Happy Friday, everyone! Brittany here. Don’t be too disappointed, Sarah will be back soon to finish her story, she sure knows how to leave off with a good cliffhanger. 🙂
So anyways… Remember how I was talking about the things I’ve been trying to avoid and blah, blah, blah? And remember how one of them was holiday goodies? Well, I failed. I failed miserably. Almost immediately after I finished writing that post, someone in my office brought in a tin of snicker doodles and sugar cookies that his wife had made. You would think that after writing all about self control and all that, I would have been able to control myself. Nope. Not even close. I had 6. Yup, 6 cookies. Not only that, I also had a Diet Mountain Dew on our way back from the gym (diet soda-another thing I was trying to avoid. dang it).
After those 6 cookies, I knew I needed to be sure to get in a great workout and still have a light dinner. So when I got to PT, I accomplished a treadmill workout that looked something like this (sugar hangover, and all):
I didn’t plan on having that many walk intervals. But my sugar hangover was giving me the tummy ache from hell.
Then, after this treadmill workout, I headed to Erick’s gym and we did shoulder day together. I left filling like I had worked off the majority of those cookies :).
Now, before I explain how I lightened up dinner, let me just say that if anyone of you love carbs as much as I do, this is going to sound bat-shit crazy to you. That’s ok. I completely understand. I felt bat-shit crazy when I was putting it together. BUT, there was no way I was going to miss spaghetti night and I was desperate. So I got started and made the spaghetti sauce using 96% lean ground beef and Ragu that contains 2 full servings of vegetables. I always put shredded cheese in my sauce so I used Kraft 2% Milk Mexican Blend. Then, I made half a package of whole wheat noodles for Erick (he didn’t know they were whole wheat. he also didn’t know there were 2 servings of vegetables in the sauce. Domesticated housewife-2, Erick-0). Now, here’s where it gets crazy. I thought to myself, “Hmmm, I wonder how it would taste if I just steamed just veggies and served the sauce over those.” No… I wasn’t in the mood for broccoli, green beans, or cauliflower. So that wasn’t going to work. Then I checked my fridge and I had a bag and a half of fresh spinach that is due to expire on Sunday. Yup…I went there. I put about 3 cups of spinach on my plate and then spooned spaghetti sauce over that. Let me tell you, it was awesome! I didn’t even miss the pasta and I swear to you I am a carb-oholic. DON’T KNOCK IT TIL YOU TRY IT. 🙂
So, I think I made up for those 6 cookies AND still got to have spaghetti…kinda. Oh, also, I made my hubby eat sorta healthy and he still has no idea. I’d say it was a successful night. Hopefully, I can get my self-control in check for the rest of the holiday season…
Speaking of self-control. I went to Wal-Mart today to get some pictures printed and then I decided I was in the mood to bake! So I picked up a box of Funfetti cake mix, some Diet Cherry 7-Up, and a can of Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting to make my favorite funfetti cupcakes. I think they’re my favorite because they’re SO easy. All you do is mix the box of cake mix with one can of soda and then bake at 350° for about 20 min…simple as can be! This is them, pre-frosting:
Mmmmm, I can’t wait to have one…just one…I hope. I think another reason they’re my favorite is because normally I don’t like cupcakes or cake because I think it’s just too dry (I prefer brownies, cheesecake, cookies, etc.), but when I make them this way, with the diet soda instead of the oil & eggs, they come out super moist and delicious!
Also, while I was at Wal-Mart. I decided I want to experiment a little. I love experimenting while baking. I once read about making a cake using just a box of Angel Food Cake mix and a can of fruit pie filling (any fruit you’d like), and this sounded delicious and SO simple. So I decided I was going to try this…in my mini muffin pan! I got a box of angel food cake mix and a can of raspberry pie filling.
I looooove raspberry and I figured it’d be really delicious if I frost these cupcakes with the same cream cheese frosting I got for the funfetti cupcakes. I mixed the cake mix and pie filling and this is what it looked like:
This is them after I put the batter into the pan:
Obviously, I kinda suck at using just the right amount of batter for each cupcake, but oh well. I taste-tested one with no frosting and I thought it was pretty darn good. The texture was a little different, but maybe that’s because you’re not supposed to make angel food cake cupcakes…whatev. I’ll let you know how they are after I frost them and find out if they’re “hubby approved.”
Well, I better go get to frostin’. Later gators!