Love at First Bite: Fruit Pizza

Why Would You Put Fruit on a Pizza?

Last night I went to a dinner party with my boyfriend at my friend’s house and was introduced to what I consider one of the most delectable desserts I have ever had on my college budget: the Fruit Pizza. While this name may confuse you, as I was when I first heard it, it’s going to make anyone with a sweet tooth’s go-to quick and easy dessert staple. The idea seemed foreign to me at first and not at all yummy, but that all changed shortly after I took my first bite of that frosting covered sugary goodness!

Decadently sweet fruit pizza!

Decadently sweet fruit pizza!

Fruit pizza is essentially a perfect embodiment of its name. A delicious pizza made of everything that is sweet: sugar cookie dough, frosting and the main ingredient, FRUIT! The ingredients are so simple, yet when put together they create a delicious, light and airy dessert that is versatile enough to have a place at any type of event! I also think that a fruit pizza is great for any season, because the toppings are so versatile and can be interchanged based on fruit availability.

What else are Fruit Pizzas great for? – That’s right, Fruit Pizza Parties!

Fruit Pizzas are a great easy party activity for people in any age group. Prepare the pizzas in whatever size you choose, lay out frosting choices and toppings, and get creative! Everyone can create their own pizza to their tastes and can share their concoctions with everyone else! You can also decorate your pizzas with fruit of a certain color or in a specific design to cater towards the theme of your event, a birthday message, or a color theme for seamless integration between food and decor at your event!

Easy Recipe for Fruit Pizza – DO Try This at Home!

Here is an awesome and simple recipe by Pillsbury that gives you the basics to make Fruit Pizza.

All of the ingredients are inexpensive to buy and can be changed such as using light cream cheese instead of frosting or regular cream cheese as the “sauce” on your pizza. Additionally, you could get a little more adventurous and use Nutella as a sauce spread or even use chocolate shavings or chocolate or caramel drizzle to add pop!

I’m so glad that I went to that party and got to try this awesome new dessert! I’m a natural sugar lover and it’s honestly something I could eat for any meal at any time of the day. I mean really, there could be a great market for this out there and I’m not sure why people aren’t designing Chipotle-esque restaurants with make your own Fruit/Cookie pizzas!

Until next week’s Love at First Bite post, enjoy life, food and eat your hearts out!

 

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Monday Moxie

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Mondays should not be a cause for dread or a type of depressing disease caught after having a very enjoyable and relaxing weekend. I see each Monday as the beginning of a new week and a chance to make strides towards achieving whatever goals you have set. Today was an amazing day for me because although I was exhausted from my first day of spring classes, I finally started my year of serving as a delegate for my sorority on my college’s Panhellenic Council. Even though I lie awake last night stressing about what the first day of spring semester would bring, I took it all in stride and had a very successful day!

My schedule looked like this:

8am: Wake up, breakfast, news

9am: get ready for school

11am: Get to school for classes

5:15pm: Go home after classes for quick dinner

7pm: Back to school for Panhellenic Meeting

8:30pm: Return from meeting, get cozy, and finish that homework for Marketing Strategy

11-12midnight: bed time!

Though my schedule was pretty jam packed, I still had fun doing everything on my schedule and am full of energy and excitement about the week ahead and my new schedule that I’m going to get used to this semester!

Take Monday as a time to reflect on what you plan on doing in the next week and how it will affect your goals, happiness, and life in general. It should be a day for understanding your exact place in life and preparing to take on the week ahead. I always use Mondays for scheduling out my planner, making sure I know what I need to do and when so I can also plan fun outings, hanging out with friends and extra-curriculars outside of my academic and sorority life.

Motivate yourself this Monday. Even though you may feel like crawling back into that warm cozy bed and dreaming the week away until Friday afternoon rolls around, challenge yourself to make Monday even more fun than a weekend – and much more successful!

Mug Half Empty – My Starbucks Drive-Thru Experience

Between dropping off my February rent and heading out to my 12pm meeting I decided to cave into my craving for some amazing Starbucks sweet iced tea. Instead of going to my normal brick and mortar store where the baristas know me and my order is always right, I thought I would try out the newest drive through Starbucks location down the street from my college. “Oh this will be great – much quicker than standing in line and waiting for my drink and I get to enjoy the radio while making it to my meeting on time!” – I thought as I was driving there. Boy did I make a mistake.

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Upon getting to the Starbucks drive thru, I was SHOCKED at how full the line was at 11:50am! This is surely not peak hour for coffee connoisseur’s! How could there be this many people wanting coffee right now!

Still, I was being an optimist and expecting to breeze through the drive-through line in 10 minutes or less, allowing me to make it to my meeting A-OK. Alas, I was unfortunately blessed with the misfortune of being stuck behind a truck full of people who ordered four complex drinks that took them over 2 minutes just to order at the drive through menu! I mumbled to myself – This can’t be good, how unlucky can I be! Still, I was trying to convince myself that as with most drive through restaurants, Starbucks will be able to make the orders on the fly and made-to-order with as much success as they do in their traditional stores.

Finally, I was one car away from getting my thirst-quenching iced tea to get me through my meeting and afternoon off! I was anticipating that first refreshing sip of ice cold tea and the sweetness to follow. However, the truck in front of me sat at the pick up window for over five minutes! FIVE MINUTES. This was perplexing at first but I soon realized that they were passing all of their drinks back to the quick serve staff barista and their orders were ALL WRONG. Then, after another five minutes, they finally accepted the drinks they were expecting and left the drive through.

As I pulled up to the pick up window, I reassured myself that I ordered such a simple order (Venti Iced Black Tea, Sweetened) that it was virtually foolproof and unable to be misheard. However, I was not given my total immediately after ordering and wasn’t really paying much attention with the barista let me know that my total was $4.45 for a simple venti black tea. It seemed like a bit much, but I hadn’t been to Starbucks in a while so I might just have forgotten how much it was.

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However, to my surprise, the Venti drink I was given after paying was a Venti Hot Skinny Syrup Latte. Immediately I knew it was wrong, and switched it out with a Venti Iced Tea that the baristas made on the fly. I was confused as to how ordering a Venti Iced Black Tea with Sweetener sounded anything like a hot skinny syrup latte and figured it must have been the drink belonging to the woman behind me in line. How can a Starbucks store, which I have always known to be great at order satisfaction and correctness, get five orders wrong in a row?! This has made me vow never to go to that store again, and I was so excited to have that option near my school if I was ever in a hurry for class or meetings. Especially since I wasn’t offered any type of refund or perk to come back again even though I paid an amount I wasn’t charged for unknowingly and for the incorrect product!

My apologies to Starbucks aficionados, because even though this experience was subpar, I am in LOVE with Starbucks products! This may actually prove useful to Starbucks addicts so they know where to go to make sure their addition is fed correctly and in a timely manner. I think that after this I am going to stick to the traditional coffee environment, because let’s be honest, Starbucks is such a fine product that it shouldn’t need to be served in a drive-through, no matter how immediate your need for its caffeinated goodness is! Thankfully this annoyance only deterred me from one location, my addiction is still wildly active.

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For more Starbucks news, check out Starbucks Melody, a great source for all things Starbucks and I love all of the posts on the site!

Becoming Wonder Woman – Unlocking the Art of Body Language

Can faking it till you make it really change your actual sense of power and confidence?

Tonight I came across a TED Talk by Amy Cuddy surrounding the topic of body language and its effect on individuals’ lives and their ability to control their life’s direction.

As a budding young professional, body language is an essential part of the communication skill set I need to be successful in my career. However, I did not realize that by changing your body language for a mere 2 minutes, I could possibly alter my mindset and emotional state just through portraying a more “confident” and powerful persona.

All too often I have found myself curling inward and making my body appear small when I am faced with situations where I feel powerless, uncomfortable or ill-prepared. Presently, these occasions often are during presentations, talks and sorority recruitment events. Through Amy’s talk, I learned that these hunching movements can actually impede your ability to make a successful first impression and portray your real self in situations like job interviews or speeches.

Amy Cuddy posed this question: “Do nonverbals [communication] govern how we think and feel about ourselves?” In essence, I think that they play an extremely important role in the cultivation of confidence and power assertion. Amy Cuddy discussed the fact that power stances, both powerful and non-powerful, can impact the body on a hormonal level. This hormonal change causes a shift in the balance of cortisol (the stress hormone) and testoterone (the dominance hormone) to the point where a person’s emotions can become charged with powerful or powerless thoughts and expressions. Those who feel/are more powerful in situations exhibit less stress hormone concentrations and higher dominance concentrations. These people, Cuddy argued, are more successful as leaders and are also more stable and reliable. In contrast, powerless people exhibit higher stress-reaction but less dominance hormones and feel more uneasy in powerful positions if they feel like they don’t belong in a leadership position.

This TED talk has encouraged me to take a back seat to my life in times of stress or uncertainty and reconsider how I am approaching these situations. I will do my best to assess my body language, posture, and emotions surrounding job interviews, speeches and the like to reevaluate them. From doing this, I will try to catch myself when I am feeling powerless, take a deep breath, and engage in a power stance for a few moments. I hope to practice power stances to enhance my confidence and ability to succeed in new situations, places and groups.

I want to become wonder woman. To do this, I need to give myself the easiest confidence boost the body can provide: body language. Who knew that body language could harness such super powers and provide confidence and power to people just from placing your body in a certain position. Body language surely is an art, and I am excited to delve into its science and unlock more of its mysteries.

If you are looking for more awesome, thought-provoking videos, hit up TED.com for ideas to challenge the way you think and share with others in your community!