Archive | December, 2012

new years resolutions 2013

30 Dec

Hey everyone! i cant believe 2012 is coming to an end i feel i just just started writing it.. though 2012 was good for me i know 2013 will be great ! i always make a resolutions list but its never like “lose 5lbs” or “dont eat meat” bc its setting myself up for disappointment, its more like the list below i just always add a few new ones every year!

New Years 2013
1. Be able to say i use to have a binge eating problem..this is huge for me though i know its not the root of everything it is a huge factor..

2. Learn something new.. This is usually the first one i get done because i get excited.. last year i went horseback riding for the first and probably last time lol

3. Enjoy life more.. with my eating problems i got very unsocial.. id avoid everything and lost alot of friends because of it.. i have rekindled alot of those friendships of the past few months but still after hanging out a few times i fall back into my old ways when they text me to hang out.. so hopefully this year i can stop falling into those holes and be my fun self for a change !

4. Run a marathon.. im not gonna lie i had all hopes of doing this but i have had alot of muscle ache lately with a medication im on (more on that in a diff post) that i dont no if this one is def going to happen but i really want it to so we will see!

5. Meet new people.. this goes with #3 but because i missed out on alot when i became a lonely loser and honeslty i have the friends ive had for years and met a ton of new people on the way.. but i use to be sucha social butterfly and love to meet new people and already getting to know so many of you bloggers out there i feel im gonna cross this one off easily ! and hopefully one of those people is a guy, i been very picky lately !

6. Get a new hobby.. kinda goes with learning something new.. but ehh horseback riding was totes not a hobby of mine and actually running because a hobby of mine.. its not just a workout to me i really do enjoy it so i consider that a hobby and hope to find a new one this year to add to the list !

7. Go on a roadtrip ! this is kinda in the works so we should see.. i have a few friends that live in wisconsin and some in nebraska that i want to visit ! i also want to go to canada to site see lol

8. Appreciate the present more.  I really want to start looking at whats going on at that moment in life then the past or future.. with my eating patterns looking in the present was NEVER happening. what i ate the day before and made me look bloated or what im going to eat the next day because i ate something “off limits” was always on my mind.. food wise i want to be able to open my fridge and think “what do i want for breakfast?” i want to not have everything planned in my head every second !

9. Stop overlooking the positive stuff in my life.  I realize i overlook alot in my life.. all those little moments that made that day special and really want to stop rushing through the days and look at it more. for example i was annoyed i didnt workout today but i completely overlooked how i took my nieces on a walk to dunkin donuts and spent the afternoon with them which was wayy better then a workout !  A few bloggers i came across right something postive that has happened that day on each of there posts and im def going to start doing that.. its good to look at even the little positive things each day !

10. Lastly i want to get in a nursing program. i only applied to one so far because with the classes i took already its all i could do and its very competitive..i worked my butt off though so well see

What makes me happy:
going out with my friends! even though i dont do it nearly as often as i like to, when i do i have a blast. tonight is my brothers annual christmas party, its always a good time and even though im friends with all of his friends to have YOUR friends there is always better and this year i invited my 3 closest girlfriends (wouldve invited more but i tend to walk away and do my own thing and these girls dont mind doing there own thing.. yeah im THAT girl) so im hitting up the party tonight with them and hopefully dont hit on any of my brothers friends again, awkwardddddd! espically since my flirting is really good. like reallly good.

Enjoy your weekend !

Do you make new years resolutions? if so what are they?!


Gooey Vegan Cinnamon Buns

27 Dec

I got about 15 emails just asking for my cinnamon bun recipe alone, even though its after christmas these are still the best breakfast or even dessert anytime of the year!

i use to liveeeee at cinnabun in the mall.. i worked right across from it at the spa there so everytime i would go to walk to food court the sweet cinnamon smell would make me forget whatever i was going to get and go straight there and get the biggest best sugar fat calorie laden cinnamon bun ever! i grew over that when i realized the whole thing is a days worth of sugar fat calories etc. i then started to experiment with recipes that wouldnt leave me on such a sugar high.. i have failed MANY times before coming across this recipe.. seriously some didnt rise, some rose too much they were erupting from the pan, once they tasted way to healthy that they had barely any taste, another time they were literally floating in the filling/icing.. man do i wish i had pics of these failures lol enjoy these !

Gooey Vegan Cinnamon Buns

1 packet of yeast

1 cup milk (i used unsweetened almond)

1.5 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1 cup all purpose flour

1 tbs baking powder

1/4 cup sugar ( i use sugar in the raw )

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce


1/2 cup sugar*

1 tbs+ 1/2 tsp cinnamon

2-3 tbs vegan butter (i used smart balance light)

Put your yeast in the milk (make sure its warm, not hot!) and set aside.  Combine the flours sugar, baking powder, and cinnamon in a bowl.  After the yeast and milk get a foamy look add the applesauce to it.  Then combine the flour mixture to the milk mixture until a dough forms.  Now you get your kneading on and you put your dough onto a floured surface and knead until its no longer sticky (adding 2tbs-1/4cup extra flour)**.  Roll dough into a rectangle and make the filling by mixing all the ingredients well then sprinkle it over the rolled dough.  Roll the dough up into a log and then cut it in 8-10 pieces.  Put in a pan and cover rolls with a towel in a warm place for 45 minutes**  Preheat oven to 350 and bake rolls for 25 minutes.

* I use raw sugar in the filling to but you can also use regular brown sugar.  I just like the crunch of the raw sugar.

** I use the dough hook of my kitchen aid here and add the flour as it goes until it doesn’t stick anymore.  Then roll it out on a floured surface.

*** I let the dough rise for half hour and the i put them in the fridge still covered in the towel for a day or 2 and then the morning im going to cook them i take them out for about a half hour to let rise then cook them.


Roll dough to a large rectange


Sprinkle on the filling.  I dont go to much toward the ends because your going to have alittle extra dough on the ends to cut off


Cut rolls and place in a pan enough apart because these boys will rise.  After 45 minutes cook and tadaaaaa


At the point you can make an icing by combining 1 cup of powdered sugar, 2 tbs melted cream cheese, 2 tbs milk and 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract in a bowl and pour it on top. I opted out this time because my fam isnt a huge fan of things to sweet, go figure ! ;-)!

Enjoy !


WIAW Christmas Style

26 Dec

i hope everyone had a great holiday ! i had a great time with my family filled with great food, gifts and lots of laughs ! For this WIAW i decided to do just a little round up of the great eats i ate yesterday ! im annoyed i didnt get a pic for the great food xmas fam does all the fish, i had some fried shrimp, scallops, haddock and eggplant yum ! and for dessert i really cant have much of the other stuff so i made a cookie pie and some cake pops yummms

Breakfast aka best breakfast ever, cinnamon buns ❤


Appetizers i made a taco dip, its the bomb i dont no why i dont make this more often !


Dinner- unpictured because my fam wouldve thought i was weird if i had my cam out during it lol i had some vegan lasagna x 2, sweet potato casserole, butternut squash, and some sauteed mixed veggies.. i could barely move i was so uncomfortably stuffed but we went for a walk like we always do and it made me feel a bit better.. didnt matter how stuffed i was though there is always room for dessert ! :-)! i made unpictured biscottis, crumbcake, pb trifle, rainbow cookies and coconut cookies..




my god i want to lick the screen..! and oh yeah, santa was good to me this year!


best present everrrrrrrr!!

how was your holiday?! what was your fav meal?

Busy bee

24 Dec

Hey everyone, sorry i been missing i been super busy with work and all the baking/cooking and ontop of that my comp was down for 2 days i dont no why none of my posts would go through.. hopefully this one does !

Tonight i go to my grandparents house were there is about 50 of us, oh lord. and santa comes and we all exchange gifts then tomorrow its about 15 of us at my house where i just wake up with my parents (only child home now, sigh) and open presents and eat some cinnamon buns HOLLA! ive had a rough week with binges sorta, i just kinda let go though i have guilt im not falling into restrictive habits im just going with it and will feel better probably once im not having cookies as meals and actually get some real food in my body lol

i did most of my prepping for tomorrow and all my desserts are done thank god ! just got appetizers to make in the morning and put everything in the oven.. im so excited! and im so excited to see everyones face for the gifts i got them, my nieces keep saying i want a doll house from santa and they point this little polly pocket size one in the stores as the one they want little do they no its this beast size one ! and i really got into all my parents gifts this year like thinking them out and really going out of my way to get them so hopefully they like them all, i cant wait !!

Well everyone have a great holiday ! I hope you all enjoy yourselves and get everything you want ! see you on wednesday !

weekend in pictures

18 Dec

i was lookin over my blog and realized all i look like i make is cookies lol when really cookies are my least fav kind of dessert, its just cookie season ! promise after holidays u will see more lol also im gonna try to get the biscotti recipe up before christmas because i have got some emails about them because i seem to keep talking about them, sorry ! lol

my last day of school is tomorrow yay ! just got a final then im free ! for a few weeks at least.. so what ive been up too,

we started the weekend by making gingerbread houses

Image i had to give them a candy each at a time otherwise they would be eaten.. the graham crackers are homemade whole wheat ones, i cant get enough of them ! our aftermath


 me and one of the girls then went to whole foods for last minute things and she saw pet store next door and i felt bad not going in, $20 bucks later.. meet luke (after the sexy luke bryan ofcoarse)Imagei also went to dinner with my family, i decided to grow out of my usual salad with shrimp and got a seafood salad.. i am not really a fan of the mussels or the mini octupus i had in it but i was happy i finally tried something different for a changeImage  i am now enjoying study sessions til midnight at the coffee shopImage

See You Tomorrow!

Vegan “Candy Cookies” in a jar

16 Dec

hey everyone, sorry i been MIA. long story short (i always say that and still make my stories super long anyone else?! lol) but my gpa fell 2 days before thanksgiving he and hes in a rehab center now getting out next wk but i been going there 3x a week atleast and they live in nassua county which is a 45 min drive so its alot but then yesterday my gma decided to take a spill and cracked her head open shes okay though and home but i slept at her house this weekend because i didnt want to leave her alone and i baby my family so thats why i havent been on here !

But anyways, I had a christmas party today and made these for 2 of my friends.. they have kids that always ask for the “candy cookies” when im coming over so i put this together as  just a little something.. its vegan depending on the kind of candy you use.


Vegan “Candy Cookies”

3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup chopped nuts (i used pecans)

3/4 cup sugar

1 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped candy (i used peanut M&M)

3/4 cup oatmeal

In that order starting with the flour layer in a 1 quart mason jar, or half it and put it in a 16oz jar then on the tag have: Preheat oven at 350 and in a bowl add 3/4 tsp of vanilla, an egg (or flax/ener-g egg) and 3/4 butter to the jar contents.  Mix well.  Bake for 10-12 minutes and allow to cool for 5 minutes before taking them off the pan.


Sunshine Award + Vegan Double Chocolate Cookies

13 Dec


I was having such a tough day yesterday with school and woke up to see that i was nominated for the sunshine award from Gabrielle over at Stylish Sensibility which totally brightened my day! Seriously check this girl out, you will want to live in her closet. I no I do ! :-)!

The Sunshine Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. The recipients of    the Sunshine Award are: “Bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogsphere”. The way the award works is this: Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them. Answer questions about yourself. Select 10 of your favourite bloggers, link their blogs  to your post and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award!

Here are my answers to the questions:

1. Favorite Time of the Year?

Fall.. i live in dresses and bathingsuits all spring/summer, but by the end of it i cant wait to just wear pants and its the best !

2. Favorite Festive movie?

most def elf ! that movie always puts me in a good mood

3. What is your Passion?

going on random adventures.. i love randomly going to the wineries or packing up and taking a road trip somewhere for the weekend

4. Favorite Color?


5. Favorite time of the Day?

Morning, though i cant say i wake up everyday with a smile on my face but once im up i love the quietness of the morning

6. Favorite Flower?

Daisies ❤

7. Favorite Non-Alcoholic Beverage?

Water, but coffees def up there !

8. Favorite Physical Activity?

i LOVE to run but like now when i need a break i enjoy walking

9. Favorite vacation?

Maine, i go every year to my aunts lake house and go hiking, water skiing, tubing all that fun stuff ! every year i say i want to live here, its just so relaxing there

I nominate:
Clean Eating Chelsey

Totes my Oats

The Run Within

Modern Girl Nutrition

Averie Cooks

The Fitness Dish

DML Tina

Peas and Thank You

Jenn Ova Food Blog

Existential Evolution

Thank you again !!

Now onto these bad boysImage

holy yum. i love dessert obv, anything with chocolate count me in !

at the christmas party i had this past weekend i bought these cookies, along with the oatmeal, coconut mounds, and biscottis.. everyone raved about them and kept saying they taste like brownies just in a cookie form.. i was thinking of calling them brookies (any one tree hill fans remember that episode?!) but thought it was alittle much lol so double chocolate it is!

Double Chocolate Cookies

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 cup raw sugar

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (1/2 mashed banana works too)

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups oat flour (grind oatmeal in blender til flour like)*

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 cup chocolate chips

2-4 tbs nondairy milk**

Preheat oven to 350.  Mix the oil, sugar, applesauce and vanilla with a mixer.  Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda in a separate bowl. Add flour and oil mixture until well combined then stir in chocolate chips. **If its to dry the dough add in the milk 1 tbs at a time now til it just combines and is easy to roll into balls, this dough is not suppose to be runny**.  Roll into balls and bake 8-10 minutes.  They will be soft coming out of the oven but will firm up when cool.  Makes 36-40 cookies.  Enjoy!

*Other flours I have tried has been whole wheat pastry and allpurpose and both have worked.