All posts filed under: Dessert

Meal Replacement Smoothies

These smoothies taste great and leave you feeling satisfied. Banana Nut Bread Smoothie Ingredients 1 Cup Light Vanilla Soy Milk 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract 1 Cup Ice 1 Small Banana 1/4 Cup Walnuts Directions In a blender, add milk, walnuts, and ice. Chop for a few seconds. Add in banana and vanilla. Blend. If too thick add more milk. For more sweetness add more vanilla. Approximate Calories: 374 Blueberry Banana Nut Bread Smoothie Ingredients 1 Cup Light Vanilla Soy Milk 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract 1 Cup Ice 1 Cup Frozen Blueberries 1 Small Banana 1/4 Cup Walnuts Directions In a blender, add milk, walnuts, and ice. Chop for a few seconds. Add in banana, vanilla, and blueberries. Blend. If too thick add more milk. For more sweetness add more vanilla. Approximate Calories: 454 Advertisements

Tea With Milk

I know the English do it and many Americans (like my friend Carolyn) but the thought of putting milk or half and half in tea really confused me for years. However, I recently decided to give up coffee and drink all the tea I keep buying but never seem to drink. Here are a few teas I’ve been loving and a few others I tried. Teas With Half & Half or Milk Twinings English Breakfast Tea I learned from Anglophenia that English breakfast tea with half and half (or milk or whipping cream) is delicious. I of course use two Splendas. They refer to tea with sugar and cream as a “builder’s brew.” I also learned dunking a digestive biscuit is also amazing! You can also get those digestive biscuits at World Market. Republic of Tea Strawberry Chocolate You’ve probably seen this tea on a post or two before. However, add two Splendas and a little half and half, and you have a whole new experience. This is my dessert. I also drink this without sugar or …

My New Favorite Pie Crust

For Easter this year, I took sweet tea and pecan pies to a friend’s home full of Minnesota born folks. For the record, people in the upper mid-west love sugar too. I have been using a crust recipe that I love but the last time I made it, I somehow ended up with less dough. I decided to make two pies just in case (you always need a backup pie) so I searched for a pie recipe that yielded enough dough for two crusts. Ina Garten’s Perfect Pie Crust Recipe made the best crusts! They stayed together, tasted great, and I believe I have found my new favorite crust recipe. I made a few alternations. If you are not using Pyrex or glass pie plates you can disregard Direction #6 and you only need 9 tablespoons or 1 1/4 sticks of butter. Ingredients 12 tablespoons Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Spread or 1 1/2 sticks of Butter divided 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon sugar 1/3 cup very cold vegetable shortening 6 to 8 tablespoons (about 1/2 …

Time For Tea Reviews

Yogi Vanilla Spice Perfect Energy I received a bag a of Yogi Vanilla Spice Perfect Energy from my friend Carolyn during one of our “tea swaps.” The company describes this tea as a perfect energy boost. This is a blend of Green Tea and Assam Black Tea, as well as  Ayurvedic herbs Organic Gotu Kola Leaf and Ashwagandha, flavored with vanilla bean and spices. My review: Pretty tasty, smells nice, and is a nice coffee alternative. 7 out of 10. Republic of Tea Blackberry Sage I received a sample of the Republic of Tea Blackberry Sage in their catalogue. This tea is a blend of black tea, fruit, and herbs. Finest quality tea leaves mingle with sweet, fragrant blackberries and cool, soothing white sage. My review: It smells really good and I think it is a good evening coffee alternative. 7 out 10.  Yogi Breathe My friend Katie loves this stuff. She has severe allergies and I think it really helps her breathe easier. The Yogi Breathe Deep tea promotes healthy lungs with Thyme and Eucalyptus. Warming spices Cinnamon, Cardamom and …

Pumpkin Cake Muffins

Recently, I was browsing Pinterest and came across a recipe claiming two ingredients could make delicious, healthy muffins. After making a gunky mess, it was confirmed that in this case, it was in fact untrue. I ended up with a batter so thick there was no way I was going to get muffins as promised so I added some ingredients and ended up with these pumpkin-cake-textured muffins that are pretty good, especially with a cup of coffee. Ingredients 1 Box Spice Cake Mix 15 Ounce Can of Pure Pumpkin 2 Eggs 3 Splenda Packets 1 Tablespoon Nutmeg 1/2 Tablespoon Cinnamon 1/2 Cup Water Directions Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a muffin pan cups with non-stick spray or line with muffin tins. In a large bowl, whisk two eggs. Add spice cake mix, pure pumpkin, and beat mixture with a hand mixer. Add three Splenda packets, nutmeg, cinnamon, water, and beat until smooth. Scoop spoonfuls of mixture into muffin pan cups ( I ended up with 18 muffins). Bake for about 15 minutes or until an inserted …