Apple Cider Dump Cake

It sounds gross. I know…but it’s called a “dump cake” because you literally just DUMP all of the ingredients into the pan and bake it. Not because it looks like a pile of s**t.

Wes. At least it’s not chocolate cake this time…

Anywho. I posted this picture the other day:

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The delicious dump cake.

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This was before I mixed all of the ingredients. It looks so pretty!

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After you mix it all, it should look like this. If it’s watery-that’s okay! The cake mix will soak it right up.

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See?

If you’re trying to impress a crowd with your food presentation skills, this cake may not be the right fit for that occasion. If you’re trying to impress a crowd with your cooking skills, and want to show off how awesome this cake tastes (which is what really counts!), then make this cake.

MAKE. THIS. CAKE. It’s an autumn explosion in your mouth.

Apple Cider Dump Cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cinnamon applesauce
  • 2 large granny smith apples, diced (I left the skin on-do what you want!)
  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 – 15.25 oz. box of yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter, melted

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a 13×9 pan, DUMP and mix all ingredients (minus the cake mix and butter).
  3. Sprinkle the dry cake mix evenly on top of the apple mixture.
  4. Pour melted butter evenly on top of dry cake mix.
  5. Bake for 40-45 or until cake is golden brown and edges are bubbly.

Hey – I never claimed that this recipe was healthy. But it’s goooood. Trust me.

Let me know what you think!

a pinch of w(h)it

Let’s get straight to the point: I stopped writing…for months. A lot has happened since then.

After I graduated from Trocaire College, I got a job. That full-time job made it hard for me to continue writing. It took me a while to realize how much I missed writing. It’s my “thing”. It has been my “thing” since I was in elementary school and would write short stories for fun. I was getting anxious sitting in that cubicle all day at my 9 to 5. I started to forget details. I began to realize that I wasn’t giving my full attention to people when they were talking to me.

Why?

I finally realized that my creative mind was going bonkers. I wasn’t expressing my creative side anymore. So…I quit my job.

*Crickets*

I realize that many people are confused as to why I would quit a job where I was getting a steady income. I just wasn’t happy anymore. I was introduced to Stella & Dot through a friend – a business that sells beautiful, high-quality jewelry and other accessories. I decided to run my own business with Stella & Dot. I have been loving that! I will get into that later…

For my dedicated readers: remember Justin, my boyfriend? We’re still going strong! The main reason I started following the Paleo diet was because Justin’s doctor diagnosed him with a gluten intolerance. We were preparing and cooking these all-natural meals and snacks for months, and he was still suffering from digestive issues. After weeks of trying to convince him to see a new doctor, he finally did. He had gastrointestinal testing done and…guess what?! Justin NEVER had a gluten intolerance! He was suffering from GERD, an infection, and an ulcer, though. This was all eventually tamed by medication. Wooooo! Now he can eat whatever he wants.

*Insert beams of light shining down from the bread Gods*

We do still maintain a healthy diet, it’s just not as strict as it used to be…which leads me to this announcement: my blog will not be a Paleo diet-based blog anymore. I’m so sorry if this is disappointing to my readers! What this blog WILL contain includes:

  • Healthy recipes that I’ve made
  • Not-so-healthy recipes that I’ve made
  • Recipes I found on Pinterest that I think YOU should try
  • Crafts that I’ve…crafted
  • Health & Fitness
  • Life hacks
  • Life experiences
  • …and who knows what else!

I just know that I am excited to be writing again. I couldn’t resist – I HAD to come back! Please follow my journey as I open this new chapter in my life as an Entrepreneur. Stay tuned for my first recipe: the Apple Cider Dump Cake.

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This is one of those not-so-healthy recipes that I was previously talking about. It is so delicious though, just practice safe portion control and your jeans will still fit just fine. It’s a forkful of autumn in your mouth. Let it happen.

See you soon(er than 6 months),

Whitney

I Have Holes in My Pants!

The title of this post has two meanings:

  1. I have always been heavier on my bottom…big hips, big thighs, big butt. Therefore, my thighs rub together when I walk. So much sometimes, in fact, that I have put holes in my pants where my thighs rub against each other. Only on a couple occasions. Emburrrrrassing.
  2. I want to fit into these pants again:Image

…which have a couple holes in them. But I BOUGHT them with the holes (the distressed look). And these DID for me at a point in my life. They fit me when I met Justin, actually. These are the size 6 non-stretch denim pair of pants that I told you about. It would excite me beyond belief to fit back into these pants.

The day will come.

I also want to fit into this dress:

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…which fits snug enough to show that awkward love handle/butt/saddle bag area…you know…that lump. No? Okay. Maybe it’s just me.

And this skirt:

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…this GORGEOUS black lace skirt that never fit me. It was one of those “it will fit me someday” purchases. A “If I lose a few more pounds it will be perfect” kind of purchase. At least I was smart enough to buy a timeless piece like this, though.

From doing less than two weeks of the T25 workouts, I can already start to see and feel the changes in my body. It is slowly transforming and I am becoming addicted to the control that I finally took of my eating and exercise habits.

I know I’m not a (very) big girl, but I do have some weight to lose. It’s not about the number on the scale for me anymore, it’s about how I’m feeling in my own skin…and my clothes. I have always been overly critical of myself and I wear clothes to hide my flaws. I don’t want to do that anymore!

Sleeveless tops and dresses, skirts, and…

A BIKINI!

Coming soon…

 

Two More Announcements!

I’ll get right to it:

  1. Since starting my new job in February, I have recently accepted an Operations Analyst position within the same company. Woo!
  2. I am now officially a Beach Body Coach!

It’s been one week since I started T25 and I am down 5 pounds and 2 inches! I stuck to the nutrition plan and went as hard as I could with the workouts.

The workouts were tough at first…especially that first one! All I had to do was keep reminding myself that:

  • I invested a good chunk of money on this program, so I better stick with it.
  • I’m bored, I’m not hungry. One of my biggest downfalls was eating when I was bored instead of eating for energy.
  • Ice cream is not fuel for my body, it’s garbage. Tasty garbage, but it’s still garbage. I did so well the first week with my eating habits. I plan on staying that way!
  • I want to feel confident in a bikini for once in my life. I’m 26 freaking years old and I deserve that by now…and I am responsible for my own body!

I can’t wait to show you all my before & after pictures when I finish the program!

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Keep this in mind. It won’t be easy, so make sure you have motivation from friends, and especially from yourself!

Intro to T25: My Breakdown

Breakfast today is a shake with chocolate Shakeology, almond milk, and frozen strawberries. Divine.

What is Shakeology? It is a meal replacement that claims to:

  • Lose weight- especially if you replace a meal with it every day.
  • Improve your digestion and regularity.
  • Reduce junk food cravings-drink it in the morning to enjoy this benefit all day long.
  • Increase your energy and stamina.

Well, it’s Day 2 and I can’t really judge all of these claims yet, but it DOES taste like brownie batter. That’s the truth.

Before I talk about about my very first experience with this program, you should know my history (see My Story). Since I was 16, I have had body image issues. Beach Body strongly encourages you to take “before” and “after” progress pictures. A lot of people have been wearing a sports bra and yoga pants…and they take their own pictures in the mirror.

Well, I had the genius idea to take photos in a bikini. “I’ll really see the all-over progress, especially in my hips,” I said to Justin. He agreed that whatever I wanted to do was a good idea.

Justin’s duties included:

  • Weigh me and NOT tell me that number.
  • Take waist, hip, arm, & thigh measurements.
  • Take my “before” photos.

The moment of truth.

I put on that bikini. I looked at myself in the mirror, disgusted that I let myself get to this point. I’ve got extra padding everywhere, like I binged for hibernation during the winter. I literally took only 5 steps down the hallway towards Justin, then slipped into the bathroom so he couldn’t watch me walk in that bathing suit. I asked, “will you come get me and hold my hand while I walk into the living room?”

I seriously asked that.

Without hesitation, he got up and met me in the bathroom. We took about one step before I lost it.

There I was, standing in the hallway with my boyfriend, crying uncontrollably…in a bikini. I was crying hard enough to feel things move on me…aka the jiggle…as Justin held me, trying to comfort me, telling me that I’m beautiful. Poor guy, I do this to him every so often…never in a bikini though.

Long story short-I didn’t want to see the “before” photos. They are on his phone, and I’m pretty sure I’m crying in every single one. UGH.

This is right around the time we started dating.

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This isn’t the greatest photo of me, but this picture is from about three years ago. I feel guilty for not being this size anymore. People change, obviously. He has changed in his own ways, too. I also know that he loves me no matter what I look like. I can get back to this size in a healthy way.

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We look so little! I’m posting this picture because of those jeans I’m wearing. Those are a size 6 NON-STRETCH denim capri that I am going to fit into to.

I WILL. And I will show you the picture when I do!

Hopefully my progress photo sessions will get better…for Justin’s sake. I’m really thankful for his support, and for everyone in my Beach Body group who is helping me through this. I really need a push, and I believe that this is what I need to hit my goal.

I guess haven’t really shared my goal yet! My goal is to feel confident in a bikini. That is all I have ever wanted. There are a few garments I’d like to be able to wear again.

You’ll see.

ANOTHER Special Anouncement!

Remember how I told you I had three special announcements?

Well this one came in the mail earlier than I expected!

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After grocery shopping with Justin, I came home to see this bad boy at my door! I am so excited to start this tomorrow!

It came with Shakeology:

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Chocolate, of course.

I will be posting reviews, sharing recipes, and share more details about the nutrition in future posts.

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It also came with all of this! Eleven workout DVDs, a resistance band, a poster to keep track of your accomplishments, a “fast track guide” to help get you started with the program, and a nutrition guide.

I AM STARTING TOMORROW, Saturday, the 15th of March. The Ides of March. I am sharing this because I am now accountable and I will look like a douche if I don’t follow through with this program. See what I’m saying? My Beach Body Coach is Jessica, my best friend. Who knows, I may even become a coach myself if I like the results!

I will be posting a combination of my own recipes, and recipes influenced by this program. I promise that it will be a good thing. Yes, I was a personal trainer, and YES, I do have fitness and nutrition knowledge, but I really needed a kick in the ass to lose my big ass. I no longer have a gym membership, and this is my replacement.

I would write more, but I must get ready for work now…sitting at a desk all day.

Stay tuned!