Monday, September 5, 2011

The Best D*** Frosting Everr!

Wow, I really have been slacking off! It has been forever since I posted a post. How aweful of me!
School is about to start, just one day left to enjoy.
I will be going into grade 11, I am excited!
This year I am going to get homework done on time & have some fun too!
Cross country will start right away and soon skating will start as well.
I will have to balance school, a job, riding my horse and skating!!!
I'll let you know how that goes....
Anyways, I have been super busy.
Aren't we always??
Helmet a little big???
I just wanted to share a recipe with you that I fell in LOVE with!!
I hate frosting!!! why? it's overpoweringly sweet & I hate the taste of icing sugar.
Here is an easy light & creamy frosting recipe :)
Not healthy tho...but so tasty!


  • 5 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar (not Powdered Sugar!)

  • In a small saucepan, whisk flour into milk and heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens. You want it to be very thick, thicker than cake mix, more like a brownie mix is. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature. (If I’m in a hurry, I place the saucepan over ice in the sink for about 10 minutes or so until the mixture cools.) It must be completely cool before you use it in the next step. Stir in vanilla.
    While the mixture is cooling, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. You don’t want any sugar graininess left. Then add the completely cooled milk/flour/vanilla mixture and beat the living daylights out of it. If it looks separated, you haven’t beaten it enough! Beat it until it all combines and resembles whipped cream.

    (It is so FRIGGIN YUMMY!! I actually ate it out of the bowl with a )

    Update>> I have been working  a lot at Tim Hortons & riding my horse, so I am not sitting on my but all day...
    I have been snacking and snacking like crazy!!! & eating way tooo much vanilla ice cream. Once school starts that should change.

    Friday, August 26, 2011

    Egg White French Toast

    Today's wonderfull post is about french toast. However, this recipe for french toast is a little different. How? It uses only egg whites, not full eggs. It also is a recipe for a single serving, so you do not end up with 1/8 of an egg or 5/6 cup of milk etc.
    Anyways, here is a delicious french toast recipe I made just less than an hour ago! Enjoy!

    Egg White French Toast
    (for one person-about 2-3 slices of bread)

    • 2 egg whites
    • 1/2 cup 2% milk (feel free to use low fat or any substitute)
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 2 packets splenda OR 1 tbsp sugar or ommitt
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • dash cinnamon
    • 2-3 slices white bread or any other bread
    Pre heat skillet and combine all ingredients listed above except for bread. Dip bread into mixture, let soak for a few seconds, flip over, soak for a few seconds then put on griddle. Flip when side starts to brown, and brown the other side. Done!! Enjoy plain or with powdered sugar or syryp or berries....or chocolate!!

    What kind of  dish/recipe would you like me to do for a future post??

    Friday, August 19, 2011

    Super Healthy Pancakes :)

    Today for lunch I had yummy pancakes....and they were healthy too!!
    I was going to take a picture of the last bite.....but I ate it before I realized. oops :)
    This recipe makes one delicious pancake. Perfect for breakfast or anytime you are craving a pancake.
    And because there is no oil, or sugar and contains whole wheat, sesame seeds, oats, and's super duper nutritious!

    My fave way--> with cinnamon, and a special combo of spices (in Holland we call it Speculaas Kruiden) It's kind of like a  gingerbread taste. Sprinkled with some splenda/sugar mix.

    Super Healthy Pancakes
    • 1/8 cup white flour (if you want nice fluffy not doughy pancakes DO NOT ommitt or use whole wheat!)
    • 1/8 cup whole wheat flour (or white)
    • 2 tbsp quick cook oats
    • 5 tbsp wheat bran (or add a but extra flour)
    • 1 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • pinch salt
    • 1 egg white beaten
    • milk, about 1/4 cup
    • vanilla extract
    • flavouring such as cocoa, peanut butter, sugar, spices, cinnamon, choc chips, fruit, etc.
    Combine all dry ingredients then add milk to make a sticky dough add egg then more milk until it is runny but not too thick.
    Bake on a griddle or in a pan.
    Serve with anything you want.
    I sprinkle a package splenda on top with a little sugar.
    ENJOY :)

    you know you want one..

    Monday, August 15, 2011

    Peanuty Chickpeas & Rice


    I have not poste anything for almost a week!! That is crazy. I really wanted to committ to this blog and post regularly with GOOD recipes not the last few I posted, they were good but not GOOD, if you know what I mean. I posted them because I needed to post something. However I should go back to quality not quantity.
    I had a busy work week, taking a lot of extra shifts here and there (I work at Tim Hortons :) and trying to get some horse riding in as well. Not to forget my heifer (I show dairy cattle) I have been neglecting that poor animal.

    (yup she looks like a beef cow!! she's fat!)but i love her anyways!

    Me on my 3 year old gelding Major...He is such a cutie!!
    Want to hear a funny story?
    We were at a horse show (our first) and he has always walked in the trailer no probs except for when we wanted to leave! He stood in front of the trailer and wouldn't move. He did not kick, rear, paw, or go crazy. He just stood there....great. how were we going to get him home??
    It took a team of us. Step by step we moved him into the trailer, he didn't move a muscle, we practically lifted a thousan pound animal  into the trailer. My horse (btw his name is Major) stayed calm and didn't try to kick the whole time. silly animals!

    Ok, less talk about me and my animal stories lets get to food! (because after all that you got to be somewhat hungry!)

    Looks incredible doesn't it?

    Here is the recipe. Perfect for vegetarians!

    Peanuty Chickpeas & Rice
    • Half a 16oz can (so 8oz) of chickpeas ....or garbanzo beans...whatever you call them!
    • 1/2 cup smooth low fat peanut butter
    • 2 tbsp reduced sodium soya sauce
    • 1 tbsp vegetable/olive oil (or ommitt for lower fat)
    • 1 tbsp sugar or splenda (or ommitt for a salty not sweet version)
    • 1 cup cooked rice (your choice of rice! I used regular white rice)
    • about 1/2 cup warm water
    Combine all ingredients except for rice and beans in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil on medium heat. After it boils add any extra sugar, soya sauce, peanut butter to suit your taste. Add water if sauce gets really thick. Once it is up to your taste remove from heat.
    Add cooked rice and beans and combine.
    That' s all!

    Monday, August 1, 2011

    Finally a Post!

    I haven't really baked or cooked anything worthwhile these past  couple of days and I did not want to bore you with any personal news/stories.
    Today I made some really quick and easy food.
    I rarely use recipes these days. I usually make up the recipe as I go or use a recipe as a really rough guideline and I usually end up changing all of it and making it my own.
    Today I wanted something healthy for dinner ( I had a ginormous amount of French Vanilla Ice Cream today at my face ice cream shop in Hollyrood. $2 and you get a big bowl full!)
    I made a vegetable curry soup and for dessert I made a cakey-cobbler type of dessert using up two frozen bananas.
    Here are the recipes.

     (using my crappy no good camera)

    Veggie Curry Soup
    • 1 lb lean ground beef, salted & seasoned
    • 1 onion
    • 1 cup chopped green beans
    • 1 cup chopped cabbage
    • any other veggies you want!
    • 4 cups water
    • 1/2 cup flour
    • 1 Bouillon cube
    • 1 tsp-1tbsp Curry Powder
    Roll meat into small meat balls & brown. Add onion. Transfer to soup pan (leave meat grease in frying pan)
    Add other veggies and mix water with flour. Add to soup. It will act as a thickening  agent. Add bouillon and curry powder. Add any extra seasonings you would like.

    & for dessert

    Banana Anna
    (catchy name?? it's not cake, it is not a cobbler nor a pudding. so what would you call it??)
    • 2 large frozen bananas cut into pieces & placed on bottom of small baking pan
    • 1 cup milk
    • 3/4 cup flour
    • 1/8-1/4 cup margarine melted
    • 4 tbsp sugar
    • 1 tbsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 egg yolk or 1 egg
    Mix all ingredients and pour over bananas. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-30 minutes.

    Thursday, July 28, 2011

    The Crazy World of Substitution!

    Hello again!
    Today I wanted to do a post on substitutions. Why? Because we all substitute one ingredient for another now and then....or every day.
    Me, I never follow a recipe the way it is written.
    I substitute for a number of reasons.  The most common and important reason is to make your favourite recipes more healthy so that you can eat that chocolate cake and get something out of it such as fibre and not just guilt!
    I also substitute if I do not have an ingredient (or can't afford to buy that ingredient!! or it isn't available in my area). This way I can still make the recipe, it will be slighlty different, not always in a bad way. Sometimes it comes out better!
    The last reason I substitute is to make the recipe better.
    Sometimes the recipe calls for raspberries but I rather use strawberries in a fruit crisp.
    I am changing the recipe to suit my favourite foods and make it tatse better to me.

    To make this delicious chocolate cake I used several substitutes not only to make it healthier but to make it taste better and add flavour.

    Some of my fave substitutions (baking)
    • I liked to sub sour cream in for part of the oil, not all. It makes cakes an muffins more moist and reduce the fat content. I use regular sour cream not low fat but give it a try as well.
    • *  I actually do not like using apple sauce for oil, the texture of the cake/muffin is usually not very pleasant, maybe its me. any suggestions?
    • sugar, I sometimes sub brown in for white, adds more flavour, I usually also cut down on the amount, I find most recipes are waaaay to sweet for my liking.
    • I will sub nuts in for chocolate chips. Nuts have healthy fats, where chocolate chips have bad fats.
    • I will sub whole wheat flour for white flour. I will also add a hanful of oats and some bran flakes as well. Usually I use 1/2 whole wheat 1/2 white flour or the texture is all wrong. This way you add fibre and taste! I do not reccomen using whole wheat for cakes, brownies can be made with whole wheat. Oats are good for anything!
    • Bananas add moisture! sub in for part of oil or yogourt in a recipe. Careful bananas do add a banana flavour, but you wont taste it in chocolate cakes.
    • I sometimes will only use egg whites instead of a full egg. Sometimes it makes a cake less dense and more fluffy, sometimes to cut down on calories in  a creamy pudding, I will use 1 whole egg and one or two egg whites instea of 3 whole eggs. Same in pancakes.
    • If a recipe calls for low fat milk I will usually use 2% milk (thats what my parents buy) and add a little water to it. It's not making it low fat but diluting it. You cut down on some fat.
    • I have never subbed anything in for butter/margarine in cookies, I strongly reccomend not using apple sauce or sour cream!! any subs that you readers use?
    • I like to cook my veggies in broth/bouillon instead of oil, it adds flavour and you do not have to add salt to the dish. The veggies keep their flavour this way! You wont burn them as easily either this way.
    • Cream Soups-high in sodium and sometimes fat. For casseroles I  usually just use some water with bouillon or use broth and thicken with some flour. Simple and easy! Add cheese to make it creamy and any desire seasonings.
    • I use low sodium  versions of sauces or seasonings. Cut down on salt, add spices to kick up the flavour!
    • Fried food--> sometimes you can bake it instead. Fried tortillas-bake theyy become nice and cripy. Try oven baked fries or sweet potatoes. Lightly spray a little oil on fries and bake them.

    These are only a few, but they are the ones I use a lot!! Most of them are very well known but there are always those who are afraid to try them (including me sometimes). I can honestly say-just try! They really work!

    The recipes I post can be changed and altered the way you want and still turn out perfect and delicious that is why I post these recipes :)
    We all have different nutritional needs and taste.
    The recipes I post are usually based of another recipes using my substitutions and added ingredients.
    Experiment, it makes cooking & baking so much more fun and exciting!

    Happy Baking...and cooking!


    Daily Nugetttt
    Today is not a sunny day :( at least not at my house. But I will still go out for a short, 30 minute bike ride. Maybe the sun will come out later.

    Do you substitute?? What is the main reason you do? What is your fave substitute or what do you sub most common??
    Any weird substitutions?  I love to hear what you guys do! :)

    Wednesday, July 27, 2011

    Sweet Strawberry Davelish Dessert!

    Home Grown Strawberries Magically turn into....
    Which morphs into.......


    Again, I though of this recipe by myself.
    How did I come up with it?
    I love cake & pudding, I had left over strawberries and I wanted something quick and easy and somewhat healthy.
    I used radio pudding as a basis for my recipe.
    For the syrup I cut the sugar in half and use white sugar (except I found it to be a bit too sweet so I lowered the amount in the recipe below)
    only used 1 tsp margarine instead of a chunk of butter.
    I kept the water the same amount.
    I lined a 8 by 8 pan with about 1-2 cups of thawed strawberries (I froze ones from my garden, thawed them in the microwave and they become mushy but that's perfect for this recipe. I did not cut up the strawberries)
    I poured the syrup on top and then made the cake recipe which I modified a little. Then baked in the oven.
    Here's the recipe

    Sweet Strawberry Davelish Dessert

    • 1-2 cups strawberries fresh or frozen ( amount depends on how much you want)
    • ** you can use other fruit such as blueberries, cherries, cranberries etc. or a combination of fruits
    Spread them in a 8 by 8 square pan

    for syrup
    • 1/4 and 2 tbsp sugar ( i do not reccomend a sugar substitute such as splenda because it needs to become syrup, thick an sticky.
    • 1 cup boiling water
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp margarine or butter or ommit
    Combine all ingredients and boil for about a minute or two then pour on top of strawberries

    for cake
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1/2 cup milk (i used 2% but feel free to use any kind of milk or vegan milk.
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    Combine and pour onto strawberries & syrup

    --) Bake in 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes (until ready depends on how you want it, gooey or not)

    I served in wine glasses with some whipped cream :)
    I already lowered the sugar content from when I made it, but feel free to experiment using less, if you like less sweetness then go for it!

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    Healthy and easy....and it's PIZZA

    Yet another post! Will it make up for the missing pictures???
    My camera has decided to take a few low quality pictures so until I get a new one....
    Who doesn't like pizza?
    The following recipe is my own. It is super easy to make, fast and healthy too!
    It's also customizabe to your taste. You can change it to your liking in so many ways from the crust to the toppings. This recipe is also extremely easy to turn into a vegetarian or vegan recipe, you can pretty much follow the recipe the way it is.
    I will post the recipe the way I usually make it (I change it up all the time though) and add some suggestions and tips.
    But first the picture! Before you make it you have to believe it!

    You will probably think this is not a pizza!
    But yes it is! It has a thin whole wheat crust with delicious toppings & cheese (I hate cheese!)
    This one I made in a casserole dish it is much easier and the only thing I had on hand.
    note ** I am no pro photographer nor do I have a nice camera, so these pictures will have to do.
    My family has 4 of us--> my dad who needs to have meat with his dinner most of the time
    my mom--> she is flexible whatever she gets she's happy with (unless there are lumps in the pudding...she hates that!!)
    My sister--> recently gone vegetarian so no meat
    Me--> HATE cheese, picky but willing to try new things
    So this pizza was divided into 4, each section is different lol
    Okay soooo here is the recipe...finally


    • 1 cup whole wheat flour
    • 1 cup white flour
    • 1 tbsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/2 cup or so warm water (keep adding until it forms a dough)
    • Ketchup (or any kind pizza sauce)
    • *Finely cut cabbage
    • *Green beans cut into small pieces
    • *Green & Orange Peppers
    • Cheese shredded (any kind will do such as cheddar, mozerella etc) or ommitt like me if you do not like cheese
    •  bologne or peperonni if you like meat
    * interchangeble, you can also add pineaple, carrot, mushrooms, ham, olives etc!

    Roll dough flat put into pizza pan and add toppings, sauce on the bottom and some on top. Shred cheese on top. Bake in oven for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
    ENJOY cool or warm :)
    before it went into the oven

    Hope you like this recipe!
    Have a delicious day,

    First Green Beans of the Garden

    Hello everyone :)
    Yesterday I picked the first green beans from the garden this summer!!
    What is more healthier than home grown veggies? Nothing!
    You know that they are not sprayed with who knows what and that they do not have some kind of presevative on them.
    So what did I make??
    This is the most decent picture I could take before my camera went all broken on me!
    I just grabbed some ingredients and made up the recipe as I went but boyyyy was it yummy!!
    Also, it is perfect if you are avoiding using oil, this recipes does not use oil but stock to cook the veggies, this way actually adds flavour!
    It is also perfect to use up any left over pasta you may have!
    What do I call it??

    Green Beans with Pasta (yup real original! jk I just want a name that actually tells you what the dish is)
    • 1/2-3/4 chicken stock  as needed(or I use warm water with a bouillon cube)
    • Pepper to taste
    • About 4 servings of pre-cooked pasta, any kind you want. I cooked it so its nice and soft
    • About 4 cups green beans cut into 1 inch pieces
    • Orange & Green peppers (add as much as you like)
    • Couple swiss chard leaves to fill you up & add nutrients
    • About a cup finely chopped Cabbage
    • ** you can add celery, carrots, onions, corn, peas, etc. This dish is versatile & you can use any veggies you need to use up or have in your fridge or are on sale.
    • ** you can add basil, thyme etc any spices that you like as well
    On medium-high heat, cook beans with the stock until almost all cooked then add the rest of the ingredients.
    That was easy & quick!!

    Look out for more easy & delicious recipes posts!!

    Daily Nugget: I biked 8 1/2 miles in  one hour!! not bad. It was a beautiful morning out here in the country.


    It has been more than one day since I posted the two recipes!
    Sorry, my camera is not working, all the pictures come out blurry so I need to purchase I new one.
    Any suggestions on cameras that take good pictures but are not too expensive??
    I appologize!! In the mean time I will post another recipe or two.