• Get Your Fudge Babies!

    September 27, 2010

    Today’s the day! It’s your chance to win a batch of Katie’s famous Fudge Babies!!! :mrgreen:

    Katie offered to bake a batch of her (customizable) Fudge Babies for a “Last Chance Bake Sale” to help Mal and me raise money for Team In Training. Katie has a connection to leukemia and really wanted to help us out, so we were more than happy to take her up on her offer and raise money for leukemia and lymphoma research in anyway that we can.


    Before you start bidding, please review the full Rules & Logistics. All funds raised from the Last Chance Bake Sale will go directly to Team in Training to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. All bids must be emailed to CHRISTINA.HAUPERT@GMAIL.COM with ‘Fudge Babies’ in the subject line. Bids left in the comments section will not be counted. The Last Chance Bake Sale is only open to US residents.

    I will update the ‘bid section’ on the bottom of this post throughout the day, so you can see the current high bid. Bidding will run from now until this evening, Monday, September 27 at 11:59 EST. I will announce the winner tomorrow morning.

    A few quick reminders:

    • All bids must be emailed to CHRISTINA.HAUPERT@GMAIL.COM.
    • The funds from winning bid must be posted to our TNT fundraising page within 24 hours of receiving the winning confirmation email or next bidder automatically wins.
    • The winning bidder can expect to have their Fudge Babies shipped out within three (3) days of the bake sale.

    Ok, I think that’s it. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Let the bidding begin!!! :mrgreen:

    Better Than the Original?

    Ok, the photo below is a bit misleading. I didn’t eat Beans on Toast for breakfast this morning. Instead, this photo is an example of a restaurant recreation gone wrong.

    Back in December, Mal and I visited Ashland, Oregon and enjoyed lunch at The Black Sheep where I ordered Beans on Toast. It tasted very delicious and inspired a similar meal back home.


    Unfortunately, my Beans on Toast recreation totally bombed. It was edible, but not at all like the original. 😕


    So, now, when it comes to recreating restaurant meals, I leave the cooking to the experts. I’m actually not much of a chef, which means any meal that you see on CNC is easy to make. Trust me, I don’t get fancy in the kitchen! However, when it comes to baked goods and coffee drinks, I can usually hold my own! 😉

    So, when I saw this delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte on Mama Pea’s blog, I immediately wanted to recreate the yummy Iced Soy Pumpkin Spice Latte that I spend nearly $4 on each week at Starbucks.


    Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

    Makes 1


    • 1 cup strongly brewed iced coffee  (I used cinnamon flavored)
    • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
    • 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
    • 2 teaspoons of sugar
    • Shake of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger (to taste)


    • Combine all ingredients in a shaker (or water bottle with tight lid).
    • Shake vigorously until blended well.
    • Pour over ice.
    • Enjoy!


    Along with my Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte, I enjoyed some fresh strawberries.


    And a fried egg and whole wheat toast with Teddie Peanut Butter.


    Question of the Day

    Have you ever recreated something you ate at a restaurant? How did it turn out? Was it better than the original?

    P.S. For the locals: The 1st Annual Boston Local Food Festival is this Saturday, October 2nd. Unfortunately, I’m going to miss it this year, but it’s a great opportunity to support Boston restaurants, chefs, and food trucks that are sourcing from local farms.

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    Natalie September 27, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    yum! your pumpkin soy latte looks delicious!


    Mama Pea September 27, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks for the shout out. Delicious, huh? Now if I just could get Pea Daddy to wear a green apron and flirt with me, I’d have it made.


    Jessica@tastyandtrim September 27, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    MMM I love pumpkin spice lattes! I need to try that recipe because all my trips to Starbucks are putting a dent in my college budget!


    Heather September 27, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I recreated a breakfast dish from a favorite diner once, turned out pretty good, but the sauce wasn’t quite right.

    I went to a wedding over the weekend and have to recreate the chicken dish they had, it was too die for!


    Jaclyn September 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I recreated grilled shrimp and pineapple that I had from a restaurant in NYC –Spice Market– it was good, but I still dream about the *magical* origional version!!


    Emily @ The Happy Home September 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    oh, yum yum! i was staring at my coffee maker yesterday morning, wondering how to make a pumpkin spice latte for myself! guess what i’m drinking tomorrow AM?


    natalie (the sweets life) September 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    ha just the other night Ryan and I set out to recreate one of the Mike and Patty’s sandwiches…we knew it wouldn’t compare though so we made a few changes so as not to be disappointed 🙂 it was still delicious!


    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Yum! I keep seeing pumpkin pie coffees and I need to make one immediately!!!


    Ellen September 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    to recreate those beans on toast, you need the Heinz beans in the blue can. toast and butter the bread, heat up the beans, top with cheddar cheese.

    i often aim to recreate restaurant meals, but lots of times once i get in the kitchen my ideas change. so, inspired by restaurants but not replicas! except for chipotle’s burrito bowl. i’ve got that one down.


    Lynn (The Actors Diet) September 27, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    i don’t try to recreate at home, i guess b/c i want the fun of eating out!


    Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries September 27, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    I’ve created one really good meal inspired from a restaurant. Sam Diego’s in Plymouth (or Hyannis) has a Mexican quesadilla as an appetizer. I took that idea and created a taco pie entree, which is amazing and healthy!


    Julia September 27, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I tried re creating a brown butter sage sauce… it turned out good, but it was missing that WOW! factor, that je ne sais quoi that the restaraunt had. Gotta try that pumpkin latte!


    Cynthia (It All Changes) September 27, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I’ve recreated a few simple dishes I’ve tried. Now when I go out I like to order things I can’t make at home 🙂


    Honey September 27, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    hi Tina..
    Yes, I re-created NYC’s famous MAGNOLIA cupcakes. I was able to reduce the fat by 43% and reduce the calories by 20%. I thought they came out really good and I was able to control the sugar. The original Maganolia cupcake has way too much sugar, I really liked my version.


    What do you think??


    Arlene @ Adventures in Weight Loss September 27, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    I’ve tried to make my own (healthier) version of Aussie cheese fries from the Outback. They don’t taste even close … guess you need all that fat! 😉


    Maren September 27, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    I saw MamaPea sharing this on Twitter and I’m stoked,


    Amy September 27, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    The secret to making beans on toast is using Heinz beans. Also, don’t forget to butter the bread – this is important!


    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 27, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    That iced pumpkin latte looks so good!

    I once tried to make some coconut basmati rice that I had at a restaurant. It actually turned out pretty well, but not quite as good as the original. I’m sure the restaurant version had a LOT more fat/sugar. 😉


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