Tropical Smoothie

Hello! Today I will be teaching you how to make a tropical smoothie. This smoothie is really simple if you have the right ingredients, and has a wonderful fruity, tropical flavour.

  • Preparation time: 5-10 minutes
  • Total time: 10 minutes
  • Yields: 1 1/2 – 2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 banana
  • 1 snack-size carton of peach, orange, or pineapple yogurt
  • 1 navel orange or 3 mandarin oranges
  • 1/4 tsp. coconut extract

Step 1: Add all of the ingredients to a blender, slicing the banana and peeling and segmenting the orange.

Step 2: Blend the ingredients, pulsing at first, then blending on low for 30 seconds.

Step 3: Pour the smoothie into a large glass and serve. Enjoy!

 

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Feel free to comment. Thank you for reading!

Susan

Grandmother’s Cookies

Hello! Today I will be teaching you how to bake Grandmother’s Cookies. These cookies are a family recipe my mum got from her mum, and so on. They are typical sugar cookies, but a hint of almond extract makes them positively delectable! They are a perfect treat for any celebration.

  • Preparation time: 1 hr 15 minutes
  • Bake time: 8-10 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hr 20 minutes
  • Yields: about 50 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 6-7 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 375° C. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, shortening, milk, vanilla extract and almond extract. Add four cups of flour, salt, and baking soda. Slowly add 2-3 cups of flour until the dough has a thick but rollable consistency. Mix well. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and leave it to chill in a refrigerator for one hour.

Step 2: On a nonstick mat or clean, floured surface, roll out the dough 1/4 inch thick. Cut into circles, or any shape, really, with cookie cutters. If you are using circle cutters, use ones with approximately a 7-centimetre diameter.

Step 3: Place the cookies 1-2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. The cookies do not grow or rise much as they bake, so they do not need to be placed very far apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until they are firm and the undersides are golden-brown.

Step 4: After letting the cookies cool for at least 10 minutes, ice the cookies. You can add sprinkles or coconut if you like. It’s up to you; get creative! For the icing, use 1 1/2 cups of icing sugar, a tablespoon of butter, and a little bit of milk. Add the milk in small portions so that the icing doesn’t get too runny! If it does, just add more icing sugar.

Your cookies are now complete! I hope you enjoyed this cookie recipe!

If you want a downloadable copy of this recipe, CLICK HERE.

Thank you for reading!

Susan

“Healthifying” Baked Goods

Hello! Today I will be blogging about how to make your baked goods, such as cookies, muffins, and biscuits, healthier. I grew up doing this, and it creates delicious baked treats guilt-free, because you don’t have to worry about the weight you’re putting on, but rather feel great about all the healthy nutrients you are filling your body with.

It is very easy to ‘healthify’ baked goods. Just follow the recommendations below:

  • For every twelve servings, it is a good idea to add 1/4 cup of flaxseed.
  • Also switch white flour to brown flour, or at least half it.
  • Another way to make your treats healthier is to use only brown sugar, and not white.

Of course, you don’t want to do this for everything. If you are baking a birthday cake or a different celebratory treat, you will want to stick to the recipe. But if you feel like baking casual muffins, it is a great idea to make your snacks healthier.

The picture at the top of my post is of a healthified chocolate zucchini muffin. When I baked these, I added 1/4 cup flax, switched the flour to brown flour, and used only brown sugar. I also halved the chocolate chips. Of course, there is also a 1 1/2 cups of grated zucchini in there, as well. In spite of all this, I can’t tell the difference and feel like I’m eating a chocolate cake every time I bite into one.

If you are a stickler for eating healthy, just add some flax and use brown ingredients. It’s easy, healthy, and still delicious.

If you want the recipe I used for the zucchini muffins, CLICK HERE. Please note that the recipe I used is not already healthified, you will have to do it yourself.

Feel free to comment. Thank you for reading!

Susan

Chocolate

Hello! Today I will be blogging about chocolate. Chocolate is a delicious candy made from cacao beans. There are many popular companies that manufacture chocolate, such as Hershey’s, Cadbury, and Nestle.

Chocolate was first started 4,000 years ago, in ancient Mesoamerica, or modern-day Mexico. This was where the first cacao trees were planted. The Olmec, an early Latin American civilization, drank chocolate during rituals, and as medicine. Centuries later, the Mayans praised chocolate as the ‘drink of the gods’. The brew was made of cornmeal, chilies, water, and ground and roasted cocoa beans. It was called ‘xocolatl’, or ‘bitter water’. In the 15th century, the Aztecs used cocoa beans as currency. They believed chocolate was a gift from one of their gods. They drank it as a refreshing drink, and while preparing for war. According to legend, Hernan Cortes went on an expedition to the Americas in 1528, searching for gold and silver, and instead finding a cup of cocoa served to him by the Aztec emperor. When Cortes brought this drink back to his homeland in Spain, they adopted the drink and the plant, and sweetened the beverage with sugar and honey. The Spanish kept their knowledge of chocolate mum for nearly a century. When King Louis XIII of France married Anne of Austria, Anne brought samples of chocolate as a gift. Soon, chocolate spread through Europe, and cocoa plants spread through Europe. In 1828, the invention of the chocolate press was made, which squeezed cocoa butter from cacao beans, leaving a powder behind. This cocoa powder was then mixed with liquids, poured into a mold, and solidified into the chocolate we know today.

History from Chocolate.org

There are endless flavours of chocolate, some of the popular ones being caramel, cookies & cream, and nougat. I enjoy Hershey’s Skor bars the best, as the sweet butter toffee and milk chocolate create a wonderful, crunchy mix. However, I also enjoy Mars bars, and Kit Kat bars, as well. There is a flavour of chocolate for everyone.

I like eating chocolate because it acts as a de-stressor for me. Whenever I have a lot going on, I eat a small square of chocolate and it perks me up again. Sometimes I enjoy a mug of hot chocolate on a chilly day. An easy recipe for hot chocolate is:

  • A mug of hot water
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa

Just mix these ingredients for a delicious drink!

FUN FACTS

  1. Chocolate makers use 40% of the world’s almonds and 20% of the world’s peanuts.
  2. Chocolate milk was invented in Jamaica.
  3. The biggest chocolate seller in the world is Brussels Airport, which sells over 800 tons of chocolate each year.

What is your favourite chocolate bar?

If you are interested in knowing more about chocolate, CLICK HERE.

Feel free to comment. Thank you for reading!

Susan

 

Brunch Omlets

Hello! Today I will be teaching you how to cook a simple yet delicious brunch omelet. This omelet can be made for breakfast, brunch, or lunch, and includes eggs, spices, and your choice of vegetables!

  • Preparation: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 8-15 minutes (dependent on your stove)
  • Total time: 15 minutes
  • Yields: two servings

Ingredients:

  • Three eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup assorted chopped veggies (red or yellow pepper, broccoli, tomatoes, spinach)
  • 1/8 cup onion
  • Four small slices of cheese

Step 1: Crack three eggs into a small bowl. Whisk them until they are completely blended.

Step 2: Warm up a small pan on an element, pouring in about a tablespoon of canola oil to grease it. Meanwhile, stir in your choice of veggies and grind, pinch or shake in the salt and pepper. I use two grinds of each.

Step 3: Once your pan is warmed up, set the element to LOW. Pour the omelet in. If you add tomatoes, add them to the top of the omelet now. Let the omelet cook for about five minutes. The time varies according to each stove type, so keep an eye on it! Once the edges start to come away from the pan, flip it over. This is easier to do if you cut the omelet in half first. Having done so, you may add slices of cheese to each piece if you wish.

Step 4: After another approximate 5 minutes, take each piece out of the pan and place it on a plate with a piece of bread. You may garnish the omelet with ranch dressing, ketchup, barbeque sauce, sour cream, or any other preferred dressing. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed this simple omelet recipe!

If you want a downloadable copy of this recipe, CLICK HERE.

Feel free to comment. Thank you for reading!

Susan