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…IN thumbnail15 MINUTES!

I received this recipe from my friend, Amber (from Boerne, TX). She found it on one of the many blogs that she reads (like ours!) and made this delicious little cake IN A MUG! She raves about how easy this recipe is and thought our le•top readers would enjoy it as well. Perfect little project to do with your child on a cold, rainy day!

I wish I could try this as a Valentine treat, but with gestational diabetes, I’m going to have to wait until after my little munchkin delivers. It’s a perfect dessert for two, or for someone eating for two. 😉

Five Minute Chocolate Cake In A Mug For Two

4 tbsp flour
4 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp cocoa
1 egg
3 tbsp milk
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp chocolate chips
a splash of vanilla
1 large mug

Mix all the dry ingredients in a mug. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the
milk and oil, and mix the batter well. Then add the chocolate chips and vanilla, and mix again.

Place the mug in your microwave oven (1000 watts) and cook for 3 min. The cake will rise over the top of the mug but don’t be alarmed. Allow the cake to cool a bit and tip out on a plate if desired or eat right out of the mug. Serve with ice cream on the side. Voilá… dessert for two. (Thanks, Amber!)

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Don't mess with me, Buddy! Ooh... and hand over the cookies.

Don't mess with me, Buddy! Ooh... and hand over the cookies.

Yup, that’s me! I’m Sleepy, Grumpy, Dopey, Clumsy, Forgetful, Hungry, and Hormonal all in one. This last trimester is catching up with me! There’s so much I need to do during the day, yet, as I sit here typing out this blog entry, my eyelids are dangerously half closed…and it’s only 11:00 AM! If I’m not sleepy, I’m definitely grumpy. Probably because I want to sleep and crawl back into my warm bed and forget about all my responsibilities for the day. (more…)

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cupcakesGoodbye, cupcakes! Goodbye, hot chocolate! Goodbye, sugar! I’ll miss you all and will hope to see you after I give birth… Hello, Gestational Diabetes! You weren’t invited. I wish you would go away.

After failing the 1-hour AND the 3-hour glucose tests, I must now face the reality that I have GD. I suppose it could be worse. I could have Type 2 Diabetes and would have to deal with this forever. But for now, it’s gestational diabetes and I need to focus on my diet.

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banasplitWhen I was pregnant with my daughter, all I wanted was watermelon. It didn’t matter that it was out of season or if the watermelon wasn’t sweet, I just wanted the refreshing red flesh of watermelon… And I would pay anything for it!

With my current pregnancy, I am craving all sorts of things. During the first trimester, I craved cocktails, such as margaritas and lemon drops. Obviously, I didn’t give in to these cravings. Instead I looked for other ways to satisfy them, such as drinking lemonade in a salt- or sugar-rimmed glass, or sipping margarita mix on the rocks. Neither worked. Needless to say, I had to patiently wait for the craving to subside, then moved on to the next trimester.

My second trimester has been all about the PERFECT banana split. I wanted the usual scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream, AND the sundae sauces had to be in the right spots: pineapple sauce on vanilla, hot fudge on chocolate, and strawberry sauce on strawberry. Of course, the whipped cream had to be slathered all over with sprinkles, almonds, and a cherry on top. Not walnuts, not peanuts, but almonds. And if there were no almonds available, someone (usually my husband) had to go out to get me almonds.

When people find out you’re pregnant, one of the first things they ask is, “Do you know what you’re having?” But when women find out you’re pregnant, they also ask, “Any weird cravings?” So I asked a few women what they craved during their pregnancies. Here’s a  list of some of the weird ones:

  • an Oreo cookie with a dollop of white frosting (from a tub) and a peanut butter cup on top
  • escargot (what my mother craved when she was pregnant with me, which is my excuse for being slow and slimy?! ;-))
  • Krispy Kremes with Classic Coke
  • cold chocolate cake right out of the refrigerator
  • Taco Bell (for breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • pickle juice but not the pickles

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Yellow Turtle in (brrrrr!) snowy Stowe, VT

Yellow Turtle in (brrrrr!) snowy Stowe, VT

Here is a photo of Stowe, Vermont’s Yellow Turtle (Look Jamee Virginia, it’s real SNOW! All that white stuff on the roof is inches and inches of snow). Yellow Turtle is chock full of all things fun, adorable and warm for kids. They are at the Red Barn Shops at 1799 Mountain Road. And because they’re so close to the Stowe Mountain Ski Resort, you can imagine that along with all our wonderful le•top clothing, they’ve got a large selection of ski/snowsuits to bundle up your little snow bunnies for the ski slopes or lodge!

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pancakefaceLast Sunday morning, I felt like having pancakes. So while Daddy and daughter were busy upstairs (playing, reading, watching TV), I decided to go downstairs and make breakfast. I opened a box of premix, added water and eggs, and heated up the griddle. While I poured the first scoop of batter onto the pan, I started to rummage through the pantry to see what else I can have. Hmm… what can I do with these mini peanut butter cups? …DING! I’m going to make smiley pancakes. (more…)

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