Friday, July 31, 2015

Pineapple Mango Milkshake

 So, I couldn't let #nationalicecreammonth go by without sharing a cool, delicious and refreshing treat with you guys.

I am beyond excited about this milkshake.  Five ingredients and a couple of minutes is all you need for this pineapple mango milkshake.

I am a huge fan of milkshakes, especially during these warmer months.  There's truly nothing better than slurping up all that sweet, creamy goodness on a hot summer day.

While I typically go for milkshakes that include cookies, chocolate and/or peanut butter, lately I've had a hankering for more fruity flavors.  Like one of my favorite childhood treats; orange creamsicle.  There's something truly magical about the combination of tangy orange and creamy vanilla ice cream.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Shake

 So, we all know I have a slight obsession with cookie dough.  I mean it's to the point that when I whip up a batch of dough I literally debate on whether or not to even bother turning on the oven.  My conscience typically gets the better of me and I end up firing up the oven to actually bake some cookies, but it's not a decision that's made halfheartedly!

Then there are times where I don't even want to wait on the butter to warm up to room temperature.  Or, then the ultimate problem arises from time to time where the craving for cookie dough the morning.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Peanut Butter Brownie Milkshake

"My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard...."

You know that song was going through your head when you read the word "milkshake".  I honestly can't think of a milkshake without those lyrics running through my head.

Anywho, now that's out of my system let me tell you about this milkshake.  This takes one of my favorite flavor duos and brings them together in one cool, creamy dessert.  What could possibly be better than sweet and salty peanut butter combined with fudgy, chocolaty brownies?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Mixed Berry Mojito

I don't know about you, but I'm absolutely loving this mojito Monday series.  And what's not to love? Is there any better way to start off your week than with a delicious and refreshing cocktail?

Mojitos are seriously the perfect cocktail.  The perfect amount of tartness, not too sweet and perfectly refreshing.

This week I made you a mojito loaded with fresh berries, mint, lime,, sugar and rum.  It's truly summer in a glass.

DB: Yafawi Sfeeha

The July Daring Bakers' challenge was brought to us by Manal from Manal’s Bites.  She introduced us to an authentic Palestinian dish from Jaffa that is served as a main meal along with a bowl of soup or a salad.  The "Yafawi Sfeeha" or also known as "Milwayeh" which means twisted, is crispy yet tender and full of flavor.

Yafawi Sfeeha


For the dough-
3 Cups flour
1 Tsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp powdered milk (can be substituted with warm milk, however less water will be needed)
1 Cup warm water, for kneading
Melted ghee (or olive oil) to stretch the dough

For the cheese filling-
3-4 Cups nabulsi cheese, crumbled (Feta is a great alternative if you can't find nabulsi)
1/2 Cup Italian parsley, minced
1 Egg, beaten
Black pepper


Combine the flour, salt, sugar, powdered milk and vegetable oil and whisk to combine.  Add the warm water, a little at a time until the mixture becomes tender and slightly sticky.  Knead the dough for about 8 minutes using a stand mixer or 12 minutes by hand.

For the dough in small, golf-ball sized balls.  Place on a well oiled baking sheet and pour more oil over the dough.  Cover and allow to rest at room temperature for a few hours or overnight.  Meanwhile, make your filling.

After the filling is made, use some of the ghee and brush the bottom of a round pan.  Take one piece of dough, using your hands, gently start spreading and pulling the dough to make it as thin and even as possible.  Once the dough is stretched, fold the side furthest from you to the middle of the dough, then fold the opposite side to the middle.

Spread the filling along the seam in the center of the dough.  Starting with the side closest to you, roll tightly making sure no filling escapes.  Take one end of the dough and start rolling to create a spiral.

Place the Sfeeha on a prepared baking sheet and continue the process with the remaining dough and filling.

Preheat oven to 400.  Place the Sfeeha in the preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, till golden brown.  Serve hot or at room temperature with soup or a salad.

For the filling-

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix until combine.

Recipe source: Manal's grandmother

Sunday, July 26, 2015


This summer we have really been giving our grill and smoker a workout.  In the summers past, our grill has definitely gotten more attention that the smoker.  But this year that has all changed; we've really been utilizing our smoker.

I mean, we've even created a monster with our little man.  He's obsessed with smoked chicken, and even challenged his aunt to a wing eating contest.  And, he almost won.  I actually think he had her beat, but she wasn't going to let a 5 year old out eat her; so she ate 2 more once he was done.  But, he impressed us all with the amount he ate!

I say all that to say we've really been playing around with many different recipes, marinades and rubs this summer.  I'm always intrigued by the various spice blends and rubs that are lining those spice isles and jumping off the pages of my spice magazines.  It's mind-blowing, almost to the point of being overwhelming with just how many options there are.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Blueberry Moscow Mule

So, lately it seems like all the other cocktails I have shaken up and been oh-so-eager to share with you all have taken a backseat since I started mojito Mondays.  I love my mojitos and I'm loving the series this summer, but I have another cocktail that has been screaming at me lately and I just can't wait any longer to share it with you all.

Aside from my beloved mojito, the mule is right up there on my list of faves.  It's an effortless cocktail the comes together in about a minute, is refreshing and served in a copper mug.  I mean, honestly, how could you not love a cocktail that's simple, refreshing and served in an ice cold, copper mug?
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