All Things Foodie

Strawberry Buttermilk Baked Donuts

I haven’t posted in a while, but recently was at the grocery store and strawberries were on sale. I racked my brain for what to bake and I remembered I had just purchased a donut pan, so I decided to take a stab at Strawberry Buttermilk Donuts.

I was so surprised by how easy making baked donuts is and how incredibly delicious this flavor was! It was fresh tasting, sweet, moist and so satisfying. Please give it a try and let me know how yours turned out!

Strawberry Buttermilk Baked Donuts

Ingredients
14 cups all-purpose flour
34 cup sugar
12 tsp. baking soda
12 tsp. kosher salt
23 cup canola oil
12 cup buttermilk
1 egg
12 tsp. vanilla extract
12 cup finely chopped strawberries
2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

Heat oven to 350°. Combine flour, sugar, soda, and salt in a bowl; make a well in the center and set aside. Whisk oil, buttermilk, egg, and vanilla in a bowl; add to well, and mix into a smooth batter. Stir in half the strawberries; set aside. Lightly grease a nonstick donut pan; spoon 2 tbsp. batter into each mold. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted into donut comes out clean, 13-15 minutes. Invert donuts onto a baking sheet, set donuts on a wire rack; let cool completely.
Whisk remaining strawberries, confectioners’ sugar, and 2 tbsp. water until smooth. Dip tops of donuts into glaze and return to wire rack until glaze is set.
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Fashion

All For The Nookie

I recently went shopping for a dress for a trip to Vegas and stumbled upon the brand, Nookie. It is an Australian brand that features fitted dresses, skirts, tops, and swimwear in their collection.

I was invited to see JLO’s new show at Planet Hollywood and was able to see it before most people due to the fact that I went to the “Friends and Family” preview. I will post about the show later, but for now am focusing on my new dress.

I was in search of a dress that was both sexy and classy and made me feel comfortable. The Tropicana long sleeved style by Nookie fit the bill perfectly. The material is stretchy, but maintains its form fitting shape and the design is great as it is long sleeved, the length of the dress hits just below the knee (I am 5’4″) and the criss cross open detailing adds that sexy flair that I had been craving. I tried it on for a few friends and they agreed that this was “the” dress. Most girls tend to migrate toward slutty dresses for a night out in Las Vegas, but I try to keep it classy, but with a little flash.

I purchased mine in LA at a boutique called Divine Boutique in the Beverly Center and it retailed for $220.

You can also purchase the dress at nookie.com.au

 

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Fashion

Bonkers Over Burgundy For Fall

Fall colors are abundant in all of the stores. I was recently shopping for some items on people’s Christmas Lists and noticed the beautiful shades of burgundy in all of the departments of the major stores. The rich, full color reminds me of a great glass of wine.

I came across an amazing handbag by Rebecca Minkoff at Nordstrom. The style is the “Regan Satchel” and official color is “Port.” The size of this bag is great as it is not too big and not too small. As the three little bears would say….it is just right! The zippers, long leather decorative strips, and braided handles give this bag a bit of an edge, along the lines of a Balenciaga bag, without that hefty price tag. The hardware and enlarged zipper pulls accentuate the bag even more. I love the practicality of it in that it features a long shoulder strap as well as the shorter handles for the ease of carrying, depending on the weight of the contents of your bag, or just the look you are going for. There is an outside zip pocket, interior zip pocket, and two pouches on the inside of the bag for a cell phone or card case. It can also double as a small work bag because you can easily fit an iPad or small laptop and planner. Yes, I said planner, *gasp*, I still do like to write things on paper and cross them out, but don’t worry, I use my iCalendar too.

I purchased this lovely handbag at Nordstrom and it retails for $325 and is 13″w x 9″h x6″d has a 4″ strap drop; 20″-23″ crossbody strap drop.

http://www.nordstrom.com

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All Things Foodie

Avocado Toast

Avocado toast has been popping up at every restaurant around town. It is so vibrant in color, fresh and filling. I decided to test out a recipe and found it to be absolutely delicious and a snap to make. Please try the recipe below and let me know how you put your spin on it.

I heated up my panini press, but you could just use a toaster. I pressed one slice of seven grain bread in my panini press to get those great grill marks on the bread and a lovely crunch. I sliced one ripe avocado and placed that in a small bowl. I squeezed half a lime’s juice over the avocado, added two dashes of black pepper, one dash of sea salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of garlic paste. I mashed all the ingredients together with a fork and spread it over the toast. I cut the topped toast on a diagonal for a prettier presentation and took a bite. The crisp, crunch of the toast paired with the soft, fresh avocado mixture was very satisfying. It is a healthy bite that can be served for breakfast, lunch, snack, or cut smaller for an appetizer. You can add a fried egg, prosciutto, or tomatoes on top for even more flavor. The possibilities are endless and are sure to please all.

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All Things Foodie

Coconut Milk Worth Talking About

I am always in search of non-dairy milk options and am so often disappointed. Whole Foods had a lot of sample stations yesterday during the lunch hour and anyone that knows me knows I love samples, so I couldn’t resist trying everything.

I saw the set up of three different varieties of coconut milk by Pacific. I tried all three with low hopes and was pleasantly surprised with the blend that was sweetened with coconut water. To be honest, the other two tasted exactly how I thought they would taste, good but plain. The subtle, fresh sweetness of coconut water was the perfect amount of sweet without altering the flavor of coconut and also providing great hydration and a rich texture to the milk. I actually enjoyed a glass of this milk this morning by itself because it was so satisfying. I will definitely be using this milk in smoothies and as a creamer in coffee and tea. The added benefits of this coconut milk are that it is Carrageenan, dairy, soy, and gluten free! It also is a natural source of medium chain fatty acids, vitamin D, vitamin B12, and is a mere 60 calories per serving. I have finally found a coconut milk luscious enough to share with you. I would love to hear how you are all loving it, so please try it and report back.

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All Things Foodie

Breyers Gelato Indulgences

I am an avid ice cream lover and am always on the hunt for great store bought varieties. Most of them are just ok, but never as good or smooth as ice cream from an ice cream shoppe.

I recently tried Breyers new Gelato Indugences and was pleasantly surprised. I tried the Chocolate Caramel and the Raspberry Cheesecake flavors. They both were outstanding and so incredibly creamy and smooth. The Chocolate Caramel flavor is a rich chocolate with large, soft ribbons of decadent caramel. The Raspberry Cheesecake flavor is a cheesecake flavored base with thick swirls of raspberry flavored topping and a graham crust crumble on top! I am very happy with this new grocery store find and can see this as a weekly favorite for my girls nights and date nights. It is so good, I just may treat myself to a bite or two every night.

I found Breyers Gelato at Target for $5.99, but I am sure they have it at many stores.

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All Things Foodie

Homemade Almond Milk

Ok so I decided to finally make my own almond milk and see what all the hype was about. I envisioned it tasting so creamy and amazing just like the one at Pressed Juicery. My high expectations may have been my problem.

I bought raw almonds, measured out one cup and soaked them in plenty of water for 6-8 hours. I even went through the tedious task on removing the skins off the plumped up nuts because I read somewhere that the skin causes wrinkles! Gasp! I then tossed the peeled, soaked nuts into a Ninja blender and added three cups of water and blended away. The liquid turned into a creamy white color and I poured it through a fine mesh sieve. Ok, so maybe I need to invest in a nut bag because the milk did get pretty smooth but not smooth enough. There were still bits of pulp in the milk. I did save the pulp to possibly use in a cookie recipe, waffles, granola, or whatever else I can think of.

I added a bit of vanilla and a sprinkle of sea salt to the milk and whisked until blended. I took the first sip and was very underwhelmed. It tasted exactly like the almond milk I buy at the store and was more expensive to make and time consuming. I know some recipes call for dates to be blended into the milk as well, so maybe that makes it more creamy. Don’t get me wrong, the milk is good and I love that I made it and that it is so pure in form. I just wanted it to blow my mind with how incredibly creamy it was due to all the articles I have read by people exclaiming how much better homemade almond milk is versus store bought in regard to thickness and taste. I am determined to crack the code and get the almond milk I desire. I am going to invest in a nut bag and add some dates and report back.

For now, blend at your risk or stick to the convenient store bought variety.

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