Recipe: Elevate A Store Bought Dessert

Hello and welcome to Mrs. Lady Renaissance. The climate has been upward of 100 degrees leaving me unwilling to turn on the oven and bake a batch of brownies. I did, however, find these delicious looking brownies on sale at Ralphs. My husband and kids are obsessed with peanut butter and they were head over heels with these. It is easy to elevate any dessert. Here are my steps:

Step 1: 

Warm up the brownies on a cast-iron skillet. If you don’t have one, the microwave is fine.

Step 2:

Once the brownies are warm add ice cream on top. I usually purchase ice cream with the least amount of ingredients (Breyers Strawberry Ice Cream) or I make my own. In this case I used plain strawberry ice cream.


Step 3: 

Add Fresh Fruit, nuts, extra peanut butter, whatever you want.

Finally, enjoy. There is something so delicious and luscious about eating a warm brownie with a cold heaping spoonful of ice-cream. The juxtaposition of the warm chocolate bread and the cold ice-cream melting and tickling my tastebuds feels so divine. Each bite is a mixture of opposites filled with just the perfect amount of chewiness and creaminess.





Recipe: Grated Raw Carrots with a Twist

My kids enjoy eating chili-lemon chips and since I limit their junk food consumption, I’ve had to find an alternative to quench their cravings. A doctor recently told a friend of mine to stop giving her kids Flaming Hot and Takis chips because he believed it was the cause of an ulcer and the stomach pains her kid was experiencing. Of course, I’ve also heard that chicken nugget binders create ulcers as well. With that said, I am very picky with the food my kids eat, although I do allow the occasional bad food. Since they still like chili-lemon style snacks I’ve decided to treat them with grated carrots lightly sprinkled with Tajin and a squeeze of lime or lemon. The Tajin is on occasion and is free of MSG. This snack is a success with them and even has the adults in the family asking for a bowl. . .or two. You, too, can achieve it in three easy steps.

Step 1: Grate the raw carrot.

Step 2: Squeeze the lemon. I used half of a lime for two organic carrots.

Step 3: Sprinkle some Tajin.


Health Benefits of Carrots:

Reduces your risk of cancer.

Improves eye sight.

For diabetes, it regulates blood sugar levels.

It improves the immune system.

Prevents heart disease.

It reduces the risk of a stroke by more than 50%.

For more information on the healthy effects of a carrot don’t forget to visit the link below.


Recipe: Thanksgiving Leftovers Potpie

Do you find yourself with leftover Thanksgiving food such as a turkey, ham, asparagus, green beans, etc?

I had leftovers that I did not want to throw away, so I decided to make turkey pot pies. I included my turkey bacon wrapped asparagus, green beans, turkey and ham. I created the filling with flour, milk, chicken broth, celery, onion and the leftovers. For the crust, I made a delicious flaky crust by “Bob’s Red Mill” that states it is gluten free and easy to prepare. I followed the instructions and created my crust. I still have left over turkey meat and tomorrow, I will make a green mole, beans with the left over ham bone and a rice. Aren’t leftovers awesome?

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Currently Loving: Green Chicken Pozole

As the days get colder, I love cooking warmer foods like my green chicken pozole. It is so simple and it is fast, unlike the pork version–although I do love the pork version as well. Pozole is comfort food for my family therefore, pushing me to make it during the weekend.  Doesn’t it look delicious?


There are so many versions you can find online and, although I tweaked my family’s version, it is still delicious. My mom toasts pepitas then blends them in with the tomatillos and cilantro, but I always forget to purchase the seeds, so, I–at times–omit that aspect and add cumin to my recipe. I also make a spicy serrano chili sauce on the side to add heat to the dish. You can eat this with tostadas and avocado for added goodness. If you are interested in the recipe, let me know.

How do you warm up during the cooler days?