Citrus Ricotta Cake

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Last weekend my friend Dimple introduced me to the Alemany Farmers Market. This is officially my new go-to spot for produce. How did I not know about this place!? While we were walking around and checking out all the stalls I decided to try a fruit I’ve never seen before called sweet limes. It looks like a lime, but taste super sweet and floral. It was like a mind screw. I quickly called Dimple over and told her to try it. She looked just as surprised as I was at the taste. We expected something super sour, but instead  got a sweet sugary treat. Turn out they are common in India and are called mousambi over there. I’ve heard my mom talk about them before to the point where my mouth would water. Yum! I’m so excited I found these and I plan on bringing a few over to my mom when I visit NJ for Thanksgiving!

I decided to make a ricotta cake from Foodologie and replace the lemon with orange and sweet limes. The cake ended up tasting like Froot Loops cereal, no joke. I actually had two slices for breakfast. The lemon glaze adds just enough tartness to the sweet cake and makes it feel like summer again. (What’s a polar vortex?).  Try it for yourself!

Citrus Ricotta Cake

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: one 9 inch cake

Serving Size: 12

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 small orange, zested and juiced
  • 1 small sweet lime, zested and juiced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup ricotta
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • For the Glaze
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together oil, sugar, orange zest and sweet lime zest.
  3. Add eggs one at a time and whisk together until well incorporated. Add ricotta and 3 tbsp of orange juice and 1 tbsp sweet lime juice. Whisk well.
  4. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Give it a quick whisk and pour in a parchment lined 9 inch cake pan.
  5. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out nice and clean. Cool until cold.
  6. While the cake is cooling, make the glaze. In a small bowl add the powdered sugar. Add the lemon juice 1 tsp at a time and mix well. You want a thick glaze. You might have to add more lemon juice depending on the brand of powdered sugar you have. Make sure to whisk/mix well so you don't have any lumps. Drizzle the glaze on top of the cake and top with a a little lemon zest. Enjoy!

Notes

Recipe adapted from Foodologie

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Reese’s Spread Chocolate Truffles

reese's spread chocolate truffles

My husband shared a link on my Facebook last week about Hershey’s newest product, Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread. I was in love. Way back in the day, my best friend , Marlene, and I would have Nutella and peanut butter waffle sandwiches for breakfast. We’d take turns making them  for each other and bringing them to class. I’d love to say it was one of my genius creations but it wasn’t. It was all Marlene. The moment that very first waffle sandwich hit my lips I knew we’d be biffles forever. So when I saw this spread that was literally a mixture of my regular college breakfast, I knew I had to have it!

Well, this weekend I went bat shit insane at my local Safeway when I stumbled upon this beautiful jar of everything that is good in the world. They had it! I bought a jar and hid it to make sure my husband didn’t get his grubby hands all over it before I was done with it. I kept it simple and made easy truffles with them. If you decide to make these, please don’t skip out on the crushed peanuts, it just makes it THAT much better. I used an ice cube tray with a silicone bottom as a mold and Ghirardelli Melting Chocolate for the shell. In addition, this is one of those time where I suggest buying all the ingredients (even the ice cube tray) from your local grocery store if it’s available because it’s a lot cheaper than on Amazon. This is a guilt-free dessert- because you will have zero regrets after trying them. 

Reese’s Spread Chocolate Truffles

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 truffles

Serving Size: as many as you're heart desires ;-)

Reese’s Spread Chocolate Truffles

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Melt chocolate in the microwave in a small bowl, stirring every 15 seconds. Make sure not to burn the chocolate! Pour 1/2 tsp of chocolate into each mold and use a spoon or brush to coat the walls and edges of each mold. Turn the mold upside down and tap out any excess chocolate back into your bowl of melted chocolate. Freeze for 2 minutes and repeat to create a second layer of chocolate for the shell. Freeze for another 2 minutes or until the shell has completely hardened.
  2. Fill each chocolate shell with Reese's spread, leaving a little room at the top for chocolate to seal in the filling. Spoon in melted chocolate over the spread and use a spatula or back of a knife to remove any excess chocolate and get a flat bottom. Freeze for 5 minutes.
  3. Gently release the chocolate truffles from the mold. Drizzle excess chocolate on top and sprinkle with crushed peanuts. Freeze for another 2 minutes and you're done!
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Influenster Moda Vox Box Review

Influenster Moda Vox Box review

This month I was eligible for Influenster’s Moda Vox Box. Influenster is a platform that sends you free stuff in exchange for your reviews. The goal is to leverage your social media to promote new and fun products. They send full-size products and sometimes pretty awesome freebies, like my Keurig 2.0 that I received for FREE!  Anyone can sign up – just go to website to get started! There was a clear theme in this box with tons of products that will keep you moisturized and hydrated. Check out what I got in my Moda Vox Box.

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Rockin Curves Mascara ($5.50) – My experience with this brush has been a love/hate relationship. It’s a curvy brush that is supposed to fit your lashes, but I end up just getting a lot of product on my middle eyelashes and none towards to end. Usually, I like to do the opposite. However, the brush doesn’t add TOO much product and give your spider leg eyelashes. Here is a before and after with 3 light coats. It’s slightly noticeable but not wham in your face. I think it’s good for everyday light makeup use, but not for special occasions.

Before

Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick ($7.00) and Lip Liner ($6.00) – The lipstick and lip liner feel like chap stick on your lips and are definitely moisturizing. The lipstick isn’t heavily pigmented so on my skin tone it comes off more like a tinted lip moisturizer rather than a lipstick. It’s shiny, not matte. I would say it’s the same as the mascara and good for everyday use.

Puffs SoftPack ($2.00) – These are fun, giant versions of their pocket tissues really. I used mine while watching Dr. Who- #toomanyfeels . I would say this is great for moms on the go and travelers who are sick. Let’s face it, you definitely need way more than 8 tissues in the mini packs.

Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask ($11.99) – I used this a few weeks ago and I have to say it actually works really well. You don’t need a lot of product to get coverage and your hair feels softer for days after using it. I’m a fan!

Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa ($2.29) – I always use hot milk when I make hot chocolate because it always makes it super chocolate-y and creamy.  So good! They only use 5 ingredients in this product- sugar, cocoa, nonfat milk, salt and natural flavors. Nothing artificial. I have nothing bad to say- it was simply delicious 

JERGENS Ultra healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer ($6.00) Being brown, I get ashy quite often. It’s a fact I have to live. When I say this lotion is long lasting, it is LONG lasting. I didn’t have to reapply lotion once during the day! I’ll be buying myself another bottle when I run out.

Resource Spring Water ($1.50) – Living in SF, water bottle buyers are shunned. Also we get some of the most amazing water from the Hetch Hetchy reservoir from our faucets. So I never buy any bottled water unless I’m super thirsty and near a water fountain. As for the water- it’s water- no funky, metallic or chlorinated taste, therefore I give it a thumbs up!

Studio Hall Shore-Line Triple Milled Shea Butter Soap ($10.00) – This paired with the Jergens lotion is amaze-balls. It smells SO good and it doesn’t leave you with that weird soapy feeling after you’re done. I would use it just for the scent alone really.

 

I received  the products mentioned above for free using Influenster.com. Regardless, the above notes are my personal opinion of each product.

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Apple, Orange & Cranberry Smoothie + Big Slice Apple Snack Giveaway


Apple, Orange & Cranberry Smoothie

I got my top two wisdom teeth taken out a few days ago. Luckily I haven’t been starving due to Big Slice Apple snacks I received via  Tomoson. I got  8 flavors (they have 16 total) and all of them were delicious. I might have eaten all of them within 2 days. They take thick slices of apples and cook them down in a kettle in their own juices to make a low-calorie sweet snack. The majority of them were under 100 calories. You can eat them on their own or mix it up and make a parfait or smoothie like me! I like to heat the slices in the microwave for a few seconds to get a nice warm chunky applesauce. Yum!  My favorite flavors were cinnamon french toast and plain natural kettle-cooked apple slices. I plan on hitting up Target and buying some more this week. I really want to try their chai and orange ginger flavored slices- they’re right up my alley. It’s a great snack to put in your kids lunch box or to satisfy a dessert craving.

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I decided to mix it up a little and make a holiday smoothie with the blueberry pomegranate flavored apple slices. I mixed in a handful of frozen cranberries for a little tartness and it tasted awesome! Nothing says holiday season like cranberries and apples.

Apple, Orange & Cranberry Smoothie

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Yield: 1 large or 2 small glasses

Apple, Orange & Cranberry Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 blueberry pomegranate Big Slice Apple pouch
  • 2 tbsp cranberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1/4 cup strawberries, quartered
  • 3 clementines or small oranges
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
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The folks over at Big Slice Apples were nice enough to let me hold a giveaway for 8 snack pouches for one lucky winner! You’ll receive the same flavors I received  The giveaway ends 11/24/14 at midnight and is open to residents of US only. 

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Vanilla Mascarpone Whipped Cream Frosting

vanilla mascarpone whipped cream frosting recipe

I have a secret. I hate buttercream. It’s too heavy, too buttery, too sugary, just not my thing. I almost always end up substituting buttercream with whipped cream. It’s just so light and fluffy and it doesn’t knock you over the head with sweetness. Last week I made these scrumptious (and eggless) chocolate cupcakes and paired them with fluffiest fluffster fluff frosting ever. I used mascarpone cheese as a stabilizer for the whipped cream so it can keep for a while without melting or weeping. I am so in love with this frosting. It’s just so light and fluffy!!!

Here how make this melt in your mouth frosting

Vanilla Mascarpone Whipped Cream Frosting

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: enough to frost 12 cupcakes

Vanilla Mascarpone Whipped Cream Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese

Instructions

  1. 1. In a cold mixing bowl, add cold whopped cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. With the whisk attachment or a plain old whisk if you're doing it old school- whisk until you get soft peaks. Don't go crazy otherwise you'll get butter.
  2. 2. Add mascarpone cheese and whisk in until nice and fluffy! Refrigerate until you're ready to use.

Notes

-substitute with vanilla extract any flavoring you like! - if you plan on coloring this frosting, use gel food coloring otherwise it'll make it watery which is gross

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Also check out my eggless chocolate cupcake recipe over at Influenster!

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Vanilla Chai White Chocolate Chip Cookies ( guest video with Simply Bakings!)

A while ago, I sent over one of my favorite cookie recipes over to my buddy Lainey from Simply Bakings. Every Monday she posts a step by step video of amazing cookie recipes that leave your mouth watering. This week she shared my vanilla chai white chocolate chip cookie recipe with her followers with a quick cameo from me It’s the perfect dessert to make for the holidays and I love to put the cookie dough in pretty packaging and give it as a hostess gift as well. I’m so glad she loved this recipe and I hope you all like it too!

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Microwave Apple Crisp


microwave apple crisp

In my opinion, nutmeg and cinnamon define autumn. These two mixed together create the feeling of being on a comfy couch with a warm blanket and a fire going.  Jiva Organics sent  me a bag of their USDA organic ground nutmeg to review. The first thing I noticed when I opened the bag was the intense aroma of nutmeg-so good! I decided I didn’t want to wait to use my new ingredient and I wanted something now! I came up wit this quick and easy, semi-healthy recipe for a microwave apple crisp. The nutmeg was so strong that I only needed just a little bit to get the flavor to come through. I paired the apple crisp with my new obsession, Three Twins Dad’s Cardamom ice cream. Cardamom pairs so perfectly with the rest of the spices in this autumn dessert. I devoured the apple crisp in half the time it took to make it. #noshame. The butter and brown sugar melt together to make this sticky cinnamon-y glaze. It made my entire kitchen smells like apple pie. It’s quick, easy, and it takes only a few minutes to put together- what’s not to like?

 

Microwave Apple Crisp

Total Time: 3 minutes

Serving Size: 1-2 people

Microwave Apple Crisp

Ingredients

  • 1/2 large apple
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of ground ginger powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 2.5 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp rolled oats
  • ice cream or whipped cream (optional)

Instructions

  1. Dice the apple into small pieces and place into your ramekin or bowl. I kept the skin on, but you can remove it if you like. Add nutmeg, cinnamon, ground ginger, salt, butter and 2 tbsp of brown sugar. Microwave for 10 seconds so the butter softens. Mix until the apple are coated with the spices and melted butter.
  2. Sprinkle the rolled oats on top with the leftover brown sugar and microwave for 1 minute on high.
  3. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or scoop of ice cream ( I recommend Three Twins Cardamom ice cream!)
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