Monday, October 27, 2014


It is another Secret Recipe Club reveal day.  Each month, we are assigned a blog from one of the other members.  We take time to look through their recipe archives... in secret of course... then we make something and reveal what we have picked on Reveal Day. It's a lot of fun and a great way to discover new blogs and tasty recipes!

Thank goodness for our blog followers that we participate in the SRC or another month would go by without a post.  Kelsey is busy this weekend with her first half marathon so she asked me the mom, Kim, to do the post this month.  This month we were assigned Kirstin's blog Troyers Loving Life.  It is always fun to peak into someone else blog and share in their life and experiences and especially find a great recipe to try.  Kirstin had lots of great recipes but the Starbucks Pumpkin Scones won out.  Along with crisp weather and beautiful fall colors, Starbucks Pumpkin Scones and Lattes signal Fall for me so it was prefect to find a recipe for them.  They were very easy to make and they are delicious.

P.S.  Kelsey did amazing on her half marathon……so proud of her and she deserves to eat one of these yummy scones.

Starbucks Pumpkin Scones

2 cups all-purpose flour
7 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
6 tablespoons cold butter
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
3 tablespoons half-and-half
1 large egg

Powdered Sugar Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
2 tablespoons whole milk

Spiced Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
2 tablespoons whole milk
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 pinch ginger
1 pinch ground cloves

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
Lightly oil a baking sheet or line with parchment paper.  Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices in a large bowl. Using a pastry knife, fork, or food processor, cut butter into the dry ingredients until mixture is crumbly and no chunks of butter are obvious. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin, half and half, and egg. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Form the dough into a ball.

Pat out dough onto a lightly floured surface and form it into a 1-inch thick rectangle (about 9 inches long and 3 inches wide). Use a large knife or a pizza cutter to slice the dough twice through the width, making three equal portions. Cut those three slices diagonally so that you have 6 triangular slices of dough. Place on prepared baking sheet. (I made to small circle and cut into 4 instead)

Bake for 14–16 minutes. Scones should begin to turn light brown. Place on wire rack to cool.

While cooling, mix the powdered sugar glaze ingredients together until smooth. Paint the glaze over the top of the scones.

As the powdered sugar glaze hardens, mix together the ingredients for the spiced glaze until smooth. Drizzle the spiced glaze over the top of the scones and allow it to dry before serving.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Secret Recipe Club: Carrot Cake Crunch Bowl

Carrot Cake Crunch Bowl

How has a month flown by since the last SRC reveal day? Can we all agree to slow time down a little bit? I mean, it is practically winter already!

Anyways, as a reminder, each month, we are assigned a blog in our Secret Recipe Club group to visit "secretly" and to make a recipe from.  On reveal day, we all share the recipe that we have chosen.  It is always a lot of fun to look through the archives of the assigned blog and this month was no different. Nora's blog, Natural Noshing, is packed with amazing recipes and if you happen to be gluten-free, you are in luck because all of her recipes are gluten-free and also refined sugar free!  She focuses on real, whole food and minimally processed ingredients, and the results are quite fantastic. I've actually been following her blog for a long time now, since coming across it back in the early days of joining SRC.

You all are well aware of my smoothie addiction, so it may be no surprise that I chose a smoothie for the reveal day.  I've seen a few of these smoothie bowls before, and I'd always wanted to try one.  And I've also seen a few "carrot cake" smoothies and I'd always wanted to try one of those too.  Well, Nora's version sounded fantastic.  I don't know if I will go back to drinking my smoothies after trying this bowl version.  The crunchiness added by the toppings really takes this from good to amazing. So go ahead and eat your smoothie with a spoon next time!

Carrot Cake Crunch Bowl

From Natural Noshing

6-7 baby carrots, chopped (or 1-1/2 medium carrots, chopped)
1/2 cup plain coconut milk yogurt (can use cottage cheese, tofu or other yogurt for variations) - I omitted this
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk  (or other non-dairy milk)
1/4 cup fresh or frozen pineapple
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder, optional
splash of pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or more to taste)
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1 medjool date or drizzle of honey
4-5 ice cubes

For serving
2 tablespoons raw buckwheat groats (granola can be subbed)
1-2 tablespoons chopped pecans, walnuts or almonds (or a combo)
1-2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes (or shredded coconut)

In a blender, combine carrots through ice and blend until smooth.
Pour into a bowl, top with buckwheat groats, nuts and coconut flakes and enjoy!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Secret Recipe Club: Cocada de Forno

It's time for another Secret Recipe Club reveal day. Time is really flying by this summer isn't it!?  For August, we were assigned Sally's blog, the Bewitching Kitchen.  I've been looking forward to being assigned her blog for a long time now. She has tons of great recipes and a really interesting background. I knew that Sally was from Brazil, so I was really looking forward to making a Brazilian recipe from her blog. My obsession with coconut made this recipe for baked coconut, or Cocada de Forno, an easy choice. It has a creamy texture and depending on how long you bake it, could be either a pudding or a bar. I opted to bake it into bars for easier consumption. Delicious and oh so coconutty!

Cocada de Forno (Baked Coconut)
From Bewitching Kitchen

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
1/3 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup sweetened, condensed milk
1 Tablespoon rum (optional, but why not)
1- 1/2 cups grated coconut (unsweetened)
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour, sifted

Heat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease an 8x8 inch baking dish with butter or cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, beat the butterand sugar together at medium speed until creamy, about 5 minutes.  Add the eggs, one at a time, and continue to mix.  Scrape the sides of the bowl after each addition.
Add the coconut milk, condensed milk, and rum, and continue to mix until well blended.  Add the coconut and mix until incorporated.   Fold the flour with a rubber spatula, and spread the batter into the prepared baking dish.
Bake until the top looks golden brown, the edges are set, but the center is slightly jiggly, about 20 minutes (or if you prefer a firmer consistency, bake until set, 30 to 35 minutes). Remove it from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sparkling Watermelon Strawberry Sangria

Sparkling Watermelon Strawberry Sangria recipe

Have no fear, we still have a lot of summer ahead of us.  It may be August, but we still have a whole month left.  To me, summer time means summery drinks shared with friends on the patio.  Sangria is the perfect choice for sharing, and what better way to celebrate the flavors of summer than with strawberries and watermelon. Add a splash of sparkle and you're ready to fiesta. 

Sparkling Watermelon Strawberry Sangria recipe

Sparkling Watermelon Strawberry Sangria

3 cups cubed watermelon
2 cups sliced strawberries
1 cup white rum
1/2cup fresh lime juice
2 sprigs of mint
1 bottle dry white wine
1 bottle strawberry champagne (I used Passion Pop)
1 lime thinly sliced

Muddle 1 cup watermelon, 1/2 cup strawberries, mint, rum, and lime juice.

Add the remaining fruit, lime slices, mint, white wine, and champagne. Stir and refrigerate for several hours before serving.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Coco-Kale Banana Muffins

Coco-kale banana muffins recipe

It's been ages, I know.  I even made these muffins weeks ago, and I've been totally holding out on you by not posting them until now. Life has just been pretty darn crazy lately!  Which makes it more important than ever to have healthy food on hand to grab and go as you rush about town. Right?!

Well, these muffins are just perfect for a quick breakfast or snack with your afternoon coffee (because duh, afternoon coffee is a must when you're busy!).  I tried these muffins at a friend's house during an ice cream social (gotta love a bunch of athletes eating ice cream with a side of kale muffins).  The recipe came from the Ottawa Public Health Food Advisor program newsletter edition on kale.  You know I love kale, so I had to ask for the recipe.  Well, when I read it, I decided that there was way too much sugar and other junk in there for my taste, so I made a few tweaks. Then I added some coconut flakes for good measure, because I've been cuckoo for coconut lately!  These muffins were awesome and I will be making them again soon!

Coco-kale banana muffins recipe

Coco-Kale Banana Muffins

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup spelt flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups chopped kale
1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Whisk together dry ingredients in a medium bowl.  In a separate bowl, whisk together wet ingredients (mashed bananas, apple sauce, maple syrup, coconut oil, and egg).  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.  Gently stir in chopped kale and coconut flakes.

Pour batter into a non-stick muffin tin (or into paper muffin liners) using a 1/3 cup measuring cup.

Bake at 350F for 16-18 minutes or until the top of the muffin is browned and springs back when gently pressed.

Adapted from Ottawa Public Heath Food Advisor

Monday, July 28, 2014

Secret Recipe Club: Single Serving Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie

Apparently all you ever see here is Secret Recipe Club posts now... so here with go with another Reveal Day!  I promise that I have a delicious Sangria recipe to share with you soon and I've been cooking up a storm this weekend too, so hopefully will get some other posts up here.  But for now, let me introduce The Spiffy Cookie!  We were assigned Erin's blog this month for SRC and let me tell you, her blog is awesome and filled with amazing recipes. 

Well, how could I not make a cookie recipe from a blog called The Spiffy Cookie?!  Erin also has a cute series called "Single Serving Sunday" and since I'm trying to be "good" with not eating too much sugar, I thought a single serving cookie would be the way to go. Though I'm sure my coworkers would have gladly eaten any cookies had I brought some in to work.  This cookie really doesn't disappoint. It is decadent and will definitely satisfy any chocolate chip cookie cravings you might have.  In fact, I kind of wish that I had someone to share it with, just so I wasn't the only one to enjoy it!

Single Serving Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie

From The Spiffy Cookie

2 tablespoon unsalted butter (I used coconut oil)
2 tablespoon packed of dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon sugar
Pinch salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 heaping tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
Ice cream, for topping (not really optional LOL)

Preheat oven to 375F. Have a 6 ounce ceramic ramekin ready.

In a medium microwavable bowl, melt the butter. Vigorously whisk in both sugars and vanilla for at least 1 minute (make sure you whisk hard, you want the sugar crystals to melt!) Whisk in the yolk until blended. Whisk in salt, baking soda, and flour until combined.

Fold in the chocolate chips and using s spatula scrape the batter into the ramekin.

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the top is firm and brown (the inside will still be slightly gooey). Let cool for a few minutes then serve topped with ice cream.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Summer Berry Trifle

Today is my 57th birthday so obvisously I am the mother of the K and K team.  Over the years, my favorite birthday treats were Angel Food cake with strawberries and Grandmom's Icing or Grandmom's cream puffs made with custard inside. So today for my birthday, I wanted to share this Summer Berry Trifle that combines some of the best of both desserts.  This also is a beautiful dessert to celebrate the 4th of July with the combination of the red, white and blue.  It is super easy to make so you still have time to whip one up for your celebration today.

Happy 4th of July to all of our followers and remember the fireworks are really celebrating my birthday (that is what I was told growing up by my family)!

Summer Berry Trifle

Recipe from the Compliments Foods Inspired Summer 2104

3 tbsp custard powder (I love Bird’s) * I added a couple of more tbsp to thicken faster                    
¼ cup + 1tbsp sugar, divided
2 ½ cups skim milk
¾ cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups sliced strawberries
Angel Food cake cut into cubes (I used a store bought one for easy prep)
2 tbsp orange-flavored Liqueur (I did not have any so I left it out)
1 cup each of blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries
½ cup sliced almonds (I forgot to put them n mind, oops)
¾ cup whipping cream (I used Cool Whip as it was faster)

In a medium saucepan, stir together the custard powder and ¼ cup sugar.  Slowly add milk, whisking to prevent lumps.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.

Transfer the custard to a heatproof bowl and set it in a larger bowl of ice, stirring occasionally until completely cooled, about 10 minutes.  Mix in the yogurt and vanilla.

To assemble the trifle, spread ½ cup of the custard in the bottom of a 3 to 4 cup or liter glass bowl (I used an actual trifle bowl).  Stand some of the sliced strawberries in a ring against the sides of the bowl.  Add half of the cake cubes and dizzle1 tbsp of liqueur over the cake.  Add half the berries and half of the remaining custard.  Repeat layers.  Recipe can be made ahead up to this point.  Cover and chill in the refrigerator over night if wanted. 

To finish before serving, lightly toast almonds in a skillet over medium heat until golden.  Cool to room temperature.  Using an electric mixer, whipping cream to stiff peaks, gradually beating in remaining sugar.  Spread the whipping cream over top of the trifle and sprinkle with the toasted almonds and serve.

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