Recipe: Cinnamon Danish

What’s on my mind? DANISH. MUST. MAKE. DANISH. I caught Martha Stewart making this delicacy on CreateTV during a workout, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it! For those of you who know my blog, you might be surprised I’m posting this recipe, but I love my weekly treats. Our family eats super healthy 90% of the time and 10% of the time we eat what we want. We’ve taught our child the difference between “growing food” and “treats” and we feel she has a healthy relationship with food because we don’t make anything completely off-limits. Also, I’m all about COOKING FROM SCRATCH, and so although this food might have sugar and refined flour, it won’t have artificial colors, artificial flavors nor preservatives which makes it much healthier than something bought in the store. Plus, baking is always a great opportunity to introduce chemistry in a dynamic way, as my child always helps out with the cooking.

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Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Danish

Photography: Bryan Gardner

Here is the recipe:
I can’t wait for the weekend to throw down this recipe! Usually we have pizza on the weekend as our refined-grain meal of the week, but we’ll be trading that in this weekend for this delicious monstrosity. Thanks Martha!
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Best Summer Host Gifts

I love all the gatherings in summer!  Picnics in the park, backyard BBQ’s and pool parties! If you are going to a party where the host is providing all of the food and drink, it is customary to bring a small gift for them. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive or even store bought! The most common gifts are a bottle of wine or a candle, however, since I don’t drink wine nor burn candles, I’ve collected a group of my favorite stand-by host/hostess gifts.

1) A potted Aloe Vera Barbadensis plant: the aloe vera barbadensis plant is wonderfully medicinal making it a MUST in every household.  Fantastic for all manner of burns from sunburns to electrical burns, it is an easy to grow succulent.  I was gifted a large aloe plant about 20-years ago and its descendants continue to thrive and they find their way into the homes of my friends and family.  A side note: like many household plants, aloe vera is toxic to dogs and cats if ingested. However, I’ve had many aloe plants and many pets and never had this issue. More about the aloe vera barbadensis plant.

2) The PicnicPal Food Tent: We entertain outside a lot which means we have to contend with BUGS. But this brilliantly different food tent makes it so easy and is a wonderful gift. You can purchase the SMALL size which is 3-feet wide (pictured below) here

The large version is 6-feet wide, and can be purchased here.

3) A loaf of fresh-baked bread: This no-knead bread recipe is so easy that it was perfect crusty bread heaven from the FIRST loaf.  The only thing that is important to watch is the temperature of the room.  In winter this recipe will not rise in my house unless I place it on the stove for some extra warmth. I then wrap the loaf up in some parchment paper and tie it with ribbon or twine and voila. The recipe is here.

4) Multipurpose Peeler: I have a rule in my kitchen that if I don’t use something daily, then it MUST be multifunctional if I’m going to buy it. This is how I keep from having too many random utensils and appliances in my modest-sized kitchen.  This tool fits the bill because it peels and juliennes.  If you’ve ever wanted to try and make “zucchini pasta” then this is the tool you need! You can purchase it here from Amazon.