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I bought the hubster and I some sherbert treats to try the other day. I had never seen this brand before (Gooble) and figured they’d be fun to try especially since they were on sale – 2/$3!

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Interesting packaging no? Very eye catching if you ask me.

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Check it out…its a scoop of pineapple sherbert, served in a hallowed out mini pineapple. It even comes with a tiny plastic spoon so it literally is an all in one packaged product.

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See! How cute is that!?

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I’ll admit, it was mighty tasty. Too tasty in fact – hence the empty bowl. 😉  I found the portion to be just right size as well and both the hubster and I prefered the pineapple flavour over the orange, which I had chosen for him.  Of course it came in a hallowed out orange!

Anyone else every try sherbert like this?

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Anyone else here drink ‘green smoothies’?  I’ve been hearing about them a lot recently especially since New Year’s just passed.   I was very hesitant about adding raw spinach to my fruit smoothie but from what I read online, you don’t really taste it. Key phrase ‘don’t REALLY taste it’.

What went into my Magic Bullet:

  • 1c packed spinach
  • 1/2c fresh pineapple
  • 1 med banana (not frozen but could be)
  • 1/2c mixed frozen berries
  • enough water to get a straw sippable consistency

I chose to drink this 1 hr before putting food into my body so the maximum nutrient absorbing action could take place.  Plus it was kinda nice getting to eat a two part breakfast 😉  Overall, there was no ‘feeling of betterness’ or ‘more energy’ as some have claimed but because it’s a fibre filled smoothie vs juice that could be the main reason.

And the taste factor – you get the essence of a veggie but you really don’t taste anything IF you include enough tasty fruit options.  The darling hubster was appalled at the sight of my smoothies and refuses to taste them BUT they truly are tasty.   I don’t make one every day for breakfast – something about having too much spinach and your body adjusting to it and some other negative benefit – but on the days I do, it sure is tasty and a super easy way to ensure I meet my fruit & veggie quota for the day.

Do you do the green smoothie thing? What are your fave combo’s?

For Christmas this year (er 2012 – sorry for the late post!) I decided to NOT partake in gift exchanges and instead, meet up with friends for some QT. Much more along the lines of what Christmas means to me.   I decided to bake cookies to gift as well – something small (and tasty) but nothing significant enough to make the other person(s) feel they need to return a gift.

I’m not sure if my plan backfired.  After sharing my ‘no gift exchange’ theme this year, no invites came to meet up for some QT.  Ironic??  What do you think this tells me about my friends? Coincidentally, this was the one year I went on a huge baking spree.

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Peppermint Sugar Cookies

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Brownie Crackle Cookies

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Pineapple Delights

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Ginger Snaps (the beginning of)

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Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

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And lastly – the finished Ginger Snap.
Isn’t it beautiful?!

I’ll admit, we had well over 150 cookies & treats as I also made coconut rice krispie treats as well (not pictured – sorry!). Figuring that I’d be serving these cookies up whenever someone stopped by to visit or be gifting some to them when meeting up, I made the cookies smaller then usual to gain a larger yield.  We still have a food storage container full as I’m slowly doling them out to the hubster and I after dinner. No need to gorge on them in one night and go to bed with a tummy ache LOL.

What treats did you make for Christmas?

Happy (US) Thanksgiving!! 🙂

For Thanksgiving dinner (Canadian of course) I was asked to contribute something. Since I am the sibling that bakes the most, it was on me to provide dessert.  I decided to try my hand at a pineapple upside-down cake.  I compared several recipes and then tried to tweak it to be gluten free so my sister could enjoy it as well. One dessert for one family – makes sense right?

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All of these ingredients morphed into a beautiful masterpiece!

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Look at it! Mmmm….

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The plan was to drop off dessert at my sister’s in the morning before heading out for an afternoon of fun with just the hubster and dad ending with a nice roast turkey dinner with all the fixin’s at my sisters.  Well to sum it up, hubs, dad & I had a nice quiet buffet dinner down at the Fallsview Casino due to some unforeseen circumstances.

So how did my gluten free pineapple upside-down cake taste? According to my sister, it was ‘good’ and ‘sweet’.   I think I’ll try my hand at making this again in the future but with regular cake AND eating some of it here, at home.

It sure does look purdy though don’t it? Not bad for a first attempt.

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