Saying ‘I do’: Small wedding cake inspiration

Shortly after we got engaged, a good friend of mine graciously offered to make our wedding cake. He’s an incredibly talented cook and baker, so I was thrilled with the offer.

I’ve requested a small wedding cake for us to cut, and matching cupcakes to go along with the cut cake for our guests.

We haven’t made our final choices on the flavour for our small wedding cake, but I’m pushing for lemon!

I know the style of cut cake I want isn’t taking full advantage of my friend’s talents, but I am just loving the look of these more simple cakes. Aren’t they so pretty?

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gold cake[source]

Which cake is your favourite? What’s your flavour?

Healthy Valentine’s Day Dessert: Sweet Potato Chocolate Mousse

Valentines Day Sweet Potato Chocolate Mousse

We don’t really have Valentine’s Day plans this year, so I think we’re just looking forward to a nice relaxing long weekend at home. We’ve been so busy with work and life and wedding planning that it will be great to just have a few days of absolutely nothing except for quality time with my love and my Netflix.

For Valentine’s Day I do like to pull out all my heart-shaped cookie cutters, molds and dishes for romantic brunch for two: heart-shaped fried eggs, heart-shaped pancakes and heart-shaped toast. Nothing says romance like heart-shaped bacon.

For the occasion I’m sharing this dorky but sweet picture that we took when we stumbled upon some wedding decor while out on a stroll last fall. Might have to save this one for our wedding slideshow!

jill and mike

And now I’ll leave you with this healthy Valentine’s Day dessert, which is totally the type of dessert that is absolutely delicious when you’re trying to watch your weight, but still want to enjoy a little Valentine’s Day indulgence. Do it for love!

Wishing you all a weekend full of love and chocolate! <3

Sweet Potato Chocolate Mousse
 
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This healthy chocolate mousse is made with a surprising ingredient: sweet potato!
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 sweet potatoes, chopped
  • ¼ cup raw cacao powder
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ⅛ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Add chopped sweet potato to a small pot and cover with water
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce and cook until tender, about 6 minutes
  3. Drain, set aside and allow to cool completely
  4. Combine all ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth
  5. Refrigerate and serve chilled

healthy valentines day dessert

Poached Pears with Salted Maple Caramel Syrup

Poached pears with maple caramel syrup
Today I’m having surgery, so please send me some posi thoughts as you check out these delicious Poached Pears with Salted Maple Caramel Syrup! (Try making this recipe with a slow cooker)

I love dessert, and I would rarely choose a fruit dessert over, say, chocolate fudge cake. But after a big Thanksgiving meal, these soft, mapley pears are the perfect healthy Thanksgiving dessert. And since it’s a holiday, definitely go for that scoop of coconut ice cream and a scattering of candied pecans. There’s no harm in making these early since a re-heating in the oven only deepens the caramel flavour, so that makes them ideal for a busy Thanksgiving.

If you’re more traditional, but still want a healthy Thanksgiving dessert, try my Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pie. Naturally sweetened and topped with pumpkin nice cream, your guests will love it, and love you when you tell them that this healthy dessert is 100% free of added sugars.

Make sure you check out the rest of the #blogsgivingdinner menu for amazing dessert and after-dinner drink recipes. Also get some ideas for how to use up those leftovers.

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Poached Pears with Salted Maple Caramel Syrup
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 6 firm pears, peeled (halve or quarter, if desired)
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1½ cups brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • pecans (optional)
Instructions
  1. Fill a pot with enough wine and water to cover pears
  2. Add ½ cup sugar and bring to a boil
  3. Carefully slide in pears and reduce heat
  4. Simmer until pears are cooked through (test with a knife or skewer)
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool (if making in advance, store poached pears in their liquid and reheat before serving)
  6. Meanwhile, add syrup, sugar, and salt to a shallow sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat
  7. Reduce heat to medium and simmer to thicken, remove from heat
  8. Reheat sauce before serving and pour over pears
  9. Sprinkle with a light sprinkling of salt before serving

maple poached pears with walnuts

 

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Dessert

Grandma’s Pecan Pie from The Wetherills Say I Do

Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting from My Cooking Spot

Gluten-Free Apple Berry Crumble from Twin Stripe

Paleo Pumpkin Pudding from Wit Wisdom Food

Cranberry Almond Coconut Bars from Love & Flour

Torched Marshmallow Pumpkin Pie with Olive & Sinclair Chocolate from The Local Forkful

Poached Pears with Salted Maple Caramel Syrup from Home at Six

Sweet Potato Pie from Think Fruitful

Nutella Pumpkin S’mores Tart from bethcakes

Gluten-Free Acorn Squash Spice Bars from I Cook. I Eat. It’s Life.

Drunken Pecan Pie Bars from The Speckled Palate

Butter Pecan Cupcakes from Glamour Girl Gourmet

After-Dinner Drinks

Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider from A Savory Feast

Cranberry Bourbon Granita from Feast + West

Leftovers

Cheesy Potato Croquettes from Hello Little Home

Leftover Stuffed Egg Rolls with Cranberry Dipping Sauce from Cake ‘n’ Knife

Freezer-Friendly Turkey and Rice Casserole from Betty Becca

Stuffed Crescents with Thanksgiving Leftovers from My Cooking Spot

maple poached pears

Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pie for a Healthy Thanksgiving Dessert

100% sugar-free pumpkin pieIt isn’t Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie, but when I hosted my  Sugar-Free Thanksgiving, the pumpkin pie was the thing that had me a little stumped. I had plenty of ideas for other sugar-free desserts, but I really wanted to serve my guests a delicious healthy Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.

Fortunately, this sugar-free pumpkin pie does not disappoint! So how does one sweeten a pumpkin pie without the use of added sweeteners? In addition to sugar, I was also avoiding maple syrup, which is my fav sweetener and so delicious in a pumpkin pie.

Since pumpkin is naturally quite bitter, I needed a good way to cut out all of the sugar, while maintaining the characteristic pumpkin pie creaminess and sweetness. The sweetener used here is 2 very ripe bananas. The key is to use very ripe bananas, because otherwise the banana flavour is too prominent.

I served this pie with Pumpkin Spice “nice” cream, but if you’re not avoiding sugar then you can feel good about enjoying that scoop of french vanilla ice cream and fresh whipped cream with this healthy Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.healthy pumpkin pie

Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pie
 
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Naturally sweetened with bananas, you'll want another slice of this sugar-free pumpkin pie. Served with Pumpkin Spice "Nice" Cream.
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Recipe type: Dessert, Pie
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 20 oz pureed pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • 2 overripe bananas, well mashed
  • 1 tbs pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon/nutmeg)
  • 1 uncooked pie shell
Instructions
  1. Mash pumpkin and banana with vanilla
  2. Mixing well, add pumpkin pie spice and salt, to taste
  3. Add eggs and cornstarch and combine
  4. Fill unbaked pie shell
  5. Bake at 425F for 15 minutes and then reduce to 350F for the remaining 30-35 minutes, covering crust with foil for final 15 minutes if needed (test with a knife)

pumpkin pie - sugar-free


HEALTHY THANKSGIVING THAT WON’T BLOW YOUR DIET:

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  • Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey
  • Turkey Stock and Gravy
  • Roasted Butternut Squash Sweet Potato Soup
  • Thanksgiving Stuffing (Dressing)
  • Turnip Sweet Potato Mash
  • ……….and Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pie