Grandma’s Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Pound Cake

This post is being sponsored by Nordic Ware featuring their absolutely perfect Classic Pound Cake and Angel Food Pan.

So for the past few years I’ve been truly fortunate to create recipes for Nordic Ware.  It is such an honor and a blessing but there’s more to it than just that.  You see Nordic Ware is a brand both my grandmother and mother had in their kitchens.  It’s all they used; it’s the ONLY brand they trusted with their cakes. Even before I thought about becoming an engineer (because if I had my way, back then I was going to grow up and marry Scott Baio – um, hello Chachi!) I knew their pans were elite.  Now it goes unsaid that to have a successful cake you need a great recipe, a cook that can follow directions and a stove that has accurate temperatures. However what’s the most important aspect of any great cake is the pan you bake it in.

Having an amazing pan to start with sets the precedence for a better cake outcome.  Think about it.  If you were to build a house, you want the foundation to be the best it can be; solid, reliable, dependable.  Well with Nordic Ware, that’s what you get.  You get the very best there is! I mean Nordic Ware has been in business 70 years as family owned and operated Kitchenware Company.  70 years!  They are definitely doing something right!

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Now I’ve shared several different recipes surrounding their pans throughout the past few years however this one, this one has so much sentimental meaning to me. You see this recipe was my grandmothers.  It’s been in my family for generations though I can guarantee I’m probably the only one that remembered the recipe as I’m sure if your grandma was like mine, nothing was written down.  And if it was it was a pinch of this, some of that and bake til done.  LOL
Whenever I am missing my grandma all I need to make this cake of hers and remember all the times we’d make it together

Skinny Blueberry Power Smoothie

This deliciously simple and healthy post is being sponsored by Daisey Fresh featuring their incredible 100% Natural & Organic fridge filters.  All opinions of these ABSOLUTELY AMAZING filters are mine.

So if you recall from my Strawberry Compote with Grilled Angel Food Cake Cubes I introduced you to a revolutionary new product created by Daisey Fresh. What they’ve created are these little filters (with holding cartridge) that suction cup to your produce and veggie drawers.  You place these biodegradable filters that are 100% organic and natural (which means no chemicals or foreign stuff getting into your foods) into your fridge and through some sort of genius magic they keep your fruits and veggies fresher up to 2-3 times longer than if you just placed them into the drawers themselves!  I know, right!  That’s awesome!

Skinny Blueberry Power Smoothie

This recipe is one that I make quite often especially in the summer months. Living in Pittsburgh we have 2 temperatures in the summer – 90F and 875% humidity or 85F with 875% humidity.  Even with ac it’s just too hot to cook and dare I say…eat. I know.. who am I?  I love to eat, we all do – that’s why you’re here.  Well okay unless your family then you’re obligated by blood. *wink*

Whether it’s for breakfast, post workout or because it’s too hot to cook, you will LOVE this smoothie!

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – New Kitchen Hacks

Happy Tuesday TKW Family! Today I’m sharing with you a some new kitchen hacks on Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer.

When it comes to cooking and baking, we all look for ways to cut down on time, save money and ways to make things easier in the kitchen.

Tuesday-Tip

 

Revive Stale Muffins – When a muffin goes a little stale simply sprinkle it with a teensy bit of water, put it in a paper bag and pop in a hot oven or toaster oven for 10-20 seconds.

Don’t Waste Lemons – When your recipe calls for just a Tbl or two of lemon juice, don’t waste a whole lemon.  Instead puncture it with a metal skewer, squeeze out what you want and cover it with plastic wrap.

Revive your limp veggies – Nothing is worse than grabbing a carrot and finding it has lost it’s crunch factor. Same thing with celery and potatoes.  To re-perk them up, simply put them in a bowl of ice water and watch them come back to life. This can take minutes to up to 2-3 hours depending on how big the veggies are.

Make extra/freeze for later –  When I make pancakes or waffles I always make extras that, once cooled I flash freeze then wrap individually storing in a freezer safe plastic bag. So on those mornings (or nights when I want breakfast for dinner) that I don’t have time to cook, I’ll grab a few out of the freezer, pop them in the toaster and in minutes I have perfectly fresh delicious pancakes and waffles!

Leftover coffee or tea – save it and pour it into ice cube trays.  Then when you go to make iced tea or iced coffee instead of putting regular iced cubes in the drink that tend to water it down, add the frozen tea and coffee cubes!

Dip it in chocolate and sprinkles!– To dress up any cheesecake (homemade or store bought) freeze it til it’s firm the slice it into cubes. Dip the cubes into chocolate and douse it with sprinkles!  Dress up any dessert in a pinch!

 

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Hey hey hey TKW Family! What’s shakin’ peeps?  So did you ever get in one of those ‘cranky pants’ moods but yet you really don’t know why?  That’s been me all week.  I’m always happy go lucky but for some reason this past week I’ve been uber cranky.  Maybe it’s from coming off of the prednisone *shrugs* or old age *quit shaking your head yes to that.. LOL*.  Or maybe it’s because it was so damn miserably hot and humid here in Pittsburgh. Dear GOD I don’t know how you people that live in the south handle it!  I love the heat – like I LOVE July and August in Scottsdale, Arizona but there’s little to no humidity. Yes I know, it’s hot and hot is hot. I get that but when you have asthma, humidity is hell on you. Plus when you have naturally curly hair.. well let’s just say nature hates you when it’s humid.  The scrungie is your friend as that’s about as sexy you’ll ever get your hair when it’s humid.

Annnnnnnnnnnd to make matters worse the AC in my car is on the fritz.  Like it comes on… after I’ve been driving down the highway with the windows down in 90+ degree weather for 15-20 minutes. Thing is, Mr. Fantabulous said it’s an easy fix and that I should just go pick up a new car but honestly it’s just a car ya know?  I’m fine driving with the windows down…as long as it’s not raining then it sucks and I’m forced to drive with the windows just cracked and the wanna-be-ac on blowing warm/hot air.  Yeah, not cool man… HA!  Literally!

But yeah this past week wasn’t a good week for me. My emotions were all over the place.  I found out some pretty devastating news that is weighing so heavy on my heart and mind.  All I can do is pray and be strong for someone.  I can’t go into details as they’ve asked me to keep it private but all I can ask is if you can include someone who I love dearly in your prayers.Thank you!

What else? I’ve been busier than normal at work which, did you ever get to a point where it’s a bit overwhelming?  Kind of like you’re afraid you may be at max capacity?  That’s kind of how I feel but yet I love it, ya know?  I love being challenged. And I’ve been BEYOND furious with the granite people.  Trust me I CANNOT wait to go public with this sham of a company and call them out for their lack of quality work and flat out shoddy workmanship but for now, until this job is done done done and they are out of my house for good, I’ll keep silent. But trust me dear company, my millions of TKW Family member will be warned (as well as the BBB) about how horrible of a company you are. So no, I still don’t have a finished kitchen.

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Let’s see, what else can I whine about.. *love you guys!*  So get this.. it’s been +90F all week with I swear 875% humidity. Like I think the trees and grass was sweating it was so humid.  Well my darling Mr. Fantabulous says “Honey we need to start trimming back the bushes and trees.  They are really bad and I’m getting whacked in the face when I cut the grass.”  So wait.. you now complain about getting whacked in the face when I, 2 months ago when it wasn’t 875% humidity, told you that we should cut them back then???  Yeah so we go outside…to melt…and curse…and get stung/bitten by every godforsaken bug out there. 2 nights in a row we worked outside for about 2-3 hours.  We filled up our 4×8′ trailer 5 times and I pretty much sweated off 47 pounds both times.  My GOD….enough with the humidity. Are we done?  Pshh! HA!  If only.  Now he says “We only have about another 3 hours of work left to do outside.” which, in realistic time means 8-10 hours.  Trust me, one thing my darling Mr. Fantabulous cannot do is estimate time to perform a job.  Oh no no no no! Sorry baby, but you suck at that.

Saturday he decided that we were having a ‘date’ day.  Yeah, I’m vetoing date days from now on. I know so many of you love date days with your better half but let me ask you this…does your date day involve both Lowes and Home Depot and going up and down each and every aisle???  Yeah, thought not.  But it’s quality time I suppose though I have to admit, I do get a kick out of being there with him in those stores as he’s seriously like a little kid.  His eyes light up when he sees screws, nuts, bolts and power tools.  It’s kinda like me when I go to HomeGoods.  LOL

So today I’m chillin’ out and actually taking a day off from TKW.  I need some ‘me’ time which translates into “it’s too damn hot to cook or think and all I want to do is chill out in my princess jammies”. Love you guys!

♥ Monday –   Breakfast Makeover Sandwiches
♥ Tuesday – Skinny Chicken Burrito Bowl
♥ Wednesday – Sriracha Honey Buttered Crispy Baked Oven Fried Wings
♥ Thursday – Avocado Bacon Egg Salad Crostinis
♥ Friday –  French Bread Garden Pizza with Herbed Oil
♥ Saturday –  Chorizo Burgers with Cool Ranch Pepper Sauce
♥ Sunday – Grandma’s Old Fashioned Meatloaf
Dessert of the week – Chocolate Dipped Brownie Cups with Chocolate Mousse Filling

Healthy Power Yogurt Bowls with Fruit, Crunchy Granola and Flaxseed

It’s funny as this recipe if you will though I don’t really consider it a ‘true’ recipe as you’re just putting stuff in a bowl and eating it. There’s no cooking involved and let’s be honest, you really don’t have to be exact with your measurements but hey, it’s all good. I mean this is pretty awesome and a “recipe’ ANYONE can follow. It’s just yogurt, protein powder, fresh fruits, granola and flaxseed – not to hard but OMG it’s so delicious!

Sorry, I butterflied on you – I never did finish my first thought. LOL So as I was saying, it’s funny how this recipe and other ‘bowls’ like this have become the latest ‘thing’ on Pinterest and 99% of the other blogs out there. Sorry but fruit, yogurt and granola in a bowl isn’t a new thing. I’ve been eating this ever since I was little and I’m old… LIKE REAL OLD. LOL Okay fine the new thing – flaxseed. Adding flaxseed all of a sudden took a 1970 dish and made it relevant and ‘new and improved’ (as she says in her best infomercial voice). LOL

Berry Grape Power Yogurt Bowls
Flaxseed – what it anyway? To me it’s tasteless, looks pretty much like sesame seeds and if you spill it, it’s a PITA to clean up (trust me, I know!) But this itsy bitsy little thing packs some pretty awesome health benefits! So when I decided to make this Healthy Power Yogurt Bowls with Fruit, Crunchy Granola I had to add flaxseed to the mix. Not only is it visually awesome in the pic but it’s great health benefits to the dish!
Take your boring cup of yogurt and make it beautiful & delicious!

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