Jewish Food & Cultural Festival 2019

Back in March I traveled to Little Rock for the annual Jewish Food & Cultural Festival. I went with a sweet friend of mine, and we met up with one of her sweet friends. We had a wonderful time!

It was really cold that morning so we were all ready to eat some matzo ball soup! It was the perfect food for a cold day!

A scroll of the Torah.

A basket full of yarmulkes.

After we all enjoyed the festival we went to La Madeleine’s for a nice cup of coffee and a tasty pastry! It was my first time to go there and it was amazing!

I opted for a small cappuccino and the ‘pastry of the day’ that was recommenced by the owner. It was delicious!

I had a mille-feuile and guys it was amazing!

We sat right by the fireplace and it made for an even more amazing experience. I mean come on- fireplace, coffee, and deep conversation with new and old friends makes for a great afternoon!

I took a quick picture of the inside, I will definitely come back!

I bought a loaf of poppy seed challah home. My Mum said it made excellent French toast as well!

I had a lot of fun and can’t wait for next years festival!

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Vegan Blueberry Muffins

I was looking around online at different breakfast recipes the other day at work, and this vegan blueberry muffin recipe stood out for two reasons. 1. I love blueberry muffins! 2. How in the world are these things vegan?

I found out that vegan food has no dairy or egg products at all. I was curious as to how the muffins would taste without milk or eggs in them so I printed it out and decided to try it. Turns out they are amazing, so I wanted to share the recipe with you guys.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup refined sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup plus a little extra non-dairy milk of your choice (I used vanilla almond milk since that’s all I had)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (If you use frozen make sure you thaw them out before adding them in)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Then grease 12 muffin cups or line them with muffin liners.
  2. Combine all your dry ingredients into a bowl.
  3. Next combine the oil, mashed banana, and milk. After this is well incorporated fold in the blueberries.
  4. Divide the batter into the muffin cups, about 3/4 full.
  5. Bake for 17-20 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

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All the dry ingredients…

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Pre-mashed banana.

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Oil, mashed banana, and milk has been added.

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Batter with blueberries folded in.

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Batter distributed in the muffin cups.
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Freshly baked muffins!

 

Enjoy!

 

 

Meal Prep- Smoothies!

I love a good smoothie for a meal replacement or a quick and healthy snack. However, smoothies aren’t always a “quick” option when you’re having to get the ingredients together. I’ve read blog posts and have watched videos on meal prep and figured why not try that, but with smoothies.

Freezer meals are getting to be pretty popular with a lot of people. They basically spend one day baking the food and then putting them in portioned containers and putting them in the freezer. Then when they want a quick meal, out comes a container and they heat it up and boom! A quick and yummy meal.

First I went and bought some frozen berries, fruit, low fat vanilla yogurt, apple juice, and milk. Next I started to separate the frozen berries and fruits into freezer bags. This way the fruit and berries are already portioned for individual smoothies. After that I put them in the freezer to be used for yummy smoothies!

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I purchased these from the local Dollar Tree.

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So I had already used almost all the strawberries in this so it was mainly blueberries by the time I made the smoothie packs.

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Once again, purchased at Dollar Tree

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This was a pink lady apple and some halo’s I had leftover that I decided to use and try out.

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This was a peach, strawberry, and blueberry smoothie mix.

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A strawberry, blueberry, and banana mix.

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Peach and apple mix.

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Then the small orange and apple mix.

All in all I was able to make 8 smoothie packs! I thought that was pretty good for a start. Now I’m able to grab a pack and put it in the personal blender, add some yogurt, juice, and milk, and enjoy the smoothie. I’ve never tried an apple and orange smoothie so I’ll have to let y’all know how that one turns out. Until next time friends!