Thankful Thursday : Turn That Frown Upside-Down (and cake!)

I’ve haven’t done Thankful Thursday in practically forever. I can’t believe I let it fall by the wayside for so long. It is long past time for it to be reinstituted. Only this week’s addition is a tad different. I like to call it Turn that Frown Upside-down.

All you have to do is take something negative and turn it into a positive. Take a complaint and turn it into an appreciation.

:( These Strawberry cherries don’t taste much like strawberries.

:) These strawberries cherries are delicious.

Source

:( I can’t believe summer ends in a month.

:) Senior year officially begins in a month!

:( I am so sore I can hardly move.

:) That was a great workout: I’m so glad I worked hard.

:( It’s so hot outside.

:) The Sun is shining; it’s a beautiful day!

:( This cake has so much butter and sugar.

:) This cake is soooo delicious and besides, Michael Polan says to eat as much junk food as you want….as  long as you make it yourself. (The logic is that you won’t take the time to make stuff  yourself very often; clearly he doesn’t know me.)

:( My sister made it.

:) We are of the same flesh and blood….did I mention the cake is delicious?

 

Mimi’s Cream Cheese Pound Cake

This decadent cake which has been in my family for years will be the star of an meal you serve it with. A small piece on ocassion can certainly be part of a nutritious and balanced lifestyle.

Ingredients:

3 sticks of butter

8oz cream cheese

3 cups sugar

6 eggs

3 cups flour

1 Tablespoon vanilla

Instructions:

Cream butter, cream cheese, and sugar. Add eggs and flour alternately. Mix in vanilla. Pour into a greased angel food(tube) pan*. Bake at 325 degrees for 90-120 minutes or until wooden stick interested comes out clean. Let cool and serve with homemade whipped cream and sliced strawberries.

*2 loaf pans may be used  in place of 1 angel food (tube) pan. If so, check cakes after one hour.

What is a frown in your life that you can turn upside down?

                                                                                                                                                              

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Grilled Avocado and Apple Waffle Sammie

I wanted something yummy for dinner

as opposed to the evenings when I want something gross

Oh wait, I always something delicious.

But, I don’t always get it

Actually often I do

Enough rambling,

It’s amazing how complicated I can say “Tonight’s  dinner was tasty”

You what was even more remarkable?

This tasty dish I’m talking about  was a sandwich.

I generally don’t like sandwiches.

But, this was a waffle sandwich.

Spraying the pan wasn't enough....butter to the rescue!

The interior is smooth and creamy, yet crisp and crunchy; Sweet yet savory. The exterior resembles a waffle. I’ve never met anything remotely waffle-ish that I don’t love.

Grilled Avocado and Apple Waffle Sammie

2 slices bread (I used seeded Ezekiel)

1/2 a small avocado mashed

1/4 of an apple sliced thinly (eat the remaining 3/4 alongside the sandwich)

Turkey (omit if you’re not of the meat eating variety)

A slice of cheese (optional, I didn’t use)

Butter/oil

Spread the avocado mixture on both slices of bread and top one slice with apples, turkey and cheese (if using) and remaining piece of bread. Butter the bread and put the sandwich into a waffle iron (or panini press or just a pan on the stove). If using a waffle iron, you may want to but something heavy on top of it. Cook until lightly browned. Enjoy!

I may have shed a few tears when I realized it was almost gone.

Moral of the story: You should make this sandwich.

At least then I’ll have someone to cry with.

Or we can just make each other more sandwiches.

That would probably be better.

Pancake Fate

Hello All,

I apologize for my lack of posting lately; part of it due to busyness and part due to lack of inspiration. But, I made some pancakes yesterday that were wonderful, and I just couldn’t wait to tell you about them. You see, I really wanted some pancakes (actually I wanted waffles, but didn’t feel like bothering with the waffle iron) so I quickly went to Google in hopes of finding a good healthy pancake recipe. No luck. “Hmm. maybe HEAB will have something on her recipe page,” I thought. As fate would have it, just minutes before I went to her page Heather had put up a new post about pancakes! I guess destiny wanted me to make these pancakes! It is actually a recipe from Alex at Spoonful of Sugar Free.

I follow the recipe almost exactly, except I used white whole wheat flour instead of brown rice flour and a little bit of coconut oil because I didn’t have applesauce. The first few I made, I poured the batter down then sprinkled on some frozen blueberries. When about half the batter was remaining, I mixed a handful of blueberries and probably about 1 tsp of apricot jam into the batter then proceeded to cook the rest. They were so, so, so delicious. I loved them!

Topped with plenty of butter (What can I say, I was inspired by HEAB)because butter makes everything better. Though I avoid most dairy, butter is one of those foods I will never be able to give up. It’s just so good and there is nothing else like it! (Attention makers of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, I can believe it’s not butter!)

Close up of one of the pancakes from the first half of the batch

Is there any food you continue to eat regularly because you love it even though it may not necessarily be the healthiest thing for you? (although I really don’t consider butter unhealthy)

Also, just fyi, I haven’t forgotten about this giveaway that I mentioned. The reason I have not done anything more with it is because I’m waiting until I find out how much shipping costs. It seems silly to me to pay$5-6 to send a few  Lara Bars that aren’t worth much more than that. Hopefully I’ll find out soon and let y’all know on that.

Have a marvelous week!

~Ann Claire