Last week I posted a salted toffee sauce recipe. My recipe only used 4 ingredients. Although I would not consider a sugary toffee sauce a nutritious food, I do think that even with treats there can be better choices.

You can see above my ingredients list. I decided to take a store bought butterscotch sauce and compare ingredients.




The store brand's ingredient list:
CORN SYRUP, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, NONFAT MILK, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: CORN STARCH-MODIFIED, SALT, NATURAL FLAVOR (WITH MILK), SODIUM ALGINATE, DISODIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM CITRATE, YELLOW 5, YELLOW 6.


If you are trying to decrease the amount of processed foods in your diet, might as well start with dessert! Plus you probably already have all the ingredients to make it. 


ingredients comparison - toffee sauce



Although many people have no qualms about sharing personal photos online, I prefer to keep many private; especially pictures of my little one. Yet I still want to share pictures with friends and family. I have migrated over to G+ and use it more and more each day. I love that there is a great way to keep photos pretty private on G+, even if it is not 100%. I am not sure other social networks have these same features.

This pictorial was originally just for my sister-in-law, but then I thought many people might benefit from it. Especially those G+ newbies.

keeping photos private on Google+... a pictorial


salted toffee sauce

For Mother's Day, I decided to treat myself to the most amazing gluten-free brownies with a salted toffee sauce. The brownies are fantastic on their own, but I wanted to fancify them a bit.

At first I was going to make a salted caramel sauce, but all the recipes I found seemed complicated or had ingredients in them that I did not want to use, like corn syrup. Then I remembered that I have a great simple recipe for toffee. I decided to just modify it.

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup milk (or half & half, or cream) - warmed
1 teaspoon sea salt


Directions
Note - I did use a candy thermometer for this. It might not be necessary, but since I have one, I decided to use it. 
Heat the butter and brown sugar in a medium-sized saucepan on low-med heat. Stirring constantly, heat up to ~ 300 degrees. Take off heat and slowly add milk. return to heat and cook for about 5 minutes. The temperature will drop with the addition of the milk. I brought mine back up to ~250 degrees. Take off heat, add salt and stir until incorporated.

This will be extremely hot, so let cool before tasting and before transferring into a glass container. The consistency should be smooth and thick but depending on how high and for how long it heats, it might change that consistency.

This is a pretty sweet toffee sauce. You only need a small amount to have a big impact.




salted toffee sauce




The best croissants outside of France!

This is according to a friend of ours who is from France. We received two boxes of these - one plain, one chocolate - at Christmastime from said friend. 

They truly are amazing. Light yet decadent. Perfectly flaky and buttery. These are a perfect Sunday morning treat. And the ingredients lists are not too scary.

We are very sad that we are down to our last two chocolates. But at least they lasted us about 5 months. We will absolutely be ordering these again and you should too. 

Treat yourself to these divine croissants from Williams-Sonoma.

*And no I was not compensated for this post. Williams-Sonoma does not even know I exist. I just really love these croissants.

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chocolate croissant . . . williams-sonoma




I have mentioned before that although we are not a gluten-free household, we do limit it. The other day I wanted to make #1 a treat. Originally I thought of baking a flour-less chocolate cake but did not have enough time. So I decided to try a boxed mix of some kind. (No, I don't make everything from scratch)

I grabbed some Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Brownie Mix since I like their brand and have used other products from them.

These brownies were amazing. One of the best brownies I have ever had. Truly. I don't know what it was that made them so good. They were rich, but not too rich. They were sweet, but not too sweet. They had the perfect cocoa flavor. 

The recipe on the back called for butter, which I am sure also had something to do with how good they were. I would much rather have butter over oil. 

The other nice thing is that the ingredients list was not too scary.

If you aren't going to make it from scratch, I would definitely recommend these.

*Bob's Red Mill has no idea who I am.  I purchased this product for myself, and this review is simply my opinion. Although if they want to send me coupons or free products, I won't turn it away!


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amazing gluten-free brownies



With just five days left to plan Cinco de Mayo parties, easy recipes are a must. Here are five homemade dressings that go perfectly with a Mexican themed party.

Cilantro Lime vinaigrette

Chipotle Orange dressing

Creamy Cilantro Spice dressing

Creamy Taco dressing

Taco dressing
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5 cinco de mayo salad dressings

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