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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It's either now or never that I post, because I am sooo over-whelmed with all the pictures I took over the weekend. I might have to compress this a little bit.

This weekend has been full of inspirations, from the things I bought and I goodies I made (all because of this blogging community) when I am bored and have the spare time, I love to read everyones stories and recipes online.

I ran into the Blueberry Fiber mini-cakes at Trader Joes on Friday:

Look at the calorie content and the ingredients, it's a PLUS for me!
Ingredients: Wheat Bran, Water, White Grape Juice Concentrate, Whole Wheat Flour, Blueberries, Baking Soda, and Salt

I remembered reading about this from Alyson's blog, and when I read the nutrition content, that made me want to try it out even more. It was very moist and not overly sweet, I eat it as a snack. It feels like a cheat food when I eat it, but it's not.

Last night, I've been waiting a while to make chocolate covered pretzel rods that I have read from Itzy's post, not only did hers look wonderful, but she also got the idea from Sabrina. It looked yummy and easy to make! I got inspired and decided that last night was the time to make it.

Sliced Almonds

Crushed Reese's Pieces

And Mini-Chocolate Chips (the best one)

DO NOT under-estimate how much one bag of chocolate chips can produce.

I also made white chocolate ones (but the consistency was too thin)
This was the only chunky Peppermint piece, before I did something stupid...

I decided to use my Magic Bullet to grind the Candy Canes, but instead of it coming out as chunks, it came out as powder! it didn't look as pretty as this one.

Another stupid thing...

Somewhere in my right mind, I thought it was okay to start this experiment at 10 p.m, although it is easy to make, the work was very tedious and slow. It would've been great to have done this with someone (to make it faster). I didn't go to bed til 1 am. That included preparing, crushing the toppings, making it, packaging it (it dries up pretty quickly, depending how thin you coat the rods), and cleaning.

This Morning:

 I had oats! with the mini-chocolate chips from last night.

When I woke up this morning, I wanted to incorporate more protein into my breakfast, almond butter didn't do me enough justice. I felt like I had enough carbs pretzel rods from last night, so I added egg beaters to the mix. I think I microwaved it for too long, because I tasted chunks of eggs. It was good, but I wasn't used to it, it almost made me gag. But it was Mind over matter! it wasn't bad at all

Made a trip to Whole Foods with my friend Sean, he was sick :o( so it wasn't fun. He watched me eat (which I didn't mind)

It was my first time trying Cous Cous. It was very interesting, I liked the chewy texture with the crunchiness and mix of cold veggies.

Also I got a side of Cheesy Cauliflower, Chicken Cacciatore, and a Raw Salad.

I've finally found this, Hallelujah! I was in a Pumpkin Pie craze during the Thankgiving Holidays. I ate a whole pie to myself...tsk tsk
But, I also wanted to try StonyField's Pumpkin Pie yogurt, and more when I read it from Allie's post.

Also, I was in the mood for a milkshake, I was [--> ] this close to getting an Oreo milkshake from Jack in the Crack! but I knew I'd be feeling the bloat and guilt in the aftermath (600 calories, all the fat and sugar yuck!), so since I was at Whole foods I wanted to try the Tempt Ice Cream that I read from Lesley's post. I was stuck between the Coconut Bliss ice cream and the Tempt, but looking at the saturated fat, carb, and sugar content of both: Tempt was a winner!

I also peeled off a '$1 off coupon' from the Milk Aisle...shhhhh
So I saved one dollar for the ice cream.

It was soooooo delicious, it is now my favorite! so if I am ever tempted into eating the bad goods, I know to turn to Tempt...the good good.

I also snatched this.

It was easy to blend in my water bottle.

My 10 year old sister Karen (she was trying on my mom's make-up)

Have you found your now favorite products, simply because you read it from your favorite blogs? if yes, what is it?
My favorite so far, Tempted ice cream...mmmm


Alyson December 22, 2009 at 8:02 PM  

Ohh yay, I'm so glad you like the Fiber Cakes (though I think they should change the name to something more appetizing, haha). I have made the same mistake with baking projects. Another common one of mine is not paying attention to how many servings it's suppose to make and ending up with dough for 6 dozen cookies and 1 cookie sheet haha. And I'm definitely going to need to try Tempted, the reviews are just too good!

Erica December 23, 2009 at 4:07 AM  

They look FABULOUS! Nice work!! Aren't they so easy? I just love that they're perfect for gifts, parties, etc. I agree, the mini chips are the best. I want to try those TJs mini cakes. My MIL JUST asked if I wanted anything from TJs too (since we don't live near one :( ) Have a good Wednesday :)

Michelle December 23, 2009 at 7:00 AM  

Hey there!! Thank you so much for leaving a comment on my blog!! I am totally feeling the positive energy from your posts and love your enthusiasm for great food finds!! muahhah I share that enthusiasm!! particularly anything related to Trader Joe's (i've been wondering how those muffins taste!! Great to know!!) I am a BIG fan of Tempt ice-cream but i've only tried their's awesome!

hahah as crazy as it sounds, i had to find oatmeal through food blogs and the way people gushed about their crazy creations made me want to try it out. VOILA my favorite pumpkin oats with crunchy peanut butter and yogurt on top was born. :) Can't wait to learn more about you Angela!! Have a wonderful day.

Paula December 23, 2009 at 1:19 PM  

Yes, I did. Finally found the much talked about cookie sleigh ride tea. That was a hard one to find too!Right now, I'm thinking of how to make that couscous salad after seeing yours ;)

Astrid December 25, 2009 at 8:23 PM  

You know what? I have found out about some awesome foods! I found about steamer bags of brussel sprouts, finally got convinced to try lara bars (and LOVE then), tried Ezekiel cereal and love it too. That's all I remmeber right now. I wish I had a Whole Foods near me, I would love to find more awesome things to try!

Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 26, 2009 at 6:16 PM  

Hooray you found it!! Did you like it!? It was definitely different than what I expected but still good in its own way. Thanks for the shout out!

TJ's muffs are the BEST!!!!!! Their ingredients lists are unbeatable!

Simply Life December 28, 2009 at 4:52 AM  

wow everything looks soooo good!

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