Make Homemade Frozen Yogurt Without an Ice Cream Maker

Recipe for making frozen yogurt without an ice cream machine.

I set out across the internet to find recipes to make homemade frozen yogurt without an ice cream maker because I am a froyo freak. Seriously, y’all. I wave the frozen yogurt freak flag proudly.

When frozen yogurt starts pouring from that wall-mounted machine, I tell myself that even though it’s the most delicious cold substance known to woman-kind, it’s as healthy for me as pureed carrots. (Yes – I lie to myself when it makes me feel better.)

But, I don’t have an ice cream machine to make my own frozen yogurt! BLARGH! I used to have one because I’m Southern and it’s an actual law that every home has at least three. As I grow older though, I like less and less stuff filling up my space, and since I can’t sit on an ice cream machine or watch Game of Thrones on it, it had to go.

Not for nothing, if I WERE to buy an ice cream & frozen yogurt machine again, it would be this sweet Cuisinart froyo maker. It’s less than a hundred smackers and even though I can’t watch TV on the thing, I might actually be able to sit on it. Film at 11.

How to Make Homemade Frozen Yogurt

Without an Ice Cream Maker…

 

Finding Joy in My Kitchen whipped up this berry frozen yogurt at home with no ice cream machine and it looks divine. PS: There is no joy in my kitchen, so I’m immediately jealous.

Frozen yogurt made without an ice cream machine
via Finding Joy in My Kitchen

This homemade blackberry froyo recipe from Veggie Belly messed with my head a little bit. I mean, it looks DELICIOUS. Right? But, while the recipe can be made simply without an ice cream maker, it calls for something known as Lychees.

I said to myself, “Collette?” (which is not my legal American name, but what I call myselfme when I’m talking to myself). “Collette? What in the HELL is a Lychee?”

Turns out it’s a fruit in the soapberry family… which does not sound delicious so much as it sounds like a  fun way to rid myself of grime. Wikipedia says it has a “delicate, whitish pulp” with a fragrant flavor. Anywho, you can buy it in cans on Amazon. And bee-tee-dubs, thanks to Veggie Belly not only for the recipe, but for forcing me to learn something today. Hopefully this will be a question on Midwestern Old Lady Celebrity Jeopardy when I’m a contestant.

Blackberry frozen yogurt without an ice cream machine
via Veggie Belly

This next recipe from An Edible Mosaic made me weep just a little from absolute pure joy. As you know, (because we are pretend internet BFFs), Chunky Monkey from Ben & Jerry’s is my favorite ice cream in the history of ice creams. I’m convinced it has less-than-lethal doses of synthetic serotonin in it, and that if I eat enough of it I would be endowed with the ability to fly or be invisible or something.

Faith, at An Edible Mosaic took the idea of Chunky Monkey, meshed it with a little Chubby Hubby, and decided she could make something similar but with less fat and serotonin. Using Greek yogurt and no ice cream machine, she came up with Chunky but Chubless Froyo… and I love her for it.

If I had a unicorn, I would send it to her.

Recipe for making frozen yogurt without an ice cream machine.
via An Edible Mosaic

 

Rachel at The Traveling Spoon created this luscious frozen yogurt using sugar-free Jell-o! Can you even stand how smart she is?  Never in one million-jiggety years would I look at Jell-0 and yogurt and think about putting the two together. Hell, I still marvel at the genius behind Reece’s.

Easy frozen yogurt you can make at home
The Traveling Spoon

No ice cream maker is NO  PROBLEM when you whip up these frozen yogurt popsicles. When I saw them, I was all, "DER! Why didn't I think of that?!"

But then I remembered that I almost never have an original thought and I cried for about an hour and then decided to make these froyo pops from The Hazel Bloom.  Brilliant!

Homemade frozen yogurt pops
via The Hazel Bloom

Just as Delish is the talented food mind behind this unbelievably delicious looking Cherry Chocolate Frozen Yogurt recipe. She says the trick is to freeze the fruit.

Even I, Queen of the kitchen-fail, can freeze the fruit! Praise be for keeping hope alive!

Homemade cherry chocolate frozen  yogurt recipe
via Just as Delish

The only thing better than froyo you can make without an ice cream maker is INSTANT FROYO! Am I right? Am I right?

The Colourful Palate is a girl after my own heart because she understands when you have a craving, you need to feed it NOW… not four hours from now. Check out her “Instant Frozen Yogurt” made with Greek yogurt, Truvia and chocolate chips.

Instant homemade froyo
via The Colourful Palate
make froyo without an ice cream maker
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5 Amazing Homemade Ice Cream Goodies

Recipe for homemade ice cream cupcakes

We all scream for ice cream. We also all scream for the teenage girl in slasher films who goes outside in her underwear to check on a suspicious noise. But I’m not blogging about her today… unless she goes outside and finds homemade ice cream goodies to DIE for.

To die for. Get it? That was smooth.

I don’t know if it’s because I’m watching my weight, or because I have a vitamin deficiency that makes me dream of ice cream. Either way, all I can think of this morning is making ice cream treats. What is wrong with me? If I break down and make ANY ONE of these incredible yummies, I’ll weight 472 pounds before bed tonight.

Lord help me.

5 AMAZING Homemade Ice Cream Goodies

 

These confetti ice cream pops from Delish are created with an extra surprise in the middle. Just in case ice cream wasn’t enough for you, they’ve shoved a candy bar in the middle of each one. I’m convinced I would punch an old person in the eye for even one of these.

Homemade ice cream pops
via Delish

These homemade chocolate covered ice cream bars from Serious Eats can’t legally be called Klondikes or Eskimo Pies, so for these purposes I’ve decided to call them Homemade Klondickersons or Eskimo Lasagna Bars. It’s my blog and I can do whatever I want.

Make Homemade Klondike Bar recipe
via Serious Eats

Monique at Fat and Happy Blog did what no ordinary human can do… she made homemade, mother-lovin’, delicious looking homemade Choco Tacos. For that, I want to buy her a pony. (Note from the Momcaster Legal Team: Sadie can’t actually afford to be handing out ponies.)

How to make homemade choco tacos
via Fat & Happy Blog

Who knows better than Cooking Light that sometimes a girl just wants to get drunk and eat ice cream? It’s been my experience as a modern-girl-on-the-go that sometimes I’m simply too busy to both shove ice cream in my face and drink from my 44 oz. Big Gulp Margarita. From now on, I’m simply going to make these incredible Margarita Ice Cream Sandwiches. Two birds, one awesome stone.

Homemade ice cream sandwiches - margarita flavored
via Cooking Light

Before you even look at this ice cream cupcake invention from Parsnips and Sprockets, do yourself a favor and lie down. That will prevent head injury when you pass smooth out upon seeing the awesomeness that is these Ice Cream Cupcake creations. This woman should be nominated for some kind of major award. She needs a trophy.

Recipe for homemade ice cream cupcakes
via Parsnips and Sprockets

What do you think? Was I right? Amazing, huh? Know what else is amazing? These Oreo recipes. I’m taking mind-blowing stuff here!

7 Unique Desserts That’ll Make You Happy In Your General Mouth Area

Unique Desserts - Martini Glass Cake

Today I went looking for unique desserts that would make me pray to Helga, the Goddess of Miserable Diets, to please change the laws of carbs & sugar so that they become an essential part of a balanced diet.

These 7 insanely delicious looking and totally unique desserts were created by people who are such baking  talents, I might like to capture them and force them live in my basement where I would demand new desserts every day.

What? I’d give them water and People Chow and walk them frequently. I’m nice like that.

I don’t know what your criteria is to define a unique dessert, but here’s mine.

For these purposes, a dessert will be declared unique or unusual if it makes me go, “WOW, THAT’S A UNIQUE DESSERT THAT I WANT TO PUT IN MY MOUTH!”  It can be cute, or jaw-dropping, or a new take on an old idea.  It is a dessert that makes me stop in my tracks and marvel at it.

This is science I do here, people. I’m not just making this up as I go.

7 Unique Desserts That’ll Make You Happy In Your General Mouth Area

 

1. What you are about to behold in this, the first unique dessert on our list, may actually make you weep like a little child. This woman, this brilliant Taryn of Formal Fringe, has combined some of the best things about being human.

Chicken, waffles, syrup, and cupcakes. Behold – the makings of the Chicken & Waffle Cupcake! Pop over to her website to see the finished product and to learn how to make them yourself.

Unique Dessert  chicken & waffle cupcakes
by Formal Fringe

2. Chocolate & caramel dipped apples are what the angels eat on Bunco night. I’m not talking about just dipping a green apple in chocolate and calling it a day. Oh no. I’m talking about crisp apples covered in so much deliciousness, you need a steak knife to eat it. The Yummy Life has THE BEST gourmet caramel apple tutorial in the history of ever. Unique dessert? Oh sweet lord – YES!

Unique Dessert Caramel Apple Recipe Tutorial
by The Yummy Life

3. I don’t know about you, but I feel strongly I don’t have enough neon food in my daily diet. It’s not just the bright, beautiful colors that make this dessert from Hello Brit unique. It’s what the stars are made from. You may be surprised. I was!

(In fairness… I’m surprised every time I check my bank account, so I may not be the best judge of what is surprise-worthy.)

Unique Desserts - neon brightly colored dessert
by Hello Brit

4. Cookies aren’t typically unusual or unique, right? Wrong-o, my friend-o. These beauties are the creation of Baker Bettie, and they are as unique as they come. Why? Because these are Zucchini Jalapeno Cookies with Lime Glaze. They look delicious, don’t they?

Unique desserts -jalapeno cookies
via Baker Bettie


5. The Hungry Texan had pinto beans and wanted to make a pie. So she did. I’m Southern so I happen to think pinto beans make a grand addition to anything, so I’m kind of curious about this. It looks great, doesn’t it? Bonus – this unique dessert has molasses in it. I dig molasses. All the best people do.

Unique Dessert Pinto Bean Pie
by the Hungry Texan

6. You may argue this next unique treat doesn’t really qualify as a dessert, but I’ve run it past the judges and it totally qualifies. (By judges, I mean me.)  These are homemade Pop-Tarts and while I know you think you’ve seen them 88 times before, you haven’t. Not with the  Scarletta Bakes spin.  These are Sweet Glazed Avocado Pop Tarts! Can you believe it? Now THAT’S unique!

Unique Desserts Sweet Glazed Avocado Homemade Pop Tarts
by Scarletta Bakes



7. The only thing better than an olive  in a martini glass is a cake. These ADORABLE cakes are baked (at a very low heat) right in martini glasses. The Martini Glass Cakes were created by Mommy’s Yummys and the unique how-to recipe is shared on The Party Animal Blog.  I LOVE these!

Unique Desserts - Martini Glass Cake
by Mommy’s Yummys via The Party Animal

If you liked this post, I’m glad! I’ll appreciate Facebook likes, Tweets, Pins and autographed copies of old Rick Springfield albums. 🙂

Outback Steakhouse Bushman Bread Recipe

Recipe to make the bread from Outback Steakhouse

Recently I spent the weekend with my good friend Mel. She’s an amazing cook, and whenever I’m at her house I know I’m in for some amazing food. When she said, “Let’s whip out the bread machine and make some Outback Steakhouse Bushman Bread” my eyes rolled back in my head and I said YES!

Yummy copycat recipe to make the bread from Outback Steakhouse - Bushman Bread.!

It’s actually called “Outback Steakhouse Bushman Bread” and it’s rich and wonderful and just a little bit sweet. It’s soft and delicious on the inside, and the crust has a little crunch to it. In short, if you’re a bread freak like I am, you absolutely have try this recipe.

Outback Steakhouse Bushman Bread Recipe (for a bread machine)

What You’ll Need:

Recipe for Outback Steakhouse Bushman Bread

1/2 cup each: water, brewed coffee, evaporated milk warmed to 100 degrees

2 tablespoons butter, softened

1/2 cup honey

2 1/4 cups bread flour

2 1/4 cups wheat flour

1 tablespoon cocoa

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon molasses

1 teaspoon salt

2 1/4 teaspoons bread machine yeast

Putting the ingredients together for Outback Steakhouse Bushman Bread couldn’t be simpler when you use a bread machine. Mel used her Oster bread machine, which she absolutely loves. She says the Oster is super easy to use, and that it makes the perfect loaf of bread every single time. I take this as high praise given what a pro she is in the kitchen. It’s only a little over $50 on Amazon. (aff link)

Oster bread machine making Bushman Bread from Outback Mel put all the wet ingredients together in a big glass measuring cup. She just dumped all the liquids together – no stirring necessary. Then she did the same thing with the dry ingredients EXCEPT FOR the bread machine yeast. You don’t add that just yet. Outback Steakhouse Bushman Bread Recipe Outback Steakhouse Bushman Bread Recipe for a bread machine Outback Steakhouse Bushman Bread Recipe Place all of the ingredients in the bread machine – wet ingredients first, then add the dry ingredients and finally put the bread machine yeast on top.  Use your bread machine’s setting for “sweet bread.” Outback Steakhouse Bushman Bread Recipe Oster bread machine making bread It wasn’t bad enough that I was whining, “WHEN IS IT GONNA BE READY?” GiGi, one of the FOUR Yorkies Mel has absolutely couldn’t stand to wait. She is a dog after my own heart.

GiGi

When FINALLY Mel popped that perfect loaf of bread out of her Oster bread machine, I nearly passed out. She whipped some softened butter with honey drizzled in, and OH MY SWEET HEAVENLY LOVE!! This is good stuff, y’all. Trust me on this. Outback Steakhouse Bushman Bread Recipe If you liked this recipe, I’d sure love you to share it on Pinterest or Twitter or good old-fashioned Facebook. 🙂 And a BIG THANK YOU to my bestie Mel. She’s the Queen of bread!

Outback Steakhouse Bushman Bread Recipe- with honey butter

You’re invited! Come visit our new site YOUR CRAFTY FAMILY where we share all sorts of yummies like this incredible weight loss smoothie. (I drink it every single day.)

The most amazing weight loss smoothie ever - and it's made at home!   www.YourCraftyFamily.com

Cakes My MawMaw Used to Make For Mother’s Day

Prune Cake for Mother's Day

Wondering when Mother’s Day is this year? Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13, 2012. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about cakes you can make for Mother’s Day!

I grew up in the South and my favorite place to be was in my MawMaw’s kitchen. It was heaven on Earth and what I wouldn’t give for one more Saturday morning helping her bake a cake. This Mother’s Day, I thought I’d search the internet for cooks who are making the delicious cakes my MawMaw used to make.

I figured you might like to make one of these cakes for Mother’s Day – but, only if you want to make the best cake ever!

All my life, my MawMaw made a prune cake that was so good, you can’t even imagine. I thought the recipe was lost forever until I found the cake on The Pioneer Woman.  Even if you hate prunes (as I do), give this cake a chance for Mother’s Day. It’s incredible.

Prune Cake for Mother's Day
via The Pioneer Woman

MawMaw made the best chocolate cake in ten counties, and her secret was mayonnaise. I’m serious! I know that sounds crazy, but mayonnaise makes the cake super moist and you can’t taste even a hint of it. If your Mom wants a chocolate cake for Mother’s Day, this how-to from Restless Chipotle is the one that’ll make it happen.

A chocolate cake for Mother's Day made with mayonnaise
via Restless Chipotle

Nothing says “I love you, Mom” like a lemon bundt cake, and this tutorial from Carnal Dish isn’t called The Ultimate Lemon Bundt Cake for nothing. I think my MawMaw would put down her Virginia Slims & sweet tea long enough to approve of this wonderful recipe.

Recipe for lemon bundt cake for Mother's Day
via Carnal Dish

The 99 Cent Chef’s blackberry cobbler isn’t exactly a cake, but it made me terribly homesick. I remember MawMaw whipping these up on a moment’s notice in summer time. Of course you don’t have to wait on fresh blackberries, like we did. Just pick up some frozen ones for Mother’s Day.

How to make blackberry cobbler
via The 99 Cent Chef

I remember being in my MawMaw’s kitchen when I was little helping make coconut cake with boiled icing. The icing was just about the stickiest substance on the planet – and surely just about one of the best. This lovely recipe from Andrea Meyers is as close as I can find, and as it turns out, it’s a recipe long enjoyed in her own family. Lots of history behind coconut cake with boiled icing!

Coconut cake with boiled icing for Mother's Day
via Andrea Meyers

Where can I find YOUR favorite cake recipes online? What cake did your Mother or Grandmother bake that brings back wonderful memories? Please pop over to Momcaster on Facebook and tell me.

 

The Top 5 Most Awesome Things to Make With Jello

Strawberry jello in banana peel

I’m going to be honest with you. I hate Jell-o. I hate it because the texture is weird, and I hate it because I don’t understand the science behind it.

Most of all I hate Jell-o because typing the word “Jell-o” requires I locate the hyphen button on my computer.

[one_half]Jell-o is largely disgusting, but back home in North Carolina my relatives found a way to make it even more disgusting. Any manner of weird fruit would be dumped into Jell-o under the disguise of “dessert.”

So not dessert, people. So totally not dessert.

Meanwhile, I found some gelatin – Jell-0 kinds of things online and they look so awesome, I may change my mind about Jell-o. (No I won’t, but I need to sound reasonable here.)

1. These “gelatinas” are the most incredible thing I’ve seen all month. They are absolute works of art made of gelatin. Made by Rosario Gamboa of the Canela Bakery, they are made, in part, using hypodermic needles and are entirely edible.

If you’d like to try your hand at these stunning works of food art, you can find a “gelatina artistica” video on YouTube.

Canela Bakery Gelatinas
by Rosario Gamboa
Gelatinas by Rosario Gamboa
by Rosario Gamboa

2. If you’ve ever wondered what Jell-o sorbet would taste like, you have way too much time on your hands and not enough cool things to think about. Meanwhile, the delightful blog Four Pounds Flour uncovered some old Jell-o recipes and came up with a sorbet I found really interesting.

Jello sorbet recipe
Via Four Pounds Flour

 

3. I do very much enjoy popcorn balls, so I think I could manage the Jell-o here because it kicks the popcorn up a notch. I like that. These Jell-o popcorn balls are from The Gourmet Mama, and I think they’re cute as a…um…popcorn ball.

jello popcorn balls
via The Gourmet Mama

4. This next feat of Jell-o derring-do is ten kinds of awesome. Would I eat these gelatin bananas that are in banana peels? Probably not, but it’s cool to look at. In English, she (SandeeA) calls the stuff she uses “fruit gums.” I’m calling it Jell-o because I’m the boss of me and I can do whatever I want. I imagine fruit gums to be gelatin. If I’m wrong, let’s all pretend you don’t know it. Go here for the how-to. 

Strawberry jello in banana peel

5. The brilliant mind behind Gelology has taken Jell-o places Bill Cosby never dreamed it could go. Look at this glow in the dark Super Sonic Jell-o Shot!  These have such a WOW factor that I might want to carry them with me whenever I go out at night. I wouldn’t put them in my mouth, but I could use them to find my keys.

Super Sonic glow in the dark Jello shot
via Gelology

 

Super Sonic glow in the dark Jello shot
via Gelology

There are my top 5 awesome things to make with Jell-o!  If you liked this post, please share it on Facebook, Twitter and/or Pinterest. If you hated it, please don’t tell anyone. My fragile ego can’t take it. 🙂

 

Cupcake Ideas

pie cupcakes

These cupcake ideas are absolutely DELICIOUS. I don’t know how these bakers came up with these divine cupcake ideas, but they are totally going to blow your mind.

Exactly how have I lived my entire like and never thought – even once- that I should put Fritos in a cupcake? From Diary of a Mad Haus Frau comes these Fabulous Frito Caramel Cupcakes. They look so unbelievably good, I want to bake them right now. But I won’t. Because I have more food porn to look at.

Frito Caramel Cupcakes
via Diary of a Mad Haus Frau

These Chunky S’mores Dipped Cupcakes almost bring me to tears. How dare the Snappy Gourmet torture me this way!

smores cupcakes
via Snappy Gourmet


LilyAnette created these Green Tea & Red Bean Cream Cupcakes. My gosh. What is wrong in my life that I don’t have Green Tea cupcakes right this minute?

green tea cupcakes
via LilyAnette

Okay. I almost cannot contain myself at these Pie Cupcakes by Funambulistdamsel. C’mon. The cuteness factor is at a frightening level.

pie cupcakes
via Funambulistdamsel


I like it when people stuff foods with other foods. I don’t know why. The moment someone figures out how to stuff a Snickers bar with a pizza and then fry it, I will literally explode. Look at these Oreo Stuffed Cupcakes from Cook Wine Dance. Don’t you want to shove one in your cupcake hole?

oreo stuffed cupcakes
via Cook Wine Dance

Aren’t they amazing???

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My Green Smoothie Weight Loss Journey

Green smoothie recipe for weight loss

[one_half]Green smoothie recipeLike so many people, I decided that 2012 would be the year I would be kinder to my body. I decided I needed to lose weight, but more importantly, that I needed to be healthier. I read a lot about green smoothies and weight loss and for me, I thought it just made sense. [/one_half]
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I wanted to be sure I didn’t treat green smoothies like some kind of weight loss fad, though. I wanted to try them because I knew they were good for me. I also made the decision  to walk at least three times a week.  (If you want to follow along on my weight loss journey, be sure you subscribe below this post. I’ll be sharing everything about what I do, how it’s working, and how I’m feeling.)

Unfortunately, I got a late start on my green smoothie and walking weight loss journey. Things kept getting in my way (things like cookies and french fries.) I only started a week ago, but I’m seeing really exciting results that I wanted to share with you. In a week, I’ve lost 4 pounds. (And that’s even with making a batch of Whiskey Peanut Butter Cookies and eating at least 4 of them over 2 days.) Don’t hate. I’m a sweets-loving-human-American.

Every day I have one or two green smoothies. Sometimes I have a smoothie instead of breakfast, and other times I have a smoothie at a time I’d ordinarily eat a snack. I have been diligent about walking as well.  I have to tell you, after the first day I walked I thought I’d never felt so sore and so old in my entire life. Every muscle in my body hurt and it made me feel like a big fat slob that I had gotten to the point in my life where doing something that humans do every single day was painful.

Green smoothie recipe for weight loss

The really good news though is that within only a couple days of walking, the pain diminished drastically. The stiffness started to decrease and I realized that once I got past a certain point in my walk, it became pure pleasure. Truly, the hardest part was taking the steps from my chair to other side of my front door. I listen to music or eBooks while I walk, and it makes me feel even better. (PS: Top Workout Music is a little site I started at the same time because I felt it would help inspire me to try new walking music and I wanted to share this whole journey with people who are like me – not exactly physically fit people who really do want to be.)

Ingredients for green smoothies

As I read about green smoothies, I found out there are different camps about what should and should not be in a green smoothie. Some say you shouldn’t use dairy. Others say it’s perfectly fine to use low-fat dairy. So far, my smoothies have used a little low-fat yogurt and low-fat milk. Today I’m going out to get some coconut water and give that a try. One thing they all agree on though is that green smoothies have green vegetables in them. Experts say the more brightly colored the vegetable, the more protective the health benefits, thanks to a rich assortment of plant compounds called phytochemicals. Phytochemicals help the body deal with free radicals. Free radicals, formed from a natural process called oxidation, can damage body cells and tissues as well as DNA. Damage caused by oxidation may lead to the onset of health problems such as cancer, heart disease, cataracts, and arthritis.

How to make a green smoothie
Throw everything in your blender for a few seconds until smooth.

 

So far, I’ve been using spinach in my green smoothie. The benefits of spinach are so many I won’t even list them all here. You can read more about why spinach is a great thing to eat here. When I drink a green smoothie, I find that I am fully satisfied and far less hungry than when I don’t. I hate to be indelicate, but to be candid another benefit of the green smoothies is that going to the bathroom is…ummm….different. 🙂 Let’s just say it’s easier. (I can’t believe I just told you that, but hey…we’re in this thing together.)

I never taste the spinach in my green smoothies. Not even a hint. I am a hardcore sweets lover and I’m being honest in telling you I LOVE THE TASTE OF GREEN SMOOTHIES! I almost always add in frozen bananas and it makes my smoothies rich and thick and sweet. I look forward to having a smoothie – it doesn’t feel at all like something I “have to do.”

Green smoothie drink weight loss
This one isn't as green as most I make because of the deep red berries I used.

I only use frozen fruit, and just enough liquid (low-fat milk, etc) to make sure the whole thing blends. I never use ice cubes because I don’t have to as the frozen fruit does for me what ice cubes would do. I have a Cuisinart blender – so nothing too fancy or expensive. Because I have everything already frozen and in baggies, it only takes a minute to make one. Seriously easy – seriously tastes good.

[one_half]Here are some Green Smoothie resources if you want to have a smoothie with me.

Incredible SmoothiesTracy went from 147 to 106 in part by making green smoothies part of her life.

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Super Cool Homemade Cakes & Cookies

white cake with colorful fondant

I watch all those Cake Boss Baking Bonanza Cookie Showdown shows and become convinced I can do the same thing. If I had a nickel for how often I’ve tried to decorate a cake after watching one of those shows, I would have enough money to pay someone to bake me a cake that doesn’t look like a drunk wolverine made it.

Below are FOUR awesome cakes and cookies that have such good instruction, I think I may actually be able to bake something without hurting anyone.

Please visit their websites for the how-to and pin them, share them, and send them good baking voodoo vibes.

1. These pink fuzzy slipper cookies at Hungry Happenings are as easy to make as they are to “ooooh and ahhhh” over. They are made from Nutter Butters! This lady (Beth) is talented, talented, talented. You’re going to want to bookmark her site.

custom cookies you can make
via Hungry Happenings

2. This Purple Ombre Sprinkle Cake from Raspberri Cupcakes is BEAUTIFUL. Are you kidding? Bakers from the US will need to convert from metric measurements, but lucky you, the Joy of Baking has a conversion chart to make it easy.

Purple homemade cake
via Raspberri Cupcakes

3. Bake, Decorate, Celebrate had tons of cakes, but this colorful beauty caught my eye. I’m a little afraid of fondant, and I don’t know why. This one looks easy enough and there are great directions. You make the pretty party with multi-pack of fondant, Gum-Tex and a cutting wheel. Meanwhile, is there an official work for fondant phobia?

white cake with colorful fondant
via Bake, Decorate, Celebrate

Here are some places you can get cake decorating stuff:

]Wilton Gum-Tex
It’s less than $10.

Wilton Primary Colors Fondant
The color is already mixed in & it’s Kosher.

Wilton Cutter & Embosser
Three detachable wheels for cutting and for embossing patterns on fondant.

Cake Decorating for Dummies
This could also be called, “This book is for you, Sher.”
4. These rainbow cookies are super simple from Teaching with TLC, but they deliver such a visual impact. I love them.

rainbow cookies
via Teaching with TLC

If you share this post, I’ll be one step closer to having enough Green Stamps to get a hand mixer. You want me to have a hand mixer, don’t you?

4 Beautiful Sweet Potato Recipes You Will Love

Baked sweet potato chips

Sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene and Vitamin C and all sorts of really great stuff that’s so good for us. I just love them because they taste so good. These sweet potato recipes are absolutely mouth watering!

 

1. What’s Gaby Cooking? Ridiculously tempting sweet potato & Parmesan oven-baked chips, that’s what.

Baked sweet potato chips
via What’s Gaby Cooking?

2. I love spicy sweet potato fries, so I’m super excited to try this recipe from My Vegan Cookbook.

spicy sweet potato fries recipe
via My Vegan Cookbook

3. I can’t wait to try this Southwestern sweet potato breakfast skillet from Eat, Live, Run. Looks amazing.

Sweet potato breakfast skillet recipe
via Eat, Live, Run

4. I’m addicted to smoothie recipes, so we have to have this beautiful sweet potato smoothie here, from Lactose Free Lizzie.

via Lactose Free Lizzie

Fact: Sweet potato skins were worn by early women in lieu of nail polish.

Fact: That first fact was a total fib. Please share this page or I’ll probably just keep making up facts.