Thursday, 30 August 2012

Health Tip of the Week: The Benefits of Fibre Pt. 1

Fibre is helpful to the body in many ways:

- Relieving constipation and haemorrhoids
- Preventing certain diseases
- Keeping weight under control

Avoiding and Relieving Constipation
Fibre can absorb large amounts of water in the bowels, and this makes stools softer and easier to pass. Anyone starting a higher-fibre diet will notice the difference in stool bulk.
In almost all cases, increasing fibre in the diet will relieve constipation within hours or days.
Because stools are easier to pass, less straining is necessary, and this can help relieve haemorrhoids.

Digestion Fact:
On average, it takes 39 hours in women and 31 hours in men for food to pass through the colon and out of the body. This time varies a lot from person to person, depending on personality, state of mind, and fibre intake. Usually, the effect of fibre is to speed up this process.

Come back next week for part 2!

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Baking My Way: Triple Chocolate Strip Cookies

These cookies are seriously decadent and ultra chocolatey. They are a wonderful cookie. I could eat so many of them but they are so rich I try to just keep it to one at a time! They bake flat (or at least mine did!) similar to biscotti but at not double baked so they are still very soft and chewy.

2 cup Flour
1/2 cup Cocoa; unsweetened
1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
3/4 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Brown sugar; firmly packed
3/4 cup Margarine; softened
2 Eggs
2 cups Chocolate chips

White Chocolate Glaze
1/4 cup white chocolate chips

Dark Chocolate Glaze
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate
1/2 teaspoon butter

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off.

In medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; set aside. In large bowl, beat sugar, brown sugar and margarine until light and fluffy.

Add eggs; blend well. Stir in flour mixture; mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Divide dough into four equal portions. Shape each portion into a 12 x 1-1/2 inch roll. Place 2 rolls, 2 inches apart a prepared cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 14 to 18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of roll comes out almost clean. Remove from cookie sheets; cool on wire rack 10 minutes.

Melt white chocolate, drizzle over rolls. Repeat with the dark chocolate.

Cut rolls on the diagonal into 1 inch wide strips. Makes 4 dozen.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Chocolate Indulge: Steve's Bistro

 I had never even heard of this place before this event and I'm glad they are serving mud pie because only that (my favorite dessert) could have gotten me to drive all the way out there to get some and when I saw the place I was impressed. It has really fun Europian decor and it makes me want to sit down relax and enjoy some great food (which it looks like they have).

(It was some seriously good mud pie!)

Baking Goal: Soda Pop Cupcakes

Wow! I am seriously lusting after these cupcakes! 
Check out the recipe at Goddess of Baking

Friday, 24 August 2012

Fresh Corn & Bacon Chowder

I could go for a bowl of this right about now!! Check out the yummy recipe here!

Monday, 20 August 2012

Chocolate Indulge: De Luca's Bakery

We were painting our living room and dinning room and I needed to go out and get a couple more things for that project so I stopped and got us this treat. Wow, it was so good!! I had been in the store a few times but the way it is set up you don't see everything at first, and I honestly didn't even know there was a bakery in there! I'm glad I know now because again, wow, so good!!

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Baking My Way: Java Crunch Cookies

I thought these cookies were pretty good. They really don't have a strong coffee taste so if you're like me (don't drink coffee) you might still like these cookies. They're a nice change to the usual simple crunchy cookie; they have a little something extra with the "java". My husband is a huge coffee snob and he really likes these ones. (make sure to don't over bake because they are much better a little soft and just crispy around the edges)

1 1/2 cup Flour; all-purpose
1 teaspoon Baking powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Brown sugar; firmly packed
1 tablespoon Instant coffee (devolved in 2 tablespoon hot water)
3/4 cup Butter; softened
1  Egg
1 1/2 cup Flaked coconut

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl combine all
ingredients except coconut. Blend well with mixer. Stir in coconut;
mix thoroughly.

Drop by rounded teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at
350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool. Makes 36 to 42 cookies.

Recipe Source

Friday, 17 August 2012

Double Berry Swirl Pound~like Cake

Doesn't this look great? It's a perfect summer time cake/bread too!! Check out the yummy (and easy) recipe here.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Health Tip of the Week: Power Boost Smoothie

My friend Sara is one of the healthiest people I know and suggested this smoothie to me. I’m not too sure I would have the egg in it, but here’s the complete recipe for those are you wanting to be a bit more extreme on your health journey.

1 cup Frozen Berries
1/2-3/4 cup Coconut Milk
1 Egg
1 scoop of Greens
1-3 tsp Ground Flaxseed

Blend and enjoy!

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Chocolate Indulge: Joe Black Coffee Bar

 I went to Joe Black Coffee Bar two times and both times they were out of their Indulge dessert. The second time I even called ahead and they gave me a time (between 10-6) that the desserts would be delivered and I went after 6pm and still nothing.

I was frustrated and thought maybe I'll just skip this one on my list of places to go but I was in the area on another day and went by and they had it but not only did they have one but they had two different kinds. 

 This is the chocolate one

And of course this is the peanut butter one (this one is way better!)

(Did you notice I didn't get any strawberries or whip cream? I didn't realize until afterward that I was supposed to get some. But to be honest it was perfect just like this!)

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Baking Goal: Lemon Pound Cake

Every day for morning tea when I lived in Australia we had a lemon cake like this! It brings back such good memories! 
Check out the recipe at Goddess of Baking

Friday, 10 August 2012

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Baking My Way: Supreme Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies

These cookies are very chocolatey! I decided that this recipe was a bit much for me so when I made it I cut the below recipe in half. And I just didn't want all mint cookies so I made half of the dough with peanut butter chips and the other half with broken up mint wafers I had left over from making the Starlight Mint Surprise Cookies awhile back.

I decided also that these cookies were already really sweet on their own so I didn't make the glaze but adding that would just make them that much more decadent and chocolatey so if that's what you want go for it! If not, without the glaze is a nice substitute for the simple chocolate chip cookie.

4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cups unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoons Salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup brown sugar; firmly packed
1 1/2 cup butter; soft
3 eggs
1 1/2 cup mint chocolate chips (10-oz.)

2 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Heat oven to 350~F. Lightly grease cookie sheets. In large bowl, combine
flour, 1 cup cocoa, baking soda and salt; set aside. In large bowl, beat
sugar, brown sugar and margarine until light and fluffy. Add eggs; blend

Stir in flour mixture; mix well. Stir in mint chips. Drop by
tablespoonfuls 3 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets; flatten

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minutes; remove from
cookie sheets. Cool completely.

In medium saucepan, combine all glaze
ingredients except vanilla. Bring to a boil; boil 1 minutes. Stir in
vanilla; cool. Beat until smooth and of glaze consistency. Glaze cooled
cookies; allow glaze to set.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Baking Goal: Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Don't these look wonderful? Oh man, I want peanut butter cookies right now!

Monday, 6 August 2012

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Health Tip of the Week: Home Made Facials

As a follow up to my many make up posts here are some healthy, chemical free alternative for facials!

Homemade Facial Scrub Instead of Soap

This is for the lady who wanted a homemade facial mask. First, clean your face with water only. Never use soap. You can open your pores with hot compresses (washcloth) for a facial scrub, moisten oatmeal to a “goo", use it to scrub your face (not around your eyes). Wash off with cool water. You may also make a paste of the oatmeal and allow it to dry. Remove with cool water. Sliced fresh cucumber placed on your closed eyes will reduce bagginess and dark circles.

Honey for Best Facial

The best facial mask that I have found is honey. Use warm cloth to open pores, smear on honey, leave on 15 to 30 minutes, rinse off with warm water, and then use cold water to close pores. Use for 3 days in a row and then once a week. Sometimes I mix a little ground oatmeal with the honey, which makes a great mask.

Exfoliating Mask

For an easy exfoliating mask, mix three tablespoons olive oil or any good oil and one tablespoon kosher salt mix and gently rub into dry skin. Do not use around eye area. This works great on elbows and feet, but it can also be used on cheeks and forehead
Egg Whites
I use egg whites. Just beat one egg white until it is frothy. Spread it all over your face. Wait until it dries. Rinse it off. My face feels very clean and "tight" after this application. And then I use the yolk for cooking.( I have yet to have found a use for the shell)

Egg Yolk

The best homemade facial mask that I have used is a raw egg yolk. Just apply the raw yolk to your face and neck for 30 minutes and rinse with cool water. Egg yolks are high in vitamin A. The mask is very effective in healing blemishes.

For dry skin, try:

· An egg yolk mixed with olive oil and warmed honey
· Sour cream
· Avocado
For oily skin:

· Dissolve a teaspoon of baking yeast in a small amount of warm milk, wait until foamy, then apply (best done in the bath tub);
· Puree flesh of a tomato and mix with some potato flour to make a paste;
· Cucumber (it will whiten your skin);
· Beaten egg whites with a few drops of lemon juice (great for getting rid of blackheads);
· Carrots (but don't use this one more than about every other week because it can over dry your skin). This one will make you look tanned.
General refreshing masks:

· Grapes (just cut a berry in half and rub lightly)
· Strawberries (test behind your ear first, because many people are allergic to strawberries used this way even though they can eat them just fine)
· Honey and ricotta cheese
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