Warm Your Soul….

Simple Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients:

2 3/4 of flour

3 Tablespoons of unbleached granulated sugar

2 1/4 teaspoons of quick rise yeast or a packet

1/2 cup of water

1/4 cup of milk of your choosing

2 Tablespoons of salted butter (if using unsalted butter use 1 teaspoon of salt instead)

1 large egg

Prepare the dough by mixing flour, sugar, and yeast together. In another bowl place water, milk and butter, heat until butter is melted. Stir the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients and add the egg. Knead together for about 4 minutes either by hand or mixer. Allow dough to rest 5 minutes while you make the filling. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes and shut off.

Filling:

1/4 cup of butter, softened

2 Tablespoons of ground cinnamon

1/4 of brown sugar

Mix butter, cinnamon and brown sugar altogether and set aside.

Roll Dough to about 15 inches by 9 inches. Spread the filling throughout the flattened dough and roll. Using a string or dental floss, cut roll about an inch thick and place them in your 9 by 13 inch pan that has been lined with unbleached parchment paper. Place them in the oven for 20 minutes to proof.

After 20 minutes simply turn your oven onto bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15-20 minutes.

Frosting:

1 cup of powdered sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

2-3 Tablespoons of Milk

Stir together and top after the cinnamon rolls have come out of oven.

Enjoy!



New Year’s Eve Traditions

With the end of 2019 quickly approaching, I have fond memories that circle my mind daily.  I would like to share that growing up Italian with immigrant parents, many people would make comments that it was like being in Italy when they entered our home.  They were right!

However, I was very fortunate to have a family that invited and welcomed everyone into our home.  With that we had many traditions that carried over from not only Italy but all over the world. The ethnicity did not end with Italians but with beautiful individuals from everywhere.

With the start of the New Year we believed that eating certain foods would bring luck, health, happiness and of course prosperity. A couple of foods to share with you that I distinctly remember eating on new year’s day were lentil soup and pork sausage or roasted pork.  Lentils represent coins, wealth as well as health. Sausage or pork has an abundance of fat which symbolizes abundance and wealth.  We also dark green, sautéed broccolini which also represented health and money.  Finally, dried figs were served at our house, a sign of wisdom.  My mother, Armida enjoyed serving the figs cut in half with a piece of walnut between the halves.  Yummy!

Although regions of Italy and the world all celebrate differently,  no matter where you are on the globe we all have traditions or perhaps they are fun superstitions.   Find yours today and have fun with it for your family.  However you celebrate, I wish you much joy and happiness!

Cheers to a Happy  New Year!

 


Today’s Breakfast Forecast

Sunday Morning Banana Waffles

Ingredients:

1 cup of Unbleached White Flour (can be substituted for Whole Wheat)

½ cup of Rolled Oats

2 teaspoons of Baking Powder

½ teaspoon of Cinnamon

¾ cup of Milk

2 eggs

¼ of Greek Vanilla Yogurt

1 teaspoon of Vanilla

1 large banana

2 Tablespoons of Avocado Oil (can be substituted for any oil)

Add-Ins

Walnuts or Mini-Chocolate Chips

In a blender add rolled oats, milk, eggs, yogurt, vanilla, banana, oil and cinnamon, blend well.  Add in baking powder for a quick spin.  Pour batter into a bowl and finally stir in the flour without over mixing.   If you would like the add-ins, when the batter hits the hot waffle iron I sprinkle them in as requested by my very distinguished kid’s tastes.

Serving ideas

Additional sliced bananas on top with warm honey or maple syrup, whip cream with additional chocolate chips on top or simply eat them with your favorite syrup.  Powdered sugar.

Today my choice is Huckleberry Syrup from Montana.


Happy Sunday Morning!

Happy Sunday!  Today, I decided to make donuts for the kids.  Super easy and a fun recipe that takes only minutes to make.  If you do “nut” have a donut pan you can use a mini muffin pan too!

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2 tablespoons of canola oil

1 large egg

1/2 cup of milk

1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

1/3 cup of unbleached granulated sugar

1/2 cup of whole wheat flour

1/2 cup of unbleached white flour

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of salt

Topping

1/4 cup of unbleached granulated sugar

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

 

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Grease your pan with non-stick cooking spray of your choice.

In a large bowl whisk together oil and egg until combined.  Add the milk and vanilla until they have all come together.

Stir in the dry ingredients, until combined, do “nut” over mix.  Fill your pans 3/4 full and bake about 8 minutes or until the donuts spring back.

While they donuts are baking, mix the cinnamon sugar topping in a plate.

Let the donuts cool about 5 minutes in the pan and roll or dip them in the cinnamon sugar.

Simple, fresh Sunday morning donuts!  Enjoy… and please share this recipe and all of Creative Caribe’s creations with your friends and family!!!


Zucchini!!!

Zucchini!!! YES…or NO, maybe way too much.  It is great when it is in season and so fresh whether it is from a generous neighbor’s garden (thankful), your own garden, a local farmer’s market or grocery store near you please don’t forget to appreciate it, the season is short.

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Zucchini Bread Loaf

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Moist and Delicate

It seems like there is an overabundance for some people who have gardens, but in actually it is a very versatile and easy to utilize vegetable that can be incorporated  into savory or sweet recipes with a mild flavor in my opinion.

So on this overcast Sunday morning, here is the recipe that I bring from my kitchen to yours:

Easy and Moist Zucchini Bread by Creative Caribe

1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose white flour

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 packet of Dr. Oetker Vanilla Sugar

1/8 teaspoon of baking powder

2 eggs

3/4 cup of unbleached granulated sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

1/2 cup of Canola Oil

1 1/2 cups finely grated zucchini

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C).  Non-greased glass loaf pan.  Baking time is about 1 hour.

Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and flour.

Beat eggs, adding both granulated and vanilla sugar, vanilla and oil.  Add the shredded zucchini.  Finally, take the liquid and add it to the dry ingredients do not over mix.  For me, I mix the entire recipe by hand so as to not over mix the batter which takes about 10 minutes total.

Please share the love (and zucchini if you have an overabundance) with your friends and neighbors by reposting this recipe!

Thank YOU! 

 


Let Them Bake!

Happy Holidays to all!  I hope they have been memorable to all of you so far.  Although Christmas has come and gone, it is never too late to “let them bake” and share good cheer for the upcoming New Year!

So whatever your Family’s favorite, take some time to let your creativity fly (perhaps a little flour and sprinkles too) in your kitchen and have some laughs.  Making the mess is half the fun and your outcome will be purely memorable.  Enjoy the moment!

Let Them Bake!

Sugar Cookie Sparkle

 

 


feel good pantry essentials — mama eats plants

To follow-up with the last post…sharing some more love and ideas!

Enjoy!

 

These are my essentials for a stocked pantry. I don’t meal plan much anymore, instead I have embraced intuitive eating (eating specifically what my body craves that day) and it feels so right. Before, I used to feel hemmed in to whatever I had planned that day to eat. If I ended up feeling like […]

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9 tips for storing fruits & veggies (so they actually last all week) — Dietitian Andrea

 

After a long unexpected hiatus…I hope everyone reading this had a wonderful healthy summer, creating memories, having fun and sharing love where ever your travels led you.

With the beginning of the academic year for most, life becomes busier and more chaotic for some. As we look ahead to our busy weeks, I thought the following article is a great reminder to many of us.

Enjoy!

Do you start the week with the best of intentions to head to the farmer’s market or grocery store and buy, chop and prep all the produce? To get allll the nutrients from your fruits and veggies and radiate a healthy glow as you conquer the week?

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You can sip on this Mango Lassi with Cardamom and Pistachio as a breakfast or Brunch or Lunch or Dinner. No Kidding. This can serve as either a protein packed delicious breakfast in the morning or a delicious dessert in a glass in the evenings. This world-famous drink is filled with probiotic from the Greek […]

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Mango Lassi with Cardamom and Pistachio — MyYellowApron