Whew! What a fun weekend! I think my feet are still in recovery after dancing my socks off on Friday night at the Halloween event I attended. Here’s how it went down:
Friday (Happy Halloween!):
I dressed up as Poison Ivy (a stellar costume for a redhead like myself!) and danced all night (a sneaky way to burn off some extra calories to preemptively make room for all the Halloween candy that would be consumed). My costume was a throwback from 2005 (no judgement, please) composed of a dance leotard, dance tights, knee-high socks, a hot glue gun and whoooooooole bunch of fake ivy from Michael’s. It’s seen a few things, and I’ve never had a bad time wearing it. 😉 😛 That tradition was carried on this weekend.
Before the party, I went to a friend’s apartment, who had an amazing spread out for the pre-game party. I had a cocktail, ate some cupcakes, and then I was ready to DANCE. Needless to say, It was stellar! 😀
The next morning, I (semi-reluctantly, in a bit of a post-party fog) got up and headed to Connecticut to see my sister, bro-in-law and 7.5 month old nephew for their 12th Annual Spooktacular Soiree – you were lucky enough to see some of my costumes from their past parties in my previous post.
I personally think that my sister owes me a manicure (just kidding, J!) because I helped make some delicious healthy snacks for her party: Clementine “pumpkins” with green bean stems. They are very simple, just a little time and labor intensive. All you do is peel 2/3 of a pound of clementine oranges, and cut small pieces of green beans for the stems. They were a hit! The best part is, you can blend the leftovers into a killer juice to soothe your hangover the next day!
One of my sister’s neighbors brought Apricot Date Balls to the party, and they were AMAZING! They are vegan, gluten free, sugar free AND paleo! I was lucky enough to get the recipe, and I am definitely making a batch this week to keep on hand as a healthy treat to satiate my wicked sweet tooth (instead of, you know, a million Reese’s PB cups or something 😉 ).
Apricot Date Amaze-Balls
Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free and Paleo Friendly
1 cup of roughly chopped (and pitted) dates
1/2 cup dried apricot
1/2 cup sunflower seeds*
1/4 cup chia seeds
1-2 tbsp coconut oil
Pinch salt, if desired
*J’s neighbor who brought the date balls mentioned something about flax seed, but the recipe she gave us didn’t have any listed in the ingredients. She may have added milled flax seed in place of the sunflower seeds, but I’m not positive. Once I make my batch I’ll update this recipe and re-post.
1. Blitz in your food processor until the mixture becomes sticky (about a minute, at speed 7-8).
2. Form into balls. You can roll in shredded coconut if desired. Place into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to about a week.
3. Enjoy 😀
The morning after party #2 I made oatmeal with diced apples in a local Connecticut cider reduction. It’s simple, but warm and delicious, which felt very necessary on the blustery Southern Connecticut day we had. The first chill of winter was in the air!
Warm Fall Oatmeal with Diced Apples and Cider Reduction
- 1 cup of rolled oats
- 1-3/4 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 medium apple, diced into bite-sized pieces
- 1 cup of apple cider
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cloves
1. In a small saucepan, cook the oatmeal according to the directions; once the almond milk is boiling, add the oats and stir occasionally for about five minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan, heat a little bit of soy butter or coconut oil over medium heat. Add the diced apples, cinnamon and cloves, and saute for a few minutes. Add the apple cider, and bring to a boil. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the reduction has reached the desired consistency (About 7 – 10 minutes).
3. Divide the oatmeal into two potions, serve with the diced apple reduction on top. Top with extra cinnamon and the nut butter of your choosing, if desired (my sister J had chocolate hazelnut butter and I had almond butter).
4. Enjoy 😀
J also made an AMAZING veggie stew, which I will be posting this week, so stay tuned. Also, we got that extra hour this weekend! Wooohooo Daylight Savings!!
All in all, I had a really fantastic weekend, Halloween 2014 was a success. What did you guys do for Halloween? Leave me a note in the comments, and I’ll be your best friend forever.
PS: My sister and her family dressed up as Han Solo, Princess Leia and Yoda for the party, and they win (or at least my 7.5-month old nephew does) at Halloween, so everyone else can stop trying. I’ll leave you with this: