Pineapple Upside Down CakeCake batter:

2 1/4 cups cake flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/4 cup shortening

1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into thin slices

3/4 cup milk

3 eggs

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


1/2 cup unsalted butter, divided

2 cups packed brown sugar, divided

1 15-oz can pineapple chunks

maraschino cherries

(These instructions are for 2 cakes made in cast iron skillets. For instructions using standard cake pans, please see notes at the end.)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and center rack in the oven. I used only one skillet to make both cakes by doing one at a time. Simply wipe out your skillet after removing the cake and start over. If you have 2 skillets, even better, make them both at the same time by staggering the pans in the oven.

Prepare the topping first by placing 1/4 cup butter in cast iron skillet. Place skillet in the oven until the butter has melted, this only takes a few minutes.

Remove skillet from the oven and sprinkle 1 cup of brown sugar over the butter. Drain pineapple chunks, reserving the juice to store any leftovers. 

Gently place pineapple chunks onto the brown sugar in the center of the skillet, forming a flower. Place a cherry in the middle of the pineapple flower. Decorate the outer edge of the cake using more of the pineapple and cherries.

Prepare the cake batter by combining all batter ingredients in a mixer bowl. Mix at low speed for 30 seconds or so to incorporate, then increase speed to medium and mix for 5 minutes, occasionally scraping bowl if needed. 

Separate the batter evenly between two bowls. Do not be concerned if there are some small butter bits still in the batter, it will still bake up beautifully! 

Carefully, but fairly quickly, pour the batter over the pineapples. You want to pour the batter on top, moving around as you go, so that you don’t move any of the pieces of fruit around. 

Bake 30 minutes. The sides should be bubbly and the top will be browned. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack.

Place flat cake plate over the skillet, then using oven mitts, invert the pan onto the plate. If necessary, use an icing spatula to scoop up any topping left in the pie to patch any bare spots on top of the cake.


The instructions are basically the same using standard 9″ round cake pans or a 13″ x 9″ baking pan. For a 13″ x 9″ baking pan, form pineapple flowers all over the cake, you should be able to fit about 8 or more flowers. Bake the 13″ x 9″ pan for 35-40 minutes. You may need to loosen the cake from the sides of the pan before inverting. For round cake pans, follow baking times for skillet above.

Looks good! Who cuold think of this dessert? Only my super healthy mom….

Chocolate Chia Seed PuddingAuthor: Lee Hersh

Prep time: 5 mins Total time: 5 mins

Serves: 2



¼ cup cocoa powder

¼ cup + 2 tablespoons chia seeds

¼ cup + 2 tablespoons maple syrup

2 cups almond milk, unsweetened

pinch of sea salt


Place all ingredients in a medium size bowl and whisk until the cocoa powder has dissolved. Place in the refrigerator, covered, for around 6 hours or until the chia seeds turn jelly-like and the mixture thickens. Stir periodically.

Nutrition Information

Serving size: ½ Calories: 433 Fat: 13 Carbohydrates: 75 Sugar: 53 Fiber: 20 Protein: 12

Based only in the pure love and our energy… How I choosed Cocco?

You dream of having a dog as loyal as Lassie or as smart as Rin Tin Tin. Maybe you picture going on runs together or snuggling on the couch each evening. But will your heart be broken if you bring the dog home and he doesn’t fulfill your expectations?

“There are lots of things to keep in mind when you’re deciding to add a dog to your home,” says Gina DiNardo, vice president of the American Kennel Club (AKC). Here are some tips on how to find the perfect canine best friend.

Look for an energy match

“Don’t go for the looks,” advises Amanda Laskoe, animal care supervisor at the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Boston Animal Care & Adoption Center. “Choose a dog that matches your lifestyle,” or you might end up driving the dog and yourself crazy.

If you’re a runner: Very active and love the outdoors? A leaner, medium-sized dog may be for you, says Laskoe. If you’re a runner, DiNardo says Border collies, Labradors, hounds and terriers can generally go long distances. “But you can’t just expect to take the dog for a run only on weekends. Your dog will need it every day,” says Erin Stelmach, adoption counselor and special events coordinator at Buddy Dog Humane Society in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Small dogs probably won’t be able to keep up.

If you’re a walker or fan of agility training: If you love hiking and long walks, Laskoe suggests staying away from dogs with very short legs, like basset hounds, and short noses, like pugs. If you enjoy agility training, dancing and tricks, almost any dog will keep up and love it, says Stelmach. Border collies, Australian shepherds, terriers and poodles will perform very well. 

agility training

If you’re a couch potato: If you’re rather lay low with Fido, consider a French bulldog or a pug, advises DiNardo. “These are great companion dogs, love to play but require less exercise.” An older animal, says Stelmach, would also probably fit right in. “Pit bulls and large dogs are great couch potatoes.” Stay away from puppies and terriers.

If you’re a social butterfly: If you enjoy traveling and visiting friends, “pick a dog who adjusted to the shelter very quickly,” suggests Laskoe. That’s indicative of an easy-going pooch.

Big or small? Young or old?big vs small dog

Generally, smaller and younger dogs have more energy, Laskoe says, while bigger and older dogs tend to be more laid back. Big dogs may not require much exercise and might be content in an apartment with a leisurely daily walk. But they are stronger. So think if you’ll be able to control the dog on walks, or help her if she ever needs to be carried, says Stelmach.

“Being too small may also be an issue,” she adds. “People with vision or balance issues may trip over the dog and get hurt.”

Consider the health of the dog you are planning on adopting, advises Jan Johnson, CPA, treasurer at Phinney’s Friends, a nonprofit that helps low-income people keep their pets. If the dog is older or has health problems, have a plan on how to pay for the extra health care and medications that will be necessary. 

Shedding and groomingsheepdog 

A dog’s grooming needs can affect your daily routine considerably, cautions DiNardo. Double-coated breeds like Akitas and Saint Bernards need weekly brushing. Dogs with a long, heavy coat like Shetland sheepdogs need constant grooming to prevent mats and tangles. “Mats can be painful” and may cause serious health problems if not addressed, says Stelmach.

With lots of fur also comes lots of shedding. If allergies are an issue, says DiNardo, “consider a dog that has a predictable, non-shedding coat that produces less dander, like a Bedlington terrier or Bichon frise.” 

Purebred versus mutt

If you want a specific breed, says Laskoe, learn as much as you can about its temperament and decide if you would be compatible. The AKC divides dog breeds into groups. For instance, dogs in the sporting group require regular, invigorating exercise. Herding dogs respond beautifully to training. And breeds in the toy group are portable and generally terrific lap warmers.

There are, however, dogs that are not true to the breed, says Stelmach. So, whether purebred or mutt, get to know well the dog you are considering before taking him home, she advises.

Breeder or shelter?

If you decide for a purebred puppy, make sure you’re supporting a responsible breeder. “Visit the place several times, check all areas, meet the parents and grandparents of the dog,” recommends Laskoe. Check if all dogs are social and treated humanely, if the kennels are clean and the premises aren’t overcrowded with dogs.

Laskoe strongly encourages people to consider the pound. She recommends visiting shelters and rescues and hanging out with several dogs. “Don’t spend time only with animals you think you want. Listen to adoption counselors and keep an open mind.”

It’s OK if you don’t find the dog the first time around, Laskoe says. “Don’t rush into anything. Take your time, visit again and go to other shelters until you find your dog.”

Apple chips!!! Easy!!

Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 3 mins Cook time: 7 mins Total time: 10 mins


Apples, washed and dried


Cut off the ends of an apple, core out the middle (I don’t), and thinly slice into ⅛-inch rounds. This is best done with a Mandoline Slicer, but you can also use a sharp knife.

Line a microwave safe plate with parchment paper.

Place a few apple slices on parchment paper in one single layer. (You will have to do this in batches.)

Microwave for 4.5 to 5 minutes, or until edges of apples start to curl up.

Flip each slice and continue to microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until edges are crisp.

Remove from microwave and let stand 10 minutes, or until crispy and dry.

Serve immediately.


High Protein Vanilla Chia PuddingPrep time: 5 mins Total time: 2 hours 5 mins

Serves: 1 serving



¼ cup cooked quinoa

2 tablespoos chia seeds

2 tablespoons hemp hearts

¼ teaspoon vanilla powder

Dash of stevia (or use 2 tablespoons maple syrup)

Pinch of cinnamon

¾ cup cashew milk (or milk of choice)


Add all ingredients to a jar and stir together. Tighten lid and place chia pudding in the fridge to set, about 2 hours (or more).

Remove and top with desired toppings. Enjoy!

Recipe by Simply Quinoa at

Twix… Caramelitas.. Mom please do this…

twix carmelitas
prep time: 5 minutes

cook time: 25 minutes

yield: 9 servings

serving size: 1 slice

the ultimate carmelitas with twix inside


3/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar
pinch of salt
3/4 cup of flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
5 milk chocolate bars
24 caramels
1/4 cup evaporated milk
10 twix minis, chopped

in a glass bowl, unwrap the caramels and add the evaporated milk. melt in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between. set aside.
heat the oven to 350.
in a bowl, combine the melted butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, salt, and baking soda. stir to combine and press 1/3 into an 8×9″ pan. bake for 8-10 minutes and remove from the oven.
lay the chocolate down, top with caramel and twix and sprinkle the remaining crust mixture on top. bake an additional 15 minutes and set aside to cool before cutting. or serve warm, which is our favorite but more messy.