Peach, Ginger, and Kale Smoothie

As I’ve mentioned before, I have a smoothie for breakfast every single day. I’ve been doing it for years, and in all honesty, I always make the exact same smoothie. I’ve got the portions figured out perfectly, and since I generally get up pretty early, it’s hard to try new things that early in the day. Because of this, I normally use frozen fruit and don’t take advantage of what is in season. On a recent weekend day when I had a bit more time to make my breakfast, I decided to add some of the peaches that we had around (side note- if you’re in the DC area and want to go pick your own peaches, go here, they are the best!). So if you’d like to start your morning with a healthy and sweet smoothie, try out this recipe.

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Infused Water

Drinking enough water during the day is not easy for me. I have to remind myself to do it, which when I’m busy and running around, is really hard to do. This is my new solution to the problem: herb and fruit infused water. And so far, it is working really well. I can’t stop drinking it when I’m home. I found this pitcher on Amazon, for only $20, and it was totally worth it. I’m trying new combinations every week. So far, I’ve done mint and watermelon, lemon and strawberry, and lime and cucumber. Also, sorry for the Sunday drink posts. Normally, my Sunday posts involve baked goods, but while we’re in the heat of summer, I thought I’d share some drink posts before getting back to the baked goods in September.

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Blackberry Scones Drizzled with Honey

By now you know I love waking up on Sunday mornings and baking something on a whim. It’s the reason I keep our apartment stocked with flour, sugar, butter, eggs, and milk. This was another one of my Sunday morning adventures. Scones are a great thing to make for a brunch for friends or to surprise your significant other or roommate with because they are really easy to make!! Very few ingredients involved and no complicated steps. So go to your nearby farmer’s market, buy some blackberries (or sub in another berry) and make some scones!

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Baked Apples

So this post goes really well with my post from earlier this week – the roast chicken. Both these dishes are so easy and are perfect for late fall/early winter. They’re warm and make your kitchen smell delicious. We also used to have these all the time as kids so they remind me of fun filled childhood days spent playing games in front of a fire (not sure how often that happened, but I seem to remember it).

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Angel Food Cake (GF and Regular)

I have very fond memories of angel food cake from my childhood. This cake is so light and fluffy, and goes so well with so many toppings, which is probably why we ate it at lots of family birthday celebrations. So in honor of my birthday tomorrow, my grandmother’s birthday on Wednesday, and my mom’s birthday next Sunday (yes Septembers were really crazy in our house), I wanted to share these recipes with you all.

While I was home in California this summer, I decided to do a taste test and bake a regular angel food cake, and a gluten free version (my mom has celiac disease). My awesome friend Jenny (who also has a birthday this coming week) helped, and I have to say they were both equally delicious. So if you’re entertaining anyone in the near future who has celiacs, I definitely recommend this cake. And if not, well go ahead and make it for yourself. Just be prepared to go through a carton of egg whites!

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Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

Once strawberries are in season, I usually buy several containers every week. I just can’t get enough. I saw this recipe and knew I had to partake. Buttermilk always does something so amazing to dough, it’s so light and airy. And the strawberries just make it even better. I’m dairy free so I didn’t serve it with anything else, but this would have been amazing with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream!
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Peach Cake with Peach Cream Cheese Frosting and Burnt Sugar Shards

As you know by now, I recently threw a birthday party and went slightly overboard with dessert (think two cakes as well as cupcakes). This was one of the cakes that I made – and if I say so myself, by far the best one. Sometimes fruit cakes tend to lose the flavor of the fruit they’re supposed to embody, but this one absolutely does not. You can taste the peach in both the cake and the frosting, and the cake is even topped with a few peaches that you cook down. I highly recommend this cake for a summer birthday or party.

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