Fruity Pizza

Fruity PizzaCan’t wait until summer to have this pizza!  Packed with vitamins and minerals, this Fruity Pizza is the bomb.

The Watermelon “crust” is full of nutritious benefits. It is a high lycopene food. Lycopene is especially important in cardiovascular health and an increasing number of scientists are finding that it is beneficial in bone health too.  It also has amino acids known to promote strong kidneys and other organs.

The Kiwi  topping is one of the healthiest foods.  It has the equivalnet vitamin C of an orange  and its available year round.  The California crop is from November thru May and then we get them from New Zealand.  Their crop hits the market June thru October.  Kiwis are a great source of dietary fiber and also provides great antioxident protection.

Blueberries are full of nutritious benefits as well.  Chock full of vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, calcium, potasium and magnesium, these colorful fruits make a great pizza topping that is good for you and your body.

Dried  shredded coconut not only adds fiber, it adds iron which helps with healthy circulation and tissue maintenance.

Enjoy!

Ingredients

watermelon (large slice) cut into eight pie slices
kiwi, peeled and sliced
strawberries, cut in fourths
nectarines, sliced
green grapes, cut in half
whole blueberries
shredded cocunut

Key Lime Tartlets

key lime tartlette

Key Lime Tartlets

I love these pretty little bite-sized treats as they get oohs aahs at a dinner party, and provide the perfect sweet ending to a delicious meal. They are so easy too.  Just three ingredients.

Ingredients

Shortbread tarlet shells (by Private Selection)
Key Lime fruit filling (by Private Selection)
Fresh raspberries (16)

Easy Directions

Place tartlet shells on a baking sheet with a lip
Add a spoonful of curd
Top with a raspberry.
Place in refrigerator.

When ready to serve, place tartlets on a decorative tray and Voila!

Homemade Oreos and Ice Cream

oreos and ice cream
Want to share a sweet treat for your Valentine?  Try these.  You can make them two different ways.  I prefer the Ice Cream sandwich version but if you don’t have space in your freezer, the frosted kind are great too.

Homemade Oreos for your Valentine

Cookies:

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

To make the cookies:

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Rainbow Rounds

Rainbow RoundsI bake these cookies every year for the Annual Holiday Cookie Exchange at my girlfriend, Suzanne’s home.  They are always a hit.  One year I broke tradition and made a different variety of cookie. My friends missed the colorful treats and now they request Rainbow Rounds every year.  They are a delicious sweet treat even in the morning with a cup of coffee.

I sometimes change the color of sugars when I bake them during different holidays (Halloween – orange and purple; Valentine’s Day- pink and red; Easter – lavender, pastel pink and mint green).  They are even fun to make using your favorite sports team colors.  Enjoy!

 

Rainbow Rounds

Ingredients

2 cups butter, softened
2¼ cups sugar
3 egg yolks
1 large egg
1Tbs. Vanilla
1 tsp. Salt
5¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup each red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple crystal sugars

Directions
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Emma’s 10 Cup Cookies – Old Family Recipe

This recipe came from my Great Grandma Emily!

This recipe came from my Great Grandma Emily!

Emma’s 10 Cup Cookies

1 C. semi sweet chocolate chips
1 C. chopped walnuts or pecans
1 C. raisins (I like dried cherries)
1 C. flaked sweetened coconut
1 C. Quaker oats (I use regular but quick cooking oats works too)
1 C. vegetable shortening (Crisco)
1 C. creamy peanut butter
1 C. granulated sugar
1 C. lightly packed brown sugar (light or dark)
1 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
2 eggs

 Directions
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Coco-Banana Bon Bons

I love chocolate covered bananas when I go to the local fair or Disneyland.  Here's my version of this sweet and salty treat.

I love chocolate covered bananas when I go to the local fair or Disneyland. Here’s my version of this sweet and salty treat.

Coco-Banana Bon Bons

Ingredients:
12 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup toasted and chopped almonds, walnuts, pistachios or pecans
2 bananas
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Guilt-Free Cookies

simple, healthy and satisfying

simple, healthy and satisfying

Guilt-Free Cookies

 

Slice an apple into 1/8 inch discs ( I like Granny Smith)
Spread thinly with creamy peanut butter or almond butter
Drop 4-5 chocolate chips on each apple slice
Add 3-4 raisins on each
Sprinkle with shaved or shredded coconut
Optional (add finely chopped walnuts)

Enjoy this guilt-free little slice of heaven!

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