The Importance of Citrus

The Importance of Citrus

The last few weeks we have been getting tons of fresh Homegrown White Grapefruit here in the office from one of our Pastors. OH MY GOODNESS they are so yummy and juicy. I have been juicing them and adding in Chia seeds (my new fav, I’ll tell ya later about them)

Anyhoo one of my Friends talked about this blog “Life With Greens” http://www.lifewithgreens.com/oranges  over instagram. It’s a winner & Sarah just happened to post about citrus just the other day. I thought you would like to read about the goodness of citrus, not only to our taste buds but also for our health.

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Produce Tip

Navel Oranges

Source: http://www.thefreshmarket.com/FreshIdeas/74.htm

Navels are considered the finest eating orange in the world, with a sweet and juicy flavor, these seedless oranges peel and segment easily. 

Navels are known as the “winter orange” because they are available only between October and May, with peak season January through March. The Fresh Market sources our oranges from California during the winter, and from Australia during the summer, so you always have the freshest navel oranges.

Fun Fact: Did you know, an orange tree can grow up to 30 feet fall and live for over 100 years?

It’s Magic…oh it’s just Frosting!!

I just started follow http://www.melskitchencafe.com/ Mel has tons & tons of great Recipes!!! Can’t wait to try more recipes. TODAY’s post is a Cinnamon Swirl Bread and from the pics it looks so PERFECT & DELISH!!!

So this is the actual frosting recipe that I tried out on the King Cake yesterday. AMAZING!!!
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/2010/09/the-best-frosting-ever.html
Make sure you read the whole recipe through, lots of important details but so worth it. I split the recipe in half (which was very easy) because the recipe makes 4 cups total.

I was very pleased with the frosting & loved that it was not too sweet. You know sometimes frosting can just be so sweet & you really can’t enjoy it like you should.

This frosting is not only enjoyable, (you’re going to love it) but it is also highly DANGEROUS!!
It is so light & fluffy … it was DREAMY!!!!

King Cake Love

King Cake Love… It’s Valentine’s Day, so why not, right!?!?

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For those of you wondering “what in thee world is KING CAKE” its a Louisiana thing. It’s a Mardi Gras thing!  It’s goodness. Just like a big ‘ole Cinnamon roll.

For a full explanation & history here is a link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_cake

You can use any sweet dough recipe, you know one you would use for cinnamon rolls.

I make the dough in the Bread Machine on the dough setting.

12oz can of Milk
1/2 stick of softened butter
2 egg yolk
3/4 c sugar
1 tsp pure Vanilla
1 tsp salt
4 c flour
1 T yeast

Put all ingredients in the bread pan in this order, the Flour should always be 2nd to last and then the yeast. Make sure its set to the Dough setting & start. This should take about 1.5hrs. Sometimes I even preset it the night before, that way the dough is ready when I wake up.

Prep a cookie sheet for the king cake. I put foil over the pan and spray. Makes for easy clean up later.

On a clean surface with some flour,  roll out 1/2 the dough. You want it to be long (not so wide) and skinny.  Add 1/3 cup of Brown Sugar and 2 tsp of cinnamon. Spread it around and then roll up, kinda like a cinnamon roll. I always press it together with the rolling pin again. And roll it up again,  at this point you will want to use your hands to kinda help squeeze the dough together & stretch it longways a bit. It should look sort like a snake haha anyway’s set it in a half circle on your prepped pan. Repeat. Connect the dough & Let rise for 20mins while your oven is warming up to 375degrees. bake in the oven for 25-30 mins. Throw some ice in the bottom of your oven or put a small pan (like a loaf pan) of water on the bottom shelf  (put the pan in when you start to heat the oven) this create steam while baking.

Let cool for a few hours, if not your frosting will melt. You can top with your favorite Icing & Sugar sprinkles. 🙂  ( I’ll post a frosting recipe soon, I have to get measurements for ya 1st haha)

It’s was so yummy!!!

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