I have been experimenting with chia seeds for a couple of weeks and I am crazy excited about this chia pudding recipe. My perpetual sweet tooth doesn’t necessarily play nice with my current caloric goals so finding a dessert that won’t break the calorie bank is a total score.
This recipe is inspired by my favorite sign of Spring, the cherry blossom. A lightly sweet, delicately pink, strawberry chia seed pudding, topped with ripe strawberries and matcha (green tea) whipped cream.
And here is the best part, each serving is 105 calories. Sweet tooth satisfied..check…my fitness pal tracking still in the black…check.
11ozcarton of Truwhip or whipped cream ( reserve 2/3 for topping.)
Remainder of Truwhip or whipped cream
10strawberries, washed, hulled, and diced
16cookies or Asian bread-sticks (optional)
It is best to make chia pudding at least 8 hours ahead, making it the night before works really well.
Wash and hull strawberries, place in blender along with honey and coconut milk. Blend until smooth. Since strawberries can vary in size, keep in mind the proper ratio for a thick chia pudding is 4 parts liquid to 1 part chia seeds so for this recipe aim for 2 cups of liquid. You can always add more strawberries or coconut milk to equal 2 cups.
Place chia seeds in bowl and then add the strawberry milk mixture, stir until mixed well, cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. Before serving add 1/3 of the Truwhip container or about a cup of whipped cream, fold until combined.
Small dice strawberries, sprinkle with 1 Tablespoon sugar, and refrigerate for at least an hour. Fold 1 teaspoon of matcha powder in 2/3 a container of Truwhip until combined.
Spoon or pipe pudding into a 2 oz shot glass, add diced strawberries, add optional garnishment; sugar wafers or little bread-sticks work great. I found these strawberry and green tea dipped bread-sticks on the International isle at the grocery store. If you are going for gluten free on this recipe, just pick up gluten free sugar wafers.
Top with a dollop of matcha Truewhip and either a little sprinkle of straight matcha powder or you can combine a teaspoon of matcha and a tablespoon of sugar, then sprinkle that on top to garnish.
It has been 24 years since the last girl was born into the Dawson family. Needless to say, us girls are seriously outnumbered. So it’s no surprise that all of us ladies were more than a little giddy when we found out our Niece Jessica is expecting a girl. And especially thrilled to throw her a baby shower.
What better theme to celebrate a little girl than a Kate Spade inspired baby shower complete with: polka dots, stripes, gorgeous flowers, black and white, gold, hot pink, all punctuated with a little sparkle and sass.
This Hello sign is from HelloHeidiWallArt, Which I usually have hanging in my kitchen but loved the idea of Hello Baby so I used it for this fun shower along with a d.i.y. floral BABY sign. I just cut out the front of these paper mache/ cardboard letters , painted them black, and then filled in each letter with an assortment of pink silk flowers and a little hot glue.
Have I mentioned how much I love a fruit pizza bar?!!!
Hello Baby Kate Spade Inspired Baby Shower It has been 24 years since the last girl was born into the Dawson family. Needless to say, us girls are seriously outnumbered. So it’s no surprise that all of us ladies were more than a little giddy when we found out our Niece Jessica is expecting a girl. And especially thrilled […]
If the last time you had sherbet punch was 1992 like me, you need to make some and be quick about it. It was even better than I remembered.
I decided to do pink nail polish as the favor, but about choked when I saw how expensive most nail polish is. Luckily I shopped around and found just what I was looking for at Walgreens. How cute are all these different shades of pink?! I just added a cute tag and a little bow.
Here are a few more pictures of the invites and address labels. I did bleep out my actual address, if you want to leave me love note, you can always leave me a comment.
“She leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes.”
I thought it was the perfect quote for all little girls, and big ones for that matter, to remember to sparkle.
One of my favorite things during the shower was the realization that almost every single gift was wrapped in coordination with the theme; pink, polka dots, & stripes. It was definitely a sight to behold. It made me smile knowing the invitations totally conveyed the theme enough that all of these ladies go it and just ran with it.
I am also dying over these amazing pictures my awesome nephew Alec took at the shower. It was a huge stress relief to have his help. I am totally blown away by his talent and really excited to see what he does with it.
My little two year old Oliver Jack has been stealing hearts since the day he was born. He has an incredibly charming disposition, a knowing smile, a contagious giggle, and a sense of humor that continually surprises me. His favorite game starts with him letting out a ferocious roar, followed by the most earnest question “you scared Momma?” He tenderly, reassuringly pats my arm and says sincerely “its ok Momma!” He then mischievously wrinkles his nose and lets out a wild roar, starting the game all over again.
I can’t say the last two years have been easy; the sleep deprivation, the boogers, the messes, the lack of personal time and personal space, the money, oh and there was that vomitous road trip.
But I can say unequivocally that Oliver Jack is the most delightful, magical gift I could have ever hoped for or imagined. He brightens my day with more love than I knew possible. Oliver acts as though I am the greatest person in the world. Which makes me want to reach higher and maybe one day deserve such adoration.
So happy Birthday Oliver Jack. Its been an amazing, wild two years and I look forward to our many adventures ahead.
To Celebrate his birthday we threw him a heartbreaker pancakes and pajamas Party.
I figured there won’t be too many more birthday party themes where I get full artistic license so I went with hearts, it totally works being that he was actually due on Valentines Day and will forever be the best Valentine.
For the cake I made my favorite Guinness chocolate cake, cream cheese frosting, and I used heart shaped macaroons from a local bakery as part of the caketopper. I created the “Heartbreaker” with a Silhouette and black glitter cardstock.
The pancakes and pajamas were plentiful as promised.
I didn’t get a picture of the basement but we turned the family room into a blanket fort lounge. The kids loved it. Juice added an eye screw in 3 different walls, about an inch from the ceiling. He then strung a nylon rope through each, creating a triangle overhead. We hung a sheet up on each side of the triangle and then one on top, using clothes pins to secure it to the rope and where each of the sides met. We also used clothes pins to hang twinkle lights. We filled it with all the pillows we could find.
The mimosa and bellini bar was a huge hit. I made peach, pineapple, and a berry puree and grabbed a few bottles of champagne. For the fruit puree I used this recipe by Giada as inspiration.
How cute are these heart straws?!!
I cant believe I didn’t get a picture of the pancake topping bar. But it was filled with fresh fruit, a couple different kinds of syrup, and whip cream.
For the french toast shooters I added a dollop of cream cheese whip and drizzled in a little Golden syrup. I could eat Golden syrup on just about anything. Its especially great if you do not love Maple like me. You can pick up Golden syrup on Amazon or World Market.
These egg scrambles were a super easy crowd-pleaser.
One of the things I love about a pancake and pajama party is that you can use any color scheme you want or no color scheme for that matter. There is something so comfortable and fun about everyone in pajamas, eating delicious pancakes.
Oliver had a blast with his little friends and was sufficiently spoiled.
I’m highly considering implementing an official “very merry unbirthday,” for each of us just to have more excuses to throw a party, well that or having more kids. 😉