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PEEPS Easter Bunny Dirt Cake Recipe

I realize I’m kinda skipping over St. Patrick’s Day this year but I really can’t help it. The other day I walked into Walgreens where they have their big seasonal aisle and I couldn’t help but smile. Every shelf was lit up with bright spring colors, pastel eggs and and everything that just screams SPRING IS COMING! After months of cold temperatures and cloudy days, my mind and body is yearning for something warm, bright and fun … like Easter.

I know for many families the focus of this holiday is based on religious beliefs, but for ours, it’s all about the Easter eggs and beginning of Spring. That’s why I scooped up a few packages of Easter bunny PEEPS and a few other ingredients to make this super easy and kid friendly, Easter Bunny Dirt Cake. It’s filled with thick chocolate pudding, crunchy Spring OREOS and green tinted, sweetened coconut shreds with an Easter bunny scene on top with PEEPS bunnies and M&Ms candy eggs.

This dish featured in this recipe is an 11 cup Pyrex storage dish with 10 x 8 x 3 inches dimensions. For something a little more healthy go check out some superfoods instead like pollen powder from pine or chia.

PEEPS Easter Bunny Dirt Cake Recipe

easter-bunny-chocolate-cake-recipeIngredients

  • 1 box chocolate pudding
  • 3-3/4 cup of milk
  • 1 whole package of Spring OREOS
  • 3 cups shredded coconut (sweetened)
  • food coloring (green)
  • PEEPS bunnies
  • M&M candy eggs

Instructions

  1. Whisk the pudding mix and milk until smooth
  2. Add all of the pudding in an even layer in a glass serving dish
  3. Blend the OREOS into chunky crumbles and sprinkle over the pudding
  4. Add coconut and a little green food coloring into a large plastic bag. Shake it well until the food coloring is distributed evenly and the coconut turns green
  5. Spread coconuts over the layer of OREO
  6. With PEEPS bunnies and candy eggs decorate

 

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Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas Recipe

In the past, every time I’ve made chicken fajitas at home, the chicken always seems to come out dry. Rather than give up a dish I love because I can’t cook the chicken right, I turned to my slow cooker. It never fails me when it comes to keeping meats moist. I’d probably cook every meal in the slow cooker if I could ever get up early enough to go to the store. But now that school is back in session, I’m enjoying my lazy, sleep in week days.

 

This recipe is super simple and only requires a few ingredients. For the health conscious folks, you could replace that big chunk of butter with a drizzle of olive oil or whatever cooking oil you prefer. Personally, I prefer the rich flavor that butter adds to the onions. I was even able to save a few bucks on this recipe by using fresh green peppers right out of the garden. It’s too bad my onions aren’t quite ready or I would have used those too.

 

Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 cups of green bell pepper
  • 3 cups of sweet onion
  • 4-5 chicken breasts
  • 2 packets dry fajita seasoning
  • 1/2 cup salsa

 Instructions

  1. Put the slow cooker on low
  2. Add butter, peppers, onion with the chicken breasts
  3. Add seasoning over the whole chicken, then salsa
  4. Cover and cook on low temperature for about 3-5 hours
  5. Shred the chicken and it’s ready to serve!

 

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How To Incorporate Pine Pollen In Your Food

Superfood has become increasingly popular lately and it’s probably because the day-to-day routines nowadays are so hectic and we need to keep in shape to be able to find time for everything. So here comes a post about one very popular superfood, namely Pine Pollen. What is it? What does it contain? How do we incorporate it into our diet and food? Keep reading to unveil the answers to these questions!

For those who live in areas where pine trees are grown, then spring is about the right time to watch as yellow pollen falls off its mother tree and blankets the ground with sheer beauty and great aroma. However, according to experts, the seemingly fleeting dust of pine pollen has more than just color and aroma; it has numerous nutritional benefits and has been in use for various applications for as long as man has been around. While initial applications focused largely on healing various diseases, the issue of pine pollen nutrition has been widely studied in modern times, with a large degree of success.

Incorporating Pine Pollen In Your Food

At the time of harvesting, pine pollen is basically powdery dust. Some people take it orally in its raw form. Others will add it directly to food or drinks. This loose extract can be grabbed right from the tree or bought at a supplement store. The pollen is also available in capsule form and does not need to be taken according to specific dosages. This is because pine pollen is a tonic, making it usable consistently over a large period of time without any side effects.

Components Of Pine Pollen

Pine pollen contains a wide range of elements beneficial to the body. They include:

· Minerals- Copper, Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Molybdenum, Magnesium, Silicon, Potassium, Phosphorous, Sodium, Selenium and Zinc.

· Vitamins-A, B3,B2,B1, B-Carotene, Folic Acid,B6,Vitamin E, and Vitamin D.

· Proteins-pine pollen boasts of more than 20 Amino Acids, with all 8 of the essential Amino Acids present. This essentially places it in the category of complete proteins.

Uses of pine pollen

· Improving the health of the skin

The pollen is processed into a cream and applied on the surface of the skin and has been known to treat conditions such as acne, eczema, impetigo, boils, rashes and general dryness.

· Androgenic qualities

Pine pollen has the capacity to increase testosterone levels in the body, which makes it a natural source of the hormone. This is some kind of a big deal in the medicine world today because there are very few known natural sources of the hormone. The dust also builds up an equilibrium between the amounts of androgens and estrogen in the body. Go read more about the beneficial effects of pine pollen powder!

Research has also indicated that pine pollen can be used to enhance the function of the endocrine glands and boost immunity. It also forms a barrier to pain, fights inflammations and acts as an enhancer of the good cholesterol.

 

 

 

 

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Difference Between White And Black Chia Seeds

Here comes an unusual blogpost, we will be posting several recipes containing the superhealthy Chia Seed, so I thought I’d start this series off with a little fun-fact about this extraordinary superfood!

Chia, which also means oily, is an annual herb native to Guatemala and central and southern Mexico. The plant belongs to the mint family and is grown commercially for its seeds. The seeds measure no more than 1 mm in diameter but are world famous due to their rich composition in omega-3 fatty acids. The seeds may be mottled with gray, black, brown or white; however, white and black are the most dominant colors. For us quality is really important, especially when it comes to cooking and recipes, be sure to get high quality chia seeds. I have actually found the best place to purchase chia seeds, so go and check it out!

Black and White Chia Seeds

If there is any major difference between white and black Chia seeds, then it is just that: color. Their nutritional composition may vary, not because of color, but due to where they have been grown. It is important to note that such nutritional differences are usually quite negligible. You may choose between the colors for aesthetic purposes. Your food may appear more appealing when integrated with white Chia than its black counterparts.

How To Eat Chia

You may consume Chia seeds by adding them to your favorite dishes such as garnish but chewing them may reduce access to omega-3 fatty acids. You can circumvent this challenge by grinding or soaking them.

Health Benefits of Chia seeds

Anti-aging 

Chia contains copious amounts of anti-oxidants, implying that they can slow down your aging process. They accomplish such a feat by preventing premature skin aging as it speeds up skin repair processeses.

Treatment for Diabetes

Researchers at the University of Litoral, Argentina, were able to prove, through experiments, that Chia was able to combat dyslipidemia and insulin resistance – two causative factors of diabetes. They proved that a sucrose rich diet with generous amounts of Chia would completely cure diabetes patients.

Strong bones

You may be wondering how to make your aging bones stronger again. You will be glad to know that Chia has 18% of the recommended amount of calcium you require on a daily basis. Also present in Chia is boron, which helps in the breakdown of calcium, leading to healthy bones.

Panacea to the nagging weight problem

If you are on a physical exercise program as a way of losing weight, you need to include Chia in your daily menu. The seeds contain high amounts of proteins needed to build muscle which would replace the fats burned away by exercising. Moreover, it will also boost your metabolism and tackle your dental problems.

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Side Effects of Chia Seeds

If you consume chia in large quantities, you may suffer from stomach discomforts due to its huge fiber content. However much you may want to gain from its numerous health benefits, it would be wise to consume only moderate amounts.

So keep a lookout for coming recipe posts!

 

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Easy Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats for Halloween

This past weekend the kids and I spent a lot of time with pumpkin. Between picking them at the patch and carving them for the front porch, we were in pumpkin heaven. So it only made sense to get in the kitchen and make some pumpkin fun in there too.

I was digging through my stash of Wilton baking pans and ran into the Ice Cream Cookie Bowl pan that I had completely forgotten about. Turns out, it’s pretty darn perfect for making a realistic shaped pumpkin when filled with Rice Krispies Treats.

To make these, all you need is your favorite Rice Krispies Treats recipe, the Wilton Ice Cream Cup Pan and a few small helpers eager to celebrate Halloween. Alternatively, if you don’t have this pan, you could always just rolls the treats into a ball with your hands.

While you’re melted the marshmallows and butter, add a little orange or red/yellow to create a nice bright orange color.

(My favorite way to make Rice Krispies Treats: 6 TBS butter slightly browned, a splash of vanilla extract, 10.5 oz mini marshmallows, 6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal)

Once the molded treats cool, you can place two of them together to create a pumpkin shape.

 

Use a little green cookie icing to draw on some vine squigglies.

A tootsie roll on top makes a great looking stem.

 

You can eat the Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats plain or draw on Jack-o-Lantern faces with black cookie icing.

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