Apr 30, 2019

Jazzing up (Morning) Joe…

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

Coffee. Ohhhhh…. how we all love a good cup of coffee to start our day. What’s not to like about having a morning Cup of Joe? There’s the wonderful aroma,the warmth of the cup as you hold it in your hands and the added bonus, if you’re feeling a little sluggish- the kick of caffeine (unless you go decaff) .

I’m a “basic black” cup of coffee kinda girl- but as of late I am absolutely amazed at the number of add ins used to jazz up your Joe!.

If you’re looking to shake your morning up a bit by adding in a little extra somethin-somethin…here are a few simple and easy suggestions…Enjoy!

  1. Cinnamon. Cinnamon has one of the highest antioxidant levels of any spice, and adds a warmth to your already brewed coffee. Cinnamon can reduce nausea, inflammation, and rev up your metabolism. Added bonus – its antibacterial benefits help to ward off colds year-round!
  2. Butter. You’ve heard of bulletproof coffee, so now you can put it to the test. Adding one tablespoon of butter to your hot coffee (don’t try this with your cold brew) allows for the coffee to be released more slowly into your bloodstream, for a longer stream of energy throughout the day.
  3. Coconut milk. Use some of your leftover coconut milk from last night’s curry recipe to thicken your morning coffee. This dairy-free alternative adds a subtle coconut flavor, and also makes for a rich cup without using artificial creamer.
  4. Ginger. Christmas in a glass! Adding a small scoop of this warming spice, or infusing a small hunk of raw ginger into your coffee mimics a gingerbread latte like no other! Ginger is a powerhouse in soothing inflammation, promotes healthy cholesterol, and protects your liver – maybe the best thing after a night out.  
  5. Vanilla Extract/Vanilla Bean. A quintessential addition to your cup – vanilla and coffee just go together. Rather than using processed vanilla simple syrup, add a few drops of vanilla extract (remember – it is typically alcohol-based, so a little goes a long way). Or, drop a split vanilla bean pod into your pot as you brew to infuse flavor into your entire kettle.
  6. Peppermint Oil. Just a dash will do – adding peppermint oil to your drink can sub for a healthier alternative to a winter peppermint latte. However, it can be easy to overdo this, so just start with one drop and go from there. Peppermint contains a host of vitamins and aids in digestion, which is a perfect pair for coffee (known as a diuretic).
  7. Dark Chocolate. If you love mochas, this add-in is for you. Drop a few shavings or a small square of dark chocolate into your hot coffee, and let it melt slowly into your drink. You’ll get all the known antioxidant benefits from dark chocolate first thing in the morning, and the sweetness will help curb cravings for the rest of the day.
  8. Honey or Agave. Another sweet option – rather than choosing your usual white or brown sugar to stir into your coffee, try honey or agave nectar. This more natural form of sugar contains less sucrose than regular white sugar, which means its tastes sweeter and you’ll need to use less to get the sweet boost.
  9. Kosher Sea Salt. A pinch of kosher sea salt (very different from your usual table salt) in your cup can help offset some of the bitterness. It is recommended to put a pinch in your grounds before brewing for a smoother taste.
  10. Ice Cream. If you want to go for it, go for it! Hey, there’s no shame in indulging once in a while with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream in your coffee, turning your usual morning drink into an affogato. While this may not be the healthiest alternative, restricting your cravings too tightly can turn into indulging a little too much later.

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Apr 17, 2019

Cutie-pie “Cakes” for Easter

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

If you happen to be looking for a sweet treat to make for Easter Sunday, I have an easy peasy suggestion that might just hit the mark. It’s my cutie- pie “cake”aka Easter Bunny Cake. It’s a breeze to bake and takes literally zero skills to assemble. All you need to do is make two cake rounds and cut up one round as the necktie. and ears and the other is saved for the face of the Bunny. I first made this cake about a thousand years ago for my sister’s children and it was such a hit they asked for it for about the next 10 years. I cut them off at the age of 18 and said we have got to move on to more adult fare…. (te-he) (Note:cakes for grown ups below for inspo)!

The cake recipe below goes together in a snap due to the use of one wonderful cake mix. No judging please. We’ve added a few bonus ingredients and uust between you and I ..No one will know the difference. Enjoy!

Cake

  1. 1 pkg cake mix
  2. 1 pkg pudding
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 1/3 cup butter, melted
  5. 1 cup milk

Frosting

  1. 1 cup shortening
  2. 1 cup margarine or butter
  3. 2 tsp vanilla
  4. 8 cups powdered sugar
  5. 1-4 Tbsp water
  6. Food coloring (opt)
  7. Candy, coconut, sprinkles, etc. for decorating (opt)

Instructions

  1. Mix together all ingredients for cake. Split in half and place 1/2 in each of two greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  3. Remove cakes from pans. Leave one cake intact, and cut the other using the template below.
  4. Assemble bunny shape using template below. Set cake aside.
  5. In a mixing bowl, whip together shortening and butter. Add vanilla and mix well.
  6. Add powdered sugar in 1 cup amounts until frosting reaches desired consistency.
  7. Use frosting to decorate cake as desired.

Adapted from Bakers Coconut Animal Cut-Up Cakes

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Jul 31, 2018

Tuesday’s Tip(s)

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

Tuesday’s Tip(s)

Butter makes everything better! However, if you’re doing that whole “dairy free  thing” or perhaps just looking for an alternative to using butter I am here to give you options. Options are good? Right?! You choose. Butter,no butter whichever way you go these two tips will put you in the know. Enjoy.

Images courtesy of Pinterest /author unknown and lifehacks.com

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Jul 15, 2018

National Ice Cream Day

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

Image courtesy of pinning.com

It’s Sunday, my absolute favorite day of the week. Sunday seems like a fresh start filled with hope for the week ahead. Deemed as a “day of rest”  you don’t have to feel guilty for taking eeeeasy before you rev up and venture into Monday. That being said, it seems that Sunday’s just couldn’t get any better. Right? But wait, (as they say on those cheesy infomercials) THIS Sunday does bring with it an extra bonus -it’s officially…. National Ice Cream Day. How perfect is that! Smack dab in the middle of July-when temperatures are hoovering around 100 degrees today in LA and most of the country is not only hot but humid, doesn’t a dip into an ice cream shop to enjoy a cone in your favorite flavor just put you over the top on the delight meter! If per chance you are looking for a deal on your favorite dip check out the list courtesy of Thrillist.com

Arby’s

 

Enjoy and Happy National Ice Cream Day!

 

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Jun 13, 2018

“Like” Butter…

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

If you’re looking for ways to eat healthier but still indulge in an occasional sweet treat here’s a great little baking tip:

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May 17, 2018

One Sweet Cookie

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Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

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Jan 2, 2018

Tuesday’s Tip…Drink Up!

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

After all the holiday partying (and drinks that ensued) it’s time to get back to business, and by business-I mean a more healthy lifestyle. One of the easiest ways to increase your overall health is by drinking more water. I know you’ve heard this before (probably about a million times) but it goes without saying that by simply drinking  more water it realllly does have a positive outcome on your over health not to mention your skin looks better and aids in your  digestion. As an added bonus I’ve enclosed a little chart that I came across on Pinterest, that defines the health benefits of drinking water with certain times of the day. Here’s to a happy healthy New Year and a gentle reminder to Drink Up!

 

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Dec 19, 2017

2 CUTE-Xmas Treats

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

If you’re on the look out for some last minute baking inspiration these two cuties should do the trick. Check out sites for how too’s and details by clicking on  each image. In a word..YUM!

Image Courtesy of Make.com

Image Courtesy of PeggpPorchenoffical Instagram

Check out Peggy ‘s Website for some luscious backed goodies and supplies.

 

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Aug 10, 2017

National S’mores Day

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

It’s National S’mores Day! Who Knew? Now you and I DO! In the spirit of celebrating s’mores here’s a little Fun Fact:  We consume 21 million  s’mores every Summer!  ( Statistic courtesy of The Today Show on 8/10/2017). Bearing in mind that’s a whole lot of graham cracker, marshmallow and chocolate being smushed together and consumed I thought what better way to celebrate the day than to repost some pictures celebrating s’mores from  a previous blog I authored in 2014. Looking back at the popularity of this easy peasy dessert that continues to stand the test of time I guess it’s absolutely worthy of not only being a national food treasure but a novelty to be celebrated. Happy National S’mores Day!

smores-bar-1

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smores-bar2

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Apr 4, 2017

Tuesday’s Tip

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

Because….. sometimes you just need a little pick me up…

apples better than caffine

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