Saturday, December 3, 2011

Pumpkin Crème Brulee, 96 calories, Wow!

This recipe is from Chef Cameron from The Biggest Loser Ranch! You really can have scrumptious desserts during the holidays without blowing it! Enjoy!! 

Pumpkin Crème Brulee
Servings: 11
Serving size: 2 ounce portion

1 ½ cups Fage’® Greek style yogurt
1 package Mori Nu® Vanilla pudding
2/3 cup So Delicious® Coconut milk – 50 Calories a cup
2 Tablespoons dehydrated cane sugar
1/3 teaspoon Agar Powder
¾ cup Pumpkin pie filling
½ teaspoon Pumpkin spice

In a sauce pan add the coconut milk and bring to a low simmer. Whisk the agar into the coconut milk and simmer for 5 minutes. After cooking the coconut milk add all the ingredients, except cane sugar, to a blender. Blend until smooth and fully incorporated. Using a piping bag fill 11 – 2 oz ramekins and refrigerate for about 4 hours. Just before serving, sprinkle on a ½ teaspoon of cane sugar to each Ramekin. Using a butane cooking torch very carefully melt the sugar slowly until it crystallizes. If you do this too fast the sugar will burn.

Per serving: 96 Calories

No More Holiday Body Blues!!!

Recently, I had the opportunity to go to The Biggest Loser Ranch. It was truly an amazing experience! Chef Cameron, the dietitians, and trainers taught me loads of great information about healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. I'm hoping to gradually pass on the information to you and that you'll be able to replace some of your favorite meals with a healthy version of the same recipe.  

I didn't realize how uneducated I really was, shopping in the grocery store, cooking, and eating out!! I thought some products were at least a little healthier, like a yoplait yogurt and my favorite, Chicken Caesar Pita from Chili's. They both sound healthy... right? Oh man how I was wrong! They're crammed with sooooo much sugar, calories, and sodium! I can't believe how deceiving these things can be. But we can at least take control of them! Just because the item in the grocery store says it's healthy on the front, doesn't mean it is, read the label!! When your eating out, even if your doing a calorie look up, I guarantee that the nutrition facts on whatever you want to eat, are not right! The day they studied the nutrition facts on there food, was when the chef had least seasoned and buttered everything. They don't want it to look as bad as it really is!!! And the chef in the back is not measuring everything out exactly to help you watch your calories! His job is to make it taste good! Products and restaurants stretch healthy terms and calorie counts a little too far! Of course we're going to eat out! We love to do it! Just make wiser choices on the menu, eat more vegetables or leaner meats, and don't eat the whole plate! It's not portion controlled! Try to eat out a little less and cook a little more! You can measure and know exactly what your eating at home. It makes it much easier to keep track of your intake during the day!

So yes, calories can be very scary during the holidays! I think alot of us go on strike with the healthy eating about mid October, right before Halloween. Then, we get the body blues by keeping our eyes closed to our calorie intake until January 2nd, when were making our New Year's Resolutions. LOL! I'm definately guilty of that! This year I'm not letting that happen!! It's ok to have delicious things just in the right portion and COUNT THE CALORIES! In most cases, unless you have some health problems like thyroid, etc, when you look in the mirror your body doesn't lie about how many calories you've been eating. Sad, but true! 

So my goal is to eat the things that I Love! All the time! Just making the less calorie recipes that are still scrumptious! I'll be sharing alot of the recipes with you. Please give some feedback if you like what you see. :)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Crafty Giveaways!

Wow! Where has the year gone? December is here and it's already flying by so fast! In celebration of the new blog opening this week, I'm giving some SUPER crafty giveaways! Starting next week, I'll be doing a random pick from my followers and posting 1 giveaway weekly for the next 5 weeks!

So how do you enter to win these craft giveaways?

It's easy! Just become a follower on my blog! 

I'll announce the winners weekly on FaBuLoUs Friday!

Week 1 Giveaway: Winner's Choice, Vintage or Bright Peppermint Trio Kit! Booyah! Someone's Merry Christmas a little early! ;)

Thanks for stopping by! More ExCiTiNg ideas we'll be posting soon!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holiday Traditions and Memories

Ever since I can remember I've been soooo excited for Santa! I remember at Christmas a few different years as a young girl, getting up almost every ten minutes and running into the living room to ask my sister, "Did Santa come yet? Did he come?" After awhile, you could tell she started to lose her patience with me and said, "If you don't go to sleep, he's not coming!" So I'd race back to my bedroom and jump into bed! My heart would race as I thought... ohhhh I hope he comes! I hope I've been good enough this year!! 

Of course, this time of year is not about the presents, but to remember the birth of our Savior. I will always have a special place in my heart for Santa and the spirit of giving at Christmas. It is one of my favorite times of the year! 

I decided to share a project I made from a couple years ago... hoping to inspire some of you to remember your childhood memories of Christmas and to reflect back on your children's memories of the Christmas season as well. It might be fun to get together as a family and share your favorite Christmas memory or have some paper next to a cute project you've made with  a header that says "What is your favorite Christmas or Childhood memory?" (This is always a great idea if your family doesn't like to be put right in the spotlight)

I'd love to hear your memories and stories of Christmas! It gets me really excited about this time of year! 
So please take a moment to comment and tell me your favorite childhood memory of Christmas or a tradition that has carried on in your family... I would love some ideas for my future babies!

Materials used for Santa Project:
Wood: The Wood Connection - (This alphabet is no longer available but there are  really cute current alphabets that you can use) ***If you don't live close to the wood connection or a local wood shop,  I can ship you some wood from another current alphabet, please email me for further details***
Paint:  Brand: Delta Color: Burnt Umber
Paper & Embellishments: Bo Bunny Christmas Tis' The Season ***This paper has been discontinued but you can find lots of really cute christmas paper at my favorite online scrapbook store, Happy Scrappin' Scrapbooking.
The Santa - I found this porcelain lamp at Michaels but we have some really cute wood Santa's in The Wood Connection that you can use or you can find or make your own cute Santa. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 28, 2011

This "sweet" new peppermint trio is straight from Mrs. Claus' kitchen!

Need a cute sweetie to decorate your kitchen for Christmas? or to add to your holiday decor?

Here's an idea...

Vintage Peppermint Stands

Traditional Peppermint Stands

Want to make a set of these scrumptious peppermints? 

Kits are $32.95 - insturctions & picture included in kit
All items needed to complete project are included except for the following: Wood Glue, Pencil, & Scissors

If you live in the Salt Lake Valley, you can call and reserve your kit today by calling The Wood Connection 801-265-2255. 

If you would like one shipped, please email me at Please include a phone number where I can reach you for ordering details. 

Love It!!! But don't have time to make it before the holidays... visit my etsy shop!

Thanks & Happy Crafting!

Blogging... Welcome! Welcome!

Welcome Welcome! I'm Uber excited to announce The Artsy Addict Blog! I'm always so excited, inspired, and in awe of the amazing creativeness that I've viewed from so many inspiring and creative blogs. I've learned tips on how to create darling cards to organizing and cleaning the dirtiest of messes. I’ve been dreaming up ideas for this blog for months now & want to give a HUGE Thank You to My Big Sis for making it happen!!! Seriously She’s Amazing! She is now designing blogs and I highly recommend her!...Not just because she’s my sis, because she’s an amazing artist! You can check out her inspiring art blog or email her if you’re interested in giving your blog a new face lift.

So what kind of a blog is this? It’s the kitchen sink blog… LOL! In a nutshell, this blog is my journey dreaming, creating, inspiring and admiring my favorite arty addictions. You’ll find tips, tricks, and ideas on everything from crafting to home decor, healthy lifestyle, and scrumptious recipes. All the things that I love and I hope you love too. :) I hope that you'll be inspired and that I'll be able to reciprocate some of the giddiness I’ve experienced from reading and learning from other bloggers.... So Welcome!! Always feel free to leave comments and suggestions. I love getting your feedback! Thanks!