Tag Archives: food

Princess 3rd Birthday

22 Apr

This Vanilla Cake with White Chocolate Ganache and White Chocolate Buttercream cake was made for a Princess’ third birthday today.

Light pink pearls and fondant large pearls with a crown.

Banana Bread Recipe You Add Anything To.

21 Apr

Whole Wheat Banana Bread with Your Favorite Mixins
-Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease only the bottom of either 2- 8×4 loaf pans or 1 9×5 loaf pan.
-Add the following to a big bowl:
2 1/2 c Whole Wheat Flour
1 1/2 c Very Ripe Bananas, mashed(3-4 medium)
1 1/4 c packed brown sugar
1 c raisins/nuts/choco chips
2/3 c plain nonfat yogurt
2 eggs or 1/2 c fat-free cholesterol-free egg product
1/2 c vegetable oil or 4 oz cinnamon applesauce
1t baking soda
1t salt
1t vanilla(the best you have on hand)
-Pour the mix into the pan or pans. Place on the center rack in your oven. The 8 in pans need 50-60 mins, the 9 inch pan needs 1hr,10mins. Wait until a knife comes out clean when stuck in the middle of the loaf. Leave in the pan for ten mins, loosen and cool completely. Best served sliced, toasted and coated in cold butter.
I have made-added in diced peaches and white chocolate chips
                                       crushed pineapple and walnuts
                                       dried cranberries, dark chocolate chips and pecans
                                        peanut butter and dark chocolate chips
                                        raspberries and white chocolate chips…….

For the mini hearts I used a heart shape muffin pan and baked them for about 20 mins until a toothpick pulled out clean.

Rocket Ship Cupcake

4 Apr

50 dresses

4 Apr

I Can Help with Crustless Apple Pie.

14 Dec

Today we save the world with good old fashioned American Apple Pie…minus the crust. I stand by my motto that no one should be able to turn down my desserts, in this case it is completely true. Gluten-Free Apple Pie for childhood hunger.

Ready. Set. Go.

3 Red Delicious Apples

-Peel and take out the centers. Cut in half.

1 Teaspoon McCormick Roasted Siagon Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon Nutmeg

1 Teaspoon chopped Crystallized Ginger

1/2 cup Turbinado Sugar

-Place all of these ingredients in a mixing bowl, add the apples and coat them.

1/2 stick of butter over low heat

-Melt the butter and then add the apples placing the centers down. Simmer for 5 mins covered.

-Flip the apples, pour some of the liquid over them. And continue to simmer on low until fork tender. It was about 2 mins for mine but each apple is different.

-Serve hot with fresh whipped cream.

Here is where you or your friends can donate:


Here are a few great recipes for a great cause:

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December 7: Drinks


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December 10: Entrees


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December 13: Sides


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December 14: Dessert


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Why We Are Doing This…

14 Dec

As I write this I can not stop eating my work. It is excellent.

While I eat, read this:

Here are the sobering statistics: Nearly 17 million children were facing hunger at some point last year. That’s 17.2% of all children, or almost one in four. Among them are:

  • 5.1 million kids —43.6%—living at or below the poverty threshold.
  • 5.9 million kids living with a married couple.
  • 5.8 million kids -one-third—who live in single-woman households .
  • 5.3 million Caucasian kids—1.4 million or more than any other racial group.
  • 10.6 million kids living within metro areas—5 times the number living outside metro areas.
  • 5.2 million in the South—more than in any other region of the country. (strength.org)

Oh and this:

Why Childhood Hunger Is Important


hunger-facts1-small.jpg Hunger impairs our children’s health in significant and long-lasting ways:

  • Children who struggle with hunger are sick more often, recover more slowly, and are more likely to be hospitalized.
  • They are more likely to experience headaches, stomachaches, colds, ear infections and fatigue.
  • Children who face hunger are more susceptible to obesity and its harmful health consequences as children and as adults.


Hunger impedes our childrens’ ability to learn and perform academically:

  • Undernourished children under the age of 3 cannot learn as much, as fast or as well.
  • Lack of enough nutritious food impairs a child’s ability to concentrate and perform well in school.
  • Children who don’t get enough nutritious food are more susceptible to the negative effects of skipping breakfast on their ability to think and learn.


Hunger predisposes our children to emotional and behavioral difficulties:

  • Children who regularly do not get enough nutritious food have more behavioral, emotional and academic problems and tend to be more aggressive and anxious.
  • Teens who regularly do not get enough to eat are more likely to be suspended from school and have difficulty getting along with other kids.


Food Security


50.1 million Americans – including more than 17 million children – lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis, according to USDA’s report, Household Food Security in the United States, 2009, published in November 2010. They are food insecure and struggle with hunger.

  • Food insecurity exists in 17.4 million households in America, 4.2 million of them with children.
  • Rates of food insecurity were substantially higher than the national average among households with incomes near or below the Federal poverty line, among households with children headed by single parents, and among Black and Hispanic households.
  • Food insecurity was most common in large cities, but still exists in rural areas, suburbs and other outlying areas around large cities.
  • The typical (median) food-secure household spent 33 percent more for food than the typical food-insecure household of the same size and composition.
  • Fifty-seven percent of food-insecure households in the survey reported that in the previous month they had participated in one or more of the three largest Federal food and nutrition assistance programs: SNAP (food stamps), WIC (Supplemental) and school lunch.


The full USDA report, Household Food Security in the United States, 2009, published November 2010 is available at http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/ERR108/ERR108.pdf (PDF).


There’s Strength in Numbers

At Share Our Strength, we understand this completely. That’s why we’ve developed a powerful 10-point plan to help us effectively end childhood hunger in America. The plan helps bridge the gaps between existing programs that work and the families who need them. It’s a great plan, and we invite you to join us in making it happen.

  1. Provide all children with a healthy breakfast. On a typical school day, 55.4% of America’s schoolchildren who are eligible for a healthy free or reduced-price school breakfast don’t get one. Our goal is to make sure every kid who can receive such a healthy start to his/her day does.
  2. Encourage healthy food choices. Courses that teach practical nutrition information, cooking skills and food budgeting help families learn how to get more healthy meals out of tight budgets. Our plan supports such nutrition education programs — including Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters™ — as ways to address childhood hunger, obesity and other diet-related diseases.
  3. Help eligible families meet needs at home with access to food stamps. Nationally, only 60% of those eligible for the federal Food Stamp program receive benefits. Half of those recipients are children. Share Our Strength’s plan supports work to make food stamps more accessible to everyone who is eligible.
  4. Improve the economic security of working families. Share Our Strength’s plan helps families achieve economic stability by supporting organizations that help families take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for working families and the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) programs. In 2003, the EITC lifted 4.4 million people out of poverty, including 2.4 million children.
  5. Increase families’ access to fresh, affordable produce in their own neighborhoods. For families living in America’s poor and working-class neighborhoods, fresh produce is both hard to find and expensive. Our plan supports efforts that bring solutions such as full-service supermarkets, farmers markets that accept food stamps and community gardens to these neighborhoods.
  6. Help afterschool programs provide healthy meals and snacks. You’ve heard all the news about what kids are eating in school. Share Our Strength is also concerned about what they’re eating (or not) after school. Our goal is to encourage healthy snacking habits that kids will take into the future.
  7. Expand the reach of summer meals programs. For too many kids, school vacations can be hungry times. Less than 10% of children eligible for summer food programs participate, leaving more than 16 million kids who don’t. Our plan supports efforts to make these programs accessible to more kids who need them and to make sure that the foods they eat are healthy.
  8. Ensure access to balanced, nutritious diets for all pregnant women and preschool children. Good childhood health starts with good prenatal nutrition that continues through the preschool years. Yet too few eligible moms take advantage of the federal WIC program that provides nutrition education and supplemental food for qualifying families. Our plan supports efforts to enroll more eligible moms in these programs and others like them.
  9. Ensure access to nutritious food in shelters and food pantries. Food banks, pantries, shelters and other emergency food providers need more food, especially healthy food. Fresh protein, produce and dairy products rank at the top of the list of the foods that pantries and shelters need most. Our plan supports efforts to help these providers offer a steady supply of healthier options.
  10. Provide comprehensive public education about available resources and assistance. Families facing hunger need more and better information about the programs that will help their kids eat healthy meals no matter how tough things get financially. This is why education is a steady theme in our plan and why we support those who provide such education and outreach as well as those who advocate for it.

Take a Closer Look

Learn more about the invisible childhood hunger in America and our strategy to end it. Download Share Our Strength’s Plan to End Childhood Hunger in America. (PDF) (1.16MB).

Share Our Holiday Table

13 Dec

Share Our Strength has a great new projest they are working on:

No Kid Hungry™, an unprecedented, five-year effort designed to end childhood hunger in America. Our nation has the food and programs in place to end childhood hunger, but consider what we are up against: The stigmas and embarrassment that surround hunger, the challenges presented by access to healthy food, and the struggle to connect children with the resources they need to thrive. For 25 years, Share Our Strength has been confronting hunger head-on to break down these barriers. Together, with your support, we can put an end to childhood hunger. Will you join us in the No Kid Hungry campaign?

Next came this:

Bloggers are invited to take part in a seven-day, online progressive dinner series—Share Our Holiday Table—that will help raise funds for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign during the critical holiday period. More than 40 bloggers are participating and the dinner will unfold across 7 courses and in 4 tracks (Gourmet, Family-Friendly, Gluten Free and Vegetarian).

Everyone knows I can’t say no to baked goods for a great cause! So I sent an email to enter a dessert, Crustless Apple Pie. I will post this great Gluten-Free recipe so that not only can all of you enjoy this delicious dessert but you can spread the some of the sweder side of life to children that can’t help themselves!

If you feel moved to start early this is the donation page:


If you want to wait until 12/14/2010 when I post the fabulous recipe and pictures, that works too.

Here is a great message:

Thanks for helping!

Mint Chocolate Mini Brownies

10 Dec

8 ounces of your favorite dark chocolate
1 cup of unsalted butter
5 whole eggs
3 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon Neilsen-Massey vanilla bean paste

1 1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour

1/2 A bag of Dark Chocolate and Mint Chips

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a mini cupcake pan.

-Place the butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high until the chocolate is fully melted, about 2 minutes but watch carefully. Stir until fully blended.

-In a standing mixer with the paddle blade; place the eggs, sugar and vanilla bean paste. Mix on high for about two minutes. Then on a very low speed or stir setting, slowly add in the butter and chocolate mixture. Next add in the flour and beat on medium only until combined and then stop! Overmixing is deadly to brownie texture!

-Using a small ice cream scoop, portion the batter into each section of the pan. Filling each section up to the top.

-Sprinkle with Mint and Dark Chocolate Chips.

-Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out mostly clean, there maybe a few crumbs or melted chips in the way. Cool completely! Enjoy.

Non-Dairy Peach Kugel

8 Dec

In my constant effort to create desserts that no one can say no to I have found a non-dairy version of Peach Kugel. It may not be the most traditional dish but it makes an effort.

This year my son is about to turn three and is now ready to learn about his family and the holidays they celebrate. My dad taught me about Judaism when I was his age and I appreciated all the holidays. I celebrated hanukkah at home and Christmas with my mom’s family. Just like I got an Easter basket while celebrating Passover and my birthday!

So I decided to start out with a menu I remember from my grandparents house during a few of the holidays. Mushroom Barley soup from Sabbath with the Goldbergs. 

Brisket from one of the holidays with Grandma Newman.

Latkes from Hebrew school events.

Coconut Macaroons from eating those after dinner with Dad.

Peach Kugel from Passovers in Florida. Ready for some delicious memories? Maybe you can use these to create a memory in your family.

Non-dairy Peach Kugel

 5 sheets of unsalted matzo crunched up

1/2 hot water

-Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13×9 glass pan.

-Toss the crunched up matzo in the water until slightly fluffed up.

3 eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Sugar

1 tsp McCormicks Roasted Saigon Cinnamon

1 29 oz can of Sliced Peaches,drained

-Mix all of these together in a bowl and pour over the matzo.

Cinnamon sugar

-Sprinkle a thin coating on top.

-Bake for 30 mins covered with foil. 10 mins uncovered. Serve warm or cold.

Icing is beautiful.

4 Dec