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January 24, 2012

It’s been almost an entire month since I started my No Fat Talk Pledge’ for 2012, and I wanted to check in with an update. Aside from one major “my jeans are tight and my thighs are huge” moment a couple weeks back, I’ve been going strong.

It’s not always easy, but in the last couple weeks I’ve found my desire to talk negatively about my body has significantly diminished. Every time I’m tempted to say something negative, I remind myself that it’s simply not an option to verbalize my thought, so why even bother thinking it? And amazingly enough, it works!

Over the past month, I’ve been encouraged by e-mails, tweets and comments from many of you, sharing your desire to show your bodies a little more love over the coming year. To keep our motivation going, I am hoping to turn every Tuesday on Espresso and Cream into ‘No Fat Talk Tuesday.’ Some weeks it may be a personal story, a list of interesting articles from around the web or a personal story from one of you!

So I’m asking for your help. I am looking for women of all ages who are willing to share their body confidence struggles and/or success story in the form of a guest post on Espresso and Cream. If you’re interested in sharing or finding out more information, please e-mail me (madisonjanemayberry@gmail.com) and I’ll give you more information.

Thanks!
Madison

Inside-Out S’Mores Brownies

January 22, 2012

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? Joey and I have really been enjoying spending weekends at home lately after spending what felt like every weekend on the go during the months of September through December. I’m not going to lie, we felt completely overwhelmed and exhausted after the Christmas season. For that reason, January has been amazing. 

In other news, I must have been really loving the February issue of Better Homes and Gardens because the last two recipes I’ve made have been from said issue. It probably has something to do with the fact that it’s packed with gooey chocolate recipes, including these Inside-Out S’Mores Brownies.

While I was editing these photos, Joey said to me, “Those look good in photos. But no matter how good they look in photos, they are a million times better in your mouth.” I take that as high praise, seeing that my husband is more of a fan of salty snacks than sweet desserts.

I, on the other hand, think I need to get these babies out of the house and in the hands of my work colleagues before I demolish them myself. If you’re planning on making them yourself, I would highly recommend inviting friends over to share them with!

Inside-Out S’Mores Brownies
Recipe from Better Homes and Gardens, February 2012

Ingredients
*1/2 cup butter
*2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
*1 cup sugar
*2 large eggs
*1 tsp. vanilla
*3/4 cup all-purpose flour
*9 honey graham cracker squares
*1 cup tiny marshmallows

Instructions
*Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8x2-inch baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
*In a medium saucepan, melt butter and chocolate. Remove from heat and add in the eggs, sugar and vanilla. Beat in the flour until just combined.
*Spread half the batter in the prepared pan. Top with graham crackers (divide as necessary to evenly top batter). Sprinkle marshmallows on the graham crackers, but do not let them touch the sides of the pan. Carefully spread the remaining batter on the marshmallows and graham crackers, covering them completely.
*Bake for 25 to 27 minutes or until set. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes 15 brownies

Happy Baking!
Madison

Homemade Chocolate Fudge Sauce

January 20, 2012

A couple weeks ago Joey and I bought some Blue Bunny Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt. It may not sound like a big deal to you, but I was more than a little excited. You see, it’s been months since we had ice cream in our freezer. Typically, we avoid buying ice cream because I have zero self control around the stuff. I’m happy to eat a couple squares of chocolate and leave it at that, but ice cream is another story. Since we hadn’t purchase ice cream in forever, we didn’t have any of the traditional toppings, like chocolate or caramel sauce, in the fridge.

I wish I could tell you I found this recipe before the ice cream was polished off, but who am I kidding? The ice cream was long gone, but this homemade chocolate fudge sauce may call for buying a little more this weekend.

While reading through the February issue of Better Homes and Gardens, I came upon this recipe. I honestly had no idea making your own chocolate sauce could be this easy, and it’s certainly causing me to second-guess ever buying the jarred version ever again. It takes just a few minutes to whip together and requires ingredients frequently found in our kitchen, meaning it’s easier than running to the store at a moment’s notice. Especially when it’s -7°F outside and snowy.

Have a warm and happy weekend!

Homemade Chocolate Fudge Sauce
From Better Homes and Gardens magazine, February 2012

Ingredients
*1 cup packed brown sugar
*1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
*1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
*1/2 cup milk or half and half (I used 2% milk)
*2 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions
*In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar and cocoa powder. Set aside.
*In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add in the milk or half and half and cook for 5 to 6 minutes or until bubbles start to appear around the edges. Add in the brown sugar mixture and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 to 2 minutes more or until mixture is thickened and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Happy Cooking!
Madison

Garlic Kale Chips

January 19, 2012

Truth be told, I’ve always been more of a ‘quantity over quality’ girl when it comes to snacks and mealtime. I would rather find a way to stretch my morning protein pancake with a little canned pumpkin, even if it means sacrificing texture, just so I can have more to eat in the morning. And I will gladly eat an entire head of steamed broccoli over a small portion of broccoli with cheese 90% of the time. Can anyone relate?

Joey and I rarely have chips or other junk food on hand except for those few boxes of Girl Scout cookies right now. So when I get a craving for something crunchy and salty, I typically have to improvise with what we have on hand.  And while I may be a little late to the game with these crispy baked Garlic Kale Chips, if you are late to the game like me, I would highly recommend you making them asap. Not only are they crunchy, salty and entirely addictive, they also deliver all the vitamin-packed goodness of kale.

My first attempt at Kale chips was anything but a success. I made the mistake of leaving the tough stems in the center of the kale intact. If you’re into that sort of stringy texture, then feel free to leave the stems going through the center of the leaves. But if you’re anything like me, I would recommend cutting the ruffled leaves of the kale off the stem and discarding the rest.

I ate the entire batch in one serving. But if you’re slightly less greedy than I am with your kale, it could easily be a side dish for two or three people.

Garlic Kale Chips
Ingredients
*3 to 4 cups kale leaves, cut into pieces with stems removed and discarded
*1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
*2 tsp. Garlic Gold or 1 clove of fresh garlic, minced
*2 tsp. grated Parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast
*Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
*Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil; set aside.
*In a small bowl, combine the olive oil and Garlic Gold. Spread kale in an even layer on prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil mixture and toss to coat. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and the salt and pepper.
*Bake for 11 to 15 minutes, or until kale is crunchy and has a slightly charred appearance, tossing once halfway through baking. Remove from oven and enjoy!

Happy Cooking!
Madison

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Guest Posting @ Thoughts By Natalie

January 18, 2012

If you’re anything like me, I’m guessing that you are always searching for uplifting, creative blogs that leave you with a smile on your face. If that’s the case, then I highly suggest stopping by Natalie’s blog. She lives in California with her husband and puts together posts and inspiration for 20-something women, although I’m sure she would welcome women of all ages to pop on by.

If you haven’t checked out Natalie’s blog, please stop on over and say hello. I’m guest posting today about the ‘No Fat Talk 2012′ pledge and what it means to me.

Madison

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