The Cosby Cake

Speaking of The Cosby Show, does anyone else remember the episode when Cliff helps himself to a piece of cake and replaces it with paper towels so Claire doesn’t find out? It’s so funny!

As kids, my sister and I thought this was a genius idea and, of course, hilarious, so we made our own Cosby Cake for my mom’s birthday. I can’t remember exactly how old we were””my guess is junior high””but I’m glad someone thought to snap a photo. Look at this masterpiece! (I have no idea what the hammer was for?)


I remember my mom cutting into the cake and serving a few pieces, but she didn’t cut deep enough to reach the paper towels. The suspense was killing us, so, eventually, my sister and I just told her what we had done. We thought we were so cleaver! My mom thought we were nuts.


I got my first taste of Body Pump 76 today! My gym released it the weekend that I was in Phoenix, so I’ve been wanting to try it. It was definitely worth the wait!

I LOVE the music!!! I’ve reviewed Body Pump 73, Body Pump 74, and Body Pump 75 on CNC, and I always seem to complain about the music in the new BP releases. After a few weeks, the music always grows on me, but I never like it in the beginning. But, Les Mills nailed it with 76. I love all of the tracks! :mrgreen:

  • Warm up: The Climb – Almighty Pop Factor
  • Squats: Telephone – Pandora BX
  • Chest: Beautiful Day – Lee Jones
  • Back: Pyromania – Sun Flash
  • Triceps: My First Kiss – 3OH!3 feat. Ke$ha
  • Biceps: Not Myself Tonight – Christina Aguilera
  • Lunges: Storm – DJ Lotus
  • Shoulders: Bring It Back – Paffendorf
  • Abs: Cooler Than Me – Mike Posner
  • Cool down: The Truth – Kris Allen

A few quick notes:

  • The triceps track is killer! You don’t use the bar at all, so there’s plenty of dips, kickbacks, and triceps push-ups. I am going to be SO SORE tomorrow!
  • The biceps track was also super challenging. I used my normal weight and regretted it about a third of the way through the track. I suggest going light on this one!
  • The lunge track was easier that usual. Add some weight, baby!
  • Holy abs! Very tough! I barely made it through the plank.


For lunch, I enjoyed a wonderful salad + smoothie combo.

I made Angela’s Salt & Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas. (I soaked the chickpeas overnight instead of boiling them.)

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I added the chickpeas to a salad made with grape tomatoes and balsamic vinegar.

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And, on the side, I enjoyed the best smoothie of my life!

MY GOSH! It was the most delicious thing ever! Really. It tasted just like gingerbread, but much more refreshing. I actually made a second smoothie about an hour after eating lunch. I’d probably drink a third one, but my stomach is so full now.

Gingerbread Smoothie

Makes 1


  • 1 cup Almond Breeze
  • 1 pear, diced
  • 1 scoop of Vanilla Whey Superior Charge
  • Handful of ice
  • A few shakes of cinnamon
  • A few shakes of ground ginger


  • Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  • Enjoy immediately!

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Work, work, work all afternoon.


  1. this is my favorite cosby episode ever! over thanksgiving i was explaining it to my boyfriend, who was thinking we could “Try” a piece of cake before we brought it over to his parents house. when i said i was out of paper towels to frost, he was totally lost. so glad you included the clip!!!

  2. I really want to take a bodypump class and teach one in the future! One of my goals is to become a group fitness instructor ! I have made the initial step today too ; )

    Yum ! The gingerbread smoothie sounds amazing!

  3. I loved that Cosby episode, thanks for reminding me of it. Made me and my boys laugh! I think my gym calls it total body conditioning, I’ll have to look into trying a body pump workout. Lately I’ve been into the Pure Barre workouts.

  4. I think that you put up the track list for the upcoming release of body pump. They only just released 76, unless Healthworks is super behind! I agree, though, I think the music is AMAZING!

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  6. My gym seems to always launch the new Bodypump releases a few weeks after yours, so I enjoy getting a heads up about what to expect from your review posts. I’m really not looking forward a tricep track that doesn’t use the bar.

  7. I’m going for 2 bodypump classes a week and hadn’t been able to get to the gym all week due to crazyy work schedules and I’m not sure when i can go this week… sooo I decided to do bodypump on sat and sun this weekend. they did bodypump on 76 both days! i’m pretty sore! haha i LOVE the telephone squats track! everything was super hard but the lunges!

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  9. this was one of my favorite cosby shows!! thanks for reminding me of it 🙂

    dude, that SMOOTHIE??? thanks for posting the recipe. im going to try almond milk for the first time, thanks to this idea!

  10. Gingerbread smoothie. That sounds delicious!!! Lovely story about the paper towel cake. I miss old shows like the Cosby Show. We don’t have that type of show anymore.

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