Sweet Treats

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Cheesecake (vegan & GF) Everday seems to be a Food Holiday.  This month alone, we've had Vanilla Ice Cream Day, Bagelfest Day, Milk Chocolate Day and even Hot Dog Day to name a few.  But did you know that today is National Cheesecake Day? Rich & creamy cake made with several big blocks of sweetened cream cheese, baked on a buttery graham cracker crust  and topped with whip cream. Oh my!   Then consider all the flavors that can be blended in this creamy goodness and the toppings you can add to it,,, its a dessert with endless possibilities.

Monkey Bread a.k.a Pull-Apart Bread, delish, allergy friendly
Have ever eaten monkey bread? You may have actually had it before but by a different name such as cinnamon roll bread, pull-apart rolls, or monkey balls, just to name a few.  If you haven't had this bread before, then you are in for a treat.  It is like having a HUGE Cinnabon for breakfast, lunch or dessert.  Warm and gooey sweet bread rolls, coated in cinnamon sugar, layered then baked in a bundt cake pan, then drizzled (or drenched) in a layer of icing.  Sounds pretty amazing, right? 

Banana Muffins

In my last 16 years of parenting, I've been hit with difficult questions from my children. Some I could answer rather vaguely, others by being straight forward and sometimes, I just had to answer very stratigically.  For example, my kids (and I'm pretty sure MOST kids) like to raze one another over silly things and for a time, it was over "Favorties".  More specially, who was Nana & Papa's favorite, Harmony's favorite (that is my husband's mom and means Grandma in Korean), and then OUR favorite.  

Of course they each felt they owned a title or 2 but I couldn't quite designate a favorite child, much to their disapproval.  However, my husband and I came up with a fluctuating favorite list.  We let them know that we had no favorite child but merely a "Favorite of the Day" child.   This was not solely based on how helpful they were around the house, but also on how they interacted with one another, with us, or simply "just because". They seemed to be happy with knowing that this would change daily and they all had a fair shot at it. 

What I found interesting is that I also apply that mentality to foods.

Rich & Fruity, Berry Cream Popsicles are a delicious & healthy treat that's perfect for the Summer. 

Oh Summer Time how I love thee! Let me count the ways....... The heat on my skin when I'm out in the sun (I don't sweat, I sparkle) The color on my face from the rays' kisses (who needs anything but mascara by now) The pool time and chill time with family (everything's a little more laid back) Wearing sundresses and flip flops (just throw on some jewelry and you just made it fancy) And the fresh fruits and veggies (chop some up and call it a meal). Berry Coconut Popsicles