Archive for April, 2012


Having a two year old little girl makes for very little time to have adult time. Add in that I have two jobs and go to school and I am basically a hermit. It was time for a night out and my fiancée though so too… But where to go?
We live in New Jersey which is means you can go to the movies, mall, or dinner/bar. None of that seemed interesting enough for us. So we were left with two options… Philly or Atlantic City. Atlantic City just happens to be my favorite place in Jersey and a new casino just happened to have opened.
So we had the destination I needed something to wear. Everything I have is work clothes or too big so I needed a shopping trip! First time I’ve been excited to try clothes on in a long time. 2 dresses and $50 later I was all smiles. I felt good about myself for the first time in a long time.

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I have a thing for polka dots

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My night out dress. Let me add it’s not easy to take a picture of yourself with an iPhone other than of your face. Ha!
So Revel is absolutely gorgeous. Every room is themed and very modern. Everyone is friendly and actually genuinely excited when you win. We walked the casino and the overlook they have. Here’s some pictures I took of the casino.

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The red room

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This must be what Alice felt like in Wonderland when she was trying to get the key off the table.

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The lights light up when you walk under them

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This escalator goes up 11 floors to the rooftop garden

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Some of the cool lighting

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We had a lot of fun without even stopping in any of the night clubs. Here’s some pictures of Joe and I.

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The funhouse mirrors were all over the place and made me feel skinny!

It was a fun night of margaritas and people watching. Do you have a favorite place to go on a night out? Where do your plans usually take you?

Chocolate covered banana cupcakes

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This recipe was the biggest success out of all other recipes I’ve brought in for my non vegan friends. So much a success people are asking me to make them for parties and offering to pay me! I was shocked and really excited!

Chocolate Covered Banana Cupcakes

1/2 C puréed banana (about 2 ripe bananas)
1 1/4 C whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (do not omit)
3/4 C sugar or natural sweetener
1/3 C canola oil (for fat free version unsweetened apple sauce)
2/3 C almond milk (I used vanilla almond milk so I omitted the vanilla extract)

Add ins:
1/4 C Chocolate chips
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 and prep cupcake pans.
Purée bananas in blender or magic bullet. You can also melt in microwave.
In separate bowls mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients. Pour wet into dry until just combine. Do not overmix or cupcakes will be tough!
Fill liners about 2/3 of the way full and smooth tops. Bake for 20-22 minutes let cool and top with chocolate frosting. I put mine in the fridge for frosting to harden a little. You can also top with dry banana chip or white chocolate shavings to make extra fancy 🙂

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YUMMY!

Update

Not much of interest to report on the diet front. Mostly because I haven’t been able to keep my fridge stocked. I’m on the look out for a good farmers market in my area because all the markets here have crap for produce. I bought a bushel of apples and they went bad in 3 days. I’ve been keeping my food intake to the minimum and only use whole wheat flour in my baking now. Trying to stick to the standards of the diet. I’m still loosing weight slowly another 3 pounds so far. So I’m almost half way there. I am baking like a fiend again too. I have to post my chocolate covered banana cupcakes I made that I actually had people asking me if they could pay me for a dozen parties. Made me feel good 🙂