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text 2017-06-04 18:00
Sunday, We Salad! And Dessert!

Things were a little hectic this Sunday, so there are a couple missing ingredients for this :/ 


Mango Mandarin Sesame Shrimp Salad





Ingredients for the dressing/marinade. I can say, the way boxed mac and cheese used to give me trouble, I never thought I'd used Sesame Seed Oil as much as I do now. I love garlic, so I always add a bit more than recipes call for. 



Soak it up my pretties!



I forgot the edamame and oddly didn't have any cilantro on hand but Sesame Seeds I do have :)



You could grill the shrimp but for time purposes I chose saute. There is actual lettuce underneath, I just love my toppings overload. I liked this one but, again, I would eliminate the red pepper, it just doesn't go together with the fruits for my taste palate. I love mandarin oranges but for some reason I also wasn't a big fan of the taste combo here. The avocado, shrimp, mango and marinade I did love. I don't know, this might be my first sort of Sunday meal fail. 


Now, because life is all about balance, our Sunday Dessert....


Homemade Ding Dong Cupcakes




First off, prepare yourselves, these take some time and effort. Again, it was a hectic day so I kept forgetting to take pictures but I'm certain all you smarties will get the gist :)



Sour cream is not pictured but I did use it. 

I just noticed, look at that cheeky Marshmallow puff peeking around!




I also could never have pictured myself using flavorless gelatine. What a world.




I took the suggestion and added corn syrup, it made it super sweet. I probably wouldn't add it again.




So, the recipe calls for you to cut cone like deep into your cupcakes to add the marshmallow filling (too thick to be piped in), I sort of pulled this off. My suggestion is to go deeper cutting than you would think. 




You're also supposed to save some of the marshmallow filling to make the little decoration on top, I of course forgot. Luckily(?) I had some white icing on hand. I do not suggest this. The *&%^*%*@ icing would not stick to the chocolate ganache. Therefore, I ended up with something like this and this was the BEST one. Y'all. I was fried by the end of this. I should have taken a picture of the ones I simply iced a straight line across, lol. 



Worth all the work? Not sure, I thought they were a little dry. The bf liked them and said they almost tasted better the third day because the filling had settled more. They were good but I'm moving on, lol. They are cute and people seemed impressed, so maybe if you're feeling ambitious one day.


Did your Sunday meals turn out better?

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review 2017-05-26 00:49
Desserts from a Crock Pot
25 Easy Crock Pot Dessert Recipes: Easy & Delicious Crock Pot Desserts (Simple and Easy Cooking Series) - Hannie P. Scott

I love using my crock pot to make things and so when this was offered for free, I did put it in the cloud and just had a good time reading through the recipes. My oldest and I made the Monkey Bread. My girls like it. 


This is a fun book, full of great recipes. Enjoy.

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review 2017-05-23 03:44
20 Delightfully Delicious Dessert Recipes: For Any And All Occasions - Tony Trent

I mentioned that baking/cooking is something that I enjoy doing with my daughters (youngest mostly). I found many recipes in this book that I would love to try out, but I also have to be careful as there were many items that would be an allergy problem with my friends/sisters and also they use sugar, so not good for my dad or father-in-law. 


My girls like to participate in Baking Contests so there are many recipes that will be good for them to practice over Christmas, we make and take to our First Responders as a gift for all they do all year long. 


I got this book on Kindle for free two years ago, and now it is $2.99. I usually put books into my "Wish List" and watch for them to be free or reduced before I "buy" them. This does go under the would buy for $3.00 category. 



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text 2017-05-07 18:00
Sunday, we salad! And dessert!

It's still been a bit chilly here but I promised you people salad and salad you shall have!




This recipe recommends you make the dressing the night before to let it sit. I made it in the morning and planned on eating in the afternoon but then decided to go the extra mile and let it sit overnight. I could taste a difference, for the better. I'd let it sit overnight if you can.



Doesn't photograph well, but the personality of this dressing is top notch!




I didn't have walnut halves but the chopped ones I did, worked great. I was worried it would be too much sugar but I don't like things too sweet and this seemed perfect. 



Oh spinach, you don't even know the guests that are about to come party and mix it up in your home!



Fruits to the top and veggies to the bottom, so pretty :) Blackberries, apples (recipe calls for green apples but they don't agree with my stomach), mango, red pepper, cucumbers, and green onions.



Topping the salad off right!



Look at the pretty bowl! I really liked this. I would, however, leave out the red pepper and green onion next time, they just didn't seem to go, taste wise, with everything else. Definitely make the dressing, added so much flavor :)


Now, since I did a bait and switch with you all regarding moving from soup to salad, I've decided to give you a dessert also. 


Peanut Butter Cup Chia Seed Pudding



Ingredients for the chocolate.

This might go without saying, but make sure you have plenty of Chia seed on hand for this, I almost ran out, lol. This is another one that has to sit overnight but you'll be rewarded with a great breakfast for your hard work.



Ingredients for peanut butter cup.



Mine set-up perfectly after overnight but I did get lazy and just scooped it without running it through a blender first. If you like a smoother, less tapioca pudding feel, you definitely want to use a blender on this. 

I've never had Chia pudding before and while I liked it, it does have a bit of a sugar-less taste to it. The toppings helped immensely with the taste and made it from a 5 star to an 8 star dessert. I added banana slices, white chocolate chips, baking chocolate bits, and shredded coconut. It was super good after that, lol.


Any Sunday salads and desserts to share?









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review 2017-03-14 12:48
Delicious 200-Calorie Dessert Recipes: Perfect for Your Sweet Tooth and Waistline! - Sarah Spencer

Delicious 200-Calorie Dessert Recipes: Perfect for Your Sweet Tooth and Waistline! Diabetes diet dessert cookbook by Sarah Spencer
I am not one to count calories as I stick to a meal plan but thought I'd see what the book offers.
Like the idea of the introduction telling you how to use fat free items and what to use rather than sugar and fats.  Also tips on not to overbake or overmix. Love the list of ingredient substitutions!
Each dish has a title, servings, prep and cooking time along with a color photo.
List of ingredients and how to make the dish and also nutritional information that includes calories, total fat-not broken up into good or bad, carbs, dietary fiber, sugars and protein.
Like the ideas in this book because you can make the portions small and you can make one dish for all the guests that are due to show up. Pumpkin nut bread would be one I'd try.
Special section for chocolate desserts. Hmmm healthy chocolate chip cookies-worth a try as the ingredients are a bit on the healthy side.
Great carrot cake, my favorite and the ingredients are on the healthy side also.  Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

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