Friday, February 4, 2011

Simple Super Bowl Fixes

Still debating what to serve all the football fans this Sunday? Let's face it, guys like simple. Desserts that are simple are easy to make and usually taste the best. Here are some simple, no fuss desserts that will perfectly accompany chili and nachos.
Mini Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Chocolate Nutty Mini Football Treats

These snack mixes are perfect to munch on while watching the game. You may want to make a double batch because they go quickly! Pick your favorite from the three different varieties below.
Crisp & Spicy Snack Mix
Orange Chipotle-Spiced Pecan Mix
Sweet Chipotle Snack Mix

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Football Cupcakes & Cake Pops

Super bowl is this Sunday. If you are hosting a super bowl party (or going to be a guest at one) you might consider making football themed desserts. Here are some cool football cupcake ideas for game day. 
Sources & Tutorials:
1. Football Candle Cupcakes
2. Chocolate Football Cupcake (sorry no tutorial for this one)
3. Football Cupcakes

Here are some cupcake liners you may want to use:
1. Football Corset Liner (Click for directions/how-to)
2. Touchdown Liners (available for purchase)

Here is a tutorial for football shaped cake pops (the kids will definitely love these):
Football Cake Pops

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Spicing Up Life with Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a good source of manganese, iron, fiber and calcium. Just 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon daily lowers blood sugar, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and triglycerides, which is especially beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes. Cinnamon has an anti-clotting effect on the blood, which means that it can help improve circulation. It can even act as a preservative when added to food by inhibiting food spoilage. 
Studies have shown that if you consume a half teaspoon of cinnamon powder mixed with 1 tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast it can significantly relieve arthritis pain... so much so that after a month of following this simple regiment, one can walk without pain. Studies have also shown that smelling cinnamon can boost both cognitive function and memory.  
To get your daily dose of cinnamon, try sprinkling it on oatmeal, applesauce, yogurt, sweet potatoes, and grilled fruit. Here are some cinnamon inspired recipes to try: