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Easy, Fun and Festive July 4th

strawberries

Happy July 4th!!

July 4th is one of my favorite “other” holidays to celebrate! It’s fill of food and fun. (What’s not to love about that, right?)  Here’s the easiest thing to make for a July 4th BBQ that is red, white and blue.

You will need to buy Strawberries, a bag of white chocolate melting wafers, and light blue ( dark blue) sanding sugar.

Wash and dry strawberries. In a small microwave safe bowl microwave white chocolate in 30 intervals in the microwave until melted. Stir until smooth.
Dip one strawberry at a time in the white chocolate shaking off excess chocolate. Dip in the sanding sugar then place on parchment paper to dry. Repeat with remaining strawberries and refrigerate until serving. Makes around 24 dipped strawberries.

Enjoy! And Happy July 4th – please be safe- don’t drink and drive! Also be careful and smart using fireworks!

 

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Let’s Not Monkey Around

I made banana bread recently. It’s 1 of my favorite things to make and also have with my coffee in the morning.  It’s really easy and did I mention, it takes delicious! Here’s the recipe:

1 Stick Butter
3 Large Ripe Bananas
2 Large Eggs
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking; set aside.
Add the stick of butter to a large bowl and microwave for 1 minute, or until melted.
Add the bananas to the same bowl and mash with a fork.
Add the vanilla extract and egg to the bowl and use the same fork to mash and stir until no yellow streaks of egg remain.
In a second large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix together with a spatula just until combined.
Pour the batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 30-40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.

banana

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SNEAK PEEK RECIPE IN MY UPCOMING BOOK, “LOVE AT FIRST BITE”

Let’s Be Mermaids Ice Cream

Ingredients
3 c. heavy cream
1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
green, blue, and purple food coloring
Ice Cream Cones
Sprinkles in desired

Directions
1. In a large bowl using a hand mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer using the whisk attachment, beat heavy cream until medium peaks form.
2. Fold in sweetened condensed milk and vanilla until totally combined, then divide mixture among three bowls.
3. Add a different color food coloring to each bowl (I used different amounts of pink, blue, and purple) and stir until combined.
4. Layer dollops of the colors in a 9″-x-5″ loaf pan until you run out of the mixture.
5. Run a knife through the mixture to swirl the colors 3 or 4 times and then smooth top.
6. Freeze until firm, 5 hours.
7. Remove from freezer and let soften, 5 to 10 minutes, then scoop and serve.

mermaid ice cream

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Update on Recipe Book

Love at First cover revised 3-12-19

It’s not that easy to type up a recipe book! It’s a lot of work! I have to get all my recipes in line, look at them, and make sure that they have instructions and ingredients all listed. It’s not like writing a blog post, where I can just type away.

It’s coming along. I hope to have the book DONE by the end of JUNE and then edited, by the end of the summer with it’s release in September.

Stay tuned.

By the way….. IN the book is my fan-favorite recipe “S’mores Bars” which are a really big hit and can be made ANY time of the year.  I just made them the other day for a friend for his birthday and he told me to put it in my “sassy file!”

smores

 

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Do You Want To Make Fluffy Pancakes?

pancakes

Pancakes.

Pancakes that have the butter melt and the syrup drip onto the plate.

Not just any pancakes, but fluffy pancakes.

Did I make your mouth water yet?

It’s really not that hard to make fluffy pancakes and I am about to give you some pancake hacks, so you can make your own fluffy pancakes:

  1. First you need to use the shake and pour pancake batter. I buy the store brand because simply pancakes are the same, and I spend less money with the store brand than the name brand.
  2. Next you need to add powder buttermilk to the batter in the container before you add any liquid. It’s the buttermilk that makes the pancakes fluffy!
  3. Next add a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the batter in the container.
  4. Now you add your water.  Don’t follow the directions on the container. I just add the water I want for the consistency of the pancake I like. If you want thin pancakes, you add a good amount of water. If you want thick pancakes you add less water.

Now  you get your griddle on the stove and heat it up and smother butter on it to melt. I put the butter all over the entire griddle.   After the butter starts to bubble it’s time to pour the batter on to it.
Here’s a trick as to when to flip the pancakes, courtesy of my mom: When the pancakes on the griddle start to bubble, you can flip it.

When the pancakes comes off the griddle, I add a pat of butter to each and have the butter melt.  Then serve it with your favorite syrup.  My dad likes to warm up his syrup in the microwave for about 10 seconds.

You can also serve them with fresh fruit or chocolate chips.  I don’t put it in the batter because it makes the batter’s consistency too thick and it takes away from the fluffiness.

However you like them, Enjoy!

 

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Let’s Hop Towards Easter

Easter is just around the corner; literally.  Here are 2 fun and easy #DIY projects that you can do for either an Easter treat or an Easter Decor.

On the left are Easter Baskets using mason jars.  Now if they young you can use plastic jars that they sell in dollar stores and even craft stores.  But I find these are best, because who really wants to spend money on a stupid basket that the kids are not going to even care about?  All they care about are the treats inside!

On the right is a fun bunny you can make either using marshmallows or white gum balls or white colored Easter candy! Then you can draw a face on the jar, and use thick felt to make the ears. You also will need to use a glue gun to glue them to the top.

Overall, Easter is a fun time and these two DIY projects make it even better!

 

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A DIY Snack For Easter

snack for kids

Easter is all about chocolate and fattening treats. Sometimes we just want an alternative for our kids. Here is a not only a great treat for them to eat, but you can make it creative as a special “gift” that you can give out.

Ingredients

Goldfish crackers

Sandwich bags

Green Yarn

Directions

Place the crackers in the plastic bag but don’t fill it to the top, you want to fill it about 3/4 filled and just leave room for tying it together.  Then you need to twist the top and take the green yarn and tie it on. I take about 12 pieces and tie them on and lay them on both sides so they look like the green leaves you find on the carrots. It’s all up to you how long you want them and how many you want to put on the bags.

That’s the fun part about DIY….. you create something.