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If you didn’t notice already, I have a rather insatiable sweet tooth. I blame…uh…the Texas heat? genetics? the smell of baking cookies? Oh, who am I kidding? My sweet tooth is my own fault. You see, every time I read blogs like Bakerella and Tartelette, it’s like tossing another gallon of gasoline on the flame. This afternoon I was minding my own business and checking up on my RSS feed of Tastespotting when along came a recipe advertising itself as “The Fastest Dessert You will Ever Make.” Well of course I couldn’t resist trying it with a few tweaks of my own. For all you wives and mommas out there, this is picky-husband approved!

To whip out this quickie you need the following:

My favorite kitchen tool, the food processor, suar, cream cheese, mascarpone cheese, vanilla extract and whatever flavor you would like to impart in your cheesecake cups. I used berries and a touch of strawberry creme tequila but you can use any fruit, nutella or even caramel if you want!

Dump your cheeses in the workbowl of the food processor with some sugar, milk and vanilla.

Give the blade a whirl until it looks very smooth. No chunks here folks! It should look very liquidy, but be fairly thick and look like this when you get some on a spoon. Yum!

Now I went ahead and put some of this mixture in some pretty cups to keep some plain because I didn’t think my hubby would like the strawberry flavor I was about to make. (I was wrong, but oh well, it’s all delicious!)

To make said strawberry awesomeness grab a few fresh or frozen strawberries. I had frozen so I plopped 4 in the bowl with a splash of strawberry creme tequila to highlight the strawberry flavor.

Give that a whirl and then marvel at the pretty pink color it makes.

That’s it! Stick it in the fridge for a while if you want it to firm up a tad, or just eat it by the spoonful right there! I’ll leave it to your imagination which I did first…ahem.

I like to stick my desserts in pretty cups because it makes me feel pretty…or something like that. šŸ˜€

This husband approved dessert just might become your new favorite go-to dessert. It’s one of the top desserts in my list now!

Quick Cheesecake Cups

8 oz (1 cup) Cream Cheese, softened

4 oz (1/2 cup) Mascarpone Cheese

1/4 cup Granulated Sugar

1/3 cup Milk (I used whole milk)

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Whatever Flavorings you Want: 1/4 cup fresh or frozen fruit, 1/4 cup Nutella, 1/4 cup caramel sauce, or 1/4 cup fruit preserves.

Process all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor until smooth.

Place in cups or containers and refrigerate 40 minutes until set.

Eat and fall over in surprise at how good this simple dessert is!

Eat well and love much,

Dentist-bound-sugar tooth

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Simple Black Bean Dip

So last week the Cinco de Mayo sort of caught me by surprise. It was like I woke up and suddenly couldn’t wait to make something zesty and break out some fun margaritas. After work, I came home, perused my pantry options and came up with this super, fantastically easy bean dip. Try it sometime and see if you don’t find yourself addicted to its surprising heat and complex flavors.

Grab your ingredients and handy-dandy food processor.

Grab a can of black beans, drain them of their liquid, rinse them under some water and dump them in your work bowl with a healthy pinch of cayenne, plenty of salt, fresh cracked black pepper, cumin, and a little paprika for sweetness.

Turn your food processor on and let it work some magic until the consistency is as smooth as you like it. For me, it looked like this.

Then just plop it all in a bowl and serve with your favorite chips! I used the Garden of Eatin’s Red Hot and Blues tortilla chips for some extra heat and deliciousness.

Simple Black Bean Dip

1 15 oz can of Black Beans, drained and rinsed

1/4 tsp Ground Cumin

1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper, if you dare

1/4 tsp Garlic Powder

1/4 tsp Paprika

Kosher Salt to Taste (about 1/2 tsp ish)

Fresh Cracked Black Pepper

Directions

Add all ingredients to the work bowl of a food processor. Process to desired consistency. Place in serving bowl and enjoy with chip or crudite of your choice!

Eat well and love much!

Sarah

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Just a small note

I took my last French test ever today. I’d be sad if my professor wasn’t so frustrating.
Therefore,
I’m so excited!
And I can’t wait for this…

to get started again here in Denton!

I promise to post a real post here ASAP with a recipe or two included!

Eat well and love much,
A soon-to-be-free Sarah

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Hello again from your weekly on-the-go blogger!

I’ve got two websites this week that have really got me lookin their way. One of them has me drooling over things I can’t afford and the other has me thinking about where my drool ends up after it falls out of my mouth. Or something like that.

Sorry for that image.

Well lets get on with it, shall we?

First up on 5 minutes of awesome we’ve got the drool inducing Adorama.

These guys are more than photography people; they’re phantastic and phabulous photography people! Ok, ok. Sorry. Anyways, this website has the most comprehensive photography and videography selection of anyplace I’ve seen, including Amazon.com. And to put a cherry on that, they have some amazing prices and for us poor, almost-done-with-college people. They’ve also got a great selection of factory refurbished products at prices I’ve yet to see anywhere else, and believe me, I’ve been looking. Maybe sometime in the future, when I magically happen upon a pot of gold, I’ll get that Nikon d5000 for a mere $520. Maybe. Or maybe I’ll keep drooling over it till kingdom come. Time will tell good friends, time will tell.

Next we’ve got Grist.org to keep me worrying about all that drool I mentioned.

Grist.org is an environmental news site that publishes stories about pretty much anything you can imagine. I first stumbled upon Grist in my hunt for eco-friendly diswashing options and soon found myself glued to this little lappy 4200 screen of mine. Their articles are well researched and informative. Give this site a look and see if you don’t learn something today about salivary glands or something.

Well check out these sites guys and let me know what you think!

Eat well and love much,

Sarah

PS- if you guys have any sites that have tickled your fancy lately and you think they deserve some 5 minutes of awesome, shoot the ideas my way via a comment!

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I have another confession.

I know, I know. You’re bound to be wondering how deep my rabbit hole of a mind goes.

Deep, man, deep.

I feel the best way for me to address this confession is directly to the person who I have kept this secret from.

Dear Coffee,

Our affair was passionate. I adored you completely. Your scent intoxicated me, relaxed me, and comforted me. Curling up with you and a book in a classy coffee shop was my idea of the perfect afternoon. Or evening. Or forever.

But then you started giving me headaches. Light sensitive headaches when all I wanted to do was sleep in for once. So I decided to quit you. Just like that guy couldn’t do in Brokeback Mountain. Well I’m stronger than him dang it!

At least I thought I was. Summer rolled around again this year, and when the heat rolled back in, all I could think about was a tall glass of you over ice. Oh, and some cream and sugar on top. I felt so weak.

But I just can’t do it Coffee. The pain isn’t worth the gain. So I’m writing to say, I’ve found someone new. His name is Chai Tea Latte, and he’s just as great on ice as you ever were.

We’re through for good coffee.

Sincerely,

A recovering addict

To make my hero lets gather some super simple ingredients

A 1 quart container (mine is an old Promise Land milk bottle), sugar, some chai tea bags, and some water (duh…not pictured).

Put a quart of water in a small sauce pan and turn it on medium. We don’t need it boiling hard, but just to the brink of boiling.

Take 4 bags of tea out of their packages and tear off their little tabs.

When your water is just barely boiling, drop in the tea bags and let them steep for around 5 minutes. If you leave them too long the natural tannins in the tea seep into your concentrate and make it a little bitter. Bitterness is not good for any hero.

Go ahead and turn off the burner while the tea is steeping and get a half cup of sugar ready.

After your little 5-minute tea timer goes off, take the tea bags out of the concentrate and stir in the sugar until it is all dissolved.

Let just pretend that last photo was in focus because my camera can focus on things in motion…yeah.

Now pour all that delicious chai goodness in your container of choice and make your favorite hot or cold chai latte as soon as possible.

Ta-da!

Chai Tea Concentrate

Ingredients

4 Chai tea bags

1/2 Cup sugar

1 Quart water

1 Quart container

Instructions

Bring water just to boiling in a small saucepan. Add tea bags and steep for 5 minutes but not longer. Take tea bags out. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Pour into container of choice.

To make a Chai Tea Latte

1 part Chai Tea Concentrate

1 part Milk

Pour together into cup and be thankful you found a hero to save you from the coffee headaches.

Eat well and love much you beautiful people,

Tea-tastic

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