Wednesday, October 30, 2013

PB2 Peanut Butter and Banana Shake

I recently learned about this amazing product called PB2. It is a powdered peanut butter that has 85% less fat calories than regular peanut butter. In one serving (2 tablespoons) you have only 45 calories or 1 WW points plus. I feel like this is a great alternative to peanut butter for those of you who are trying to count calories and get healthier. PB2 allows me to give into my cravings for peanut butter, yet still keep my calorie count in check. I normally mix the PB2 powder up to go on my whole wheat toast, but I've been looking for some new ways to use PB2. 

A few nights ago I decided to make a smoothie/shake using my chocolate PB2. It was amazing! I was so happy with the results. For a whole cup full of this delicious shake it only cost me 85 calories! That's pretty impressive when you consider the fact that most smoothies or milkshakes are over 300 calories.

To make this delicious shake all I needed was: 
  • 2 tablespoons of PB2
  • 1 Large Banana
  • 1 cup of Almond Milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 handful of ice cubes
Then blend it all together in the blender until creamy and ENJOY!

If you aren't into smoothies then the Bell Plantation website has some other ideas to mix PB2 into your lifestyle. 

<3 Kelly Jean

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Copycat Baked Brie Delight Recipe

Another Broken Egg Cafe - Destin, Florida

During the summer my fiancé and I went to Destin, Florida with his sister and her family. This was a much needed vacation for all of us. It was amazing. I love the beach. If I could I would absolutely move to the beach. I imagine it is wonderful waking up everyday to the sound of the waves crashing on the beach.

While there we went to so many amazing restaurants. One of our favorites was a breakfast/brunch restaurant called Another Broken Egg. I recently found out that there's actually one in my home state. I will definitely have to visit the Georgia location whenever I get around to the area it's in. By far the best dish on their menu was the Baked Brie Delight

We loved it so much we tried to recreate it when we got home. Here's how we did it....


1/2 Baguette Loaf ---- not pictured here
1/2 Brie Circle (2 quarter sized pieces)
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 Golden Delicious Apple (chopped)
1/4 cup Raisins
1/4 cup Walnut pieces

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, stir in the brown sugar. After the sugar has dissolved into the butter add in the chopped apple, raisins, and walnut pieces. Mix thoroughly. Continue to stir, allowing for caramelizing of the ingredients. 
  3. While caramelizing, slice the baguette into 1/2 inch slices. Place evenly onto a metal non greased pan along with the Brie. Bake 5 minutes until the Brie has begun to melt and the baguette has toasted nicely.
  4. Serve immediately with the caramelized fruit and nut mixture. 

<3 Kelly Jean

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

FIGO Restaurant Deserves Five Stars

Tonight for dinner my sister and I went to visit an amazing Italian Restaurant called FIGO at their Alpharetta location. At first when I walked in I was in shock! I had so much amazing food to choose from on their menu. My favorite part was that you can completely make your own pasta. Just pick a pasta and pick the sauce.

I went with the Spinach Penne with Primavera sauce that was garnished with just a dash of parmesan. It was a wonderful blend between the spinach penne, the fresh tomatoes, broccoli, green peas, fresh spinach and garlic with extra virgin olive oil, basil and white wine. It was (to point it out in one word) AMAZING! I was full already without having eaten half the plate of pasta. It probably didn't help that I indulged myself earlier in the meal with their delicious bread and olive oil. This was definitely the food for a carb fanatic vegetarian. (which I am)

For a lighter dinner I recommend the Insalata di Spinaci e Caprino. It's not only healthy for you, but it also works for anyone with a Gluten Free Allergy as well.

You should go check them out, FIGO.

<3 Kelly Jean

Saturday, October 19, 2013

DIY Door Decor

For years now I've had one of those typical boring green wreaths on my door. I was too lazy to take it down once the Christmas season ended, so I left it up on my door. Finally, after seeing so many beautiful inspirations of wreaths on Pinterest I decided my door needed a little decor of its own. This lead to one of my many enjoyable experiences craft shopping at Hobby Lobby for any supplies I needed. 

My supplies included: 

  • 8" Grapevine Wreath
  • Burlap chevron ribbon
  • Wooden letter B
  • Mint blue acrylic paint
  • White hydrangea flowers
  • Blue rose
  • Glue gun with glue sticks
  • Paint brushes

I started out by painting my letter B. While this dried, I cut the stems off of my flowers and searched for a great tutorial on making bows. I found super easy to follow directions at this site Once all of that was completed I assembled my wreath. 

Ta da!

I love it! Now I'm on the search for the perfect doormat to match my wreath.

<3 Kelly Jean

Thursday, October 10, 2013

DIY Earring Holder

Like many people I have become obsessed with Pinterest. This love affair has given me many ideas for crafts to help organize my home just a little bit better. My latest craft was to make an earring holder. I must admit that I also have a love affair with burlap, which you may notice soon once I do a few more blog posts.

Here are the materials I used to make mine:
  • Frame (you can use any frame you like)
  • A piece of burlap just larger than the frame
  • Hot glue gun
  • Fabric flowers

Step 1: I chose a two pane picture frame to hold more earrings, but that will still allow this to fit on my tiny bathroom counter. You want to start out by removing the picture, the glass, and the backing piece from the frame.

Step 2: I cut the burlap into small rectangles that were a little bit bigger than the size of the frame. I then chose flowers to match the colors in my bathroom. If you can see by the picture they have no stem attached.

Step 3: Place your pre-cut piece of burlap onto the picture frame and hot glue it all around the outer edges coating the whole frame. (Allow to dry)

I let one side dry while I started on the other.

Step 4: As soon as the burlap pieces were glued in and dried, I flipped the frame over to glue on the flowers. As soon as that dried I was done.

It was as easy as that! Now you have a beautiful and easy to use earring holder to store your earrings.

<3 Kelly Jean