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Sweet Treats

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Yesterday Starbucks started selling cake pops (Birthday Cake, Rocky Road, and Tiramisu) and whoopie pies.

But if you don’t wanna pay for cake on a stick—make your own!

Cake Pops

(Makes about 50)

Directions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Trim about 1/2 inch from the perimeter of the cake. Working in batches, crumble cake into the bowl of a food processor; process until fine crumbs form. Transfer to a large bowl and add frosting; blend together using the back of a spoon, until well combined, 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Roll mixture into 1 1/4- to 1 1/2-inch balls; transfer to prepared baking sheet. Cover with parchment-paper-lined aluminum foil. Transfer to refrigerator until chilled, about 2 hours or to a freezer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Begin to shape balls into cupcakes by rolling balls first into logs. Fit logs into a 1 1/4-by-3/4-inch flower-shaped cookie cutter. Push cake mixture into the cutter halfway so that some of the cake mixture extends beyond the top of the cutter. Shape extended cake mixture into a cupcake-shaped top. Push cake from cutter to remove. Transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Transfer to freezer until chilled, 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, melt chocolate in heatproof bowl set over (but not touching) simmering water. Line another baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Remove cupcakes from freezer and dip the bottom of each cupcake into the chocolate; transfer, bottom-side up, to prepared baking sheet. To make lollipops, insert a lollipop stick into the bottom of each cupcake. Let chocolate set, 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Melt white chocolate or pink candy melts in heatproof bowl set over (but not touching) simmering water. Dip the tops of the cupcakes into the chocolate and place right-side up on prepared baking sheet or stick lollipop sticks into a Styrofoam square. Place a candy-coated chocolate in the center of each and top with sprinkles. Let dry completely.

 

Cupcake Pops and Bites

Read more at Marthastewart.com: Cupcake Pops and Bites – Martha Stewart Recipes

Milkman

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Everybody has heard of the proverbial milkman and although I am not quite old enough to have experienced milk being delivered, I was curious about it.  So I contacted Oberweis and arranged for a delivery.  I must say the milk tastes sweeter, creamier, and fresher than it’s store bought counterpart.  I also love the glass jugs and bottles.

Has anyone ever had milk delivered? If so, what are your thoughts and memories.

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McMmmmm!

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Has anyone tried McDonald’s new Fruit and Maple oatmeal? I’ve had it for breakfast two days in a row now. It’s good! It’s  thick and creamy and every bite has a tart apple and sweet cranberry chunk in it.  I am not a raisin eater so I eat around them or don’t even notice them if one happens to sneak in.

I tend to skip breakfast because nothing really sounds good to me in the morning, but this goes down easy and is just perfect for my finicky stomach.

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Better Than Expected

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Last week I tried the swiss steak melt with broccoli and cheddar soup and was pleasantly surprised.  The soup is flavorful and filling. The melts are crisp and tasty. Not a bad lunch for $2.42!

*I didn’t like the baked potato soup, it was too bland. But the ham and  three cheese melt is very good dipped in the creamy tomato bisque.  And this is coming from a person who does not like tomato soup!

Don’t Worry, It’s Organic

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After reading my friend’s Stacy’s rave reviews of Luna bars, I decided to try them.  I’m glad  did because the one I had (Dulce de Leche) was really tasty!  Plus, they are good for you!  Have you guys tried them?  If so, what are your favorite flavors?  Next I’d like to try Peanut Butter Cookie and Blueberry Bliss.

Since then I’ve tried: Blueberry Bliss, Lemon Zest, and Nuts Over Chocolate.  The Lemon Zest flavor is very good!

Ian, The Food Critic, Part 2

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A while ago I posted about Ian and his pickiness during dinnertime.  He made comment after comment about how he didn’t like this or that.  Mealtime was a headache for me.

Fast forward to the present…

For Christmas we got Imani a pots and pans set.  She is just now playing with it.  So Ian decides he wants to play along with Imani.  While they are doing so, I’m in the other room folding laundry listening to them play.

Here’s part of their conversation…

Imani~Brother, can you pass me the big pan?

Ian~No I’m using it for something.  It’s a surprise for you.

Imani~(whining)  But I want to use it Ian.

Ian~I’m making zucchini and it’s going to be soooo gooood!

Imani~Ok!

I almost fell over!  Zucchini was the one food Ian almost refused to eat.  As I regained my composure, Ian continued telling Imani all the good food he was going to make for her.

I just smiled to myself and continued to to fold the laundry.

THEN…..Last night while I was fixing his plate Ian informed me that he did not like broccoli. 

Me~Oh really?  Since when?  You asked for broccoli the other day.

Ian~Well that was the other day.  I do not want broccoli today.

Me~Well too bad!  You’re going to eat it anyway.  That’s the only vegetable I fixed and vegetables make you strong.

Ian pouted all through dinner until it was time for dessert. 

I also forgot to mention that he now likes to tell me what to fix HIM for dinner.  I just have to laugh.  Maybe he will be a famous chef one day!

Peachy Keen

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I recently had peach butter at a restaurant that was fabulous! So I searched the internet and found a recipe from Gale Gand to try.  It is really good and simple to make.  You can use it on waffles, muffins, breads or just about anything you’d like!  It also would make a nice gift presented in a pretty glass jar with a cute little ribbon. 

Peach Butter

  • 1/2 cup cut up peaches, fresh or frozen
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 pound salted butter

In a small saucepan, bring the peaches, orange juice and sugar to a boil. Turn down the heat and continue cooking until the peaches are tender and cooked down to a jam-like consistency. Let cool. In a bowl, using a wooden spoon, blend the butter with the cooked peaches, making a “compound” butter. Chill in a ceramic pot till ready to use and soften slightly when serving.

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Peach Muffins

Peach Muffins

 

 

Calling All Pounds

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This post might sound odd considering that most people want to lose and not gain weight.  I am on the other end of the spectrum!  I am not malnourished but any means, but I am petite.  I know genetics play a role in body mass, but some of it is environmental.  I am a notoriously picker eater and often opt out of eating if it is something that I do not like or find visually appealing.  Nor do I like my food to touch!  Also I have been dancing for twenty years which I believe has helped keep me thin.  I can fit sizes between 2-6 depending on the designer. 

Since my husband died I have been struggling to maintain a healthy appetite.  The first week I didn’t eat a single morsel, I only drank teas and juices.  After that I would eat maybe once a day if that.  I was still taking my two Hannah Montana gummy multivitamins but I was still extremely weak, inundated by headaches, irritable, and emotional.  Food was too hard to consume as it brought back a lot memories and I had no desire to do so.  I took no comfort any food because my husband was not there to break bread with me.  And eating was the least of my concerns.

I’ve lost between 10-15 pounds, and if you didn’t know me, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell.  I do not look emaciated, but I am a lot thinner than I used to be.  Lately I have a more conscious effort to eat because I don’t want to make myself sick (or look sick).

I would like to gain 20-30 pounds.  I like seeing fullness in my face and figure; I am 31 not 13!.  In an effort to get my weight back up, below are a few measures I have taken to do this! 

Log It:  I keep track of what I am eating in a small notebook.  This allows me to know how many daily calories I have.  I read that in order to gain a pound, one must consume roughly 3500 calories to gain a single pound and 2000 just to maintain your current weight.  Therefore I try to take in an extra 500 calories per day so that I may gain one pound per week. 

Top It Off: I add topping to foods to grab a few extra calories.  I’ll crown my yogurt with granola, ice-cream with carmel sauce, fries with shredded cheese, ect.

No Skipping:  This is so tempting for me because I don’t build a lot of time in the morning to eat breakfast.  But I try to keep a granola bar or a piece of fruit in my school bag so that I can have something in my stomach.

Small But Mighty:  It is intimidating seeing a lot of food on a plate, so lately I have been trying to eat six small meals a day.  Plus I do a lot of “grazing” in between. 

Keep Snacks in Your Shack:  Eat snacks in between meals.  I prefer healthy ones because they make you feel better over all.  You won’t have to worry about coming “down” from a sugar rush.  This snacks in between meals also provide extra calories.

Give Yourself a Boost–Literally: I drink Boost Plus for an added 360 calories.  Carnation Instant Breakfast is also a good, quick way to get extra calories.

Have It Your Way:  This is very important to do when you have a decreased appetite.  Recently I have sacrificed a well-balanced diet for the sake of food consumption.  I eat whatever I like, when I like.  Luckily for me I like fruits and vegetables!  Sometimes it’s okay to let your taste buds dictate the day.

Hold the Drink: I tend to get “full” from beverages so I combat this by waiting until I have finished eating before drinking.  I used to get the strangest looks at restaurants when I declined ordering a bevearge.  Simply put, the drink becomes my “food” and I am too full to eat.

If you guys have any other tips, I’d love to hear them!