Don’t be Afraid to Try The Wedding Cake Alternative

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People are becoming more practical when it comes to weddings. Often times the wedding cakes aren’t eaten. They range in price from $100.00 to a neighborhood price of $500.00. This is average and of course based on how many slices, the number of tiers and how fancy the cake will be.  Shut the bakery door! My goodness a wedding cake can really put a dent in your wallet.

There are many alternatives to cake for a wedding, but lets talk about the little bite size cake.  Your wedding should be customized to you and your groom.  You don’t have to serve wedding cake if you don’t want too. Today bakers have become very creative with cupcakes. They can be simple to down right elegant.

 

You can mix and match flavors so theres something for everyone.  Don’t just sit them on a tray. Make a cupcake tower. Most people expect to see the cake slicing photo.  Grab one of those cupcakes from the tower and take a big bite for the picture. It’s cute and you don’t need a knife. How about that! Talk about a conversation piece for years to come. The cupcakes are easy, delicious and often times there will never be any left to take home.

The Origin of the Word Flap Jacks

untitled-4603-1.jpgHere is another excuse to show you a photo I created; one morning after making flapjacks.   The first time I ever heard that word is when I was a little girl knee high to a sidewalk. My dad would talk about how he ate so many flapjacks growing up.

Have you ever thought about where the name flapjacks originated?  Flapjacks dates back to the 1300’s when ” flap” was used in place of “flip.” The jack was used to refer to something smaller than normal. No one really knows why flapjacks was used to describe pancakes, but there isn’t any difference than today when a named is tagged on to something and you never really know why.

I can only eat just one because I normally make them huge. It’s tough for me to order flapjacks  from a restaurant , no one seems to understand my love for the  charred, crispy edges. Never drown them in syrup. It will soak up regular syrup and you’d find yourself pouring more and more. Now you’ll find yourself eating a bowl of sugar.  It’s best with pure honey or agave nectar.   It’s delicious with a strong sweet taste. The taste is so strong until you only need  very little for flavor. Not to mention agave is derived from a plant. Which is much healthier than refined sugar.

Flapjacks are often  served  with syrup, chocolate chips, whip cream, blueberries, bananas, cherries, apples, powdered sugar, chicken, candy sprinkles, jam, honey , agave nectar, applesauce, oranges, nuts, caramel sauce, yogurt and shredded coconut.  If you have tried anything different . Share it with me. I’d love to know.

The Benefits of Red Onion

Along along time ago…ok I’m not too old I  don’t think , but it was long ago. I didn’t know how to boil water. I suddenly got into onions. What’s the difference? An onion is an onion right?

I’m not going to lie to you, I didn’t  know the purpose of the different colors.  An onion can be sweet, aromatic ( Love how they smell sautéed)  and pungent.  Someone can walk in to the room and say, ” wow it smells good in here .” I’ll smile because it’s only the onions. I always joke and say if you can’t cook, sauté  onions and it smells like you know what you’re doing.

Today I’m not going to talk about all the onions in the world, but narrow down the most used onion in my house. DSC_4262-1

The red onion. It’s not red though …

Health benefits:

  • Vitamin C
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Regulate blood sugar
  • Heal infections

Interesting Facts:

  • Red onion looses its color when cooked
  • The red color come from the pigment in a plant
  • It is a vegetable
  • Used as a preventative to fight flu virus
  • Use in a room inside a bowl to fight the common cold

 

 

 

Do You Think Spices Really Expire?

Do you ever think about the spices in your pantry at length? They’re stacked in the pantry staring at you as you open the door. There are a few that you’ve never opened. You just saw a recipe that calls for it and you bought it.  You never made the dish! How long ago was that?  Did you keep the box? Is the date stamped on the bottle?

Many spices aren’t date stamped, such as drug store the or the ones from  Dollar Tree.

McCormick has the date stamped on the bottom of the container. I found this one in my pantry. It reads Best Buy Nov. 26 07. What does that really mean. It’s best buy that date, but does it means it’s expired? Will it make you sick? untitled-1707-1

A few years after this date it will lose it’s potency. The food will not have the flavor that was intended from your McCormick spice…or any spice. Ground spices will last 3-4 years. This means I should have tossed this around 2011. Honestly when I think of how much this tiny bottle cost; I’m in denial that it has expired.

Before I go on Let me say I’m a fan of McCormick, because it’s gluten free. As a mom of a gluten intolerant child that is comforting to know.

Check your spice rack, it could be hoarding outdated spices. untitled-1696-1Make a note to clean the pantry as part of your spring cleaning. The sweet smell of apple pie or sweet potato pie doesn’t smell so good; with old nutmeg that has lost it’s kick.

Unfortunately Retiring

How many of you love fortune cookies? It’s my most fondest memory as a child when going out for Chinese food. It was like the toy in the happy meal box from McDonald’s, except  better.

Recently I had lunch at a Chinese restaurant and as usual I couldn’t wait to read my fortune. I crack the cookie open and read it. Then I eat the cookie. Some of the messages are humorous, some make me feel good, and occasionally it seems like there wasn’t much thought in creating the message. No fret I got a good one this time. fortunecookieWhat do you think of my photo skills guys ? Huh, huh…let me know

The message was appropriate considering the unfortunate news I heard. Donald Lau, retires after 30 years because of writers block.  He was the chief fortune cookie writer at Won Ton foods. The man is tired. Can you blame him. He use to write 100 fortunes a year, but lately he writes 2 or 3 a month. Wow! That’s a huge drop guys. Oh well I hate it, because  I have enjoyed decades of his mini messages.

The cookies will still be around. David Jung, invented the cookie in 1918, but no one seems to have clarification on that. There is also someone named Makoto Hagiwara, who has also claimed to have invented the cookies. Whatever! That was BC’s ago I’m not going to worry about it. Someone invented them and they are good.

Perhaps all fortune cookie lovers will have to sit on the edge of their seats for what’s new in our fortune. In the meantime, let me know what you thought of my cookie image. hehe..  I’m proud of my photo. I looked on Google to see if I could find some unique fortune cookie shots and they were alright…:)