Monthly Archives: March 2014

Watermelon Cupcakes and Buttercream Frosting

Summer is full of sun, fun and food.  Why not share some adorably delicious cupcakes with your friends and family?  Use this recipe to shock and awe your friends and family with your fun creativity! 

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What You will Need:

  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  •  Red, and Yellow Food coloring

What you Do:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Line cupcake tins with cupcake liners. 
  • Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. 
  • In a separate bowl, beat together the milk, water, oil, eggs, and vanilla with an electric beater on medium speed. Add dry ingredients and continue to beat together on medium speed for an additional 2 minutes. 
  • Add eight drops of red food coloring and one drop of yellow food coloring to make your batter watermelon colored.  
  • Fold in chocolate chips and pour batter into prepared cupcake tins about 1/2 to 2/3 full. Bake for 20-23 minutes. 
  • Allow to cool completely 
  • Frost using your favorite buttercream frosting.  Add green food coloring to get the green for your watermelons.  

Gluten-Free Conversion

Use 2 1/2 cups gluten free flour blend. Add 3/4 tsp. xanthum gum only if the flour blend doesn’t already contain it.

Buttercream Frosting

What You will Need:

  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon butter flavoring
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 cup milk (for medium consistency. Use more, if necessary)

What You Do:

In a large mixing bowl, beat together the shortening and butter with an electric mixer. Add the vanilla and butter flavoring. Slowly add the confectioners’ sugar to the shortening mixture 1/2 cup at a time; beating with an electric mixer as you go. After each addition, add 1 tablespoon milk or until you reach the desired consistency. Beat at medium speed until mixture is light and fluffy.

Hint: To save time you can combine all ingredients at once into the mixing bowl. Start beating on lowest speed until well blended. Increase speed to medium and beat for 1-2 minutes until light and fluffy.

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Spring Cleaning and your Pantry

Spring is coming and it’s time to get organized. Maybe it was a New Year’s resolution that fell to the wayside, but there is still time to rearrange and clean up before spring in in full swing. Here are three steps to get your pantry clean and organized for spring:

Spring Cleaning

  1. Clean it Out!

    First thing you will want to do is get everything out of your pantry. Take every last can out so you can see what you have and then you can start sorting your items. Separate your items into four categories: things you use every day, things you use occasionally, things you want to donate and things you need to trash.

  2. Clean Up!

    Now that your pantry is empty, take advantage of it and wipe down all your shelves. Getting rid of the crumbs and dust will make your pantry feel ten times more organized. Take a damp cloth over all your shelves and then let them dry completely before you begin restocking.

  3. Stock It!

    This is where you will truly get organized. Organize your pantry in zones; this is the best way to make sure you won’t be dealing with unorganized chaos in a few months. Start by putting all your baking items in one section, breakfast items in another, lunch items in another, ect. Organizing by meals will A) make meal prep more simple and B) keep your pantry organized. Another zone you may want to include is a snack zone. Make your snack zone easy to access so your smaller family members will be able to reach and they won’t need to go ripping through your organized shelves searching for their favorite snack.

We hope these steps help you get your pantry in perfect order this spring.

 

Freeze your Food like a Pro

Now that you have all your goodies from case lot you can turn them into casseroles, stews and soups.  Make them in large quantities at once so you can have meals prepared and ready to go when you need them.  Here are some tips on how to freeze your food like a pro.

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Choose Freezer Friendly Foods

Some foods are better suited to be frozen than others.  Casseroles, soups and stews probably come to mind as food that is freezer friendly, but you can also freeze chili and meat loaf to mix up your freezer selections.

Store

Avoid freezer burn by using moisture-proof zip-top bags.  Remove as much air as possible before you seal them.  Make sure you are also storing soups and stews in freezer bags for storage and freezing purposes.

Freeze!

Freeze things as quickly as possible.  The sooner that a food is frozen, the better the quality of the food when it thaws.

Defrosting

The best results when defrosting a food is letting it defrost in the fridge for about 5 hours per pound.  If necessary though, you can use the defrost mechanism on your microwave.

Frozen Foes

Here are a list of things that aren’t freezer friendly and you should avoid freezing when possible
Gravies, High water content fruits and vegetables, cooked potatoes, fully cooked pasta and some dairy products

Thanks for stopping by to see what is “fresh” on the block.   We hope this helps you make the most of your case lot sale and your freezer.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

A simple recipe to satisfy your Irish food cravings this St. Patrick’s Day.

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What  You Will Need:

  • 1 4-5 lb. corned beef brisket
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 5 crushed garlic cloves
  • 3 cups water
  • 8 oz ginger ale
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons vinegar
  • Corned beef seasoning packet
  • 1 lb carrots
  • 1 lb red potatoes
  • 1 head of cabbage

What You Do:

  1. Place onions and garlic in the bottom of a medium to large slow cooker.
  2. Place beef on top of garlic and onions (beef should not touch the bottom of the slow cooker.)
  3. Combine water, sugar, vinegar, and ginger ale.
  4. Pour on brisket.
  5. Take seasoning packet and pour on beef.
  6. Cook on low for 4 hours
  7. Add chopped potatoes and carrots.
  8. Cook for another 3 hours
  9. On the 7th hour, add cabbage.
  10. Cook for one more hour
  11. Cool and serve

Thank you for stopping by to see what is “fresh” on the block.  We hope you enjoy this recipe and have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!

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