Roasted Peach Rosemary Cornmeal Cake

While I gushed about trying to hold onto summer … I realized tomorrow is actually the official first day of fall.

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I don’t do well with change.

I need a little transition time.

And so I mix fresh sweet peaches, and earthy herbs, throw in some cornmeal and call it a cake.

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Cake helps with change. And this one smells incredibly delicious. It’s hearty and comforting like fall – yet, bright and sweet like summer.

Are you ready to dance with a brand new season? Have you been for a while? Am I kind of late to the game … or just being stubborn– I’m still not buying a PSL from Starbucks … not until October. And the most ironic thing about all of this is fall is my favourite season.

Instead, let’s eat cake.

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Roasted Peach Rosemary Cornmeal Cake.

Upside Down-ness

¼ cup butter

½ cup brown sugar

4 Large Peaches, sliced in half

1 large Rosemary sprig

 Directions

Place 1/4 cup butter in a prepared cake pan. Warm in a 350 degrees oven about 5 minutes or until butter is melted. (Be sure to watch carefully to avoid browning the butter).

Remove pan from oven. Sprinkle brown sugar over melted butter .

Arrange peach slices evenly over brown sugar mixture – add large rosemary sprig smack dab in the middle.

Set a side.

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 Cake

1 ¼  cups all-purpose flour

1 Cup Cornmeal

¼ cups ground almonds
1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 tsp fresh thyme – finely chopped  
1 cup butter, softened
1 ¼ cups brown sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature

1 cup peach greek yogurt
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

 Directions:

sift together flour, cornmeal, ground almonds baking soda, sea salt and dried thyme. Set aside.

Next with a mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy for about 3-5 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then add the greek yogurt and vanilla.

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Mix until smooth.

Next add the flour mixture, a little at a time to the wet mixture. Scrape the bowl frequently. 

Add cake batter on top of peach arrangement. Bake 45 min.

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Happy fall ladies & gents – as I say so long to the sweetest summer that will ever be, I’m actually excited for fall. It’s going to be a lovely couple of months!!

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Strawberrytastic Cornmeal Cookies

Annually the LTSL family goes strawberry picking, we’ve been doing it forever and will probably continue doing it until I’m old, grey, and speeding around in a motor scooter ( Mr. LTSL and I promise to buy each other matching ones … *sigh* I love that man and how “mature” we are 😉 )

This year was no different; we woke up each to a bright sunny day – loaded into the car – drove about 25 minutes to our local farm and arrived to what can only be described as

a sea of ruby-red deliciousness.

Of course, we left with more than we actually needed – – and our lips were glowing with the amount of fresh strawberries we gobbled down. But summer traditions like this have a special place in my heart.

Our annual trip also means 3 things:

1)      Tonight’s desert will be ice cream sundaes with fresh strawberries

2)      Tomorrow morning we will be having crepes with honey, lemon and strawberries

3)      There’s lots of jam in the near future

Home-made jam =   pies, crumbles, cakes and cookies = one goooood time.

We made jam.

And I made cookies. With cornmeal.

And they had a perfect dense outer edge created by the crunch of the corn meal, with a fantastically cake-like centre.

These cookies scream summer and I have a little inkling that you’d love them (plus they’re pretty 😀 )

Strawberrytastic Cornmeal Cookies

¾ Cup Brown Sugar

½ Cup Butter ~ at room temperature

½ Cup Strawberry Greek Yogurt

1 Tsp. Almond Extract

1 Tbsp. Strawberry Jam

1 Cup Flour

¾ Cup Cornmeal

½ tsp. Baking Soda

1 Tsp. Sea Salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 oc. Prepare a cookie sheet ( I used a muffin top pan 😀 )

In a large bowl, cream together the brown sugar and butter. To this add, your Greek yogurt, almond extract, and strawberry jam.

Next, in a separate bowl mix all of your dry ingredients.

Mix together your wet and dry and let the summer lovin’ begin

Form your cookies, bake for 20 minutes and then

… Well, you know the drill.

Happy Cookie Munching Honey-pies

Xoxox

Sunday’s with Joy: Strawberry Cookie Dough Frozen Greek Yogurt

You know how every Monday I come here and gush over how amazing Joy is – – I tell you she’s cute and funny … and would make such a great best friend.

I plead that you should go out and buy her cookbook, because I read it as my bed time story

every.single.night.

to make sure I have sweet dreams.

Well, nothing is different this week, except – – I’m here to bring you my new-found love affair.

Sunday night got hot and heavy – – you heard me, it was an intense ménage a trois!!

Me

Strawberry Cookie Dough Frozen Greek Yogurt

And A spoon.

HOT HOT HOT

Please tell me you want in on this action!!

If frozen yogurt doesn’t get you hot a bothered, Joy made Strawberry Cookie Dough Ice Cream in her book – – get to know it.

I knew just reading the title alone I would be in BIG trouble if I made a batch of the ice cream.

So I made a couple of adjustments, ( just so I would feel okay about getting personal with it 😀 lol).

I made frozen Greek yogurt instead.

CreamyYES . RichYEESS . HealthySUREE.

I doubled the strawberries and diced them into small pieces. Fruit = health food. Added fruit = more FroYo for me   😀 

I halved the cookie dough – but cut them in tiny pieces so I still got tons of cookie dough in each bite.

It’s all about tricking yourself … and it worked.

The verdict: There’s no more yogurt left 😦 

For the complete ice cream recipe refer to Joy’s lovely cookbook bible.

Or get crazy with your own frozen yogurt by using my recipe below.

Strawberry Cookie Dough Frozen Greek Yogurt 

Greek Yogurt Base

3 Cups Full Fat Plain Greek Yogurt

1/4 Cup Sugar

1/2 Cup Honey

1 Tsp Almond Extract

1 Tbsp Vodka

Directions:

Mix all of the above together, until well incorporated.

Cover with cling wrap and chill for at least 1 hour ( I left mine over night )

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The Final Master Piece 

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I’ll leave you two alone now 🙂

Enjoy each sweet moment of bliss

xox

Good news and … What’cha think: A Skotidakis Greek Yogurt Product Review

I have news ….

GOOOODD NEEEWWWSSS

actually – – I take that back, I have FANTASTIC NEWS!!

Are you ready for it?!?!

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I’m back to being EMPLOYED!! 😀 yahooooooo!! * cue the fireworks*

I know it sounds like im exaggerating, but this honestly means the world to me!! A little over two months ago, I lost my job due to cut backs – blah blah blah– and I was really upset. Really really really upset!!

Luckily, I had all of you though – – I didn’t share this news on LTSL-blog because, I didn’t want to come down from my sugar high. This blog was my escape. It was where I could turn, and let my imagination run free without having to worry about anything else. And I thank YOU all for allowing me to do so 🙂 .

Being employed in a corporate environment, where I’m putting my university education to practical use, means more to me than just being employed or just earning an income. To me, it’s my independence. It’s the product of all of my hard work from university, and extension of me now doing my post-grad (p.s for those of you who don’t know … I’m also doing my masters :)).

So, loosing my job sucked more than running out of chocolate chips on a rainy day.

But noooowwww… I’M BACK!!

I’m back and loving it 😀 My first day was yesterday. Luckily, I work with a great set of people and in the words of Annie (yes, orphan Annie) — “I think I’m going to like it here” 😀 lol.

Want to know something else that’s pretty hilarious ( but oh so typical of what a roller-coaster my life is). I went to work yesterday – – had a marvelous day … and then came home to find ANOTHER JOB OFFER!!

… yes cupcakes, for two stinkin’ months I was home tossing my cookies to find something and now – – TWO JOB OFFERS … tell me, what in the mother of cupcakes is up with that?!?!  – of course I politely declined.  I’m not going to turn down my current role after one day! My mom taught me a little bit more manners than that and also, the industry I work in is far too small for me to ruin any sort of relations.

So – I was honest and told them that I would have to decline.

Such is life kiddo’s …

I also have some other good stuff to share with you ….

Blueberry Skotidakis Greek Yogurt!!

I saw this yummy-ness in my grocery store and had to pick it up!!

*Note: this is NOT a sponsored post, all of my comments (and criticisms) are thought up all by myseelllff ( big girl things happening right here ;)).*

Let’s chat a little about Greek Yogurt… I LOVE the stuff!! Seriously, hook me up to a Greek Yogurt IV and I’d by a happy little cupcake for a long time!! And in this case, I had a portion controlled amount of Greek Yogurt along with fruit preserves.

HEAVEN!

There are four different flavours to choose from – strawberry, honey, raspberry and blueberry. Blueberry of course won the battle because, I would make love to blueberries if possible (errr… i’ll try to cut down on the creepyness :()

So, maybe I went into this whole taste test a little biased. I loved all components and knew it would be magic once it was all mixed together.

And, magic it was!!

Besides the actual yogurt being extremely thick and decadent – – the blueberry preserves were just sweet enough.

Dear I say, I’d actually consider substituting this in for desert once in a while. It was THAT good!! The yogurt is smooth and creamy – – it’s thicker than regular yogurt and quite filling. I had this little baby for breakfast and it kept me going well into the afternoon.

In total there’s about 2/3 cups of yogurt and 1/3 cup of flavouring. For the complete package it’s 190 calories, 110 of it being from fat. Though you may find the fat content a bit high, this is pretty normal for greek yogurt. I have tried other brands that make fat-free and 1%  – – but in comparison, they just weren’t as creamy as this one.

The extra fat is TOTALLY worth it when it comes to the taste 😉 .

What’s extra special about this product, and what actually drew me to purchasing it (besides the deliciousness that is Greek yogurt and blueberries) is the fact that, there is a slight groove separating the two flavours. Once you’re ready to chow down – – you fold along the groove, add the two together and then whisk yourself away to a Greek fantasy.  It’s perfect for those busy mornings when you want something quick and healthy – but just don’t have the time to throw something together.

I honestly loved this. The only real drawback I saw was the amount … I wished there was more 😦 (I know you’re laughing … lol) It was probably the ideal amount, and I wasn’t hungry after eating it – – I just found that my Greek fantasy ended far too soon!! … or maybe I ate it too quickly 😉 he he he 

Would I be buying this again – for sure!

Do I think you should pick up a cup, the next time you’re doing your groceries? – Sure … and feel free to come back and let me know what you think :). Also feel free to let me know any other brands that you’ve tried and enjoyed. I really like hearing what you good looking people have to say 🙂

Till next time my loves,

Stay Sweet

xoxo