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The Birthday Pie

Hello friends! I’m stopping in for a late and quick update. Just getting in from playing a State of the Union drinking game. I had to take a drink of my Alexander Keith’s any time Obama said “economy” or when Joe Biden fell asleep :P

Tonight I want to share the pie I made for my birthday. It’s become a bit of a tradition that I make my own special treat rather than the more common birthday cake. You can see the carrot cake I made in 2009 and the chocolate beet cake I made in 2010.

This year I decided cake was passé and it was high time the lesser acknowledged pie take the front seat. I spent a lot of mental energy trying to decide what kind to make. I got some fabulous suggestions on Twitter and Facebook. But in the end I went with one of my favourite flavour combinations: peanut butter + marshmallow fluff. And so I give you…

Fluffernutter Pie

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I ended up following this recipe. However I think it could be tweaked a little. I will save my comments for the end so you can feel free to play around with it if you so choose!

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I started with a basic graham cracker crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 5 tbsp melted butter

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Sounds easy enough! However, this was my first attempt at a graham cracker crust, and I think it turned out too crumbly. Maybe because I used a pre-crumbled mix. Probably because any good recipe needs a little more butter ;)

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I flattened that mixture into a normal sized pie dish and stuck it in the fridge while I assembled the filling.

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You will need:

  • 1 cup marshmallow cream
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (I used smooth & natural)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese (I used light)
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 pint whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
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    Start by beating together your cream cheese, peanut butter and marshmallow cream.

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    Slowly add in your 35% cream.

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    Then your sugar.

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    Blend all that up, then take a spoon and stir in the milk to get it nice and fluffy.

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    And pour over your chilled graham cracker crust.

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    That’s it! The hard work is done! Easiest pie ever, right? It’s quite literally “as easy as pie.” Now you just need to freeze overnight before eating. The recipe highly suggests you do this to bring out the flavours.

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    If you’re impatient, I recommend licking the bowl to tie you over. 

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    Now, the recipe never said if this should be eaten frozen or just chilled. I tried it both ways, and letting it defrost in the fridge makes a much better pie. Nice and fluffy instead of hard like a frozen cheesecake.

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    Overall, it was a damn tasty pie. Even though the crust was crumbly, it still tasted top notch. And the fluffy pie made for a wonderful light dessert. I did however find that the cream cheese flavours overpowered the peanut butter and marshmallow flavour. And it was a touch too runny.

    SO, if you’re brave and ever try making this. I suggest using a whole jar of marshmallow cream (closer to 1 1/2 – 2 cups) and leaving out the milk. Also, if you’re using natural peanut butter, feel free to bump up the sugar from 4 tsp to at least 2-3 tbsp.

    Clearly, I’ll just need to find an excuse to make this again. Anyone in need of a birthday pie??

    Catch Up

    Hi friends!! It feels like a while, doesn’t it? Would you believe, that after 15 months of blogging near daily, I’ve never gone more than one day without updating? I usually have guest blogs or something. But this time I’ve gone a whole weekend!

    It was nice to use what little downtime I had doing nothing. But that gets boring after a while, and we’ve got a lot of catching up to do!

    First things first, this girl can do a good grilled cheese.

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    Wednesday night, Morgan and I had a conference call for No Limits Canada. Since I was without internet for what felt like a gajillion years, she invited me over for the Skype date!

    She offered a choice of beer to start. I chose “Tuborg” because I could pronounce it in a funny Eastern European accent and the can claimed it was “pure gold.”

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    Not bad actually!

    I was most excited however for her grilled cheese! Morgan and I sort of have an ongoing joke between our blogs about grilled cheese sandwiches. When discussing what to make for supper, it was the obvious choice.

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    Immediately impressed by her usage of the panini press.

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    Poor Morgan was worried about getting the right bread and cheese for me. She doesn’t know yet that I’m easily pleased and the sandwich was deeelicious!

    Of course, what’s grilled cheese without soup?

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    An “everything but the sink” soup. Perfection! Thanks for the dinner Morgan! Bagels at my place next? ;)

     

    I can’t remember what happened on Thursday. But I do know I was at work all waking hours and did a leg workout that made it hard to sit down all day Friday.

    Friday though, I got off work a little early which meant I had time to make a hot dinner! Those are hard to come by these days. I’m a busy bee!

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    I started with this box of Eden Organic Kamut pasta. I assume ditalini refers to the little shape of the pasta.

    I’m usually not a huge pasta fan because of the mushy texture, but I don’t mind these kinds made without white flour. The nutritional stats are a lot better too!

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    I only cooked half the tiny box…

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    …so I could plump the rest up with meat! 

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    A plain turkey sausage from my amazing local butcher. The sausages are HUGE. I threw it in a pan with some leeks, carrots, celery, spinach, tomato, onions and garlic.

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    Defrosted a serving of tomato sauce I made a while ago with watered down tomato paste and various spices.

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    The point of the meal was to eat something that would fill my belly up for the rest of the evening and that it did! Meat + pasta has a funny way of doing that ;) The pasta itself was pretty good, I really liked the shape and texture (remember, I don’t like regular pasta!). The sausage totally stole the show though.

    Friday was also a special day in that it was National Fluffernutter Day (and my sister’s birthday – hi Sara!!)

    Of course, this was a U.S. food holiday. Living in another nation, I thought it was okay I celebrate a day later on Saturday.

    For those of you who don’t know, a fluffernutter is a sandwich spread with both peanut butter and marshmallow fluff.  It is a fabulous combo that seems to be mostly consumed by children. And, well, single 24-year-olds such as myself.

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    So why am I talking about fluffernutters and showing you waffles? Oh friends. You know me better than that.

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    This would be a fluffernutter wafflewich – french toasted. I mean, I had to celebrate in style, right?

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    I spread my PB + fluff between two defrosted freezer waffles (I like Nature’s Path Maple Cinnamon), then I dipped my wafflewich in egg whites and cooked in a pan.

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    Dipped in syrup of course! Look too decadent for you? The whole ridiculous wafflewhich with the sugar-free syrup is only 357 calories, 14g fat, 5g fibre, 40g carbs and 15g protein and 15g sugar.

    I chased mine back with the usual coffee, in an unusual mug.

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    Bahahaha, thank you Janetha for seeing this elephant mug and thinking of me!!! The ridiculousness of it suits me perfectly. Also, elephants are my favourite animal :)

     

    The rest of my weekend was spent working at the running store with a wonderful run in between. I ditched my usual waterfront trail for a busy city street and it was fun!! I used to hate running on populated roads when I first began running because I was embarrassed. But now I’ve got enough kilometres under my feet that I just don’t care. It was entertaining to whiz down the sidewalks of the city.

    Of course, after working 17 hours on my feet in two days and running in between, my legs are pretty darn cranky with me. Namely, my IT band, which is a brand new pain for me. So the plan for this holiday Monday is to rest, relax and recharge. I haven’t had a day off in 21 days so I think I deserve to be lazy for a day ;)

     

    A few extra things:

    Congrats to my bloggie friend Brie who completed her first ever marathon yesterday in Chicago!! She had many bumps through her training program and I couldn’t be more proud that she finished it!

    In case you haven’t noticed, I didn’t make it through to the next round of Project Food Blog. Thank you to everyone who took the time out of their days to vote for each of the challenges! It was really fun to participate in, but I’m happy I no longer have to stress about it.

    I wrote not one but two guest posts last week! Head on over to Leah’s blog to read my thoughts on Pre and Post Workout Nutrition. Then stop by Morgan’s blog for my tips on Meeting People in a New City.

    Finally, the most exciting thing: I’m going to the Foodbuzz Blogger Festival! That means in less than four weeks, I’ll be in San Francisco with hundreds of other food bloggers. Cause ya know, I’m the type of person who casually goes to California for the weekend (that’s a joke, I’m SO not!). But after some careful planning, shifting of funds, and wonderful bloggie friends, I’ve decided that I should just GO. I mean, you’re only young and reckless once ;)

     

    And with that, me and my giant flannel pants are back to bed to watch movies for the rest of the day. Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians! Eat some extra stuffing for me! Q&A’s will resume tomorrow, so you still have time to submit questions. See ya then!

    Tim Tam Slam

    Helloooo!! I feel like it’s been forever since I sat down to write a normal blog. Ohhhh and how normal I’ve been all week. After a long weekend filled with excitement, I’ve been thrown head first into a very busy work week. No complaints though. What else would I be doing with my time? Watching Teen Mom?? I came to Toronto to do things, so doing is what I’m… erm… doing ;)

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    Most of my breakfasts this week have been rushed and eaten on the go. Thankfully, near-empty nut butter jars make for excellent portable dishware ;)

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    This was my first crack at overnight oats/yogurt in a jar. It had about 2/3 cup yogurt with 1/4 cup raw oats, raisins, coconut, cinnamon, protein powder, and of course the >1 tbsp almond butter left on the sides of the jar.

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    I must say, I was not a fan of this. The best thing about oats in a jar is that it melts the leftovers stuck on the side of the jar, thus making it easier to get every last bit. Instead I was just left with chunks of hard almond butter in my yogurt.

    This morning, I made sure to put a hot meal in that glass jar.

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    What?? Who said oats in a jar is only for nut butters?

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    I put a small scoop of PB on the bottom for good luck.

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    Then poured in my hot oatmeal and topped with another tiny scoop of PB and blueberry jam for more good luck. Muuuuch better. The fluff got all melty and gave me a sugar jolt with my morning caffeine buzz ;)

    Speaking of Fluff, I got word they don’t have the marshmallow treat in Australia. A sin really. So I sent off a jar to Laura to make her life complete, and in return she sent me a package chock full of Australian goodies!! I must share.

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    First up – Tim Tams. I’ve heard of the name, but never knew what they were. Until now.

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    They’re like a chocolate covered chocolate wafer cookies with a chocolate cream in the centre. Dreeeammy. Laura instructed me to You Tube “Tim Tam Slam.” I did. It was awesome. You can watch it here.

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    You will have to excuse the crinkled and open packages. My grubby hands got to them before my camera did!

    Next up are Jaffas. 

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    They’re kind of like a cross between a Smartie and an orange Skittle. Chocolate with a thick orange flavoured candy coating. Verrrry interesting!

    And who can forget…

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    Dude, I didn’t know you could get this stuff in a tube!! Or that Kraft made it!

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    As the package suggests, Vegemite is a concentrated yeast extract. It smells pretty gross… and squeezes out thick.

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    Laura said to use it sparingly as it has a very strong flavour. I put some on my beer bread to pair up yeast flavours. It’s much more salty than I was expecting, but with a sweet undertone? I guess the only thing I could compare it to is soy sauce. We can buy Marmite in Canada, which is similar, but I’ve never had the guts to buy it! I think I might actually acquire a taste for this stuff :)

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    Thank you for the goodies Laura!! I <3 you too :)

     

    September Goal Check-In

    It’s been just over a week since we set our goals for September, now time to check in and see how we’re doing! Keeping you (and me!) in check ;)

    1. Get organized. I’m religiously writing everything down in my agenda. It’s hard balancing out the schedules of nearly 20 clients, with a new part-time job, e-mails, blogging, getting a new certification, side projects, workouts, volunteering and a social life! I’m still dropping the ball on a few things though. There are a few items that keep getting pushed over on my to-do list, it’s time to finally cross them off!

    2. Professional development. Lookie what I got this week!

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    My Nutrition & Wellness Specialist certification manual. This couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I’ve been in my new training job for two months now and studying about health and wellness again is injecting more life into my work. Not to mention, teaching me valuable and useful information that I can use in my job.

    3. Turn on the oven. I did it once this week with the above beer bread. This week was a bit of a wash with meal planning because of the short week. Next week I’m kicking it into high gear.

    4. Love my workouts. Ooohhh Nelly. Yes, I have been totally loving my workouts this week. But my body sure hasn’t been liking them! :P I took Sat/Sun off because of travel. Worked my back/biceps on Monday, then my legs on Tuesday. I was feeling a little sore on Wednesday, so stuck to an (amazing) Ashtanga Yoga class at my gym. Then I got sore. Real sore. For the sake of muscle repair, I took an unplanned rest day today while hobbling around training clients. This new workout split is fun, but kinda killing me. I may have to take it a bit slower!

     

    Question of the Day: How are you doing on your monthly goals? Don’t have any yet? Make some!

     

    See ya tomorrow for Fitness Friday!

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