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10 Donuts I Want in My Belly RIGHT NOW

10 Donuts I Want In My Belly Right Now

I Have a Problem

I’m going to admit it, sometimes I go on Pinterest and drool over donuts. I have a tendency to think I WANT THAT IN MY BELLY RIGHT NOW. If you take a good hard look at my Instagram you’ll see that I’m doNUTS about doughnuts. (There’s also donut love sprinkled throughout this blog.)

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🍩🍩Happy Humpday! 🍩🍩

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Good morning ☕️ Happy Love Day!

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My baby girl made these..

And for her birthday we celebrated with these…

(No, these are not all of my donut pictures on my Instagram, there are plenty more.)

Donut Confession

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Okay, so this might shock you: I recently fell in love with donuts. I wasn’t all Homer until a few years ago. Annnd to my family’s dismay I’m the happiest with a regular glazed one. To me the measure of a good doughnut shop is their glazed donut. Anyone else?

ANYWAY, if you’ve been following me lately on Instagram you’ll notice a lack of donuts.  🙁  Well, friends, as much as I love donuts I’m trying to be more vigilant about what goes in this body of mine. THAT DOES NOT MEAN I WILL NOT HAVE DOUGHNUTS, it just means I’ll be more mindful, tis all.

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But let’s pretend I could eat all the donuts and look like JLo….

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10 Donuts I Want In My Belly RIGHT NOW!!!

1. I told y’all I love glazed donuts, but what I didn’t tell you is Krispy Kreme started my doughnut love affair. I had never tried Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and then one day my husband found one with THE LIGHT ON. Hot, fresh, Krispy Kreme doughnuts are AMAZING!! I found this copycat recipe and I’m looking forward to the bakers in this house to get to work. 🙂
10 Donuts I Want In My Belly Right NOW!! Krispy Kreme Copycat Recipe

2. These Strawberry Buttermilk Donuts via A Food Dance!!! All the heart eyes and food dances for these beauties!! I want, I want, I WANT!!

10 Donuts I want in my belly RIGHT NOW!! Strawberry Buttermilk Donuts with Strawberry Glaze VIA A Happy Food Dance

3. I’m about to switch it up… SUSHI DONUT!! Yes, please!! Whole Foods is tempting me with these:

4. Thank you, Angela!! Angela shares how to make a sushi donut ANNNND a Kimbap donut!! KIMBAP!! You guys, Korean food is one of my favorites. I grew up with a huge Korean influence in my life, so yeah, kimchi is a staple in this house.

5. Raspberry Ripple Doughnuts!! Raspberries are my favorite berries. Adding raspberries to a doughnut with sweetened cream, all the power ups!! Yes. Please. And thank you. 🙂

6. Blueberries are a close second to raspberries. I’m quite sure these Baked Lemon Blueberry Donuts do NOT disappoint.

7. You guys know I’m up and down with Paleo / carb-cutting, so these Paleo Carrot Cake donuts will come in handy soon. They’re ready in 15 MINUTES!!

8. FRENCH TOAST DONUTS!!!!

I mean, do I really have to say more? The Novice Chef has me drooling over her recipes and images.

9. My husband introduced Old-Fashioned donuts into my life and I’m so glad he did. These Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts via Handle the Heat have me wanting to reach through my screen!! I love the slight tang in an old fashioned. 🙂

 

10. Apple Fritter Rings with Caramel Sauce. Okay, maybe not technically donuts, but they’re round, fried, and apple-ly. Works for me!

What’s your favorite donut? Doughnut or Donut? And does it matter… 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5 of 12 Days of Blogmas and we're sharing recipes! I'm sharing the recipe for Johnny Appleseed Cake inspired by the Johnny Appleseed Bread Pudding I tried at Walt Disney World's Liberty Tree Tavern
Food, holiday

Johnny Appleseed Cake {Inspired by WDW Liberty Tree Tavern}

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It’s Day 5 of 12 Days of Blogmas and we’re talking HOLIDAY BAKING!! Everyone knows I’m a cookie lover and the holidays obviously means COOKIES, BUT that’s not what I’m sharing today. I know that’s a shocker coming from this cookie monster. Today I’m sharing a recipe for Johnny Appleseed Cake.

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WHAT THE HECK IS JOHNNY APPLESEED CAKE?

A few years back my family and I went to one of the most Magical Places in the world, you may have heard of it, I don’t know… Walt Disney World?

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Anyway, the first night that we stayed we ate dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern. Liberty Tree Tavern has a colonial feel with meals that are served family style. There was turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, and then there was Johnny Appleseed Bread Pudding.

Day 5 of 12 Days of Blogmas and we're sharing recipes! I'm sharing the recipe for Johnny Appleseed Cake inspired by the Johnny Appleseed Bread Pudding I tried at Walt Disney World's Liberty Tree Tavern

I had never, ever, ever, ever had this dessert in my life, but I was instantly in love. We talked about it for days, months, a year after our visit. I decided to finally make it for myself. So, last year I got to researching (aka Pinterest) and found a few recipes, but some called for canned pie filling (which doesn’t seem colonial), others used raisins, and most if not all did not call for ginger. Ginger! I’m pretty sure the taste that lingered in my mouth was ginger. I decided to pick and choose what I liked from the different recipes and then added my own spin. It was a success!!

Here’s What You Need To Make Johnny Appleseed Cake

Ingredients for Johnny Appleseed Cake

Preheat your oven to 350*

How to make Johnny Appleseed Cake

  • In a large bowl add all your dry ingredients excluding the dry cranberries.
  • In a sauce pan combine applesauce and butter and cook on low to medium heat until butter melts thoroughly. Not applesauces are created equally, some are sweeter than others, for this cake I actually prefer a sweeter sauce. This isn’t an overly sweet cake. The applesauce I used this time around wasn’t as sweet, but still worked perfectly because the toppings we added at the end were sweet, so we wouldn’t have wanted everything too sweet. Also, cinnamon applesauce works nicely too. 😉
  • Add the applesauce butter mixture to the dry ingredients stirring in the dried cranberries and grated ginger. Ginger is totally optional, but I like the spice. You can go with less ginger if you would like, but I honestly think you need the ginger.
  • Grease your pan. (I use a 10 inch Le Creuset Stoneware Pie Dish)
  • Pour your cake mixture into the pan and cook at 350* for 30 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with powered sugar
  • Top with fresh cranberry sauce and ice cream. (Butter and powdered sugar are also good with this cake)

Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • Enough water to cover the cranberries around 2 1/2 cups

Directions

  • Add cranberries and water to your sauce pan
  • Make sure the water covers the cranberries but not too much.
  • Let the mixture come to a boil and then reduce the temperature (medium or medium-low)
  • Add seasoning and sugar
  • Simmer for about 3-5 minutes
  • Mash with potato masher
  • That’s it. That’s all you have to do. And this is way better than the can stuff. 🙂

Enjoy!

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What is sobremesa and should you be doing it too? I'm discussing the importance of sobremesa, c'mon over and learn more about this tradition and why you should do it too.
Food, Lifestyle

What is Sobremesa and Why You Should be Doing it Too

What is Sobremesa and Why You Should be Doing it Too

I love when blogging, culture, and COFFEE collide. Those of you that know me, know I love coffee, and as much as I’m head over heels for coffee, I’m way more madly in love with my family. Family has always been important to me. Our time together has always been precious, but this summer it became even more precious after our accident. I believe I love hard because of my own upbringing; seeing love and laughter marry over various tables, card games, maybe a little chisme (gossip), and countless cups of after-dinner-coffee. Sobremesa!

What is sobremesa and should you be doing it too? I'm discussing the importance of sobremesa, c'mon over and learn more about this tradition and why you should do it too.

Sobremesa?

Sobremesa is a meaningful time in hispanic culture to connect with family and friends after dinner, usually chatting away about life, it’s best served with a good cup of coffee and maybe a sweet or two. Growing up I did not realize there was name for what my family did, we just did it. The smell of dinner would be swept away by the intoxicating smell of coffee that I wasn’t allowed to have (heavy eye roll, because my dad isn’t looking 😀 ), but what I did get to enjoy was the laughter. The laughter and loud voices were so jubilant, I wanted those moments to last forever. And they have! Well, they last forever in my memory, and hopefully my children will have lasting memories of our own sobremesa.

On the importance of time and keeping the tradition of sobremesa. "The Price of ANYTHING is the amount of life you exchange for it. " |Henry David Thoreau| Sobremesa| Time| Family time

Don’t Rush.

Life is rushing all around us. We have a zillion things to do and we want to finish them now. Our culture has become quite plugged in. This can be good, but it’s also distracting. We gobble down meals to get to work, and we can now do work from our phones! But the best work we’ll ever work on is our life: our loves, our friends, our families- connections! Those are the things that matter most. Every once in a while we need to slow down. When you take the time to relax and take in the moment life is less heavy.  Sobremesa is a time to let it go, laugh, recharge, and reconnect- it’s awesome! My husband and I have been curators of sobremesa for some time, without even knowing it.

We’re nomadic, so when we get family and friends to visit it means everything to us. We savor all the time we can get with our guests and yes, that means coffee time! It’s wonderful to laugh over coffee and learn more about friends and family. We even share the table with our babies, they can’t have coffee just yet, but boy are they trying. My ten-year-old thought the Nescafé Clasico was for her. 😀 Nope, all Papa’s and Mama’s BUUUTT we did share the extra goodies, some hot chocolate, and tons of laughs. One of the things we like to do with our kids over sobremesa is ask them questions like cake or donuts, Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck, Taylor Swift or Katy Perry, those questions lead to more questions, which then leads to conversation party of five. 🙂

Sobremesa is for lovers

My husband and I have always made sobremesa time for the two of us. Since we’re far away from family and friends sometimes we have to make time at home. We’ve always called this time “coffee dates”, I’ve referenced our coffee dates here before. We would wait until the kids went to bed, then make ourselves coffee and enjoy each other’s company. Yesterday, my love and I had our own #MomentoNESCAFE, the kids were in school, we had lunch, and then we chatted over Nescafe Clasico. No phones, no internet, no kids, just us. It was nice to talk about life, work, blogging, politics, and laugh. Unfortunately, our sobremesa felt like un memento because my husband had to get back to work, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. It was a time to connect, just the two of us coffee-loving lovers. And that’s the beauty of sobremesa, it doesn’t have to be big, it doesn’t have to be right after dinner, we had lunch, and you don’t have to be a hispanic to celebrate connections. Laughter, love, good conversation, and coffee transcends. 🙂

What is sobremesa and why you should be doing it too.| Sobremesa| Coffee| Connecting

 

NESCAFÉ Clásico wants to keep the sobremesa tradition going strong and remind you that you could enjoy a great moment any day of the week simply by bringing coffee to the table after dinner… or lunch. 😉  I encourage you to watch this video of two groups enjoying sobremesa with #MomentoNESCAFE,  one party has Nescafé Clasico and the other well you’ll see…
Do You Sobremesa?

Does your family linger around the table and enjoy each other’s company? Do you have a sobremesa story, if so share your story on social media using #MomentoNESCAFE (Nescafe Facebook). Which party would you want to be at in the video?

 

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Currently {July}

Currently July

Thinking: I have a lot to do today!

I don't want to adult coffee mug

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Creating: Well, this July, I drew the picture below that has inspired me to create something bigger. Stay tuned!

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Listening: I’m currently listening to Mike & Mike while I type this out.  More deflategate talk… images imgres   Reading: I know in the past I’ve said I do not like juggling books. BUUUUUUTT….Book Drunkard

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If I am reading a good fiction book, where I’m attached to the characters, I like to focus solely on that book. Lately, I have been reading non-fiction books and crafty books, so I’ve been jumping around.
Currently Books & Coffee

 

Books {End of July}

Planning: Something huge.

Go someplace

(Source)

Loving: Love notes in the sand. I love leaving them and receiving them….Love notes in the sand

 

 

Kooky family traditions….

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Yes, we celebrate Christmas in July. It’s fun. The kids love it. And who doesn’t love friendly competition, Christmas movies, hot cocoa and handmade presents in the middle of July?

The Office! My husband and I are re-watching the series, and we’re loving it! It’s nice to sit down after we put the kids down to bed, and laugh.

False. I love you more.

 

Oh this burger from Poe’s Tavern.  (I will be back!)

Tell-Tale Heart Burger Poe's Tavern

 

Long phone conversations with friends. 🙂

Encouraging: You to keep sending happy mail to friends and family! 🙂

Mail TYN

 

Do what you love! Create something 🙂

Do What You LOVE

 

I encourage you to pick a quote (preferably a quote by a woman) and write about it. Courtney and I cannot wait to see what you share on August 4, when #TWSS returns!! 😉

#TWSS Pick Your Own Quote

 

I also encourage you to keep an eye out for a fun giveaway I have coming up. Don’t forget to join me Friday for Thank You Notes. (I’m finally revealing my big news 😉 )Thank You Notes| A weekly link-up of gratitude inspired by Jimmy Fallon and hosted by Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress| Fridays

Working on: TONS!!

What have you been up to currently?

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Simple Chilaquiles using Herdez|Recipe| Mexican Food| Dia Del Nino| via Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress
Family, Food, holiday

Simple Chilaquiles with Herdez #DíaDelNiño

If you are a regular you know: I love my family, they mean the world to me, I love food, and I love making food with my family. You may also know I am completely obsessed with cookies and chips and salsa No, not together,  but if they both happened on the same day I would be just fine with that :). If you click through my blog you will see plenty pictures and posts of me and family eating or making food. Food is a love language I think we all speak, no? Food also serves as a way to share stories and pass on traditions.

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Food is a celebration, good report cards, sunshine, a promotion, holidays, or a big blog feature. Okay, I’m Latina, we make everything a celebration! (I’m not joking.. read on)

In Mexico there is a celebration for EVERY.ONE, mom, dad, grandparents, sisters, brothers, children, the dead- I could keep going. That enthusiasm to celebrate life and people is one of the many things I love about my culture. On April 30th Día del Niño “Children’s Day” is celebrated in Mexico, that day is all about celebrating children and making them feel special.

I would like to think my children feel like everyday is Día del Niño here, because I believe my husband and I do try to make each day about them. They are special to us, and my husband and I know our time with them is limited, one day they will move on, we are not taking anything for granted here.

In honor of Día del Niño, I have teamed up with Herdez to share a meal that you may want to introduce to your family. My children LOVE the meal I am sharing today, so in honor of them I am sharing Chilaquiles.

Simple Chilaquiles using Herdez|Recipe| Mexican Food| Dia Del Nino| via Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress

I usually make my own sauce for chilaquiles, but Herdez asked me to try out one of their new sauces, and I am no fool, (I am already in love with their salsa) so of course I agreed!

Having a sauce readily available is a TIME SAVER. I felt like I was getting away with something using the Roasted Pasilla Chile sauce in place of my own- I was, I got away with more time to eat. 🙂

Recipe for Chilaquiles using Herdez Mexican Cooking Sauce| Mexican Food| Recipe| Dia Del Nino| Herdez via Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress

Here is what you will need for this recipe (for my party of five this was enough):

  • Around 20 corn tortillas
  • Coconut oil about 3/4 or 1/2 cup, enough to cook the tortillas in
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 1 jar of Herdez Roasted Pasilla Chile Mexican Cooking Sauce
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • Cilantro for topping *optional
  • Chihuahua cheese *optional
  • Eggs cooked over easy *optional
  • I may have wrote optional, but you don’t want to leave the optionals out, they help make the meal. 🙂 You may also consider adding chorizo.*optional

Coconut Oil and Corn tortillias

First you will want to cut your tortillas into triangles. I use coconut oil, because it’s healthier and the kids like when I do. The chips do NOT taste “coconutty” at all.  Heat your oil and once ready add your tortillas.

Corn tortillas fried in coconut oil

Make sure you keep your eyes on the chips! Do not attempt to multitask while the chips are frying, because this process is fast, and who wants burnt chips? I tend to cook the chips a little longer for chilaquiles, because I like the chips to hold up to the sauce. Fry small batches of chips at a time, do not over crowd. Once the chips are done place them on a serving dish lined with a kitchen towel to soak up the oil, sprinkle with salt.

Corn tortilla chips

 This is when little hands will start sneaking chips, so just go ahead and give them a little snack, so they do not eat all the chips, you need them for the meal.

Chips and Herdez Salsa

We go through SO much Herdez salsa here… we have a problem with our chips and salsa addiction.

Back to the recipe…

In a separate pan large enough to accommodate the sauce and chips, heat up 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then add in your Herdez Roasted Pasilla Chile Mexican Cooking Sauce. Let the sauce cook for about 3-5 minutes on warm stirring it. Add the remainder of your chips to the sauce making sure that they get nice and coated. You could stop there, but oh no, here is where we put a nice over easy egg on top of the chilaquiles with a sprinkle of cheese and cilantro.

Simple Chilaquiles using Herdez Mexican Cooking Sauce| Recipe| Mexican Food| Dia Del Nino via  Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress

You may also want to try melting the cheese on your chilaquiles in the oven in an oven safe pan, then top it with whatever you like. My kiddos were salivating, they couldn’t even wait to dig in. All three of my kiddos and my husband LOVED this version of chilaquiles. I hope you will too. This is a quick and easy meal you could have done in less than 30 minutes, and if you decided to use a bag of chips instead of making your own you would probably cut your time in half.

Dia Del Nino Recipe| Mexican Food| Recipe|

Would you like to learn more about Día del Niño click here, and if you would like to check out some more yummy Mexican recipes using Herdez products click here.

I also wanted to share one more thing, Herdez brand is holding a #ThrowbackThursday photo contest on their Facebook wall! This promotion will last from April 6th to – April 30th. Each week, three winners will be chosen to win a Día del Niño prize pack. One grand prize winner will receive a Polaroid Socialmatic camera, film, an HERDEZ® Brand apron and tasty product. Runners-up will win a selfie stick, an HERDEZ® Brand apron and yummy product. Don’t forget to tag your photos with #ThrowbackThrusday #TBT on HERDEZ’s Facebook page.

 

Food, NaBlogPoMo

Crock Pot Cinnamon Applesauce

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NaBloPoMo Prompt: What knowledge do you have that others don’t?  Write a “how to” post about anything you’ve got skill for, small or large.

I’m happy this is our prompt today, because I’ve been meaning to share this for sometime.

Last weekend, I was chatting with the SITSGirls community via Twitter, and the question was asked: what is one of your favorite fall recipes?  I chimed in, “crock pot applesauce.”  Then, I was asked for a link…. doh! I didn’t have a link, I had been wanting to share this recipe for a while; it is SUPER easy, and delicious,  but never got around to it, however today is a new day.  The kids couldn’t be happier that today, is the day, and you’ll see why 😉

*Your house is going to smell A.MAZE.ING!

Crockpot Cinnamon Applesauce

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 10-12 Medium or Large apples
  • 2 tbs cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 cup of sugar ( you can decrease or add to fit your own diet)
  • 1/2 cup of water

How To Make Crockpot Cinnamon Applesauce

I purchased a mega bag of “organic” apples, or so they were marked, because come on those are some big a** apples, at Costco. When I make this applesauce I like to make a lot, I have three kids, and the day I make it, when it’s nice and warm, they all gobble it up.

Peeled, Cored, Chopped and ready to hit the crock pot. |Crockpot applesauce|Cinnamon Applesauce|Mrs.AOK, A Work In Progress

Peel, core, and chop apples.  You do not need to get rid of the skins, because for the most part the skins will cook down, but my kids, for some reason feel that peels-on tastes different.  Whatever.  I don’t get fancy with my peeling and chopping. If I do not get all the peel off  no biggie, and I’m going to smash the apples anyway, so need to measure chunkage.

Spiced Apples|Crockpot Applesauce|Fall Recipe|Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress

Once you have your apples all peeled (or not), cored, and chopped, drop them in your slow cooker, and top them with your spices. Add your water, give a quick stir and pop the lid on. I cooked my applesauce on high for 3-4 hours.

Apple smash

You may need to mash your apples, of course, this depends on how you like your sauce.  I let my boy get all HULK SMASH on the apples

Get all HULK SMASH with your applesauce|Crockpot cinnamon applesauce|

This little guy was eager to help, because he was eager to eat!! Annnd for his help, a little after dinner dessert, warm cinnamon applesauce on vanilla ice cream.

Crock Pot Cinnamon Applesauce & Ice Cream |Recipe|Cinnamon Applesauce| Crockpot|

Super easy, right?  I hope you will try this out.

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Paleo Candy: Bacon Infused Dark Chocolate Bark with Nuts

Paleo Candy

Sometimes, okay, often times, it’s hard to stay Paleo.  I crave cookies, I want bread, and on occasion the dancing bubbles of a soda are missed. When you’re *trying* to embrace Paleo, sweets are tough.  It’s hard to sit back and watch the kiddos eat Blue Bell Homemade Ice Cream, while I pretend that my bananas are the perfect dessert.  I’ll admit it, it is summer, and although I haven’t had ice cream, I have had other non-paleo treats. Eh… it happens.  BUT… I have also had this: Paleo Candy {Bacon Infused Dark Chocolate Bark with Nuts}.

Paleo Candy Bacon Infused Chocolate Bark with Nuts #Paleo

My husband did the sweetest thing for me, he made me this yummy bark.  I could marry this man a thousand times over and over again! (No, not just for the paleo candy.)  The two of us needed a Paleo dessert in the house, so he decided to make us Paleo Candy.  It is delicious 🙂

Paleo Candy Title

 

 

 

 

Here’s What You Need:

  • 2 cups of Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 2 tbs of Bacon Fat (If you’re Paleo or grew up in a Latin or Southern family you have a cup in the fridge.. truth)
  • 1 cup Nuts any kind will do. We used pecans and walnuts
  • Optional* Himalayan Salt or Kosher Salt enough to sprinkle on top of the all the bark
  • Heavy duty glass bowl
  • Pot
  • Cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Spatula

 

Here’s How He Did It:

  1. Create a double boiler, using a heavy duty glass bowl placed on top of a pot of boiling water. Add chocolate and bacon fat to glass bowl.
  2. Add chocolate chips and bacon fat to glass bowl. Stir the chocolate and bacon fat until the chocolate is smooth and creamy.  The bacon fat must also be completely melted in.
  3. Pour chocolate onto parchment paper placed on a cookie sheet.
  4. Spread chocolate and bacon mixture evenly across the parchment paper.
  5. Hand sprinkle nuts and salt over the chocolate before it hardens.
  6. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for one hour or until the chocolate hardens.
  7. Once hardened, break the chocolate into pieces
  8. Enjoy!

Paleo Candy Bacon Infused Dark Chocolate & Nut Bar

Super simple right? Have you tried going Paleo or reducing your gluten intake?

Food

Dairy Free Banana PB & Chocolate Chip Nice Cream

Dairy Free Banana PB &Chocolate Chip Nice Cream #DairyFree

A few years back I went to Whole Foods and was introduced to a DAIRY FREE ice cream option, which to me was HUGE.  I couldn’t wait to try the “Nice Cream” for myself that only called for bananas, peanut butter, and almond milk– I had all of those items in my pantry!  When I tried the recipe for myself I was pleasantly surprised how delicious and closely the Nice Cream was to Ice Cream in texture. My family and I LOVE Banana Nice Cream, and might I add one of my kiddos CANNOT STAND to eat a banana. (I know crazy, right?)

Bananas usually don’t last long in my house, I have two little monkeys who LOVE bananas, plus when you’re Paleo’ing (I’m just making words up now) you eat TONS of bananas.  However, there are those occasions when two or three bananas are left behind and that’s when I can make a small batch of nice cream… for myself… okay I end up sharing.

Speaking of sharing… I’ll share with you.

What you will need Nice Cream

So, here are the poor little left out bananas that I just couldn’t let go to waste

Bananas

I peeled the bananas and stuck them in a bowl to freeze.

Bananas (Nice Cream) #DairyFree Ice Cream

I know the bananas do NOT look too appealing at this point, but bear with me, it gets better. Once your bananas are frozen it is time for the good stuff.  Pull out your blender and grab your peanut butter or almond butter, dairy free chocolate chips, and almond milk.

Add ins Banana P&B NiceCream #DairyFree

Now, here’s where I wing-it because it all depends on your preference and how many frozen bananas you have.  My kids love peanut butter, therefore I used about 1/2 a cup of peanut butter and we didn’t measure the chips because… hello CHOCOLATE CHIPS. 🙂  A splash of almond milk will help things move along, in the event you’re having a tough time with it in your blender. Now…

Dairy Free Banana Nice Cream #DairyFree

 

 

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Food, Paleo

Paleo Chicken & Cucumber Salad


Today I thought I’d get in on the Tasty Tuesday action 🙂 
A couple of weeks ago I posted a picture on Instagram of one of my new favorites, Paleo Chicken & Cucumber Salad; it was received well, ergo I’m posting it here.  If you visit often you know I’m trying to keep things Paleo…. trying.  I’m not quite succeeding at this venture but I’m doing okay.  If my fridge were loaded with this salad like a 1990’s Dr. Dre music-video-fridge full of forties,  I would be the happiest girl.

Paleo Chicken Cucumber Salad

Here’s what you’ll need:

2-3 Grilled Chicken Breasts
2-3 Cucumbers
{as many as your heart desires}Heirloom Tomatoes
1 Red Onion 
2 Lemons 
Olive Oil
Salt 
Pepper
Adobo All Purpose Seasoning Lemon & Pepper

I think I love this dish SO much because it reminds me of ceviche. When preparing the red onion slices for the salad you soak them in water and salt, just as you would when you prepare ceviche; this cuts the harshness of the onion. Do not skip this step!

While your red onion slices are soaking begin grilling your chicken. I used my George Forman Grill. Don’t judge, it is the best wedding present ever!
I lightly seasoned my chicken with Goya Adobo All Purpose Seasoning with lemon & pepper.
Once your chicken is cooked thoroughly place on cutting board to cool.  

Begin peeling your cucumbers; my kiddos enjoy “zebra” cucumbers but eh if you like to keep your skins on by all means… 
Chop or slice your cucumbers and tomatoes.
Drain the red onion slices and pat off just to make sure that they are not super soaked.
Chop your grilled chicken.
Once everything is chopped or sliced throw it all into a large bowl. 

The dressing:
I’m an eyeballer, this is a technical term which means I don’t use measurements. I cook and rarely bake, I’ve got people for that.
I used about 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil
A dash of the Adobo
A pinch of salt 
Sprinkle of pepper and the juice of 1 1/2 lemons.
Shake well and pour over your salad.

Enjoy!


 

 

 

Food, Paleo

Green Eggs And Ham with a Natural Latina Flair

Before I go into my green eggs & ham, I’d like to share the “green” in my eggs.   Over the summer, I made pesto with cilantro and lime and thought I was a freakin’ genius!  Nobody has ever thought to use cilantro surely… {Fast Forward earlier this month 2/2014}
I was looking through my new Paleo book Practical Paleo and behold someone else is a genius, Diane Sanfilippo, used cilantro too but she one upped me, she used macadamia nuts oh and wrote a book.. overachiever!!  Being the Latina Mommy I am… I decided to spice up my pesto and add some more Latina flair 🙂

Here’s how:
1/3 Cup of Macadamia roasted/salted nuts
1    Bunch Cilantro
1    Heaping Teaspoon of fresh crushed garlic {or more if you like}
1/2 the Juice of a Lime
1    Big ol’ organic serrano jalapeno (TAKE THE SEEDS OUT)
      EVOO {for you non-Rachel Rayers that’s extra virgin olive oil}

In your food processor–I use the Ninja, it’s a dream– add everything but the EVOO.  You want to *slowly* add your EVOO between pulses to reach the right consistency.


This recipe will supply you enough cilantro pesto to store some away for later meals.  

Here are a few suggestions: use on chicken, shrimp, cauli-rice or per Practical Paleo yellow squash noodles.


My kiddos have enjoyed dipping chorizo sausage slices in the pesto or adding this pesto in a quesadilla. 


But one of our favorites is green eggs & ham with a Latin flair. We don’t use dyes, we use our cilantro pesto.
Scramble eggs, cook in butter or ghee, season (I like fajita seasoning), and add pesto. 
For two eggs I use about a tablespoon of pesto, however feel free to use more or less.
The ham? Well, I used slices of organic, nitrate free, Spanish chorizo sausage.  If you want the ham to be green pour a little pesto on the sausage. 

Enjoy!