Thursday, January 24, 2013

Well Isn't that a Pinteresting Wednesday? Except on a Thursday?

As part of my new, better me in the new, better year, I decided I would cook/craft/do something that I had pinned on pinterest and blog about it. I like reading other people's blogs when they blog about it, and OMG I am a mad pinner and a not-so-mad doer of the pins.

I had let my sister pick out whatever she wanted from my pinned Pinterest stuff for me to try and blog about. She picked a good one. An emergency binder for my family. It'll be awesome. But, it was not to be this week.As previously mentioned, my body failed me and got the flu.  I took too much Nyquil, and I'll be honest, I rubbed Vick's Vapo rub on my feet because someone told me that would stop my coughing and I would have given birth out my right nostril to JUST. STOP. COUGHING. So, there was no way I was putting together an emergency book. Howeva, yesterday morning, I took a shit ton on ibuprofen, rubbed my feet with vapo rub, put on a heating pad, and drank a load of tea and honey and lemon and something in that concoction was a game changer. I slept a beautiful 4 hours and woke up not coughing till I wanted to cry or pee my pants or both.

And that, my friends, is a beautiful feeling. A feeling worthy of making good on my promise to try one Pinterest thing a week. So, I quickly scoured my Pinterest trying to find something doable on a (slightly) Nyquil high, and with the resources I had on hand. Here you go:

Crockpot Chocolate Lava Cake (as skinny as I could get it AND dairy free)
adapted from this recipe

For the cake
1 cup splenda brown sugar
2 cups flour
1 cup milk (I used almond milk)
6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
4 tbsp low fat margarine
1 tsp vanilla

For the pudding
3/4 cup splenda brown sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3 cups boiling water

Directions:   For the cake: Mix together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Stir in milk, melted butter and vanilla until combined. Spread the batter over the bottom of a large crockpot.

For the fudge topping:  Mix together the brown sugar and cocoa. Sprinkle mixture over the cake batter.
Pour the boiling water over the top. DO NOT STIR! Cover and cook on High for 2 - 2 1/2 hours.
Cake will be very hot! Turn off heat, and remove lid. Let sit 20-30 minutes before serving, so its still warm but wont burn your mouth : )  ENJOY!!

*I loved it, Rob thought it was "pretty good" and Max gave it back to me. Rylan didn't eat enough of his dinner to get dessert**, I'm mean like that. My kids are weird. They don't like chocolate. Max likes chocolate milk, but a brownie? Chocolate cupcake? No thanks.

**How weird is Rylan? He didn't eat SLOPPY JOES!!! That is what we had for dinner. What kid doesn't like sloppy joes? At least enough to get dessert? If he wasn't Rob's clone, I'd send him for a paternity test.

Its starting to look like Hot lava isn't it? Hot lava. Those words make me giggle.

I wouldn't be my mother's daughter if I didn't put a giant dollop of Cool Whip on it. Yum.
(note sparkly not chewed fingernail above plate)

According to My Fitness Pal, 1/8 of the recipe gets you 332 calories. 
And just for your viewing pleasure, here is a video from a birthday party we went to a couple of weekends ago. Not only did our kids sit down and take down their cupcakes BEFORE the birthday girl even got in the room, we had this:

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