Tag Archives: Baking and Confections

I’m Trufflin’

2 Apr

They say pregnant women typically crave foods they don’t eat enough of in their typical diet.  Before this whole pregnancy thing you’d be hard pressed to find me eating sweets.  I’d rather have a sandwich than a cookie.  I’m that girl who scarfs up all the mushrooms from the buffet & leaves the petite fours.  Ice cream? …maybe as a special treat every few months…  Baked goods?  …Only when Husband made them…

Fast forward to NOW, and I’m a sweets-eating machine!  Screw tomatoes (previously my all-time favorite snack) – I WANT BROWNIES, and I WANT THEM NOW!

Needless to say, I’m trying to survive this pregnancy without turning into Melissa the Stay-Puff Marshmallow Mommy, and… my weight gain has been right on track thanks in large part to some awesome recipes from my new favorite blogger, Chocolate Covered Katie!

Katie’s recipes taste delicious but are secretly made with healthy ingredients, and I thought I’d share my experience with this one… a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles.

NOM.

Yeah, that’s right.  Delicious.  Except instead of butter, eggs, & flour, these little beauties are made out of chick peas, peanut butter, & wheat germ!  Instead of 120 calories and 6 grams of fat a piece, they’re only 40 calories and 0.5 grams of fat each!  (In pregnant-speak that means I can safely eat, like, 6 at a time without even beginning to feel guilty about it).

Here’s a link to the recipe, and another link to the nutritional information Katie provided:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles Recipe

Truffles Nutrition

 

Katie’s recipe called for either nut butter or oil, so I used half peanut-butter & half oil, which turned out to be a mistake.  My “dough” was a bit too runny, and I ended up adding a bit of wheat germ to thicken it back up.  Wheat germ is delicious, but it changed the consistency a little — they sort of remind me of the texture of those Girl Scout cookies with the coconut… still uber-delicious, though!

 

Due to my lack of pre-pregnancy sweets-making, I’ll admit my ability to cover things in chocolate leaves something to be desired… you should have seen me and my motor skills trying to dip these little guys into the crock pot full of chocolate goo!  (Most people use chop sticks to cover things in chocolate, right? …right?…)

Not so pretty, but deeeeelicious!

 

Verdict:  DELICIOUS, NUTRITIOUS, and an excellent way to satisfy my craving for sweets.  Thanks, Katie!  You rock!

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You Win a Pi(e)!

13 Dec

Well, actually it’s a scarf, but… you could name it Pie, I guess…

Congratulations to Lisa, the proud new owner of a handmade scarf from yours truly!  (Lisa – check your e-mail for details!)

The correct guess is… PI!  Hooray!

 

whipped cream optional.

I made this snazzy little ornament for my *other* brother in law!  I’m pretty sure he doesn’t read my blog, but if he does he BETTER act surprised when he opens this!  =)

 

Thanks for all your guesses, friends!  Happy Hondadays!

A Good Idea… Sort of…

28 Aug

Friends,

If ever you decide to make a potato bacon torte (or a pie, or anything with a crust, really), use caution when carving cute things into your crust.  Think carefully about what it is you’ll be carving later, and decide if you are okay with slicing through it.  This, for example, seemed like a good idea at the time, but made me feel like an awful, awful murderer when I had to slice through it:

Aww, it’s adorable!  Now cut it up and eat it.    It’s possible there is such a thing as *too* happy…

Anyway, check out the recipe for the torte… it’s totally tasty & one of my husband’s favorites.  Just don’t carve happy faces into your crust.  Seriously. })i({