Sunday, August 18, 2013

Healthy S W E E T S


I love sweets, but I try to distance myself as far from them as humanly possible!
and as for baking....

It hasn't happened much in the Young house. For good reason too:
 
1.. I HAVE ZERO SELF CONTROL
and well....
2. I don't want to weigh 500lbs.

And so the story goes on...

 I started following some amazing people on Instagram.
These chics make bad, fatty, and sugary food.... not bad, not sugary, and not fatty.

I say, Halleluiah!

That being said, things have changed around here lately. I have a new found love for baking healthy delicious "sweets".

My 1st Attempt:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Brownies


Batter: 2 cups oat flour, 2 scoops chocolate whey protein, 3 tbsp PB2 powder, 1/2 cup stevia in the raw, 1tsp baking soda, 1/2c unsweetened apple sauce, 3/4c unsweetened almond milk, 4 egg whites - Mix all dry ingredients first then add in wet ingredients- mix well. - as for topping I melted 2 tbsp of PB and poured on top prior to baking. Pour in 8x8 cake pan and bake at 350 for 15 min. (Middle will not be fully cooked- removing early prevents them from drying out) Thanks to cleanitupgirl for the inspiration!

My 2nd Attempt:

Coconut Cake Batter Blondies

 
These are my favorite so far!!!
 
Ingredients: 1 can chickpeas drained/rinsed, 2 scoops vanilla whey + 3/4 tbsp. golden batter cake mix ( or 2 scoops cake batter protein), 1/3 cup PB, 1/3 cup honey, 1egg, 2 egg whites, 2 tsp. vanilla or coconut extract, 1/4 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt, 2 tbsp. unsweetened coconut + coconut/sprinkles for topping. Mix all ingredients together in food processor/blender, spray 8x8 baking pan or line. Spread evenly in pan, top with coconut/ sprinkles, bake 20min @ 350. :)

I am HOOKED!

And my picky husband is too!!!

Try these out and let me know what y'all think.

What's on the agenda for this week you ask???
- Banana Protein Muffins
- Protein Peanut Butter Cups

mmmmm MMMMMM mmmmmmm  MM MM!!!

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Dirty 30 Brewbash!!

 
 
Last weekend we celebrated my husbands 30th BIRTHDAY!
He is now officially "the OLD MAN" ;)
 
I had such a fun time planning this big day and have been dying to share the details with you guys!
 
So without further adieu, lets get to it!
 
The invites:
 
 
I purchased these from JacksMaster etsy shop and printed them off at home.
 
We asked each guest to bring one chilled 6-pack of their favorite unique brew- 2 beers from each 6 pack were entered into the beer tasting. Each guest voted on their favorite and the winner was awarded a giant beer mug filled with goodies/gift card.
 
The party décor:
 
 Most of the décor was handmade.... Thank goodness for the enormous amount of Pinterest inspiration!!!
 

 
To keep the categories simple we went with lights, ambers, and darks. I had planned to do IPA's, lagers... etc etc. but soon discovered that there are FAR tooooo many categories of beer.
 
 
These fans are so easy to make!! For the small fans I used scrapbook paper, and for the large, I used wrapping paper (postage paper would work well too). Tutorial can be found here.
 
 
Handmade Burlap Birthday Banner

 
The beer tasting sign was another pinterest inspired idea. This thing literately cost me a measly $5 bucks to make. I dug up a piece of plywood in the garage, cut it to the size I wanted, bought a can of chalkboard spray paint and went to town. Piece. of. cake.

 
And as for the pig head....  This guy was the life of the party. He was pretty darn tasty too!!!!!!
 
The Chow:
 
 
We ordered a 60lb. pig, and it fed roughly 30 people... it was aaaammazingly good.
Along with it my mother in law made her famous bacon baked beans, and scalloped potatoes.
 
 
Appetizers included stuff we like to eat with beer. Pretzels with cheddar, cheddar popcorn, peanuts... and for the healthy people: vegi platter/ fruit platter
 
 
 
And for dessert: cupcakes by CupKates. Katie is a good friend of mine and she makes the BEST cupcakes! If you live in the eastern NC area look her up on facebook. yummm.
 
The BIG Celebration:
 
Festivities began with a surprise visit from Mike's Momma and Poppa.
 
 
 
Mike was definitely surprised!!! Especially when this was presented to him shortly after their arrival.
 
 
A custom engraved Colt45 1911. He was in heaven.
 
Party Time:
 



 
 

 
 
The Beer Tasting:
 


 

 
 
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