Snickerdoodle Pancakes

Sunday breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the week.  During the week, I eat the same thing every day.  It’s either Jenny Craig cinnamon rolls (that are ready in 27 seconds!) or my favorite overnight oats.

On the weekends, I like to get a little more creative… and especially when I have a chance to use a new cooking tool!

Snickerdoodle Pancakes | No Thanks to Cake

When I was in California last week with my friend Crystal, she made pancakes for her son with this pan… and they came out so pretty!  I found it on Amazon for under $10, and quickly found another reason to use my Prime account.  Do you guys use Prime?  Amazing!

I thank Crystal for yet another fabulous introduction, and for making this plate o’ pancakes possible…

Snickerdoodle Pancakes | No Thanks to Cake

It is amazing how many versions of healthy pancakes you can find online.  When I saw SNICKERDOODLE as an option, I knew my search was over.  These pancakes are AMAZING.  They came out thick and hearty and were incredibly filling.

I’ll definitely be making them again… I also have to tell you:  this pan is awesome!  It makes your pancakes uniform and sort of crispy on the outside without being burnt.  I love how cute they look, especially considering what a messy pancake maker I usually am… check it out!

Snickerdoodle Pancakes

Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

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1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 packet Truvia
1/2 cup skim milk (add more, for thinner pancakes)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
tiny bit over 1/16 tsp salt
1 tsp. canola oil

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.

Snickerdoodle Pancakes | No Thanks to Cake

Snickerdoodle Pancakes | No Thanks to Cake

2.  Heat your pan to medium heat, prepared with cooking spray.

Snickerdoodle Pancakes | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Scoop 1/4 cup of batter to make each pancake.  Flip when the pancakes begin to bubble.

Snickerdoodle Pancakes | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Serve with sugar free syrup and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, if desired.

Snickerdoodle Pancakes | No Thanks to Cake

Snickerdoodle Pancakes | No Thanks to Cake

Snickerdoodle Pancakes | No Thanks to Cake

Per entire recipe serving:

CAL 323; CARB 57g; FAT 5g; PROT 10g; FIB 1g; WW Points Plus: 8

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Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Sometimes I stumble upon an amazing dinner…. and today’s recipe is one of those.

Stuffed Poblano Peppers | No Thanks to Cake

I didn’t plan to make this for dinner, and then it all just came together.

My local farmers’ market has stand that sells vegetables by the bag.  You can fill a pretty large bag with all of your favorite veggies, for just $10.  Pretty cool, right?

Stuffed Poblano Peppers | No Thanks to Cake

I ended up having a little room left and added two poblano peppers as a last minute addition.  I’m a big fan of Chile Relleno (a la Trader Joe’s), so I thought I would try to make my own version… but healthier with these peppers.

I also leveraged a few other recipes that I had made recently to create this dish.  Click the images below for the full recipes…

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Restaurant Style Salsa | No Thanks to Cake

I can’t believe how delicious these peppers came out!  Poblanos have a much milder flavor than a bell pepper, and I really prefer them to traditional stuffed peppers.  I seriously wish I would have bought about 5 of those peppers!  Next time, I will!

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

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1/3 cup shredded chicken (I used Salsa Chicken)

1 poblano pepper

1 roma tomato, diced and seeded

1 wedge Laughing Cow Cheese – Chipotle and Queso Fresco flavor

2 Tbsp. diced onion

1 tsp. minced garlic

2 cups fresh spinach

cooking spray

salt and pepper

1 1/2 Tbsp. reduced fat 4-Cheese Mexican cheese, shredded

Salsa (I used Restaurant Style Salsa)

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Saute onions and garlic in a large skillet sprayed with cooking spray for 1-2 minutes over medium heat.  Add spinach and sauté until wilted, about 1-2 more minutes.

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3.  Add chicken and tomatoes to the pan, and stir to combine.

Stuffed Poblano Peppers | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Add one wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese.  Stir to combine.

Stuffed Poblano Peppers | No Thanks to Cake

Stuffed Poblano Peppers | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Remove the top of the pepper where the stem is.  Cut the pepper vertically to allow for it to be filled.  Remove the seeds as best you can, and fill it with the chicken mixture.

Stuffed Poblano Peppers | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Place in a cooking sheet, sprayed with non-stick spray.  Top with shredded cheese.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until cheese is melted and pepper is cooked.

Stuffed Poblano Peppers | No Thanks to Cake

7.  Remove to a plate to serve.  Top with fresh salsa.

Stuffed Poblano Peppers | No Thanks to Cake

Stuffed Poblano Peppers | No Thanks to Cake

Per entire recipe serving:

CAL 307; CARB 20g; FAT 13g; PROT 33g; FIB 5g; WW Points Plus: 8

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The Del, A Massage, and Wine

I feel like I have been writing about this trip to California forever, recapping all the fun I’ve had along the way. In its own fabulous way, NTTC is sort of my very own scrapbook.  A great way to recap trips, outings, and recipes for my friends and family!

So, I’ve got one more day to share about this awesome week.  And, then, I will get back to my normal blogging schedule… whatever normal is… :)

The day after the concert, I woke up and had to get my things packed to head out.  Notice, I didn’t say HOME, I said out.  Whenever I get a chance to travel to California, I usually try to extend my trip a little to visit friends that I don’t get to see nearly enough!

Now, when I visited my friend Crystal in early June, we agreed that if I had a chance to travel to Rockstar again… that I should come back to visit her family!  You don’t have to ask me twice… the plan came together so nicely!

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Before I met up with her, I decided to spend a little time unwinding on Coronado Island.  And, my favorite way to unwind… I scheduled a massage at a nearby hotel.  Not just any hotel, however… I scheduled it at the Hotel Del Coronado.

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My goodness… what a beautiful place.

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The hotel is an institution on the island…. and so incredibly gorgeous.  I can’t even believe I got to spend the day here.  I checked my luggage at the bell stand and headed off to the spa.  To get there, I had the option of walking through the hotel or walking outdoors on the property… I choose the outside path and had a chance to experience the beauty that is the Del.

Hotel Del Coronado | No Thanks to Cake

From the white buildings with red roofs to the lovely outdoor cafes to the exquisite view of the Pacific… the Del is perfection.  The guy at the bell stand told me to walk until I saw the herb garden and the spa would be on the right.  I absolutely love that the property has such a delightful herb garden.  Just made it all that more perfect… 

Herb Garden Hotel Del Coronado | No Thanks to Cake

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Inside the Spa at the Del, I quickly got changed into a robe and slippers and waited for my massage.  I had scheduled myself a Hot Shell Massage and was so excited to see how this would work.  I’d had hot STONE massages before, but never hot SHELL!  How perfect for this trip!

Spa at the Del | No Thanks to Cake

Spa at the Del | No Thanks to Cake

When I got called back into the spa for my service, I found that the shells weren’t REAL shells, but instead ceramic shells created specifically for this purpose.

Hot Shell Massage Spa at the Del | No Thanks to Cake

The massage was WONDERFUL.  Relaxing.  Perfect.  After all the excitement of Rockstar, my feet were incredibly sore… so my masseuse spent some extra time on my toes.  HEAVEN!

After the service was completed, I ordered some lunch and found a spot at the spa pool to relax.  I had intended upon reading a book, but it felt better to just relax and soak in the atmosphere.  There was beautiful people watching to be had… families vacationing, couples walking by hand in hand, and that gorgeous ocean in the distance.  I soaked it all in… and a little sun.

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The Spa at the Del | No Thanks to Cake

Spa at the Del | No Thanks to Cake

At the end of the day, my friend Crystal picked me up to whisk me away to Temecula.  One of my favorite people, I am so thankful that I had a chance to visit with her again this trip!

We spent our time catching up, cooking, and tasting local wines… you can only imagine how much I loved that!  We also spent some of her favorite wineries.  First stop:  Miramonte… Such a beautiful patio for tasting the most delicious wines!

Miramonte | No Thanks to Cake

I’ve always thought of Napa or Sonoma when I’ve thought of California wine country; however, I have to say… Temecula should be listed right there in that list.  I’ve loved so many of the wines I’ve tasted here… and the tasting rooms are so lovely.  Highly recommend touring this area if you are ever close.

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The next day, after a lovely lazy morning, we headed out to Robert Renzoni for the most amazing round of wine tasting!  His Concerto was my favorite… and I was able to get a signed bottle to take home!

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Robert Renzoni | No Thanks to Cake

After our first stop, we set off for some lunch (and more wine!) at Ponte Family Estates.  SUCH a beautiful place!

Ponte | No Thanks to Cake

Ponte Grapes | No Thanks to Cake

The magic happened at lunch…. Crystal and I ordered a Watermelon Tomato Caprese that just knocked our socks off.  Expect to see a version of this on NTTC soon.  It was that good!  Doesn’t it look gorgeous??

Watermelon Tomato Caprese Ponte | No Thanks to Cake

While the massage, the wine, and the food were amazing, the best part of the weekend was getting to spend it with this girl…

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We’re in the early stages of planning another adventure early next year… I absolutely can’t wait!  Thanks, Crystal and Adam, for a wonderful end to a wonderful trip!

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About the Band: Train

Let’s see.  We’ve already talked about the competition that was Rockstar, the amazing venue where the concert was to be held… it seems only appropriate to dedicate a post to the BAND.

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My company does a great job securing amazing acts to be the headliner for the Rockstar event, and this year was no exception.  In years past, they’ve hired Pitbull, Neon Trees, and last year (OMG) the Midwest are hired my girl Kelly Clarkson!  Can you imagine the posts that would have followed that concert???

Well, this year was uh-mazing… and the band was phenomenal.

Our Navy guests introduced the band.  So cool to have these guys join us for the event!

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Lead vocalist Patrick Monahan led us through an amazing musical event… and he put up with all my coworkers and I being crazy throughout the concert.

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He took selfies with his adoring crowd.  Yep, that’s me bottom right with Jade… having a blast out there!

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He sang all my favorite songs:  Calling All Angels, Meet Virginia, and 50 Ways to Say Goodbye.

About the Band Train | No Thanks to Cake

He invited all the ladies on stage, and let Leslie and I take selfies with the band instead of dancing onstage.  We were in the back, by design… but seized the opportunity for sure!

About the Band Train | No Thanks to Cake

And, despite rejecting me initially (so funny!) agreed to let me take a selfie quick while onstage…

About the Band Train | No Thanks to Cake

He gave us all a reason to sing and dance, after weeks of preparation for this competition…

About the Band Train | No Thanks to Cake

About the Band Train | No Thanks to Cake

And… did I mention he sang “Drops of Jupiter”??  To which I sang non-stop, loudly, and with fireworks going off in the distance?  My favorite part of the show for sure!

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Thanks to Pat, Train, and my company for hosting such an amazing evening – - one that I know I’ll never forget!

About the Band Train | No Thanks to Cake

About the Band Train | No Thanks to Cake

About the Band Train | No Thanks to Cake

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