Showing posts with label food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label food. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A New Twist on PB & J

Don't tell my kids that while I am down in S.Florida for a few days this week, I am noshing on Peanut Butter and Jelly..... cupcakes. And since they aren't looking, I am calling it lunch.

Yup, cupcakes. Good ole peanut butter and jelly on a graham cracker crust, topped off with a glass of cold milk.
And boy are they yummy. 

At a barbecue on Sunday, my sister whipped up a batch of these crowd favorite cupcakes, and I just couldn't wait to share the recipe with you.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes
1 package of cream cheese (8 oz)
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1 1/4 graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup of butter
3/4 cup of preserves- your choice. We used strawberry
Cupcake liners

combine graham cracker crumbs and sugar in a bowl. Stir in butter and mix until thoroughly blended. Spoon a 'healthy' tablespoon into each cupcake liner. Press crumbs with a bottom of a cup to secure and set into place. Set aside crusts.

Peanut Butter Filling
Combine cream cheese and peanut butter in a large bowl and mix until well blended. Add sugar and milk. Mix thoroughly. Spoon peanut butter filling into graham cracker crusts, filling 3/4 full. Spread preserves on top of the cupcakes.
Refrigerate until ready to eat.

Who know's..... perhaps when I go home, I will conveniently forget the bread while shopping and whip up a batch of these for my kids instead..... when they want a PB&J sandwich. 

They are after all..... mom approved!

I am taking a few days to thoroughly enjoy my time with my family and friends in South. Florida.  
I hope you will have a great week too!

Grateful for~
Time with my sisters and family in Florida this week and for hubby and nana holding the fort down back home.


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Friday, December 13, 2013

Simple Holiday Breakfast Idea

Welcome to the Better Late Than Never Christmas Edition!

I am joining up with some blogging buddies today ( see schedule below) to bring you some last minute craft, decor and holiday food ideas in preparation for the big day. Which by the way is 12 days away! Who's ready? 

So, I absolutely love Christmas  time and everything about Christmas morning except having to be in the kitchen to prepare breakfast.  As you know from here, I am not much of a cook so I like uncomplicated, easy, and can do with my eyes closed kind of recipes. This one fits the requirements perfectly.

My Christmas beignets. I like to think of them as a 'hybrid beignet'. A beignet that you would find in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans, combines with a donut hole that you would find at the closest Dunkin Donuts down the road, with a sprinkle of  peppermint candy.

Grab a can of biscuits, some oil and powdered sugar. A can of 10 biscuits will yield 20 small beignets.

Step 1
Heat your oil. For a small pan I used 2 1/2 cups of cooking oil. The temperature setting should be between medium and high heat. I imagine you could also use a fryer for this. I don't have one....I don't cook.
Step 2
Open your biscuits. Tear apart 1 biscuit into 2 pieces. Flatten each piece in your hand into a circle shape. Drop pieces into your oil.
Step 3
Leave in oil mixture for just a minute or two on each side. You want them to be a golden brown color. If they brown too quickly  your oil temperature is too high and they will not be cooked inside. If they don't brown within 2 minutes, your oil temperature is too low.
Step 4
Remove from pan and place on a paper towel to absorb the oil.

Step 5
Move them to another plate or platter ( or remove the paper towel) and sprinkle a generous amount of powdered sugar on the top , works best if you use a sifter.

Step 6
Put them on the table and watch them disappear

I also love to serve them with some hot chocolate.....a family favorite recipe from my mother in-law.

So, I hope whether you're having a few of these Christmas beignets (okay, maybe more then a few) , or eating something else Christmas morning, that you enjoy and savory each magical moment.
Do you cook a big breakfast Christmas morning or keep it simple like me?

Speaking of magical, don't forget to visit these bloggers who have some other last minute tips you won't want to miss!

PS- I would love for you to visit my 2013 Holiday Home Tour here 

Grateful for~
Making Holiday Memories with my kids and my husband

Sharing at~
Thistlewood Farm

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fall Candy Apples

Okay....Can I get a collective Yummmmmm

And even if you are not a big fan of Candy Apples, you have to admit.....they sure do look good and they are so easy to make.

I think the best part about making candy apples is how creative you can be with the toppings.  From sprinkles to nuts to gold sugar dust.....anything looks good on an apple. And they are partly........almost ........kinda healthy too!

Candy Coated Apples
Medium size apples - red delicious, McIntosh, Jonathans etc
Apple Sticks - 5.75 in size
1 package of Candy Melts- White or Orange ( I buy mine in the baking isle at the Craft Store)
Candy Melt or Microwave
Wax paper
Assortment of toppings- sprinkles, nut, chips, colored sugar

Step 1- After washing and drying your apples take your apple stick and insert into the stem side of the apple. Apples should be at room temperature.
Step 2-Melt your candy melts.
Step 3-Dip apples  into your candy mixture, spinning around and tapping excess candy off the apple.
Step 4- Place apples on wax paper.
Step 5- After about 30 seconds but no more then 1 minute sprinkle your desired toppings on to your apples.
Step 6- Let set for at least 30 mins before enjoying your Candy Apples

Okay, one more time......Yummmmmmm.
Do you have a favorite fall treat?

Grateful for~
Healthy and not so healthly apples

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

How I am getting healthier....and you should too!

I must confess....and please don't hold it against me. I mean we are friends and all.
I am a terrible eater. Always have been. Ask anyone who knows me.
Not that I gorge on bon-bons and chips all day..... what I mean is that I don't eat properly. Until a few months ago that is. 
Here's my was problem~
I went the entire day without eating and only consuming
one meal a night.       
I loaded up on my morning hot tea and called it a day for anything else that was nutritious until late afternoon or dinner time.
Trying to lose a few pounds meant starving my body or so I thought.
I loaded up on carbs at all the wrong times of the day.
My protein intake wasn't where it should have been.
And I wasn't taking full advantage of my fruits and vegetables.
l know..... shame on me. Bad girl, scold me, put me in time out for dummies that are doing more harm then good to their bodies eating this way.
Well part of my making amends to myself and to you, is to tell you what I am doing to be healthier and hopefully inspire any of you that don't eat well either.....I know you are out there.

Eat Breakfast- The most important meal of the day period. Even if you are not a sit down have a big breakfast kind of person you must provide your body with something. I fall into this range of not being a big breakfast eater so I fill my blender with a packet of oatmeal ( for my carb), protein powder ( I use Pure whey powder by Champion) and lots of fruits. This satisfies me until a mid morning snack and it fuels my body.
Eat my carbs before noon. Your body needs plenty of time to work off those carbs so get them in at or before lunch time.
Eat more protein. Did you know that everyday your body needs to make about 250 grams of new proteins to replace that old protein, to repair tissue damage and to adapt to new activities? Unfortunately as we get older we become less efficient at making new proteins. I now mix in a few protein shakes as my snack throughout the day. Each serving is about 21grams of protein. A good guideline for protein is 25-30 grams for your meals and 15-30 for snacks depending on your activity level.
Keep on Moving.A few months back I bought one of these. It's called an Up bracelet by Jawbone. Not the prettiest of bracelets but not being healthy isn't pretty either.
This thing will track my steps, sleep and food intake. It's pretty interesting to actually see how much sleep you may or may not be getting each night. The bracelet measures my light sleep and deep sleep patterns.  And since sleep also plays a role in staying healthy I want to make sure that I am getting enough rest. 
Did you know the average person trying to stay healthy should walk at least 10,000 steps a day. I tend to be super hyper and always moving so I fall above that range most days, but on the days that I am feeling a bit lazy, I rely on my Up to keep me going and stay on goal.  With my regular exercise routine in the morning I can meet half of my daily goal.

Speaking of which  I have to go.......I have only stepped 8,999 steps today.
What are you doing to stay healthy?

Grateful for~
Great health and motivation to stay healthy

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Best Pineapple Upside Cake You Will Ever Eat

Yes, you read  that correctly ...... The Best! 
And what's even more amazing about this delectable, finger licking, best Pineapple Upside Cake you'll ever eat, is how it's cooked.  Ready.... Cast iron skillet.... Really.
Most of us know a cast iron skillet for frying, searing and making up a batch of grandma's favorite cornbread.   But did you know cast iron has been around for 2500 years and if you season the pans  properly they can last for generations?

Cast Iron Skillet Pineapple Upside Down Cake

1 can of pineapple slices
2/3 cup butter
 3/4 cup brown sugar
Yellow Cake mix
1 jar of Maraschino Cherries
1/2 cup to a cup of chopped Pecan pieces* optional

1.  Place pineapples in the butter, sugar and pecan mixture. Put
cherries in the center of the pineapple. Cut the slices of
pineapple into halves and line the sides of the cast iron skillet
with them (standing up on edge).
2. Prepare a box of yellow cake mix following the directions on
the box to mix the batter (do not bake in a separate pan;
follow instructions below).
3. Pour the batter over the pineapple and cherries.

4. Bake at 350°F degrees. When the cake is done, loosen the
edges with a butter knife. Remove from heat and allow to sit
five minutes, then turn it upside down on a serving dish.
 Yes, generations of eating a cake from a skillet that is so moist and delicious that by the time
 you get in line for your piece... it will be all gone!  
Have you ever cooked a cake in a cast iron skillet before?
PS- To read the history and how to "season" your cast iron cookware click here.
Grateful for~
The chance to be able to head to Florida this weekend to be with my sister, Ron and Heather and the rest of my family.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

How The Egg Is A Part Of Our Community

Let me tell you, my husband and I had no idea how our opinions on eggs would change when we moved to a little ole dirt road in the middle of the country.

 Really... we didn't.
Neighbors, friends and the community all having  the same goal in mind... Eggs
And plenty of them. 
As far as the eye can see. Rows and rows of chicken houses filled with thousands and thousands of loyal occupants. So loyal, that they each lay between 250-300 eggs per year and never more then one egg a day, generally in the morning before you get up for that first cup of coffee.
 What once was a staple on our weekly grocery list when we lived in the city, can now be eliminated from our weekly shopping list. Not having to buy eggs, a benefit not realized till we moved to the country. 
Something else we realized is that the color of the feathers around the chickens head generally determines the color of the eggshell.

 And along with this abundance of eggs there is a downfall of having row after row of chicken houses, depending on which way the wind is blowing.
Yup, you always know when it's cleaning day at those houses. 
I always love to invite my city friends out to the country when that happens!
And despite this little stinky obstacle,  we sure do love our chickens!

PS- The moral of my post- don't judge an egg by it's color.
PPS- Thought you should know that May is National Egg Month! Let me know if you need some eggs.

Grateful for~
Abundance of eggs 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

My Version of a Healthy Trifle

Please don't laugh , but I always assume that if dessert has fruit in it, it's healthy...... right?

Just like this one.....

And it's extra good for you if you combine at least 2 of the key food groups.... in this case dairy and fruit.

So in reality the only "unhealthy" ingredient in this trifle are the brownies that I cut up and layered on the bottom of my dish?

And topped with fresh strawberries that I mixed with a bit of Splenda and a little water.

And then added a ' kinda sorta I want to believe it's healthy' whipped cream that I made with heavy whipping cream ( 2 cups) and some powdered sugar ( 1 cup or to desired thickness) on top.

And to promote more good healthy eating, I added another layer on top and garnished with more strawberries.

Go ahead. Tell me that doesn't look healthy.......

I will make a believer out of you too!

PS- Tell me, do you have the same assumption about fruit? 

Grateful for~
The ability to work out after I eat "healthy" desserts like this

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