Celebrations are a time to celebrate.
Sometimes these celebrations will result in cake.
I mean, they should involve cake.
[In fact] I think everyday is a great day for cake.
I mean .. Why not? …
Bad day? Cake. Monday? Cake.
An already awesome day , like , Your husband’s birthday? A super large Cake. [duh]
I’ve made cookies, but would consider myself , a new baker.
I’m the cook of the house , my husband, is the baker.
Like. A fantastic baker.
I swear he secretly takes lessons.
He’s that awesome.
Considering he’s an esteemed “Hungry Man Dinner Alumni”.
So I had to step up my game for his birthday.
Snicker doodle Cookies + Husband= favorite cookie.
And considering ,I’ve never made him a cake, SnickerDoodle Cake it is.
We tend to not keep to many treats in the house.
[I have a bit of a sweet tooth] Meaning, I’ll probably eat it all.
So here you go:
Whole Foods “You Complete Me” [And My Grocery Bill]
#5 The SnickerDoodle [Gluten-Free] Cake
+King Arthur Gluten-Free Yellow Cake Mix
+ Whole Foods Large Brown Cage-Free Eggs
+[3/4 cup ]Almond Breeze Vanilla Almond Milk
+[5 Tablespoons] Frontier Co-Op Ground Cinnamon
+[2 Teaspoons] Frontier Organic Vanilla Extract
+[8 Tablespoons] Earth Balance Organic Butter Spread
+Topsee Tulip Cream Cheese Frosting [Icing]
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Mix cake mix, cinnamon, milk, butter, eggs, vanilla
-[I started to use an electric mixer, and it started to fling all over the kitchen [yup], so I hand-mixed
-Transfer to pan, Sprinkle a little extra cinnamon, on top
-My bake time: 42 minutes [varies , use your best judgement ]
-For example, If the cake is still jiggling, it’s not done. Put back in the oven.
-Allow to cool , icing
Enjoy! [Try not to eat the entire cake in one sitting]
*Organic *Gluten-Free *Non-GMO *No white Sugar included
All my ingredients we’re purchased at my friendly neighborhood Whole Foods Market.
Fresh local ingredients – Always have a pleasant shopping Trip- Thank you !
What’s your favorite baked good?
What are some of your favorite celebration sweets?
This cake would be an awesome addition to your next holiday family event , party, or just because , CAKE
Excuse us, we’re gonna go eat cake [for dinner]
Happy Birthday Sweetheart!
Quirky and ready to bake more ,
[I mean… I don’t want the milk to spoil]
Whole Foods “You Complete Me” [And my Grocery Bill] #4
#4 The Peanut Butter Cookie
Sometimes while binging on a ,Grey’s Anatomy marathon, you have a sweet tooth.
Or you think you have a sweet tooth.
Maybe it’s all the drama of the show?
[No] I mean Yes. Yes. I most definitely have a sweet tooth.
My husband suggested ‘cookies. I was like ” umm. That’s awesome!
But we don’t have Ingredients. ”
And he was like ” Yes. We do. Simple. Peanut Butter, Egg , Sugar ”
Yes! He’s Right. totally right! Why is he so smart?
But since we don’t have sugar , I opted for a healthier version , Honey.
Healthy is a simple & healthy alternative to sugar.
[ don’t worry. pinterest has some awesome conversion guides.]
So here you go [the easiest most delicious cookies in the world]
*1 Cup of Peanut Butter
*1/2 cup Organic Honey
*Dark Chocolate Bits * optional
*Preheat oven to 350
*[ I might have given the collies a little peanut butter from the jar]
*Mix 1 egg , 1 cup of Peanut Butter , 1/2 cup of Honey in a bowl
*Spoon balls onto greased pan [as small or as big as you like. We opted for bigger cookies]
*I also opted for little dark chocolate pieces to place on top
*Bake for 10-12 minutes
*[We baked for 14 minutes. Crispy outside, gooey inside ]
*Smile . Enjoy. you have cookies .
[ all of our organic products we’re purchased at our friendly neighborhood Whole Foods Market Asheville]
Quirky and loving Peanut Butter ,
Whole Foods “You Complete Me” [And My Grocery Bill]
#3 Potato , Potata, Either way we call it [Comfort Food]
It’s something we all look forward to.
After a long day , of work [or play] , there’s nothing like crowding around that dinner table.
Granted our dinner table is smaller, and our everyday party guests , [are two fur babies] ..
We look forward to the smell of that pasta dish.
[I’m sure the collie’s look forward to anything in the kitchen]
The taste of the cake.
The comfort of that meal.
Comfort is an inspiration, a luxury, and an inspiration for this dish.
*[My husband is a self taught cook and an awesome baker.
I dunno how he does it, but he whips up some amazing breakfast , dessert, and appetizer dishes.
And I swear , every meal he makes, is nothing short of awesome.] *
Thus our little potato appetizer is born
Sounds like the opening of the Godfather Trilogy
Guys. This appetizer is so rad, it could be an entree, [I swear]..
It could also be as Epic as “The Godfather” [ok. I might be biased. ]
Here you go!
+2-3 Genesis Organic Farms Potatoes
[we usually jump between various organic potatoes that are on sale. We prefer the small yellow potatoes, but these are great, and get the job done as well]
+Earth Balance Butter
+Frontier Co-op Oregano
+Frontier Co-op Garlic
+Frontier Co-op Mexican Seasoning
Prep: 20 min
+Pre-spray tray with cooking spray
+Cut potatoes in triangle wedges
+Put wedges in bowl
+Melt earth balance butter [1/2 cup]
+Few dashes of Oregano , Garlic, and Mexican Seasoning
+Pour in 1/2 cup Olive Oil [full circle drizzle]
+Mix in bowl [well]
+Place potatoes on tray [Due to trial & error , don’t dump bowl, hand place on tray . If you dump, will result an excess oil & butter on tray and potatoes will not cook properly ]
+Place mozzarella on top of each cut potato
+Dash of Salt
+Oven temp : 375 , 18 minutes
[All products we’re organic , & purchased at my local whole foods.
Check their weekly sales people. Whole Foods is awesome. Great products & Friendly Staff.]
What are your comfort foods?
What’s your favorite appetizer to serve at dinner , function , or a party?
Look forward to hearing your favorite comfort foods. [And maybe trying them out!]
Quirky and loving all the comfort food [pass the Potatoes please ],
Whole Foods “You Complete Me” [And my grocery bill]
#2 The Frozen Pizza
In honor of Throwback Thursday …. I’m having my favorite food for lunch…Pizza
Pizza has soft spot in my heart.
[And I needed a mid-day /mid-week Pick-Me-Up]
According to my mother, she ate a lot of Pizza while she was pregnant with me . Apparently it was one of the only things she could eat [without getting sick] It was the first “grown up food” , that I ate as a [baby] , and has continued to be a strong contender of food choices in my adult life. Luckily, my husband , shares the same love for Pizza.
Stressful Day : Pizza Awesome Day : Pizza To tired to cook: Pizza Comfort Food: Pizza
Do you see a trend? When in doubt.. pizza.
“Pizza. Saving a bad day , one slice at a time”.
I’m working on writing projects today , so I thought I’d opt for a frozen favorite , but add my own fresh toppings.
I’m always In search of a good frozen gluten-free pizza. [yes. I have an allergy]
Today’s Pizza of choice : Udi’s Gluten-Free Four Cheese Frozen Pizza
[Granted its great all of its own]
But I thought I’d add :
-2 Organic Baby Bella Mushrooms [Chopped]
-Cup of Fresh Kale
-Mammoth Cheddar [3 slices, chopped]
-Mozzarella [3 slices, chopped]
-Frontier Co-op Organic Garlic
-Splash of Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
[I would normally add fresh oregano , basil .. But we’re out]
Recipe: [easy cheesy]
Set Oven to 400 degrees
Cook 12-14 minutes [depending on your oven]
[All products we’re organic , & purchased at my local whole foods.]
Check their weekly sales people. Whole Foods is awesome. Great products & Friendly Staff.