Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pinterest Themes ~ Apple Cider

Please tell me that I'm not the only one falling in love with Pinterest! The foods I see my friends pin every day leaves me drooling and hungry, even if I've just finished my own delightful breakfast. How could I not have my own board of everything delicious? So, I've started a new list of posts here on Allergic to Chocolate, a bunch of posts dedicated to the mouth-watering foods on Pinterest. I may never end up making some of these, but they nevertheless deserve a spot here on my blog. 

Today's theme is Apple Cider! With fall surrounding us, it's absolutely the perfect time to get into all the spicy, appley, autumny treats! And apple cider is a great fall staple that is totally free of the world's favorite sweet. Who doesn't love apple cider?

Apple Cider Pancakes ~ I'll bet these will be really good with a warm drizzle of cinnamon syrup on top!

Apple Cider Cupcakes ~  These cupcakes actually have an apple butter filling and a caramel frosting. I love the fun, twine bow tied around the wrapper.

Apple Cider Donuts ~ There are a gazillion recipes on Pinterest for apple cider donuts, so if you don't like this particular recipe, there's many more from which you can choose! 

Apple Cider Bread ~ A bread made with cider and apple chunks... um, yes!!

Baked Apple Cider Donut Holes ~ These little beauties are actually baked in a muffin tin, so are they donuts or muffins? You tell me. They still look fabulous!

Apple Cider Syrup ~ Are your pancakes and waffles suffering from a lack of sweetness? Top them off with some of this syrup for a fun, autumn twist!

Apple Cider Floats ~ We've all heard of root beer floats, but this is something new. Pour some apple cider in a glass, top with a cold scoop of ice cream, and add a cinnamon stirring stick for an extra touch!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Liebster Award!

I was awarded by the Keller Girls from Three Girls and their Hobbies!! Thank you girls, ever so much!! I am greatly honored!

1. You must post 11 facts about yourself
2. You must also answer the 11 questions that the awarder has given you, and create 11 questions for your awardees to answer in turn.
3. Tag 11 fellow bloggers.
4. Notify them that you've awarded them.
5. No tagging back.
6. And the 11 blogs that you tag must have less than 200 followers.

11 facts about myself:

1. I love randomly coming up with random facts about myself, but when I'm asked to state facts about myself, my mind goes blank.

2. I am the second of six children, and I love every minute of it.

3. Four of my siblings are girls. I only have one brother. 

4. I love coming up with names for the characters in my books.

5. Some of my favorite made up names are Jencienna, Anarinora, Ceterra, Ociel, and Thiada. 

6. I love reading Dr. Seuss... even when my tongue goes numb. 

7. I find it odd that I'm posting facts about life and literature on my otherwise food related blog.

8. I recently found I enjoy a sprinkle of cinnamon on top of my vanilla ice cream.

9. I prefer cinnamon rolls over sticky buns.

10. I'm smiling now because no one probably realized that I skipped fact number 3. 

11. And now I'm laughing because the majority of you just scrolled up to see if I indeed skipped number 3. I didn't. I just wanted to see what you would do. 

11 questions from the Keller Girls:

1. Do you have any animals? No. We used to have two dogs (Charlie Brown and Oliver Twist), but we had to leave them with some friends of ours when we moved. Cry, sniff, sad.

2. What's your hobby? I have too many hobbies. Writing, mostly. Reading as a close second. Playing the piano (and flute!) probably comes in third. And then I also love singing, biking, and sewing.

3. What is your musical talent? My family and I sing together (which I love!), and then I also play the piano (I'm our church's pianist) and the flute (can the recorder be counted as an instrument?).

4. What is your favorite vacation spot? My grandparents' beach cottage on the Atlantic Ocean. My mom vacationed there as a little girl, and we've tried to go every summer for two fun weeks of relaxation, visiting my grandparents, and family time.

5. What is your favorite ice cream? It used to be just plain, old, smooth chocolate ice cream... but now... I love mint, but it's hard to find one without bits of chocolate or soy in it. Peach is pretty good, too.

6. What version of the Bible do you prefer? King James

7. What are your favorite human names? Let's see if I can pick some favorites... Girls' names: Lily, Corinne, Annette, Janelle,  Amelia. Boys' names: Henry, Peter, Nathaniel, Edward, and James.

8. If you had a choice where would you swim? Lake, river, pond, swimming pool, creek, or other? I've gone swimming in a pond and didn't much care for it as the pond looked like raspberry tea (no joke). I live near one of the Great Lakes and my family likes going there to swim, but I think I prefer a swimming pool above everything. 

9. What is your favorite song? I have way too many favorite songs! All Things Bright and Beautiful by John Rutter, God Bless Us Everyone as sung by Andrea Bocelli, Watch Your Footwork from Disney's The Happiest Millionaire, and many, many others. 

10. What is your favorite way to have your hair? I usually wear my hair in a ponytail or with a headband, but recently I've really been enjoying buns and braids, although I'm not very good at doing fancy hairdos. 

11. How do you celebrate your birthday? The last two birthdays I've had I've celebrated with my family, specifically with lots of cousins. I turned 19 this month and we had a costume party in which everyone dressed up as a character from a book or movie. It was so much fun! You can read more about it HERE

11 questions I pass on to my awardees:

1. What is your favorite book?

2. Do you prefer coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?

3. Preferred style of dressing: casual or formal?

4. What is your favorite candy?

5. If given a day to spend in any book/movie, which one would you choose?

6. What are some of your favorite blogs?

7. What is your favorite way to eat ice cream? Cone, ice cream cake, sundae, or other?

8. What is your favorite outside activity?

9. What is your favorite Bible verse?

10. How does your family spend a slow, summer evening?

11. What is your favorite memory?

11 people I'm passing the award to:
8. Daisy
10. Marissa
11. Kristin

If you chose not to do all the 11 thingummies, I understand. Although it was fun filling it out myself, it was a bit of a chore to find things that filled all 44 blanks (if you need help counting, there were four categories of 11 things... yeah, I don't care too much for math either; that's a freebie fact). 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Yummy, Healthy Banana Bread

So, there I was... sitting and munching quietly on a banana when all of the sudden I realized that I hadn't posted on Allergic to Chocolate in... uh, a long time. And then because I was eating a banana, I got in a yummy banana bread mood. So, I'm sharing another of my wonderful sister's recipes with you all. 

And I do apologize for the lack of posts. Summer has been incredibly busy, but know this: I have been experimenting different things with vanilla ice cream and I'm planning a post soon on some of the best ways to eat vanilla ice cream (besides putting it with fruity pebbles). 

Anywho, here you go! And be sure to stop by Who Needs Eggs for more recipes! 

Healthy Banana Bread

1 cup natural brown sugar
½ cup oil
½ cup apricots, blended
4 mashed bananas
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup oat flour
½ cup spelt flour
½ cup rye flour
½ cup wheat flour
3 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350º. Grease a 9x5x3” loaf pan.
Cream together sugar and oil. Add apricots and beat well. Stir in bananas, lemon juice, and vanilla. Sift in flours, baking powder, and salt. Mix until blended. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

What I'm Eating Tonight... {3}

Yes, I realize my last post was on What I'm Eating Tonight, but I can help doing two in a row. I hope you don't mind... 

When you're in the middle of a sticky, sweltering summer, one of the first things you look to for refreshment is ice cream. Cool, creamy... how can it fail to abate your suffering? I love ice cream just like anybody, and now that I'm allergic to the world's favorite sweet, I'm always on the lookout for new, creative, tasty ways to consume ice cream. 

I'm certain you all are familiar with the all famous cereal known as Fruity Pebbles. Absolutely chock full of artificial fruit flavor, vibrant chemical colors, and more sugar than any normal person should digest for breakfast.. yes, that cereal. Amazingly delicious, isn't it? Well, when going through our pantry the other day, I came across a half full bag of this fruit wannabe cereal, and thought, "You put milk normally on cereal. How different would it be to substitute ice cream for the milk?"

Of course, this had nothing to do with the fact that the rest of my family was consuming ice cream in delicious, crunchy cones that contain another terrible allergen of mine (that's soy, by the way, but we won't dwell on that), and also the fact I was terribly in the mood for something slightly crunchy with my ice cream.

So, here, my dear readers, what I'm eating tonight (even though technically I ate it a few days ago):

Vanilla Ice Cream And Fruity Pebbles!

It's actually really good! I tried to make the cereal act more like a coating like those you see on ice cream bars. After I filled the bottom of my bowl with Fruity Pebbles, I dropped a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, pressed it down so that it would pick up tons of those crunchy, delicious morsels, and then flipped it so the cereal was on top. I also tried this combination with strawberry ice cream, which worked very nicely with the fruity flavors of the cereal. 

So, what do you think? How do you normally consume Fruity Pebbles? 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

What I'm Eating Tonight... {2}

Ah, yes! The second installment of What I'm Eating Tonight. This post will be mostly pictures as opposed to words as I had fun with the camera tonight. But, here you are, folks! What I'm eating tonight... 

Double Peach Ice Cream! 

Hope you enjoyed all the pics! Just looking at them again makes me wish I could have some more peach ice cream! 

Friday, June 22, 2012

I Love Awards!

Abilaine of Miss Emma Woodhouse has given me the Versatile Blogger Award! Thank you very much,  Abilaine!! 

As always, let's begin with the rules...
1. Must state the rules.
2. Thank the awarded and link back to them.
3. Must pass this award on to 5 other bloggers.
List their names with links to their award winning blogs.
4. Must notify the awarded bloggers by commenting on their blog.
5. Share 7 unusual things about yourself. Something that not many people could say about themselves.

My seven unusual things...
1. I love taking pictures of food, especially close ups of brightly colored dishes.
2. When I was little, I loved ham; when I was young teen, I hated ham; and now, I tolerate ham.
3. I love the smell of coffee, but I cannot abide the taste.
4. I'd rather be cold than hot, but I still love summer.
5. Swimming is one of my favorite pastimes, but I am not a beach person.
6. When I was thirteen, the ear drum in my right ear ruptured. Talk about extreme pain!! 
7. And if you already didn't know, I AM ALLERGIC TO CHOCOLATE! It's a pain, but I live... I am truly thankful for strawberries and gingerbread.

And the five bloggers I am happy to award are...

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

What I'm Eating Tonight... {1}

I've decided that once in a while I need to post random pictures of desserts, sweets, and treats I am currently consuming. Just to prove to you all that I am, indeed, living without chocolate and finding other agreeable things to enjoy.

Tonight's dessert was strawberry shortcake. Of a sort. It's not real shortcake, as we didn't have any in the house so I used a pancake. Now, not just any pancake... I used one that my sister Jessa Bri made for lunch this afternoon (yes, we eat pancakes for lunch, but this post isn't on pancakes). Delicious, light, and eggless. Epic win! 

To top it off, chopped fresh strawberries sprinkled with just a pinch of sugar to bring out their juices and whipped cream! 

Don't you envy me? 

Gingerbread, Sweet, Sweet Gingerbread

Most people think of gingerbread as a holiday treat. Something spicy and thick and delicious to be eaten and enjoyed with the smell of pine needles close beside and the chill of lacy snowflakes out your window. But I say to you: Gingerbread is NOT only for the holidays! We can eat gingerbread any day of the year. And for me, I could eat gingerbread every day of the year. 

I'm guessing that we usually associate gingerbread with holidays is because we are constantly seeing them in red and green and as beautifully decorated snowflakes.

But where was I? Oh, yes... I love gingerbread. Gingerbread cookies, gingerbread cake. If it's got gingerbread in the name, I'll eat it! 

It's long been a mystery to me exactly why I love gingerbread so much. It's just so difficult to explain. But I'll try anyway. *clears throat* Gingerbread is awesome because... well, it's delicious for one. That spicy ginger flavor warms you with every delicious bite. And then when you accent that spicy flavor with a dab of cool whipped cream... ahhhhh!! 

But what else about gingerbread? Did you know that ginger has medicinal properties? Ginger tea and ginger ale (nonalcoholic) are used to calm upset stomachs, and added to your dishes, it can reduce your chances of feeling the discomfort of inflammation. So eating gingerbread is very healthy. 

Gingerbread is fun to bake with because there are so many different things you can do with it. Most of the time you see it in the shape of a cheerful, plump man with raisin or icing eyes and buttons. For some odd reason, gingerbread men always remind me of that one episode of Little Bear when all of the gingerbread cookies run away before Little Bear and his friends can eat them. However, I myself have never had any trouble with runaway gingerbread cookies... probably because I eat them too quickly!

And then there's always the popular gingerbread house. Those are always fun. Though, I am sad that all that gingerbread, pretty as it is decorated like that, cannot be eaten. I've been told that these houses are just for decoration. How disappointing.

Well, I don't know that there's much more to say on gingerbread. Just writing this post and searching for pictures to include in it has made me terribly hungry. I'm always in the mood for gingerbread, and now I am desperately in that mood. Unfortunately, my sister (the main baker in our house) is of the impression that gingerbread is to be reserved for holidays. Yes, I know. Devastating. I'm working on her.

Oh! And did you know that today, June 5th, is National Gingerbread Day? Whoever made this holiday is a gingerbread lover after my own heart! To celebrate the glories of gingerbread without having to wait for the end of the year holidays! Ahhh!!

I love gingerbread! 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I've Been Awarded!

Julianna Danielle of The Perfect Parfait has awarded me! As I do the majority of my blogging on my main blog, Lianne Taimenlore, I never once suspected that Allergic To Chocolate would be so loved! Many thanks to you, fellow bloggers!! And a huge thank you to Julianna for the award!!!! It is a blessing to know my blog is great!

So, without further adieu, I shall proceed with the customary proceedings that usually follow a blog award...

Put a link to who gave you the award.
Put the award on your post.
Choose 5 blogs to receive the award.
Let them know you awarded them.

There are sooo many people who I'd love to give this award to!! However, I shall restrain myself to award the limited five. Since some of my followers have already been given this award (and considering that as of now, I only have five followers), I shall branch out to followers of my other blogs. 

And... I take pleasure in passing this reward on to:
Jessa Bri
Beth Grace
Miss Dashwood

Congratulations to all who were awarded!!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Strawberries and Cream Day

May 21 is National Strawberries and Cream Day! A holiday we can all celebrate without the world's favorite sweet!!

And why should I write anything more on the subject when I can delight you and tempt your taste buds with delicious pictures? :)

Strawberries filled with cream... mouthwatering!

What does chocolate have to this cute cupcake?

Strawberry (ice) cream... that still counts, right?

Strawberry shortcake!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Crumb Cake Muffins

Another delicious recipe from my wonderful sister, Jessa Bri, and her blog, Who Needs Eggs? This happens to be one of the best muffins ever tasted on the face of the earth! The pumpkin she substituted for the eggs compliments the cinnamon flavor excellently!

Crumb Cake Muffins

1 3/4  cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup + 1/8 cup pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup flour
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400°.
Stir together topping and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. In a medium bowl, stir together milk, butter, pumpkin, and vanilla. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add wet ingredients. Stir just to combine. Pour batter into muffin cups. Sprinkle on topping. Bake for 25 minutes. When cooled, sift powdered sugar over the tops of the muffins.
Yield: Makes 12 muffins.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Ice Cream!

Most of ice cream today has chocolate in it, or asks you to put chocolate on it. For example...

Rocky Road 

Cookies and Cream 

Mint Chocolate Chip

as well as Hot Fudge Sundaes 
(again... chocolate).

 How do you continue eating ice cream when you're allergic to the world's favorite sweet?

I'll tell you how. 

Don't automatically put yourself down as a forever vanilla consumer. There's essentially nothing wrong with vanilla. It's a great flavor, but there's plenty of ways to eat ice cream without it being boring! Think of all the fruit flavors (namely strawberry, black raspberry, and peach) that Breyers and Blue Bunny have come out with! Then, there's also pistachio, coffee, peanut butter, and a gazillion other varieties that you can enjoy, all without ever crossing paths with chocolate!

But my personal favorite? Plain vanilla ice (yes, I realize I already partially condemned this earlier, but... wait for it...) with root beer float topping. 
Epic win! 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Russian Tea Cakes

This particular cookie happens to be one of my absolute favorites. And the great news? There's absolutely no chocolate! My sister, Jessa Bri, is allergic to eggs (how we got so many allergies in one family I don't know, so don't ask), and she's the one who is always experimenting in the kitchen to find recipes that everyone can eat. Her blog, Who Needs Eggs, is a great place to go when you have allergies in the house!

But what are russian tea cakes like? Small, sugary, and prone to leave a dusting of powdered sweetness on your fingertips, they're everything you'd want in a dessert lacking in the world's favorite sweet. When you first bite into them, oh! I don't think I can give the joy a description!

Russian Tea Cakes
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract (or vanilla)
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 400ºF.
Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and the vanilla in large bowl. Stir in flour, nuts and salt until dough holds together. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool slightly on wire rack. Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar; cool on wire rack. Roll in powdered sugar again.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

No Chocolate?!

You just heard those fateful words, “I'm sorry to inform you of this, but you are allergic to chocolate.” Despite all sensible thoughts that could be running through your mind, the one overwhelming image is, “NOO!” All minor thoughts jumbled and knotted together like a bag of yarn include, “How will I survive without chocolate?” and “Is my life at an end?” and “How can something this terrible happen to me?” and “What will I do now that I'm allergic to the world's favorite sweet?”

I developed my chocolate allergy when I was 18. At that point, I was old enough to notice the empty void that was left when all chocolate departed out of my life. My father was lucky enough to get his chocolate allergy when he was very young, so he has no idea what he is missing. But I am comforted in the fact that someone near to me is also deprived of the world's favorite sweet.

However, I have discovered that a chocolate allergy is NOT the end of the world. It may seem that way but, in reality, this allergy opens a whole new world of sweets and treats waiting for consumption. Through tasting and searching, new desserts can and will be found to fill the “chocolateless” hole in life. I have already begun forming a new list of favorite sweets and I will share them with you here in this blog.

Life can go on as normal even though chocolate is gone.