“Healthy” 30th Birthday Cupcakes

So my birthday is coming up. The big three-zero. Yup, I’m turning 30.

Honestly, I don’t really care. I kind of lose track of my birthdays, but the biggies, the ones with the zeros, always shine bright on my radar.

I am so relieved to be leaving my twenties. No seriously. No more pressure to find a significant other, no more pressure to party or to pretend like I actually like to party (NO). No more pressure to feel like I have to be a young, successful career woman or whatever stupid, unrealistic goals that the world seems to set for people in their twenties.

The thirties seem to be more of moseying along time of life. I am SO ready for that. Going to bed at 10 (or better yet, 9pm) watching movies with copious amounts of popcorn. Preferably a movie rated PG or lower. Disney related. Yup, I admitted it. I LIKE DISNEY MOVIES OVER ANYTHING WITH A PG-13 or R RATING. Reading novels, instead of messing around on social media. Have I ever mentioned I have read Dicken’s Bleak House? All of it? and that is not a short book.

*aaaaahhhhhhhhhhh*

Here is my birthday cupcakes. It is just a recipe from a Hershey cook book, but I have ‘healthified’ it. Yes that is a word. Shut up.

Healthified Dark Chocolate Cake

*makes 24 cupcakes

2 cups coconut sugar

1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour

3/4 cup powdered baking cocoa

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

2 eggs

1 cup almond milk (or raw milk)

1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup boiling water

1. Heat oven to 350 F. Line your cupcakes pan with papers or spray them with oil.

.2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into cupcake pan. Don’t fill over 2/3’s full or it will cook over.

3. Bake 20-25 minutes (keep and eye on it) or until wooden pick comes out clean. Cool completely. Frost with something super YUMMY.

I’m going to use this recipe for Cream Cheese Cookie Dough frosting for my birthday. Because the cupcakes are slightly more healthy, so they deserve awesome not-so-healthy frosting, right? Also it looks really good.

I’ve been really into coconut sugar lately. The best deal I’ve found for coconut sugar is on Amazon. Honestly, it isn’t any less calories to eat it, but it won’t give you that nasty sugar crash and it has more nutrients in it. So it is better calories that are actually nourishing your body instead of being completely empty. I also find that in brownies and other chocolate baked goods it tastes REALLY good.

Also it isn’t as addictive as cane sugar. I don’t know about anyone else, but when I eat foods with cane sugar I eat WAAAAY more than I even wanted too. But when I eat cookies with coconut sugar in it, I eat exactly as many as I want and no more. I don’t crave more or have to ‘force’ myself to stop eating. I’m just simply done. Yay!

Happy birthday to me, and GOOD RIDDANCE TWENTIES!

Summer Break — the UNPLANNED version

For our summer trip we went to visit our parents (who live about 10 minutes from each other) over Memorial Day, where we got to see some of my siblings that we don’t often see.

I love visiting family, but I always feel a self conscious after not seeing them awhile. I think I want to prove to them that I am an awesome mom/fitness enthusiast/cook/whatever…But once I get over that, we always have a lovely time talking about what we are doing and reminiscing. Does anyone else do that?? I think it is a younger child syndrome (I’m the 2nd youngest in a family of 5 kids…also it always seems like my siblings are always doing really cool things and I just stay at home….with my kids…which I love, but you know what I mean…right?)

Anyways, after the weekend we got to spend sometime with my parents and Hubby’s parents for a few days before we were supposed to leave.

Note that word: supposed to leave.

I had been sniffling all week from allergies (by the way, oil pulling does NOT work for allergies. At least not mine. That’s for you my SIL). #1 and 2 both had fevers off and on right before we left and right when we got there, but Tylenol seemed to deal with it for the most part.

I ended up with the fever, then on Friday, the day before we were supposed to leave, I woke up with a HUGE sinus problem. I was shivering, fever, the WORKS.

Finally on Saturday, the day we were supposed to leave, I went into a local urgent care, and discovered that I had a sinus infection and tonsillitis. Again.

We ended up staying until Monday, as Hubby came down with sinus and ear infections himself. We BARELY made it home, but we made it. I ended up being sick for about two weeks, which has never happened before. Usually I am at least marginally better after a week, but I was pretty solidly on the couch for two weeks. I also had to go back to the doctor because my sinus’ starting acting up again…

Needless to say this blog has suffered (or has it???) from our illness. I am just barely starting to get back into the normal swing of things. Sigh.

Then our washing machine broke on Sunday. The transmission went out. Huh? It was the last thing me or the appliance repair guy expected. It was only four years old!

So after all those doctor’s visits and fixing the washer we are broke. (not really, but we are really, REALLY determined to pay off some debt, so rather than take the money from paying extra on debt we are just giving up a few things we wanted, like a pass to the local pool instead. Yes it is totally worth it)

I think we hang around home for a bit. We have a wading pool that the kids LOVE, so I think we’ll break that out. I think we’ll still go to the pool, but just not all the time.

Stay tuned for our summer schedule….