Thursday, July 25, 2013

It's Christmas.... In July!!

Happy Christmas in July! Although the weather outside might not be frightful, and you'd be hard pressed to find carolers, I thought it would still be nice to share some holiday cheer. I am being extra generous today, sharing four recipes and four cards. Today is also the last day of the Parade of Pancakes. I put a little Christmas flare to them in celebration of this not-so-popular holiday. (In Australia a lot of people celebrate Christmas in July because it is actually cold outside. They dream of a white Christmas, and all they get is the heat of summer.

As a disclaimer for this card, I would like to say that I liked mustaches way before they were cool. (I am a trend setter.) Now that they are widely popular, I don't like them as much, but who could pass up this cute card? Hairy Christmas!
I am not really sure what happened to these muffins. (Chemical reaction maybe?) But they started off as cherry coconut muffins, and then they turned green in the oven. I don't know what happened, but the results were still good and really cool. The picture does not do the green color justice. You'll have to try it yourself to see how cool they really look.
Cherry Coconut Muffins (aka Christmas in July Muffins)
makes 10
1 ½ cup pitted cherries
½ cup flour
1 cup oat flour
¼ cup flaxmeal mixed with 1/3 cup of water
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup milk
1 tbsp coconut oil
¼ cup shredded coconut
½ cup sugar
½ tsp salt
½ tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Stir the flaxmeal and water together. Set it aside for 15 minutes. Mix all the dry ingredients together. Puree 1 cup of the cherries in a blender. Mix them with the vanilla, vinegar, oil, and milk. Combine all the ingredients into a bowl, stirring in the remaining cherries last of all. Divide the dough between ten oiled muffin tins. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
I made this next card for my grandma last Christmas. The candy opens up to reveal a gift card. This would also be a cute birthday card if you switched up the colors and patterns of the paper. The gift card is attached with a glue dot.

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This smoothie is more of an idea than a recipe. You can use different combinations of red and green smoothies to make a Christmas treat that is perfect for the summer months. For the red layer my fruity spinach, strawberry orange, and strawberry-peach-banana smoothies work well. The green layer can be made with my green chai smoothie, grapple smoothie, broccoli pineapple smoothie, or almond, kale, and oatmeal smoothie.

Christmas smoothie

This fun card's top picture flips up and the bottom flap flips down to reveal your message. I used stamps for all the trees and just colored them in.
You will fall in love with this pistachio cherry swirl bananacream. The sweet cherries combine with the nutty pistachios to make the ultimate flavor combination. Choose to eat the bananacreams separately or swirl them together to make it even more fun.
Cherry Pistachio Swirl Bananacream
For the cherry bananacream:
1 cup frozen pitted cherries
1/3 a large frozen banana or ½ a small one
For the pistachio bananacream:
1/3 cup shelled pistachios
2/3 a large frozen banana or 1 small one
Blend the cherries and banana together to make the cherry bananacream. Scoop it out in a bowl and store it in the freezer while you make the pistachio banancream. Be sure to rinse and dry out your blender before blending the pistachios into a flour. Add the banana and blend until creamy. Either eat the two separately, or swirl them together.

This cascade card has cute little gingerbread men popping up to give a wave. I love the paper I used for it. One was of gingerbread men and the other was cooking supplies to bake the gingerbread men. I used yet another piece of gingerbread themed paper to cut out the little men.


Last of all is the final parade of pancakes recipe. Using pistachio flour and pieces of cherries gives it a holiday flare. Don't be too sad, though, I have provided you with enough pancake recipes to last you years and years before you get bored of them. You could have a different pancake every week for over a year!
Pistachio Cherry Pancakes
serves 1
1 tbsp flax meal
2 tbsp of water
½ cup oat flour
½ cup pistachios with the shells still on
½ tsp baking powder
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp sugar
½ cup milk
dash of salt
handful of pitted cherries

Whisk the flaxmeal with the water and let it sit for 15 minutes. Shell the pistachios and blend them into a flour. Whisk all the ingredients except for the cherries together. Cut the cherries into fourths and stir them into the batter. Preheat a nonstick pancake pan to medium heat. Scoop out a few tablespoons of the batter at a time onto the pan. Flip the pancake over when the top starts to look dried out. Remove the pancakes from the heat once they are done.

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