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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!

I swear it’s still a healthy interest!

29 Feb

I think about other things, really I do!  Like… what new and fun material I can stuff this DRAGON with!!!

You thought it was going to be something other than a dragon, didn't you?

 

I whipped up this little guy as part of Husband’s Valentine’s Day gift, but instead of boring old poly-fil, I stuffed him with un-popped popcorn.  Now he’s a super cute, stress relieving bean bag dragon!  Yay!

Fierce.

 

I made up this pattern as I went, and I liked it so much I’m featuring not only the finished toy, but the pattern itself over at A Happy Little Shop!  He’s super soft, easy to make, and not too scary!  Hooray for G-rated dragon friends!

I can haz snuggles?

 

He's sad because he wants you to bring him home and snuggle him... Poor, sad little dragon. Head on over to A Happy Little Shop to adopt him today!

Another Rag Rug? Oh NO!

17 Sep

Really now, friends. The first one wasn’t THAT bad, was it? 

The moM came for a visit a bit ago and brought schfifty-five t-shirts with her, and since we already knew what *not* to do, we (well, mostly moM. But I was very supportive!) made a ton of t-shirt yarn!

Yeah, that's a quarter.

 

I gave moM one of my super gigantor crochet hooks (and some vino, of course), and she created this:

She made the shoes, too! (No, not really)

 

She used half-double crochets, so the rug was nice and thick (and quite modern looking) in the end.