Friday, February 12, 2016

Long Lasting Apple Platter

My good friend Amber, from Dessert Now Dinner Later had an apple preserving experiment and came up with this AMAZING way to keep sliced apples from browning. It seriously is going to change my life - and yours too!

I tested my apples just like she did and the results were phenomenal! The apples were so good that I even took a platter of heart cut apples to my daughter's preschool Valentine's party! Healthy and ADORABLE! This was so simple and we've been snacking on an addition platter of apples I cut yesterday! They are still not browning 32 hours later! AHH! It's AWESOME! 

This is a simple, fun way to bring shapes and a little extra love to any fruit platter! 
Slice your apples and cut them with cookie cutters! 

Happy Valentine's Day!

To see Amber's 3 different ways to preserve Apples click HERE!

Steps for Long Lasting Apples

1. Take a medium/ small bowl and place 2- 2 1/2 c. cold water.

2. Dissolve a packet of EMERGEN-C in the water bowl.

3. Cut your apples. Cut them, slice them, dice them, whatever you want! 
(If cutting them out with a cookie cutter make your slices a little thicker)

4. Place the cut apples into the Water & Emergen-C Solution and let soak for 5 minutes.

5. Place the apples on a platter and serve!

6. Any leftovers, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.


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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Fudge Mint Cake Cookies

If you love mint and chocolate, then this recipe is for you! I felt like the devil himself when I tasted these bad boys! Talk about melt in your mouth AMAZING! These are made with a cake mix to make these easy to prepare and and seriously delicious.

Fudge Mint Cake Cookies

1 Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
2 Eggs
1/3 c. Oil
1 c. Andes Mint Baking Chips

1. Mix cake mix, oil and eggs together in a bowl. Fold in the mint chips.

2. Place by rounds on a greased cookie sheet.

3. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Easy Fudge Brownies

Homemade brownies sounded AMAZING, but the problem was I have never made them! Say what? Never made homemade brownies? What kind of cooking blog is this? It's true, talk about confession; our family has always need lazy with brownies, we LOVE brownie mixes and just always use those. It was late and the store was about to close so we couldn't run and grab a mix. So, I took to my ANCIENT Better Homes and Garden's cook book that is practically disintegrating and put it to good use. (It was a wedding present at my parent's wedding over 40 years ago! They let me borrow it).

I found a simple Fudge Brownie recipe and it was AMAZING! The perfect rich fudge brownies!
Seriously DELICIOUS! I can't wait to keep using this recipe instead of a mix. A little bit more work, but it has such a richer taste.

Easy Fudge Brownies

1/2 c. Butter
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate bakers squares
1 c. Sugar 
2 Eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla
3/4 c. Flour

Preheat oven to 350. 

In a medium sauce pan melt butter and chocolate. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla. Stir in the flour and mix well. 
Spread in a greased 8x8 pan. 
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Be careful not to overbake.
Cool completely and cut into squares! Delish!

Here's the ancient Better Homes and Garden's cookbook. All of the pages are yellow/brown from age and I swear the only thing holding this together is love! Talk about an AWESOME recipe index for basics, even if it is over 40 years old.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Birthday Bouquet - Teen Essentials

It's birthday time for one of my nieces. She is turning the big ONE-SEVEN! I can't believe it! The hardest thing about having nieces is knowing what to get them for their birthday's! Well this year, I had a marvelous idea! I would take my flower arranging experience and make a girl "teen essentials" birthday bouquet. This will last a lot longer than a flower arrangement would! Besides, what teen girl doesn't love more gum and candy for school, new lip gloss, nail polish, and mascara? I know when I was 17 I would have loved this gift! SCORE! BEST AUNT AWARD RIGHT HERE!

1 Mug
Flower Foam
Thick Bamboo Skewers
Teen essentials:
Lip Gloss
Chap Stick
Small Compact Mirror
Small Wipes
Nail Polish
Car Air Freshener
Small Lotion
Hot Chocolate Packet

Step 1: Fill the mug with the flower foam. squeeze it in so it doesn't move

Step 2: Tape each "teen essential" to a skewer.

Step 3: Poke the skewered essentials into the flower foam -mug. Biggest in back - smaller up front.
 Cut skewers at different lengths when needed- if not cut everything will be all one height.

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Click HERE for more Birthday, Wedding, Graduation etc. Gift Ideas!

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20+ Gift Ideas

I've needed a lot of gift ideas lately, so I thought I'd make a quick round up of gifts I've posted to have a quick reference. These gifts range from kids to adults and just about any occasion, Birthday's, Weddings, Graduations, Babies etc.
Happy Gifting! Check it out!

Click on the picture or title below the picture to take you to the post! 

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Money Lamp Gift Idea

Need a fun way to give money? How about a money lamp?
This is a GREAT gift idea for weddings, graduations, birthday's etc. 
Simply tape dollar bills to the outside of a newly purchased lampshade. Use scotch tape - or something that won't rip the money when it's removed. 

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Simple Stir-Fry

We have stir fry for dinner at least once a week. Seriously it is one of our family's favorites! This is a fast staple I know I can throw together with whatever veggies I have on hand. Some day's it's just 3 ingredients and other days it's up to 7. Using what's already in the fridge makes it different every time, and not the same recipe. Plus it only takes 30 minutes to make! SCORE! Grab your favorite veggies, meat and my DELICIOUS Stir Fry Sauce and get to cooking!

Simple Stir-Fry

Chop and cube whatever meat and veggies you have on hand.

For our family of 4 I used:
2 c. cubed Pork (we've used chicken and beef - all are delicious!)
1/2 Onion - quartered
4 stalks Celery
2 large Carrots (peeled and cut)
1/2 c. Lightly Salted Peanuts
1 small Tomato - diced

Place the meat, onion, celery and carrots in a large skillet with about 3 T. Olive oil or 2 T. Coconut Oil.

Cook over medium- medium/high heat until meat is cooked through and veggies are softened. 
(*You can cover the skillet with a lid to speed up cooking)

Add the tomato and peanuts last, just to heat through. 
(*If the tomato cooks too long it gets really mushy, and the peanuts burn easily)

Serve the stir fry over rice and pour some Stir-Fry Sauce on top. DELISH!

Stir Fry Sauce:
1/2 c. Sugar
3 T. Soy Sauce
3 T. Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 c. Ketchup

In a small sauce pan heat sugar, soy sauce and vinegar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and add the ketchup. Whisk until smooth.  Pour over your favorite stir fry!

What other veggies are good in a Stir-Fry?
Bamboo Shoots
Water Chestnuts
(Whatever you like!)

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