I wanted to share some cooking, decorating, and beautiful desserts with you for Valentine’s Day. I like a simple evening, with a favorite dish for dinner, and a very chocolaty dessert after dinner. I am sharing recipes and how to videos on our Youtubechannel up to Feb14th, I hope, you get the chance to watch all my videos related to Valentine’s Day ☺️ Please remember to subscribe 🙏
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Ten years ago my parents gave me a fig tree to plant in the back yard. It nearly died one year and bounced back, and grew to a 10 feet tree. I guess it needed time, getting used to the garden, and making friendships with the surrounding trees such as the dogwood, and the parade of squirrels, and birds, and the families of cardinals flying over, and landing on its branches.
Every year or so my fig tree, decides to offer me a few figs, and my goodness they are big, beautiful, and not too sweet. I get busy making salads, fig and peanut butter sandwiches, appetizers, and cook a few to top ice cream and pancakes. A few days ago I picked a few for a quick salad. Feta cheese and glazed balsamic. It was beautiful and delicious. Thank you my beautiful fig tree👩🏻🍳😘
Just to mention a few benefits of figs, beside being delicious : high in fiber, and antioxidants, high calcium helps with strong bones, keeping a healthy blood pressure and weight control. One interesting fact, fig trees have natural latex which some people might be allergic to.
Watch me pick these beautiful figs just click on 👇
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Hot cocoa, also known as hot chocolate is an international drink. It isn’t a beverage for just winter season or cold climates, since this delicious drink made with coco powder, and hot whole milk, and sugar to sweeten it, is very soothing and fun to drink for little ones and grown ups.
I grew up drinking hot coco with my breakfast, and never ever dreamt of adding anything else to my chocolaty milk, till now. More chocolate with added flavors.
Marshmallows, salted caramel, mint chocolate, even for fun jelly beans. It is super easy to make with your entire family, and a step by step video will give you some more ideas on how to make these flavor boosters for hot drinks, and even for dressing up vanilla ice cream for a jaw dropping presentation. I hope you enjoy making them, and if you come up with more ideas please share it with me.👍😋
To bake healthy and delicious goodies sometimes can be time consuming, expensive, and frustrating. I am not shy to say I don’t enjoy spending hours baking, and waiting for anything to rise for 8hours. But I love trying new recipes, and sharing them with my family, and watching them enjoy my experiments.
Every now and then when I come across a recipe that is delicious and practical, I am beyond happy. In this case fruit bars, that are delicious to pair with tea or coffee, even top them with ice cream, and just perfect to wrap in wax paper as a thoughtful gift for a friend, teacher or the next door neighbor.
This recipe is super easy to prepare, bake, and by changing the fruit layer, you can drastically change the flavor for the next batch. I made these bars to use up my leftover cranberry sauce, and it came out absolutely delicious.
You will need👩🏻🍳.
1 cup butter room temperature 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt. Zest of an orange ( 1/2 tsp vanilla or almond extract ) 3 cups all purpose flour 2 1/2 cup cranberry sauce, apricot or cherry jam 1/2 cup almonds, or walnuts
Preheat the oven 375° bake for 40-45 using a 9×13 baking dish. Dough will be soft and buttery, using a rolling pin or your hands lay enough dough to cover the bottom of the pan about 1/4 inch thickness, a layer of jam, and a layer of nuts. Cover with the rest of the dough. Bake until slightly golden.
I am planning to bake some with raspberry jam and a layer of shaved semisweet Ghirardelli chocolate. Yummy 👍can’t wait😋
(Scones filled with chocolate chips and berries.)
I truly love baking. I rather bake than cook, and I rather bake goodies that are packed with fruits, nuts & berries.
I know there is always that feeling of guilt that creeps to our head when eating desserts, but I believe when we are baking our own cakes and cookies, we are more aware and use better and healthier ingredients.
For example, scones with cranberries and raisins, covered with vanilla glaze are great as dessert, and when served with a mixture of strawberry jelly and cream cheese or butter and honey is a scrumptious breakfast.
And if you love your coffee in the morning, dunking your scone in a hot cup of coffee is a great way to start your morning. 🌞
Click on the video and watch how I serve the scones.😋👍
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Grocery shopping is not one of my favorite things on my to do list. But every now and then, it turns out to be a lovely experience.
A few days ago when I was running through isles to pick up some vegetables, I froze when the wonderful sweet smell of peaches hit my senses. To be honest, these are the small things that make summer bearable. Sweet peaches, juicy watermelons, popsicles, grilled corn on the cob, and summer gardening. Yes, they are mostly food related, but any thing else involving the outdoors means facing the heat.
Going back to the sweet peaches, I planned on baking a peach cobbler, a bowl of fruit salad for a cool dessert, grill them as a side dish, and for breakfast mix it with yogurt.
Enjoy the peaches this summer.🍑
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