Strawberry Banana Marble Cake

I am on a strawberry kick this week! How can you not be at this time of year!

I found this super easy recipe for a Strawberry Banana Marble Cake and I just had to make it!

 

Thanks to Averie Cooks for the wonderful inspiration for this delicious Strawberry Banana Marble Cake – I made a few key changes to make it my own (and you know me-I can’t just follow a recipe!) and the results were wonderful.

It’s a very moist cake, slightly denser than your average cake but with a lighter finish and rich strawberry and banana flavor – a perfect combination!

 

Ingredients:

Yield: one 9×9-inch pan

3/4 C granulated sugar
1/3 C liquid-state coconut oil (melt in microwave before using)
1/4 C milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 C ripe mashed bananas (about 3 medium bananas)
1 1/4 C all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
3/4 C Strawberry puree

Glaze
about 1 C powdered sugar
2 tbsp fruit juice (I used cranberry to make the frosting pink!)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9-inch square pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together granulated sugar, coconut oil, milk, and vanilla.

Add the bananas and stir to combine.

Add the flour, baking powder, optional salt, and stir to combine. Batter will be lumpy; don’t overmix or cake will be tough.

Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.

Pour over the strawberry puree unevenly over the top of the cake.

 

Using a spoon, lightly mix the puree with the cake batter making a swirl pattern

 

Bake for about 40 minutes, or until center is set and slightly spring to the touch, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter.

Place pan on a wire rack and allow cake to cool fully before glazing. While cake cooks, make the glaze.

Glaze – To a small bowl, add 1 cup confectioners’ sugar and juice, and whisk until smooth. Depending on desired consistency, you may need to play with sugar and juice ratios slightly.

Evenly drizzle the glaze over the cake before slicing and serving.

 

 

Strawberry Lemonade

Until very recently I had never had Homemade Lemonade! Yes I know! How is that even possible?

Ever since I had it – I can’t get enough of it!

We had some fresh strawberries and lemons and this wonderful Strawberry Lemonade was created!

 

I was amazed at how simple homemade lemonade is to make? It took about 10 minutes (including the squeezing time) and the large pitcher we made lasted about another 10 minutes! For some reason I believed it would involve a lengthy process and the results would not really be worth the effort! How wrong I was? 

Simple, quick recipe – amazing results!

The only thing you really have to watch out for is the lemons – as all lemons are different! Some are sweeter, some are tart, some are sour. You will have to taste the lemon and strawberry mixture (before adding the water) a few times to make sure you have the right balance of sweetness!

Here’s the recipe for Strawberry Lemonade:

Ingredients:

Makes 2 Quarts/64 oz

1 C fresh lemon juice (that took 3 lemons for this recipe)

1 C fresh strawberries, hulled

1 C sugar

Water

Directions:

Squeeze the juice out of the lemons over a large cup/pitcher

Add the lemon juice to a blender and add the hulled strawberries.

Blend the mixture until the strawberries are totally crushed.

Pour mixture into a 2-quart pitcher

Add the sugar and stir well

TASTE TEST – This is the stage you need to taste the mixture. Is it too sweet? If so, add a little more lemon juice. If it is too sour, add a little more sugar but continue to taste it!

Add cold water to fill the pitcher to the 2-quart mark

You are ready to serve!

Serve over ice and garnish with slices of lemon and strawberry!

Enjoy!

 

How To Freeze Stone Fruit

It’s fruit season pretty much wherever you are in the world right now!

You can get freshly harvested, perfect fruit in every store, many farms, Farmer’s Markets and roadside stalls – there is an abundance. Last year, we couldn’t get enough of it! We made pies ate it fresh, made Sorbet and still had extras left over.

This year I decided to be pro-active and freeze some of this delicious fruit so we can enjoy it throughout the year – and I wanted to share what I learned with you about how to freeze stone fruit.

Do you have an abundance of fresh fruit, maybe you grow your own, or you went a little crazy at a ‘pick-your-own’ farm this weekend – follow these simple steps for how to freeze stone fruit so you don’t waste any of that wonderful, fresh fruit but can now enjoy it throughout the year!

Step 1

Wash the fruit

Step 2

Cut in half & remove the stone/pit

Step 3

Slice into smaller pieces – this will vary depending on the fruit you are dealing with. I chose segments with the peaches I was using.

Step 4

Place the fruit pieces on a non-stick surface on a baking tray and loosely cover with plastic wrap (I used silicone baking mats but you can use any non-stick parchment or wax paper if you don’t have silicone mats) 

Step 5 

Place the baking tray on a flat surface in your freezer and freeze for a minimum of 4 hours (up to overnight). Remove the plastic wrap and place the fruit in a freezer safe container or bag. Label and freeze until you are ready to use the fruit.

If you are using the fruit in a pie you don’t even need to defrost the fruit in advance – just place the frozen fruit pieces in the pie crust and bake!

30+ Mouthwatering Ice-Cream Recipes

I LOVE Ice-Cream!

It’s one of my favorite desserts and I love it in all it’s forms!

I have been so excited seeing delicious recipes pop up all around the internet – especially those shared at The Pretty Pintastic Party every Friday which was the foundation for this 3-+ Mouthwatering Ice-Cream recipes!

 

When I dug a little deeper I found some incredible recipes for cakes, popsicles, ice cream, granitas and even some dairy-free options which are a plus for Captain America!

I hope you enjoy these 30+ mouthwatering ice-cream recipes as much as I did – check them out – click on some of the links to visit the sites and see the recipes in full and show the creators of these delights some love!

Happy Summer!!

 

Fruit Based Ice-Cream

 

Guri-Guri Hawaiian Ice-Cream by My Pinterventures

Lemon Coconut Ice-Cream by Sweet & Spicy Monkey

Coconut Lemongrass & Hibiscus Ice-Cream by What’s On The List

Roasted Fig & Ginger Ice-Cream by Blahnik Baker

Spiced Apple Ice-Cream by Gidget Goes Home

 

Ice-Cream (non-fruit)

 

Vanilla Bean Ice-Cream by Gidget Goes Home

Bubblegum Ice-Cream by TipToe Fairy

‘Adult’ Almond Joy Ice-Cream by Seduction In The Kitchen

Maui Snow White Russian Ice-Cream by Seduction In The Kitchen

Malted Banana Ice-Cream with Peanut Butter & Chocolate Covered Pretzels by Eat It & Say Yum

Banana Nut Butter Soft-Serve by Raia’s Recipes

Skinny Red Velvet Cake Ice-Cream by My Big Fat Happy Life

Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice-Cream by Meatloaf & Melodrama

Mexican Spiced Chocolate Ice-Cream by Gidget Goes Home

 

Sorbets, Granitas, Sherbets & Semifreddo

 

5-Minute Peach Sorbet by Captain America & His English Rose

Coconut, Lemongrass & Hibiscus Granita by What’s On The List

Sweet Cherry Coconut Sherbet by Sweet & Spicy Monkey

Guilt-Free Mango Banana Ice-Cream by Boogieboard Cottage

Peach Mango Sorbet by Lori’s Culinary Creations

Berry Sorbet by Lori’s Culinary Creations

Mango Lemon Semifreddo by Swirl & Spice

Simple Lemon Sorbet by Gidget Goes Home

 

Ice-Cream Sandwiches

 

Nutella Cookie Ice-Cream Sandwiches by The Baking Fairy

Easy Lemon Ice-Cream Sandwiches by Meatloaf & Melodrama

Peanut Butter Fudge Ice-Cream Sandwiches by Delightful E Made

Banana Berry Frozen Yogurt Bars by Flourishing At Home

Popsicles

 

Vanilla Sugar Cookie Popsicles by Little Miss Celebration

Mango Popsicles by First Time Foods

Healthy Popsicles For Kids by Caroline Nixon’s Blog

Ice-Cream Cakes

 

Oreo Ice-Cream Cake by Coffee With Us 3

Brownie Reese’s Ice Cream Cake by Mom ‘n Daughter Savings

Ice-Cream Cake with Circus Animal Crust by Food Faith & Fitness

Ice-Cream Cake with Crunchies by Thrifty Treasures

30 Sensational Summer Salads

Summer is in full swing, kids are on vacation, days are long, time is short and meals are aplenty!

Check out this round-up of 30 Sensational Summer Salads for all occasions to get your tastebuds and inspiration flowing!

Whether you need a salad for lunch or dinner, a side salad, or some great ideas for salads to serve at a summer BBQ or picnic there is one here for every occasion and every palate!

Here are some inspirational recipes so let’s get cooking!!

Entree Salad Dishes (Meat Free)

 

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Kale Salad with Pear, Berries & Walnuts by Simply Fresh Dinners

Almond, Mango, Kale, Pasta, Green Bean Chopped Salad by Kitchen Chopper

 

Entree Salad Dishes with Meat/Poultry

 

Cobb Salad

Taco Salad

Warm Spinach Salad

Chicken Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Dressing

Tuna Nicoise Salad

Crab, Tangerine & Fresh Herb Salad by Simply Fresh Dinners

Southwestern Cornbread Salad by Recipes For Our Daily Bread

 

Side Salads

 

Traditional Coleslaw

Red Cabbage & Broccoli Slaw

Three Bean Salad

Simple Green Salad

Berry Salad by Coffee With Us 3

Roasted Corn Salad with Feta & Tomatoes by Coffee With Us 3

Cranberry Green Salad by Coffee With Us 3

Fresh Tomato & Feta Salad by Eat It & Say Yum

 

Potato & Pasta Salads

 

Cheesy Ranch Potato Salad by From That’s My Home

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad by A Kitchen Hoor

Pasta Salad with Zing! by My Freshly Brewed Life

Healthy Potato Salad by Simply Fresh Dinners

Grandma’s Potato Salad by Coffee With Us 3

Summer Pasta Salad

 

Dessert Salads

 

Simple Fruit Salad by Coffee With Us 3

Pistachio Salad by Thrifty Treasures

Strawberry Pretzel Salad by Thrift Treasures

 

Salad Dressings

 

Greek Style Vinaigrette

Italian Balsamic Dressing

Ranch Dressing Mix

Greek Salad with Tuna

 

I had a craving for Greek Salad recently.

We decided to make it for dinner but we wanted to bulk it up a little by adding some extra protein – hence the tuna!

Greek Salad with Tuna was born and it was very quick, simple and delicious!

This Greek Salad with Tuna provides the perfect family summer dinner (or lunch) for your family or friends as it is very easy to make especially great for those summer evenings on the go, or after a long day when you need something quick and nutritious to eat.

We paired this with our Greek Style Vinaigrette which made for the perfect combination!

This is the simplest recipe I have made in a very long time! It’s so simple it doesn’t really require instructions-but I have them for you anyway! Ready? Blink and you will miss them!

Wash and chop romaine lettuce (or a different favorite lettuce) and place in a bowl

 

Add 2 cans of drained tuna fish to the bowl

 

Add cherry tomatoes, black and green olives, sliced bell pepper and diced cucumbers

 

Add crumbed feta cheese and thinly sliced red onion

 

And serve! That’s it!

Ingredients:

Serves 3-4

2 heads of romaine lettuce, chopped

1 cucumber, diced

1/3 C green olives

1/3 C black olives

1/2 red onion, finely slivered

1 orange/red bell pepper, sliced

2 cans tuna, drained

4oz feta cheese, crumbed

1/2 C cherry tomatoes

BBQ Teriyaki Chicken

We have a special recipe for you this week for 4th July, BBQ Teriyaki Chicken

This is a delicious recipe created by Captain America and we cannot get enough of it! I am delighted that we have another great opportunity to grill coming this week as we celebrate one of my favorite holidays.

This is an incredibly simple recipe and takes not time to make – it just needs to sit overnight so the chicken can absorb all the wonderful flavors!

This recipe is also great cold, so if you are having a picnic or you need to have pre-prepared food for the holiday then this will work really well

 

We hope you have a fabulous 4th July weekend celebrating with family and friends!

For more 4th July ideas check out these posts:

Decor & Crafts

Food & Recipes

Ingredients:

6.5 lbs chicken pieces (we used legs)

1tsp ginger

4 tbsp soy sauce

1tsp liquid smoke (hickory flavor)

2 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tbsp yellow mustard

3 tbsp Korean BBQ sauce

2 C Veri Veri Teriyaki sauce

 

Directions:

Mix the marinade ingredients together.

Wash and pat dry the chicken pieces and place them in an airtight container.

Pour the marinade over the chicken and marinade overnight (or for a minimum of 5 hours)

Cook on the grill until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.

 

Celebrate 4th July Round-Up: Food

4th July is fast approaching and I wanted to celebrate one of my favorite holidays in style with a Celebrate 4th July Round-Up!

Yesterday I did a decor and crafts round up which you can find HERE

Today it is all about FOOD! You all know how much Captain America & I LOVE food, cooking and recipes so I am really excited by the ones featured here.

I also included a few of our personal favorites and for some more 4th July recipe inspiration check my Celebrate 4th July post from last year!

I am delighted to share these exceptional creations with you! They caught my eye from The Pretty Pintastic Party a link party I co-host every Friday 

Now onto the Round-Up:

Breakfast

 

Spirited Star Waffles by Kenarry

 

Burgers & Hot Dogs

 

1) Oven-Baked Chili Cheese Dogs by Foody Schmoody

2) Blue Cheese Stuffed Burgers by My Family Mealtime

3) Turkey Burgers by Captain America & His English Rose

4) Chipotle Burger by A Mother’s Shadow

 

Meat & Grilling

 

1) Mango BBQ Chicken Skewers by The Housewife In Training Files

2) 3 Ingredient Pulled Pork by Mommy On Demand

3) Fall-Off-The-Bone Ribs by Recipes For Your Daily Bread

4) Deviled Chicken Drumsticks by Living The Gourmet

 

Salads & Sides

 

1) Slow-Cooker Baked Beans

2) Italian Pasta Salad by Memories By The Mile

3) Tri-Color Pasta Salad by My Life Abundant

4) Best Ever Potato Salad by Delightful E Made

5) Red Cabbage & Broccoli Slaw by Captain America & His English Rose

6) Foil Roasted Potatoes by Captain America & His English Rose

7) Roasted Corn Salad by The Housewife In Training Files

 

Sweet Treats

 

1) Fruit Puree Shooters by Little Miss Celebration

2) Banana Cream Pie by Yesterfood

3) Red, White & Blue Cookie Stacks by Coffee With Us 3

4) Banana Nut Butter Soft Serve by Raia’s Recipes

5) Apple & Ginger Pie by Living The Gourmet

6) Malted Banana Ice Cream with Peanut Butter & Chocolate Pretzels by Eat It & Say Yum

7) Red, White & Blueberry Bowl by Meatloaf & Melodrama

8) Marshmallow Treat Fruit Skewers by Melissa’s Cuisine

9) Star Chocolate Cupcakes by Sizzling Eats

 

Drinks

 

Captain America’s Iced Tea by Captain America & His English Rose

Sloppy Sausage Subs

Sloppy Sausage Subs are a fast, simple dinner that’s perfect for kids and adults alike!

These are an incredibly messy, but delicious dinner alternative when you need something quick and simple!

The melted cheese, the sloppy sauce, the spice from the sausages combined makes for a delicious combination that will satisfy many an appetite!

If you want a slightly less messy version serve them open-faced with a knife and fork…..I opted for this option as the sub was huge and too big for me to bite! Either way, it tasted great and hit the spot!

Ingredients:

1 red bell pepper, sliced

5 Italian sausages (hot, mild, sweet)

1/2 red onion, slivered

1/2 white onion, slivered

5 cloves garlic, sliced

6-8 mushrooms, sliced

Any red pasta sauce – we used our Spicy Pasta Sauce recipe

2 tbsp red wine (optional – you could use water instead)

1-2 sub bread rolls per person

sliced cheese

Directions:

Partially cook the sausage, until its a little brown on the outside and firm enough to cut into 8 pieces per sausage

Add the sausage to a large pan on medium-high heat.

Add the onion, garlic, bell pepper and mushrooms and cook for about 5-7 minutes or until the vegetables are at your desired softness.

Add the red wine (or water) and continue to cook for another minute.

 

Meanwhile, warm up the pasta sauce in a separate pan

 

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Cut the bread rolls in half and place on a baking tray.

Add pieces of cheese to the bread and warm in oven for a few minutes until the cheese melts.

 

Add the sausage mixture to the bread

 

Add the sauce on top of the sausage mixture and serve!

 

 

Crab & Vegetable Fried Rice

Crab & Vegetable Fried rice is a fast and delicious alternative to eating out!

It is cheaper, possibly faster and you get to choose exactly what ingredients you put in it.

We love Chinese food, but eating out gets very expensive – so we develop our own recipes so we can eat the same delicious food at home AND we get to share our recipes with you!

This crab & vegetable fried rice doesn’t require fresh crab – and all that time-consuming crab preparation (if you have crab already cooked and prepped then feel free to use it here-otherwise a couple of cans of crab work wonders. Feel free to experiment with vegetables too – there are so many delicious options out there so choose whatever your family likes best!

Ingredients:

Serves 4

1 medium onion, finely diced

2 large carrots, finely diced

3 eggs

1/2 tsp sesame oil

5 tbsp vegetable oil

1 1/2 tsp soy sauce

3 C cooked white rice

1/2 C frozen peas

1/4 C chopped spinach (frozen works best)

1/2 C beansprouts (+ extra for decoration)

4 cloves garlic, crushed

3 green onions, diced

2 x 6oz can crab meat, drain the excess juice

1/2 tsp sesame seeds (+ extra for decoration)

1/4 tsp onion salt

1/4 tsp allspice

1/4tsp cumin

1/4 tsp coriander

1/4 tsp black pepper

Directions:

In a small bowl, add the sesame seeds, all spice, cumin, coriander and black pepper, mix together and set aside

Add a little sesame oil and vegetable oil to a wok and  then add the carrot and onion. Cook on a medium-high heat for 5 minutes.

In a measuring cup, add together the eggs, sesame oil and vegetable oil and 1/2 tsp soy sauce. Whisk together.

 

Pour the egg mixture into the wok and cook.

Add the green onions and garlic to the wok and stir.

 

Move all the ingredients in the wok to one side and add the vegetable oil to the empty side of the wok – then add the rice to that side and fry for a few minutes, stirring regularly.

 

Then mix all the ingredients in the wok together.

 

Add the crab and stir. Add the sesame seed mix and stir well. Cook for 3 minutes.

Add the beansprouts and cook for a further 3 minutes.

Serve immediately