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March 27, 2012

Yummy Treats

I love cooking and baking and trying new recipes. Now that spring has arrived (for most of us!) and summer is knocking on the door, I wanted to share some favorite warm-weather recipes.

Let me preface this recipe my saying I hate salsa. I love Mexican food, and I could eat my weight in cheese dip, but salsa, no thanks. When my youngest was born, he didn't like me eating dairy and I gave it up for the ability to continue to nurse him and not ruin his tummy. I know many moms make this sacrifice, and it is h.a.r.d.!!!! Dairy is everywhere. I have a dear friend who had gone DF for health reasons and gave me some recipes and tips. This salsa recipe changed my life and allowed me to have something delicious, readily available, semi-healthy and dairy free that I could snack on!

SALSA
Throw the following into a blender (or a food processor if it's big enough, my blender holds 6 cups of liquid and this recipe makes approximately 6.5Cups)
  • 1 can of whole tomatoes
  • 2 cans Rotel (I use 1 original and 1 mild, you can adjust to your spicy tastes!)
  • 1/4Cup diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, diced fine
  • 1 jalapeno (the bigger the jalapeno, the bigger the kick!) - chopped
  • Juice from 1 lime (or about 1-2Tablespoons lime juice)
  • 1/4teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4teaspoon salt
  • 1/4teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2Cup fresh cliantro (if I'm using dried, I just add 4-6 shakes from the jar...I don't measure!) 
Pulse all until salsa reaches the consistency you desire. I store in mason jars in the fridge (ideally for up to 2 hours before serving...chilling it makes it SO much better!) This will be fresh for approximately 2 weeks. DELISH!

This next snack was a pinterest find, and it has yet to disappoint.
YOGURT BITES
Grab your favorite flavor yogurt (bonus if you make your own...much thanks to yoplait to making happy smiles in our house!) and scoop it all into a sandwich size ziploc baggie. Snip a teeeeeeeny-tiiiiiny corner to make a piping bag. Grab a cookie sheet and start squirting the yogurt onto the cookie sheet. 

Now, on pinterest, they had these beautiful, evenly sized little dollops... I considered it a success that I didn't miss the tray ;) The yogurt comes out FAST. I also experimented with writing my kids names and that was a huge hit ;) 

Anywho, after you have squirted all yogurt out of the bag and onto the tray, place the tray in the freezer - FLAT. In 1 hour, you'll have frozen treats! Simply use a spatula to scrape them off the tray (freeze leftovers in a jar or some tupperware). 

Orange Cream was a huge hit (I have a stash of pina colada bites waiting for nap time!!)

Speaking of pina colada, a friend from church made this for a women's meeting one night...
PINA COLADA CAKE
If summer in the form of cake isn't your thing, you might want to skip this one ;) 
You'll need:
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 Cup pina colada mix (found in the alcoholic section of the store)
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1 tub cool whip
  • 1 can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 bag coconut
Bake the cake as directed in a 9x13 pan. Then, as soon as it comes out of the oven, use a fork and tear it to pieces (for you Type-A folks, like myself, just do it. It's totally worth it!!!)

While the cake is still hot, pour the pina colada mix over the top. Then pour the condensed milk. Then, spread the drained pineapples on top. Top with cool whip (yes. All of it!) and then cover in coconut.

Allow it to set in the fridge. Enjoy!

What are some of your favorite warm-weather foods??

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