The Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook

Posted by    |    July 12th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

If you’ve ever been to the East  Village or Midtown and missed going to Momofuku Milk Bar, this is your opportunity to taste the sweet, sweet magic of this unique, New York bakery. The creators of Crack Pie (which totally lives up to its name) recently released a Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook allowing me to savor the glory of Cereal Milk Soft Serve, Pretzel Milk and Candy Bar Pie all the way from Dallas, TX.

But before I got my hands on this killer cookbook, I was able to whip up my very favorite menu item, Cornflake Marshmallow Cookies, thanks to Daily Candy. It was an INSTANT success. Obviously.

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Shed Pounds with This Summer Snack

Posted by    |    June 20th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I like an ice cream cone as much as the next girl.  Anything chocolate covered makes my world go ’round.  But the blaring Texas heat doesn’t do much for workout motivation, and pounds can easily creep on.  Sweet treats only add to the waistline, and the organic goodies can sometimes be too pricey to buy  in bulk.  What to do?  Try this easy, low-cost, truly delicious snack.

 

When you feel the cravings for something sweet coming on, reach for these two ingredients: blueberries and honey Greek yogurt.  Coat the blueberries in the yogurt and freeze, and you’ve got a gold mine of goodness. To avoid a mess, use a toothpick or skewer to dip the blueberries in the yogurt. Place them on a cooking sheet and slide ‘em the freezer. Not only does this taste better than you’d imagine, it’s also an easy snack to bring in a cooler to 4th of July picnics, Rangers games, and even devour as a midnight morsel when you can’t sleep.

(Photo courtesy of One Good Thing by Jillee)

Snowcone Party Garland DIY….Looks Delish!

Posted by    |    June 15th, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Remember how amazing a cold snow cone tastes on a hot day?  I always loved the Bubblegum flavor-it was pink, pretty, and sweet as can be.  When I came across this Snowcone Party Garland from Creature Comforts Blog, I fell madly  in love.  How stinking cute is this?!

A handful of supplies from the craft store plus one hour of dedicated craft time and you’ve got this shimmering beauty to hang.  I’m not a Martha Stewart-type myself, but even I think I can do this one.  The Creature Comforts blog is so full of DIY eye candy that you’ll be bookmarking this site in no time.

Find the step-by-step instructions here, along with great photos to guide you along the way so you know you’re doing it correctly.  How handy!

A New Twist on “Fruit Cake”

Posted by    |    June 7th, 2012 at 3:04 pm

As someone who has recently cut way back on the massive amount of sugar that has been the norm for my entire life, a healthy alternative to sweets is always welcomed.  With June being a month of celebrations for dads and grads, birthdays, and weddings, cake is on everyone’s mind.  Since I am trying to skillfully avoid refined sugar-laden cakes, the discovery of this fruit cake made my heart sing.

how to make watermelon "cake". such a cute & healthy idea!

According to Rachel Rockwell at Bubbly Nature Creations who masterfully designed and photographed this delicious concoction, you can simply slice the watermelon and remove the rind.  Once you have your basic “cake” structure, use colorful fruits to embellish your cake.  You may need toothpicks to keep the ornamentation on the cake, so remind little ones to avoid swallowing anything they shouldn’t.

Need more proof that this is a bonafide winner when it comes to cake replacement therapy?

Heather at A Cupcake Love Affair created this gorgeous beauty.  She’s a pastry chef, so this lady knows her stuff when it comes to desserts.  If it’s good enough
for her, it’s good enough for me!
(Photos courtesy of A Cupcake Love Affair and Bubbly Nature Creations)

The Only Salsa You’ll Ever Want to Eat (Plus a Giveaway!)

Posted by    |    May 23rd, 2012 at 3:57 pm

As someone who is now living gluten and refined sugar-free, I have my eye on all things natural and delicious so I don’t wither up into a rice cake ball and blow away.  I want tasty.  I want exciting. I want DELICIOUS!

Lucky for me and all the rest of you health nuts who don’t want to compromise on taste, I have good news.  News that will make you realize there is a whole wide world out there that is all natural, preservative and additive free, fat free, gluten free, kosher certified, and remarkably still the best stuff you’ve ever stuffed in your pie hole.

By now you’re probably thinking I’ve found the Holy Grail of deliciousness.  Well, you’re right.  Wholly Salsa.

Salsa? Yes, salsa.  And recognize the “Wholly”?  As in “Wholly Guacamole”?  If you’ve ever tried their guac, then you know what I’m guac-in’ bout. It’s darn good stuff.  And now they’ve got salsa that is so yummy I’d eat them straight out of the package without any dippers. (more…)

Get a Jump on Mother’s Day Plans!

Posted by    |    April 20th, 2012 at 7:00 am

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and rather than waiting until the last minute, it may behoove you to start planning now.  Mom simply wants that special day of recognition and love from you, so concocting a sweet plan is a must.  Here are a few creative gift ideas to help make the day memorable:

Bake Mom a gorgeous rainbow cake that no one will be able to resist! Not only will it look beautiful on the table, but Mom will know just how much love you baked into it. Detailed (not for the easily frustrated) recipe can be found here.

If planning a delicious meal for Mom means reservations, then Bolla, the award-winning restaurant at The Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa, welcomes you to enjoy a special Mother’s Day brunch. The multi- course dining adventure will be held Sunday, May 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Samplings of more than 30 unique items include tasty treats like a breakfast buffet, smoked pecan chicken salad, caviar and deviled eggs, Italian cream cake with raspberry marmalade.  Pricing for the Mother’s Day brunch at Bolla is $48 for adults and $24 for children. For a Mother’s Day weekend getaway, The Stoneleigh’s ‘Suite Sale’ offers rates for luxurious studio suite accommodations starting from $237.

For more information on the Mother’s Day Brunch or for reservations at Bolla at The Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa, call (469) 375-5842 or visit http://stoneleighhotel.com.

 Treat Mom like the queen she is and start by planning your show of appreciation now. She always did love it when you tried your best.

Easter Eggs Gone Glam

Posted by    |    April 6th, 2012 at 7:00 am

Cute handmade sock bunnies...cute idea to put in Easter basket!

It’s almost here! Grab those Easter baskets and get ready to hunt for eggs…and hopefully some candy, too.

Wait…you haven’t dyed your eggs yet?  No worries, you still have a few days left to get those babies dressed and ready for the yard.  (Or the living room, depending on this cray cray spring weather.)  If you’re thinking of being a bit more dramatic and forgoing the traditional dyed eggs, glitter eggs may be just what the bunny ordered. (more…)

Easter Surprise: Bunny Butt Cake

Posted by    |    April 4th, 2012 at 7:00 am

With Easter just a few short days away, it’s time to get to the nitty-gritty of what to make for Easter treats.  When I saw Betty Crocker’s “Bunny Butt Cake”, I almost fell out of my chair.  It’s hilarious, holiday-appropriate, and easy to make!

After reading this comment by someone who tried it, I decided this was the year to make this my family tradition as well.

“When I was a child, my mother always made a bunny cake for Easter (though never from this perspective) and I have continued this legacy for my kids and grandkids. This year I intend to make the Bunny Butt cake but, being from northern Texas, I think I’ll use coarsely ground ginger snaps to simulate our clay soil under the green “grass” instead of chocolate cookies. And to further explain what the bunny is doing, I’m going to build up the area around the edges of the “rabbit hole” with extra “dirt”. I’m certain that my family will LOVE it!! Thanks Betty Crocker!”

Get the recipe and helpful suggestions if you don’t like coconut HERE.

Hoppy Easter!

Nutty for Nutella Fudge Pops

Posted by    |    March 26th, 2012 at 4:02 pm

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I must have been living under a rock all these years, because I didn’t discover what Nutella was until about 365 days ago.  We didn’t spread it on our toast or coat our fruit in it growing up, so I didn’t know the sweet, sweet goodness of it until I attended the U.S. Open in Flushing, New York.  Instead of the usual artery-clogging concessions, there was a crepe booth.  Crepes!  How could I deny myself a fruit-filled crepe whilst cheering on my dear Federer?  What sealed the deal, however, was the Nutella-filled sweetness that was smeared heavy-handed in my crepe.  I was pretty sure I’d reached nirvana.

If you also love the nutty stuff, I have another fab recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie to satisfy your sweet tooth with a healthy twist.  Enjoy this Nutella Fudge-cicle esque recipe that will help cool you down on the impending hot summer days. (more…)

DIY: Homemade Organic Body Scrub

Posted by    |    March 20th, 2012 at 7:00 am

With the economy still unstable and gas prices soaring, it makes perfect sense why a trend towards homemade goods has begun.  Not only does this approach save money, but it gives you a sense of satisfaction that if the pioneer women could do it, so can you.  Today’s beauty DIY comes from a fun holistic blog called Keeper of the Home.  The DIY recipes and tips are a refreshing look at living as a natural homemaker, instead of some weird hippie freak that only eats plants and sews their own underwear.  (Okay, I may have made that last part up.  But the stuff about living as a natural homemaker is all true.)

Body scrubs are wildly popular because they exfoliate well, smell delicious, and keep that hot bod of yours moisturized.  Here is a Keeper of the Home recipe for a body scrub you can make with the contents of your kitchen.

Body Scrub: Brown Sugar, Honey and Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

1-1/2 cups Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/8 cup local, raw Honey
1/4 teaspoon of desired scent options: Homemade Pure Vanilla Extract, Lemon Juice, Lavender essential oil, Fresh ground coffee, Cinnamon or Clove

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together to form a paste. Add scent if you would like to, but it is not necessary. Store body scrub in a sealed container in your shower or by the sink. No need to refrigerate. To use, scoop some into the palm of your hand and massage skin as needed.

The author even insists that she didn’t have to moisturize after shaving this worked so well!  Make your own and enjoy the lasting benefits of a great scrub coupled with all-natural ingredients.