Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Healthy brownies

After seeing that picture I posted of healthy sugar free brownies I decided I would try one out. This is a vegan recipe that replaces white flour for wholemeal flour and only has 1/2 cup of sugar which is way less than your average brownies recipe (most have upwards of 2 cups! yikes!) Instead of butter they use apple sauce, talk about genius!

Applesauce Brownies by The Messie kitchen.

What you need:
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup sugar (or Splenda)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips or buttons whatever you have!

What you do:

1.Preheat oven to 180 degrees (350 F) and lightly spray with oil or line with baking paper.
2. Mix applesauce, sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt altogether.
3. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the apple sauce mixture. Mix until just combined. Gently fold in chocolate chips
4.  Bake 25-30 min, until centre is firm and not sticky. Cool completely before slicing.

Body for life update

Last Wednesday I started "The Body For Life" program. I've heard only good things about it from friends and family and I thought now would be an excellent time to start because its coming into winter now (the time I usually fall victim to winter comfort food). Today is week one down of the 12 weeks. I can happily report I have lost 2 kgs already and am feeling really great! The hardest part about it was actually the first few days. It felt weird eating every 2-3 hours and by the days last 'snack' I hard to literally force myself to eat something. But after the initial shock my body got used to it and by day 3-4 I was feeling really good. I have a lot more energy and am thinking it's not going to be as hard as I initially thought at all.

 Sugar free brownies! Yes please!
Its definitely weird not being able to eat sugar though.... Being a self confessed sugar-o-holic I found this really challenging and am struggling to not eat a biscuit with a cup of tea! But a piece of fruit usually fills the gap, I did eat some sugar this week but only on Sunday (which is my nominated day off). I also made some body for life bran muffins that have Splenda in them instead of sugar and they are surprisingly good! They do tend to have a bit of that weird artificial sugar taste but you get used to it after a while and its better than having nothing sweet at all!.

You're probably wondering why a baking addict like me is having this sudden urge to be healthy? Well the answer is in the question really. I love to bake things, but as a general rule baking isn't good for you long term and in the last couple of years (while I haven't put on a lot of weight) I just feel like I could be healthier! I've never been particularly 'slim'. In fact most of my life I've been a curvy chick which I'm fine with but I would like to be healthy and a little less curvy in some places lol.

So after researching my options on the Internet I decided on Body for Life because it has had some dramatic results over the years, plus it doesn't require you to count calories (which sounds complicated and a pain). The one thing I don't really like about it is the protein shakes that your meant to supplement your meals with. Basically your meant to eat regular healthy meals but then in your snacks have protein shakes to boost your weight loss. I mean I try to have one a day but they taste pretty weird. I've started adding all kinds of fruit into the mix to disguise the taste (seems to be working so far). So yes that is my weight loss news I will keep trying to update you when I remember, so far so good!

I saw this last night on Pinterest and thought it was awesome!

Friday, 17 June 2011

Winter threads

I went shopping this afternoon ( for the first time in ages!) and I was kind of surprised at the amount of cool stuff in the shops at the moment. Usually when I go to the shops I find one or two things I like out of what seems like a million 'chain stores'. I guess this season the things I like seem to have come into fashion all at once (excite!). So I thought I'd share a few of my favourite things in the shops at the moment. I didn't buy all of these things, in fact I only ended up buying a pair of black pants for work, but a girl can dream right? Maybe I will save up and buy a few of these things before winter is over.


Cute double breasted hoodie from Glassons [29.99]

Then I went to 'Number One Shoes' and woah! They have divine shoes atm! They also have ' look books' now on their website which I found kind of weird at first until I found this one:


Pretty right? Its like the have channelled my inner hippie and I'm loving it! I don't know how much of those outfits I would actually be game enough to wear but still! Its good to have options. I especially like the peace sign ring and the first pair of brown boots, mega cute.

Necklaces are also really cool atm, I saw this amazing one in 'Cotton on' but I can't find a picture of the exact one, it was something like this though (which you can buy online from one of my favourite websites www. felt.co.nz)


Bow necklace by kutekiwi

Okay that all my favourite fashion finds for now, wishing you a lovely relaxing weekend blog friends!
 xoxo

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Autumn Love

Its officially winter here in NZ, but I wish it was still Autumn! On the long weekend we saw the most beautiful Autumn colours. We went to Masterton's Queen Elizabeth Park, now its my new favourite park! They have everything! A skate park, a miniature railway that goes around the river, an aviary full of pretty bird like peacocks and doves AND!! a deer park where you can feed deer through the fence:) Here are some of my favourite photos from this weekend.

The deer loved our apples!
Me feeding some hungry geese,ducks and swans

Mini railway tracks
Beautiful Autumn leaves

Its pretty photos like these that made us decide on an Autumn wedding! We are aiming for Autumn 2012, so I will keep you updated on the details as we plan them:) Below are some of my favourite Autumn Wedding inspirations!

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Lovely things/blogiversary

Hello Blog friends!

I haven't had an update in a while so I thought I'd fill you in on what I've been up to lately. In the last couple of weeks I have been  busy completing (ok almost completing) my Autumn 'to do list' that I posted back in April. I took some cool new pictures like this one!
Finished three new scrapbook pages for our engagement book and planted some sweet peas and chives.

I also saw Water for Elephants last weekend ( which I've been wanting to see for ages!) and now I am completely IN LOVE with it! What a beautiful story! you can totally see why the book was so successful. I decided to buy a copy of the book off Amazon so I can compare the book to the film. I know I always seem to do that, and yes the book is usually always better but not in all cases, so I'll let you know what i think in a few weeks. If you haven't seen it you should go before they stop playing it because it is truly a gorgeous film!


What else is new? Well today or (sometime very near to today) is my blogiversary, yep I started this blog, three years ago!

Time really flies when your writing about the things you love! To all of my readers I'd like to say thank you for letting me share a little of my life with you for the past three years and I look forward to sharing a lot more delcious recipes and lovely things with you in the future.

xxx Sarah-Rose

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