Pinterest Recipe Try-Out: Ice Cream Cake

Pinterest Recipe Try-Out: Ice Cream Cake

I believe in having treats every once in a while because um…why not? It is not going to send me immediately into obesity or anything like that.

When I saw this ice cream cake recipe on Pinterest, I knew right away that I had to make it.

Here is how it went as well as the taste verdict!

Why the ice cream cake?

I love to look at Pinterest for recipes but I usually do not try any of them out. The ones I have tried out previously were not good so I was leery of trying another one.

On a recent Pinterest scroll, I came across this Dairy Queen Copy Cat Ice Cream Cake. It was really “speaking” to me so clicked on the link for it. Since I have very fond memories of eating Dairy Queen cakes, I decided that I was going to make it for my family and I.

I felt that this recipe would have a lot higher chance of being edible due to the fact that it is mainly ice cream.

Making the cake

I decided to start making the cake in the morning so that it would be good and ready for dessert that evening. The recipe is easy but it does take a few hours.

First step: Line the pan (I used a springform) with parchment paper and make the oreo crumbles.

I could have eaten all of those crumbles!

I used more Oreos than the recipe called for-just because. It was hard to refrain from tasting some of the crumbles due to Oreos being my favorite junk food.

Second step: Spread softened chocolate ice cream in pan

I am sure people who are actually good in the kitchen made the ice cream all one level and flat in the pan, but I am not good in the kitchen at all! Oh well…

Into the freezer this went to firm up!

Third step: Assemble the fudge and Oreo crumble layer

Boiled heavy cream melting that chocolate!

Fudge and Oreos together? Yaaaaaaas! At this point, I already knew that it was going to be the best part of the cake.

Fourth step: Softened vanilla ice cream goes on top

Right by the peas that will never be eaten.

Into the freezer this goes to firm up once again. As you can see, I did not get this layer of ice cream level either. Whatevs.

Fifth step: Make and put on the frosting

Morning sickness puke-bowl turned into an important kitchen item!

Making the frosting was the most annoying part for me because it seemed to take a long time. It was very necessary though!

Sixth step: Frost and garnish the cake

The ugly!

I am really bad at frosting cakes and decorating them. In fact, no recipe I have ever made came out looking as nice as it did for the author. The above picture is the best I could do.

After this step, I put it back in the freezer for a couple hours.

How did it taste?

We were all really excited to try it. I decided to take the first bite because I do not want to let anyone have to eat something that tastes like trash.

That first bite and each subsequent one, were all amazing! It tasted just like the Dairy Queen cakes I remember. My husband and son loved it too.

This cake is definitely something I will make again in the future. Super easy and delicious! I would highly recommend it.

Everyone should have a treat once in a while!

I know that many people like to be strict with their diets but I believe it is perfectly fine to deviate from them a little bit. Like I said before, why not?

You work hard in life so treat yourself! Hell, I do not work half as hard as other people and I still do.

Do any of you make recipes you find on Pinterest? If so, which one has been your favorite?

Thanks for reading!

#pinterest #cooking #recipes #icecreamcake #dairyqueen #cheatmeal #dessert

What Is Up With That Cinnamon Chillin’ In Your Cabinet?!

What Is Up With That Cinnamon Chillin’ In Your Cabinet?!

I love spices and spice mixes. In our house, they are a must!

When I was searching through the spice cabinet the other day, I came across a container of cinnamon. I used to use cinnamon a lot back when I was eating oatmeal regularly. It has also been an ingredient in a couple skin care products I have bought and homemade face mask recipes I have made.

Since I love a good ole’ Google crawl, I decided to dig more into cinnamon and its uses for this post.

About cinnamon

Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of Cinnamomum trees. There are four different types of cinnamon. Following is a list of their names and information about them:

  1. Ceylon Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Verum)- This type of cinnamon is called, “true.” It is native to Sri Lanka and is more expensive than the other types. In ancient times it was considered to be very profitable and valuable. It is very fragrant with a mild spicy-sweet flavor.
  2. Chinese Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Cassia)- This type is native to China and is mainly used as medicine. It has a mildly bitter flavor.
  3. Saigon Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Loureiroi)- This type is native to Southeast Asia. It has a very intense bitter and peppery flavor.
  4. Indonesian Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Burmannii)- This type is native to Indonesia and it is the most commonly sold one in stores. It has a mildly sweet  flavor to it.

Each type of cinnamon contains a substance called, coumarin. This is used as a flavoring agent and it also has anticoagulant(blood thinning) properties. Because of the coumarin content, it can be very dangerous if too much cinnamon is ingested.

The types of cinnamon contain different amounts of coumarin. Here are rough estimates of the percentage of the substance found in each type:

  • Ceylon Cinnamon- .004% coumarin
  • Chinese Cinnamon- .03% coumarin
  • Saigon Cinnamon- .7-1% coumarin
  • Indonesian Cinnamon- .2% coumarin

As you can see by the estimates, Saigon cinnamon contains a good amount more coumarin than the other types. This means you have to be careful how much you use of it if you decide to buy it.

It is recommended to not go above an intake of 1.5 teaspoons a day. Even just one teaspoon may cause some harm to your body.

Cinnamon also contains some trace nutrients. These include carbs, fiber, potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium.

You can find cinnamon in the form of ground powder, sticks, capsules, essential oil and liquid extract.

The alleged benefits of cinnamon

There are some things that cinnamon is touted as being of use for when ingested on a daily basis. The following is a list of them:

  1. Inflammation- Could help with swelling and joint pain.
  2. Neurological issues- Could enhance cognition.
  3. Antioxidant
  4. Antidiabetic- Could help lower blood sugar.
  5. Anticancer
  6. Heart health
  7. Lower bad cholesterol levels.
  8. Boosting the immune system
  9. May help symptoms of colds and flu viruses
  10. PCOS management- Could help to decrease insulin resistance and regulate periods. The latter may be due to the possibility of it being able to stabilize estrogen.
  11. May ease IBS and GI issues. These include nausea, indigestion, gas, bloating and diarrhea.

Cinnamon is also said to be of benefit topically. The following is a list of what it may be able to do when used this way:

  1. Treat acne- It may have anti-fungal and antibacterial properties.
  2. Add a glow to skin- It may be able to stimulate blood vessels which can lead to a healthy looking complexion.
  3. Hair growth- It may stimulate circulation of the scalp which in turn may cause growth of the hair.
  4. Treat scalp conditions- It may help for issues of the scalp due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties.
  5. Lip plumping- It is said to help plump up lips due to the blood vessel stimulating properties it may have.

It is important to note that applying something with cinnamon in it topically, may cause irritation.

Another thing to remember is that the scientific research done on cinnamon is not showing definitive answers as to whether cinnamon has the benefits listed above. It does show some promise in these areas and there also is a lot of anecdotal evidence.  

Using cinnamon

  There are different ways that cinnamon can be used in your daily life. The following is a list of some of them:

  1. Taking it in capsule form: There are a supplement brands that sell capsules of cinnamon for an easy way to get benefits that cinnamon may have.
  2. In food: Of course! This is the way most people use cinnamon. It is put in lot of desserts, fruits, savory meals and ethnic cuisine (Chinese, Vietnamese, Mexican, Indian and Middle Eastern). Here is an example of a great looking recipe using cinnamon: https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/cinnamon-laced-chili
  3. Tea and other hot drinks: Cinnamon can be added to tea and other hot drinks (ex. hot cocoa) for a soothing, complex taste. It may help soothe cold and flu symptoms, too.
  4. Breathed in: Cinnamon can be bought in the form of essential oil. It could be added to a bowl of boiling water to put your head over or you can just breath it in straight from the bottle. This could soothe symptoms from colds/flus and could provide the cognition enhancing benefit (remember, the jury is out on these benefits!). Here is one cinnamon essential oil product: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DVSYCB5/ref=sspa_dk_detail_5?psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyUEtOQUJZMlBBMUs0JmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMDY5Mjg3MzRQS0dGQlpMNzY2OCZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwOTU1MDg5MVM0TTFXQlUwWFQ3MyZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2RldGFpbDImYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl
  5. Hair care: Cinnamon may help with hair growth and the reduction of scalp conditions. You could apply a hair mask weekly that combines cinnamon (oil or powder), honey and oil. Cinnamon oil combines well with rosemary essential oil which also may help with hair growth.  Here is an example of a hair mask recipe using cinnamon: https://alluringsoul.com/cinnamon-hair-mask-strong-gorgeous-hair/
  6. Skin care: Cinnamon may help with acne and/or add a glow to your skin. If you are interested in seeing if it works, you could mix it with honey and use as a face mask. Here is an example of a product that has cinnamon in it already: https://www.makeupartistschoice.com/products/acne-pore-minimizer-w-sepicontrol-a5?_pos=2&_sid=98449476b&_ss=r  Here is a face mask recipe: https://stylesatlife.com/articles/cinnamon-face-mask/  
  7. Lip plumping: Some people have found that cinnamon can plump up their lips. If you are interested in seeing if this works, mix some cinnamon with Vaseline and apply it to your lips. Here is a lip scrub recipe that may have some plumping effect: https://sofabfood.com/diy-honey-and-cinnamon-plumping-lip-scrub/

I will be using it again!

I am not going to have high hopes that cinnamon will help with my health, but I do love the flavor of it. My plan is to use it regularly in my anti-inflammatory “hot toddies” and I also want to try out some recipes that have it as an ingredient (like this Little House On The Prairie recipe: https://www.food.com/recipe/cinnamon-chicken-183262).

I also might consider using cinnamon in my hair masks too. Since I am a PCOS sufferer, I get worried about the possibility of losing my hair or having it thin out. If cinnamon could possibly help prevent that from happening, then I am all for it as a hair care ingredient.

Do you have cinnamon in your cabinet, too?

If you are interested in the flavors cinnamon can bring to food/drinks and the possible health benefits it has, you should consider using that container you have of it up! Remember to make sure and not use too much as a little goes a long way.

What do you like to use cinnamon on/in? What is your favorite spice?

Thanks for reading!

Sources:

https://www.britannica.com/plant/cinnamon

https://www.bonappetit.com/story/types-of-cinnamon

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4466762/

#cinnamon  #spices  #kitchen #cooking  #health  #supplements #skincare #haircare

Rosemary: Why It Should Be In Your Kitchen!

Rosemary: Why It Should Be In Your Kitchen!

I have always loved lots of flavor in my food. That means that having a full spice cabinet is a must in our household!

It is interesting to me that a lot of these things we use as flavoring have health benefits and have been used to treat certain things. I enjoy reading about them regardless if I will ever be using them.

I have done blog posts about herbs and spices in the past. Since rosemary is herb that I really like, I decided to make this post about it!

The what and why of rosemary

Rosemary is a wonderful plant that most people have heard of. Another name for it is Rosmarinus officinalis. It is pretty easy to grow and a great option for your home herb garden.

Native to the Mediterranean region, rosemary is recognized for its strong scent and the distinct flavoring it adds to foods. It is great for meats, soups, stews, potatoes, sauces, dips and breads.

Rosemary has also been used in traditional medicine since around 500 B.C. It is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, folate, magnesium and potassium.

The alleged benefits of rosemary are as follows:

  • Cognitive performance- Some studies have shown that smelling rosemary’s strong scent can improve memory, reaction times and mental math skills. It has also been looked at for possible use in the treatment of dementia.
  • Mood improvement- Some studies have shown that smelling rosemary and applying it in oil form to wrists can improve one’s mood.
  • Inflammation- Some studies have shown that rosemary has anti-inflammatory benefits. It has been taken for things like osteoarthritis, muscle soreness, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and joint pain.
  • Boosts immune system
  • Antioxidant effects
  • Anti-cancer effects
  • Anti-microbial and anti-bacterial effects- Some studies have shown that rosemary oil can fight E.coli and salmonella in meats.
  • Blood circulation- Some studies have indicated that it has circulatory benefits that make it helpful when it comes to hair growth.
  • Color loss- Some studies have shown that it delays oxidation. People have used it to help darken grey hairs.

While there are seemingly some good benefits to rosemary, there are also some side effects that have been noted. When too much is consumed, vomiting and kidney issues can occur. Also, it can raise blood pressure, so people need to be cautious of this.

Rosemary can be found in the forms of fresh leaves (straight from the plant and cleaned), dried leaves, powder, essential oil, tea bags and capsules.

My use of rosemary

Back when I was in middle school, I was fascinated by herbs. We went to a garden center one day and my mother let me pick out some plants to take home. I randomly chose rosemary and basil.

While I loved the smell of both of them, rosemary’s scent was especially interesting to me. I would often go out on the deck where we had them and just breath deeply. It was so relaxing to me to be out there on a sunny day, among the plants.

I used to make tea out of the rosemary leaves as well. It is probably too strong for a lot of kids but for me, it tasted great. At that time, I didn’t know much about the benefits of plants but I did have a feeling that I was doing something good to my body when consuming it.

These days, I mainly just use rosemary in cooking instead of drinking the tea. On my high carb days, I add it into basmati rice and in biscuit recipes. I also use it for chicken and beef recipes. Soon, I plan is to make these low-carb rosemary crackers: https://simplysohealthy.com/low-carb-rosemary-parmesan-crackers/.

A while back I bought a box of rosemary tea but I have yet to drink it. Since I am all about anti-inflammatory and immune system boosting things, I might start drinking two cups a day.

I found out around a year ago that rosemary essential oil could help with hair growth. Since I do a hair mask before I wash my hair, I sometimes will add in drops of the oil into the mask. Being that PCOS can cause hair loss, I will be making sure to add it in every time from now on.

I also plan on using diluted rosemary essential oil on my eyebrows to see if I can make them grow. They used to be nice and full which required me to get them waxed once or twice a month. Since I got pregnant and gave birth, they have become sparse and will not grow at all unfortunately.

Rosemary is good to have around!

This plant is strong in smell and flavor which might turn people off from it. I would highly recommend always having it around if you do enjoy it though. You can combine it with other herbs/seasonings/spices to come up with a new dimension of flavor in your recipes.

You can also make tea out of it to get the health benefits it has. If you do not like drinking tea, you could make some anyway, cool it down and use it as an after-conditioning hair rinse. The latter can provide moisturizing and growth benefits for your hair!

Do you like using rosemary?

Thanks for reading!

#rosemary  #plants  #herbs  #gardening #supplements  #immunesystem  #health  #naturalmedicine

Cayenne Pepper: Why It Should Be In Your Kitchen!

Cayenne Pepper: Why It Should Be In Your Kitchen!

We all have our favorite seasonings/spices that we like to use in our cooking. Not only do they provide the flavors that we want, but they can also contain health benefits!

Cayenne pepper has been a staple in our kitchen for a while now. I only recently discovered the ways that it can be good for our bodies.

This post is just an overview on what makes it great and how I use it.

The what and why of cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper originates from South America. It has been used in food and traditional medicine for 9,000 years!

It contains capsaicin which is a phytochemical. This has been studied for its health benefits. It also has vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, choline, beta carotene and zeaxanthin.

The alleged health benefits of cayenne pepper are as follows:

  • Controls hunger
  • Speeds up metabolism
  • Helps in weight control
  • Has anti-inflammatory effects
  • Prevents and treats ulcers
  • Helps with indigestion
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Helps with pain
  • Reduces bad cholesterol levels
  • Boosts immune system
  • Breaks up congestion
  • Soothes sore throats

Cayenne pepper can be bought in the forms of powder, capsules, alcohol extract, syrups, spray (self-defense) and capsaicin cream. Too much of it consumed by mouth or topically can cause discomfort so you need to be mindful of that.

I love cayenne pepper!

It is great that one of my favorite spices might be healthy for me. This has made me increase my usage of it quite a bit lately.

The boosting of my immune system is important to me due to the virus. With the possibility that cayenne pepper can help in that area, I will continue to use it every day for the foreseeable future.

I currently put generous amounts in my food and green tea. It does not upset my stomach at all which is wonderful.

I would recommend it to other people

Even if scientists can’t give definitive answers as to whether cayenne pepper does the things I listed, it does not hurt to add it into your diet (unless you use too much or get it into sensitive areas on your body, haha!) and daily life.

Here are some things you can do with cayenne pepper:

Do any of you like cayenne pepper? Let me know!

Thanks for reading!

Some sources-

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4477151/

https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/biochemistry-genetics-and-molecular-biology/cayenne-pepper

https://www.encyclopedia.com/places/latin-america-and-caribbean/south-american-political-geography/cayenne

#cayennepepper   #immunesystem   #covid19   #health   #supplements   #diet   #nutrition

Chamomile: The benefits and Ways To Use It

Chamomile: The benefits and Ways To Use It

So beautiful!

I have loved tea since I was in the 8th grade. My first cup of the hot drink was actually chamomile and not green tea (which I am crazy about now!). I expected it to be gross, but it turned out to taste good to me.

I have not had chamomile in quite a while. Recently, I looked in one of the kitchen cabinets and saw a box of it in tea form sitting in there. Instead of just leaving it until I decide to throw it out, I figured maybe I should try and use it up.

I knew a little about the benefits of the plant before but I wanted to do some more research/Googling   on it. This post will show the information I learned and how I plan on using/consuming this lovely plant.

A little background on the plant

This plant is in the daisy family along with around 22,000 others! There are two types of chamomile- German (most common) and Roman. They both have flowers which include white petals and a yellow center.

It is native to Europe and some parts of Asia. In regard to traditional medicine, the use of it goes back to the 1500s.

Chamomile is much loved for its pleasant smell which is reminiscent of apples.

Its alleged benefits

This plant has some scientific evidence behind its use for health. Just like other plants/herbs, there needs to be more research done for definitive answers on whether it is helpful (I say that in every post, I think). It sure has a lot of positive good anecdotal evidence though!

Here are some benefits that chamomile may have:

  1. Boosting immune system
  2. Soothing cold and flu symptoms
  3. Acts as an anti-inflammatory for skin issues
  4. Helps with GI issues-stomach upset, gas, ulcers, IBS, nausea
  5. Eases pain
  6. Calms and reduces anxiety
  7. Acts as a sleep aid
  8. Eases PMS symptoms

Some research articles also discussed the plant having anti-microbial, anti-cancer and anti-diabetic effects. The alleged benefits with the strongest amount of research backing them up are the calming and anti-anxiety effects.

How to use chamomile

Chamomile can be bought (if you don’t want to grow it yourself) in the form of liquid extract, loose leaf tea, powder extract, whole dried flowers, tea bags, essential oil and capsules with or without other ingredients.

Here are some ways that you can use it:

  1. Inhale it: Breathing into hot water that has been infused with chamomile essential oil may help with cold and flu symptoms.
  2. Drink it: You can sip on chamomile tea or other drink recipes that use chamomile in them.
  3. Skincare products: You can make your own or find products with chamomile in it. Here is an example of a product with it: https://www.dermstore.com/product_Renew+Overnight+Dry_1339.htm?gclid=CjwKCAjw7-P1BRA2EiwAXoPWA2wWVcXnCscXBDSqRfjQ1tbdMtjTt0vLSWnlf84HfD7OhQl4z4aNDxoCJeIQAvD_BwE&scid=scplp1339&sc_intid=1339&iv_=__iv_p_1_g_100438531618_c_424597322373_w_aud-306922727242%3Apla-295123931933_n_g_d_c_v__l__t__r__x_pla_y_6790012_f_online_o_1339_z_US_i_en_j_295123931933_s__e__h_9019794_ii__vi__&utm_source=fro&utm_medium=paid_search&utm_term=skin+care&utm_campaign=100113
  4. Hair care products: You can make your own or find products with chamomile in it.  One idea for an easy DIY hair care treatment is to do a chamomile tea rinse. All you do is brew up a few cups of tea, let it cool a bit and then pour it on your hair after washing. You will be left with soft, nice smelling hair!
  5. By capsule: If you are not keen on drinking tea but you still want the benefits, swallowing capsules might be something for you to consider.
  6. By liquid extract: If you are not keen on swallowing pills but you still want the benefits, swallowing a little of the liquid extract might be something for you to consider. It will also be absorbed quicker.
  7. Combine it with other essential oils: You could take chamomile essential oil and combine it with other oils to make a relaxing blend for a diffuser or simmering pot.
  8. Cook with it: There are a lot of delicious recipes that you can find that have chamomile as an ingredient. One idea is to mix the dried flowers or powder with white sugar and keep it around to add to sweet dishes.

How I will be using chamomile

After reading more about chamomile, I decided that I will be using it regularly. I have been having some pretty bad PMS (moderate nausea, severe anxiety, gas, skin itchiness and insomnia) these past few months and I am going to see if having some of this plant in tea form will help any.

I used to make some bomb honey chamomile infused donuts that my husband and son loved. Since I have so much time on my hands, I think I will start making those again along with other recipes using it. The taste of chamomile has always been delicious to me!

Do you like chamomile too?

Thanks for reading!

Sources-

https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-grow-chamomile-1402627

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2995283/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5074766/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6970572/

Check out these amazing looking chamomile recipes: https://www.yummly.com/recipes?q=chamomile&gs=30fdcd

#tea   #chamomile  #essentialoils  #covid19  #stayathome   #pms   #anxiety  #plants   #flowers   #herbs