Contradiction

I’m going to contradict myself just a little – I was saying that I want to take little baby steps to get healthy. Well, that’s not working out for me either. I’ll just make a big grand gesture now, in the hopes that something will stick. *I’m going sugar-free for the foreseeable future!*

This means no pop, candy, or desserts. I’m going to let myself have fruit and juice (only the real kind of juice, lemonade doesn’t count); completely cutting out sugar is just not an option. For me, anyways. And fruit and juice are healthy, anyways! Unlike the two packages of Oreos that I ate in the last three days.

I’ll figure out this getting healthy business sometime.

Mug Cake

Need a quick chocolate fix? This may work for you…

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60 SECOND MUG CAKE

1 egg

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1 1/2 tbsp. cocoa powder

Mix well – I mean, really well. Don’t be lazy and leave a few little clumps of cocoa powder, thinking it will all be fine. It won’t. You can learn from my mistakes. Stick it in the microwave for 60 seconds, and what do you know¬†– CAKE. It was fine. Not spectacular, but fine. If you are really craving chocolate, I would say go ahead and give it a whirl. Maybe stick some ice cream on top. (With no other additives, this recipe is 6 WW Points+)

Oh, and by the way – you just saw my first picture taken in Manual mode for my new challenge. I’m still kinda figuring things out. I may need to consult my owners manual a time or two.

 

I got this recipe off of Pinterest – pinned from www.babble.com.

Unhealthy Meals

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Homemade bread counts as a meal, right? Maybe not so healthy, but it’s delicious. It also warms the house up, and smells so good. Yum.
Here’s the recipe I use, and yes, I cheat by using the bread maker.

Breadmachine bread:
3 cups white flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup oatmeal
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons breadmachine yeast
1 1/4 cups water

Dump into the breadmachine in the order listed.

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Put it on the dough cycle. Once it’s done, take it out and split it into two. Place them on a greased cookie sheet.

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Let rise for 30 minutes.

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Cook at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, or until brown and hollow sounding when knocked on.

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This makes two small flat bread loaves. If you want, you can just stick it all in a greased breadloaf pan. Everything else remains the same.

Learning to Cook

I’m on a mission here. I’m going to get through my list of things that I could write about and see which ones I really like. Learning to cook was on my list. It’s a good one to write about during the holidays, with all the parties and baking and such.

I made a new recipe the other day: Mocha Hazelnut Latte Bark. It was delicious. I will make it again. The best part is that you can tweak it to your tastes, and it won’t ruin it.

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Ingredients:

  • Almond Bark – I used a pound
  • Dark Chocolate covered Coffee Beans – I used about 1 cup
  • Chopped Hazelnuts – I used about 1/2 cup

Here’s how I made mine:

Melt the almond bark in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. Once melted, add 1/2 cup of the coffee beans and stir. Spread onto waxed paper. Sprinkle with the remaining coffee beans and the hazelnuts. (Side note – I actually used filberts. Are they the same thing? The guy at the grocery store said they were. Whatever, they tasted good.) Stick in the freezer until set. Break into chunks. Eat. Try not to eat them all in one sitting. I barely succeeded.

I think I might try Peppermint Mocha Latte Bark next. Just switch out the hazelnuts/filberts for crushed candy canes or peppermint candies.