hi all! Merry Christmas Eve! If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you’re enjoying these next two days with your loved ones or whoever has the pleasure of being with YOU! Like I mentioned yesterday, there are 14 of us total here together, we’ve already googled “how to fix a wet iPad” (not mine – my little 10 year old cousin Kyra) & she’s currently staring at it in a bag of rice….we’re hoping for a miraculous recovery but I am not too sure it’s going to come back around.
And we’ve already had my cousin Kolin being our own electronic by getting behind the TV to fix it so we could watch ELF! Is it obvious that technology is not on our side these past few days? haha
Did I mention how much I love my fam’s pup Kennedy? I told Corey once he met her he would totally want one just like her one day…and guess what, he’s hooked!
She slept with me last night & literally cuddled up right next to me - so cute! And we both slept like babies.
After a rested night, this morning I went to a body pump class at a local Gold’s! It was a packed class with a bunch of out of towners like myself. I like to switch it up & try out different classes! Have you ever taken Body Pump?
Came back to make myself & Corey cakes some breakfast and hang out with the family.
Are you surprised to see Old Bay? I swear I dig though cabinets for this stuff unless Papacakes gets to it first.
Refueled with a veggie omelet, dippy eggs, & oats with flax + cinnamon + almond milk + cherries + blueberries.
Ok, call me crazy BUT I like my eggs two ways. Don’t get me wrong, I love yolks!! I just like them as dippy eggs on the side. I don’t mind an omelet with yolks in it but I like being able to have the full flavor of the yolks. My fam likes to give me a hard time & say I use all of the pots & pans in the house but hey, (#betruetoyou) right!? Even if that means you’ve got to clean up a few more dishes.
One recipe that doesn’t require too many dishes is a Low Country Boil! I’ve never heard of it until we visited my family here in South Carolina.
“Low country boil is a traditional Southern recipe that stems from the southern regions of South Carolina and Georgia. This recipe is easy and fun, and can easily be adapted to feed as many people as are in attendance. It can be cooked outside on a gas burner for party settings, but this particular recipe is to be cooked inside on the stovetop and serves between two and four people.” [Source & Recipe here].
Obviously anything involving Old Bay & Seafood is a winner in my book. It’s basically shrimp, sausage, & corn or veggies boiled with old bay & seasonings. SUPER simple to do & literally feeds way more than a family of 14.
With the flavors of the Holiday all around us – I was inspired before my road trip to create some Gingerbread enhanced powercakes with my new obsession from iherb.com Molasses! You can find it here with a $5 off coupon code XUG228 for first time users!
Did you know that molasses is by-product of sugar extraction from either sugar cane or sugar beet? Molasses retains a variety of minerals such as magnesium, manganese, iron, copper & potassium, making it a nutritious source of energy compared to plain sugar, which is stripped of non-energy nutrients during processing.
I totally think moderation is key but if you like the flavor & are looking for some sweetness, it’s nice to know that you also get a good power punch of minerals as well!
[Serves 1 Hungry Kasey or Two for sharing]
- 1/4 Cup Buckwheat Flour
- 2 TB Flax Meal
- 1/2 Scoop of Vanilla Vega Protein Powder
- 2 Eggs or could sub egg replacer or flax egg
- 1 Large Pear
- 1/2 Cup Almond Milk or Coconut Milk (I used So Delicious Unsweet Vanilla)
- 1 TB Molasses
- 1 TB Cinnamon (I love me some cinnamon)
- 1 tsp all spice
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 splash of vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp of baking powder
- Blend half of the pear with a splash of almond milk until puréed.
- Combine the pear purée, eggs, milk, molasses, spices, & vanilla until combined.
- Add in your buckwheat flour, vega protein, & flax – stir until combined thoroughly.
- Let the batter sit for a few minutes so it thickens up while you heat up & spray your griddle.
- If batter looks TOO thick – either keep it that way or add a little more milk to thin it out a bit!
- Use a ladle & pour a small amount for each powercake & add a few pieces of the rest of your pear to the tops.
- Cook for a few minutes then flip over once you see bubbles form.
- Cook on the other side then serve with a drizzle of molasses & some more pear [if your pear was as big as mine – you’ll have some more left!