I spend way too much time on Pinterest. Seriously. I love all of the wedding stuff, the craft stuff, the food and drink stuff... but it seems like sometimes it sounds awesome, until you try it (microwave protein powder cookies
, anyone?), and it ends up terrible (like a piece of rubber). I was worried that this cake batter protein shake recipe
from Dashing Dish would be one of them. I mean really, COTTAGE CHEESE?! In my SMOOTHIE?!
I decided to try it anyway. I usually have a protein shake for breakfast because my tummy doesn't tolerate breakfast very well, but I have to eat something, and it to be QUICK AND EASY. As in, takes fewer than five minutes to make. This fit the bill, so I put my trepidation about cottage cheese aside and tried it. AND IT WAS THE BEST PROTEIN SHAKE I'VE EVER HAD.
Everything's better with sprinkles. Just ask any three year old.
Cake Batter Protein Shake (from Dashing Dish)Ingredients
- 1/2 cup Low fat cottage cheese (I use non-fat, 80 calories, 14g protein)
- 1 Scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Genisoy Natural Unsweetened, 1 tbsp, 37 cal, 8g protein)
- 3-5 Drops butter or almond extract (I use butter extract, a generous splash)
- 1 tbs Vanilla sugar free instant pudding mix OR 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 tsp sugar free instant pudding mix OR 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (I use pudding mix only, 25 calories)
- 3-5 Stevia packets (or sweetener of choice to taste) (I use NuStevia or Splenda, 0 calories)
- 1/2 cup-1cup Water (Alter this according to desired consistency) (I need 1 cup for my Magic Bullet to blend)
- 5-10 Ice Cubes (Depending on how thick you like it, use less for a thinner consistency) (I use about 5-7, because my Magic Bullet isn't great with ice).
- Optional:1/2 tsp xanthan gum (I skipped this)
- Sprinkles for topping!
I've always loved going to farmer's markets, but mostly for the tasty food, people watching, and the honey sticks. But I never understood how people got excited about VEGETABLES. And I like vegetables! But when I was a kid, I thought a cookie or a Barbie was something worth getting excited about. Or when I was a teen, a lipgloss or a movie ticket. So while I liked eating all sorts of veggies, it wasn't something I got worked up about. Buying and caring for plants was another seemingly boring thing adults did.
But I guess I'm a grown up now. I went to the farmer's market after a morning run with some buddies, and got all excited.
"OH MY GOSH LOOK AT THOSE BEAUTIFUL ZUCCHINI! I LOVE ZUCCHINI! AND I NEED SOME BEETS! AND LOOK HOW CUTE THOSE LITTLE POTATOES ARE! THE COLOR OF THAT LILY IS AMAZING! THAT GUY IS MAKING THE BIGGEST BATCH OF PAELLA I'VE EVER SEEN!!! HAVE YOU SMELLED THIS SOAP?!"
All of the homemade baked goods were too delicious-looking to resist. A friend and I split a loaf of feta pull bread and it was so good. I also bought some more soap from my favorite local soap place, Farm Maid Soap
. They're based in Corbett, Oregon, and I'm kind of obsessed with their Mojito soap. And my fiance is obsessed with their Anise soap. Which means we buy a lot of soap from them. I really need to learn to make hot or cold process soap myself! (The lye part scares me though!)
All in all, it's been a good morning so far. :) Do you enjoy your local market too?
My newly depotted eyeshadows, in MUFE freestyle palettes! Palette 1 (left): Urban Decay vegan palette, various Cargo essential palette shadows, various Stila shadows. Palette (middle): miscellanious shadows on top (including The Body Shop and Urban Decay) and MAC shadows on bottom. Palette 3 (right): Ulta shadows, 1 Hard Candy, 1 NYX, and the Too Faced Glamourland palette shadows.
My fingers have a few burns and bits of glue stuck to them, and there were a few casualties, but I'm pretty pleased with how my first major depotting attempt went! I've depotted a few eyeshadows in the past, but not recently. My eyeshadow collection has grown to the point where I forget that I have certain products, or I don't use certain products because I have to sift through dozens of items to find them. So I decided that although my OCD tendencies make me want to leave them well enough alone, I should depot my shadows.
I've been looking at different freestyle palettes, and have been comparing reviews (MAC, Z-palette, Another Soul [on Etsy], Unii, TKB, Stars Makeup Haven, MUFE and DIY options). I have a few MAC 15-pan palettes, some of which I've removed the plastic dividers so I can put in more shadows, but I haven't tried or even seen any others in person. I've been using the shadows in the MAC palettes more frequently than my other eyeshadow singles or palettes, but the closures on the MAC palettes keep breaking on me, so I wanted to move them into something more sturdy, and also get additional palettes for the rest of my shadow collection.
When it came down to it, MUFE palettes seemed to offer the quality, price, and size that I wanted. They're only $10 each (plus shipping--you have to order them by phone from a MUFE store, but it's painless, I promise!), they're much larger than my MAC palettes, and they're made of metal. While they're probably prone to denting and scratches, it's still better than a plastic palette with a broken clasp! So I ordered three. The biggest problem is that depotted MAC pans are not magnetic, and the MAC refills are only weakly magnetic. I ordered some really strong mini magnets from ebay just in case I needed them.
I was pretty impressed when the MUFE palettes got here, and was excited to depot my shadows as soon as possible. Again, although I had done this before, I was a little nervous.
EDIT--I used GossMakeupArtist's oven method to depot my shadows. It seemed very efficient and I didn't think I damaged my shadows... Until I tried using some of them today. Maybe the oven was too hot, or I left them in there too long, but the shadows are now HARD and I can barely pick up any pigment with my brush :(
While I did a crazy amount of depotting today, I probably need to buy a few more palettes so I can depot more of my stash! But I'm excited that my shadows will be so easy to access.
Have you depotted any products?
I'm not a huge soccer fan but l I do enjoy it occasionally and will watch it on TV, like during the World Cup. Portland has a few sports teams but after being underwhelmed by the Blazers, I haven't really had any interest in becoming a fan until now. Although MLS soccer is fairly new to Portland, it has a pretty huge following. I had heard about how awesome the atmosphere is at Jeld-Wen Field, with the Timbers Army section getting rowdy, and have wanted to see it for myself. My workplace has season tickets in the KeyClub area, and when the ladies in the office found out David Beckham and the LA Galaxt were coming to town, we snatched those tickets right up!
Game day--it's crazy for blocks and blocks around the stadium and everywhere you looked there were dozens of Timbers fans! The stadium was packed and the Timbers Army (the fan section that stands and cheers the entire game) was so energetic. It reminded me if being in the student section at Duke for basketball games.
And if course, the girls and I were super excited to have seats so close to the field... and David Beckham.
My fiance was not as impressed by him as the ladies were ;)
Although the Timbers lost 5-3, we still had a great time. I definitely want to see what it's like being in the Timbers Army section. Those guys are crazy!!
Do you have a favorite local sports team?
My fiance is a huge movie buff. (My fiance made an inappropriate comment, and then added, "And I'm buff." And I was going to post just the appropriate part, but then he objected to having the first part omitted. "I'm not the Bible, you don't get to pick and choose what I say!... That's one of the funniest things I've ever said.") Moral of the story: Make your fiance write their own blog. (Just kidding).
Also, this post was interrupted when a spider was flying across the carpet towards me and I started shrieking "OHMYGAWDTHERE'SASPIDERCOMINGTOWARDSME!!!!
" Yep, if my life were a movie, it'd totally be AN ACTION FLICK! But back to the point of this post. After I told him about Krista's Summer Movie List for 2012
, he decided to come up with his own list.
- Rear Window--"If you have not seen this movie yet, stop reading this list and go watch it."
- Independence Day--"If you have not seen this movie, you've been living under a rock."
- Forgetting Sarah Marshall--"Three words: Dracula. The. Musical."
- Jaws--"This movie is about a shark."
- Dazed and Confused--"This movie is about stuff. Also, things."
- (500) Days of Summer--"It has 'summer' in the title."
- Stand By Me--"There's a dead body in this movie. But just one. Well, one that you see."
- The Sandlot--"Greasing and oiling, oiling and lotion-ing!"
- Point Break--"Little hand says it's time to rock and roll!"
He was kind of disappointed that I haven't already seen all of these movies. So I guess that gives us a list of movies to watch in the near future. :)
What are your favorite summer movies? Do you know someone who watches too many movies? :)
I subscribe to the Hungry Girl
newsletter, but I've never actually made any of the recipes. Until now. Because I've been wanting some pasta. I've been avoiding pasta and bread because I can never eat just one serving.
I had heard about the Hungry Girl Fettuccine Hungry Girlfredo (aka Tofu Shirataki with Alfredo
) awhile ago, and thought about trying it, since I like noodles, and I like tofu, and I like alfredo. After hearing the mixed reviews, I decided to skip it, until recently. I get bored eating the same things all the time, and saw the Tofu Shirataki spaghetti noodles at my local grocery store.
Ok, let's get a few things straightened out before I go any further. Numero Uno: Tofu Shirataki noodles are not anything like white noodles.
They SMELL TERRIBLE, and have to be rinsed LIKE CRAZY to get rid of the formadahyde/fishy smell. And they have a texture that's a little rubbery and a little chewy--kind of like those Asian glass noodles.Numero Dos: The white sauce concoction is NOT really like alfredo sauce.
It is white, and it is a sauce, and it has cheese in it, but that's about where the similarities end.
I still found it fairly satisfying, but not in a "oh, that totally tasted like real, full fat, carbalicious fettuccine alfredo!"
I'm more of the philosophy that it's better to have a small amount of the REAL THING once in awhile as a treat, than to eat sub-par imitations all the time. So as a substitution for the real thing, this falls short. Way short. But, if you're looking for something:-low cal-pasta-like-that has cheese-quick and super easy-doesn't use the stove
and you're:-bad at cooking
It's a winner!!!
The original recipe is as follows:Fettuccine Hungry Girlfredo81 Calories, 3g Fat, 242mg Sodium, 9g Carbs, 4g Fiber, <1g Sugars, 4g Protein = 1 Weight Watchers PointIngredients
1 Package Tofu Shirataki Fettuccine Shaped Tofu Noodles
1/2 Wedge The Laughing Cow Light Cheese
1 teaspoon Fat Free Sour Cream
2 teaspoons Kraft Reduced Fat Parmesan Cheese
Salt & Pepper (if desired)
Rinse fettuccine noodles VERY well. Microwave them for one minute, then drain them and pat dry. Add cheeses and sour cream. Mix thoroughly. Microwave to help melt cheese further, and mix some more. Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy. Serves 1.
So I've tried this recipe with both the fettuccine shaped noodles, and the spaghetti shaped noodles, and I prefer the spaghetti shaped noodles BY FAR. The rubbery texture is far less noticeable in that shape. Also, it's kind of bland. The texture of the sauce is creamy, but there isn't enough flavor to make me feel like this is really alfredo sauce. I made it a few more times to see if I could jazz it up. I tried omitting the sour cream and the parmesan, and used a two whole wedges of Laughing Cow Light flavored cheese (the herb kind). I also threw in some red pepper flakes and a little bit of minced roasted garlic, and some Spike seasoning. I liked it better with those changes.
It's a good recipe to start with, but it definitely needs a little tweaking and customization to be satisfying.
Have you tried Tofu Shirataki, or have you made any of Hungry Girl's recipes?