Look what I made!

February 2, 2011

See that adorable heart-shaped wreath at left? I made it! And it’s made of old t-shirts cut up and glued on a heart shape. My very talented and crafty friend Megan is a regular craft blog reader and on the weekend she showed me the link for this cute craft. I was hoping (but not planning, because that would jinx it) for a snow day today and my wish was granted, so we had a nice little crafting session in the comfort and warmth of my house while the weather raged on outside. I have been telling Megan lately that I have “craft envy” of all the cool stuff she makes…so I was glad to make something together! The hardest part was cutting out all those tiny little squares (it took just over 2 men’s XL t-shirts)…we passed the time sitting on the couch watching an episode of 4 Weddings that I had DVR’ed…after that, it was only a matter of hot-gluing them on the heart shapes that Megan had cut out of cardboard. Megan made a few little rosettes out of a white t-shirt we bought, but I decided I wanted to go with the plain look.

Not only did I do some crafting today, I took advantage of the extra time at home to make some delicious eats! Breakfast was French toast, made using my basic method. I topped it with a sauteed pear (cooked in water, a little chai tea, with cardamom, ginger and cinnamon and Brown Sugar Twin) and 2 tbsp of light ricotta cheese mixed with vanilla extract and Splenda. The drink on the side is a latte-esque drink made with 1/2 cup almond milk, coffee, Splenda and vanilla and almond extracts. The perfect way to kick of a snow day!

If French toast makes a great snow day breakfast, then pancakes are a great snow day lunch (I don’t recommend this for a regular diet, but hey, it was a snow day, and they were both healthy recipes :) ). I made a hungry girl recipe (are you shocked?) for Oat-rageous Chocolate Chip Pancake Minis from Hungry Girl: 200 under 200. As you can see in the picture, the mini thing didn’t work out perfectly – I doubled the batch (since it makes a single serving) so I used two pans – and one pan was smaller and the batter is kind of thin, so it just made one big pancake. And although the minis don’t have a perfect taste – everything tasted delicious, no matter what the size. They were a perfect lunch for hungry crafters. Here’s the recipe:

Oat-rageous Chocolate Chip Pancake Minis(from Hungry Girl: 200 under 200)

3 tbsp rolled oats (not instant)

3 tbsp fat-free liquid egg substitute

2 tbsp whole wheat flour

1 tbsp light vanilla soy milk

1/2 tbsp mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp vanilla extract

1 no-calorie sweetener packet

dash salt

Place all ingredients in a small bowl, except for chocolate chips. Add 1 tbsp water and stir until thoroughly mixed. Fold in chocolate chips.

Bring a large pan sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Pour batter in the pan to form 5 mini pancakes. Once pancakes begin to look solid, after 1 minute, gently flip.

Cook for an additional minute, or until both sides are lightly browned and cooked through. Plate and enjoy!

I really like HG recipes because they often serve just one person, which works well for me. Pancakes are something I enjoy, but if you’re cooking for 1 or 2 people, you will wind up with a lot of extra pancakes if you make an entire batch. The single recipe doubles easily though if you are cooking for two.

Now, as much as the pancakes were tasty, they didn’t totally fill me up. No surprise really, given the lack of protein in this meal. So I snacked a bit more after Megan left. I made some sweet and sour braised cabbage (kind of a weird snack, I know, but I had a bit of cabbage that needed to be used up and I needed to get in some veggies). To make this dish, I heated a tsp of olive oil in a nonstick pan, then added the cabbage and sauteed for a couple minutes over medium high. I added chicken broth and red wine vinegar, as well as salt, pepper and Splenda, then covered and simmered until tender.

My next snack was another HG classic – a strawberry cloud. This is a drink that Hungry Girl created as a swap for Starbucks’ Strawberries & Creme Frappucino. For some reason I was thinking about this drink the other day and how I hadn’t had it in a while. A snow day was the perfect opportunity. Nothing like sipping while watching tv on the couch!

I love snow days! I also took the chance to make a loaf of pumpkin cranberry bread today (I didn’t snap any pictures though). I am on the food committee at my church and was asked to make something for Sunday, so I figured I might as well get it done today while I was home and freeze it for the weekend…speaking of the weekend…I am looking forward to it….but also dreading a bit…lots of eating events coming up…dinner(s) out, one of which is at a wing place and a Super Bowl party. Looks like I will be exercising the 80/20 rule quite a bit! I just need to remember my self control….wish me luck!

What did those of you who had a snow day do with your day? (and my sincere apologies for those of you who are reading this and had to go to work).

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