I seriously can’t believe it’s already September!! I mean seriously, what happened?! Time is flying!!
I have enjoyed the summer, but to be honest, I’m pretty excited for fall. I love pumpkin pie anything, cider, scarves, blazers, etc. And then when NYC gears up for Christmas, it’s truly magical.
I wanted to make a breakfast recipe that was not only low carb, but also one where I could incorporate some cinnamon or pumpkin pie flavor. I’m ready!!
I decided to make some almond flour pancakes. Seriously so freaking good! Make them, make them now! And I even had extra and they reheated so well!
2 Pastured Eggs, whisked
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
2/3 cup Water
1 Tbsp Salted Butter, for frying
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk two eggs.
- Pour almond flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a medium sized mixing bowl.
- Add vanilla extract, and eggs to the bowl.
- Mix with a wooden spoon to combine.
- Add water, and continue to stir.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of grass fed butter or coconut oil in a large non stick skillet.
- Using 1/8 cup, scoop batter into the frying pan, leaving enough space in between pancakes to flip.
- Cook 2 minutes on the first side, flip, and cook for a remaining 1-2 minutes. Add additional cooking fat as needed. (It helps to flip pancakes back and forth a bit to ensure they are cooked through.)
- Top with your choice of grass fed butter or coconut oil, and a sprinkle of cinnamon, and serve.
Enjoy this one guys! It’s delish!
I’ve already heard a ton of my friends saying that they are starting a diet AFTER Labor Day Weekend, or that they are getting back on track AFTER the weekend. I hate this!! I mean, I TOTALLY get it, but I hate it. We all want to enjoy barbecues, maybe have a beer, an ice pop or ice cream by the pool or at the beach…but can we find a balance so that we can indulge without being “off track”?
I have been struggling to find this balance for years. It’s not just holiday weekends, it’s vacations, birthday parties, Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc. I’m determined to be able to enjoy myself on these special occasions without completely letting my healthy lifestyle fall by the wayside. It’s a struggle, especially when everyone around you is eating crap.
I’ve been trying my HARDEST this weekend to keep focused, without depriving myself of anything.
Last night, Rich came over and we decided to grill. And by we, I mean he. I’ve actually never used a grill before other than my Griddler. Not because I don’t want to, I just don’t know how!! So let the lesson begin!
Naturally, I went and got a TON of vegetables. I L-O-V-E vegetables. It’s refreshing because Rich will actually eat them too. A lot of guys I know aren’t big veggie eaters for some reason.
I love my new apartment complex, and they just put in brand new grills!
And they are right next to the pool- perfection!!
We decided to have veggies and skirt steak. I did more watching than helping…
The skirt steak looked so good when it was done!!
And my mouth was literally salivating smelling the veggies.
By the time it was all done, I was HUNGRY!!!
Doesn’t that look so good?!
I felt like I was indulging without blowing my diet.
How are you guys staying healthy this weekend?
It is my last day of work before Labor Day Weekend! I wish you could see me now because I’m TOTALLY doing the “Carlton.” If you didn’t get that reference, I feel old.
I’m actually going to go through my apartment and donate clothes this weekend, as well as clean out other things I’ve been hoarding (nail polish anyone?!). No seriously though, I have a BUCKET of nail polish. A bucket!!! I never seem to throw anything away and it’s starting to drive me crazy. I just have too much crap! So this weekend, I am starting anew my friends. I am adopting the “out with the old, in with the new” mantra (we’ll see how it goes…)
My brother is actually coming up to stay with me today because I live on the Jersey Shore (not THAT Jersey Shore). We are going to go out tonight to this bar where they have LIVE rock band karaoke. We are both obsessed and once we saw the flyer we both said, “Done and Done!!” Hopefully there will be some embarrassing videos to post!!
I love having company. I guess it’s because I love being a host. One day I will be the ultimate soccer mom (not anytime soon…oh geez).
Anyway, so as I continue my journey to try to become domestic, I decided to make homemade truffles for a birthday barbecue. I have NEVER made truffles before, but I figure I have to start somewhere.
They actually came out delish! And I know you must be thinking…isn’t this a healthy lifestyle blog?! Why the hell is she making TRUFFLES?! To be 100% honest, I had the tiniest sliver of one just to make sure I wasn’t going to kill people at the barbecue. I snacked on some dark chocolate and almonds as I made the truffles. I’d like to think that I’ve come far enough that I can bake for others while not going on a crazy binge. It’s still a struggle, but I’m definitely stronger than I used to be.
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
6 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp milk
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Using a stand or electric mixer, cream together the butter, sugars and salt, then add the vanilla and milk. Add the flour a little at a time while mixing on low speed until the dough is well-combined. Lastly, add the chocolate chips and stir by hand (note to self: learn to use a mixer properly so that next time you won’t be cleaning dough off of every surface in your kitchen).
Use a small scooper or teaspoon to scrape out the dough and roll between your hands into a smooth 1-inch ball. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for 30 minutes.
Melt the chocolate chips in a mini crockpot or double boiler (Totally not even kidding, I had to ask Carrie from my office what a double boiler is…I’m working on this domestic stuff, as I said). Then, use a toothpick to dip each ball into the chocolate. Use a spoon to help fully coat the balls. Place back in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to harden.
Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
I decided to put a few truffles in little plastic craft baggies and then put them in a cute bag for the birthday girl.
I thought for a first try I did ok! Haha.
It’s Monday, WAH WAH. Mondays are the freaking worst. I just keep reminding myself that next weekend is a holiday weekend so I just have to make it through the week.
I think I’m also being a TOTAL buzz kill today because this weekend was all sorts of awesome. On Saturday, I went to a fair with a group of people and it was one of those nights for the books. There was so much laughter, no worrying about problems…just a genuinely good time. I’m constantly thinking/over-thinking and stressing over everything, so it was great to just actually LET GO and have a BLAST. And I got to meet some incredible new friends.
Like this beauty! Honestly, it’s not often that I meet someone that I just instantly click with. But within five minutes we basically ditched the boys and were planning all sorts of fun girl dates for the future.
I think in living a healthy lifestyle, it’s important to be surrounded by good/positive people. Cut the a**holes out of your life. Life is too short.
On Sunday, I lounged around a bit after my workout before getting ready to go to a barbecue. Teddy (my dog) loves to lounge around with me. But I think he’s a little too needy…I literally can’t even go to the bathroom with the little guy.
Seriously….it’s a little weird.
Before I got ready for the barbecue I had to finish the chocolate chip cookies I was bringing (you are supposed to let the dough sit for at least 24 hours). Even though this was definitely a different cookie recipe than I’m used to making, it was SO worth it. They came out so good!
The recipe is from Jacques Torres and was featured in the NY Times.
2 cups minus 2 tablespoons
(8 1/2 ounces) cake flour
1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
1 1/4 pounds bittersweet chocolate disks or fèves, at least 60 percent cacao content (I just used chocolate chips)
1. Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.
2. Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Drop chocolate pieces in and incorporate them without breaking them. Press plastic wrap against dough and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.
3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside.
4. Scoop 6 3 1/2-ounce mounds of dough (the size of generous golf balls) onto baking sheet, making sure to turn horizontally any chocolate pieces that are poking up; it will make for a more attractive cookie. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more. Repeat with remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day. Eat warm, with a big napkin.
They were a hit (thank gosh!). I’m always worried trying out a new recipe. The barbecue was a lot of fun. Even though the grill master was wearing a dumb apron.
I swear you could have rolled me home after all of that yummy food! I definitely don’t pretend that I eat healthy all of the time, because I don’t. I’m completely human. However I have to say, I am regretting just how much I indulged this weekend. But I’m acknowledging it, refocusing, and moving forward.
The night ended in the best way possible:
I hope you all had a great weekend too!!!