Wow it’s been two months…

Christmas cheer?



Possible 30 Calorie Tea Cake Recipe

Ok, it’s not official yet, but I think I have figured out a 30 calorie Tea Cake recipe… I haven’t actually baked it yet, just tested the numbers.

Yield: 15 tea cakes (30 cal/tea cake)


    1/2 cup Splenda (0 cal)
    1 tsp Vanilla Extract (12 cal)
    1 Medium Egg
    1/3 cup Unsweetened Applesauce (34 cal)
    1 tsp Magic Baking Powder (0 cal [ side note: not all baking powders are 0 cal, check the label first ])
    1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Graham Flour (408 cal [ side note: not all graham flour is this calorie count, get this specific brand or search for one close to this count ])

  • In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. (Blend applesauce & sugar, actually.)
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Beat in vanilla.
  • Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture (the dough will be soft).
  • Drop by teaspoonfuls 2″ apart on to greased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 375 °F (190 °C) for 7-8 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  • Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • Note: based on a recipe from All Recipes.

    [ side note: I just realized that this could also be a vegan recipe, well if you find an egg substitute… go fig ]

    [ side note, part 2: made it today (07/25/13) and you can substitute the egg by adding 1/2 cup applesauce and a tsp of water rather than the 1/3 cup. ]

    Date in a Basket; My take on engagement gifts

    So my underclassmen is getting married. I have been courting the idea of a double gift (birthday/engagement) for a while, and the bright idea I had was the Date in a Basket.


    Originally I thought to do wine, gift cards, a perfume and a scarf, only to realize that it’s not my friend’s style. So I switched to two gift cards ($25 movies, $50 for The Keg), matcha green tea, a mug, chocolate hazelnut tea, a jar of gummy sharks, and a scarf.

    It my not look like much, but it is the most I have spent on a gift for non-family. I figured since it’ll be her fiancé’s first time up north, she could enjoy a nice little date night on me.