Friday, December 21, 2012

Egg Nog Martinis

Today I did a guest post on  Exciting!  What a great site!  The full recipe can be found in the link below.

Martinis can be enjoyed any time of year. However, to get into the Christmas spirit, how about making an Egg Nog Martini? This martini is all decked out with red and green sugar crystals on the martini glasses. Why do we call it “eggnog”? The “nog” part of its name has evolved from the word noggin, a Middle English term for a little, carved wooden cup used to serve alcohol. Well, that’s enough of history, let’s get to the recipe!

Here is the recipe on Homemade Egg Nog Martinis


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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Delicious Zucchini Brownies

Recipe adapted from The Yummy Life, Makes 12 brownies

Brownie Ingredients:
    * 1 cup chopped raw zucchini
    * 1/8 cup coconut oil
    * 1/4 cup low fat yogurt (regular or Greek)
    * 1/2 cup & 1/8 cup sugar  (or substitute SugarLeaf,
       check package for amount)
    * 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
    * 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
    * 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (dark
       cocoa recommended)
    * 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
    * 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

 Frosting Ingredients:
    * 1/2 cup semisweet or bittersweet
       chocolate chips
    * 1/8 cup nonfat milk
    * 1 tablespoons coconut oil
    * 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
    * 1/2 cup powdered sugar

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease or spray an 8 by 8 pan.
2.  In blender or food processor, puree zucchini, oil, yogurt, sugar, and vanilla. Set aside.
3.  In large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Add pureed wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until moist throughout.
4. Pour into greased pan, spread evenly, and bake for 16 minutes until toothpick comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.  Remove from oven and place on cooling rack. Cool for 20-25 minutes and frost while still warm.

1.  Combine chocolate chips,milk, oil and vanilla in microwave-proof bowl.  Microwave on full power for 30-40 seconds.
2.  Remove and whisk until chocolate chips melt in and mixture is smooth (return to microwave for a few seconds if necessary).
3.  Add powdered sugar and continue whisking until smooth. Spread evenly over brownies while they are still slightly warm.

Delicioso!  I love the taste of the coconut in them also.  I told everyone at our dinner party, that there was a secret ingredient.  No one could guess that the secret ingredient was Zucchini!

Nutritional Information for 1 serving with regular sugar
Unfrosted: 103 calories, 2.8g fat, 19.7g carbs, 2g fiber, 2g protein; Weight Watchers PtsPlus: 3
Frosted: 181 calories, 6.9g fat, 30.9g carbs, 3g fiber, 2.2g protein; Weight Watchers PtsPlus: 5

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Monday, December 10, 2012

The Cutest Cupcake Toppers!

Today I would like to blog about the cutest cupcake toppers that I found on Etsy.  This blog is also related to my new business venture of candy and dessert tables.  I am planning to get a lot of business soon so I am doing research on table designs and preparing in advance.

Here are the hot air balloon toppers I found:

and here is the link:

Other items that are needed to purchase for this look:


These etsy designers are all so talented.  Thank you Etsy for helping so many people sell crafts they love to make.

Here is another really cool seller that does banners:

Happy Party Planning!

Please comment.  Tell me how much money do you typically spend on a birthday or special event?