Berry Cake Trifle Parfait for 4th of July (Chicago Bakeries)

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It’s almost 4th of July – are you excited? I’m getting some shopping and preparing done at Chicago Deli and I decided to whip up a nice recipe I’ve been meaning to make for the past month (but have been so busy).

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Anyway, today I wanted to talk about 4th of July (and yes, the recipe but that’s later).

You see, I was not born in the United States. I was not even raised here. You shouldn’t be surprised to hear this if you’ve been following this blog for a while but I was actually born and raised in Poland and I came to the US when I was 13 going on 14 years old and into my 7th grade (education system is different in Poland and I could have been placed in 8th but since I didn’t know the language that well I didn’t mind waiting an extra year before the horrors I expected in high school- the teen movies definitely made it out to be much worse than it was though, haha).

So I didn’t really celebrate 4th of July much other than it being a day off of school.

But as years went on and I assimmilated, I began seeing myself more and more as part of the community and part of the society in my new country of living and my parents and I began to create traditions of our own that took place on the 4th of July weekends.

Although my family is not large, we still enjoy the celebrations of our own.

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The one thing that has stayed constant through the years (on most years anyway) is that my mom would make some delicious cake usually (I absolutely adore her cakes as you already know) and then later when the dark falls, we would walk over to this park close to our home with our dog and watch their big fireworks show. It’s nice and fun and pretty. Who doesn’t love fireworks?!

The first year we did it, it was just a thing we did cause we wanted to see the fireworks. But as time and years went on, we began to look forward to the weekend because we had these traditions of our own – celebrating our living a new life in the United States and being grateful for being here.

So, in the spirit of 4th of July I created a super easy recipe (if you can call it that). I went to #MyMarianos (duh) and I got some good ingredients to make this fabulous Berry Trifle. I’ve been meaning to make a trifle for like a month now but I haven’t had the time to do so – finally the time is perfect and it’s about time I make it.

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It’s a beautiful patriotic trifle made with blueberries and raspberries, some healthy yogurt (cause this is a healthy living blog after all, right?) and delicious pieces to top the entire thing off in the best way possible. Mmm. I’m drooling just thinking about it.

Berry Angel Cake Trifle Parfait for 4th of July


  • Blueberries
  • Raspeberries
  • Organic Plain Yogurt
  • Vanilla Stevia
  • Angel Food Cake


  • Mix the Yogurt with a few drops of Stevia to sweeten. You can also use sweetened vanilla yogurt instead of this.
  • Begin layering. Some angel food cake, topped with berries, topped with yogurt. And continue. Enjoy chilled!

For some great recipe ideas check out Mariano’s Tastemaker. You can follow them on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest as well.

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Java Mocha Gluten Free Protein Waffles Recipe – Good Morning Waffles!

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of JAVAPRO. Enjoy these delicious gluten free waffles :)


Nothing better to wake up to than coffee and waffles right? Oh wait there is… gluten free waffles AND protein-laced coffee ;) Am I right?

That’s why we’re having two in one for this fabulous recipe. I knew you’d like it, you coffee fiends. Don’t try to deny it. You love that gluten-free waffle goodness in the mornings. Especially when it’s laced with chocolate and caffeine. I know you so well.

Java Mocha Gluten Free Waffles Recipe

I am actually not like you. I don’t really drink coffee. Okay, well I drink decaf. And I drink a half-caf sometimes. Truth is, I am a little sensitive to caffeine so I have to be really careful not to drink too much. So if you’re wondering why, for this recipe, I only used 1/2 cup of JAVAPRO protein powder, that’s the reason. I get hyped up really quickly. But if you’re a java junkie like so many of my friends, don’t hesitate to use a full 1 cup of JAVAPRO instead of splitting it into two types of protein powder. More power for you!

Java Mocha Gluten Free Waffles Recipe

So about these waffles… let me just say regular waffles ain’t got nothing on these protein gluten free waffles. That’s all. These are delightfully filling and satisfying without having to stuff yourself!

Sure, so maybe they aren’t super light as you’re used to – but what would you rather have? Light regular sugar-laced waffles that will only make you hungry an hour or two later? Or protein-laced heavier and satisfying waffles that will keep you happy and full until lunch? You decide.

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Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

This lovely Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats recipe is vegan, healthy, and delicious- it’s a great way to start the day! It’s also just perfect to wake up to in the morning… mmm smell of baked apples and cinnamon. What could be better?


Raise your hand if you love apples! *raises hand*

Apples have always been a favorite ingredient in my household. We always have a ton of apples (I know it’s not totally seasonal but whatever) around and we create many awesome recipes with it. Being that we’re Polish, our traditional reduced-sugar Szarlotka (Polish Apple Pie) has always been a hit and we’ve made several adaptations of it. My mom also loves to bake cakes using apples such as her fabulous Poppy Seed Apple Cake with Chocolate Glaze and her Cinnamon Apple Cake with Chocolate Chips. Both are amazing.

Today I am sharing a wonderful breakfast recipe for you made with apples! And not only that, this recipe is super easy because it only requires a Slow Cooker to do the job.

If you haven’t seen my collection of favorite fabulous pies (sweet, savory, healthy, and not) on my previous post, make sure to do it. This recipe definitely falls in that lovely creative PIE category, so hey – you might as well make it this month as a way to celebrate upcoming Pi Day ;) Why not!

Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats by

This Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats are incredibly easy to set up and by the time you wake up in the morning, you will have a house filled with a beautiful apple-cinnamon scent and warm oatmeal ready for you that is not only delicious, but also healthy, vegan, and gluten-free!

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Paleo Chicken Pad Thai – Inspired by Mariano’s Tastemakers (Chicago Grocery Store)

This fabulous Paleo Chicken Pad Thai recipe is a part of a sponsored shop for Chicago Grocery Store #MyMarianos and #CollectiveBias. I absolutely loved it and I’m sure you will too!

Paleo Chicken Pad Thai - delicious and so easy!

I am a total foodie but I am only now learning how to cook real food (even though I frequent the Chicago Grocery Store but don’t always branch out much in terms of ingredients and cooking…)

It’s true. I’ve done a good amount of baking, both healthy and indulgent recipes, but I haven’t done much cooking of dinner food. It’s true – the main dinners I make are prepared in the Slow Cooker (like this Vegan Butternut Chili, one of my most popular dinner recipes) because it’s my savior and it does not require any cooking knowledge. However with my shift based on my recent dietary preference changes and moving away from sugar addiction, I have made one of my goals for this year to start cooking more food for dinner and lunch as leftovers.

You can only imagine the hours I spend online searching for recipes. But then it’s like how do I even begin? There are so many things I could make. I made a very good Thai Curry Chicken last week with Quinoa pasta and it lasted me most of the week for dinner and lunch. I want to make something else now, but what?

My favorite grocery store, Mariano’s, has a section in their website called Tastemakers where professional Chicago Chefs (aka Tastemakers) share their tips for cooking while shopping at Mariano’s. These are great tips for the aspirational foodie like myself! It’s great because it’s not recipes they focus on, it’s how to make the recipes and what makes their food special. It’s something that is perfect for a beginner cook but also an intermediate one as well. I found the website to act as a wonderful common thread between the amazing Chicago Chefs AND the aspirational foodie.

I watched the videos and got inspired. Some of the Chefs, such as Bill Kim and Rodelio Aglibot, mentioned Asian cuisine and that got me thinking. I want to make something Asian! Then listening to Chef Chris Pandel talk about using Spaghetti Squash as pancakes (how creative is that?!) I knew what I would do! Pad Thai!

Paleo Chicken Pad Thai - delicious and so easy! #MyMarianos #shop

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