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photo use by permission from the-baker-chick.com
photo use by permission from the-baker-chick.com

I am all about making things easier.  I like good food, but only on special occasions will I pull out a "fancy" recipe.  And by "fancy" I mean a recipe that calls for more than 8 ingredients and takes two or more pages to explain.  Most days, I cook simple food in the simplest way possible.

Which brings me to these Strawberry & Cream Napoleans from The Baker Chick.

But first, let's talk about The Baker Chick herself.  Her name is Audra and I'm not sure how I stumbled onto her site but wow am I glad that I did! She makes the yummiest food and her site is just darling.  She's a NYC blogger with a passion for baking. You can read more about Audra here.

So back to the napoleans.... I have a serious, intense dislike for those strawberry shortcake "cups" that you find in the supermarket.  You know, the ones that are flat on the bottom, indented on top, dry as a cardboard box and have zero flavor. They should just call them Cardboard-cakes.  Dis-like.

I normally solve this problem one of two ways:  pound cake or angel food cake.  Sometimes I make my own but both can usually be found in the bakery section of my grocery store, right next to the cardboard-shortcakes.  I especially like to get the chocolate pound cake.  Ohhhhh, chocolate pound cake...strawberries...fresh whipped cream... that is good stuff.

But I'm always on the lookout for an update to my good 'ole standbys and I'm certain I've found it in this recipe.

Audra substitutes flakey, crispy puff pastry for the cardboard-cakes, layers it with strawberries and whipped cream then dusts it all with powdered sugar.  Since I'm pretty lazy when it comes to baking, I will use store bought puff pastry, a perfectly fine substitution according to Audra.  I always top my strawberry shortcake with a sprinkle of nutmeg so I'll add that as well.

Is your mouth watering?  Mine is!

Hop on over to the-baker-chick.com to see the full recipe!

We are in the full swing of summer, I hope you are eating fresh and yummy things!

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We all have them, those embarrassing little treats or actions that bring us a sinister amount of joy and we don’t want most people to know about it because sometimes it’s something so humiliating that even our best friend may not  know about it.  Now I’m not talking about anything illegal or immoral… just simple little “you know better” rituals that you don’t go around broadcasting for fear someone might think less of you.

Case in point:  hot chocolate.  Now, in and of itself hot chocolate is not so bad, it’s mostly milk, which can be lowfat or nonfat and made with sugar substitute and we all know a little chocolate is good for us so overall, not such a bad treat.  However, for me hot chocolate is merely the vehicle by which I allow myself to consume ridiculous amounts of whipped cream.  Hot chocolate is just a lame excuse I use to fill a rather large mug only about 1/2 way up with the hot chocolate and the other half with whipped cream.  Guilty.

I’ve heard other women talk about a particular TV guilty pleasure:


I have never watched a full episode of ANY of the Real Housewives series.  I do not understand the appeal of a bunch of spoiled, rude, snobby women and just watching the commercials makes me angry.  But before you think I’m being self-righteous about it all I will reveal to you one of my TV guilty pleasures, and this one is really embarrassing….


It is all my friend-who-shall-remain-nameless’ fault for getting me hooked on this show and for the record, we do not condone or sympathize with polygamy.  But it is kind of like watching a train wreck:  it’s horrific and makes you cringe but you cannot tear your eyes from it!  I find myself in amazement at the choices we as humans make and the depths to which we will go to justify it.  Crazy, crazy show.  Guilty!

Ok, that was really hard to admit.  I hope you don’t think less of me now.  If you do I think it’s only fair you share your guilty pleasure TV show with the rest of us.  And then we can vote on whose is worse. I’m just kidding…sorta.

The truth is we all have a few guilty pleasures whether it be reality tv, deep fried foods or whatever else you can think of.  And I guess in excess or if they conflict with your morals or health they would not be wise choices but in moderation, as a treat, occasionally indulging in a guilty pleasure can be a great pick-me-up or relaxing way to end the day or just something to look forward to.

I would love to hear some of your guilty pleasures…if you’re not too chicken :)