Sunday, February 26, 2012

Mug Brownie! Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae in minutes!

While I am playing with mugs and mixes...

Same Concept..

1 package of angel food cake mix
1 package of brownie mix
Mix together and put it a jar, the two mixes

To make brownie : 
In a mug, mix
 3 T powder mix
2-2.5 T water
Nuke for 1 min.

It's done! 

While its hot, add chocolate or caramel syrup, and some nuts if you like...whipped cream and a cherry!  
If your out of whipped cream, pour a bit of milk onto it.  

Mug Cake Recipe (big batch for a quick snack anytime) Updated:

This mug cake is a great way to satisfy your carb sweet craving in no time.

1 box Angelfood cake
1 Box any other cake
Mix the two together and put into a jar for when you want a quick snack.  ONE of the boxes of cake MUST be angelfood cake.

to make your snack
In a mug, three T of cake mix and two T of water.  stir and nuke for one min.
Bam, its done...
here's my tips for this recipe..I like an extra half T of water in mine and I like to add things to it before nuking..choc chips, broken up oreos...anything you like..and when its done,I drizzle milk on it and stir it up and throw in an extra two broken oreos...Whipped cream is good too, but I only usually get this once before my kids empty the can.  I snooze I lose. lol.

I keep this in a jar on the counter w the directions to make it.  My kids devour it. It's not the most awesome cake I ever made, but its an easy fix for a craving.  Its pretty good.

Warning:  My sink is always full of mugs!  My teenagers (and the strays they bring home)  seem to love this in the middle of the night.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Vitamix Butternut Squash Soup (vegan)

This little gadget is will make a soup from scratch in five minutes.  I was at Wegman's the other day and the vitamix  guy made us this...came home and made it again.

Vitamix Butternut Squash Soup

In the vitamix, throw in:

four carrots
Half red onion
2 stalks celery
clove garlic
half avocado
1/2-3/4 of 20 oz package of cubed butternut 10 peppercorns
8 oz rice milk
1 T cinnamon
big squeeze blue agave (about 4 tablespoons)
1 tsp salt (tweak it out if you want)
2 cups hot water (approximately, until vitamix is almost full, just hot tap water)

Okay, this is the hard part....turn on the vitamix..and wait 5 mins...
After the five minutes, its ready to pour into mugs/bowls and piping hot.

My son's culinary class made a sauce for drizzling on top of theirs with sour cream, maple syrup and ceyenne pepper.  Also they used a sweet potato to thicken theirs, this recipe uses avocado.

Note, you can totally unveganize this. I have made this many ways.  its great with whole milk roasted red peppers, crabmeat and sauted shiitake mushrooms added at the end to give it body. I also love a fresh hot pepper in it, added during the vitamix blend.  The cinnamon and hot pepper go well together.


Friday, February 10, 2012

Margaritas Luscious Chocolate Body Scrub ♥

Margaritas Luscious Chocolate Body Scrub

I love sugar scrubs. Salt scrubs seem to dry my skin and hurt too much.   I know Hershey has its own chocolate spa, but I don't have the time or money to get there, so here is what I came up with.   I washed my face with this and licked my lips...omg LUSCIOUS!

1 C sugar
1½ T Cocoa Powder (not hot chocolate mix, real cocoa)
½ C coconut oil (warm so its liquid to be able to mix it easier)
2 T honey

Mix the sugar and cocoa first with a whisk, in another measuring cup or small bowl, mix the honey and coconut oil...than add the dry to wet.  
I'd store this in the fridge but its not necessary if you are going to use it up in a day or two

You can also use an oil if you prefer, olive, grapeseed, but I am a coconut oil lover for body products.

This will harden when its above 76° but its easy to melt it back down if you prefer to have it liquid, your warm bathroom will bring it right back to liquid or put it in the hot shower a min or two. 

Disclaimer:   I use brown wash rags and towels (I live with all men and brown is my fav masculine color so its what we have) so I can't say what this will do to your pretty wash rags. Use a dark one. It did rinse right off of my cloth shower curtain.