Dessert of the Week July 22-28, 2012 Avocado, coconut, and lime sorbet (Vegan)

Inspiration Amanda found this recipe in the book by Kim Barnouin, Skinny Bitch, Ultimate Everyday Cookbook and we are always looking for vegan recipes to try. This one seemed good for summer. Avacados Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. They also act as a “nutrient booster”…

What’s really in our food?

Have you ever read the ingredient list on the back of a food item and wonder what in the world some of the ingredients were?  Start reading labels and know what not to buy.  Here is a list of the 11 worst food additives on the market. Artificial Colors – Most of the cheap, low-grade…

Dessert of the Week July 15-21, 2012 Black-Bottom Coconut Bars

Inspiration I was really in the mood for coconut macaroons and wanted to try to make them again since the last recipe I made didn’t turn out so well. While looking around on the internet for recipes, I came across this one on Martha Stewart’s website. It sounded delightful to me! Two of my favorite…

Unexpected Social Experiment

For the past three summers we have made it a tradition to dye our hair fun colors. In the past we really haven’t noticed much reaction from other people, but this year we seem to be getting a lot of attention over our hair color. We recently went to the Museum of Natural Science and…

Great Books for Kids (and adults)!

We’ve been having a lot of rainy weather in Texas lately, so the kids and I have been reading books. It gave me the idea to post some of our favorite books.   Not a Box by Antoinette Portis Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis Pond Circle by Betsy Franc Uno’s Garden by Graeme Base…

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are unusual cookies. They aren’t eaten warm out of the oven, but cold from the refrigerator. They are full of flavor and easy to make. Ingredients: 1 cup canned pumpkin 1 cup white sugar 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 egg 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon…

Cranberry Harvest Muffins

These muffins are absolutely scrumptious out of the oven. The top is crunchy and the inside moist. They keep well in an air tight container, but aren’t as crunchy on top the next day. Chopped apple is also a good addition to these muffins. Ingredients: 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon…

Cranberry Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients  No-Stick Cooking Spray 3/4 cup  Shortening 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup All Purpose Flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 3/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 1 cup dried cranberries 1 cup chopped walnuts Directions HEAT…

Fudgy Foolproof Brownies

These brownies couldn’t be easier to make or more delicious to eat!!! Ingredients: 1/2 cup oil (I usually use coconut oil, but you can use vegetable) 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup all purpose flour 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt  1/2 cup chopped…

Dessert of the Week July 8-14, 2012 Tropical Ice Cream

It is pretty simple, just add pineapple and mashed bananas to the basic ice cream recipe. Inspiration We invited a friend over to enjoy Brazilian Black Bean Stew for dinner and thought that something tropical would be a nice accompaniment. Results It is a pretty simple and tasty recipe,  but a little shredded coconut would …

Slow-Cooker Ratatouille

Nothing could be easier than throwing everything in the slow cooker, turning it on and leaving it to cook for the day. It’s great to come home to dinner waiting for you and the house filled with a delicious smell! You can eat this ratatouille with cooked pasta or polenta.   Ingredients: 1  small eggplant…

Vegetarian Gnocchi Soup

This is a very easy and filling soup that is packed full of vitamins! (Iron, vitamins K, A, C, B6, E, B2, B1, calcium, fiber, manganese, cooper, potassium, magnesium, folate, protein, beta carotene). Ingredients: 2 tablesppons extra virgin olive oil 2 medium stalk celery, chopped 3 medium carrot, chopped 1 small onion, chopped 2-4 garlic…