Lemon-Coriander Poppy Seed Cake

Lemon-Coriander Poppy Seed Cake

Lemon-Coriander Poppy Seed Cake

 

With the advent of fall, and the crisp weather it brings, I always find myself drinking more and more tea. Heading to the tea pot to warm up on a chilly gray afternoon has become a welcome routine for me- there’s nothing quite like curling up in a comfy chair with a good book and a piping hot cup of tea. Unless of course you add in a generous slice of cake!

This cake is one of my favorites for pairing with tea. Buttery lemon poppy seed cake with a dash of spicy coriander lends itself beautifully to a cup of Earl Grey, with a wonderfully creamy filling of lemon curd gently folded into whipped cream. Top it all off with a generous dusting of powdered sugar and you have the ultimate cake to brighten up that dreary autumn day! Continue reading

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Ashley M. of Morley, MO

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Mocha Brownie Pudding Cake

Welcome to chocolate heaven! As the name suggests, this incredible dessert is like the love child between rich, fudgy brownies and chocolaty pudding- you just can’t get any better! Well, unless you serve it up warm with a big scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream on top… Continue reading

Berry Healthy Matcha Smoothie

Part of my daily routine is a wonderful smoothie made from fresh greens and berries. Recently, I began adding some Matcha to this as well for a wonderful boost in nutrients. Continue reading

Freedom Super Foods Pure Raw Cacao Powder – Review

Raw and organic lovers, here is a great way to add a little chocolatey-goodness to your life!

We’ve all heard of the potential health benefits of dark chocolate- especially cocoa powder. The list is long, and quite impressive, including decreased blood pressure, improved blood vessel health, and improvement in cholesterol levels, among other benefits. This is largely due to polyphenolic flavonoids in cocoa that have the potential to prevent heart disease. Flavonoids are antioxidants that are commonly found in fruits, vegetables, tea, wine, and coffee.

Unfortunately, not all cocoa is created equal. Some are more processed, leading to lesser health benefits, while others contain fillers or other unwanted ingredients. Freedom Super Foods is one company that is devoted to creating the highest-quality pure raw cacao powder available. Continue reading

Bear Handz EasyPeeler – Review

In a hurry? This tool will cut down on your prep time dramatically!

Recently I was contacted by the Bear Handz company and asked if I would review their new EasyPeeler.

Big deal, you say, what’s so special about a vegetable peeler?

Well, actually, it is a big deal. This is a lot more than your average vegetable peeler. For starters, it’s made out of 100% High Quality Stainless Steel and is designed to last. In fact, it’s even backed with a lifetime guarantee!

Okay, you say, that is pretty cool.

But it’s still just a vegetable peeler, right?

Well, not exactly. Continue reading

Very Vanilla Cupcakes with Matcha Green Tea Frosting

Looking to add a little pizzazz to your baking? Need something special for that next bake sale? Heck, does anyone really need an excuse for cupcakes? I don’t think so, but if you do, you might want to give these cupcakes a try. Filled with healthy antioxidants, these vanilla cupcakes with matcha frosting take tea time to a whole new level!

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Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil – Review

Tea Tree Oil kicks bacteria’s butt – naturally!

Those of you who follow this blog regularly know that I’m a huge proponent of a natural lifestyle. It seems like every day there is a new study out showing the dangers of the synthetic chemicals in products we encounter every day, from processed foods to household cleaners.

The most recent scandal focuses on triclosan, the bacteria-fighting ingredient in Colgate Total, as well as many soaps, detergents, and other products. In studies done on mice, rats and frogs, this ingredient has been shown to cause reduced fertility, development issues in fetuses, and increased cancer risk.

So, what’s a person to do? Look for natural solutions, of course!
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Classic Homestyle Cole Slaw Recipe

 

This recipe is extremely coveted in our family, fine-tuned over the years to make the perfect coleslaw. Sweet crunchy veggies are the star here, with a bright, tangy dressing that makes this the perfect side for any summer barbecue, pairing well with a smoky bbq sauce or on top of our Pulled Port(obello) Sandwich. It also happens to be a snap to make. What more could you ask for?

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Organic Matcha- Green Tea Powder by Kiss Me Organics – Review

Recently I was contacted by KissMe Organics and offered the chance to review their Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder. Until the promotion, I really hadn’t heard of this product before, so I was really excited to give it a try.

Matcha is 100% natural, organic green tea leaves which have been carefully ground down to form a fine powder. It has been drunk in Japan as part of the tea ceremony for almost 900 years, and is used by Buddhist monks to keep them alert, awake and focused during long days of meditation.

We all know that green tea is healthy. Think of Matcha as the ultra-concentrated version of your steaming cup of tea, and you’ll see why it’s even better for you. It professes a wide range of health benefits, from increased energy and metabolism boost, to burning calories and improving memory and skin. Best of all, Matcha boasts an impressive 137x the amount of antioxidants of brewed tea.
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