Beach Bound

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Howdy! How was your weekend?

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I spent the past couple of days getting re-acquainted with chocolate (uggghhhh yes…) shopping with my Mom, hanging out with Ben, and loving down a new Sephora find – Urban Decay De-Slick in a Tube.

This stuff ROCKS!

Previously I had been using Laura Mercier’s Shine Control Powder to mattify my oily-yet-sensitive skin. It worked fine, but I found myself having to reapply during the day. I tried the de-slick in a tube this weekend, and have had zero shine throughout the day – AND no dryness from the product either. It’s love!

Just thought I’d share. ;)

In other news, this afternoon I planted myself in the kitchen to work on a few yummy freelance projects, whisking, pouring, and baking to the reggae tunes of Bob Marley on Pandora.

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I couldn’t resist, as Ben and I finally booked our Spring Break trip yesterday. This April we’re heading straight to the sun, sand, and surf of Negril, Jamaica mon! 8)

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Ben and I haven’t been on a tropical, sand in our toes-type trip since our honeymoon to Cabo San Lucas in 2008.

We always like to go somewhere for our anniversary, and decided to take it totally easy for our fourth one (!) this year. The thought of kicking-back to eat, drink and be merry in the Caribbean sounded absolutely irresistible to both of us. I CANNOT WAIT!!! :D

Beach-body preparations begin immediately, starting with…pizza for dinner?

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Despite it’s appearance, this isn’t pizza-pizza, rather, it’s low-carb Cauliflower Crust Pizza!

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I’ve been seeing some buzz about cauliflower crust pizza – pizza that uses grated cauliflower instead of flour in the crust – for several months, and finally had the motivation to give it a try for dinner tonight. ;)

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The recipe starts with the crust. Instead of yeast, flour and the like, combine grated and steamed cauliflower with egg, seasonings, and mozzarella cheese instead.

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Shape the mixture into a 1/2″ thick circle on a non-stick sprayed pizza pan.

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Then bake the crust until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

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Now, the only way I could convince Ben to try this was to make it BBQ Chicken Pizza, his fave, so I topped the crust with BBQ sauce,

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chopped –> seasoned –> sauteed chicken,

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and 2% sharp shredded cheddar cheese.

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Broil the pizza until the cheese is melted and the toppings are warmed through.

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Finally, the moment of truth. How would it taste? What would the texture be like? Could a grated cauliflower crust pizza really replace standard pizza in my life?!

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Well…

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It was…different! The crust was a little moist, but still stood up to being held like a normal slice of ‘za. It was actually kind of wild.

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The taste was excellent though, and if you are looking for a low-carb alternative to regular pizza crust, and/or have to get in a bikini in a couple months, then you will love this. ;) Click here for the full recipe!

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In other news – I’m off to oogle the dresses on the red carpet at the SAG Awards, then it’s off to bed. Hoping to squeeze in an early workout tomorrow morning. :D

Have a wonderful night!

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