Upside Down Cake Friday, Nov 25 2011 





Upside Down pineapple-with-cherries Cake

Upside down cake is delicious. Even if it broke while trying to flip it around! 😉  I’ve made this recipe with peaches, pineapple, and apples! The recipe is from here.

The middle picture (of broken cake) is made with peaches, and this one with apples. Both delicious options!

Upside Down Cake

1/4 cup butter/margarine
1/2 cup brown sugar
Spice of choice*
Fruits of choice**
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 cup flour (I do 100% spelt, or a mixture of white/wheat)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk

Melt 1/4 cup butter in an 8″ square pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar and spice of choice*. Arrange fruits in pan.

In large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture, alternating with the milk, beating well after each addition. Spread over fruits. Bake at 375F for 35-40 minutes, or until lightly browned on top. Remove cake from oven, and let stand in pan for 5 minutes before flipping into plate. FROM EXPERIENCE: flip it into a plate, not into another pan or it’s likely to break. 😉

*Use 1/4 tsp if using peaches, or 1 tsp cinnamon if using pineapples or apples.
**Use thick slices of peaches, pineapples, or apples!

Green Smoothie Monday, Nov 7 2011 

Erika, from Large Families on Purpose, recently shared how her family drinks green smoothies for breakfast every day. I’d often heard of green smoothies, but her post finally got me to try them! My son and I proceeded to drink them every day for breakfast for a week (and counting)! They are delicious, and surprisingly filling.

What do I put in a green smoothie? Inspired by Erika, I use:

  • Bananas (usually frozen as I buy a big box of overripe ones)
  • Frozen strawberries
  • Frozen blueberries
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1-2 Tbsp ground flax
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • Milk, to desired consistency
Of course, smoothies are very versatile, so I don’t always put yogurt, or take the time to grind some flax. And for variety, you can change up the fruits used in the smoothie! Strawberries and blueberries are a great way to “hide” the colour of the spinach, so its nice to keep one of those in the mix. 🙂
I love these smoothies, love how they keep me full (results in less snacking), love how my son seems them as such a treat and yet they’re so healthy!

Do you make greens smoothies? What do you put in yours?

Smoothie-Love Sunday, May 29 2011 

We love smoothies around here. They are one of our favourite dessert. So versatile, so healthy, and a great way to get extra fruits in our diet. 🙂  Korban thinks it’s ice cream, and that’s fine by me!!!

Our smoothie “basics” is bananas. It just doesn’t taste the same without it. It adds a nice sweetness and smoothness to the smoothie. After that, we add whatever we feel like or have in the freezer. We mostly use frozen fruits, since that is what makes it nice and thick. In the above picture, you can see we used 2 bananas, some strawberries, blueberries, then raspberries. You need a little bit of liquid, so you can use milk or juice. We like it with milk, but using juice (i.e. apple) makes it a bit sweeter. We don’t add any sugar, but you most definitely can if you want!

Blend until smooth, pour in a cup and enjoy! We usually make ours thick enough that we need to eat it with a spoon. So delicious!

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