.


During my many many pans of baking donuts lately....I HAVE SINCE REALIZED  it is BEST to FILL to the top.  Recipes say 3/4 full but I messed up on my first few batches and the hole filled in. I used an apple corer to punch the hole out

WHAT I REALIZED IS THE DONUTS ARE PRETTIER AND FLUFFIER when I filled to the top.

They were sad and puny when filled 2/3  or 3/4 full

SO go for it!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sweets ....It's Ok

I love sweets.  I am learning everything in moderation and NOT to give up a passion of mine

BAKING

I did NOT sample my St Patrick's Day cookies, but I did sample the bottom half half of these bad boys this morning with my coffee



While at the gym the other day I saw Ina Garten making these and I knew I wanted to try these for the kids.  I ordered the pans on amazon ($7 a piece and free prime shipping baby) and broke out and made them this morning!

I thought I would put the batter in a pastry bag and pipe in...UH NO.  It was just easier to use a spoon and do it that way. 
Another thing not to do?  Don't fill to top.  My hole filled in and I needed to use my apple corer to remake the hole.  (live and learn)

These tasted perfectly springy perfect and I can't wait to find other recipes for plain w/a chocolate ganache icing

Baked Cinnamon and Sugar Donuts
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1¼ cup milk
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
For toppings
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick), melted
  • ½ cup granulated sugar mixed with ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray doughnut pan with non-stick cooking spray
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Then in a small bowl whisk together the egg, milk, melted butter and vanilla extract. Take the wet ingredients and add them to the dry ingredient bowl. Mix together until just combined.
  3. Spoon the batter into prepared donut pans filling about ¾ths the way.
  4. Bake for 15-17 minutes until doughnuts spring back when poked.
  5. Let doughnuts cool for 5 minutes.
  6. Prepare the cinnamon and sugar mixture
  7. Dip both sides of donuts in melted butter and then sugar

To let you know we all mess up on our diets?  Yesterday I ate about 1/2 cup of M&M's and a handful of the kids Cool Ranch Doritos and a tamale yesterday.  I did increase my water and I did my cardio though...and still lost a lb!  So just do better the next and keep on keeping on! 
9lbs to go for my 40 to 40

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Feel Good Thing

Hubs and I don't sit much for tv shows.  There are only a few we tape and watch...and most are on CMT etc

One in particular that we (ok hubs introduced me to it) love is a sweet Variety type show called



It's got an old 1950's feel...(they live in a farmhouse no less) and I may or may not wish I could dress just like her!

One of my favorite songs of theirs is Play The Song...you can click below to see the beauty of the couple and fun song!




What I love even more?  They have a quick recipe segment in there....



This sweet couple just welcomed a baby girl named Indiana this past February and I saw the birth video last night.  Ok cue the tears.  You know me and my midwife natural birthing self was totally in love with everything about this video.  Old farmhouse and birth attendants and baby all make me swoon!

Monday, March 24, 2014

40 to 40 Update.......The Fix Is Finished

Whew....I finished the 21 DAY FIX yesterday

Stats ended at 10lbs and 7" for that 21 days!

I didn't notice much change except in my saddle bag area.  I WILL TAKE IT

So drum roll.....

My 40 to 40 is going strong 17 days until my 40th and I have a whopping 10 lbs to go!!!

So far I lost 30 lbs in this journey and lost count of overall inches!  

Last time I posted pictures I got a bunch of "boy you're brave"  

I wasn't sure if they meant that in a good or bad way....but if it can motivate someone else 

Many times I will see someone's before picture and say to myself "she looks just like me"  and then I see her after and I want that too

SO here you are.....Day 1 and week 9  


everything pretty much is shrinking ...my waist has dropped 5"     chest 4"     hips 4"  thighs each dropped 4"  and about 3 dress sizes

I am just ever so slightly back in all my old clothes...in old clothes I mean after Lily. 

I made every excuse like anyone else...but I felt justified b/c I have 6 kids.  I mean the girl with 1 or 2 kids and would work out ....I mean hello?  I would too if I had that many kids

I'm constantly in the kitchen prepping food.  Have you cooked daily for a family of 8....2 of which are teenage boys that eat like no tomorrow and bring friends at a last mins notice who can polish down food too?

I start prepping in the morn and again start dinner around 3:30 each day

I felt consumed by food and then I would eat the wrong things (hello Chick Fil A on the way home from Target) or maybe just 2 more pieces of pizza...you name it.  I also like to bake.  I mean I really love to bake.  Creating yummy desserts is sort of my happy place.  SO it's been 1. hard to not sample 2. hard to cut back 3 hard to make stuff

The 21 Day Fix was about portion control...timing your food...and working out.

The containers at first seemed impossible...Now just fun to come up with combos

Now that the fix is over I will continue using the containers, but alter them a bit.  I will change up things she suggests

I am also starting the 60 Booty Lift Challenge using the Beachbody Brazil Butt Lift series.  

It was a super intense workout that had me laughing up a storm this morning!!!

Sample list of some of my meals the past 21 days
6 small meals during the day

snacks

bell peppers w/hummus
carrots w/hummus
apples with cinnamon, honey , and coconut
apples w/greek yogurt and cinnamon
strawberries/blueberries greek yogurt with cinnamon
1/2 english muffin w/1tsp almond butter and 1/2 banana
pineapple w/greek yogurt
any berries and yogurt
KIND bar (did this rarely)

breakfast usually consisted of my Shakeology

lunch 
mainly salads w/lots of cilantro 1tbs dressing, 1tbs feta and a protein....grilled chicken or flank steak

dinner
kept this protein, roasted or grilled or steamed veggies, and 1/2 carb, (wild rice, couscous, 1 tortilla) 

I drank tons of Lemon water (using my YL essential oil)
I took about 15 drops of grapefruit oil a day in a capsule

I also drank 2oz of Ningxia red each day!

I think I'll continue most of these things...

BUT I'M ADDING BACK MY COFFEE.  I MISSED HER!

I am still doing mornings in the gym and sometimes in the evening w/my main man!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What I'm Doing Now

Yesterday was St Patrick's Day and my daddy's birthday!  I copied Bake at 350's cookies and made the kids some fun treats yesterday...THAT I COULDN'T EAT.  Still on my 21 Day Fix
I just smelled them a lot and used my memory for the taste.  (just finished another one in my mind)

How is my 21 Day Fix going?
Great.  I just started my last week on Monday and so far my total on the Fix is 7lbs and 5"
I'm hoping at the end of this week my total on the 21 Day Fix will be about 12 lbs!  (fingers crossed)

My overall weight loss has been terrific.  I'm busting my booty to hit my 40 to 40 goal  (a then another 10 after that)

I'm down 27 lbs and about 20" .  I'm back into a handful of my old clothes (pre Lily) and I've noticed my endurance is way way up! 

I'm going to do another round of the 21 Day and add Brazil Butt Lift to it!!

(pictures to follow next week at the end of the Fix)

Pinterest called me this weekend.....I had to make some Burlap stuff...I'm addicted to Burlap but man is it messy to cut.  (note:  don't wear black...)


I sprayed my brown burlap white and then painted choc dots on it.  I feel something Easter like coming up.  Ohh if only I was an artist.  I would do one for ever season.  But I can not free hand shapes to save my life!
I need a really creative friend to come over and draw a bunch of stuff on posterboard for me!! (hint hint)

And I finally finished the Tooth Fairy Door
Thought it would be cute to make the door number her birth year for a keepsake item


TTT:  Trip to Target Tuesday

I mean what is a good week without one right?  Nah...I try to keep it once a month or less.  I can get into trouble here.  Frozen was released (and sadly we have NEVER seen it) so I wanted to hop on the bandwagon. 
The bunny ears were in the $1 section and I went for it.  They had brown for the boys and well?  Kids are totally adorable as bunnies

Speaking of bunnies.  Lily is dying for one.  Tell me not to get one.  Tell me they are too much trouble.  Tell me they poop and are messy!  Tell me they aren't really soft and cute.  Tell me stuffed ones are better. 




Thursday, March 13, 2014

It's Like A Spa Around Here

I've been wearing Joy essential oil as a perfume lately.



 (from YL site)
Joy™ is a luxuriously exotic blend with uplifting overtones that creates magnetic energy and brings joy to the heart. When worn as cologne or perfume, Joy exudes an alluring and irresistible fragrance that inspires romance and togetherness. When diffused, it can be refreshing and uplifting.

It's a blend oil that has  Bergamot , ylang ylang, geranium , rosewood , lemon , mandarin, jasmine , Roman chamomile , palmarosa , and rose in it

CAN YOU SAY OHHH LALA

I had it on the other day and a lady passed by me and asked what I was wearing ..she told me I reminded her of her spa in California that she would go to.  I thought she was gonna follow me around haha

Then yesterday I diffused Joy and Purification and man oh man...I was in heaven.  All that was missing was some fancy spa lunch and a massage!  

Joy truly uplifts  my spirits and makes me feel great.   I like to apply it over my heart and on my wrists.  My friend used it when she was battling Postpartum Depression.  There is just something relaxing about the smell. 

This morning I've been diffusing Basil and Peppermint.  Now I know you think Basil, but I  cook with that??!!  Yes, you can do that too,  but pure Basil smells mint (to me) like and has a refreshing aroma.  It uplifts and releases tension.  (wanna cook with it?  add it sparingly to some olive oil and drizzle over fresh mozzarella and tomatoes)

Today is day 12 of my 21 Day Fix and it was Pilates.  I thought how perfect to diffuse Basil while working out!  I think I found a new favorite to diffuse to keep me motivated! 



Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Snacks to Satisfy


I will admit.  I miss going to Whataburger and ordering that Green Chile Patty Melt with avocados.  I don't even want to think what the fries and drink added to that were doing to my thighs.  Will I have one again one day...Oh I'm sure I will.  This girl loves a good greasy burger and fries

Do I miss a handful (or 3) of choc kisses ...oh you betcha! 

So in the meantime I am trying to come up with sweet and salty snacks to curb the cravings while I am shrinking those pretty hips and baby belly

Here are a few I have been enjoying

berries and yogurt with cinnamon
I've never been a fan of plain greek yogurt, but found that if I add a bunch of cinnamon and mix some berries I'm in love!!!  (I will sometimes slice an apple in wedges and dip in this too)



sliced apple rings drizzled with honey and more cinnamon w/a pinch of coconut (my favorite after dinner)
Honey makes anything taste better!!!  I then swirl the apple slices to mop up all the cinnamon
(I may lick the bowl too...you never know)


garlic hummus w/veggies

and another I'm gonna have to try that I saw on Pinterest

sliced bananas sandwiched w/almond butter dipped in dark chocolate

 I'm on day 10 of the 21 Day Fix and I'm loving it!  I am sharing some meal ideas on IG so follow me there if you need ideas too!  And please share with me!!!

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Incredible Shrinking Woman


I'm still on the 21 Day Fix if you must know!!  I'm working my bum off for this!  

(a little 21 Day Fix Humor)
 

Week 7 of my whole Hot to 40 and the start of week 2 of 21 Day Fix

Week 1 of 21 Day Fix...I lost a whopping 5 lbs and 2"

for a grand total of 25lbs and 17" down baby!

It's hard to believe, but not.  I truly want this and I am starting to see the Old Laura come back.  And by Old I don't mean b/c I'm near 40, I mean the girl who I was before getting pregnant 4 more times in a 5.5 yr period!!!  (6 kids takes a toll on the body if you don't take care of it....I should know)

The 21 Day Fix is fantastic.   7 different workouts a week...then repeat for week 2 and 3.  So I'm not bored b/c I'm changing it up each day and getting stronger too.

I will tell you if I hadn't gone all no carbs/sugar and more protein and veggies (basically cutting back my bad foods) I would have struggled with the 21 Day Fix meals

You have these containers and your food needs to fit ....portion control.  I mean you can eat too much of bad stuff too you know.
I really wanted to triple my meat intake...and cheese...and well everything.  I'm always hungry, but you can eat 6 small meals a day on this so I am getting used to that too.  I'm a big 3 meals and snack kind of girl


Here are a few samples of my meals in a day...See a good amount of yummies

here's lunch...salad/dressing/feta/grilled chick and lots of cilantro


dinner one night...grilled chick w/buffalo sauce ...garlic green beans and an avocado 



The workouts are great.  Some are hard some are just right. 

Today I repeated last Monday's workout and I can see a difference in my strength

I am doing extra workouts along with the 21 Day Fix.  I still go to the gym in the morn for 20-25 mins elliptical and weights and evenings with my hubs for more of the same

M/W/F I do the 21 Day Fix 10 min Ab Fix (my probs are belly and thighs)

Today I went into the Teen daughter's closet...(as if she doesn't do this to me daily) and grabbed a shirt of hers I want!  It fits finally...she may or may not get it back.  I took a picture and sent it to her with a haha tag!


So besides being consumed with workouts and stealing the kids clothes...

I'm finally getting around to the Tooth Fairy Door that went around on Pinterest

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