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Irish Cream Cake

Fresh out of the oven. Needs to cool down before you put the glaze on top.
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Glazed, wrapped, and ready to be delivered!
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Here’s the recipe:
CAKE INGREDIENTS:
1 cup chopped pecans
1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding
4 eggs
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup Irish cream liqueur. I used Bailey’s

THE GLAZE
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup water
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup Irish cream liqueur

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 C). Grease and flour a 10″ Bundt pan. Sprinkle chopped nuts evenly over bottom of pan.
2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and pudding mix. Mix in eggs, 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup oil and 3/4 cup Irish cream liqueur. Beat for 5 minutes on high speed. Pour batter over nuts in pan.
3. Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then invert onto the serving dish. Prick top and sides of cake. Spoon glaze over top and brush onto sides of cake. Allow to absorb glaze. Repeat until glaze is used up.
4. To make the glaze: In a saucepan, combine butter, 1/4 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup Irish cream liqueur.

Side note; I used 7 mini-dishes. The cake rises a good amount, I filled the mini-dishes 3/4 full, and baked for 40 minutes. If you are nervous about using a Bundt pan, I would just use a 9″x13″ dish. After cooling-poke holes as directed, drizzle glaze on top of cake. Do what’s comfortable for you πŸ™‚ Have fun and enjoy the delicious cake!

Vegetarian does NOT = Boring!

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Tofu chili, with a delicious “sweet” tamale.
My tummy is happy after eating this veggie chili. I grabbed a home made tamale out of the freezer and threw it on top of the chili, yum!!

TOFU CHILI
1 package of tofu, baked (see recipe below)
2 15 oz cans of pinto beans (or refried beans) (do not drain)
2 15 oz cans of red kidney beans (do not drain)
1 15 oz can of of diced tomatoes
1 medium sliced zucchini
1 2.25 oz can of sliced olives
1 packet of taco seasoning (1 tsp for tofu, the rest for the pot)
1/3 cup of whole grain brown rice (any rice is fine though)
1/2 tsp crushed garlic
2 green onions diced
3 TBsp olive oil.

Baked tofu:
Drain tofu and lightly press with paper towel to absorb a little of the water. Slice tofu length wise and place on greased cookie sheet. Using about 1 teaspoon of the packet of taco seasoning, Light dust top and sides of tofu with taco seasoning. Safe the rest of the taco seasoning for the cooking process. Place in pre-heated over 400 degrees, for 20 min. After 20 min, turn tofu to brown on another side, bake for another 15, repeat one more time. Total baking time about an hour. Let tofu cool and dice into small chunks. Set aside. You can bake up to a day ahead of time.

Heat olive oil on high, until hot. Toss in the onions, garlic, rice and cooked tofu. Stir constantly while browning, about 2 min. Turn heat down to medium heat. Put in all ingredients except the zucchini. Bring to a quick boil, then put on low heat. Cook for five minutes, then toss in the sliced zucchini, then turn off heat. DONE! Let sit for up to half hour before serving, it will thicken up nicely while waiting. Salt to taste πŸ™‚ Even better the next day!!
Enjoy!

Veggie Japanese-Sushi House

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This was my first time to a Japanese restaurant, shame on me! There was fried tofu, tempura veggies, rice, melon and a salad. The meal was quite generous in size, really enough for two people. At only $11.00, I thought this was very reasonable.
Sushi House-Alameda, Ca
My daughter and her boyfriend, Pat, pictured above πŸ™‚
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Cold Pasta Salad

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I don’t eat pasta too often, but this is well worth the calories!
Boil 12oz of your favorite pasta, as directed. Put pasta in refrigerator to cool down. Once cold, pull it out of refrigerator, and add all ingredients. Easy!!
Here’s what I put this time….
1 can of small olives
A hand full of salami (chopped)
1/2-3/4 cup of your favorite Italian (oil based) dressing
1 bag of shredded Swiss cheese
2 firm avocado’s diced
A couple of small home-grown bell peppers
1/3 cup diced cucumber
A small handful of cherry tomatoes (from my garden)
1 small red onion-diced

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Open Face (no meat) Sandwich

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What you will need to make a single sandwich:

Whole grain slice of bread-mine was quite long, about 7″
Balsamic vinegar
4 Tablespoons (more or less depending on the size of your bread) bean paste-Take a can of any white bean, drain, smash with fork. Can use at room temp, cold or warmed. Save the rest for more sandwiches.
Fresh, crisp, cucumber-peeled, sliced thinly. I cut my cucumber the length of my bread.
1 slice of provolone cheese
Small clump of alfalfa sprouts
1/2 half of a firm avocado
salt and pepper to taste

Sprinkle a little balsamic vinegar on your bread. Next, spread the bean paste to your liking (light or heavy). Lay down the cheese, thinly sliced cucumber, and sprouts. Now scoop out small bits of avocado and place on top of sprouts. Dust with salt and pepper to taste.

This is a nice serving of protein, veggie and grain! If my calculations are near accurate, I counted just about 425 calories for this meal. My bread and cheese were each 100 calories, half an avo is 140. Beans-about 60 calories, cucumber and sprouts about 25 calories together.

There you have it! Enjoy!

Quick & Easy Pizza-Audrey Briggs

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What you will need
1 can of crescent dough
1/2 cup chopped pineapple
1/2 cup chopped artichoke hearts
1 tiny can of sliced olives (just about 1/4 cup)
5 large basil basil leafs, minced
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Other toppings you can add; crushed garlic, sliced tomatoes, peppers, onions, zucchini, pretty much anything that you like to eat.

Heat oven to 400 Fahrenheit

Spray pizza pan with oil spray.
Pop open canned dough, lay on pan and use a rolling pin make the dough larger.
Spread cheese over entire dough
One at a time, spread remaining toppings.
Place in the middle of your oven. Check after 10 minutes for doneness. The pizza is done once the dough is a nice soft brown. Slice immediately. Serves about 4 adults, or 1 hungry teen-aged boy! Hahaha!

Audrey’s Fancy Egg Salad Sandwich

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Boil 4 eggs, peal and chop
2 avocado’s chopped-Avo’s should be firm, not squishy, if possible
1 Table spoon blue cheese
1/4 teaspoon yellow mustard
3 Tablespoons plain, non fat yogurt
Salt and pepper to taste.

Mix all ingredients. Toast 2 pieces of your favorite bread, place a piece of iceberg lettuce to cover toasted bread. Scoop desired amount of egg salad onto lettuce, top with 2nd piece of toasted bread. Yields about 4 sandwiches.

Try a variety. You could also add any or all of the following; pickles, relish, black olives, green olives, garlic, finely chopped cucumber. Play with it πŸ™‚

Healthier Food Choices at Disney Parks

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I very rarely eat “fast food”. Sometimes when I travel I eat foods that I’m not use to, then I don’t feel so great. You know what I mean. You get that heavy, bloated feeling. It’s easy to find the fun stuff like pizza, churros or popcorn (see my upcoming post about that! LoL), but it’s not as fun as it use to be. I usually bring some food with me when I travel. Such as trail mix, instant oatmeal, protein bars,etc, but those aren’t meals. I like to have a least one real meal per day. When I took my niece to Disneyland a few weeks ago, she really liked to have 3 meals a day, LoL! I don’t like to eat that much, but this trip was about her, so we ate 3 square meals every day.

Look at this beautiful salad! That was my dinner. Complete with craisons, nuts and golden California raisins, my tummy was so happy! The dressing was a simple vinaigrette. Jessica chose a pesto and cheese filled ravioli, topped with pine nuts, tomatoes and a bit of Parmesan! Of course I had to try one πŸ˜‰ I stay away from pastas and cheeses, but this was a relatively “healthier” alternative to say, nacho’s or something.

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You may have to search a bit to find healthier types of food, but it’s out there πŸ™‚