Apricot Sorbet, no ice cream maker needed

It’s apricot season!! I love Summer, fresh fruit and veggies galore! Apricots, Corn, Radishes, Strawberries, etcūüėÄ ¬†Unfortunately, its also going to get really hot out. ¬†What’s better to beat the heat than some fresh fruity sorbet!? Nothing. Obviously.ūüėČ ¬†But not everyone has the time or money for an expensive icecream maker, luckily, I found a way to make sorbet without one! All you need is a stove, a blender, and a large but not deep tupperware.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cup sugar

1 lb of Apricots, pitted and sliced

2/3 cup of champagne or other sparkling wine

2 cups of water

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First,  put the sugar, apricots, champagne, and water in a pot to boil.

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Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until apricots are very tender.

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Transfer the mixture into blender and blend until smooth.

Add water until it equals 4 cups of liquid.

Pour mixture into a large but not deep tupperware and freeze overnight.

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Serve with more champagne or sparkling wine. Enjoy!

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Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Want a cookie that’s delicious, healthy, and filling? of course you do! ¬†So these cookies are perfect! ¬†A healthy combination of oats, apples, and whole wheat with little sugar makes these super yummy and they won’t cost you your waistline. ¬†Let’s get started:

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Here’s What You’ll Need:

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, or cinnamon and nutmeg
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup milk
1 egg, beaten to blend
1 cup fresh apples, diced     

First, Preheat oven to 425¬įF.
 
Then, Combine first 6 ingredients in large bowl.
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Mix together butter, milk and egg in another bowl.  Mix in apples.
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Add to dry ingredients and stir until just moistened. 
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Scoop heaping tablespoon balls of dough and place on cookie sheet a few inches apart.  
Bake until light brown, about 10 minutes. Cool slightly on rack.
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Blueberry Lemon Loaf, perfect for a Sunday brunch

Hello again!!  Every time Chris visits I feel the urge to make brunch, this time it came in the form of this delicious and easy blueberry lemon loaf.  I made a few alterations from the recipe I found online, mainly switching the all purpose flour for whole wheat and adding a few more blueberries that it called for.  So here we go!

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What You’ll Need:

  • 1¬Ĺ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¬ľ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon (overflowing tablespoon) grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • ¬Ĺ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¬ĺ cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¬Ĺ cup milk

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First, heat your oven to 350 and spray your loaf pan.

Next, mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest. Remove 1 tablespoon of the flour mixture for the blueberries.

Then, coat the berries with the tablespoon of flour mix, this will help them keep their shape and prevent them from sinking into the dough.

Next, In the bowl of your electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until softened, or use a fork like I did, but your arm will get tired.

Next, Add the sugar and continue to beat until light and fluffy, or mix until there are no lumps.

Then, add the eggs one by one until well incorporated and add the vanilla.

With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture (in three additions) and milk (in two additions) alternating, starting and ending with the flour. Mix only until combined. ¬†If you’re using a bowl and fork just add the mixes together in shifts.

Next, Gently fold in the blueberries by hand using a spatula or wooden spoon.

Finally, pour your mix into your loaf pan and bake for 55-65 mins until a long toothpick or knife comes out clean.

Enjoy!

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Whole wheat olive oil strawberry muffins

These muffins are actually healthy and delicious! If you love strawberries then you’ll like these, they’re light in taste with a sweetness from the strawberries and a depth from the olive oil.

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What you’ll need:
1.8 cups of whole wheat flour
1 cup olive oil
1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp of salt
2 eggs
1 cup of chopped strawberries

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First preheat your oven to 350 and line your muffin trays.

Next, mix together all the dry ingredients, then add in the wet.

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Fold in the strawberries.

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Pour the mixture into the muffin tins and bake for 30 mins.

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Enjoy!!

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Quinoa and flaxseed

This isn’t so much a recipe as a good tip. Next time you’re making quinoa or brown rice add in some flaxseed for a nice nutty crunch. I did a ratio of 4:1, and cooked it in a rice cooker. Try it out!

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Banana cream pie parfait

Ready for a super easy dessert that’s unbelievably delicious? Yes, yes you are. So here’s an easy way to enjoy bands cream pie with half the effort!

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Here’s what you’ll need:
1 banana sliced into coins
2 Graham crackers broken into bits
Some vanilla pudding
Some caramel sauce

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It’s as easy as layering, Graham cracker, pudding, banana, caramel, repeat, and voila! Deliciousness!

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Bourbon Caramel Sauce with Sea Salt

I’ve been meaning to make this for a while now, though I’m not sure what I’ll use it on… probably everythingūüėõ ¬†Tonight I dipped apple slices in it, delicious! ¬†It’s rich and creamy with just a hint of whiskey. yum!

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Here’s What You’ll Need:

1 cup of sugar

1/4 cup of water

1/2 cup of heavy cream

1 tbs of whiskey (I used Monkey Shoulder)

A dash of sea salt

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First, heat the sugar and water over medium heat until it becomes a dark amber color, 15-20 mins, be careful not to burn it!!

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Next, remove the caramelized sugar from the heat and slowly mix in the cream.

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Place the pot back on the warm burner and mix in the bourbon and salt. Stir until completely mixed and smooth.

Pour into a heat proof container in the fridge to cool.  Bring back to room temperature in a bowl of warm water or in the microwave before use.

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ENJOY!! over apples, ice cream, anything!

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