Sweet Saturday: Monkeys and Bananas

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This week, Cake Jubilee had the opportunity to whip up some cupcakes for a baby shower. The theme was a sort of monkey/jungle vibe so I decided to make my own monkey and banana cupcake toppers to add some extra frills. Jump on over to this old post to learn how to make your own homemade cake topper. Have a very happy Saturday, and don’t forget to like our new Facebook page if you haven’t already!

- Aurelia

January 14, 2012 10:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Cake Jubilee, Food | Tags: , ,

Sweet Saturday: Surviving on the Candida Diet

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Hi all. I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but I haven’t posted in weeks. Sorry for that, and thanks to Fran for holding down the fort at youfrillme! In the last few weeks, two things hit me at the same time, making it hard to feel inspired, much less to find the time to make a new post: 1) My last year of seminary has officially begun, and I have seriously underestimated the workload and the power it would have over me! AND 2) After having digestion problems for months, the doc found a Candida fungus and put me on a very restrictive diet (no carbs/no sugar) in order to starve it out. 

I’ve been trying to adjust, and it’s been really hard! I’m such a foodie; I love trying new recipes, eating at different restaurants, and especially baking and eating SWEETS! Even more, I LOVE being social, and it seems like socializing often revolves around food. Needless to say, this new diet has really put a damper on things. However, I’m starting to get my groove back, and I’m even learning a lot in the process. One major thing I’m learning is how to make not just Saturdays, but every day sweeter without the comfort of my favorite foods. So, for now, unless I have an order for Cake Jubilee, Sweet Saturdays will be exploring all kinds of ways to taste life’s sweetness outside of simply baking. 

Until then, here are a few ways I’ve been surviving on the Candida diet:

For breakfast every day, I’ve been having either scrambled eggs or plain greek yogurt (plain yogurt and non-aged cheeses are the only dairy I can have) and fresh berries (fresh berries and green apples are the only fruits I can have). We made turkey bacon for breakfast this morning as well. 

A good lunch or dinner option has been stir-fried veggies with fresh garlic and ginger. I changed up a great peanut sauce of Fran’s since I can’t have peanuts and used organic almond butter, xylitol, apple cider vinegar, and a little soy sauce (the soy sauce was a cheat, but I couldn’t help myself) instead. 

Dinner: crock pot roast, rice with egg (I’m not supposed to have more than 1/4 cup of brown rice, if I have it at all), and mixed greens with a homemade lemon,garlic, and olive oil dressing (I can’t have store bought salad dressings or most any other type of condiment).

One of the main reasons this diet has been hard is because Lyle and I have maintained a vegetarian household for the last three years. However, on this diet, I can only have beans in very small portions, and I can’t have anything with soy or gluten, making it VERY hard to rely on anything but meat and veggies to keep me satisfied. 

Kale Chips (Thanks to Fran and Ashley for the inspiration). Yesterday Lyle and I went to see Crazy, Stupid, Love, and since we couldn’t partake in any refreshments at the theater, we baked and packed some kale chips to snack on instead. They are actually quite delicious and provided the similar salty and crunchy taste as popcorn!

Finally, I’m really thankful to my sweet husband for going on this diet with me, and for being so supportive and patient when I cry over trivial things like missing cookies or wanting pasta. I’m also thankful to all of my friends who have given me words of encouragement and recipe ideas. Thinking about you guys is enough to make my Saturday sweet and complete. And if any of you know about the Candida diet and have recipe ideas, I would really appreciate it!

- Aurelia

September 10, 2011 11:45 AM | Comments | Categories: Food, Sweet Saturday | Tags:

Sweet Saturday: Gluten-free lemon lime cookies

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Lately I’ve been trying to limit my intake of gluten, so I was really excited to read about these gluten-free lemon lime cookies at shopcookmake (jump on over for the recipe). I’m a sucker for any zesty sweet, so I knew right away I was going to try these. 

I loved them. They aren’t too sweet, so unlike Yadsia, I decided to add the glaze to the cookies and was very glad I did! 

What’s making your Saturday sweet?

- Aurelia

August 20, 2011 12:01 PM | Comments | Categories: Food | Tags: , ,

Sweet Saturday: Dr. Seuss Inspired Cupcakes

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Another sweet Saturday, another small contribution to the world through Cake Jubilee. My friend needed Dr. Seuss themed cupcakes for her sister’s baby shower this weekend, but she wanted to do the cake toppers herself. All I had to do was make the cupcakes ready for her. Easy enough! What do you think?

What’s making your Saturday sweet?

- Aurelia

August 13, 2011 11:14 AM | Comments | Categories: Cake Jubilee, Food | Tags: ,

Sweet Saturday: Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treats

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Another sweet Saturday; another successful sweet treat thanks to Pinterest! Get the recipe here.

What’s making your Saturday sweet?

- Aurelia

August 6, 2011 9:57 AM | Comments | Categories: Food, Sweet Saturday | Tags: , ,

Sweet Saturday: cheesecake stuffed strawberries, plus other yum recipes!

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Well, I’m back from my trip to Disney World, and you guys didn’t even notice I was gone because the posts kept coming! Booyah! This week I made dinner for friends and because they are close friends, I decided it would be safe to try some new recipes from my Pinterest recipe board. 

I tried this penne with roasted asparagus and balsamic butter recipe (I did not use all of the butter it called for, I reduced the vinegar down a bit more than it suggested, and I added a tiny bit more brown sugar to the sauce). I also tried this roasted peppers with capers and mozzarella recipe from Smitten Kitchen. I paired these with fresh green beans and french bread. Finally, for dessert, I tried these cheesecake stuffed strawberries. 

Here’s how mine turned out (Unfortunately, it looks like my phone will be my only picture-taking device for a while):

All three recipes turned out great! I was really pleasantly surprised and will definitely be making them all again in the future. I especially recommend the roasted peppers dish for a great summertime dinner addition. 

Anything making your Saturday sweet?

- Aurelia

July 30, 2011 11:53 AM | Comments | Categories: Food, Sweet Saturday | Tags: , ,

Sweet Saturday: Crepes!

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Fran here, filling in for Aurelia to bring you some Saturday sweetness.  And for that, how better to start a Saturday morning than with a breakfast of crepes?  I woke up early (well, ahem, someone woke up early and woke me up too) and decided to make some.  Crepes are simple, and no more trouble than pancakes.  I use Mark Bittman’s recipe in his cookbook How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, to which I refer for most everything.  It goes like this:

1 cup all-purpose flour (I always use whole wheat pastry flour)
pinch salt
1 tbsp sugar (optional)
1 1/4 cups milk, plus more if needed
2 eggs
2 tbsp butter, melted and cooled (this is for the batter.  You’ll need a bit more for cooking.)

Whisk together all the ingredients.  The batter can be made up to 24 hrs in advance and refrigerated.

Heat a medium-sized pan, and add a small pat of butter to coat

I use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to dole out the batter for each crepe. Swirl the batter around until it coats the bottom of the pan in a thin layer.

Let that cook over medium heat, whilst you attend to whatever visitors may arrive during the process.

Once the top of the crepe is mostly dry, flip.

Repeat, until you have used up all the batter. I stack all my crepes flat and keep them warm under a lid, until I’m ready to fill them.  Today, I filled half with Nutella, and half with creme fraiche.  You could use nut butter, or fruit, or chocolate chips, or cream cheese, or any number of fillings. There are plenty of ways to present crepes, but this is how I do it.

Perfect served with French press coffee, for your Saturday morning sweetness.  Enjoy!

-f

July 23, 2011 10:57 AM | Comments | Categories: Food, Sweet Saturday | Tags:

Sweet Saturday: Easy Vegan Coconut-Lemon Bundt Cake

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Just one of many amazing recipes from Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook, this Coconut-Lemon Bundt cake will not disappoint! Check out the recipe below, and forgive me for the lousy camera-phone photo; my real camera is currently out of commission. 

You’ll need: 

1 2/3 cups sugar

2/3 cup canola oil

1 (14 oz) can coconut milk

1/4 cup rice or soy milk (I use almond) 

1/4 cup lemon juice

3 TBLS grated lemon zest

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour (I use whole wheat pastry flour)

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut

Powdered sugar for sprinkling

Instructions: 

1. Preheat the oven to 350 and lightly grease your bundt pan.

2. Combine sugar, oil, coconut milk, rice or soy milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla in a large bowl. 

3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 

4. Add the dry to the wet in batches, mixing well. 

5. Fold in the coconut.

6. Pour batter into pan, and bake for one hour. 

7. Let cool for ten minutes, and then gently flip over to release cake from pan. 

8. After the cake has cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar. 

Enjoy! 

What’s making your Saturday sweet?

- Aurelia

July 16, 2011 5:20 PM | Comments | Categories: Baby Fashion, Food, Recipes, Sweet Saturday | Tags: , ,

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