Category Archives: Sweets

Tropical Acai Bowls + My Daily Dose of Superfoods

Thank You so much to OLLY for sponsoring this post!  As always, all opinions are my own.

 

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Do you want to know something funny?  When my sister, cousins, and I were kids, and we would go to visit my Grandma, she would give us vitamins like “treats”.  She stored them above the refrigerator and would dole them out to us accordingly.  The fact that they were placed out of our reach, and that we had to ask for them was probably a very smart bit of reverse psychology on my Grandma’s part, but it always made taking a vitamin seem special.  I remember getting overly excited about vitamin C tablets in particular – and one of my cousins incessantly begging for them.  Weird, but true.

I am glad that my Grandma worked that bit of voodoo magic on us though because it was one of the many things she did to instill healthy habits in us at an early age.  Now, I have to start the day with a vitamin, and the one I like best lately is OLLY Super Foods Multi.  I take it with my morning juice, and 2 collagen supplements.  I should also mention at this point that I think these vitamins taste really good, and I kind of want to pop them like candy!  : )

 

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As you know, I love to “eat the rainbow” (I mean, look at all of the gorgeous colors below!), but I also love to eat cookies, pasta, and have a cocktail or two, here and there.  I am all about balance, and OLLY products are an excellent way to help me maintain that.  With one Super Foods Multi, you get the antioxidant equivalent of an entire plate of fruits and veggies, in the form of ten superstar ingredients including elderberry (Side note: elderberry is so helpful in staving off a cold!) watercress, wheatgrass, and tamarind.  I don’t know about you, but as much as I might like to include some of those foods in my daily diet, that isn’t realistic for me (Although, my sister has been snacking on sweet tamarind a lot lately, and she tells me that it tastes just like “fresh plum jam”.  Ha.  My Grandma would be proud!).

One of those Super Foods that I have been eating a lot of recently, however, is acai.  There is a stand at the local Farmers’ Market that sells overflowing bowls, and every Saturday I watch as the line snakes through the rest of the vendors.  I am not the most patient person in the world, so rather than join the crowd, I started making my own version at home.  This one has a tropical flare to it with pineapple and coconut milk blended in, but feel free to go wild with your own combinations.

You can purchase the OLLY Super Foods line (with options for Men and Kids) at Target stores, or via OLLY.com.  Use code SUPER20 for 20% off your first subscription!

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Cherry Winks

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If you want to see a group of grown men squeal with delight, make these cookies.

I am kidding of course, but only half so as that’s what happened this past Christmas when my Aunt brought out a big plate of them and all of my uncles proceeded to go nuts.  Their exclamations went something like this:  “Are those what I think they are!?!”  “Cherry winks!!!”  “OH EMMM GEEE, cherry winks!”  The scene was both cute (for obvious reasons) and curious to me, because I had actually never tried the cookies before, even though they were very familiar to certain – ahem – members of the crowd!

So the story goes, my Grandma used to make this recipe on special occasions, for my Mom and her siblings when they were kids.  The recipe itself dates back to the 1950s, having even once appeared on a box of Kellogg’s cornflakes.  When I tried it for myself, I understood what all the fuss was about.  These cookies have the best texture – soft and chewy on the inside and crunchy on the outside because the dough is rolled in a pile of cereal before baking.  There are Maraschino cherries in them too, which makes them turn pink, and that makes me happy.

Speaking of pink, I added a couple of sunrise photos to this post just because I like the way they look and I felt like they fit.  Since arriving in Florida, I have been getting up extra early and Mama Nature has been rewarding me with some crazy pretty skies.  I am going to share more about my morning routine with you tomorrow (Hint:  It involves a whole lot of green to balance out the cookies!), but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy this vintage throwback, and all of the rosiness (I can’t seem to get away from rosy things lately!) happening here.

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Lemon Tea Cake with Cranberry Citrus Sorbet

holiday-baking-toasted-lemon-cake-3I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend vegging out/online shopping/eating leftovers!  I did all of that and then some, in addition to getting a jump on a bit of holiday baking.  I woke up to rain for the better part of the last three days, so each morning I poured my cup of coffee, blared the Christmas music, and made a mess of my counters with various flours, sugars, and kitchen tools.  Those are always the best kind of messes.  : )

As a result, this post is going to be as much about the tools I used as the cake here (Although that is pretty tasty, if I do say so myself!), because it occurred to me that 1.  I take out the same items over and over again – and maybe you might want do the same, if you’re not already 2. Gift Guides!  – and my utter lack of putting one together in lieu of culinary experiments – means that this can potentially function as a quasi/small/stocking stuffer version for the foodie in your life.  I hope so, anyhow!

If you bake a lot of cookies or roast a lot of veggies, then you probably already own a Silpat (Or three!), as this is more or less the gold standard of non-stick baking.  I have two and would happily accept more!  They even work well outside of the oven, as I used them to set white chocolate on dried fruit; awesome all around.  Next to my Silpat, the tool I use the most is this Supoon, short for “sit up scraping spoon”.  The base of the Supoon stays upright even when laid flat, and can be used to measure, scrape, scoop and serve.  It’s a multi-functional marvel! I used this to prep our Thanksgiving dinner as well, and when my Mom got hold of it, she declared that she wanted one too. These Levoons (leveling measuring spoons) are another favorite from Dreamfarm.

Rounding out the list is a Casabella Butterfly Duo Scraper  that is just as necessary for prep work as it is for cleanup, and this KitchenIQ V-etched Spice Grater for making fast work of citrus zest and fresh nutmeg – both of which are key ingredients in this cake and sorbet combo.

As for the cake, I based it off of a recipe I found while flipping through The Picasso & Pie Buffet Cookbook.  As I have found with most vintage iterations, this one needed a little tweaking in the ingredient department, but luckily I had plenty of time – and all of the right tools – to experiment with!

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