Posts Tagged ‘dessert’

Andrea: When I die…

…and go to heaven, I will be greeted with this cake.

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For a full description and way better photos, head to SharedSugar.com

Thank you to Stephanie for making this wonderful dessert, and to Lee for helping her out even on your own birthday 🙂

Andrea: Andrea vs. Harold

Harold is the name of my house. My friends Emilly & Andy named their house “Maude” and when we moved in down the street, our house was christened, “Harold.” Harold was vacant for four years before we moved in and wasn’t well taken care of before that.

So, armed with a shovel and a steam cleaner, I did battle with the yard and with years of grease and grime. I won this round, but it’s still an ongoing war!

Between all the yard work, house work, and work work I did this weekend, needless to say, the last thing I wanted to do this weekend was cook, blog, or even open my computer – hence my MIA-ness.

I successfully avoided all cooking, but then I realized that I had signed up to take Rose & Jon dinner on Sunday. I quickly raced over to Whole Foods and then whipped up a no-fail dinner: vegetarian shepherds pie.

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No calorie was spared here! I sauteed the veggies in real butter, put yogurt in the mashed potatoes, and then topped everything with a healthy dose of Dubliner cheese. I figured the new Mom & Dad could use some comfort food.

I also knew Rose could use some chocolate. Since Rose was the first person to introduce me to raw foods years ago, I made a raw chocolate tart for dessert. I did some Googling and then stumbled across this recipe for Chocolate Cream Cake from the twins over at Pure2Raw. This is the 2nd recipe of theirs that I’ve tried and again, I was not disappointed!

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The crust.

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The filing.

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The end result!

Four of us polished off half of the tart and I suspect the other half will be eaten by Rose by the end of the day 🙂

After such a laborious weekend, it was nice to spend some QT with this little guy…

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Seriously. I’m in love. He doesn’t make me want to go out and get knocked up, but he’s certainly trying!

Andrea: The calm before the storm

Goodbye sleeping in.

Goodbye eating whatever I feel like.

Tomorrow starts six weeks of 10k training. The only part of my body looking forward to going back to regular exercise is my muffin top.   

Despite the re-introduction of exercise to my already busy schedule, one thing will remain the same – weekends in the kitchen.

Here’s what I’ve been cooking. And un-cooking!

No knead bread:

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This lump of dough is hanging out in my fridge ready to be consumer over the next week or two. I’m thinking tomorrow I’ll make pita bread for these….

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Raw falafel balls! I first saw raw falafel on Greens for Good and I knew I had to make them. I used the same recipe Ryan did, but since I wasn’t overly precise with my measurements, I think I used too much cilantro – hence the light green color. That’s okay because I love cilantro and they smell amazing. But, unlike Ryan, I didn’t heed her suggestion and added all the water, something I wish I hadn’t done. BUT, I was still able to form little balls/patties and I even saved some of the mixture to use as pesto later this week! They’re just about ready to come out of the dehydrator and I can’t wait to try one!

I also jumped on the HEAB bandwagon

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…and made my own coconut butter! This was so easy and I’m so glad Heather tried this as I was just about to plunk down $15 for some store-bought coconut butter this week! This cheap, homemade coconut butter came in handy when I tried making…

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Raw macaroons! These are still in the dehydrator as well, but as you can see, I’ve already sampled a couple. They are so freaking good. I actually don’t care for coconut all that much, so I knew I wanted to make a flavored or chocolate variety. I came across this recipe and since I had all of the ingredients, I went to town. These are going to be great as my sweet snacks for the week.

Yesterday, I was craving chocolate in a major way, so I finally attempted Averie’s Raw Peanut Butter Cups.

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I made my own chocolate with 3 tbsp cacao and enough agave and coconut oil until I got the consistency I wanted. Also, I subbed maca for nooch in one of the cups and it made all the difference in the world. The one with nooch was kind of flavorless, but the one with maca blew me away. I had trouble assembling them, so they weren’t very pretty and not photo-worthy. I’m definitely going to make these again, so if/when I make a decent looking one, I’ll post a pic. For now, just visit Averie’s blog – hers look like the real deal.

And as if I hadn’t made enough desserts, I made the Pure2Raw twins’ Raw Carrot Cake recipe. I always have so much carrot pulp leftover from juicing throughout the week, so it was a great excuse to try them out!

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As luck would have it, I picked up these cute little ramekins earlier this week:

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They were the perfect size for the recipe:

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These are also in the dehydrator, so I’ll let you know how they turn out!

Of course, I didn’t just eat dessert this weekend. I had a bunch of other goodies as well….

A green monster w/frozen raspberries & hemp seeds:

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I think hemp seeds are so beautiful! Basil just seems annoyed by them.

A beautiful croissant veggie sandwich from Bipartisan Cafe in my ‘hood:

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Friday night Chris and I stayed in and had dinner and a movie.

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We tried out Bertoilli’s Four Cheese Rosa sauce that I got as part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program. This was way better than the Arrabiata sauce they sent as well. It wasn’t too heavy which was nice, but it is what it is – cheesy, cream sauce. Great every now and then, but not something I’m gonna buy on a regular basis.

I also made this week’s stash of greek yogurt and a batch of goat cheese – which I’m sure will make appearances this week. In fact, I think I’m going to have some goat cheese and bread for dinner!

Back to the kitchen I go – I can’t believe it’s past 7 and still light out. Love!

Andrea: 35 years is a effing long time

I’m home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I actually got back late Tuesday night, but work has kept me busy. I had a whole post written yesterday, but WordPress was being a little bitch and wouldn’t publish it, then deleted half of it.

Since I am a dumbass and left my camera cord back in Portland, you’re getting modified recaps the next couple of days. Please forgive me 🙂

I went to Dallas because my Mom decided to fly me down for my parents’ 35th wedding anniversary. 35 years ago, after knowing each other for a few short months, my Dad was offered a job in Texas so he proposed to my Mom and they were married two weeks later on February 15, 1975. Their honeymoon was driving from L.A. to Dallas in my Dad’s tiny Volkswagen Beetle. Tres romantique!

I’ve learned a lot about marriage from my parents – not from what they’ve told me, but from what I witnessed growing up. They never argued or yelled at one another – they disagreed frequently, but they just talked it out and moved on. They make each other laugh. They have their own separate hobbies and interests. They are thoughtful and loving, and most importantly, respectful towards one another. They are partners in every way and the I can only hope that my marriage is half as successful as theirs.

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To celebrate their anniversary (and a little bit of Valentine’s Day), we went out to dinner on Saturday night. Dad picked the restaurant, Amici, and even called ahead to make sure there would be vegetarian dishes for me to choose from. It was a little hole in the wall type place and honestly, I wasn’t expecting much when we walked in. But, the whole dinner ended up being amazing.

The restaurant doesn’t have a liquor license so it’s BYOB. Dad and I split a bottle of Spanish wine and Mom brought a flask of vodka, cuz she’s Klassy like that 🙂

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My Mom loves escargot, so as an appetizer, we ordered those as well as some stuffed mushrooms.

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I had never had the opportunity to try snails before, so I had one of these. Not too bad, but they are mush little beasts!


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And what could be better than mushrooms smothered in cream sauce? That’s right. Nothing.

For dinner I did something I always forget to do – order off the menu. The mushroom ravioli was calling my name, but was supposed to come with chicken and cream sauce. I just asked if they could sub the chicken for whatever veggies they had in the kitchen and marinara instead of cream – I knew I wanted dessert and didn’t want my stomach to do into dairy overload.

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Mushrooms, broccoli, spinach, and eggplant. The eggplant was so good, I could have just eaten a whole plate of that alone. Mom and Dad asked if their dishes could be put on the blog as well…

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Roast lamb for Mom. Days later she was still talking about how good that corn was.

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And pork tenderloin for Dad.

Dessert was easily the best part of the experience.

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Almond “basket” filled with berries and pastry cream.

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Tiramisu for me – it was rich and very heavy, unlike any tiramisu I’d had before. Maybe that’s why I thought it was the best I’d ever eaten! Seriously, I almost cried that I couldn’t finish it all.

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Dad’s creme brulee. Dad and I also ordered cappuccinos at the end of the meal – I always love ending a big meal with “real” coffee.

The meal lasted well over two hours so we were able to enjoy and savor every bite of food and sip of wine.

When we were heading back to the car, I just had to take a picture of this pathetic, little snowman.

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Dallas got a record breaking 11+ inches of snow the day before I arrived. By Saturday, almost all the snow on the ground was gone and all that was left were random snowmen everywhere. Despite, the adornment, this was the ugliest snowman (snowwoman?) I encountered. At least it was ready for Mardi Gras!

Speaking of Mardi Gras, I gave up alcohol for Lent. I’m not Catholic, or even terribly religious, but I usually give up something every year. I’ve been riding the wagon pretty hard lately, so Lent came at a perfect time for me to take a break from the sauce for a while. I know my liver will thank me!

Erin: Sleep is very nice

Happy WINDSday Eeyore!

I hope you guys know where that phrase comes from. I’m not sure how many people got my “Heavens to Mergatroid” reference. 🙂

Yesterday was a beautiful day. For the first time in a long time, I got a full 6.5 hours of sleep. It was amazing how well I could concentrate! And I didn’t have to take any naps at my desk! :mrgreen:

Monday’s breakfast was TOO GOOD not to have again.

Everything was the same: 2 Kashi Heart to Heart waffles, a container of plain Oikos, and a (slightly smaller) banana. Topped with cinnamon and sf syrup. Yum.

My AM snack was equally delicious! I had a very juicy pear and a couple slices of Boar’s Head lemon pepper turkey. I love combining sweet and savory!

I had a nice time chillin with the lab mates and working (a little) before eating my lunch. For lunch, I brought a nice, dense salad and a couple Wasa crackers with Laughing Cow light.

In the salad:

  • baby spinach
  • broccoli slaw
  • red pepper
  • massive chicken breast
  • jalapenos

I forgot to add vinegar or cc for dressing, but it was good without it. I like vegetables on their own.

Then I went to teach. When I was done, I had a six hour “break” in the afternoon where I didn’t have anywhere to be, so I parked myself in the lab and busted through several readings and some paperwork. Including blog readings! I was able to concentrate really well and I felt SO GOOD about that.

I got pretty hungry around 3:00, so I dipped into my stash.

Dora edamame (1/4 cup) and a plum. And a Diet Coke, which I guess I don’t need to point out.

At about 5:30 my stomach was growling again. Fortunately I had a 100-cal bag of popcorn in my drawer for emergencies!

Because I burnt it, it was more like an 80 calorie bag. I had it with an All-Bran pink lemonade packet. 🙂 I love those!

I’m so glad I had that snack, because I didn’t end up getting home until 8:00. I was beyond hungry so I didn’t know what I wanted to eat. I almost felt like just going to bed because it was hard to decide. Know what I mean?

I microwaved a sweet potato and made a scramble with 1/2 cup egg whites and some turkey, basil, spinach, red onion, raspberry salsa, and half a zucchini. Plus lots of hot sauce. I felt weird for some reason so I didn’t finish.

Fuggetaboutit.

Oh! I meant to mention that the Chobani fairy came yesterday! (Doesn’t the lightbulb make this picture look kind of heavenly?)

I’m SOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSSSOOOOOSOSOSo excited to try this yogurt! I can’t find it in Lubbock but I heard it’s so good! Except for the vanilla flave. They were kind enough to send me eight containers to sample. WHAT COMPANIES DO THIS?! I was completely in shock. I bet Robbie will help me out with these. He loves Oikos blueberry yog so I’m sure he’ll snatch a few of the fruity ones.

Speaking of Rob…he did an evil, evil thing last night.

He brought home Ben & Jerry’s coffee heath bar crunch ice cream and a bag of trail mix. And two PB malt balls. Maybe that’s why I didn’t want much of my dinner…I was saving room for THE OINK SESH.

I had TWO little bowls of the ice cream (over 2/3 cup) and half that bag of trail mix. It wasn’t my usual kind – fortunately! I had to pick out all the nasty dark chocolate.

After a thorough dental care session I called it a night around 9:30. WIPED OUT!

I actually kept track of the amount of time I spent reading blogs yesterday. It wasn’t as much time as I thought, but it was still a lot: one solid hour, broken up into chunks. And writing my morning post usually takes from 20-40 minutes.

So, yeah. What about you guys? Have you ever tracked how much time you spend in blogworld?

Erin: Go see Batman!

It’s a incredible movie! Coming from me, that’s saying a lot! I don’t really like movies because it requires paying attention the whole time. This was a LONG movie and I managed to follow it about 70% of the time! The other 30%, I was daydreaming, shifting around, checking my phone, snuggling with the hub. 🙂

We went to Coldstone before the movie and I got a small sinless ice cream with strawberries, fudge sauce, and Heath bar mixed in (in honor of Heath Ledger!). It was very melty and sweet! I didn’t remember to take a picture until I was almost done. It just looks funky!

My favorite employee ever was working today. See how my small cup is nested inside a medium one? It’s because he always puts in more than a small cup will accommodate so it spills out the sides. 🙂 I like going when he’s working because he always hooks me up!

Like I said, amazing movie! Really long too! When we got home and I’d washed my face and done all that it was 11:00. I hadn’t eaten in four hours. Snack time!

Started with 4 prunes and a couple ounces of baked tofu.

Then I had some trail mix – 1/4 cup.

Then I pulled a baked oatmeal bar out of the freezer and inhaled it! That was just for fun; I didn’t need it at all.

Lastly, I sliced a piece of that bread I bought earlier and picked at it for awhile (no picture).

Now I’m stuffed! I’m going to do a couple sun salutations and call it a night. I love Sundays. It’s the only day Rob and I have off together, so I always get up early and putz around so that when he wakes up at 10 or whenever, I’m free to hang out! YAYAYAY!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Erin: Recognize

Does this look familiar?

Yay leftovers! After cleaning all afternoon, I was glad the couscous salad could rescue me from meal prep. I had a slightly smaller portion than last night (I learned!) and also had 1/2 cup grapes. It was just as good the second time around!

I did the vacuuming after dinner and then served up a bowl of candy. There were 11 total: 3 malt balls, 3 peanut butter malt balls (these are the ones I pop in my mouth while “browsing” the bulk bins), and 5 sweet and melty mints. I figured I wouldn’t be able to finish the bowl.

Which is like the biggest joke ever!

OF COURSE I ate them all! And they were super good. I made that bowl last an hour. Sure, I felt sick afterward, but it was worth it! 😉

I decided to resolve the issue by laying on the couch and watching some DVR’d episodes of DDD and Flip This House. Armando Montalongo kills me! I LOVE HIM and his crazy temper tantrums. My hub and I love to watch that one together.

Speaking of the hub! Look what he snuck in the grocery cart tonight.

Oy. Oy. Oy. I tried to resist, but not that hard! A couple hours after the candy eating sesh, I totally gouged my spoon in there and ate about 1/4 cup.

I sorta messed up the interior because I was looking specifically for a heath bar piece. Not very respectful of me, but my primal instincts were overriding any logical thought!

I decided to regain control of the situation by making my own dessert: 1/2 cup all-bran, 1/2 cup Stonyfield ff frozen yogurt, and a delicious peach from the farmer’s market. It was so good, and it helped until about 20 minutes ago, when I went for two more spoonfuls of ice cream and about 1/2 cup trail mix!

I’m removing myself from the kitchen. It’s not safe in here! Time to throw myself onto the yoga mat.

Goodnight!