Hello friends!

So I know we have been MIA recently (life just has a tendency of getting in the way) but don’t you worry, we are back in action!

I just have a brief thought for you now but we have some awesome and serious articles coming up within the next few weeks. With all this political action, obviously we have some opinions that need to be aired!

But here’s what I got today: Sandwich art! It seems to be a new trend taking over kids’ lunch boxes (well sorta, taking into account people who actually make their kid’s lunches and actually do this) but regardless. There is a Pinterest page, recipes and ideas all over parenting magazines and kids magazines and it even had mini debut on the Dr. Oz show.

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Although I think it’s adorable and the whole idea of decorative foods is a billion dollar industry (um charm city cakes? Cupcake wars? Challenge? Food network?!?) and we all do attempt it to some degree.. Is this ridiculous? Even worth it?

What do you think? I like it but I think I would be totally heartbroken if I worked so hard on something and it was gone in a few seconds but then again in today’s social media world I am sure it would never “really” be gone!

Let me know what you think!

Toodles,

ac

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Sunday Sundae or Sunday Parfait….

I have been trying harder to cut out sugary items from my diet and it is not easy. Around every corner lurks another a delicious sweet that is calling my sweet tooth’s name.

Sunday Sundaes used to be a staple in our college cafe and sometimes I still miss them but I also know how sugar and calorie laced they are. Instead, I tried a little twist on this old favorite. It may take some getting used to and is definitely a more acquired taste than ice cream and sprinkles but it’s my small step in (hopefully) the right direction.

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Like many of my recipes, you can really use whatever ingredients you want that suit your taste but here’s what I did:

1. Grab whatever size glass or cup you think is appropriate for you.
2. Place whatever fruit (I used strawberries to start) on the bottom…nuts (like walnuts, my fav) or even crushed grahm crackers are a good base.
3. Then put a dollop of non-fat greek yogurt. (You can use whatever flavor you want. I went with plain so there is no sugar at all. Most store bought yogurts also have rather pungent taste and are thick so make sure you try it before you use it. I used homemade yogurt because it is a little softer and not as tart-y; it’s also all I had.)
4. Then layer in another layer of fruit. (I used bananas here.)
5. OPTIONAL: I put in a very very thin layer of chocolate syrup here and a sprinkle of more crushed graham crackers.
6. More fruit. (Added more strawberries.)
7. Another dollop of yogurt.
8. Granola or nuts or crushed graham crackers.

and voila!

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I also threw on a little whipped cream and chocolate on top too. I know it does have some more sugar that it probably should but I am pretending the homemade yogurt and not ice cream and no sprinkles and easier helpings of the chocolate make it okay.

What do you think? Do you have your own version? What fruits would you use?

Toodles,

ac

I am nutty and I know it….

Today I busted out an old favorite my mom always makes. This mixture is perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon, a 3 o’clock pick me up, or even can be accompanied by a cold beer. The best part is you can use a variety of nuts and ingredients to suit your taste.

The one I made today was from a box of unsalted nuts that was sitting the in pantry. The combo has cashews, pecans, pistachios, and almonds.

To start, throw whatever combo of nuts you want in a pan on low heat on the stove. Then season with some salt, pepper, turmeric, and cayenne pepper. My mom also uses a little pomegranate powder to give it a little citic/lime/lemon-y taste. When in doubt, cook like an Indian: there is no measurements, just take a guess and taste it; if you don’t like it, add a little more.

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Let the nuts warm up slightly and stir them around in the seasoning. Once warm, take off the heat and enjoy. You can eat them warm right away or let them cool and save them for later. The best part of this recipe is that it is healthy and is so easy to make it your own. As you can see I even threw in some chia seeds in mine and paired it with a green smoothie to make it a healthy alternative to nibble on.

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What do you think? What nuts/spices would you use?

toodles,

AC