4.27.2016

Trudeau Measuring Cups


My mom gave me these measuring cups a long time ago.  I have loved the colors and the side pour spouts.  Here is a link to the product on Amazon, but you may also find them at your local grocery store!

4.25.2016

Mini No-Bake Strawberry Pies



I love these fresh tasting, easy to make, cute mini pies!  These are great to make with kids!

Serves 6
6 mini-prepared graham crusts.

Filling:
4 oz cream cheese, softened
6 oz. yogurt (berry, or lemon)
1 TBS brown sugar
2 TBS powdered sugar
-Whip with mixer until smooth and creamy about 1 minute.  Divide evenly into six shells.
-Top with whole, sliced, or diced FRESH strawberries.
-Garnish with drizzled chocolate.  Place 1/4 cup chocolate chips in ziploc bag.  Heat in microwave 30-60 seconds until chocolate melted (don't want it hot,just warm).  Snip corner off the bag and squeeze chocolate in a drizzle over the strawberries.

4.06.2016

Carrot Cake

I love this carrot cake recipe and it works GREAT with wheat flour. You can dress it up or down depending on time and preferences.

2 eggs, beaten
1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. light olive oil
1 1/2 c. carrots, grated
1 c. wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 c. shredded coconut
1/4 c. pecans, chopped
1/4 c. raisins (optional--personally not a fan of raisins in my cake!)

-Preheat oven to 400. Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix until well blended. Grease and flour a 9x9 cake pan. Pour batter into cake pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes until cake tests done. When cool spread with Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe below).
-For cupcakes, this makes 12 cupcakes.  Bake 400 for 20 minutes.
-Note: In picture I doubled recipe and used round cake pans, then used a double batch of frosting with half between layers and other half on top.   I garnished with toasted coconut.

Cream Cheese Frosting:
4 oz. cream cheese
2 TBS butter
1 1/4 c. pwd. sugar
milk if needed

-Cream ingredients together in a bowl. Add milk until you reach desired spreading consistency.

3.23.2016

Mini Mint Brownie Bites

Here's another recipe from my not so healthy blog :)
I love my mini-muffin pan!  If you don't have one, ask for one for Christmas or your birthday!  Here's an easy mini-mint brownie bite recipe...


Makes 48 Mini Bites
1 pkg brownie mix
-Prepare according to box directions
-Stir in 1 (10 oz.) pkg. Andes Mint Baking Chips and 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
-Line mini muffin pan.  Fill with 1 TBS brownie mix
-Bake 325 17-19 minutes.  Cool 10 minutes in pan.  Remove from pan and cool completely 30 minutes.  Taste great cold too!

3.21.2016

Coconut Products

At our cooking class I shared a few fun coconut products on the market.  If you haven't tried any of these, you may want to give them a try!

This oils spray is from Trader Joes.  I use it to grease muffin tins, bread pans, cake pans, etc.

These thin little cookies from Trader Joes have a great coconut flavor.  They are great as a stand alone, or they go really well with a fruity ice cream.
I LOVE this body butter.  It smells SO good.  It is subtle which is nice for those sensitive to fragrance.  It is full of ingredients that are great for your skin, and you will feel your body such soak up this stuff!

I have heard these are addicting...so we opened up the bag at the cooking class to pass around.  I thought they were good.  With the dark chocolate they are not as sweet.

You can get these at any grocery store.  I hadn't tried them until about a month ago, but they are a fun treat!


Lindt truffles are delicious!  These coconut ones are WONDERFUL, if you like coconut that is!

3.17.2016

COCONUT!



I just did a cooking class focusing on the wonders of coconut.  Coconut is amazing from the milk,  to the fleshy meat, t,o the milk.  Here is a list of the recipes that we made and tasted!  If you are a local and want to come to the next cooking class, let me know, and I'll be sure to send you the email invite.

Maple Pecan Granola
No-Bake Granola Bites (Energy Bites)
Easy Coconut Curry
Basil Coconut Curry (this one I have yet to post my altered recipe, but basically I add cauliflower, peppers)
Oatmeal Cookies (with add-ins 1 cups coconut and 1 tsp coconut extract)

3.07.2016

Holiday M&M Salad


I have another food blog with "less healthy" recipes.  I have found I just can't keep up with two, so I'm going to slowly transfer those recipes to this blog.  

This special recipe 
was shared with me at a book club meeting.  The woman let us know that her husband probably married her for this recipe!  The title is sure to delight your children!  Make this for any fun holiday event.

Ingredients:
Many many bags of different M&M's
-Combine and mix together in a big bowl! (Pictured are pretzel, peanut, almond, peanut butter, and coconut "Easter" M&Ms)

3.03.2016

Easter Cupcakes

We made these growing up, and now I make them with my kids.
Top your favorite cupcake recipe with frosting and coconut (to color coconut green, put some coconut in a Tupperware with a few drops of food coloring, top with a lid and shake and shake until evenly colored).  Add a few jelly beans and a pipe cleaner handle and poof you're done!

2.22.2016

Favorite Knives (Victorinox Paring Knives)



These are my favorite knives.  I use these to cut pretty much everything except bread!  They come in different lengths and are straight or serrated.  They are very reasonable, so I buy a few new ones every few years because I like sharp knives!  The knife pictures on the bottom with the rounded tip is my new favorite.  It is just a little bit longer than the paring knife and I like the rounded edge.  The colored handles are fun too :)

2.16.2016

Vegetable Fried Rice




This is a great one dish vegetarian meal.  It also makes great lunch leftovers.


Serves 5-6
5 cups brown or white rice (leftover rice works great!)
6 cups mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, celery, broccoli, peppers, green onions, etc).
2 large cloves garlic, minced
5 eggs, scrambled with a little salt/pepper
-Cook rice according to package directions.  While rice is cooking, cut and stir fry vegetables in 1 TBS olive oil and 2 cloves minced garlic for 5 minutes on high.  Add to cooked rice.  Then stir in scrambled eggs.

Stir in:
3 TBS toasted sesame oil
1/3 c. soy sauce (add more to taste)


-Note you can also add ham (I love to add about 1/4 cup honey baked ham--it is really yummy!)