Sunday’s With Joy : Pineapple Upside Down Earl Grey Tea Cake

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Cake.

It’s a magical thing. Some how it’s able to celebrate, cure, be delicious, be a good friend and do it all looking oh-so-sassy!!

I need this cake today, I feel like I need cake every day – and if I could, trust me, I would. But today’s different, I need a slice ( or two). It’s been a rough week. Work has been nuts, after hours I’m meeting with potential clients, filling orders, planning a wedding, recipe testing and all in that mix, I manage to get some sleep.

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Speaking of sleep … you know that person you see every single morning sleeping on the train – – that’s me. Two things, first – you know I’m the sleeping lady … DO NOT sit next to me if you plan on talking on your cell phone at 6:45 am. Who’s up and needs to chat every.single.day at 6:45?! Second, thank you kind people who gently tap me when we get to my stop … I love you. And if possible, I would share this cake with you. You deserve a slice or two.

And so, my plans for this weekend … nada!! I want to kick back, do nothing at all and eat cake. Will it happen? –  Doubtful … but I’ll try my best. Let’s start with the cake:)

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Joy did her funky magic and added tea to cake. Remember when I did that to muffins? And then I did it again? Joy is cooler, she made petite cakes and then dunked them in frosting … her’s are pretty … delicate and delicious looking. Buy her book, make her cakes, and you’ll see.  I took her idea and did my funky magic.

I added earl grey instead of chamomile, skipped the honey frosting but added some extra butter – brown sugar – pineapple and cherries. It’s a beast of beauty. One that I will get to know at least once ( maybe twice … or thrice ..) this weekend.

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Adjustments:

Earl grey tea used.

Didn’t make, or add the frosting.

Additions:

1/4 Cup Butter

2/3 Cup Brown Sugar

3 Slices of Fresh Pineapple, cut into 1/4 segments

15 cherries ( or enough to make a pretty circle)

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Melt 1/4 cup butter and pour into cake pan. Sprinkle brown sugar over melted butter. Arrange your pineapple and cherries in a pretty pattern. Cake – it should be simple, and pretty.

The rest, was all Joy.

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Enjoy darlings, have a great weekend … eat some cake … be merry… make magic❤

Sunday’s With Joy : Chocolate Chunk Bourbon Spiked Banana Bread Foster

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I’ll give you a minute.

No, you’re not dreaming and I won’t judge you if you’re thinking about licking your computer screen.

I’ve never been so excited for banana’s to go brown.

2 x the amount of bananas – 2 x the amount of bourbon – a wholelotta Mmmmm.

oozing with brown sugar syrup, caramelized crispy bananas – the cool burst of french vanilla ice cream … and that’s just the topping.

That lovely cake you see  – – bananas, brown butter and chunks of chocolate to take your taste buds on a roller coast to yum-town.

Friday’s are meant to be celebrated so I saved the best Sunday’s With Joy Recipe, for last.

This is one killer of a desert ( let’s be honest, I want it for breakfast, lunch and dinner too)!! It’s rich, it’s decadent and it’s out of this world delicious.

Your weekend needs a little foster – you bring the spoons, I’ve got dessert covered and the best part is, we don’t even have to share!!

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Chocolate Chunk Bourbon Spiked Banana Bread Foster 

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As if those baby’s aren’t gorgeous enough. Let’s foster a little foster ( bad joke, I know .. sorry):)

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Banana – sliced
  • 1 Tbsp Bourbon
  • Ice cream ( I used French Vanilla … feel free to use any flavour your heart desires – OMG, if any of use chunky monkey … please.send.pictures.)

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  1. Melt butter over low heat, add brown sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Add sea salt.
  3. Throw in your sliced banana and allow to caramelize.
  4. Add a splash ( or two) of Bourbon and let the good times roll.

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Building a beauty :

Cake – ice cream – foster

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Time to fall into a dessert love affair : you, spoon and Ms / Mr Foster.

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Happy Weekend Darlings❤ I hope you had a great week, and an incredibly sweet weekend xox

Sunday’s With Joy : Extra Peanut Buttery Chocolate Brown Butter Cereal Squares

That title, it’s long. I know. What I really want to call these babies are OMG-SO-STINKIN-YUMMY peanut butter bars.

Peanut butter and chocolate addicts – unite! Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Brown butter all in one punch of yuuummm! Come my children .. welcome to the dark and delicious side.

As soon as I read Joy’s recipe for her Brown Butter Peanut Butter Crispy Rice treats, I knew I was in trouble. I knew instantly she was talking my language, I was about to put down my pb spoon and create something kind of wonderful.

And so, I did. And ate every single morsel of it. Addictive – yes, but in the BEST.WAY.POSSIBLE.

Before I show you what I did, can we have a little heart to heart.

Have you kids seen this little sucker :

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HOLYCRAPOMGGETINMABELLY …

Yep. That was my expression exactly. General Mills / Cheerios people – I love you.

Marry me.

… And then I added chocolate.

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You’re welcome …. and sorry; all at the same time. After munching, you’ll get it. You’ll both hate and love me.

I get it – I really do.

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Alterations:

  • Peanut Butter Cheerios used instead of rice cereal 
  • 2 Cups Mini Reese Pieces added to the top
  • 1 cup melted chocolate chips to drizzle.

Ready, to get your peanut butter pants rocked?

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Add your cups

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Drizzle

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Yum.

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Go ahead, no one is looking … it’s okay if you don’t share. I didn’t – there wasn’t enough time😉

Also, if you thought today’s remix of joy’s recipe was nuts. Wait til you see what I have for your tomorrow. One word: Bourbon.

Stay Sweet!!

xox

Sunday’s With Joy : Carrot Cake Madeleines

Confession: I’m a magician.

It’s true. Okay, it’s no where near true, I can’t even do a card trick without messing it up ( now that’s true). But I did turn pancakes into Madalines. It was an idea. A great idea. And I got to play in cream cheese frosting.

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Joy(look at me – calling her Joy as though we’re BFF), is in fact the magician. 3 words Carrot. Cake. Pancakes.

Dessert and Breakfast all in one – YES! Cream Cheese Frosting before noon – YES!  … Magician.

Except, then I went and LTSL’ed this whole magic trick and I baked the bad boy, dunked it, and then …. mmmm.

Let’s just say, I don’t even have crumbs left.

Madalines are pretty. And they’re french – I feel like everything french is pretty and a little more sophisticated. I can’t speak fluent french but Madalines .. I could get use to that language.

Don’t forget to get your copy of the recipe, in this glitzy / glam book.

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Carrot Cake Madelines

Alterations:

  • Added 4 Tbsp Ground Flax and Chai Meal
  • Filled A large Madeline Pan and baked for 20 Minuets.

Let’s french😉

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Cream Cheese Glaze

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Dunk!

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Enjoy!!
Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow, I’m making my take on Joy’s Brown Butter Peanut Butter Crispy Rice Treats

xox

Sunday’s With Joy : Blueberry Peppercorn Goat Cheese Biscuits

Well lookie, lookie who finally decided to grace us with their presence!

Moi.

I’m here … I’m baking and munching through the sweet life.

It’s been quiet on the blog, I know.

I have to share a little secret with you crazy kids. A little secret that’s pretty major.

For the last sixteen weeks I’ve been planning a wedding.

My wedding.*Cue the freak out music now*

Mr. LTSL asked me, I said yes and I instantly heard Etta James ” At Last” in my mind. Mr. Fiance ( side note: did you know fiance, is the male form of fiancee … we may have totally had a long discussion about such),makes my sweet life, that much sweeter and I couldn’t be happier / more excited / nervous / scared / anxious / giddy. This is huge to me. With that being said though, planning a wedding is hard and keeps both a little lady and her soon-to-be busy! And so, I’ve been MIA.

But I’m back. And I’m sprinkling your life with a little joy today. Actually, this week I’ll be doing a little Sunday’s With Joy catch up.

Keep your eyes, ears and taste buds tuned for a full week of Joy Recipes. And to start;

Blueberry Peppercorn Goat Cheese Biscuits.

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Yes! Sweet – savory – spicy. You want and need this in your life. All of Joy’s recipes can be found in her outstanding cookbook, below I will simply include my adjustments ( because I can’t leave amazing alone, without added a little extra sweetness😀 ) .

Blueberry Peppercorn Goat Cheese Biscuits.

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Adjustments:

  • Substituted Whole Wheat Flour for : 1 1/2 Cups Brown Rice Flour, 1/4 Cup Chai and Flax seed Powder, 1/4 Cup fiber curls.
  • Used Peppercorn Goat Cheese
  • Added 1/4 Tsp Cumin Seeds
  • Added 1 Cup Fresh Blueberries
  • Baked as one large biscuit, then cut into wedges.

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Bake – slice – drizzle with a little extra honey and…

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Ta-daaa!!

Have a great day children of the playground

xox

Sundays With Joy : Sunshine Pie

I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day…..
When it’s cold outside I’ve got the month of May…..
I guess you’d say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl …my girl, my girl
Talkin’ ’bout my girl

My girl.

You’re welcome, that song will probably be stuck in your head all day now:)

HAPPY SATURDAY my loves!!
I’ve got some sunshine for you.
I needed a little sunshine in my life … even if it’s just in snack form.

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It’s been rather cold and snowy here … I figure if I send Spring vibes out … hopefully the warmer weather will approach faster.

… A girl can wish:)

I present to you, Sunshine Pie aka my rendition of Joy’s Lavender Lemon Bars.

First, let’s discuss how I LTSL-erized this number.

  • I used a frozen ready-made pie shell *gasp … it’s true, I’m a cheater … life happens. Deal.
  • I didn’t add lavender
  • I doubled the recipe for the filling, the first batch I followed exactly what joy said ( minus the lavender). The second time, I opted for oranges and orange juice instead.

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I layered. I baked. I cooled. I ate.  

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Don’t forget, for the recipe – be sure to pick up Joy’s Cookbook <3 

Happy Saturday – have a fantastic weekend

xox

Sunday’s With Joy: Joy’s Perfect Cup of Hot Chocolate

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There’s something extra special about a huge piping hot mug of hot chocolate, laced with melting marshmallows and overflowing with whipped cream.  It’s that sense of comfort, that feeling of warmth. It’s that inner child fighting to be free.

To say the least, I love the stuff. And if you follow me on instagram, I think it’s safe to say – I’m also kind of addicted to hot chocolate this season.  Not only addicted, but I think I’ve become a hot chocolate snob.

There’s actually a perfect cup of hot chocolate – not too sweet – not too thin – just the right amount of whipped cream and please add my marshmallows at the bottom of the cup … I need them to get all gooey and melted.

As part of our Christmas morning tradition, everyone in the LTSL household gets a mug (arguably a bowl) of hot chocolate, as we got older our hot chocolate also matured. Now it’s con baileys or Kahlua .   But one thing stays the same, before pouring our hot chocolate a Hershey’s kiss is placed in each mug.

It’s our way of adding a little extra love to each cup.

This year, I have a funny feeling Joy’s Perfect Hot Chocolate will be our morning’s drink of choice. It really is just perfect…

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Warm up a little today over a cuppa cocoa.

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Be Sweet my loves xo