Birthday Treats!

Last year my Birthday was one of those inconvenient ones with a ‘0’ at the end. The type of birthday which warranted a trip to Denmark – on the other side of the world. The type of birthday that called for a long boozy lunch at, Noma, the best restaurant in the world (at the time).

It’s a tough life ;)

This year I’m just as excited about my birthday celebration plans. Even if they don’t involve jet-setting or famous chefs.

Fergal’s grandparents are visiting from Ireland so we’re having a low-key week by a lake at Tathra on the South Coast. Which will hopefully involve home cooked treats, relaxing on the balcony with a glass of wine and lots of ‘koala’ cuddles with my favourite tiny person.

As has become tradition here at Stonesoup headquarters, I have not one, but two treats for you to celebrate my birthday…

Treat Number 1. The Birthday Ice Cream Sandwich

For the last few years I’ve created a special birthday cake recipe. This year I was planning to do the same.

I was working on perfecting a ‘red velvet’ cake that used beets and didn’t involve fake food colouring. Then one Saturday I had the urge to make ice cream sandwiches. They were soo good that I immediately forgot about the cake and ear-marked the sandwiches for birthday treat nĂºmero uno!

Treat Number 2. The Birthday Sale!

The other Stonesoup Birthday tradition is my 72 hour Birthday Sale. If you’re wondering why the choice of ’72’, it’s because that’s the year I was born. So I have a strong connection with the number 72.

This year I’ve decided to offer a discount on ‘How to Love Your Waistline and Your Food’. It was tough deciding which ebook to choose. But I have something else to celebrate – fitting back into all of my pre-pregnancy jeans! And wearing my favourite belt back on the smallest setting.

I feel very lucky because it hasn’t been that much of a struggle. I’ve just been eating my normal ‘mostly grain-free’ way, the same as in the book. For exercise I’ve been taking little Fergal for a walk most days. I’ve also been doing a few kettle bell swings and more recently I’ve included the occasional run. But I’m pretty sure what I’ve been eating has had the biggest impact on rediscovering my waistline.

Anyway back to the sale…

LYW video 3D Cover

In less than 72 24 Hours, it’s OVER.

‘How to Love Your Waistline and Your Food’ for 37% OFF (a savings of $10!) will go away.

I normally don’t discount my ebooks this much, but because it’s my Birthday I figured a nice round $10 savings was the least I could do.

You have less than 72 24 hours to make the most of the ‘Birthday’ Celebration Sale…

UPDATE: THE BIRTHDAY SALE IS NOW OVER, HOWEVER YOU CAN STILL PURCHASE ‘HOW TO LOVE YOUR WAISTLINE’ BY FOLLOWING THE LINK BELOW:
www.thestonesoupshop.com/lyw

paleo 3D coverPLUS! If you buy during the sale, you’ll also get a FREE bonus copy of The Stonesoup Guide to Eating Paleo.

This special ebook isn’t available to buy on its own. The only way you can get it is to buy ‘How to Love Your Waistline’ before the sale ends.

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Birthday Ice Cream Sandwiches

There’s a cafe in Sydney that serves ice cream sandwiches for breakfast. If it takes your fancy, by all means go for it. Personally, I’d rather have mine as an after dinner treat.

The sandwiches are quite large so I tend to chop them in half.

Oh and make sure you use good quality peanut butter. The type without any added vegetable oil or sugar. We’re adding enough sugar as it is with these cookies. And I prefer to use smooth since the cookies have enough going on texturally on their own. But if you only have crunchy PB in the house don’t let that stop you!

And one final note, this is my favourite Gluten-free cookie recipe. Enjoy!

Enough for 4-5 sandwiches
250g (9oz) peanut butter (see note above)
200g (7oz) brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking powder
50g (2oz) dark chocolate chopped into chunks

1. Preheat your oven to 180C (350F). Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

2. Combine peanut butter, brown sugar, egg and baking powder in a medium bowl.

3. Add chocolate and stir until just combined.

4. Scoop out heaped tablespoon chunks and place on the trays. I usually have 4-5 cookies on each tray.

5. Squish the cookies flat with your fingers and tuck any stray chocolate chunks into the dough.

6. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are golden brown at the edges.

7. Cool on the tray.

8. When ready to serve, sandwich cookies with ice cream and prepare for a treat!

VARIATIONS
chocolate-free – just skip it

vegan / egg-free – you could try your favourite egg replacer but I’d be nervous about how they’ll turn out.

nut-free – use this flour based cookie recipe instead.

sugar-free – for me the brown sugar is critical for the lovely flavour so I wouldn’t risk it.

Video version of the recipe.

With love,
Jules x

ps. Not sure if ‘Love You Waistline’ will help you?

Here’s what Mary had to say about it…

“I have lost 35 pounds so far by making Jules’ Reclaim Your Waistline principles the centerpiece of my weight loss program!”
Mary A., Virginia, USA

pss. The Birthday Sale is strictly limited to 72 hours from when this blog post was published.

Once it’s gone… It’s gone.

Here’s the link again:
www.thestonesoupshop.com/lyw

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