Wednesday, 29 January 2014

My Go-To Oatmeal

I had a lot of people ask me about what I put in my oatmeal from the last post so thought I’d share really quick! Ready?
Cook up some oatmeal and add…
  • Peanut Butter
  • Dark Chocolate Chips
  • Honey
  • Sliced Bananas
Ugh, so gooooood. I probably eat this every other day.
Enjoy!

My Go-To Oatmeal

IMG_5798 copyI had a lot of people ask me about what I put in my oatmeal from the last post so thought I'd share really quick! Ready?

Cook up some oatmeal and add...

  • Peanut Butter

  • Dark Chocolate Chips

  • Honey

  • Sliced Bananas


Ugh, so gooooood. I probably eat this every other day.

Enjoy!

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Life Lately

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The past few weeks have been flying by. I still catch my reflection in the mirror and gawk at how big my belly is getting. Babies grow fast! The past week has been so great, filled with farmers market trips, a new crafty pen pal, long evening cuddles in bed with a book, and so much oatmeal. Oh man, oatmeal.

Hope you're having a great week :)

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Flourless Chocolate Cake

chocolatecakecollageI had a bit of Christmas money to spend this year and guess what I bought? Cookbooks! I've bought three so far. This one, this one, and this one. The other day we had a snow day (!!) so it was a perfect time to test out a new recipe: flourless chocolate cake. I had been wanting to try this for a while and it did not disappoint!

Flourless Chocolate Cake from here


Ingredients



  • 1 1/4 cups chopped bittersweet chocolate

  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter

  • 5 eggs, separated

  • pinch of salt

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp ground almonds (also called almond meal)


Make It!



  1. In a small saucepan, melt chocolate and butter. Remove from heat and let it cool a bit.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9 inch springform pan.

  3. In a stand mixer (with the whisk attachment) whip the egg whites and salt until they become thick and frothy. Gradually add the sugar to the egg whites and continue whipping just until stiff peaks form. Transfer the mixture to another bowl.

  4. Wipe the bowl clean and then add the egg yolks and vanilla. Whip it until pale, about 5 minutes.

  5. Fold the ground almonds into the yolk mixture . Then fold in the cooled chocolate mixture and about 1/4 of the egg white mixture.

  6. Fold in the rest of the egg whites in two batches.

  7. Pour the batter into the pan and smooth the top gently.

  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes. The cake will "fall" as it cools.


IMG_5766 copyOnce it was cooled I sprinkled some icing sugar on top and ate it with raspberry jam and blueberries. Delicious! I admit, this is a somewhat finicky cake to make, but if you're craving something really fancy and don't want to spend $30 at a bakery, then this is the way to go.

Enjoy!

 

Monday, 6 January 2014

(Peanut Butter + Chocolate + Honey) Sundae Sauce

IMG_5669I'm back! The past two weeks have been incredibly wonderful, busy and stressful.

Wonderful because we are now fully moved and settled in our new apartment! We spent the holidays working like mad getting shelves and art up so it would feel homey before we went back to work. If this is what nesting feels like, then I've got it pretty hardcore. I can totally see our soon-to-be little family fitting nicely in here.

Busy because we had so many family gatherings to go to on top of moving. I think between both of our families we had a total of 5 get togethers. Oh man!

And lastly stressful because of Gus. Our poor stressed out puppy dog. To make a very long story short, Gus is taking some time adjusting to the new sounds, people and surroundings of the new place and has been a bit antsy and jumpy lately. (Aka has been barking at every single little sound he hears) And our landlord has not been pleased. We're confident he just needs some time to adjust but have been rather frustrated with his antics lately.

Anyway with stress and pregnancy cravings comes SUNDAE SAUCE! That you can whip up and eat within minutes, which I did, twice last week.

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(Peanut Butter + Chocolate + Honey) Sundae Sauce


* I'm not gonna lie, I really didn't measure this at all when I made it, these are just guidelines 

Ingredients



  • 1/2 cup(ish) peanut butter

  • 1 bar of chocolate chopped

  • 2 tbsp(ish) of honey

  • 1/4-1/2 cup of heavy cream

  • pinch of sea salt


Make It


1) Put everything in a small pot and cook it over medium low heat until it all melts together and makes a sauce. Whisk it often.

2) Pour it over some ice cream (I had vanilla in the freezer) and top with peanuts or if you're like me, with some leftover christmas chocolates.

This sauce is ridiculously addictive. I made it when Dave wasn't home so I could eat rather large amounts and not have say "oh let's save the rest for tomo".

Hope your holidays were great!
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