Monthly Archives: March 2014

3 Ingredient Cake!


These are the ingredients that you will need

1 store bought box of white cake mix with pudding in the mix
1 cup of orange juice (pulp, no pulp, your choice)
6 oz container of non-fat Greek yogurt, plain

Spray with oil and remove excess with napkin

Pour whole box of white cake into mixing bowl

Pour 1 cup of orange juice into bowl

Scoop out container of Greek yogurt into bowl. Mix well until all ingredients are well combined. Mixture is quite thick, don’t panic!

Use spatula and pour mixture into dish, spread evenly. I used a 8 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.

Place in pre-heated 350 degree oven. Bake for 45 min until golden brown and cake pulls away slightly from the dish.

Like this!

I bought some store bought orange frosting, heated in the microwave for a few seconds, and drizzled over each piece of cake, pretty!

Spray with whipped cream, VIOLA! Ready to eat! Cake is dense and moist. A small slice should do 🙂
ENJOY! My family loved this!


Spicy Quinoa

I’m a wimp when it comes to spicy food, I love it but most of the time spicy=heartburn. This dish is spicy without threatening my sensitive esophagus.

1/4 cup craisins (dried cranberries)
1/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1 tsp crushed garlic
2 TBSP olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 can cannellini white beans, drained
1/3 cup pine nuts
1 medium carrot, sliced
1 small zucchini, sliced

Combine the raisins and craisins, place in one cup of hot water, set aside. In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Once heated, add zucchini, carrot, pine nuts, cinnamon, cumin, black pepper, salt, garlic. Stir constantly for a minute, making sure not to burn spices. After about 3 miniutes, turn down heat to medium low, and add remaining ingredients; drained beans, quinoa, veggie broth, craisin and raisins in water. Cover and cook for about 20 min, until quinoa is softened. Turn off heat, let stand for 5 min before serving. Serves about 4 adults. Enjoy!

Other things I’m going to try with this dish next time; green onions, garbanzo beans, 1/2 tsp curry powder and cilantro. If you’re not a vegetarian, you can use chicken stock instead of veggie broth.

Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey, CA

jellies 2

I took these pictures a few weeks ago when my daughter and I went to Monterey for the day. I lived on the coast for a long time and have seen jelly fish so many times, but I am always fascinated by them. There are tiny jellies and HUGE one’s! If you ever come to central California, Monterey should be one of the top 3 three places to visit!