Currently: April

It’s SPRING!!!  It’s April!  Let’s catch up on what’s going on “Currently”…

Currently

Current Book:

I am proud to report that I finished last month’s book Summer People by Elin Hilderbrand… and LOVED it!

This month, I’ve just started reading Cameron Diaz’s Body Book.  It’s not a diet book, instead a book about living your best life in the strongest, most beautiful body possible!

Body Book | No Thanks to Cake

Current Music:

I’m really missing new music from my girl Kelly Clarkson these days.  It’s been forever since she had a new album, and while I know that she is busy growing a baby… I’d love to have some new tunes to jam out to.  Until then, I’ve been listening to the Smoakstack Sessions, Vol. 2.

The Smoakstack Sessions Vol 2 | No Thanks to Cake

Current Nail Color:

Unfortunately, I found a new line of polish that I love this month.  I really didn’t need any new nail polish, but it was like these colors needed me!

They’re from the OPI 2014 Brazil Collection.  I’m wearing the middle color right now… and these colors are pretty much PERFECT for me!

OPI Brazilian Collection | No Thanks to Cake

From L to R:  OPI’s Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around, Taupe-Less Beach, and I Sao Paulo Over There

Current Drink: 

Still the same… lots of water, and a few Skinny Hazelnut-Mocha Lattes here and there… I do see some wine in my weekend.

Current Food:

I’m completely slightly obsessed with all the new flavors I keep finding at Trader Joe’s.  See last week’s Trader Joe’s post for some of the great things I’ve found.  And, feast your eyes on my latest favorite…

Fresh Mozzarella Sticks Trader Joe's | No Thanks to Cake

While most days I  just eat the cheese from the package, I’ve also made it into a lightning fast caprese salad with some of the fresh tomatoes in my fridge.  Yum!!!

Trader Joe's Fresh Mozzarella Sticks | No Thanks to Cake

Current Favorite Show:

I really don’t watch that much TV… so this section is going to be a lot of repeats of the same shows.   I love what I love.  And, right now, I’m loving Parenthood…

I adore all of these characters so much.   A few of my favorites… Amber, Sara and Hank, and of course, Mr. Knight… Welcome to the show!  The season finale was this week and I still haven’t watched it.  I’m really resisting the end of the season…

Current Outfit:

Shoes.  Shoes have been my obsessions… and it seems like the stores are just full of the cutest shoes right now!

Shoes | No Thanks to Cake

From Target (Clearance!)to Nordstrom Rack, to DSW… I’ve found a lot of cute finds over the past month!  Can’t wait for summer!!

Current Wish List:

I’ve been experimenting with some new wall covering for my kitchen this month.  I bought a few samples and I’m getting closer to the final product.  FYI:  I’m going with the middle grey color.

Vinyl | No Thanks to Cake

I just need to order this and get this installed!

Current Needs:

I’m working on a craft project with a deadline… I need to get this done!  Will keep you posted… it’s for a reader, so I’ll have to tell you more about it later! :)

 Yarn | No Thanks to Cake

Current Online Obsession:

Still Sole Society… it goes along with this whole shoe thing I have going this month.  If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s time.

Sole Society | No Thanks to Cake

Current Inspiration:

I took a class yesterday that caught my attention.  While it was a work training, it was a Franklin Covey class that really got me thinking about how I spend my time and what’s important to me.  More to come on this…

Current Plans:

Heading into the weekend, it’s going to be a busy one!!!  I’m going to see Draft Day on Friday night.  A movie about the Cleveland Browns, starring Kevin Costner??  Yes, please…

Draft Day | No Thanks to Cake

 

Seriously, does this man age???  I’ve got brunch plans on Saturday, plans with friends on Saturday night… and then Sunday is Easter.  It’s going to be a busy one, to say the least!!!

Current Mood:

VERY ready for the weekend!!!

Friday Humor | No Thanks to Cake

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Quinoa PB2 Breakfast Bake

I stay pretty consistent with breakfast.  There are only a few things that I really like to eat…

It really comes down to specific ingredients that I like to eat in the morning… When I heard that Tiffany had fallen in love with Marissa‘s latest quinoa recipe, I knew I wanted to try it.

As expected, I made quite a few modifications to Marissa’s original recipe, to suit my picky palate.  I definitely recommend you check out her version which includes apricots, and all of her recipes for that matter.  They all look so good!  (Note:  I’ve got my eyes on that Broccoli Pizza Crust she shared…)

Quinoa PB2 Breakfast Bake

The quinoa in this dish makes it extra filling as a breakfast dish.  It reminds me of a warm sister dish to the PB Overnight Oats I usually eat, with an extra protein punch that keeps me full for hours.  Try it… you’re going to love it!

Quinoa PB2 Breakfast Bake

Adapted from Uproot from Oregon

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup old fashioned oats + 1 Tbsp. for garnish
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 1/2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed + 1/4 cup water (1 1/2 flax eggs)
1/2 cup skim milk
1/4 cup prepared PB2 (about 6 Tbsp. PB2 powder + 4 Tbsp. water)
1/2 tsp. vanilla paste
1 1/2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt

Optional Toppings:

sugar-free maple syrup, PB2

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Make “flax eggs” by combining the ground flaxseed with water and letting it sit for 15 minutes until you get an eggy consistency.  Note:  This is the first time I ever experimented with this.  Will definitely be using it in the future, as I don’t always have eggs on hand!

Quinoa PB2 Breakfast Bake | No Thanks to Cake

2.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

3.  In a large bowl, combine oats, PB2, flax eggs, milk brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.  Stir to combine.

Quinoa PB2 Breakfast Bake  No Thanks to Cake

Quinoa PB2 Breakfast Bake | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Add quinoa and stir to combine.  Note:  I used cooked red quinoa, but  you can use any color you prefer.

Quinoa PB2 Breakfast Bake | No Thanks to Cake

Quinoa PB2 Breakfast Bake | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Grease your baking pan with cooking spray, and pour the contents of the bowl into the pan. Top with 1 Tbsp. of oatmeal to make it look pretty.

Quinoa PB2 Breakfast Bake | No Thanks to Cake

Quinoa PB2 Breakfast Bake | No Thanks to Cake

Quinoa PB2 Breakfast Bake | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, checking starting around 20 minutes to ensure the middle is no longer ‘jiggly’ and that a crust has formed on top.

Quinoa PB2 Breakfast Bake | No Thanks to Cake

7.  Let the oatmeal sit and cool for a few minutes, then slice into it and top with maple syrup and/or extra PB2.

Quinoa PB2 Breakfast Bake | No Thanks to Cake

Quinoa PB2 Breakfast Bake | No Thanks to Cake

Per 1/8 recipe serving (without toppings):

CAL 134; CARB 24g; FAT 2g; PROT 6g; FIB 3g; WW Points Plus: 3

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If you like the sounds of this quinoa breakfast, you might also like this one:

True Foods Kitchen Quinoa Johnny Cakes | No Thanks to Cake

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Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

With Easter less than a week away, it was time to bake a tasty treat for my Gramps.  Knowing that he loves peanut butter more than anything, I wanted to go with a PB cookie for this year’s easter package.

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies | No Thanks to Cake

During my trip to Nashville, I tried these cookies for the first time and they were awesome.  Jaede’s neighbor made them as a gluten-free treat for her husband.  It’s hard to believe that these cookies don’t have any flour in them, but you won’t miss it at all!  They have a strong peanut butter flavor and taste perfect paired with a glass of milk.  Enjoy!!

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

From Real Simple

Makes 18 cookies

INGREDIENTS

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies | No Thanks to Cake

1 cup creamy peanut butter (I used Jif Natural)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla paste
1/4 tsp. kosher salt

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Preheat oven to 350° F.

2.  Using an electric mixer, beat the peanut butter and sugars on medium-high speed until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Reduce speed to low and beat in the eggs, baking soda, vanilla, and salt.

IMG_3049Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies | No Thanks to Cake

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Roll heaping tablespoonfuls of the dough into balls and place on silpat-lined baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Note:  I used a 1 Tbsp. Pampered Chef scoop to form the cookies.

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies | No Thanks to Cake

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies | No Thanks to Cake

5.  With a lightly floured fork, press the dough to a ⅜-inch thickness, making a crisscross pattern on top of each cookie.

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies | No Thanks to Cake

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Bake, rotating the baking sheets halfway through, until the edges are set, 10 minutes. Cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies | No Thanks to Cake

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies | No Thanks to Cake

Per cookie:

CAL 133; CARB 15g; FAT 7g; PROT 3g; FIB 1g; WW Points Plus: 4

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Recipe Roundup: Laughing Cow Cheese

It’s hard to believe how new I am to Laughing Cow Cheese.  I never tried it until I started eating healthy, and it has since become a major staple in my kitchen.

Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

The creaminess of the cheese makes for a great snack with vegetables.  It’s amazing on crackers.  And, I’ve started cooking with it more and more.  Considering that it’s just 35 calories per wedge, it’s an amazing addition to just about every dish!

I was peeking through my blog this weekend and found so many recipes that included this awesome cheese, that I thought it was time for a roundup…

Recipe Roundup: Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

Below you will find links to some of my favorite cheesy Laughing Cow recipes.  Click on the picture to access the recipe.  Try them and enjoy!!!

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Chicken | No Thanks to Cake

Grilled Tomato Biscuits with Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

One-Serving Queso Verde | No Thanks to Cake

BLT Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes | No Thanks to Cake

Prosciutto - Sun Dried Tomato - Spinach Stuffed Turkey Burger with Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

Baked Sunchoke Chips with Laughing Cow Onion Dip | No Thanks to Cake

BLT Waffle Sliders with Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

Garlicky Spinach with Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

Hungry Girl's Easy Macaroni and Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Sausage Spinach Bowl | No Thanks to Cake

Chicken Spinach and Artichoke Paninis | No Thanks to Cake

French Onion Baked Potato | No Thanks to Cake

Also, for my friends on the Jenny Craig program, many of my Jenny Volumizing Recipes include LC Cheese.  Check out my full list of JC recipes here.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy Laughing Cow Cheese?

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