Melissa's Cuisine: August 2015

Monday, August 17, 2015

Blueberry Buckle

This Blueberry Buckle is chock full of sweet and delicious blueberries. Eat it for breakfast, dessert, or anything in between.  It's mostly fruit so it's healthy, right? ;)
Melissa's Cuisine: Blueberry Buckle
Sometimes things don't go as planned.  Potty training, for example.  I read waaayyy too many success stories from the 3 Day Potty Training Method that I became convinced that it would work for Summer.  However, I have a very stubborn strong-willed child and it became clear rather quickly that forcing her to constantly sit on the potty was not going to work.  We're currently on day 3 (day 1 with no accidents!) but I wouldn't consider us anywhere close to being fully potty trained.  Any success stories to share with me?  
Melissa's Cuisine: Blueberry Buckle
Another thing that doesn't go as planned is pretty much any time I try to bake in my oven.  Sometimes what I'm making comes out just perfectly.  Other times, like with this Blueberry Buckle, it turns out disastrously (luckily, I was able to save this delicious buckle!)  I followed the directions for this cake, baked it at the right temperature for the correct amount of time.  Pulled it out, checked it with a knife in the center which came out clean, so I set it on the rack to cool.  A few hours later I took the cake outside to photograph and cut into it, only to discover the entire center of the cake was still batter!  Oh no!  I put it back in the over, but it took nearly an hour longer before the cake was completely cooked.  Thankfully the top and sides didn't burn and the cake still turned out delicious.  My love-hate relationship with my oven is very much on the hate side right now. :( 

Melissa's Cuisine: Blueberry Buckle
I found this delicious recipe on Sarah's blog, The Pajama Chef. As soon as I read Sarah's introduction where she says "I'm all about healthy delicious recipes with a side of indulgence", I knew that I would have no trouble finding a recipe to make for this month's Secret Recipe Club.  I found a variety of delicious recipes that I wanted to make, like Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake and Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cake.  But I had just gone blueberry picking and so I was specifically on the hunt for a delicious blueberry recipe.  I saw her recipe for Blueberry Buckle and I knew I'd found my recipe.

This recipe calls for 5 (yes, 5) CUPS of blueberries.  Yes, that's a lot of blueberries. But I think that's what makes this cake so amazing.  Every single bit is full of blueberries, not just a few here and there throughout the cake.  There's not much cake compared to blueberries, so it's actually a pretty light breakfast or dessert.  It's super easy to make, and as long as your oven works properly, it bakes up in about an hour.  You'll want to make this again and again...I promise you won't be disappointed!

Melissa's Cuisine: Blueberry Buckle
Blueberry Buckle


for the cake:
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk
5 cups fresh blueberries

for the crumb topping:
1 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 Tablespoons butter, softened

1.  In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, approximately 3 minutes.  Beat in the egg and vanilla.

2.  Combine the flour and baking powder.  Add the flour mixture and milk to the butter mixture, mixing until just combined.

3.  Gently stir in the blueberries.  Pour into a well-greased 10" springform pan.

4.  Prepare the crumb topping by combining the flour, brown sugar,and cinnamon in a bowl.  Cut the butter and vanilla with a pastry blender or two knives.

5.  Sprinkle the crumb topping over the cake batter.

6.  Bake at 350 for 60-70 minutes, until the crumb topping is brown, and a knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.  Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, before removing the sides and allow to cool another 15 minutes before slicing.

Source: The Pajama Chef

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Apple Pie Shakeology {Win a Wave Action Blender!}

It's been a while since I've done a real post on here! Sorry about has been crazy these past few months.

Here's a quick update since I last posted:
I'm now a certified personal trainer!  (read more about my journey here.)
Summer is going to be a big sister!  (see the annoucement post here.)
Mike and I took a trip to Nashville for the Beachbody coach Summit, followed by a week of camping with our family.  (check out updates on my Facebook page.)

So yes, there's been a lot going on.  Tell me about your summer!

Speaking of summer--who doesn't love an ice cold drink?  Especially a shake or smoothie!  To be honest, I drink a shake for breakfast every morning, regardless of the season. I love my Shakeology!

The best way to make a shake is lots of ice, so it's super thick and creamy.  Of course, to do so, you need to have a strong blender.  The kind folks at Hamilton Beach recently asked me to test out their Wave Action Blender. I jumped at the opportunity since I use my blender daily.

Let me tell you, this blender did not disappoint!  Since I use a lot of ice, I often end up with a couple piece of unblended ice in the bottom of my cup.  With the Wave Action Blender, there were no chunks!  The blender is specifically designed to force the contents into the blades to ensure that everything is blended evenly.  If there's a stubborn piece, there is a handy spoon that you can insert in the top of the blender to assist.  This blender worked perfectly for my morning shake, and it can also be used to make soups or salsa.  (Guess what I'll be doing with all the tomatoes from my garden?!)

I made my favorite Shakeology recipe--Apple Pie.  Yes, I drink that flavor even in the middle of the summer ;) And, I'll even share it with you at the bottom of this post.

Apple Pie Shakeology
Serves 1

1 cup apple cider
1/2 frozen banana
4 ice cubes
dash of cinnamon
1 scoop vanilla Shakeology 

Blend all ingredients together until smooth.  Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!

(If you're curious about Shakeology and why I drink it every day, please leave me a comment on this post!)

Okay, now it's your turn!  If you would like a chance to win your own Wave Action Blender, you can use the Rafflecopter form below to enter!
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Disclaimer:  I was provided with a Hamilton Beach Wave Action Blender for the purpose of this review.  I was not otherwise compensated.  All views and opinions are mine.

Even Summer loves her shakes! :)  

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Cook it! Craft it! Share it! {Link Party #62}

Hello!  Welcome to week #62 of the Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link Party!  I'm so happy you're joining us today!

Last week's party had 259 links!!!  There were some awesome posts linked up.  Thank you to everyone who linked up and shared with us :)

Now, onto the party!

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