Archive for the 'Desserts / Pastries' Category

Protein ball, snack or dessert?

Nutella Protein Balls and below them, Peanut Butter Power Balls (both are no-bake versions) It was about 20 years ago when I first had a protein ball. My friend had brought some into work, and this version consisted of peanut butter, honey, milk powder, and chopped pecans. We ate it as a snack and whenever Read More

Soup for the Soul

Butternut Squash Soup – to puree, I simply blend with my Vitamix, in several batches, then redistribute into a pot. On this particular day, I made 12 quarts – I made to share with friends. I ladle into casserole dishes as such, and when cooled, I put on the lid and store in freezer. When Read More

Kitchen Sink Cookies

A couple weeks ago, I wanted to bake.  Not really having a specific cookie in mind, I decided to “go big or go home”, so went downstairs to the pantry and grabbed as many ingredients as I could.  The bricks of butter had already been taken out to soften earlier that day. I am a Read More

Toaster Strudels

I was a teenager when I took my first bite of a pop tart.  The first time my dad bought them, I had them as a snack, not as a breakfast item.  My dad treated them like a baked cookie, clever! So, I had half of one.  The thought of sinking my teeth into this Read More

Chia Seed Breakfast/Snack Jars

I absolutely love yogurt, but there is something dairy-free, and even better, for me at least, because I love texture – Chia Seed Pudding or Breakfast Jars!                   Here is a breakdown of the nutritional value of chia seeds based on a 1 ounce (28 grams) serving: Fiber: Read More

Cream of Tartar

Have you ever come across a recipe you are dying to try, then realize you are short one ingredient? What do you do? Do you look for another recipe to try or are you like me, who will think of a way to substitute this, that, and/or the other, to make that recipe happen? It Read More

Candy Make-Up

As I write this, I am wondering how I survived my childhood, having passed by without a single birthday party …. I kid you not. I never had a party. Don’t pity me just yet. Believe it or not, I am not alone. I only recall one birthday where I had an un-iced cupcake and Read More

The Raw Macaroon

       A couple weeks ago, I went to pick up some almond flour to prepare for my Macaron Bakefest. Before you know it, holiday baking will be in full swing, and I am organizing a cookie exchange of a large proportion. I also make extras for parties, family, and friends. Seriously, does one need Read More

Making Macarons (Macaroons)

A confection that has gained a lot of attention in the past few years is the Macaron. While a lot of us believe the Macaron originated in France, there has been some debate that it originated in Italy – “Some have traced its French debut back to the arrival of Catherine de’ Medici’s Italian pastry Read More

Another Cookie Exchange

This entry was supposed to have been uploaded in December, but various things prevented me from posting in time.  When reading, you will notice that the tense is not right.  I apologize for this. It’s that time of year again, and although it’s the same time every year, it always hits me in the face! Read More