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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Avocado Pudding (Healthy Snack)
By: Valerie
Looking for a healthy snack but you also want to satisfy your sweet tooth, this recipe is the best of both worlds! Ingrid (missglamorazzi on youtube) inspired me to make this super easy and quick recipe! You can check out her video where she explains how to make the pudding here!
You will need: 
2 ripe avocados (It’s REALLY important that the avocados are ripe!)
1/3 cup pure cocoa powder
1/3 cup pure honey
3 tbsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. chia seeds
Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter (Almond butter or any other nut butter can also be used)
Fresh fruit for topping (optional)
Lots of love!

reefmagazine:

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Avocado Pudding (Healthy Snack)

By: Valerie

Looking for a healthy snack but you also want to satisfy your sweet tooth, this recipe is the best of both worlds! Ingrid (missglamorazzi on youtube) inspired me to make this super easy and quick recipe! You can check out her video where she explains how to make the pudding here!

You will need: 

  • 2 ripe avocados (It’s REALLY important that the avocados are ripe!)
  • 1/3 cup pure cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup pure honey
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. chia seeds
  • Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter (Almond butter or any other nut butter can also be used)
  • Fresh fruit for topping (optional)

Lots of love!

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Strawberry Chocolate “Shots” Recipe
By: Triana
Put a little twist on the plain chocolate covered strawberries that gives you even more chocolate per bite, and you have strawberry chocolate shots! No alcohol involved. Strawberry chocolate shots are the perfect after school treat or late night sleepover snack with friends. The perfect mix of sweet indulgence, chocolate strawberries are always delicious.
♥♥♥
Supplies:
2 cartons of ripe strawberries
1 bag of melting chocolate 
wax paper
cookie sheet
glass bowl to melt the chocolate in
sharp knife
spoons
microwave
*tip: try dark chocolate if you want a healthier option!*
Preparation:
1. Wash and cut off the stems of all of the strawberries.
2. Take your knife and carefully cut out a little bowl shape into the strawberry. Don’t make it too deep, but make sure it can still hold the chocolate.
3. Put your melting chocolate into the glass bowl and put it into the microwave for increments of 10 seconds. Take out and stir.
4. Take your cookie sheet and lie a sheet of wax paper big enough to cover the whole sheet over it.
5. Grab a spoon and dollop small amounts of chocolate onto the wax paper, spread apart by about half an inch.
6. Before the chocolate dries, stick the strawberry in it, pointy side down. I this does not seem to be working, add more chocolate so it will stay.
7. Take a smaller spoon and carefully fill each strawberry bowl. 
8. Let dry for a few minutes and enjoy either by yourself or with friends!


Wow! this is amazing. I’m gonna have to try this now :)

reefmagazine:

Strawberry Chocolate “Shots” Recipe

By: Triana

Put a little twist on the plain chocolate covered strawberries that gives you even more chocolate per bite, and you have strawberry chocolate shots! No alcohol involved. Strawberry chocolate shots are the perfect after school treat or late night sleepover snack with friends. The perfect mix of sweet indulgence, chocolate strawberries are always delicious.

♥♥♥

Supplies:

  • 2 cartons of ripe strawberries
  • 1 bag of melting chocolate 
  • wax paper
  • cookie sheet
  • glass bowl to melt the chocolate in
  • sharp knife
  • spoons
  • microwave

*tip: try dark chocolate if you want a healthier option!*

Preparation:

1. Wash and cut off the stems of all of the strawberries.

2. Take your knife and carefully cut out a little bowl shape into the strawberry. Don’t make it too deep, but make sure it can still hold the chocolate.

3. Put your melting chocolate into the glass bowl and put it into the microwave for increments of 10 seconds. Take out and stir.

4. Take your cookie sheet and lie a sheet of wax paper big enough to cover the whole sheet over it.

5. Grab a spoon and dollop small amounts of chocolate onto the wax paper, spread apart by about half an inch.

6. Before the chocolate dries, stick the strawberry in it, pointy side down. I this does not seem to be working, add more chocolate so it will stay.

7. Take a smaller spoon and carefully fill each strawberry bowl. 

8. Let dry for a few minutes and enjoy either by yourself or with friends!

Wow! this is amazing. I’m gonna have to try this now :)

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hqcreations:

I stopped by Chelsea Market in NYC recently. They had a huge indoor hydroponic system on display. Very cool indeed, but I was weirded out by the hot pink LED lights. I just found it so off putting, and it was bloody difficult to get a decent photo. As it turns out, there’s a method in this madness. Indoor gardening requires a lot of light. The energy required to power an indoor farm would significantly impact the environment and your wallet. Researchers discovered that red and blue wavelengths in the ROYGBIV spectrum is all that most plants really need to grow. Rather than using pure white light, growers use a cool and low energy red and blue LED lights (getting a mix of magenta), to efficiently cut down the bill.

I still think these “pinkhouses” as they call it are an eyesore, but the technology is fascinating.


yeah I agree, it looks wierd but the reality is that more and more people are growing under these sorts of lights. It certainly makes sense if you dont have a garden! Check out my friend’s blog on LED Grow Lights - I know, a shameful plug, but I am sure you will forgive me :)

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comfortspringstation:

No garden? Try growing in containers.

Things You Can Grow in Containers

Tree fruits
1. Apples
2. Kumquats
3. Avocados 
4. Blackberries
5. Blueberries 
6. Pomegranate
7. Cherries
8. Figs
9. Pears

Citrus fruits
10. Dwarf oranges
11. Grapefruit
12. Tangerines
13. Meyer lemons
14. Limes

Tropical fruits
Tropical fruits can also be surprisingly easy to grow indoors, even in non-tropical climates. Such as…
15. Bananas 
16. Pineapple
17. Papaya
18. Guavas

Surprises
19. Hops
20. Aloe Vera
21. Strawberries
22. Herbal Tea
23. Quinoa

Non Surprises
24. Tomatoes
25. Summer squash and others like acorn and pumpkin
26. Hot Peppers
27. Sweet peppers                                                                                       28. Cucumbers

Herbs                                                                                                              29. Basil
30. Oregano
31. Parsley
32. Rosemary
33. Chives                                              
34. Catnip
35. Thyme
36. Sage

Leafy Greens
37. Kale
38. Spinach
39. Swiss Chard
40. Lettuces
41. Greens - Collards, Mustard

Root Vegetables
43. Carrots
44. Beets
45. Potatoes
46. Guavas

 

I have personally grown lettuce, tomatoes, herbs, and am now trying potatoes, celery, cabbage. A lot depends on your available space and your lighting. Also my vegetables are not always extremely large when I use them. For instance, I now have a plum tomato plant - the tomatoes are delicious but not as large as you get in a store. I consider them the perfect size for my salads or just for snacking. Going vertical seems to be the idea to max your growing space whether indoors or out. I love the photos of a garden wall in your kitchen.

Meditations on a Buttercup Squash

All of this snow has forced me to stay in and find new ways to entertain myself. I recently spent the afternoon making pizza dough using Deborah Madison’s recipe. I admit, I used to be intimidated by pizza dough, but this recipe was actually pretty easy. Now I have plenty left over in the freezer for more pizzas in the future! I used up the rest of the buttercup squash to make a pizza with sage, red onion, and fontina cheese.

Pizza Dough from Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone (the best cookbook ever)

1 1/2 cups warm water
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 to 1 cup whole-wheat flour, to taste
3 to 3 1/2 cups flour

Pour 1/2 cup of the water into a mixing bowl, stir in the yeast, and set aside until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add the remaining water, olive oil, and salt, then beat in the whole wheat flour followed by enough white flour to form a shaggy dough. Turn it onto the counter and knead until smooth, adding more flour as needed to keep it from sticking.

Put the dough into an oiled bowl, turn it once to coat, then cover with a towel and set aside to rise until doubled in size, 40 to 60 minutes. Turn the dough onto the counter and divide into the number of pizzas you want. Shape each piece into a ball, set on a lightly floured counter, cover with a towel, and let rise for another 20 to 30 minutes.

Shaping the dough Taking one ball at a time, flatten it into a disk, pushing it outward with your palm. Working from the middle, push the dough out with your fingers until its about 1/4 inch think and fairly even, thickening slightly at the edge. Or roll the dough into a circle, then push up the sides to make a slight rim. Dust the peel or pan with semolina, fine cornmeal, or flour, set the dough on top, cover with a towel, and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes before you add the toppings.

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One thing that holds me back from blogging more frequently- I hate hate HATE editing my photos. I “get” that they are an integral part of a food blog, even when your photography skills are as minimal as mine. Also, my camera just isn’t very powerful. I’ve been wanting to share some anecdotes about the amazing trip to the West Coast that I took last month, but I’ve been too overwhelmed by the photography aspect. Does anyone have some tips to get over it? Should I get new software or something?