WIAW #127: Anniversary Sweets.

Good morning y’all!

Today, I am linking up with Jenn today for WIAW.It’s an extra special one because yesterday was Patrick’s & I’s anniversary. We had such a lovely day and delicious eats, so let’s get to it, shall we?Breakfast: I had a banana before I did the Lower Fix from the 21 Day Fix, after I refueled with some chocolate Shakeology mixed with strawberries, unsweetened coconut milk, water and tons of ice!Brunch: We went to a little dinner near our house for brunch. I had a mean craving for French toast and blueberries.Snack #1: After brunch, we dived into some cake.And a bit of the brownie truffles I made him.Snack #2: I munched on some pretzels and before my 38 week appointment, we stopped at Starbucks.We stopped at Salem Willows after the appointment for some arcade fun.Snack #3: And some fried dough balls with powdered sugar and cinnamon. Dinner: After the Willows, we ordered a pizza and watched a movie.It was nice to spend the entire day together on such a beautiful day. Love you Patrick to the moon and back

Question: French toast or pancakes?

Chocolate or vanilla cake?

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S’mores Brownies {Recipe}

Love s’mores?

How about brownies?

Why not combine BOTH and turn it into a “better for you” treat? Today I have for you a flourless and gluten-free White Chocolate S’mores Brownie recipe that uses my flourless protein brownie doughnut recipe. Enjoy!White Chocolate S’mores Brownies (makes 4-6 servings)

  • 1/2 Cup of Chopped Up Dark Chocolate (I use 60% or higher)
  • 1-2 Tbsps White Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Tbsp of Creamy Peanut Butter (or your choice)
  • 1 Tbsp of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (or your choice)
  • 1 tsp of Pure Maple Syrup (or Agave, Honey)
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2-3 Packets of Stevia
  • 2 tsps of Ground Flax Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Vanilla Protein
  • 2 Large Egg
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • [Optional] Add In’s: 1 Tbsp Dark Chocolate Chips, 1/4 Cup of Marshmallow Pieces
  • Toppings: 1 Tbsp of White Chocolate Chips & 1/4 Cup of Marshmallow Pieces
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Take the first three ingredients and melt in the microwave for 30-45 seconds (depending on your microwave). Once chocolate is melted, add in the remaining ingredients except for the egg and sea salt.
  2. Once everything is well mixed, place the brownie batter to the side and whisk the egg with sea salt. Then mix into batter and mix well.
  3. Now you can finally add the batter into a small square pan (I used an 8×4 inch loaf pan or try a cupcake pan). Top batter with marshmallow before placing into the oven.
  4. Place brownies into oven for about 10mins (again, depending on your oven). I usually like to check at the 8 minute mark just to be on the safe side. You want the center to be slightly firm but not over (or under) cooked.
  5. Remove brownies from the oven and let them cool for about 15mins, then eat up!

Question: How do you do s’mores?

I once had a s’mores ice cream and I must say, was pretty delicious!

MIMM #21: Easter Weekend Goodies!

Happy Monday my friends!

This weekend was a busy one. I seem to always say this week or weekend was busy. Friday, I moved out of my Northshore apartment and headed up to New Hampshire for Easter weekend. Before leaving, I had a coffee date with my friend.

Mmmm to a hot toasted almond mocha latte.I also had my last official day at one of my spin locations. I will still remain a sub until May. Marvelous is cookies. Spring/ Easter cookies to be more specific. My mom came up Saturday afternoon for Easter weekend to visit. Ice cream is always in order 😉 Latley, I’ve been doing more at home workouts to stay active since I don’t have a “gym” membership. Check out these two yoga toning workouts here and here! For Easter Sunday, the in-laws had a nice dinner.And Pat bought me some chocolates. NomsThings should start to slow down this week after work tomorrow. I am excited for an off day on Wednesday. Thanks Katie for hosting MIMM!

I hope everyone has a great week and had a lovely holiday weekend. 🙂

MIMM#16: Busy Bee

Happy Monday y’all!

Even though I just traveled to New York earlier this week, it seems that I have been busier than usual.

What’s a pregnant lady to do? Snack, snack, snack of course!I tried the pear flavor of the Stonfield Greek and Chia. It was marvelous and much better then the other flavor I tried which I cannot remember for the life of me which it was.

How about these NuGo Fiber D’lish bars? I won a giveaway from Linz for a box of these marvelous bars and opted for the coconut macaroon. Taste likes summer!

This weekend though, was pretty chill and I was off Saturday and Sunday with the exception of class.

This means I had ample time to make dessert.Make a marvelous breakfast for the fiancé.And… one for myself (I’ve been feeling oaty). Play with bunny. And even sneaked in a bump selfie {17Wks4Days}.Oh and happy March! 🙂

This month is going to be nuts: Between covering more spin classes (and working more in general), bump growing, our last month in this apartment, doctor’s appointments galore… it’s going to be a busy one!

I hope y’all had a marvelous weekend and have a wonderful week ahead. As always, thanks Katie for hosting Marvelous in My Monday!

Tender, Love & Care <3

Call me cheesy, but I like Valentine’s Day. 

I always send my parents (and friends) Valentine’s goodies. It’s a time to celebrate love and really do something special. Like having your friend take you out for breakfast; noms! There are people that say Valentine’s Day is every day. Yes, I get it. I love Patrick everyday, but I still want my chocolates.

Day #4: Chocolate “Lava Cake” Crumble ❤

 Speaking of chocolate, I was waiting for Pat’s day five to come in the mail, but with snow storms, it was delayed.

Naturally, I drew it out for him and gave him a couple of chocolates instead. It’s a cute welcome mat that says “All you need is love,”  since he loves the Beatles.Day #6 was a date night! He has a few choices to pick from and he picked Olive Garden. We both got their 4 course for $12.99. It was A LOT of food and there are plenty of leftovers.I also got myself a Valentine’s. I got this cute little monkey that just called my name and a prenatal massage! I can’t wait, because my back needs some serious, professional TLC.As my pregnancy continues, I find myself doing more yoga. It just feels much better on my joints and my mind. And a decaf soy latte post yoga ain’t hurt nobody 😉I am going to enjoy a quiet morning with the bunny bun-bun, then it’s off to teach spin! Hope everyone has a great weekend and stay safe.

Beware, it’s Friday the 13th!

Question: Any Valentine’s Day stick out to you in your mind? Are you superstitious?

Chocolate “Lava Cake” Crumble (Flourless & GF)

Chocolate “Lava Cake” Crumble?

What on earth is that? Let’s just start by saying I tried to make some gluten-free flourless cake for dessert that turned into a disaster. A disaster that tasted delicious and was fiancé approved. Only it wasn’t a flourless cake.

I wasn’t about to throw out a bunch of chocolate goodness, so I recreated the recipe. It tasted like a lava cake and crumble all in one with a hint of brûlée since the icing kinda hardens.

This recipe is lower in fat and sugar than your typical flourless or chocolate lava cake and as a bonus it has extra protein! Now that we are past that complicated description, let’s get onto the recipe.Chocolate “Lava Cake” Crumble Ingredients (makes two)

  • 45-50g of Dark Chocolate
  • 2 tsps Light Butter (I used Brummel and Brown)
  • 2 tsps Pure Cane Sugar + 1 Packet of Stevia (or use all Stevia, but I have not tried)
  • 1 Large Egg White
  • 1/4 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Dash of Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Mix in’s: Dark chocolate chips, almond slivers, walnut pieces, chia seeds, hemp seeds, etc.
  • Glaze: 2-3 Tbsps Vanilla protein powder and 1-2 tsps of almond milk

Preheat oven to 325degrees Farenheit.

Take first two ingredients and place in bowl and microwave for about 20-40seconds, melt well then let cool. In another bowl add sugar, egg white, vanilla extract and salt and whisk vigorously (or use an electric beater) to combine. Gently fold in the egg mixture into the melted chocolate until well blended. Take the mixture and pour it into any pan. Doesn’t have to be pretty, we are going to mess it up after ;). Let it cook in the oven for about 10-12 minutes. Once it looks almost like a brownie and has a few crumbs coming out of the center when pierced, remove from the oven and let it cool for 5-10 minutes.Take this cooked “brownie-like” cake and throw it into a bowl with the 1 Tbsp of Greek yogurt. Now’s the time for the mix in’s such as extra chocolate, nuts, seeds, etc. Play with it.

I added almond pieces and 1 tsp of chocolate chips. Place back onto the pan and cook for another 5-8 minutes.I know it looks hideous, but trust me, it will be delicious! Once done cooking, divide mixture between two small ramekins. Now is the time for the glaze. You can do a powdered sugar glaze (just powdered sugar mixed with a splash of vanilla extract and milk) or get extra protein goodness and mix vanilla protein powder with some almond milk (or your choice milk) until it reaches a glaze consistency. Top each ramekin with a little glaze and extra toppings if desired; I added chia seeds.

Place ramekin back into the oven one more time for 8-10 minutes and bring the heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Once the glaze begins to bubble, you may remove them from the oven and cool for 10-15minutes.Add extra toppings, like fresh raspberries.Maybe even be naughty and add crushed oreos and a chocolate covered oreo. Mmmm ❤

Happy Valentine’s Day ❤ Go make this for your sweetie for dessert now, I promise they will love it!

Question: Lava Cake or Flourless Cake?

WIAW #119: Cravings!

Good morning y’all!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

This one is going to be a fun one because it’s all about cravings. Last week it was all about bagels, butter and eggs. This past week it’s all about donuts, french toast and canoli’s.It’s funny how I went from cravings a ton of salty things, to back to my sweet tooth. Though, unfortunately, they are NOT Nutritiously Sweet ;).

Any who, let’s get going with this food show, shall we?

I must say, at least I managed to get some nutritious breakfast to kick start my day, like this “muffin tops” (with protein powder added). I’ve been craving bananas in the morning too for some reason. They bother my stomach, so it’s not a food I want to have too often, especially with bloating.I’ve been trying to get better about protein, more fruit and veggies. I tried out this Jamba Juice smoothie mix and it wasn’t too bad. I mixed it with almond milk instead of apple juice as recommended and added a little protein powder. Protein powder is still making me nauseaus, so I’d nix protein next time I make this.I also tried out the new Luna bar in chocolate cupcake. Now let me tell you the top layer tasted like legit chocolate frosting, but the bottom layer was just like your regular Luna bar. It was pretty good overall, but I think I’ll stick to their protein line.Speaking of chocolate, check out this holy canoli! It was half chocolate dipped with chocolate sprinkles and half plain with almonds. Probably one of the best canoli’s I’ve had, and I had a couple this week. Shhh 😉And lastly, what day isn’t complete with a nice big, fat, grilled hot dog loaded with ketchup? When you put it that way, doesn’t really sound appetizing. But trust me it was the BOMB!And craving diet soda too. I haven’t drank soda since like 2007. I guess that’s what pregnancy does to you, makes you crave things you never ate, haven’t eating in a long time or would never eat!

As always, thanks Jenn for hosting!