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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Maddy September 4, 2013 at 9:32 am

Hi Jules,

Just wondering what brand of PB you used?

I’ve got the good old Sanitarium Brand at home, it doesn’t have the added stuff but since we’re both from Oz I thought I’d ask what brand you specifically used. These look so delish, I NEED to make them :)

jennifer September 4, 2013 at 10:22 am

your sweet treats are without fail divine(!!), so will naturally be baking these this weekend. Thank you, and happy birthday. Hope little Fergal is bringing you much joy.

Trace September 4, 2013 at 11:39 am

Hi Jules, I think those sandwiches might be happening on cheat day. I am interested in you ebook only I am grain, legume and dairy free but I only eat seafood, not other meats. Will it still suit me? And can you write and ebook aimed at people like me? Thanks

Claudine September 4, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Thank you so much for the birthday treat!
I’ve been inspired by your recipes for a while now and I’m embarrassed to say this is my first purchase.
However, linking “How to Love Your Waistline and Your Food” with your “Guide to Eating Paleo” was the too much to resist! I have already bookmarked a few recipes I cannot wait to try… I was in the garden this AM picking yet more courgettes (zucchini) and already thinking about using them!

I hope your birthday was full of happy!

Claudine

Amy September 4, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Just wondering if the baking powder is required in your recipe – what function does it provide.

My similar recipe does not use it…
1 cup Natural PB
3/4 cup Sugar (never thought to use brown sugar, so I will be trying that next time.)
1 egg
1 splash (tsp?) vanilla
stir & bake @ 350 for 10 to 12 minutes

Esther September 7, 2013 at 10:17 am

Ugh!!!!! Can’t believe I missed the sale!!! Just went Paleo and dying for your recipes…will you offer it again soon?:)

Susan Stone September 8, 2013 at 6:02 am

Hi Jules,
I have a question: I purchased Love Your Waistline within a couple of hours of receiving your email. It downloaded just fine. However, I have never seen anything of the Eating Paleo e-book that we were supposed to get if we ordered quickly. What gives? Thanks. Susan

PS. Hope you had a great birthday!

tea-time365.blogspot.com September 10, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Yummy! Perfect meal for birthday!

Brittany Pomeroy September 17, 2013 at 4:19 am

I didn’t have any eggs in the fridge, so I replaced the egg with a couple tablespoons of applesauce and a little extra baking powder (don’t know if that was necessary or not), and the cookies turned out great! Such a fun treat!

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