Canada Day Vanilla Greek Yogurt Popsicles

Hello everyone!

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In preparation for the weekend I plan on having, I am relaxing tonight and enjoying this heat with festive popsicles.

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These are so healthy and very (VERY) easy to make. The recipe only calls for 4 ingredients- milk, yogurt, sprinkles and vanilla. You can always switch the milk for almond, coconut, soy milk, etc to change the flavor or to suit your dietary needs.

Enjoy! If you try this recipe, let me know how you liked it or if you modified it 🙂

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sprinkles

Instructions

 
  1. Combine the yogurt, milk, and vanilla extract in a medium sized bowl and stir. Once the mixture is smooth, stir in sprinkles.
  2. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and leave some room for expansion when it freezes.
  3. Freeze for at least 6 hours.
  4. Enjoy your Canada Day Frozen Bites

 

Friday Funday Rosé Sangria

HAPPY FRIDAY!!! I’m at work posting this because I’m dreaming of the sangria I’m going to have when I get home 🙂

Tonight, we’re hosting a kareoke party and I decided to make sangria for the pre party. I love sangria as much as the next person but I often find it too sweet or too fruity. I just can’t have a whole glass usually so I decided to modify the usual sangria recipe.
Instead of using the regular fruits like strawberries, oranges, peaches and all that, I decided to go with something more subtle- cantaloupes and honey dew. Because I let everything steep in over night, you can still taste the fruity-ness but it’s mild. Most of the fruitiness of this drink comes from the juice. I also decided to include lemon in this sangria to combat some of the sweetness from the rosé  wine.

 

I decided on rosé wine instead of white or red because that`s my favorite kind of wine. I only drink red wine with dinner and I’ll only drink white wine if it’s the only kind available. Rosé is just my all time favorite! 🙂

Anyways, it was so hard to leave this in my fridge overnight. When I tasted it before refrigerating it, I literally fell in love with a drink and I don’t know if I’ll be able to have regular sangria anymore. #prayercircleforyve

So there are three alcoholic beverages in this- obviously rosé wine, Triple sec and bourbon (I used honey bourbon; you can use any type). Then there is pineapple-citrus-mango juice which is perfect for sangria of any type! (If you can’t find this type of juice, you can use 1/3 cup each of orange, pineapple and mango juice)

This is a special post because today is my sister’s birthday and unfortunately I can’t be in her city. So I’m dedicating this post to her and having an extra glass for her tonight 😉 (not self serving or anything)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SESTRA!

Recipe

Ingredients:

1 lime

1 cup peeled and diced cantaloupe

1 cup peeled and diced honey dew

1 bottle of rosé wine

1 cup pineapple-citrus-mango juice

1/4 cup triple sec

2 tbs bourbon

Method:

  1. Slice lime into circles then half the circles (toss out the ends of the lime). Toss into jug/ punch bowl.
  2. Add in the cantaloupes and honey dew. Mix up the fruits
  3. Pour in the wine, juice, triple sec and bourbon
  4. Stir and refrigerate overnight.

 

Lemon Cake II

Hello hello! Happy hump day 🙂
Throughout this whole food blogging situation, I have bought ingredients and just have not used them. For example, I have a whole bunch of chocolate, too many sprinkles (but can you ever have too many sprinkles? YES YOU CAN) and TONS of lemons. So I’m slowly chipping away at my ingredients because they are taking up space. I have been using my lemons for lemon tea and just zesting and juicing them for most things now. I decided to make lemon cake as well so that I could put some of the lemons to really good use.
I made lemon cake before along with lemon glaze but this recipe is a little different. This one has eggs unlike the other one and the directions are simpler. Oh! And it also includes lemon zest 🙂

This one turned out really sweet. It is a perfect tea time cake especially paired with a black or rooibos tea.  Or if you’re feeling particularly zesty, with some lemon tea.

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Batter

The cake rose quite a bit so be careful not to over fill your pan.

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Finished Cake

Let me know if you make this one or the other lemon cake and how it turned out! If you made both, which do you prefer?

I prefer this one because it is easier to make and is sweeter than the other one 🙂

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of butter

1.5 cups of sugar

4 egg whites

2 1/4 cups of flour

1 1/4 cups of milk

1 tbs baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbs lemon juice

2 tsp lemon zest

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F and line a cake pan with parchment paper or just oil the pan.

2. Mix butter, sugar, and egg whites in a bowl till its all combined

3. In another bowl, mix in the flour, milk, baking powder and salt. Pour butter mixture into the flour mixture and mix until combined evenly.

4. Mix in the lemon juice and and pour mixture in the pan

5. Sprinkle the top of the batter with lemon zest and bake for 55 minutes

Homemade Pizza

It’s my favorite time of the year! National Pizza Day!!!!!

I’m celebrating by making my own homemade pizza. It turned out so good and I don’t mean to toot my own horn but I don’t think I will be ordering pizza ever again.

PIZZA

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

Dough:

2.25 teaspoon dry yeast

1 cup lukewarm water

3 cups all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon salt

2 table spoons butter

Sauce:

1 table spoon vegetable oil

½ cup chopped onion

1.75 cup diced tomatos

¾ cups of water

½ teaspoon white sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon dried marjoram

¼ teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

 

METHOD:

  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water and let stand until creamy. About 10 minutes
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt and butter till you get an even mixture. Add in the yeast mixture. Knead the dough till it is elastic. This should take about 8 minutes.
  3. Oil a large bowl and place the dough in it. Cover with a damp cloth and let it rise in a warm place till it doubles in size. This should take about 45 minutes
  4. Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat and sauté onions till tender. Stir in the diced tomatos and the rest of the sauce ingredients. Simmer for 15 minutes
  5. Divide dough in half and spread onto pizza pans (a rectangle pan will work fine). Cover dough with sauce and add desired toppings (I am using ground beef, pepper, mushrooms, bacon and cheese). Bake at 400F (205C) for 25 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

Hope you enjoy! How did you celebrate National Pizza Day? Did you order in? Did you get pre-made dough and make your sauce? Let me know below in the comments 🙂