90 Day Transformation – Day 1 – Starting Somewhere

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Oh boy, today was a doozy. I decided to first tackle my wellness so I could have more energy for the other intentions. My eating habits have been so bad over the last several months that I didn’t realize I gained over 20lbs. The weigh in and measurements quickly sent me down a shame spiral and I almost gave up. I had to remind myself that  1) I am more than just the number on the scale and 2) I am making an effort to be healthier. 

To make matters worse, I think I went through some type of junk food withdrawal. Around 10 am, I got the worst headache and it stuck around well into Day 2. Once the headache started, I got snappy with coworkers so I had to take a quick walk to reset. 

The walking helped and I powered through the day! I didn’t eat the free brownies at work and even went to the gym after work. I tried a cycling class on Youtube. Ugh, it was only 20 minutes, but was so hard and I was such a sweaty mess. Headache aside, the workout was kind of fun. 

The headache (or maybe migraine) was bad I could barely shower before bed. 

I did enjoy the food. I am trying to look at the change in diet as positive and think of all the great new food I will get to try.  It’s been several months since I had meals with so much fresh food and definitely been at least 4 months that I didn’t have some sort of processed candy at work as pick me up. Today I went with some green tea. 

Today I am grateful for forgiving coworkers, advil, and fresh food. 

Almond Brown Butter Mini Bundt Cakes

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What happens when you have a sinus infection and spend the week binging the last few seasons of the Great British Bake Off? Lots of inspiration and totally crushing on Selasi. I spent the rest of the week dreaming of madeleines.

The weekend finally comes and I’ve got my sense of smell back, thought of a madeleine recipe, but my madeleine pan has disappeared. I marie kondo’d it back in January and totally forgot. I kept the 30 lipsticks, but drew the line at the madeleine pan.

Nevertheless, I persisted and adapted my recipe to mini bundt cakes. These cakes serve perfectly with some tea.

 

 

Recipe:

Yields: 24-30 mini bundt cakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 yogurt (I like to use the full fat, not a fan of the non fat yogurt
  • 1/2 t almond extract
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 18-20 raspberries
  • 2-3 tablespoons powdered sugar for decorating

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, slowly melt butter until it starts to separate and brown. Pour into a counter until cool and solid.
  2. Pre-heat oven at 350 degrees.
  3. Spray cake pan with cooking spray
  4. Mix together flour, baking soda and salt in separate bowl.
  5. In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar on medium for 3-5 minutes.
  6. Add eggs, almond and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  7.  Add in yogurt and flour and mix until combined.
  8. Drop batter into bundt pans. Only fill about 3/4 of the way.
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Insert a toothpick into a couple of cakes to make sure they come out clean.
  10. Remove from the oven and place cooling rack on top of pan then turn over. Cakes should come out easily.
  11. Drop some raspberries on each cake then sprinkle powder sugar using a sieve.
  12. Cakes can be frozen and used at a later date.

 

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