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Strawberry Lime Sorbet Recipe

StrawberryLimeSorbet

Strawberry Lime Sorbet

Ingredients

  • 4 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1/4-1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tbsp lime zest
  • 1/8-1/4 cup honey*

Instructions

  1. Throw everything into a high powered blender and blend until smooth
  2. The consistency may be perfect as is to serve or for a more frozen treat, run it through an ice cream maker
  3. Store in an airtight container in the freezer and let it sit our for about 15 minutes before serving

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Brown Sugar Baked Peaches Recipe

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They say these are better than doughnuts, will have to try this with the kids to see if we agree.

Brown Sugar Baked Peaches

Ingredients per serving:
1 fresh peach
1 teaspoon butter divided
4 teaspoons brown sugar divided
Sprinkling of ground cinnamon to taste

Directions:
1. Slice the peach in half and remove the pit.

2. Place 1/2 teaspoon butter into each half along with 2 teaspoons of brown sugar into each. Sprinkle each ground cinnamon.

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. This is amazing with vanilla ice cream.

Other Yummy Recipes:
Farm Stand Peach Jam
Peach Spiced Strata
Grilled Peach and Prosciutto Chicken

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Memorial Day Treat

MemorialDay

Patriotic Trifle

Ingredients:
1/4 cup plus 2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 premade angel food cake cut into 1-inch slices
1 pound cream cheese softened
2 cups heavy cream room temperature
2 pints blueberries
2 pints strawberries hulled and sliced

Directions:

1. Heat 1/4 cup sugar, lemon juice and 1/4 cup water in  saucepan over medium-high heat stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and stir in the almond extract.

2. Brush both sides of each slice of cake with the syrup. Cut the slices into 1-inch cubes.

3. Beat the remaining 2/3 cup sugar and the cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until smooth and light. Add the cream and beat on medium-high speed until smooth and the consistency of whipped cream.

4. Arrange half of the cake cubes in the bottom of a 13-cup trifle dish. Sprinkle evenly with a layer of blueberries. Dollop half of the cream mixture over the blueberries and gently spread. Top with a layer of strawberries. Layer the remaining cake cubes on top of the strawberries, then sprinkle with more blueberries and top with the remaining cream mixture. Finish with the remaining strawberries and blueberries, arranging them in a decorative pattern. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.

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Mothers Day Brunch Idea

Mothers Day Necklace by HotaruJewlery on Etsy

Mothers Day Necklace by HotaruJewlery on Etsy

My husband is not one for cooking elaborate meals, but even he can do this. (If the batter is pre-made) And it sure beats him going out with the kids to buy a box of doughnuts and gallon of chocolate milk for my special Mothers Day breakfast.

Whole Grain Waffles Recipe

Ingredients:
2 cups  buttermilk
1/2 cup  old-fashioned rolled oats
2/3 cup  whole-wheat flour
2/3 cup  all-purpose flour
1/4 cup  toasted wheat germ, or cornmeal
1 1/2 teaspoons  baking powder
1/2 teaspoon  baking soda
1/4 teaspoon  salt
1 teaspoon  ground cinnamon
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup  packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon  canola oil
2 teaspoons  vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Mix buttermilk and oats in medium bowl and let set for 15 minutes.

2. Sift together whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, wheat germ or cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon into large bowl.

3. Stir egg, sugar oil and vanilla into oatmeal mixture. Add wet mixture to the flour mixture and mix with spatula just until moistened.

4. Coat waffle iron with cooking spray and preheat. Spoon enough batter to cover 3/4 of surface. Cook until waffles are crisp and golden brown about 4 to 5 minutes.

Serve with fresh fruit and light whipping cream.

Another article you might like:
Mothers Day Ideas

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Earth Day Sugar Cookies

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This recipe uses Big Birds Sugar Cookie dough recipe, im sure few remember this recipe but my moms been using it for many years.

Ingredients:
3/4 Cups softened butter
1 Cup white sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 Cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt (optional)

Directions:

1. In large bowl beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs to mixture one at a time and beat well after each addition.  Add vanilla to mixture and beat well.

2. In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.

3. Add dry mixture to butter mixture add a little at a time, mixing well after each addition.

4. Chill dough for at least one hour.

5. Roll out dough on a floured surface and use cutters to cut into shapes.

6. Bake at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Remove from oven, allow to cool on sheet for 8 minutes, move to wire racks to cool completely.

To decorate just use pre-made fluffy white frosting. Divide into two batches, add blue to one and green to the other. The kids can make small Earths’s for earth day.

 

Other articles you might like:
Celebrate Earth Day

Playdough Recipes for Kids has an earth friendly dough recipe

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National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

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Very few people know that today is National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day. How this  started and why is beyond me but I don’t mind, it happens to be one of my favorite snacks. They say that chocolate comes from cocoa beans which is vegetable and raisins are a fruit. Your supposed to eat fruits and vegetables every day right. how about trying to make these yourself.

Chocolate Covered Raisins Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 cup chocolate chopped
1/2 Tablespoon coconut oil
1 cup plump moist raisins

Directions.

1. Prepare baking sheet by lining with waxed paper.

2. Place shopped chocolate and oil into microwave safe bowl. Microwave stirring every 30 seconds until melted.

3. Once chocolate is smooth, and raisins and stir until well coated with chocolate. It will be a thin coat on each raisin.

4. Scrape chocolate covered raisins onto prepared sheet and separate them so they aren’t in huge clumps.

5. Place in fridge for about 15 minutes then break apart any clump. Store in tightly covered container in fridge up to a week. Enjoy!!

*For thicker chocolate layer dip  again after fridge.

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Mardi Gras Recipe

MardiGras

Usually for Mardi Gras I make chicken gumbo. This year I thought I would try out another classic dish.

Crab and Shrimp Étouffée Recipe

Ingredients:
2 pounds unpeeled, medium-size raw shrimp
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped celery
3 garlic cloves
1 (14-oz.) can chicken broth
1/3 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 tablespoon low-sodium Creole seasoning
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1 (16-oz.) container fresh crabmeat, drained and flaked
5 cups hot cooked long-grain rice
Garnish: chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Directions:
1. Peel shrimp; de-vein, if desired.
2. Melt butter with oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat; stir in flour, and cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until caramel colored. Add chopped onion, green pepper, and celery; cook, stirring constantly, 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add minced garlic, and sauté 1 minute.
3. Stir in chicken broth, white wine, and next 6 ingredients, and cook, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Add shrimp. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.
4. Stir in crab meat; cook, stirring often, until thoroughly heated.
5. Spoon shrimp mixture into individual serving bowls. Spoon hot cooked rice on top of shrimp mixture. Garnish, if desired.

*2 (16-oz.) packages frozen unpeeled, raw shrimp, thawed according to package directions, may be substituted.

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Raspberry Swirl Rolls Recipe

Raspberry Swirl Rolls

Raspberry Swirl Rolls

I cheat on these and use my bread machine to make the bread dough. I love making these for special brunches.

Dough Ingredients:
1/2 cup warm milk
1/3 cup white sugar
3/4 tablespoons active dry yeast or 1 package
1/2 stick room temp butter
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 cups flour

Filling:
3/4 cup frozen raspberries
3 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

Glaze:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1.5 tablespoons melted butter
1.5 tablespoons milk

1. Place all dough ingredients in bread machine according to manufacturer instructions and use dough setting.

2. Remove dough from bread machine onto lightly floured surface. Pat dough into 12 inch by 5 inch rectangle.

Filling:  In small bowl gently mix together raspberries, sugar and cornstarch to combine. Sprinkle mixture over dough. Roll into long 12 inch log pinching edge to seal. Using sharp knife slice log into 8 equal slices. Place slices outside up into greased 9 inch round cake pan. Spoon extra raspberry mixture over rolls. Cover pan and let rise in warm place until doubled about 1 – 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 F. Uncover rolls and bake until golden brown about 25 – 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool 30 minutes in pan.

Glaze:  Whisk together powdered sugar, butter and milk until smooth. Pour over warm rolls and spread out evenly with spatula. serve rolls warm or room temperature.

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Valentine Party Snack Mix Recipe

Party Snack Mix

School Valentine Day Parties are coming up quick, and this snack mix is super easy to make. We promise the kids will love this recipe. You might even want to make a batch for home.

2 cups M&M’s
1 cup dry roasted peanuts (im a sucker for Planters)
1 1/2 cups Valentine candy corn
2 bags of lightly salted popped microwave popcorn
24 ounces of vanilla Almond bark

Place popped popcorn into the largest bowl you have, pour in M&M’s, peanuts and candy corn.
Break up almond bark and melt according to package directions. Pour over popcorn mixture and stir until evenly coasted. Spread it out onto waxed paper or foil. Let sit until dry and break into small clumps.

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Nutella French Toast with Strawberries

Nutella French Toast

It’s a family tradition to have a special Valentines day breakfast. Now that breakfast is built into my girls school day, they wont be home on February 14, so we will have to do this the weekend closest to it. The girls and even my hubby will LOVE the chocolate strawberry combination.

2.5 – 3 cups sliced strawberries
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
Bread
Nutella
3 eggs
1 cup milk
3 Tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Powder sugar for serving

1. Combine strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in bowl. Set aside.

2. Spread Nutella over 2 slices of bread, and join like a sandwich. Heat non stick skillet o use non stick spray  in skillet over medium heat.

3. In shallow dish whisk together milk, eggs, melted butter, vanilla, and cinnamon.  Dip each sandwich into egg mixture, flipping over 2 times to evenly coat both sides. Add to hot skillet being careful not to crowd the others. Cook for about 2 minutes per side until golden brown.

4. Transfer to a plate, dust with powder sugar, and strawberries. Enjoy.

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