Morning, all! Hope you guys had a great weekend! Mine started bright & early Saturday morning with my Beyond Expectations family to participate in the annual Comcast Cares volunteer day. As part of the 7,000 volunteers participating throughout NJ alone, our group helped spruce up the Anchor House in Trenton, NJ.
The crew spent the day painting, gardening, baking cookies, wrapping gifts and organizing the incredible youth shelter. Check out the Beyond Expectations website for more photos, info & a link to a NJ.com featureJ Pretty cool day with some incredible, genuine people.
And by the time I got home, we were ALL ready to get out and EATJ And thankfully, a Groupon helped pick our final destination of Mamitas Restaurante Latino, a bright & friendly restaurant in Newtown, PA. It was only moments after being seated that I decided it was perfectly acceptable to have the 'rice pudding' drink known as Horchata to go along with my dinner...and this one may have been the best one I've ever had!
Sweet & cinnamon-y, it even tasted more "rice pudding-y" than my brown rice/chia seed attemptJ.
I just KNEW Katie would ADORE it...and I was rightJ
After swooning over the Horchata for a good 10-15 minutes, we started swooning over our appetizer choice of chicken Pupusas...
...which tasted almost identical to my beloved Arepas, except these are flour cakes vs. corn. Perfectly crisp and stuffed with spiced chicken...kinda hard to dislike em!
And for my entree, I went with the steak enchiladas drenched in Mole sauce. The tender steak wrapped in fresh corn tortillas were delish, while the mole sauce was JUST spicy enough to keep my portion in checkJ The heat just seemed to build & build while you ate, so by 1 and 1/4 enchilada, I was maxed out...
...although you know I'm a weakling for spiceJ I'm sure a normal person would have no problem devouring this whole thingJ
Katie, meanwhile, was super happy to have her favorite meal along with us: Rice & beansJ
And to finish off the meal: As soon as I heard the words "Coconut Flan," you know it was OVAH!
While Scott & Katie HOUSED this Tre Leche cake. I was able to sneak a SINGLE bite without my child biting off my handJ She loved this pretty much as much as her beloved BEANSJ
After dinner, we took advantage of the gorgeous night to burn off some calories and some energy from Katie and wander around downtown Newtown (thinking of you, Lea!J)...
...although we did get rained on a bit, we got this beautiful sunset in returnJ Not too shabbyJ
And while Sunday was spent with a mix of boxing class, 'promised' everything bagels with caramelized garlic cheese (epic idea!)...
...3 mile park walks & a dinner of leftover Easter ravioli & ham, I figured yesterday was a good day to remember to make my favorite "Sunday homemade dessert"...which I remember exactly every 4 months or soJ And since we've been inhaling FAR too much Easter candy AND I had such success with my 'healthier baking' last week, I went the more "natural" route and made Bethenny's Vegan Coconut Cupcakes...
I swapped the vegan shortening for Coconut Butter with MUCH success...but the best part was THE FROSTING!
- 1/4 cup coconut butter
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/4-1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
Alright, that's enough from me for the day! Hope you have a great one.J