Saturday, March 23, 2013

Cake Bosses

My little sis is my partner in crime when it comes to healthy food-makin in the kitchen. 


Today we made Banana Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting. All of the ingredients were "diet-approved" which meant I could fully indulge :)

I got the recipe from my favorite healthy food blogger--The Diva-Dish.



I even broke out the cake server from mine and Dan's wedding {it was the only one I had}! 





Healthy cake was a success!

Recipe:

Banana Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting
Ingredients: (Banana Cake)
2 1/2 c. whole wheat pastry/spelt/GF flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 TB. baking soda
pinch of salt
1/2 c. solid coconut oil
1 1/4 c. coconut sugar/date sugar/ maple sugar (if you don’t have any of those you could sub brown sugar)
2 eggs-or 2 flax eggs
4 very ripe bananas mashed
1 TB. vanilla
2/3 c. greek yogurt, or a homemade buttermilk made w/ your choice of milk and less than 1 TB. vinegar
(Optional add ins-1/2 c. chopped walnuts or chocolate chips)
Ingredients: (Chocolate Fudge Frosting)
8 oz. cream cheese, or 2 cans full fat coconut milk that had been in refrigerator the night before (I used 8oz. plain Greek Yogurt)
1/2 c. cocoa powder
1 TB. vanilla
1/3 c. honey (more for a sweeter frosting)
optional: 1/2 c. peanut butter for a PB chocolate fudge frosting
Directions: (For the cake)
1. Pre heat oven to 350. In a medium bowl add flour, spices, baking soda, and salt and whisk together. Set aside.
2. Next beat together coconut oil and sugar until there are no more huge chunks of oil,and it’s fully incorporated. Next beat in eggs one at a time, followed by bananas and vanilla. Next add in a little bit of flour, then alternate with yogurt/buttermilk and then flour again until it’s all incorporated.
3. Prepare two circle cake pans by greasing them and divide batter evenly in both. Bake for 30 minutes, then remove from oven and let cool before removing from pans. While it’s cooling make the frosting.
Directions: (For the frosting)
1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and beat until creamy. Spread on cooled cake. Lick bowl clean.
Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Weekend fun + Reilly Pride

This weekend was a fun one. Spring is in the air and I'm loving it. Last week at Provo High for my internship I was outside in shorts and a t-shirt. It was awesome.

On Friday Daniel and I went on a long tandem bike ride all the way to Riverwoods from our house. It was fun and a good workout. I rode in the front for the first time...until Dan started backseat driving...then I got annoyed and boycotted the bike ride all together and started walking. Don't worry, my boycott didn't last long...especially since Daniel started to ride off on the bike wearing our backpack of snacks. I needed those snacks. 

When we finally made it to the Riverwoods there was a band setting up for a concert. We walked around the shops for a little and then decided to ride back, get dressed into some fancier clothes, and drive back for dinner at Happy Sumo {aka the best sushi in Provo}. I was a happy girl until our plan to arrive at Happy Sumo after 8:00 in order to get half-off sushi backfired. Long story short, when we got the bill it was definitely NOT half off and we realized we had just spent wayyy to much $$ on sushi. Oops.


We tested out my camera's self-timer setting since we didn't have anyone to snap pictures for us. We are creeps.




Then Daniel decided to take creeper pictures of me by myself...and I obviously participated.



On Saturday morning we marched {yes, marched, not walked} in a St. Patrick's Day parade with some of my grandpa's Irish family. I had never met most of them, but, little did I know, they all shared my last name {well, maiden name I guess}! The parade was actually way fun, mostly because I got to hang out with my favorite little gals. 

















{sad Nelli :( }

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Daniel turned 23!

Daniel turned 23 on Friday! 

Here's how we celebrated:


1. I made Daniel his favorite breakfast, palascintas {aka crepes}! Daniel's Hungarian grandpa used to make them and passed on the tradition.

*Side note: I would like to publicly announce that I did, in fact, CHEAT on the diet I am doing for my class. I was able to go a full two weeks without cheating at all. Yes, that means NO refined sugar, eggs or meat only once per week, only two to three servings of dairy per week, and only whole wheat flour and grains. I was so proud of myself and was determined to make it the full four weeks. That is, until Daniel wanted Tucanos for his birthday. Once I knew we were going there, it was over. I had ONE palascinta for breakfast and only filled it with strawberries and walnuts. So that wasn't that bad. But then at Tucanos I ate obscene amounts of meat--all kids of meat. And then I did indulge in a few bites of that to-die-for mango butter cake for dessert. It was AMAZING and I didn't regret it at all! I just decided that now I have to go one whole week longer on the "diet."




2. We went to Tucanos, as already mentioned. We couldn't find anyone to take pictures of us together, so we decided to just take pictures of each other. 




3. We went bowling with some friends. 


4. We went up to a friend's cabin near Park City and went tubing/snowmobiling. It was too cold to take a second picture so the closed eyes will have to do. Beautiful view, eh?