Pecan Chia Pudding

Morsels of Life - Pecan Chia Pudding - A lightly sweetened chia pudding with a sticky pecan topping - perfect as a dessert and healthy enough for breakfast!

I wanted to try out some chia pudding, and we also had some cashew milk I wanted to use up, so I decided to make a chia pudding with cashew milk. We also had some pecans around, and I do like Pecan Pie, so why not make something similar? Sounds like a good idea to me! Just mix together most of the ingredients, place the mixture into your serving container, and spoon some of the sweet pecan mixture on top. We refrigerated and enjoyed these pecan pie chia puddings the next day to really let the chia seeds hydrate. Enjoy!

Do you prefer dairy milk or nut milks?


Morsels of Life - Pecan Chia Pudding - A lightly sweetened chia pudding with a sticky pecan topping - perfect as a dessert and healthy enough for breakfast!

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A lightly sweetened chia pudding with a sticky pecan topping - perfect as a dessert and healthy enough for breakfast!

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Yield: 4 servings

Materials:

Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
220 grams 7.75 ounces 1 cup cashew milk
47 grams 1.625 ounces 1/4 cup chia seeds
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
52 grams 1.75 ounces 3/8 cup pecans, chopped


Methods:

Morsels of Life - Pecan Chia Pudding Step 1 - Gather all materials. 1. Gather all materials.
Morsels of Life - Pecan Chia Pudding Step 2 - Stir together cashew milk, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and 2 tablespoons maple syrup. 2. Stir together cashew milk, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and 2 tablespoons maple syrup.
Morsels of Life - Pecan Chia Pudding Step 3 - Stir in chia seeds. 3. Stir in chia seeds.
Morsels of Life - Pecan Chia Pudding Step 4 - Coat chopped pecans with remaining maple syrup. 4. Coat chopped pecans with remaining maple syrup.
Morsels of Life - Pecan Chia Pudding Step 5 - Transfer chia mixture into serving containers and spoon (or fork if you're like me and don't want to wash another spoon) pecan mixture on top. Serve, or refrigerate to allow chia seeds to more fully hydrate. 5. Transfer chia mixture into serving containers and spoon (or fork if you're like me and don't want to wash another spoon) pecan mixture on top. Serve, or refrigerate to allow chia seeds to more fully hydrate.

Morsels of Life - Pecan Chia Pudding - A lightly sweetened chia pudding with a sticky pecan topping - perfect as a dessert and healthy enough for breakfast!

Mexican Corn Salad

Morsels of Life - Mexican Corn Salad - A Mexican corn salad full of the yumminess of Elote - cotija cheese and chipotle mayo combined with sweet corn.

A while back, I made some Elote since we had gotten some corn on the cob. We really enjoyed it, but we didn't have fresh ears of corn anymore, so I thought I could make something with corn kernels. These flavors work perfectly as a Mexican corn salad, and my favorite part? It's super easy to make! I'm always a fan of easy and yummy. Aren't you? You simply put all the materials together and mix. If you wanted even more yumminess, you could grill the corn first for that delectable grilled flavor. Either way, you've got a quick and easy Mexican corn salad!

What's your favorite dish to eat in salad form?


Morsels of Life - Mexican Corn Salad - A Mexican corn salad full of the yumminess of Elote - cotija cheese and chipotle mayo combined with sweet corn.

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A Mexican corn salad full of the yumminess of Elote - cotija cheese and chipotle mayo combined with sweet corn.

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Yield: 4 servings

Materials:

Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
526 grams 18.675 ounces 2 cups corn kernels
57 grams 2 ounces 1/4 cup chipotle mayo
73 grams 2.675 ounces Cotija cheese, grated
2 tablespoons 1 lime, juiced
4 teaspoons cilantro
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 teaspoons 2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chili pepper flakes


Methods:

Morsels of Life - Mexican Corn Salad Step 1 - Gather all materials. 1. Gather all materials.
Morsels of Life - Mexican Corn Salad Step 2 - Combine all materials. 2. Combine all materials.

Morsels of Life - Mexican Corn Salad - A Mexican corn salad full of the yumminess of Elote - cotija cheese and chipotle mayo combined with sweet corn.

Mango Sticky Rice

Morsels of Life - Mango Sticky Rice - Find out how to make the delectable mango sticky rice. Includes how to make coconut sticky rice, the basis of many Thai desserts.

Mango sticky rice is made from sticky, or glutinous rice. It's actually a different type of rice, and not just rice made sticky with more water. This short grained rice naturally sticks more when cooked. Thus, it's called glutinous rice for its sticky characteristics and not its gluten content. In fact, glutinous rice doesn't contain any gluten at all! The stickiness of this rice is due to the higher amounts of amylopectin and little or no amylose. The amylopectin causes the rice to be more sticky and is due to a single mutation farmers selected for. In Thailand, this rice is a staple grain.

Now that you've learned a little bit about glutinous rice, I'm going to go into how sweet coconut sticky rice is made. This coconut sticky rice is commonly used as a base for the mango sticky rice dessert. Making this rice is very simple and straightforward. Simply soak or wet the rice, and then steam it. Once it is cooked, mix in the coconut milk, top with some mangoes, and you're good to go!

What's your favorite Thai dessert?


Morsels of Life - Mango Sticky Rice - Find out how to make the delectable mango sticky rice. Includes how to make coconut sticky rice, the basis of many Thai desserts.

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Find out how to make the delectable mango sticky rice. Includes how to make coconut sticky rice, the basis of many Thai desserts.

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Yield: 4 servings

Materials:

Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
3 cups glutinous rice, uncooked
13.5 ounces 1 can coconut milk
1 mango, sliced
3/4 cup sugar optional


Methods:

Morsels of Life - Mango Sticky Rice Step 1 - Gather all materials. 1. Gather all materials.
Morsels of Life - Mango Sticky Rice Step 2 - Soak the rice overnight in water about an inch higher than the rice. An alternative if you’d like to make this rice on the same day is to just dip the rice in (preferably hot) water, although it will take a bit longer to cook. 2. Soak the rice overnight in water about an inch higher than the rice. An alternative if you’d like to make this rice on the same day is to just dip the rice in (preferably hot) water, although it will take a bit longer to cook.
Morsels of Life - Mango Sticky Rice Step 3 - Steam the rice. I used a bamboo steamer lined with cheesecloth, but any steaming method will work. The cheesecloth was simply to keep the grains from falling through the gaps and may or may not be needed depending on your hardware. The rice is cooked until it turns translucent and chewy. If you only dipped the rice in water, it will take a bit longer to cook, but if you soaked the rice overnight, it should take no more than 10 minutes or so. 3. Steam the rice. I used a bamboo steamer lined with cheesecloth, but any steaming method will work. The cheesecloth was simply to keep the grains from falling through the gaps and may or may not be needed depending on your hardware. The rice is cooked until it turns translucent and chewy. If you only dipped the rice in water, it will take a bit longer to cook, but if you soaked the rice overnight, it should take no more than 10 minutes or so.
Morsels of Life - Mango Sticky Rice Step 4 - Meanwhile, dissolve sugar in coconut milk over heat. 4. Meanwhile, dissolve sugar in coconut milk over heat.
Morsels of Life - Mango Sticky Rice Step 5 - While the rice is still hot, mix the coconut milk into it. It is important to perform this step while the rice is still hot so that it has a chance to soak up the coconut milk and flavor. 5. While the rice is still hot, mix the coconut milk into it. It is important to perform this step while the rice is still hot so that it has a chance to soak up the coconut milk and flavor.

Morsels of Life - Mango Sticky Rice - Find out how to make the delectable mango sticky rice. Includes how to make coconut sticky rice, the basis of many Thai desserts.

Mini Vanilla Wafers

Morsels of Life - Mini Vanilla Wafers - Basic mini vanilla wafers you can make at home.

Ever since seeing this recipe on Baking Bites, I've wanted to make Vanilla Wafers. I know it's been a few months, but it's stayed in the back of my mind. Then, I recently got a piping kit. Yay for $5 thrift store finds! I figured now's a good a time as any, so I just went ahead and made some of these mini vanilla wafers. You could go for the original, using a plain tip (or a bag with the corner cut off). However, since I'd just gotten the piping kit, I wanted to try out ALL the tips. :) My favorite? The one with all the little spikes pointing slightly inward. After they baked, they look a bit fancier and without any extra effort. Win! Make mini vanilla wafers or make regular sized ones. Either way, make some! James said they taste kinda like the store-bought ones, but better. But isn't that how home made works?

What's your favorite DIY recipe?


Morsels of Life - Mini Vanilla Wafers - Basic mini vanilla wafers you can make at home.

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Basic mini vanilla wafers you can make at home.

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Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
1/2 cup butter
75 grams 1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
160 grams 1.3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder


Methods:

Morsels of Life - Mini Vanilla Wafers Step 1 - Gather all materials. 1. Gather all materials.
Morsels of Life - Mini Vanilla Wafers Step 2 - Cream together sugar, brown sugar, and butter. 2. Cream together sugar, brown sugar, and butter.
Morsels of Life - Mini Vanilla Wafers Step 3 - Beat in remaining materials. 3. Beat in remaining materials.
Morsels of Life - Mini Vanilla Wafers Step 4 - Scoop dough into a bag, and squeeze onto a baking tray. I wanted to try a few different shapes, but you could easily go with lots of shapes or just one. 4. Scoop dough into a bag, and squeeze onto a baking tray. I wanted to try a few different shapes, but you could easily go with lots of shapes or just one.
Morsels of Life - Mini Vanilla Wafers Step 5 - Bake at 325F for 10 minutes. 5. Bake at 325F for 10 minutes.

Morsels of Life - Mini Vanilla Wafers - Basic mini vanilla wafers you can make at home.

Shared with: Full Plate Thursday, Artsy Fartsy Party, BFF Open House, Traffic Jam, Handmade and Otherwise, Fiesta Friday, Meal Plan Monday, Saturday Sparks, What's for Dinner?, Hearth and Soul, Over the Moon, Tuesdays at Our Home, Farm Fresh Tuesday, Inspire Me Monday

Chili Lime Kale Chips

Kale chips, made more awesome with a spicy lime flavor.

Morsels of Life - Chili Lime Kale Chips - Kale chips, made more awesome with a spicy lime flavor.

Roasted Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Morsels of Life - Roasted Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette - Perfectly pair roasted strawberries and balsamic vinegar in a sweetly tangy roasted strawberry balsamic vinaigrette.

One of our favorite berries are strawberries, and we both like balsamic. I'd made a Balsamic Strawberry Galette before, and I wanted something similar. However, we'd just purchased lots of salad materials so a strawberry balsamic vinaigrette sounded good. And since we had a cooler day, I figured I could fire up the oven and make roasted strawberries and a roasted strawberry balsamic vinaigrette. Because roasting just brings out the awesome. Roasting does take a bit longer, so if you'd prefer, you can skip the roasting and go for a fresh strawberry balsamic salad dressing. You might want to cut the strawberries smaller or use a food processor or blender since the fresh fruit won't mash as well as the roasted. Either way, give it a try!

What's your favorite "fruity" salad dressing?


Morsels of Life - Roasted Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette - Perfectly pair roasted strawberries and balsamic vinegar in a sweetly tangy roasted strawberry balsamic vinaigrette.

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Perfectly pair roasted strawberries and balsamic vinegar in a sweetly tangy roasted strawberry balsamic vinaigrette.

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Yield: 4 servings

Materials:

Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
74 grams 4 strawberries
1.5 teaspoons mustard
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon five spice


Methods:

Morsels of Life - Roasted Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette Step 1 - Gather all materials. 1. Gather all materials.
Morsels of Life - Roasted Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette Step 2 - Roast strawberries at 450F for 15 mintues. 2. Roast strawberries at 450F for 15 mintues.
Morsels of Life - Roasted Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette Step 3 - Combine all materials, and mash to desired consistency. 3. Combine all materials, and mash to desired consistency.

Morsels of Life - Roasted Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette - Perfectly pair roasted strawberries and balsamic vinegar in a sweetly tangy roasted strawberry balsamic vinaigrette.

Shared with: Full Plate Thursday, Artsy Fartsy Party, BFF Open House, Handmade and Otherwise, Fiesta Friday, Meal Plan Monday, Saturday Sparks, Traffic Jam, What's for Dinner?, Hearth and Soul, Over the Moon, Tuesdays at Our Home, Inspire Me Monday, Farm Fresh Tuesday, Wine'd Down Wednesday, Your Whims Wednesday, Party in Your PJs, Homestead Blog Hop

Spicy Caramelized Onions

Sweetly smoky caramelized onions with a bit of heat.

Morsels of Life - Spicy Caramelized Onions - Sweetly smoky caramelized onions with a bit of heat.

Basic Pizza Crust

Morsels of Life - Basic Pizza Crust - A basic pizza crust made from scratch and suitable for just about any pizza. Make a few extra and freeze!

We had a hankering for pizza and some extra time, so I figured I could go ahead and make a basic pizza crust. I like this pizza crust even though it is so simple and straightforward (or should I say, because it's so simple and straightforward)! Since this is a basic pizza crust, it goes well with just about any pizza, and you can easily customize it when you're making your pizza. Since it does take a while to make the crust, I sometimes like to make enough for a few crusts and then freeze for later.

What's your favorite kind of pizza?


Morsels of Life - Basic Pizza Crust - A basic pizza crust made from scratch and suitable for just about any pizza. Make a few extra and freeze!

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A basic pizza crust made from scratch and suitable for just about any pizza. Make a few extra and freeze!

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Yield: 2 pizzas

Materials:

Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
4 cups flour I used half whole wheat and half white.
2 teaspoons 1 packet yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
12 ounces milk, warm


Methods:

Morsels of Life - Basic Pizza Crust Step 1 - Gather all materials. 1. Gather all materials.
Morsels of Life - Basic Pizza Crust Step 2 - Form Dry Team by combining flour, salt, sugar, and yeast. 2. Form Dry Team by combining flour, salt, sugar, and yeast.
Morsels of Life - Basic Pizza Crust Step 3 - Add in milk, mixing until dough formed. You may need to add a bit more milk or flour to form the dough. 3. Add in milk, mixing until dough formed. You may need to add a bit more milk or flour to form the dough.
Morsels of Life - Basic Pizza Crust Step 4 - Cover the dough, and let it sit in a warm spot until doubled in size. Freeze for later use or roll out and make a pizza! (Optional - I like to pre-bake my pizza crusts since it results in a more crisp crust.) 4. Cover the dough, and let it sit in a warm spot until doubled in size. Freeze for later use or roll out and make a pizza! (Optional - I like to pre-bake my pizza crusts since it results in a more crisp crust.)

Morsels of Life - Basic Pizza Crust - A basic pizza crust made from scratch and suitable for just about any pizza. Make a few extra and freeze!

Shared with: Full Plate Thursday, Artsy Fartsy Party, BFF Open House, Traffic Jam, Fiesta Friday, Meal Plan Monday, Handmade and Otherwise, What's for Dinner?, Hearth and Soul, Over the Moon, Tuesdays at Our Home

Salmon Fried Rice

Morsels of Life - Salmon Fried Rice - Quick, simple, and healthy. Make this Salmon Fried Rice with leftover odds and ends or when you're low on groceries.

We hadn't made fried rice in a while, and we both had a hankering for it, so I decided to make some. And then I went for Salmon Fried Rice since it was Saturday - seafood day. Two birds and all, right? I know last time, I said Fried Rice is good for using up ALL the things. However, it's also good when the refrigerator's empty. Just some eggs, rice, and mixed frozen vegetables, and you're good to go! (And in this case, salmon. Because you know, Salmon Fried Rice. A quick and enjoyable meal. Only thing I forgot was adding a bit of leftover bok choy into the mix. Yummy!

What's your favorite fried rice add in?


Morsels of Life - Salmon Fried Rice - Quick, simple, and healthy. Make this Salmon Fried Rice with leftover odds and ends or when you're low on groceries.

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Quick, simple, and healthy. Make this Salmon Fried Rice with leftover odds and ends or when you're low on groceries.

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Yield: 4 servings

Materials:

Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
393 grams 3 cups rice, cooked and cooled I used a mixture of white rice, brown rice, and barley.
194 grams 6.843 ounces 2 salmon fillets, cubed
2 eggs
1 teaspoon ginger, grated
171 grams 6.032 ounces vegetables, diced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon green onions, sliced optional, for garnish


Methods:

Morsels of Life - Salmon Fried Rice Step 1 - Gather all materials. 1. Gather all materials.
Morsels of Life - Salmon Fried Rice Step 2 - Slightly scramble eggs. 2. Slightly scramble eggs.
Morsels of Life - Salmon Fried Rice Step 3 - Mix in rice and soy sauce, making sure to fry the rice a bit. 3. Mix in rice and soy sauce, making sure to fry the rice a bit.
Morsels of Life - Salmon Fried Rice Step 4 - Make a hole in the middle and add in salmon. 4. Make a hole in the middle and add in salmon.
Morsels of Life - Salmon Fried Rice Step 5 - When salmon is mostly done, add in veggies, and cook until everything heated. 5. When salmon is mostly done, add in veggies, and cook until everything heated.

Morsels of Life - Salmon Fried Rice - Quick, simple, and healthy. Make this Salmon Fried Rice with leftover odds and ends or when you're low on groceries.

Linked to: Full Plate Thursday, Artsy Fartsy Party, BFF Open House, Traffic Jam, Fiesta Friday, Meal Plan Monday, Handmade and Otherwise, Saturday Sparks, What's for Dinner?, Over the Moon, Hearth and Soul, Inspire Me Monday, Farm Fresh Tuesday, Tuesdays at Our Home, Wine'd Down Wednesday, Party in Your PJs, Your Whims Wednesday, Homestead Blog Hop

Coconut Walnut Bars

Morsels of Life - Coconut Walnut Bars - Make your own super simple coconut walnut bars with dried dates for a bit of sweetness.

Since we're all about great timing around these parts, we decided to try the "no added sugar" thing while James was at Jumpmaster school. You know, so I'd have to make all his snacks and stuff when we're already busy and short on time. Like I said, we're all about great timing around here. With everything going on, I went for simple when making these coconut walnut granola bars. Obviously coconut shreds and walnuts; some dried dates for sweetness and binding, and a bit of oatmeal for bulk and keeping everything together. Throw it into a food processor, squish it into a baking dish, bake, and you've got some simple flavorful coconut walnut bars (with no added sugars)! I only made 5 bars this time since I wanted to try out the recipe, but you could easily scale up the recipe to increase efficiency. :)

What are some of your favorite granola ingredients?


Morsels of Life - Coconut Walnut Bars - Make your own super simple coconut walnut bars with dried dates for a bit of sweetness.

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Make your own super simple coconut walnut bars with dried dates for a bit of sweetness.

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Yield: 5 servings

Materials:

Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
56 grams 2 ounces 1/2 cup walnuts
46 grams 1.625 ounces 7 dried dates
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup coconut shreds I used unsweetened.
5/8 cup water


Methods:

Morsels of Life - Coconut Walnut Bars Step 1 - Gather all materials. 1. Gather all materials.
Morsels of Life - Coconut Walnut Bars Step 2 - Pulse together walnuts, coconut, and oatmeal until crumbly. 2. Pulse together walnuts, coconut, and oatmeal until crumbly.
Morsels of Life - Coconut Walnut Bars Step 3 - Add in dates, and continue to pulse together. 3. Add in dates, and continue to pulse together.
Morsels of Life - Coconut Walnut Bars Step 4 - Add in water until all materials stick together. 4. Add in water until all materials stick together.
Morsels of Life - Coconut Walnut Bars Step 5 - Press firmly into a greased baking dish. Bake at 325 for 15 minutes. 5. Press firmly into a greased baking dish. Bake at 325 for 15 minutes.

Morsels of Life - Coconut Walnut Bars - Make your own super simple coconut walnut bars with dried dates for a bit of sweetness.

Shared with: Full Plate Thursday, Artsy Fartsy Party, BFF Open House, Fiesta Friday, Saturday Sparks, Meal Plan Monday, Traffic Jam, What's for Dinner?, Hearth and Soul, Over the Moon, Tuesdays at Our Home, Inspire Me Monday, Farm Fresh Tuesday, Wine'd Down Wednesday, Homestead Blog Hop, Your Whims Wednesday, Party in Your PJs