Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pumpkin Soft Pretzels - Say What?! Seriously Delish!


1 T yeast
1 ½ cup warm water
1 tsp salt
1 T sugar
1/2 c pumpkin puree
3 ½ to 4 1/2 cups flour 
1/2 c sugar
1-2 T cinnamon
Combine 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
Dissolve yeast in warm water in a large bowl. Stir in the salt, 1 T sugar and two cups flour. Add pumpkin. Beat till smooth. Stir in enough of the remaining flour to make the dough easy to handle. Shape. Then brush lightly with 1 T water and 1 egg white that has been whipped with a fork and sprinkle with Cinnamon sugar mixture. Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 425* for 15-20 minutes.
*We dipped ours in cream cheese frosting but I think that caramel frosting would be amazing too!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Maple Syrup



Who knew that maple syrup was so incredibly fast and easy to make. Not to mention that it is delicious!! 

What you'll need:
1 cup hot hot water
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 T Maple flavoring

In a medium saucepan, combine water and both sugars. Stir constantly over high heat until boiling. Be VERY careful as this will boil over really easily at this point!

Reduce heat to medium-high and continue to stir constantly until all of the sugar has dissolved. Continue stirring mixture over medium to medium-high heat for about 5 minutes until mixture begins to thicken to a syrup consistency. Keep in mind that this mixture will further thicken when cool. *I tested mine by scooping a small amount into a glass dish and setting it in the freezer for 1-2 minutes* Remove from heat and stir in maple flavoring.Set pan in an ice bath and continue to stir mixture for 3-5 minutes to cool.
 
Serve over something yummy and enjoy!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Veggie Tray


We have all made that plain old, boring veggie tray. Spice up your table this year with this super cute Turkey Tray! He was so easy to make. 

You'll Need:
Lettuce
Pea Pods
Olives
Carrots
Broccoli
Peppers
Cucumbers
Anything else you'd like to add. 


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Healthy No Bake Cookies (that all 5 kids beg for!!)



What you'll need: 

2 cups rolled oats, ground fine (do not use quick oats!! YUCK!!)
1 cup ground flax seed (I got mine in the organic section of Fry's)
2 cups coconut, ground fine
½ cup peanut butter
½ cup nutella
1 cup raw honey
1 cup 60% (or higher) cacao chocolate chips
2 tsp vanilla

I used my Ninja Master Prep Pro  to process the oatmeal and the coconut. I left some normal sized oats as you can see in the photo, but processed them slightly just because we prefer this texture. For the coconut I used Dried Young Coconut from Costco and I processed it in my Ninja until it was a powdery substance. Why? Well, because who actually like coconut flakes in their food? No one, that's who. I was out of my good raw honey, but this one is a good substitute. I then placed all ingredients into the bowl of my KitchenAid stand mixer with paddle attachment. Once everything is combined I used my cookie scoop to make approx 40 little "cookies" 2T. servings while my kids jumped up and down shouting and begging and trying to stick their little hands into the bowl. We each quickly ate one while we made our dinner and placed the rest in the refrigerator for later. I have been called "the best mom ever" multiple times tonight. They don't even know these were semi-healthy!



Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Perfect Chocolate Frosting



1 1/2 cups Sugar
3 sticks butter (1 1/2 cups butter)
1/4 cup flour
4 Tablespoons Cornstarch
1 T Vanilla bean paste (or regular vanilla extract) ***You can use any flavoring of your choice here***
1 1/2 cups milk
2oz Milk Chocolate
2oz Dark Chocolate

In a medium saucepan mix together the sugar, flour and cornstarch. Add 1/2 cup of the milk and mix very well. Pour in remaining milk slowly while stirring. Place over medium heat and stir constantly until mixture becomes very thick. Remove from heat. Place into a clean mixing bowl and allow to cool completely. (I place mine in the freezer and stir it frequently) Slice the butter into small sections and allow them to sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes. When the mixture is cool (I mean COLDER than room temperature) beat in the vanilla and start adding the butter 1-2 pieces at a time. Keep beating the frosting until all of the butter in whipped into the mixture. While this is mixing take 4oz chocolate from Dove Discoveries (GOOD chocolate matters!) and melt in a bowl, don't get it too hot. Slowly pour the melted chocolate into the mixture while mixing. Now you are going to continue to whip the mixture until it resembles whipped cream. If it isn't fluffy, don't stop. HERE IS MY SECRET: every other blog I have seen a similar recipe on says that if you beat it too long the frosting will start to break down; that is the opposite of what I have found. If it appears to be broken down, you didn't beat it long enough. I can store mine in the fridge and then re-whip it the next day for another 10-15 minutes and it will be perfectly fluffy again.

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