We need more days of the year where people are forced to eat their weight in poultry and be thankful for the ability to do it while simultaneously being thankful for all they have.
Stay thankful friends
So this is where BuzzFeed’s three ingredient food recipe videos come in. They make some really fun stuff. I already tried to make the three ingredient pancakes, which ended up being a terrible idea.
This Sunday, we are trying to make Nutella Brownies. Yes that is correct. Nutella brownies in three ingredients.
Side Note: As a child of Italian immigrant family, Nutella was a major staple in my lunch box and kids thought it was the weirdest thing that I would bring chocolate sandwiches to school. But really, what the heck is wrong with people? Why wouldn’t people love chocolate sandwiches? But anyway, now people love Nutella and its great.
Ok so here we go! (Do me a favor, play the below vid and read/try these out man. TRUST)
3-Ingredient Nutella Brownies That I Tried First Just in Case
Things you will need:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Because the 3 things you’re using to make these brownies are so distinct in texture its very strange mixing them for the first second, but then its fine. Just make sure there are no flour pockets! hate those stupid things. They ruin everything.
Grease your brownie pan. I ran out of Pam so I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil spray that I found in a cabinet. Still works. Pour your delicious mixture into the now greased pan. In the BuzzFeed video, their combo was pretty smooth and flowed in. Mine was more spongey so I had to scoop a little, but everything is A OKAY because we’re making Nutella Browniessssss.
Place the brownie pan in the oven for 15 minutes. The video didnt say it (obvs) but I’m pretty sure I should have spun the pan around somewhere in the middle of that 15 min session because one side was a little undercooked but we still ate them so whatever.
No joke, these are fantastic brownies and I am giving BuzzFeed’s video two thumbs way wayyyy up.
So test out the Nutella Brownies and tell me what you think! I hope yours come out as delicious as mine and nothing like the stupid pancake I tried to make last time.
Banana and peanut butter smoothies are a fantastic idea.
If you have a blender, try this. Trust me:
AND BOOM HEAVEN IN A LITTLE MIXY CUP
If you don’t believe me, here is a picture of my smoothie, my new giant water bottle, my hair from yesterday, and my pajamas from this morning even though it’s 9:30 at night and I need to go to sleep again soon.
So I tend to look for the easiest and most efficient way of doing things. Sometimes they just don’t work out.
Enter: the three ingredient pancake. Maybe it’s just me, but unless one of those ingredients is pancake mix, this ain’t gonna work out well in my favor.
While at work this week, I happened across this BuzzFeed video. Not one of my best ideas to try.
First of all, the only ingredients you’re supposed to use are a banana, two eggs and cinnamon. My first issue was that they didn’t give an amount for any of the ingredients, but I wanted to try anyway because who doesn’t love pancakes?
For prep, You will need:
First things first, peel the banana and mush it with a fork. I forgot to take a picture of this because I was frustrated by how annoying it is to mush a banana with a fork. Stupid banana.
Next, crack the eggs into the mushed banana and mix them together. At this point, I kind of began realizing this would be very different than the video. My egg to banana ratio was way off. I used extra large eggs, which I don’t think I should have done but THE VIDEO HAD NO VOCAL INSTRUCTIONS. That made things hard.
Add some cinnamon, how much is obviously up to you, since we get no real instructions. I put 3 or 4 shakes in there.
Mix up your concoction. Spray some cooking spray on a frying pan just in case (I used Pam) and put it on the front burner on medium. Medium is usually best so that the outside doesn’t burn before the inside is cooked.
This was really different than what the video’s pancake mix looked like. So this was my solidification that I was in the wrong somewhere.
Here is where you’re on your own. I put all of my mix in at once which was a terrible idea. I was pretending I was in the video and it was early when I tried this. I should’ve had coffee before. UGH, I mean really, look at this mess guys.
As if this wasn’t bad enough, I tried to get fancy with the flipping and then BOOM mess, broken pretend pancake everywhere. And that’s what it looked like when I finally got it into a plate.
Just so you’re aware, I did not eat this. I tried it and decided that was enough. I did try to get my 10 year old cousin, James, to eat it but even he took issue with that.
I’m going to try to keep my food game somewhere near what normal people cook but I’m having issues. I’ll be putting all of my trials (both good and bad) on here so you guys can laugh at my mistakes.
Bon appétit mes amis!
Apparently, I’m not in college anymore.
Apparenty, I can’t eat Chinese food three times a week and expect to stay the same size if the only exercise I do is walking to and from the fridge.
Apparently, I’m supposed to actually care what I put in my body.
APPARENTLY THIS IS ADULTHOOD AND IT SUCKS.
So apparently I need to start taking better care of myself. Ugh
Over the next six months, I will be in 2 different countries besides America, I will be attending 2 anniversary parties where I will be dressed to the nines, I will be at 2 weddings within less than a month from each other, and I will be spending June through August in a bikini because I am pale as all hell and it makes me look slightly ill.
All of that means I need to be in prime fighting form. So I’ve decided to start eating healthy and going to the gym on a regular (ish) basis. I think dragging my sorry ass onto the stair master at least 3 times a week can’t be a bad thing, even if it makes me want to dive head first into a pool of hungry sharks. But not only do I want to burn fat, I also want to build some serious muscle. Yea… We’ll see how that works out.
But anyway, the reason for this post is to tell you about my healthy snack that I made all by myself: Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries
Obviously, I did not make this adorable little snack up, but I did conquer the hell out of it in my kitchen tonight. Bare with me while I pretend this was a serious job, ok?
First of all, I found this “recipe” online, if you can call it that. The frozen yogurt covered blueberries or FYCB as I will henceforth refer to them, are extremely straight forward and super easy. No joke, babies can do this. I haven’t checked out the rest of the site but it’s on my list of things to do. But without furtheradieu; FYCB.
To make th FYCB:
Once they’ve been in there for about an hour, they’ll be cold and hard and really delicious on a really hot day. Careful though, if your teeth are sensitive to cold, proceed with caution.
The recipe I veered away from didn’t give any calories because she deemed the FYCB as healthy. I think she just didn’t wanna do the math to figure it out, which is completely understandable because I don’t want to either. But if you’re curious, the yogurt I used (Dannon’s Light and Fit Greek) is 80 calories for the whole container. I obviously didn’t use the whole container but I’ve included a picture of the nutritional info. Also, according to MyFitnessPal, which I’ve decided to use in my quest for a smaller waist, claims that one cup of blueberries is 11 calories. So if you care enough to figure that out, here ya go
Wish me luck on my quest friends!
One thing you need to know about me is that I love food. Any and all food is welcome in this belly. Exotic food is exciting, domestic food is magical, basically any and all food is wonderful. However, there will always be a special place in my heart for free food.
My job is cool sometimes because we get to go to lunch with agencies and the company pays for it.
So without further adieu, here is my free lunch:
She has been talking about California Donuts for a while now and kept saying how much she wanted those for her birthday. CaDonuts has a reputation (as well as an Instagram to prove it) for creating customized doughnuts in the shapes of people’s names, or shapes for special occasions, or anything really.
Unfortunately, living in New York, she wasn’t going to get California donuts. So my parents, being the loving parents that they are, searched all of New York trying to find someone to write her name in doughnuts. Finally they found a bakery and had them create Nutella doughnuts (she loves Nutella) that spelled out “Elisa 20.”
With her name in fried dough and her heart on her pizzas, my sister’s 20th birthday went off without a hitch, which was extremely delicious.
But after two slices of regular pizza, a Sicilian slice, 3 and a half doughnuts, and a giant piece of red velvet cake (as well as a number of other little snacks along the way) I think I’ll be spending today nursing a sugar hangover and a body too sluggish to move.
Even professionals have bad days ok?
I was never really much of a “football fan.”
But, to be fair, neither is anyone else in my family. My dad works too much and never really had enough interest to sit down in front of a TV for half a day, my brother likes video games more than breathing and, while he does have a team that he roots for, he isn’t overly involved because he doesn’t live in that state and because he knows its really not that life changing. My mom’s family watched soccer more than football, and even then it wasn’t too often and neither of my sisters care.
So every year, at this time, my family has no idea what to do, so we do nothing. We would rather do nothing in our own home then sit in someone else’s house and do nothing there, surrounded by people we don’t know and germ infested food.
Last Super Bowl my boyfriend and I went to his friend’s house. There, people sat around a TV and ate chips and stared intently as a tiny pig skin ball (I doubt they even make them out of pig skin anymore because that’s gross) barely moved across a giant field of giant men. I don’t get it. While I love my boyfriend’s friends and consider them my friends, I just don’t understand why this is fun. Football is extremely long and incredibly boring to me, and last year they had terrible tasting sangria from the bottle and not enough dessert.
This year I’ve taken it upon myself to bring dessert, even though I wasn’t asked, so that I know something will actually be edible and my own couple bottles of wine, one for me, and one for other people to share.
Hopefully the game doesn’t last till midnight because I will absolutely be leaving at 10pm whether the game is over or not.
Wish me luck friends, and pray that someone brings really good dip.