Almond Avo-Nana Smoothie

February 6, 2014 in drink

Happy almost Friday!

First up, I have to apologize for my blog being down most of yesterday and the day before. I have to tell you, a blog going down is one of the most annoying things that can happen to a blogger. You are completely at the mercy of your host. So if you went searching for a dinner recipe and couldn’t load the blog, I’m sorry.

Secondly, this smoothie!

My kids have been sick for the last week and a half or so. None of them have been eating much since their throats are bothering them so I started making smoothies for them. This Almond Avo-Nana Smoothie is one of my favorite smoothies and I know it sounds very strange but it is absolutely delicious. You can’t even taste the avocado! And instead of a nut butter, you add almond meal so you still get the good fats and protein but without added sugar that peanut butter or almond butter typically has.

My 4 year old is currently obsessed with the smoothie and asks for it at least once a day.

One year ago: Caramel Crown Coffeecake
Two years ago: Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Four years ago: Mango Avocado Salsa

Almond Avo-Nana Smoothie

1 - 2 servings

from The 21 Day Sugar Detox

Ingredients

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 avocado
1 medium-sized banana
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons almond meal
handful of ice

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
http://fakeginger.com/2014/02/06/almond-avo-nana-smoothie/

Caramel Apple Crisp Pizza

October 3, 2013 in cobbler

Man, I am ready for the weekend. How ’bout you?

It has been nonstop for us this week and thankfully school lets out early tomorrow for MANDATORY ACTIVITY DAY! Woooo! I really can’t complain much about living on an Army post. I keep telling myself that I just have to get through today and then it’s all downhill to the weekend.

The highlight of my week was this Caramel Apple Crisp Pizza. I wanted something quick and easy to make for a special afterschool snack but I had no idea that it would be such a hit. There wasn’t a single piece left at the end of the day. 

My favorite part of any fruity pie-type dessert is the crust/crumble/crisp/whatever so to have crust plus crisp in one dish? Heaven! I’m kind of obsessed with this recipe now and I can’t stop thinking about it. The good news is that the pie crust I bought comes in packs of 2. The bad news is that it comes in packs of 2.

If I’m up 5 pounds by next week, you’ll know why.

One year ago: Honeycrisp Apple Sangria
Two years ago: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
Three years ago: Fig and Walnut Biscotti
Four years ago: Maple Twists

Caramel Apple Crisp Pizza

Ingredients

1 refrigerated pie crust
2/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 medium apples, peeled and diced into 1/4 inch pieces
For the topping:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, softened
For the drizzle?
1/2 cup caramel topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a pizza pan with oil.
  2. Place pie crust on the pan and fold under edges to give the pizza a bit of a raised crust.
  3. Combine sugar, flour and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Add peeled, diced apples and toss.
  4. Arrange the apples in a single layer over the pie crust to completely cover it.
  5. To make the topping, combine the flour, brown sugar, oats, and cinnamon in a bowl. Use a pastry cutter or your fingers to mix the butter into the flour until the butter is in pea-sized pieces. Sprinkle over the apples.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until apples are tender. Remove from oven and immediately drizzle with caramel topping. Cut into pizza slices.
http://fakeginger.com/2013/10/03/caramel-apple-crisp-pizza/

Caramel Apple Cider

September 26, 2013 in drink

It’s been a year since Nicole and I started this Thirsty Thursday thing. Crazy, right? We’ve thrown around ideas of what to do next – do we continue with drinks? Switch to something else? Stop completely? We’re still trying to figure it out.

Our final theme was apples! I am officially obsessed with honeycrisps right now and just about cried when I couldn’t find any yesterday. It’s so hard to go from honeycrisp to the regular ol’ red delicious!

I made a caramel apple cider because it’s one of my absolute favorite Starbucks drinks ever. And the homemade version is even better since you can use real cider instead of apple juice like Starbucks does. Plus you can be like me and put half a container of Cool Whip on top.

What’s the only thing that’s better than hot apple cider? Frozen apple cider! Check out Nicole’s Apple Cider Floats!

Two years ago: Pumpkin Crunch Cake
Three years ago: Pizza Spaghetti
Four years ago: Lima Bean Dip

Caramel Apple Cider

Ingredients

1 tablespoon caramel sauce, plus more for drizzling
1 1/2 cups apple cider
whipped cream

Instructions

  1. Put tablespoon of caramel in a coffee mug. Set aside.
  2. In a small pot, heat apple cider over high heat until apple cider is at desired temperature. Pour into mug, over the caramel. Stir to melt caramel.
  3. Top with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle.
http://fakeginger.com/2013/09/26/caramel-apple-cider/

Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Crumble

August 26, 2013 in pie

Many apologies for being absent lately. I’m sure I mentioned that my husband has been in and out of the field all month and every time he comes home, we all get sick. And by “we all” I mean the baby and I. Because that’s just the kind of luck we have.

I figured I’d update you on the exciting things that have happened since my last post. Most of it is about the dogs. You’re welcome.

  • Clementine got her hair cut on Tuesday and Penelope did not recognize her. She wouldn’t let the imposter-Clem near their food for days. (If you’re new here, this is Clementine and this is Penelope.)
  • I bought my first ever jar of Nutella on Wednesday and it was gone by Friday night. Funny thing is, I’ve never bought it before because I “don’t like” chocolate and was convinced that I would hate Nutella.
  • Nicole made a S’Mores Frappe to commemorate the one year anniversary of S’Mores Week. I was supposed to make a S’Mores Shake but I was sick and then, umm… I ate all the Nutella that I bought for it.
  • The other day, on the way to the dog park, Clementine jumped out the window of the car. Now, I’m a responsible pet owner mom and I only open the windows halfway because I knew she would try that one day but she is craftier than I thought and now she’s not allowed to hang her face out the window. Thank goodness I’m also a strict speed limit follower and was only going 30 MPH. And double thank goodness that it was the weekend so the streets on post were dead. Because you know she just stood in the middle of the street after she did it.

That’s basically it.

My life is so exciting.

In unrelated news, I am in full-on fall mode. I’m checking the mountains every day for snow. I’m checking out Halloween costumes. I am ready. I definitely plan on holding off on pumpkin until the Annual Food Bloggers Must Post Pumpkin Recipes Day (October 1) but I figured it’s never too early for apples!

This is a fun crumble that’s cooked in the slow cooker in less than 3 hours. Apples and caramel and oats… all the good stuff. The crumble topping doesn’t get crunchy as it would in the oven but for a super simple dessert, you can’t really complain.

One year ago: Baked S’mores Doughnuts
Two years ago: Honey Sesame Pork Loin
Three years ago: Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Crumble

Ingredients

For the apples:
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
5 large apples, cut into chunks
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
For the topping:
2/3 cup oats
2/3 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3-4 tablespoons softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, granulated sugar, apples, salt, and cinnamon. Spread onto bottom of slow cooker.
  2. Mix your crumble topping ingredients until it comes together. Sprinkle it over top of the apples. Cook on low for 4 hours, or high for 2 hours.
  3. Turn off heat and let sit, covered, for one hour to let the caramel thicken.
http://fakeginger.com/2013/08/26/slow-cooker-caramel-apple-crumble/

Caramel Cookie Sundae Latte #IScream4ID

July 29, 2013 in drink, spon

There’s really nothing that says summer like ice cream. Am I right or am I right?

I was pretty stoked when I saw that International Delight came out with 3 new flavors in their Cold Stone Creamery line of coffee creamers. Because who doesn’t want their morning cup of coffee to taste like ice cream? I’ve been a fan of the Sweet Cream flavor since forever but these new ones? Ah-mazing.

You guys probably know that I’m kind of obsessed with coffee – to the point where yesterday when I was ousted as Foursquare mayor of my closest coffee shop, I yelled that I needed to step up my game and promptly headed out to get a coffee. But yeah, I easily have 6 cups a day and even keep a stash of decaf on hand because every night about 10 I think “OMG I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL MORNING TO HAVE COFFEE!”

I am forever looking for ways to jazz up the gallons of coffee I drink and these new Cold Stone Creamery flavors are definitely doing the trick.  We’re talkin’ Founder’s Favorite which tastes like a brownie sundae, Churro Caramel which is just what it sounds like (yum!), and Hot for Cookie which is cookie sundae. I used Hot for Cookie in this latte because I really just wanted an excuse to put a cookie on top of coffee. And then I mixed in a little caramel just to make it a little more indulgent. I’m definitely craving a real cookie sundae after this cup of coffee!

Caramel Cookie Sundae Latte #IScream4ID

Ingredients

1 cup hot coffee
International Delight Cold Stone Creamery Hot for Cookie, to taste
1 teaspoon caramel sauce, plus more for drizzling
whipped cream
chocolate chip cookie

Instructions

  1. Stir International Delight Cold Stone Creamery creamer and caramel sauce into hot coffee. Top with whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel, and a chocolate chip cookie.
http://fakeginger.com/2013/07/29/caramel-cookie-sundae-latte-iscream4id/

I made an #IScream4ID inspired Pinterest board as well, featuring other recipes using the new Cold Stone Creamery flavors and other ice cream-y goodness.

 

International Delight is having a really fun Pin to Win sweepstakes right now that you should definitely enter. Five grand prize winners will get $400 to put towards an Ice Cream Social of your dreams! Visit the ID Pinterest board for all the details!

Love ice cream + coffee? This summer, International Delight is bringing your favorite Cold Stone Creamery ice cream flavors to coffee and they’re celebrating by giving away five $400 grand prizes to throw this summer’s ultimate Ice Cream Social!  To enter, visit the ID + Ice Cream Pinterest board and pin your favorite image using the #IScream4ID hashtag. Good luck! This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

 


 

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