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Chocolate Coffee Treat

15 Oct

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Im still trying to lose weight but I need something delicious.

This is my mid-afternoon or late-night treat.

1 10 ounce cup of delicious coffee

1 heaping teaspoon unsweetened cocoa

A lot of whipped cream from the can

And if you need to sweeten your coffee use one stevia. I don’t.

Make your coffee

Pour it into a mug

Add the cocoa

Add the Stevia now if you are using it.

Mix well.

Add the whipped cream.

I love this and that’s why I posted such a simple indulgence.

Around 40 calories and that’s if you are heavy on the whipped cream.

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Angies Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

26 Apr

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Angie was my Mom and she could make anything taste delicious.

This is one of her recipes that I changed just a little but I am sure she would love it.

All the old recipes have the oven temperature and pan size at the beginning of the recipe.

Butter and flour 3 nine inch cake pans

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees

Grate six to seven large carrots. I just use a pound.

2 cups sugar

1 1/2  cups any vegetable oil. Olive oil is too heavy.

4 large or extra eggs

2 teaspoons cinnamon

3 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

One teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

One cup chopped pecans [optional]

One cup drained diced pineapple

One cup of raisins

Mix the sugar and oil together and beat till the sugar is dissolved

Add the eggs and beat till everything is a pale yellow and smooth

Add the vanilla

Sift the flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and baking soda

Add to the wet ingredients

Mix well

Add the carrots, pineapple and raisins

Mix in with a spoon

Divide into three pans and bake.

Test to see if done and then cool

This frosting is to die either for or from.

4 cups sifted confectionary sugar

16 ounces of room temperature cream cheese

1 1/2 sticks room temperature unsalted butter

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

The juice of 1/2 a lemon

Beat everything together till you have this sinful white frosting.

Put four to five spatulas of frosting on each layer

Use the rest for the top and sides of the cake

I used gummy carrots to decorate the top.

I also put wooden skewers in the cake to keep it stable until the frosting firms up

Must refrigerate

I also grated the carrots in my food processor and it saved me a ton of time.

The pineapple was diced canned so that was easy too

This cake freezes great but I rarely have any leftover.

I love the pecans in this recipe but I have two kids with nut allergies. It is delicious without them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee and Donuts

12 Apr

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Why didn’t I think of this?

Again I am going through magazines.This can be very dangerous for me but I am going to make these for Easter.

One box of mini Chocolate glazed donuts.

One 1/2 of a 1/2 gallon of coffee ice-cream

Lots of plastic wrap

Cut the donut in half like you would cut a bagel.

Add a scoop of slightly soft ice cream on the donut.

Top with the other half of the donut

Smooth out the sides od the ice-cream with a knife so it looks neat.

Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze.

You now have coffee and donuts for a special treat.

The large donuts are way too much but the mini donuts are five bites.

Just enough.

Cookies,Yogurt, and Fruit

28 Mar

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Forget about mixing your yogurt with granola.

Try dark chocolate caramel cookie crumbs.

I tried this new cookie recipe and it was delicious but I couldn’t cut them the right way.

When I lifted them from the pan they fell apart and all I could think about was how expensive they were to make.

I ended up with a dish full of broken cookie pieces.

Never throw out anything.

I put all the crumbs in a plastic bag and put them in the refrigerator.

Now I have  crumbs for ice-cream topping or a healthier yogurt dessert.

3 tablespoons cookie crumbs for each portion

One cup good Greek yogurt

1/2 teaspoon sugar or honey

1/2 cup blueberries for each portion

Place three tablespoons of the cookie crumbs in each dish

Mix the yogurt and honey together.

Divide into four dishes

Top with berries

This is too good and I don’t love yogurt.

The cookies were definitely worth saving.

 

 

Chocolate Waffles, Strawberries and Strawberry Sauce

27 Feb

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These are the easiest waffles you will ever make.

One Duncan Hines chocolate cake mix

Follow the directions on the back of the box.

Put the desired amount of batter in your waffle maker.

Cook till done.

Serve with great big strawberries and strawberry syrup.

My grandchildren loved them.

I did dust the leftover waffles with a combination of two tablespoons cocoa powder and four tablespoons confectionary sugar.

The kids were eating them like cookies.

Shortbread Squares

8 Feb

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This is another shortbread recipe that I love because it is two bites and I don’t have to melt chocolate.

1 cup unsalted butter

2/3 cup sifted powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract

1/2 cup sifted corn starch

1 1/2 cups sifted flour

One cup chocolate chips or more

Beat the butter till fluffy

Add the sugar and beat till smooth

Add the flour, vanilla and corn starch

Beat until a nice dough forms

Roll out in between two pieces of plastic wrap about 1/4 inch thick

Try to roll it out to a square or rectangle

Place in the refrigerator until the dough is firm.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees

Line the cookie sheet with a silpac

Remove the dough from the refrigerator

Cut the dough into one inch by one inch squares

Place them on the pan

Decorate each with the chocolate chips.

I used four chips but made some with one chip and both looked great.

Bake until the cookies are light brown on the bottom about 15 to 18 minutes

Do not stack the cookies until the chips are hard again

Great pick up cookie.

If you have any leftovers, keep in a air tight jar or freezer

I tried the new vanilla chips, not the white chocolate, and they are good but they do discolor when they are baked.

The dark chocolate chips are my favorite

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Fried Apples

5 Feb

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Go in your fruit draw and take all your touched and spotted apples out.

Wash them

This is for about five apples

Slice and core them

I like the skin left on but feel free to peel the apples

Melt one tablespoon of butter

Add the apples

Stir fry for two minutes

Add one tablespoon of brown sugar

One teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Stir fry till the apples are almost soft.

You can add raisins if you like

Top off with whipped cream

You can also make this with pears