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The Birthday Plan + Carrot Cake Bars

Posted Feb 24 2011 11:46am

Momma New Healthy says THANK YOU for all of your wonderful birthday wishes ! You guys are the absolute best (but I already knew that)!

Birthdays in my family usually have the same general plan:

  1. Pick your dinner (order in, take out, restaurant)!
  2. Pick your dessert (traditional cake, cookie cake, store/homemade)!
  3. Pick your activity!
  4. Everyone gathers together and we have a blast!

Have I mentioned that time with my family means there is never a dull moment? Yes. Yes, I have. Last night was no different!

Since we all have crazy schedules, we ordered pizza in and just hung out at my parents house.

American Idol watching and general New Healthy family shenanigans ensued.

The Family


Yes, I’m shorter than my little younger sister. I’m fun-sized and she’s got that model height.



mom_bday4  mom_bday5

The Food

Insert Papa John’s thin crust veggie pizza here.

This was my first time having cheese since the vegan challenge and my stomach wasn’t very happy with me. All the more reason to stick with the 90% vegan, but vegetarian on special occasions eating style.

For dessert, I made carrot cake bars! Similar to my chocolate chip banana blondies !

the base

Carrot Cake Bars

  • 1 box carrot cake mix
  • 1/4 C. canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 C. almond milk
  • optional: 1/2 C. crushed pecans

Mix, mix, mix and then bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

Serve with a side of vanilla ice cream.

I called them ‘bars’ because they’re dense and chewy. Yum!


My Mom is actually 47 years young—but sometimes you have to work with what you’ve got. I had a ‘5’ and a ‘7’—hey, that’s better than putting ‘75,’ right?

I haven’t worked out since Monday and I can’t wait to hop on the treadmill tonight with Tuesday’s Biggest Loser.

Have a fabulous Thursday guys!

Be on the lookout for a giveaway later! :)

<3 Stefanie

Does your family have a general “birthday plan?” Or is it always different?

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