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June 2012

fruity fuel

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3rd post of the day, and I’m growing weary, so I’ll make this quick.

Mixing fruits together is never a bad idea…not to my knowledge, at least.  And it is especially a not-bad idea when these fruits are baked in a cobbler.  

Yesterday, I tested this theory while making dessert to go with my dad’s famous homemade vanilla ice cream.
Without further ado, here is the new-and-improved family “peach” cobbler recipe…

did i mention that these peaches are from our tree!?
  • Slice 4-5 fresh peaches
  • Mix peaches in bowl with 2 cups berries (I used blackberries and blueberries but any berries (or apple slices?) will do)
  • In separate bowl, whisk together 3 T. butter (softened), 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup milk, and 1 cup bisquick (or flour/baking soda mixture of sorts)
  •  Pour batter into greased 8x8x2 pan
  • Pour fruit onto batter and top with sprinkles of sugar (about 1/3 cup)
  • Pour 1 cup boiling water over fruit, and sprinkle with cinnamon/nutmeg
  • Bake 1 hour at 350* (325* for glassware) 
  • Top with ice cream or whipped cream!!

chocolate fuel

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I love chocolate.  I also love avocados.  I love chocolate and avocados mixed together!  Who knew??
Sometimes, an avocado-chocolate milkshake does the trick, but I couldn’t resist making this pudding when I saw the recipe on a blog.  I not only had a couple of lucky ripe avocados on the counter waiting to be made into pudding, but I had also been wondering what to do with my surplus of ripe bananas.  Problem solved.
Here is the recipe from
Chocolate Avocado Banana Pudding [serves 2-4]
  • 2 avocados, ripe
  • 2 medium bananas, ripe
  • 6-8T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1t vanilla extract
  • 1t cinnamon
  1. In a food processor, combine the avocado + banana and process until smooth.
  2. Add the cocoa powder, vanilla, and cinnamon.  Process again until smooth. 
  3. Refrigerate for up to 3 days in sealed container
  4. Eat with homemade whipped cream, sliced bananas, nuts, etc.

Here’s what mine looks like:

 While I am on the subject of chocolate and copying other peoples’ recipe ideas…I decided to make this beautiful nut butter spread (inspired by the same blog sited above) for even more delicious milk shakes, oatmeal and bagel toppers, etc.  Introducing: 

Chocolate Peanut Butter!!
  • 2 cups roasted peanuts
  • 3 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 T. honey/sugar
  • 1/4 t. sea salt  
  1. (if using unroasted nuts, first roast in oven for 20 minutes at 300*, until golden brown).
  2. process nuts in food processor until a drippy butter forms
  3. add cocoa powder and salt and continue to process until drippy again
  4. finally, add sweetener and process, once again until drippy!
Delicious  chocolatey drippiness!

 After sampling the gooey chocolate peanut butter, I decided it was absolutely necessary for me to make a milkshake with this new pb…so I threw some key ingredients into a blender…

1-2 T chocolate pb + 1 c. milk + 1 banana, frozen + 1/2 avocado…                                        + 1/2 c avocado chocolate banana pudding (optional)

High Octane Fuel

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Coffee is one of my favorites.  I love the smell, the taste, the warmth, and the feeling of drinking delicious fresh-roasted, brewed beans!!  And chai tea is up there too.  Normally, I drink my coffee black because I don’t like to water down the coffee-ness of it.  But, after tasting this amazing concoction from Palermo in Ventura, I haven’t been able to stop myself from obsessing…

Here it is…

“The Buddy”
…it is a perfect mixture of chai tea, coffee, cream and sweetness.
Myself and my equally-enticed boyfriend, Brice, have come up with quite a few different ways to re-create this (all scrumptious).
One of the latest Buddy recipes is…

  • 6 oz fresh brewed chai-spiced Trader Joe’s coffee or other coffee of choice
    • Can also use fresh espresso shots + milk/water)
  • 2 tsp homemade or store-bought chai tea 
    • I like to make a chai tea blend with black tea and spices and store it in a jar for tea times
    • You can also try a powdered chai blend like this and just whisk the powder into your coffee and add steamed milk/foam (skip steps 2-5 below)
  • 1/3 cup steamed milk or half & half
  • 1-2 tsp honey or sugar (opt.)
  1. Brew coffee (filter/drip/espresso/press).  If using espresso shots, you may need more milk for step 4, or you can add hot water!
  2. Allow tea to steep in coffee for 2 minutes (I like to use a tea ball)
  3. If adding sweetener, add to milk and stir before steaming…
  4. Steam milk (while tea is brewing) and foam!
  5. Remove tea from coffee, pour over milk/foam
  6. Sip slowly and eat cookies/cakes
if you like drip coffee, may I suggest the cone filter technique! so easy and yummy!
such a cute, confusing lil’ coffee cup…my sis got it for me 🙂
My precious espresso maker!


coffee, homemade chai blend, and tea ball

Pool Fuel

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I am blessed to live amongst avocado trees, to be near gorgeous strawberry fields, and (most of all!) to have wonderful friends to enjoy life with.  Yesterday, some beautiful ladies came over for a semi-impromtu pool party.  The afternoon was complete with sunshine, swimming, nail polish, homemade guacamole & chips, fresh nut butters, pineapple juice smoothies, fruits, and Lindsey’s yummy frosting brownies!!
Why should you eat avocados, besides the fact that they are Oh So Delicious!?
  • anti-inflammatory properties
  • increased carotenoid absorption
  • antioxidants
  • blood sugar regulation
  • lots more good stuff!
GUAC:  2 mashed medium avocados + 2 diced plum tomatoes + 2 crushed,minced cloves garlic + fresh chopped basil + juice of half a medium lemon/lime + fresh ground pepper + sea salt + red pepper + paprika + (optional) diced onion
Peanut Butter (right): Pour 2-3 cups of roasted peanuts into food processor, aka. “F.P.”.  Add 2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp   sea salt (if nuts are unsalted).  Process until oily (10ish minutes).  Almond Butter (left above): roast raw almonds in oven  for about 10 minutes at 275F (until soft and lightly browned)…be sure to watch and not burn nuts!  Once cooled, process in F.P. for about 10 minutes (until oily/gooey).  Add cinnamon, salt, dried berries, other nuts, as desired (I like Costco’s      Coastal Berry Blend trail mix with cried berries, nuts, and yogurt chips), and pulse to mix.  Serve w/ sliced apples, etc…     


Sun + Friendly Friends 🙂