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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.

 

 

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Peeps Marshmallow Treats

peeps

These treats do three things at once: They look pretty, they look tasty and they represent spring all wrapped up into one.

Now, they aren’t that difficult to make, but they do take some time to put together.  Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients:

4 packages of peeps ( 3oz) in different colors

4 tablespoons butter

1 box of Rice Crispy Cereal

Cooking Spray

Lollipop/Craft sticks ( about 20)

Ribbon ( optional)

 

For each layer you will want to use separate microwaveable bowls. You want the dish to be pretty tall because the Peeps expand quite a bit while they’re in the microwave, and they will spill over shorter sides.
Melt a 3 oz. package of Peeps with a tablespoon of butter for 45 seconds in the microwave.
Add a cup and a half of Crispy Rice cereal and combine until cereal is completely coated with colorful, sticky Peeps goodness. Then press into a loaf pan lined with foil, then repeat the process with the rest of your colors.

Once the treats are set and completely cooled, take them out of the pan and cut them into about one inch thick slices; a serrated knife works best. Then cut those 8 slices in half. I trimmed the sides so they were even, but you don’t have to do this unless you are a perfectionist like I am!  Add a lollipop or Popsicle stick to each piece and you’ve got adorable Easter treats that are perfect for classroom parties, Easter or spring party favors.

PRO TIP – I always keep a can of nonstick cooking spray nearby when making Marshmallow Treats. I spray the spatula for stirring and my fingers for pressing into the pan.

ENJOY!

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A Fun And Quick DIY Project for St. Patty’s Day

I can’t believe that tomorrow is St. Patty’s Day!  That means Spring is right around the corner!

Here is a quick and fun, ( I might add) DIY project that anyone can do, including kids over the age of 3.

 

You will need Model Magic, Glue, Fine Green Glitter, Shamrock cookie cutter, thread, and a stick with a point on it.

All you need to do is roll out some part of the model magic, use the cookie cutter, when you get the shamrock out make a hole for the thread, and then keep going until you have as many of these as you want/need.

Then you will spread a pea size amount of glue on the shamrock and then sprinkle the glitter on it.  I throw out the excess that gets on it before it dries by shaking it in the garbage.

They will look like these:

St Patty

When they dry, you can insert a small piece of thread ( any color you want) in the hole, tie a knot, and them you can hang them anywhere you would like to show them off in your house.

Of course, while you do this, you can be eating the Bailey’s Irish Cream Brownies that I made earlier this month.  The recipe is posted here in the blog or on my Facebook page or Twitter page.

Happy St. Patty’s Day everyone!!