Blissful Foods: Dessert of the Week

 It is mid winter season, despite the unusual weather here in NYC, and I have been looking forward to baking a few new recipes. Primarily, in hopes to turn my weekend into a joyful, work free time with my family. It is easy to daydream of a weekend with just the TV, a batch of something fresh, chocolate covered (of course), and delicious. I usually turn to Tollhouse, for their timeless chocolate chip cookies, but not this time. This week, I have been captivated by the smooth, creamy and divine taste of a slice of Tres leches cake.

Cake of all kinds are worthwhile, but with a few bites of a tres leches cake, I know that you will find that time has stopped and all of your daily worries will be melting away. 

Check out a this great recipe here: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/09/tres-leches-cake/

Until Next time, make sure to give cake recipes a try this week, you won’t regret it! For a plate of dessert can make a girl’s day shine a whole lot brighter. Honestly, it is my absolute instant cheer-up method, for any day of the week!

Always,

Ashley

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Falling for Comfort: Pancakes

Every winter, pancakes is one main resource that I can always turn to keep me warm and happy. I enjoy getting up early to have a plate of pancakes for breakfast. Whether it is a recipe from a cookbook or an instruction manual on the side of a pancake – mix box, making pancakes will continually supply you with a simple and fun activity on the weekend.

Folks, my weekday breakfast routine suffers constantly due to sad excuse of an alarm clock. Truly, the 5 more minutes of sleep that I recieve, will often knock away any thoughts I had of making pancakes during the week. The weekends are my favorite; I can’t wait to stay indoors and relax on the couch with a marathon of the tv show,  NCIS and my very own batch of fluffly pancakes.

Try out this great pancake recipe from Epicurious, it is bound to be a great day. Picture it: You, warm, maple syrup, a massive pile of pancakes and your favorite TV show marathon! This is one terrific activity you are going to love!

Always,

Ashley

Fresh Fruit Fixings: Weekday Snacks

Fruit is an essential item that is provided at local green markets and produce section of the supermarket. Often, when were craving salt-based junk foods, it would be a better option to try a great, healthy and tasty fruit-inspired snack.

Finally, here are two excellent snacks perfect for Breakfast or eating in the Mid-afternoon.

1) The Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie  and   2) Sliced Gala Apples with honey, peanut-butter dip.

Fruit can get tired and over-used, but it never hurts to try a new smoothie recipe!

Always,

                                                                                             Ashley

3 Dazzling Dessert Recipes!

Here is a new weekly segment on the blog that will be featured on Wednesdays! Truly, if I had things my way, I would have dessert for dinner everyday of the week. However, I usually stick to the regular late night dinner routine – Left-overs or Progreso Chicken Noodle Soup. I have finally realized that its time to change-up my routine and enjoy a simple, yet filling dessert once or twice every month.

For this reason, I always look for outstanding, fun dessert recipes that would be great to try. During the week, I will be posting three fun, memorable dessert recipes. Luckily, I found these recipes during my daily blogging world visit.

Today, I have one recipe to start off the first of many recipe-inspired posts. Overall, it will be easy to prepare and simple to create at the end of the day. 

1) Fried Peaches with Cinnamon Ice Cream : A unique recipe produced by Chef Nicholas Farina, who quickly added this fried peaches “doughnuts” recipe on the James Beard House menu.
Always,

Ashley

Blissful Foods: Dessert of the Week

Fall is one of my favorite seasons and you can probally guess why – PIE! Yes, it’s a plate of pie that has always made me look forward to this time of year. Especially, Apple Crumb Pie!

Check out a this great recipe here: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/photo/Apple-Crumb-Pie-107111

Until Next time, make sure to give pie recipes a try this week, you won’t regret it! Anytime, a slice of pie can improve your day and make it 10 times better!

Always,

Ashley

NYC Cakery Crumbs

It’s not a secret that I love to eat!! Truly, I get so excited like a kid in a candy store whenever I visit a new bakery and walk up to the counter. My favorite part about bakeries is that moment when you pull/push open the door, and step inside. Immediately, you are surrounded by this amazing, worthy smell of dough baking in the oven and fresh baked bread on the table. It always made me smile; it would be incredible if there was a way to bottle up and collect that wonderful bakery smell. It would become the ultimate kitchen air perfume!!!     

When I was younger, I always looked forward to birthdays. Birthdays meant Bakery Time!!! On every visit to the bakery with my mom, I couldn’t wait to skip to the counter, lean on the glass and view all of the fresh muffins, sugar cookies, doughnuts, cakes and a ton of amazing pastries made that day. Today, I’m still overly enthusiastic about sweets and I get extremely excited anytime I get a chance to stop by a bakery.

For this reason, It would be my joy to make a post here on the blog each week that presents the newly opened bakeries in the city. Every month, there are always a handful of new ice-cream and dessert shops that are sprinkled throughout the city. With every grand opening, comes menus and treats to try. New Bakeries are food worthy news that one should gush, and jump for joy over!!      

Here are two new bakeries that recently opened in the city this August.

Jane’s Sweet Buns: East Village welcomes this unique bakery, from classic style cinnamon buns with a modern twist, to a huge collection of sweet and savory buns. The menu is outstanding! This bakery is quickly becoming popular for its method of serving warm treats filled with diverse and delicious flavors. I am excited to go for a visit, and try more than one dessert dish. Check out the Jane’s Sweet Buns bakery preview presented at Time Out NY.

Location: 102 St. Marks Place, NY  /  Info: (212-777-6707),
janessweetbuns.com

Dolce Vizio: West Village welcomes this Italian dessert shop; I can’t wait to visit this new bakery shop. I heart Italian desserts; I will have to make several stops here to try some of their desserts. Especially their classic tiramisu, and the create your own tiramisu, this bakery can dish up any tiramisu you like, you get a chance to pick 2 from over 9 sweet toppings! Tiramisu always has a place in my heart, its addictive and so much fun to eat!

Location: 131 Christopher St at Hudson St  /  Info: (347-556-9999), dolceviziotiramisu.com

Have a great week and remember to take some time to indulge in some sweets!!  

Always,

Ashley

Weekend Treats

Hey Everyone, here is an outstanding recipe to try this weekend! Since, I am a person who enjoys a plate of sweets on a daily basis. I spent today looking for a simple, easy strawberry parfait recipe. Luckily, I found a recipe that will surely be a hit with my family.    

The weekend is my coveted downtime and I have decided to make this Kraft food’s Chocolate, Strawberry and Cookie Parfait. You don’t have to be an Oreo cookie fan to enjoy this dessert. Its filled with whipped cream, fresh strawberries and tons of light, decadent chocolate pudding. It can be served after dinner or during a family gathering, like an upcoming movie night!  

For a fun weekend activity, head to the grocery store and have fun building this dessert, and the Triple Berry parfait in your kitchen!!

Always,
Ashley