Friday, December 30, 2011

Potluck: Quick, Healthy and Yummy Appetizers!

YaY...a potluck!!!


SuperFit and I were invited to attend a dinner party to celebrate the holiday season with FUrends! (This would mark our 8th event!)

BeFUre heading over...

I attended The Masta's Spin Class and trained my Back Muscles with SuperFit!

I then went home to prepare...

A FU appetizers! (Some of my all-time FUvorites!)

They are quick and easy and...

Superb in FUlavor! (But perhaps I'm a bit biased lol)

In total...

I would be bringing three types of finger FU'ds to the potluck:

1. Pesto Bruschetta;
2. Hummus filled Crispy Shells; and
3. Goat Cheese and Olive Tapenade Crispy Shells.

Some key ingredients.

I started with the Pesto Bruschetta!

Ingredients and Essentials:

1. 1 Long Baguette (your choice between white or brown bread);
2. Olive Oil to spray or brush onto the sliced bread;
4. Store bought Bruschetta (brand of your choice).

FUrst...

I sliced the bread:


Then I laid out the cut pieces onto a baking pan!

FU the next step...

I had the option of spraying...


Or...

Brushing some Olive Oil on each and every piece of baguette!

I went with this option.

Once brushed...

I placed them in the oven at 350F FU about 10 minutes (until they hardened but not browned)!

Keep an eye on them.

 As soon as they cooled...

I added a touch of Pesto!

I love Pesto!

Then...

A tiny little spoonFUl of bruschetta to top!

**Optional: You can sprinkle Parmesan Cheese FU some added FUlavor or grate some Allegro Cheese to top. Also, instead of adding Bruschetta, you can add goat cheese and a piece of Sundried Tomato.**

Yum!

**Tip: You can throw them back in the oven FU some heat (warmth). Also, don't let them stand too long as they may get soggy. Be sure to serve soon after making!**

Next on my list of appetizer to do's were....

The Crispy Filled Shells!

Ingredients and Essentials:

1. Siljans Crispy Shells (they are tricky to find in the grocery store, but they ARE there!);

You can find loads of recipe ideas on their website!

2. Regular Hummus (brand of your choice);
3. Goat Cheese; 
4. Olive Tapenade; and
5. Sundried Tomatoes.

I cut them up into small pieces.

To begin...

I laid out the crispy shells on a plate:

Easy.

 I then spooned some Hummus into about half of the shells and topped it with a Sundried Tomato!


I filled the remainder of the shells with...

Goat Cheese and Olive Tapenade! (Two baby spoons of each)

It literally took 8 minutes to make 24.

 **Optional: Place the Crispy Shells in the oven at 350F FU about 5 minutes.** 

**Tip: Sprinkle Paprika on the Goat Cheese Shells and Parsley everywhere on your plate to make it pretty! And, be sure to serve soon after making to avoid sogginess.**

Once the appetizers were all ready to go...


We made our way to Super Sly and his wife Annie's FU a great time!

Super Sly and Annie

The night was FUeled with good FUrends...

Just married :)

Yummy FU'd...

Those vermicelli wraps were the bomb!
Pasta salad, chips and dip.
An assortment of cookies.
I love chocolate covered almonds!
Home made Truffles!
I had the dark chocolate one!
They were filled with Peanut Butter!!!

And...

Beer (water FU both SuperFit and me) Pong!

Super Sly called out the rules
SuperFit went all the way to the FUnals!
But Cédric was the winner of the night!
(I won last year!)

Once it came time to call it a night...

We said our goodbyes, gave our thank you's and wished everyone a Happy New Year! (As we wouldn't be seeing them until 2012!)

Let's just say...

I'm looking FUward to next year's party! (And perhaps coming back as the Water Pong Champ! lol)

Annie and Me!

Stay Tuned FU more on *CaNdY FiT*

Thursday, December 29, 2011

More Holiday FUn!

The Holiday FUstivities are still in FUll swing! (I will admit, I'm a bit pooped and looking FUward to chilling and relaxing come the weekend!)

And the goodies just keep on coming!
These were added to our Treat Box.
Yes. A box.

The days FUllowing Christmas...

I stuck to clean eating, training my core and cardio! (I loosened up come the social events!)

To start off the second part of this FUn winter season...

We celebrated Mr. FUntastic's Birthday!


He will be turning 29 come the beginning January! (We celebrated early as he will be heading out back West soon!)

Fidélice Patisserie
This was the William Cake.
Kiki and Mr. FUntastic.
Mama and her 'B'!

As per birthday tradition...

Making a wish was a must!

"Uhhhhhhh"

As was blowing out the candles!


One wish and a couple of extinguished candles later...

It was time to cut the cake! (And put an end to everyone's drooling mouths! lol)

Chocolate génoise, caramel mousse, 64% black chocolate mousse and...
Caramelized pears.
Yum!
SuperFit had the FUrst piece!
I had half a piece.
It was really light and absolutely delicious!

After the birthday FUstivities...

We had our second ofFUcial FUmily dinner to attend! (On my Mom's side of the FUmily! My aunts, uncles and cousins would be joining us from surrounding areas!)

Aunt M. Mama and Kimberly.
Aunts and Uncles...
Brothers and Sisters.
Brother and Sista :)
My Mama and Me.
Mama and Timbits.
I think you know who we are ;)
Little Cousins.

Once we were all seated...


It was time to pick our appetizer and main course FU the evening!

The Dessert was a Trilogy!
Oh thank goodness I didn't have to choose because...
They all looked so delicious!

My brother had the Escargot to start...


While SuperFit and I enjoyed a Spinach Salad with warm Goat Cheese and *CaNdIeD* Pecans!

I gave my pecans away...
They were a touch too sweet.
I know...
Shocker!

FU our main course...

SuperFit had the Filet Mignon...


While I had the Grilled Salmon!

It was really good!

And FU the grand FUnally...

The Trilogy!

This is one dessert I couldn't resist!
I had FUll intentions on having dessert anyway!
It was incredible!
Especially the crème brûlée!
I ate the whole thing without a speck of guilt!

After calling it a wrap....

We had to prepare FU one more event! (A potluck among FUrends!)

I knew exactly what I would be bringing, so...

I looked FUward to getting back in the kitchen and preparing some FUn appetizers!

Stay tuned FU more on *CaNdY FiT*

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