Cream cheese pancakes and green smoothies anyone?

So in December I bought a new blender, and yesterday I finally started making stuff. πŸ™‚

We (Husband and I) had spent much of the second half of 2016 lamenting our food choices, lack of exercise, and the results thereof. We eventually committed to making changes as soon as we got back from the year end holiday. That didn’t happen, but a week later we seem to be on track.

Hello lovely new blender! I didn’t realise quite how handy you’d be.

I knew I’d use it for smoothies, but now I’ve found all these awesome new healthy recipes, and some of them are pretty much made completely in a blender. Winning.

So here’s what I made yesterday, because like, two whole people asked. πŸ˜›

Green Smoothie

This is what went in, to give it that sexy *snort* green colour:

  • Seedless grapes
  • Papaya
  • Banana
  • Spinach
  • Yoghurt (I use Woolworths Ayrshire fat free vanilla, as it’s the only one I enjoy)

It was yummy and filling, and even Husband didn’t mind downing one for breakfast. He even said it tasted pretty good – score!

Cream Cheese Pancakes (Snickerdoodle Crepes) – Low Carb And Gluten Free

This was a first attempt, but it’s such an easy recipe, even I couldn’t mess it up. I was like a very happy child when the pic I posted on instagram was liked by Melissa Sevigny ofΒ I Breathe I’m HungryΒ – it was her recipe I followed.

Here’s the recipe, so you can try them too:

Ingredients:

  • Just under 60g cream cheese (it’s like 56,7g once converted from ounces)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar replacement Β (I used Xylitol)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Method:

  • Put all the ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth. Let the batter rest for two minutes, so the bubbles can settle.
  • Grease a hot pan with butter. Pour 1/4 of the batter into the pan, and cook for 2 minutes. Flip the pancake, and cook the other side for 1 minute. Repeat with the rest of the batter.
  • Serve with syrup/berries/cheese/ham.

These are so delicious, it’s a little hard to believe they’re so good for you too! As I mentioned on instagram, they’re Zee approved as well. She even asked for more this morning, for breakfast. πŸ™‚

Let me know if you try the recipe, and what you think of them.

The Great Moscow Circus – Courage, Skill… and Kindness

Great Moscow Circus - Brazil crew

A few days ago, Husband, Zee, and I went to The Great Moscow Circus at Montecasino. We’ve all been seeing the promotional ads for months now, and it looked good, but the actual thing blew us away! The Great Moscow Circus is two hours of pure talent, skill, strength, daring (with a tiny bit of crazy, I’m pretty sure), humor, and wonder. It is a spectacular show, and it SHOULD NOT BE MISSED!… Sorry, I don’t mean to shout, but it’s just that good! I feel like it would be a public disservice if I didn’t rave about it and urge you to go see for yourselves. πŸ˜€

And did I mention The Great Moscow Circus is a kind circus? What this means is that there are no animals in the show, only incredibly talented humans.   ❀️

The show is brilliant, from start to finish, kicking off with an incredible, high flying trampoline act by the American and Canadian crew, which I thought would be hard to top… but each act that followed was equally amazing! The Australian guy below even rocked out on an electric guitar whilst balancing on ALL of that!

Great Moscow Circus - balance

The Brazilian daredevils though, were unquestionably our favourites (and everyone else’s too, judging by the roar of the crowd during both their performances)!

At one point, two of the guys jumped onto the outside of their rings! And then, they were blindfolded… OMG!

Great Moscow Circus - Brazil crew

Great Moscow Circus - Brazil crew

The grand finale saw the guys from Brazil perform again… this time in a very Death Star looking globe. I’ve never seen more than two riders in a globe, and these guys went all the way up to FIVE!!… And then, the globe opened!!! Breathtaking!

Great Moscow Circus - Globe

The Great Moscow Circus is at Montecasino until 27 January. If you find tickets available onΒ ComputicketΒ (there aren’t many left), do yourself a favour and book them immediately.

And if you’re in other parts of SA, the good news is they’re heading to Cape Town, Bloemfontein, PE, and ending off at Suncoast in Durban. Tickets range from R150 to R595, and there are discounts on the R495 and R595 tickets when you use your Tsogo Sun or Edgars card.

It is so worth it. In the words of charismatic ringmaster Stas, “the circus is the sincerest form of art. It’s right in front of you, nowhere to hide, no do-overs.”

** Update: Due to popular demand, The Great Moscow Circus returns to Johannesburg, for performances at Carnival City, from 31 March to 9 April. **

Image credit: facebook.com/montecasino

 

The Trolls Are At Build-A-Bear Workshops! :)

Our December/January holiday (away from home, that is) started last Monday. It took a while to get here, but I’m not complaining, I’m just glad it’s here. 

Last Tuesday, Zee waited patiently for us at the iStore, and was still smiling even when she had nowhere to rest but the floor. 

** Mommy and daddy agreed a special holiday prezzie was in order after that long wait. Shhh. ** 

The sweet smiles grew bigger as we approached Toy Kingdom in Sandton City. Bigger still when she spotted the Build-A-Bear workshop inside, and she could barely contain herself when she saw the limited edition Trolls! 

There are three characters from the Dreamworks animation to choose from – Poppy, Branch, and Guy Diamond (or as I fondly refer to him, Glitter Farter πŸ˜› ). Zee chose super cute, super happy Princess Poppy. 

Zee had so much fun building her cuddly new friend, and they’ve been inseparable since. πŸ™‚