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Dye Easter Eggs Easily

Dye Easter Eggs Easily Today we’re going to learn how to Dye Easter Eggs Easily. You might be thinking, “Who the heck doesn’t know how to color eggs, for crying out loud!” Everyone knows how to color eggs. You simply go to the store, pick-up 

Blackberry Lime Sourdough Muffins

Blackberry Lime Sourdough Muffins

Blackberry Lime Sourdough Muffins If you want to try a really tasty and delicious muffin, Blackberry Lime Sourdough Muffins are just what you’re looking for. Big, fresh, juicy blackberries are folded into a tangy sourdough batter that is studded with fresh grated lime zest. A 

Cantaloupe with Honey Balsamic Dressing

Cantaloupe with Honey Balsamic Dressing

Cantaloupe with Honey Balsamic Dressing is made with two jumbo cantaloupe that I recently purchased at the Piggly Wiggly. I mean these beauties are huge. This recipe easily makes enough for 8 servings, with the jumbo size cantaloupe. If you can’t find jumbo cantaloupe, used what ever size (medium or large) that you can find. With that in mind though, you might want to cut back on the ingredients by a tablespoon or so. Taste the dressing, and decide for yourself. Add more honey or balsamic vinegar to taste.

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Honey Balsamic Dressing

If there is one thing we like here on T2T is honey, (I could literally drink the stuff) and balsamic vinegar. All of the honey we use here on T2T is from our friend down the road, Andy. In fact, all of the maple syrup we use is from Andy as well. His wife Becky is our dog groomer so it’s a one stop shopping:) They no longer sell eggs but that’s an easy find for us up here in the woods. When making honey balsamic dressing, or any recipe that calls for honey or balsamic vinegar, try to use local honey and try to purchase the best balsamic vinegar you can find and afford. You will be able to taste the difference.

cantaloupe with honey

Paradise Fruit

Another ingredient in this super easy salad is crystallized ginger. Add a slightly sweet, peppery bite to your fruit salads and baked goods by adding a few tablespoons of diced crystallized ginger. We have been a recipe developer for Paradise Fruit for over two years now and we’re still finding fun and delicious new ways with Paradise Fruit. Dried fruit isn’t just for holiday  baking! Dried fruit can be added to anything.

 

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Tropical Smoothie Bowl Paradise Fruit

Tropical Smoothie Bowl Paradise Fruit

Tropical Smoothie Bowl Paradise Fruit

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Paradise Fruit Co. They asked if I would be interested in developing recipes using their candied fruit products. I was more than happy too and actually quite honored that they asked me. Within a few days I received a box containing candied ginger, lemon peel, orange peel, green and red cherries, pineapple, fruit cake mix and tropical mix, which I used in this recipe. I have my work cut out for me, but it will be so worth it! Tropical Smoothie Bowl is the first recipe of many featuring Paradise Fruit.

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Paradise Fruit

Since 1961, Paradise Brands has been America’s favorite brand for candied fruit products. Paradise Fruit Co. has been making glace’ or candied fruit of all kinds, including candied cherries, candied fruit for fruit cake and so much more. Paradise Brands have been achieving baking excellence for over 50 years. Noted for their vibrant color, perfect sweetness and rich, chewy texture, Paradise Candied Fruit are a delicious addition to a variety of recipes.

Smoothie Bowls

Smoothie bowls are basically an extra-thick smoothie, poured into a bowl and topped with fruit, nuts, and pretty much anything else you want to top it with, thus making the smoothie bowl possibilities endless. Not only are smoothie bowls easy to make, they are super delicious, filling and good for you too. When I’m watching what I eat, smoothie bowls are perfect. They make me feel like I’m cheating, even though I’m not.

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What’s in a Smoothie Bowl?

First off start with frozen fruit, which can be anything from frozen strawberries, mangoes, pineapple, blueberries, banana or my personal favorite, fruit blends or fruit and veggie blends that are available. Add that to a blender with some type of flavored liquid or combination of, coconut water, juice, yogurt, milk or a milk alternative such as almond or coconut milk. Blend until creamy and incorporated but still thick. Pour into a bowl.

Add Toppings

Now the real fun begins! Smoothie bowls are meant to be topped. Topped with nuts such as; sliced almonds, chopped walnuts or pecans, seeds such as; chia seeds, hemp seeds, or sunflower seeds, dried fruit such as; Paradise Candied Fruit, goji berries, or raisins, fresh fruit such as; raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, or kiwi, cereal such as; granola or puffed rice. Shredded coconut and cocoa nibs are also a great addition.

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End Result

The end result is a smoothie bowl that is worth getting out of bed for, a quick pick-me-up in the afternoon, a nutrient-dense pre-workout snack, a light dessert or as an early evening snack. Instead of grabbing that pail of ice cream in your freezer, whip up a smoothie bowl. I love my ice cream but I’ve found that smoothie bowls can be just as satisfying as a dish of ice cream. Seriously…I’m not joking!

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