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Dean Cain:Happy Birthday!

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Mark Cuban:Happy Birthday!

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J. K Rowling:Happy Birthday!

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Wesley Snipes:Happy Birthday!

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Raspberry Greek Yogurt Ice Cream Sandwiches

Raspberry Greek Yogurt Ice Cream Sandwiches

July 29, 2013 by · 10 Comments

 

I am obsessed with all things frozen.  Ice cream.  Ice.  Popsicles.  Shakes. Smoothies.  Frozen yogurt.  Fruity frozen yogurt sandwiched between two graham crackers.  Ob-freaking-sessed!

Which is why Deborah and I thought we should throw a frozen treats blog party (she must be as obsessed as me!)  We thought everyone could use some new tasty treats to get us through the last month of summer.  How is that even possible? Less than one month left!

I definitely see more ice cream in my future….

For the party, I made Raspberry Greek Yogurt Ice Cream Sandwiches.  They’re perfectly smooth and creamy, tart and fruity, and sandwiched between two soft and chewy graham crackers (yep, they get soft and chewy when frozen to some yogurt!)  They couldn’t be more perfect and they’re super easy to make.

The idea for these came from my husband, who wanted a healthier alternative to an ice cream sandwich.  The result was fantastic and we thought our idea was pretty brilliant.  Right up until we realized there was a very similar recipe on the back of box of graham crackers we used.  Wah-wah.

They key to these bars is using Honey Flavored Greek Gods Yogurt! It makes them extra thick and creamy!

Be sure to check out the other fun frozen treats from Buns in My Oven, Completely Delicious, Tracy’s Culinary Adventures, and Mountain Mamma Cooks.

Raspberry Greek Yogurt Ice Cream Sandwiches
thick and creamy raspberry greek yogurt frozen yogurt sandwiches between two perfectly soft graham crackers.
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Ingredients
1 1/2 cups Honey Greek Gods Greek Yogurt
1 cup fresh raspberries, pureed
1 1/2 cups whipped topping
7 graham crackers
Instructions
Stir the yogurt, raspberry puree and whipped topping together until there aren’t any lumps.
Line a 9 inch square pan with foil and let the edges hang up over the edges.
Whisk together the yogurt, fresh raspberry puree, and whipped topping until mixture is combined well.
Line 3 grahams on the bottom of the 9-inch pan.  Take another graham, and break it in half, length-wise.  You will have 3 and a half graham crackers on the bottom of the pan.
Pour the yogurt mixture on top of the graham crackers and spread evenly over the top.  Top with three and half more graham crackers.
Cover and place in the freezer for several hours or until sandwiches are frozen.  Slice bars in half, creating 6 perfect squared and 2 small rectangular bars.
Notes
store in air-tight container in the freezer.
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Kale:The Super Veggie!

Written By Rhonda Hardey

Kale is a dark green leafy nutritional powerhouse! It contains vitamin A, C, E, K as well as calcium, magnesium, B6, potassium, iron, omega 3 fatty acids and many more. It truly is one of the healthiest vegetables on earth! What are the best ways to consume kale? You can make kale juice, kale chips, steam kale, sauté kale or eat it raw in salads.

Here are 5 health benefits of Kale:

1. Anti-inflammatory

Omega 3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids are not produced in your body therefore you need to get them from your diet. Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and lower the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, arthritis, and autoimmune disorders.

2. Cancer Prevention

Kale contains antioxidants including carotenoids and flavonoids. Antioxidants protect our cells from unstable molecules called free radicals. Antioxidants are associated with many of the anti-cancer health benefits. Kale has been shown to ward off breast, colon, ovarian, prostate and bladder cancer.

3. Lowers Cholesterol

Kale contains dietary fiber, which has been shown to help reduce cholesterol.  Fiber reduces the absorption of the bad “LDL” cholesterol into your bloodstream.

4. Prevents Bone Loss

One cup of kale contains more than 90 mg of calcium. Studies have shown that calcium helps prevent osteoporosis, osteomalacia, and rickets. Vitamin D is required to absorb calcium so enjoy a delicious kale salad with salmon.

5. Reduces the Risk of Macular Degeneration

Kale is rich in lutein which is a carotenoid that protects against macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in people over 60.

Sylvia’s Soul Food: A Celebration

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It’s our anniversary, but you get to feel the love! NY’ers come by Thursday morning for our free community breakfast!

 

 

 

Isaiah Washington:Lou Rawls Biopic?

 

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Rawls is the subject of an upcoming biopic, tentatively titled Love Is a Hurtin’ Thing: The Lou Rawls Story. Rawls’ son, Lou Rawls Jr., is the author of the script. Rawls will reportedly be portrayed by the actor Isaiah Washington.

Arnold Schwarzenegger:Happy Birthday!

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Buddy Guy:Happy Birthday!

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Laurence Fishburne:Happy Birthday!

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Hilary Swank:Happy Birthday!

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Paul Anka:Happy Birthday!

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Vivica A. Fox:Happy Birthday!

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Terry Crews:Happy Birthday!

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The Ultimate Vegan Chocolate Cake!

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SUPER INDULGENT CHOCOLATE CAKE
Preheat oven to 170’C (338’F) and line a round cake tin with greaseproof paper Sponge recipe 4 large eggs separated 30g (1.05oz) Maple Syrup Separate the eggs and allow to come to room temperature. … Using a cake mixer, cream the yolks and maple syrup until thick and fluffy (5 minutes) 50g (1.76oz) Cacao Butter 15g (.52oz) Cacao powder 10g (.35oz) Maple syrup In a stainless bowl over hot water melt the butter, ensuring it does not get hotter than 48’C (118.4’F). Whisk in the Cacao powder and maple syrup and allow to cool to room temperature. Add this to the yolk mix until just combined.
Into this mix, sift 8g (.28oz) of tapioca starch and ¾ tsp of Baking soda and carefully fold through. Using the cake mixer (clean) whisk the egg whites stiff and then while continuing to mix drizzle in 30g (1.05oz) of Maple syrup. Carefully fold the whites into the yolk mix ensuring you retain a light, fluffy mix. Scrape the mix into the prepared tin and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer when inserted in the centre comes out clean. Repeat this recipe as you need two of these sponges.
Raw Ganache
recipe 30g (1.05oz) Cacao butter 150g (5.29oz) Coconut oil 30g (1.05oz) Cacao powder 70g (2.46oz) Coconut cream 75g (2.64oz) Raw honey In a stainless bowl melt the butter and oil, again watching the temperature. Once melted, whisk in the cacao powder, coconut cream and honey. Allow this mix to cool, whisking occasionally as it will need to be of a mousse consistency when it is used.
Chocolate and Avocado Mousse 300g (10.58oz) Avocado flesh (approx 2 avocado) 110g (3.88oz) Raw honey 20g (.7oz) Cacao powder 80g (2.82oz) Coconut cream 40g (1.41oz)n Cacao butter (melted) In a jug blender place all the ingredients and puree and a velvety mousse has formed.
Chocolate and date fudge balls 350g (12.34oz) Dates 50g (1.76oz) Hazelnut meal 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon 20g (.7oz) Cacao powder 50g (1.76oz) Coconut oil In a food processor place all the ingredients and blend until the mix forms a sticky ball and comes away from the side of the bowl. Roll the mix in 1cm (.39in) diameter balls. Toss these balls in desiccated coconut and refrigerate.
Exterior icing mix 170g (5.99oz) Cacao butter 150g (5.29oz) Coconut oil 50g (1.76oz) Cacao powder 80g (2.82oz) Raw honey 100g (3.52oz) Hazelnut meal Melt the oil and the butter and incorporate the cacao powder and raw honey.  Allow to cool (10-15 minutes) and mix the hazelnut meal through. Do not allow this mix to set too much as you need to spread it over the assembled cake.
ASSEMBLY Line
a large plate with silicone or grease proof paper and lay down your first sponge. Over the top of this, spread half your ganache mix (which should be a mousse like consistency to work with. Place this in the fridge for 10 minutes to firm. Over the ganache spread half the Avocado mousse mixture and return to the fridge. Whip 180g (6.34oz) of pure Coconut cream and spread this over the mousse layer. Stud the cream with 135g (4.76oz) of fresh (or defrosted frozen raspberries)
Carefully cover this layer with the remaining mousse mix and refrigerate again. Top the mousse with the remaining ganache, and place the second sponge on top. Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes and spread the exterior icing mix over the cake. Before it sets, stud the top of the cake with the date fudge balls. Refrigerate to set otherwise the fillings will spill out when cut. Pull the cake out and allow to come to room temperature (20-30 minutes) before serving. Slice with a hot, wet knife. I served mine with Paleo, banana and cinnamon ice-cream. Enjoy!!

Roy Middleton: Lucky To Be Alive

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Lying in a hospital bed the night after he was shot by Escambia County sheriff’s deputies in his own front yard, Roy Middleton only had one question: Why?

Middleton, 60, of the 200 block of Shadow Lawn Lane in Warrington, was shot in the leg about 2:42 a.m. Saturday while trying to retrieve a cigarette from his mother’s car in the driveway of their home.

A neighbor saw someone reaching into the car and called 911. While he was looking into the vehicle, deputies arrived in response to the burglary call.

Middleton said he was bent over in the car searching the interior for a loose cigarette when he heard a voice order him to, “Get your hands where I can see them.”

He said he initially thought it was a neighbor joking with him, but when he turned his head he saw deputies standing halfway down his driveway.

He said he backed out of the vehicle with his hands raised, but when he turned to face the deputies, they immediately opened fire.

“It was like a firing squad,” he said. “Bullets were flying everywhere.”

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office declined to comment on the incident Saturday.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating, as is standard in deputy-involved shootings. The deputies, who have not been publicly identified, have been placed on paid administrative leave.

In Baptist Hospital and groggy on Saturday, Middleton said he would be in recovery for several weeks. His wounds are not life-threatening.

“I’m just glad they didn’t hit me here or here,” he said, pointing toward his head and chest. “My mother’s car is full of bullet holes though. My wife had to go and get a rental.”

The neighborhood where Middleton lives was quiet Saturday afternoon, and there was no evidence the shooting had even occurred. However, neighbors said only a few hours earlier the area had been congested with law enforcement vehicles and yellow crime scene tape.

Several neighbors said they heard the commotion, but weren’t entirely sure why events unfolded the way they did. A teenage girl who said she witnessed a portion of the incident said she never saw Middleton provoke the deputies.

“He wasn’t belligerent or anything,“ she said.

Middleton, too, said he doesn’t understand how or why the incident escalated so quickly. He also said deputies never offered him an explanation or an apology.

“Even if they thought the car was stolen, all they had to do was run the license plate,” he said. “They would have seen that that car belonged there.”

The Tempting Temptations!

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