Mini Cobblers and Gender Reveal Recipe!

Mini Cobblers and Gender Reveal Recipe!

I’ve been brainstorming and researching on some fun gender reveal recipes.  However, most used dye (yuck!) and lots of sugar (I always can live with a little sugar) and made mostly from a box (yeah… that’s not going to work for me). So, I produced these little babies to help me reveal what gender my little baby is.       I love my CorningWare especially my little ramekins.  They bake evenly, are really sturdy, and clean easily.  They conveniently come in a pack of 4 on Amazon and very reasonably priced.  Definitely worth having a few on hand for fun recipes such as these mini cobblers!  Oh, you still want to know the sex of our baby?       Well, last night I had a vivid dream.  In my dream, I was with my husband having the ultrasound and the sonographer announced ‘it’s a girl!’  My husband and I headed to the ultrasound this morning both confident we were having another baby girl.  I couldn’t wait to share these mini raspberry cobblers announcing we were having a girl!       The sonographer clarified one more time whether or not we wanted to know the gender.  While my husband and I held hands, we assured her we wanted to know.  We were anticipating an ‘it’s a girl!’ but instead we heard ‘it’s a boy!’  As much as I loved those mini raspberry cobblers, the blueberry mini cobblers get the spotlight today.  We’re having a boy mid August!  We’re very excited and incredibly blessed that he appears healthy and strong.  Now… I seriously need your help with names!  We’ve got...
Fresh Fruit Cake

Fresh Fruit Cake

  This Fresh Fruit Cake is NOTHING like the horrible, fruit-from-a-can fruit cake you’ve had in the past.  I’ve had horrible experiences with nasty fruit cake too.  I’m here to transform it from the ‘worst’ to the ‘best’ Christmas tradition.     Just like my Cranberry Orange Muffins, this cake is bursting with flavor.  It’s tangy, citrus, sweet, and packed with some of my most beloved fruits.  Fresh cranberries are quickly becoming one of my favorites to bake with.  They turn from tart to slightly sour.  Oooh, I love them!   My sweet neighbor always brings us something fresh from the oven on Christmas Day morning (love her!).  I’m planning on returning the favor this year with this fruit cake.  I’m going to bake and give it to her in this silicon bundt pan or this awesome loaf pan. Print Fresh Fruit Cake Ingredients 2 and 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour 2 Tbs ground or whole flax seed optional 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/4 tsp salt 1 small orange peeled and pureed 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 1/2 cup honey 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 1 large green tart apple peeled and coarsely chopped 1 cup fresh cranberries washed and coarsely chopped 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries Instructions Preheat oven to 375 F. In a large bowl, combine and stir flour, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In Vitamix blender, blend orange until smooth. Add applesauce, honey, oil, and vanilla. Blend on low until mixed. Pour orange mixture into dry ingredients and stir....
Cranberry Orange Muffins

Cranberry Orange Muffins

One word for these muffins… RIDICULOUS!  I knew the combination of orange and cranberry would be over-the-top superb, but I wasn’t prepare for the firecracker of flavor.  POP! Citrus, acidic orange.  BAM! Tart and tangy cranberry. POW! Sweet, moist, and honeyed muffin.  These Cranberry Orange Muffins are ridiculously flavorful.     Like I mentioned in my Blueberry Banana Muffins, I’ve tried baking with several different whole wheat flours.  The flour you bake with will either leave your muffins hard and dense or soft and moist.  Here’s the whole wheat pastry flour that I’ve grown to love and use when baking anything with flour.   Print Cranberry Orange Muffins Ingredients 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour 2 Tbs flax seed or flaxseed meal 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 2 oranges peeled and pureed 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 1/2 cup honey or agave 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 1 cup frozen or fresh cranberries coarsely chopped Instructions Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine flour, flax seed, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir well. In a Vitamix blender, blend oranges until smooth. Add applesauce, honey, oil, and vanilla. Blend on low until mixed well. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry. Stir just until blended. Fold in cranberries. Lightly spray muffin pan with olive oil cooking spray or use muffin cups. Scoop about 1/4 cup of batter into each cup. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until the tops of the muffins spring back when lightly touched.     If you’re a muffin fan like...
Cranberry Relish

Cranberry Relish

Please do your turkey a favor and DO NOT use canned cranberry sauce on it.  The jelly texture gives me the heebie-jeebies and does anyone even know what’s in it?   Fresh cranberry relish is the best way to magnify your juicy turkey.  Tart cranberries, sweet applesauce, juicy oranges with a little kick from a jalapeno?!?!  Your turkey will never be complete again without it!  The vibrant colors of this dish are decoration enough… BUT, I have fallen in love with this white pumpkin bowl.   I can’t wait to serve my cranberry relish in it!  There are also matching salt and pepper shakers.   I love Thanksgiving!    Print Cranberry Relish Ingredients 1 12-oz. package fresh or frozen cranberries 1 Tbs orange zest 1 navel orange peeled and coarsely chopped 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 1 jalapeño pepper seeded and coarsely chopped 2 Tbs chopped fresh cilantro Instructions Pulse cranberries in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a bowl. Pulse next 5 ingredients in food processor 3 to 5 times or until orange, pepper, and cilantro are finely chopped. Stir into cranberries; cover and chill 2 to 24 hours. I’ve only begun building your Thanksgiving feast!  Don’t forget about these side dishes.   Apple Sausage Stuffing     Creamy Mashed Potatoes...
Citrus Power Smoothie

Citrus Power Smoothie

Print Citrus Power Smoothie Ingredients 1 cup water 1 orange peeled 1 lemon peeled 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks 1 banana peeled 1/2 medium yellow squash raw and with seeds 1 cup carrots 2 cups frozen mangoes or frozen tropical fruit blend Instructions Add ingredients in Vitamix blender according to order listed. Blend on high for 30 to 45 seconds until desired consistency is met. For thicker consistency, add more frozen fruit or ice 1/2 cup at a...

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