Dessert

Passionfruit Cheesecake with Shortbread Pretzel Crust

I woke up this morning and made a cheesecake. Then I had a piece for breakfast.

I haven’t made a cheesecake in a while. This one is a birthday cake.

Happy Birthday, Dad.

Since Dad grew up in Hawaii and loved all things tropical, I made this for him. Today I will [click to continue…]

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Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

 

Today I am kicking off the cookbook tour of one of my favorite bloggers, Cara Reed of Fork and Beans! I was so very honored to review her new book, Decadent Gluten Free Vegan Baking – I have been giddy excited for her as she worked on it.

I am also giving away a copy to one lucky reader – read on for details.

Cara and I have been friends for a while – I am drawn to her incredibly creative interpretations of [click to continue…]

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Mini Toffee Mallomars

Father’s Day is Sunday.

My first without Dad.

Not a day goes by that I do not think about Dad.

More times than I can count, in the first two months he was gone, I found myself driving to his house, autopilot style (his house is two minutes up the hill from ours).

Every morning I walk through our library and say “morning, Dad” as I walk by his urn.

I still watch Days of Our Lives at least once a week, even if it is just on in the background while I work in the kitchen …but often I will schedule my lunch around that time, and settle down to catch up. Dad, I know you’d be loving the stories right now.

I also watch Barrett-Jackson auction from time to time, looking for your Corvette.

Yep, I talk to Dad sometimes. I used to bring him fresh juice and coffee every day, and since I practice this ritual daily myself, I am often wishing he was here. Giving my green juice the side eye, and drinking it with a smile.

I celebrate his memory, I think of the good times. We had so many good times.

He bought me my first basketball, when I was probably 9? I remember standing there in the store, looking at them all, looking up at Dad, how do we choose? He simply picked one up, you know how they have that half box going all around the ball, and he bounced it. Box and all. Okay, this one is good.

He also [click to continue…]

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Dark Chocolate Oat Cream

 

Many of you will remember my Dreamy Dark Chocolate Oat Cream up there (so many of you tried it, yay!). I have made this recipe many times, and have recently started playing with new flavors.

Some awesome flavors.

Just for you.

Because it is summer. Okay, not officially, but it’s close enough for me. My schedule has been a bit more free lately, which feels summer like. The sun has been shining, even on the rainy days if you can pick up what I’m puttin’ down. Light and free, that’s me.

and that is what summertime is all about, right? Light and free.

and frozen treats. There must be treats. Lucky you and me, I have fifteen frozen favorites right here.

 

ginger maple miso ice cream

 

lightened up Piña Coladas

 

blackberry cheesecake ice cream

 

See the rest in the slideshow below:

 

Check out Fresh and Cool Summertime Treats

by Kristina at Foodie.com

 

or click here to see all recipes at once!

 

 

SLIDESHOW SPONSORED BY FOODIE VIA GLAM MEDIA. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED HEREIN ARE THOSE OF SPABETTIE.

 

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Cinnamon Chocolate Almond Truffles

If someone had told Little Kid Kristina that one day, she would be excited about an invite to a grocery store media event? Little Kid Kristina might have eye rolled and side eyed and laughed… in confusion.

As it is, I am (very likely overly) excited that I now have a Whole Foods Market within one mile of my neighborhood, rather than 8 or 11, the distance of the Whole Foods stores I currently frequent. Whole Foods Greenway is opening this Wednesday May 21, and I was invited to a pre-opening sneak peek.

 

Why do I like Whole Foods Market? Let me count the ways: [click to continue…]

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Perfect Vegan Waffles

I had an impromptu Virtual Breakfast on Saturday morning. Friday night, I stayed in to relax with the dogs and watch back to back episodes of Justin Timberlake on Saturday Night Live.

Jason was out playing music, leaving me to JT, browsing the internet – Pinterest for wedding ideas and Instagram to see what everyone was up to. I got in a conversation on Instagram with Somer and Sarah about [click to continue…]

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spinach scramble stuffed 'shrooms

SPABETTIE IS A FINANCIALLY COMPENSATED BLOGGER AMBASSADOR FOR THE MUSHROOM COUNCIL, AND IS PARTICIPATING IN THE #MUSHROOMMAKEOVER 30 DAY WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE. THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED HEREIN ARE THOSE OF SPABETTIE AND ARE NOT INDICATIVE OF THE OPINIONS OR POSITIONS OF THE MUSHROOM COUNCIL OR MAMAVATION.

 

Week Two of #MushroomMakeover is coming to a close, and for me, this week was even better than last!

The workouts from our trainer Mark Segedie, continue to be both fun and challenging! This week included two arm circuits – good because I really want to focus on my arms lately, bad because I have not focused on my arms lately. Ha! Noodle arms over here. I am loving the challenges, making sure I get to my 10,000 steps a day (some days, SO EASY, other days that number seems so unattainable). Most days I get there, as well as drinking plenty of water as RD Corrine reminds us to do.

Working with the registered dietitian Corinne Dobbas this week was a good thing too – our focus this week was to be mindful with our meals – focus on the food rather than the television, laptop, whatever the usual distraction may be. Eat slowly, enjoying the flavors, the textures, all of it. I will admit this was a difficult challenge for me, and one where I learned some things about myself. It took some effort at lunch time – when I am normally on my own during the day – to sit and enjoy, without working in front of the computer or watching television. I made myself go outside to sit in the sunshine during breakfast one day – I enjoyed the sunshine and the dachshunds sat out there with me, taking it all in. A big challenge for me is background noise – I found I need it, or at least think I do. I will definitely continue to work on this one, as it is bigger than this one week project for me.

Between the workouts, staying hydrated, eating healthfully and mindfully, I found the number on the scale is once again less than the week before. This is a positive for me – I rarely step on the scale and this was not my biggest reason for taking on the #MushroomMakeover challenge, but it is definitely a nice aspect.

This week’s Mushroom Makeover meals:

visiting a brew pub with friends for lunch one day, I was happy to [click to continue…]

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Totally Tahini Cups with Coffee Cream Filling

spabettie is the next stop on the Rawsome Vegan Baking Un-Cookbook tour – and this recipe I chose to share? Oh So Good. Totally Tahini Cups with Coffee Cream Filling – a simple recipe with only four ingredients, but so much flavor!

First, the book. The deliciousness comes from Emily von Euw of This Rawsome Vegan Life. With stunning photos of seemingly every recipe, this book is fun to just sit and read, as you know I love to do.

Upon my first browsing, I immediately had a list of recipes I wanted to try – these cups were first.

I have also made the Boston Banana Cream Deep Dish Tarts, which were uuhhh-mazing. I WILL be making the Fresh Citrus Tart with Lemon Cream – sounds so fresh and bright, and the [click to continue…]

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