Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

We Must Have Coffee Cake Once In Awhile!

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on March 6, 2012 ][ In Breakfast, Dessert ]

I just want to mention that the cardiologist in my life, the couch potato, has really gotten into swimming the last few months.  Finally he has found some exercise that he doesn’t want to skip, that he enjoys doing and which doesn’t strain his terrible knees.  (Three ACL tears + a torn meniscus + four surgeries = terrible knees)  To give him credit, he also enjoys the Latin dancing we do every week and has gotten really good. It more than qualifies as exercise.  But he swims on his own, not because I drag him there and has is pretty obsessed with doing it on a regular basis.  Kudos to Barry!  Just goes to show that we all can find some type of exercise we’ll enjoy and do it often enough to reap the benefits.

But what about the coffee cake you ask?  That sounds more interesting than Barry’s exercise routine!  Now you know that while I advocate avoiding sugar, fat and excess calories most of the time, I do indulge once in awhile.  I was very pleased to find this recipe recently which wasn’t terribly high in sugar, (something I’m trying to cut way back on!) or fat, if you use non fat plain yogurt or sour cream.  My family all gave it a thumbs up and it was easy to throw together for a nice Saturday breakfast.  It also doesn’t make a very large cake which I like because then I don’t have cake for days.  A treat one morning is fine, to snack on it all day or for several days not so fine.   Best of all, it has fresh raspberries in it, a real treat!

Raspberry Coffee Cake
1 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
Mix dry ingredients and set aside.
1 egg
1/2 cup plain non fat yogurt or sour cream
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix egg through vanilla in a separate bowl and stir well.  Add to dry ingredients and stir till combined.
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 cup fresh raspberries
Gently toss brown sugar with raspberries.  Grease an 8 inch round cake pan and spread 2/3 of the bater in it. Sprinkle brown sugar/raspberries over the batter, then top with the remaining batter.  Bake for 35 to 40  minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Make a glaze of 1/4 cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp. milk and 1/4 tsp. vanilla.  Drizzle over cooled cake.  I actually thought there was a bit too much sugar in it so next time I will cut it back a bit.  I won’t tell my family though.  Sam’s Club has had very good raspberries all winter.  You could substitute frozen but thaw first and drain well before using.

Upadated on March 6, 2012

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