Monthly Archives: May 2014

Jello Aquarium

If you’re looking for a fun sweet treat for the kids, try making some adorable jello aquariums. The best part of this project is using your imagination — with so many fun additions to make your aquarium a hit. Some of the cutest things include a whipped topping wave, with “floating” Teddy Grahams using a gummy Life Saver float.

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Making your favorite jello aquarium is easy, but it does take patience. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 box blue Jell-O (or, Knox gelatin with blue food coloring and juice for flavoring)
  • Swedish Fish
  • Other candies for sea life (use your imagination, Nerds for rocks, Rips for seaweed, gummy Sharks, etc.)
  • Clear cups or aquarium container (Clear bowl, etc.)

Directions:

  • Mix gelatin mix (either Jell-O or Knox). It is suggested to make one batch to keep the color of gelatin consistent.
  • Follow the quick set or cool set instructions on the gelatin. Note: warm gelatin mix may melt candies.
  • Fill container, then drop in candies (For best results, plan to layer the gelatin, allowing layers to set before adding the next layer.)
  • Add fish and sea life when gelatin has not set completely.

Other Notes:

  • Blue Jell-O may be too dark to see sea life in small clear cups. Knox gelatin might be a better for single-serve options.
  • This is an activity that’s best for older children and for younger children to enjoy completed aquariums.
  • Plan on serving your Jell-O aquariums within a few hours of finishing.

 

We hope you enjoy serving these fun aquariums to the kiddos this summer.

Macey’s Enter to win a Char-Broil-Grill

For every $25 you spend at Macey’s from May 15, 2014 to June 9, 2014, you’ll automatically be entered to win a 4 burner propane Char-Broil-Grill.  At checkout, just make sure to give the cashier your phone number so your Perks account will be entered to win.

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If you haven’t signed up for Perks , you can do so by asking any of our friendly employees.

No purchase necessary. To read promotion Terms and Conditions, click here.

 

Rockstar Extreme Sports Pack Giveaway

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Macey’s Perks along with Rockstar will be giving away some Extreme Sports packs, which includes: a BMX bike, skateboard, sunglasses, T-shirt and a water bottle! For every $10 you spend with your Macey’s Perks account on Rockstar from June 2 to August 23 you’ll automatically be entered to win. At checkout, be sure to give the cashier your phone number so your Perks account will be entered to win.

No purchases necessary. To read promotion Terms and Conditions, click here.

Rockstar Extreme Sports Pack Giveaway

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PLUS Rewards along with Rockstar will be giving away some Extreme Sports packs, which includes: a BMX bike, skateboard, sunglasses, T-shirt and a water bottle! For every $10 you spend with your PLUS account on Rockstar from June 2 to August 23 you’ll automatically be entered to win. At checkout, be sure to give the cashier your phone number so your PLUS account will be entered to win.

No purchases necessary. To read promotion Terms and Conditions, click here.

Scrumptious Sliders

Hamburgers are a huge crowd pleaser, but change it up a bit this summer and try serving some sliders.  These mini hamburgers are the perfect addition to your barbecue or picnic.  Here is a quick recipe for some tasty sliders.

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What You Will Need:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic,
  • King’s Hawaiian rolls
  • Your favorite hamburger condiments

What You Do:

  1. Preheat grill for high heat.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, evaporated milk, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic using your hands.
  3. Form the mixture into small hamburger patties about 1 1/2″ in diameter.
  4. Lightly oil the grill grate.
  5. Grill patties until well done.
  6. Assembly your sliders with your favorite hamburger condiments
  7. Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by to see what is “fresh” on the block.  We hope you enjoy these sliders and they add a nice little change to your summer menu.

Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs

Strawberries are in season and we all love the tangy sweet taste of strawberry shortcake as the weather warms up.  Now you can enjoy one of your favorite  desserts on the go with these Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs.

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What You Will Need:

  • Strawberries; halved
  • Angel Food Cake or Pound Cake; Cubed
  • Can of whipped cream
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Wooden Skewers

What You Do:

  1. Take one half of a strawberry and place on skewer
  2. Then take your whipped cream and place a dollop  of whip cream on the strawberry
  3. Take a piece of your angel food cake or pound cake  and skewer it so the whip cream is between the strawberry and your cake.
  4. Repeat this process until you have 1″ ends on your skewer
  5. Continue making as many skewers as you want
  6. Place completed skewers on a plate
  7. Drizzle skewers with chocolate syrup
  8. Enjoy!

We hope you enjoy this take and go treat! Thanks for stopping by to see what is “fresh” on the block.

 

Looking to learn more about nutrition and food?

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Are you interested in learning more about nutrition or just food in general?  Then check out the FREE community and cooking classes that take place at your local Macey’s Little Theater.  Make sure to reserve your spot, these fun filled nights fill up fast!

 

 

Schedule for Providence Macey’s Little Theater

Adult Classes – Ages 10&up

RESERVE a seat today at the Service Desk to attend class!!!

May 2014

  • Tuesday, May 6th @ 7pm: Food & Nutrition: Eating great food is never really a problem, because there are so many wonderful options. The problem is finding great tasting food that is also healthy for us! That’s why the Food Sense Girls are back again this month to teach more tricks and tips for choosing healthy food choices.
  • Wednesday, May 7th @ 7pm: Comfort Food: When I think of comfort food I think of my grandma’s stew and warm rolls, and how many great memories I have made by while eating it. Relda Sandgran is no stranger to creating meals that bring a smile to every face at the table, and she is going to be sharing recipes that will definitely have your family begging for seconds.
  • Thursday, May 8th @ 7pm: Simple Pleasures: Often we feel that we need to have a large meal prepared for dinner each night, but sometimes you don’t need a gourmet meal to please your family. Amy Smith is back to show off her super simple recipes for Crock Pot Lasagna and Honey Popcorn that will leave you relaxed and free to enjoy dinner.
  • Wednesday, May 14th @7pm: Quick Hands: Trying to clean, pick the kids up from school, and working part time leaves little time left for preparing great food. Kevin and Tiffany Olsen are the parents of two young children, and they have chosen a couple great recipes that won’t take more than a moment to prepare.
  • Thursday, May 15th @7pm: Spring Fever: Whether you enjoy backyard BBQ’s or cozy picnics at the park, you want new and interesting recipes to enjoy right? Amy Smith is here to save the day from the typical potato salad and PB&J’s. She will be showing off her Garden Vegetable Quiche and Tomato & Green Olive Salsa.
  • Wednesday, May 21st @7pm: Cache Valley Gluten Free: Spring has finally arrived and it’s time to perk up your Gluten Free cookbook with great new recipes! Don’t miss out on this cooking class that is focused on the tips and tricks that will help your Gluten Free lifestyle more like the lifestyle you knew before.
  • Tuesday, May 27th @7pm: School of Hard Knocks: If you attended the class in April, you will know just what kind of state our economy is. So this class is a continuation of that class that will give you the final tools and tricks you will need to survive the hardships that come with our changing economy.
  • Wednesday, May 28th @7pm: Who’s in your Head?: From birth we have given hundreds of thousands of ideas, perspectives, and judgments—mostly at the hand of our parents, family, close friends, and community. Now it is time to sort through them and determine which are contributing to our own betterment and which ones are holding us back. Come learn from Aaron Preece the sorting, cleaning, and deleting tools that will make those ideas, thoughts and voices in your head-your own.

Lemon Kissed Brownie Bites

Sometimes you just need a little bite to cure that sweet tooth.  Make a batch of these Lemon Kissed Brownie Bites so you can keep your sweet cravings at bay.

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What You Will Need:

For Brownies:
1⁄2 cup Ghirardelli® 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips
1⁄4 cup unsalted butter
1⁄3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
1⁄2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon zest (divided)
1⁄4 teaspoon baking powder

For Lemon Frosting:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1⁄4 teaspoon finely shredded lemon zest
1-1⁄3 cups powdered sugar
3 to 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (divided)

For Chocolate Glaze:
1⁄3 cup Ghirardelli® 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 teaspoons light-color corn syrup
Additional lemon zest for topping (optional)

What You Do:

For Brownies:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line fourteen 1-1/4-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups; set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan, heat and stir the 1/2 cup Ghirardelli® 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips and the 1/4 cup butter over very low heat until melted and smooth.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Stir in sugar.
  6. Add egg, beating with a wooden spoon until just combined.
  7. Stir in vanilla.
  8. In a small bowl, stir together flour, the 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, and the baking powder. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture; stir just until combined.
  9. Drop a rounded teaspoon of batter into each prepared muffin cup.
  10. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in centers of brownies comes out clean.
  11. Cool in pan for 5 minutes.
  12. Carefully transfer brownies to a wire rack; cool.

For Lemon Frosting:

  1. In a small bowl, beat the 2 tablespoons softened butter and the 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds.
  2. Add powdered sugar and 2 teaspoons of the lemon juice.
  3. Beat until combined.
  4. Beat in enough of the remaining lemon juice, 1 teaspoon at a time, to make a thick frosting.
  5. Using a pastry bag fitted with a star tip, pipe frosting onto each brownie.
  6. Chill for 30 minutes.

For Chocolate Glaze:

  1. in a small saucepan, combine the 1/3 cup Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips and the 1 tablespoon butter.
  2. Heat and stir over very low heat until melted and smooth.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. stir in the corn syrup.
  5. Let cool for 10 minutes.
  6. Spoon glaze over tops of chilled brownies.
  7. If desired, top with strips of lemon zest.
  8. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour or until glaze is set.

Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by to see what is “fresh” on the block.  We hope you enjoy these little bites of lemony heaven.

To view the original recipe, visit Ghirardelli’s website.