Pineapple Frozen Yogurt | Recipe

I love ice cream but its not healthy enough to eat everyday. I thought it was time to make something that was ice cream like but is much healthier. I decided to make my own frozen yogurt without added sugar and unnecessary additives. This also reminds me of the pineapple ice cream I’ve had at Disney World. Yum!

I recommend serving this after freezing it for an hour or so. If it sits for too long in the freezer it will turn into a block, it’s still good but you will have to defrost for a while before digging in.

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Pineapple Frozen Yogurt

Ingredients:

  • Greek yogurt, plain or vanilla
  • 1 Pound frozen or fresh pineapple
  • Vanilla extract, optional

Supplies:

  • Food processor or blender
  • Ice cream maker, bowl pre-frozen

Method:

  1. In a food processor, combine yogurt, pineapple, and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Place the yogurt mixture into your refrigerator while you set up the ice cream maker. Try to keep the mixture as cold as possible.
  3. Put chilled yogurt into the ice cream maker and run for 20 minutes, or as the instructions on your machine suggest.
  4. Remove frozen yogurt from the machine and store in a container.  It will be too liquidy to serve, unless you are going for soft serve.
  5. Freeze for approximately an hour and enjoy!

Note: If you keep this is in the freezer for a long time it will become a block, so you will have to thaw it before serving the second time around. It’s best served after making.

Enjoy this frozen treat without all of the guilt!

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Peach Cobbler | Recipe

Peach Cobbler | Recipe | Lindsay Ann Loft

Fresh peaches make my summer. Anytime I can enjoy them on their own, in oatmeal, or a dish all their own, I will. This is a simple, healthy recipe you can bake to use overly ripe peaches. Make it as a light dessert or serve at a brunch with yogurt.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Overripe peaches, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 Cup oatmeal
  • 2 Tablespoons raw sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Teaspoons coconut oil (or olive oil)
  • 2 Pinches salt

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Layer diced peaches on the bottom of a round baking pan.
  3. Combine all other ingredients in a small bowl until thoroughly incorporated.
  4. Evenly spread mixture over the peaches.
  5. Bake in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes. Bake the cobbler until you can smell it and the top begins to brown.
  6. Serve warm or chilled.

This would be great chilled with yogurt, or make it into a dessert with a scoop of ice cream.  While you can use olive oil instead of the coconut oil, I think the coconut oil brings a fruity flavor to the dish. Mix it up and add some cinnamon or your favorite spices. It would also be great with a handful of raspberries or blueberries.  I hope you enjoy!

Peach Cobbler | Recipe | Lindsay Ann Loft

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Lucas’ Dr. Seuss Half Birthday Party!

Lucas' Half Birthday

This weekend we celebrated my Nephew’s Half Birthday. My Sister, Tori, wanted to make it a special day with one of their favorite authors, Dr. Seuss. She went all out with the Dr. Seuss Theme. Lucky for Lucas, Dr. Seuss’ birthday falls on his half birthday!

Birthday Sign

Lorax Cake

Birthday Treats.

Lucas and Cake

Lucas wanted a piece of his cake!

Thing One & Thing Two Cupcakes for a Dr. Seuss Party

Birthday Cupcakes

Thing One and Thing Two Cupcakes. Find out how to decorate them here.

Lorax Oreos

Tori also made chocolate covered oreos decorated for the Lorax.

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We made pizza for the cat in the hat and one made to look like the Lorax.

Lorax Pizza
The Lorax Pizza with Cheddar Cheese, Black Olives, and Banana Peppers for his eyebrows and mustache.
Lucas Wall Sign
Our sister, Lacie, made  awesome wall stickers with her silhouette maker.
She also  made the festive t-shirts Tori and her husband Andrew are wearing in the first photo above.
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Even Bailey was ready to party!
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Foolproof Crepes & Fillings | Recipe

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As a cook, crepes have always intimidated me. The flipping and the thin texture seemed like a recipe for a big mess. When I mustered enough courage, I turned to my kitchen guru, Alton Brown for a recipe. He did not let me down. So this recipe I’m sharing is his, however I am also providing my own filling options and cooking tips.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4 Cup milk
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1 Cup flour
  • 3 Tablespoons melted butter

Method:

  1. Place ingredients in blender as listed.
  2. Blend 7 to 10 seconds – no longer!
  3. Place blender in the refrigerator for 1 hour. This allows the bubbles to rise and mixture to settle.
  4. Heat a small non stick pan on the stove. I used the #4 on my stove, you want low to medium heat.
  5. When the pan is good and hot, take a stick of butter and rub it on the surface. The butter will bubble and start to brown.
  6. Pour 1/4 cup of batter in your pan.
  7. Pick up the pan and rotate it so the batter fills the bottom of the pan evenly.
  8. Place on the heat and cook for 30 seconds to a minute. Eye it,  you can tell it’s ready to flip when the sides pick up off of the pan and the crepe starts to becomes solid.
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  9. Flip with a silicone spatula or if you’re really talented flip it out of the pan!
  10. Cook on the other side until browned and cool on a rack.
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  11. Once you decide what you want for a filling, place a crepe back in the warm pan and put down your ingredients, whether it is cheese, nutella, peanut butter,  yogurt, cream cheese, etc…
  12. Top with fruit or vegetables.
  13. Roll up and serve immediately.

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Check out a few filling ideas from my family:

Tori’s Apple Pie & Ice Cream Crepe:

Cinnamon Apple Crepes

Fill crepe with vanilla ice cream and sprinkle with cinnamon, fold sides up and top with hot apple filling.

Cinnamon Apple Topping:

  • 1 Apple, sliced
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar

Method:

  1. Melt butter in a pan.
  2. In a bowl mix apple cinnamon and brown sugar.
    Apple Topping
  3. Add apple mixture to the pan and cook until apples are soft.

Lacie’s Nutella and Strawberry Crepe:

Strawberry Nutella Crepes

Strawberry Nutella Crepe

  • Strawberries, sliced
  • Nutella
  1. Fill warmed crepe with nutella and top with strawberries.
  2. Flip sides up and top with strawberry sauce.

Lindsay’s Banana and Almond Crepe

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Banana & Cocoa Almond Crepe

  • Bananas, sliced
  • Cocoa Almond Spread, Trader Joe’s
  1. Fill warmed crepe with almond spread and top with sliced bananas.
  2. Flip sides up and top with chocolate sauce.

Kathy’s Yogurt Crepe

Yogurt Crepe

  • 1/4 Cup yogurt
  • Fruit topping
  1. Fill warmed crepe with your favorite yogurt and top with fruit.
  2. Flip sides up and top with fruit to garnish.

What are your favorite crepe fillings?

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Shortbread Cookies | Recipe

Shortbread Cookies RecipeI love drinking tea when it’s cold outside. There is nothing better than sipping a steamy mug of lady grey as snow falls. Unless it’s sipping a steamy mug of lady grey tea while enjoying a shortbread cookie as snow falls. This recipe is incredibly easy and uses few ingredients. Use a fun cookie cutter for extra credit.

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Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 Sticks butter, melted halfway in microwave and cooled
  • 3/4 Cup powdered sugar
  • 1 3/4 Cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 Cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla (as always, I used more) Continue reading
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