Mojito Fruit Salad

 Mojito Fruit Salad 

 Mojito Fruit Salad

Photo Credit: Mom On Time Out 

We’re throwing a baby shower for one of our close friends this coming October, and was excited to see this recipe.  How much fun to have a Mojito Fruit Salad to kick up the fun. If you love Mojitos, don’t miss this scrumptious recipe for Mojito Fruit Salad!

Mojito Fruit Salad

  • 8 cups fresh fruit, chopped (nectarines, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, grapes, melon, plums, pluots, etc.)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 lime juice
  • OR 1/4 cup lime juice and 1/4 cup rum
  • 2 Tbls fresh mint, chiffonade

Head over to Mom On Time Out for the complete instructions!

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Strawberry Filled Vanilla Cupcakes

Strawberry Filled Vanilla Cupcakes
recipe from Baked Perfection

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sour cream

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda,baking powder and salt. In a separate mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla; mix well. Add the flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream (batter will be thick). Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups with 1/4 cup of batter. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely and fill with strawberry filling. Top with Strawberry buttercream. Recipe makes approximately 30 cupcakes.

Strawberry Filling
recipe from Baked Perfection

1 32oz container frozen strawberries packed in syrup, thawed
Juice of one lemon
3 tablespoons cornstarch
pinch of salt

Drain strawberries, reserving the liquid. Add enough water to liquid to equal 1 cup. In a large saucepan, combine the strawberry liquid, lemon juice, cornstarch, and salt. Heat and stir until the mixture boils and thickens. Cool completely. Stir strawberries into the cooled mixture. Refrigerate until ready to use. (This can be made several days in advance and any leftovers works well on toast, on pancakes, or mixed in plain Greek Yogurt.)

Strawberry Buttercream
recipe from Baked Perfection

2 sticks butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup strawberry filling (strawberry jam or preserves can be substituted)
pinch of salt
6 cups powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk

Beat butter and vanilla until creamy. Mix in strawberry filling and salt. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating until combined. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach desired consistency.

Blackberry Coffee Cake

Blackberry Coffee Cake

Blackberry Filling
1 1/4 cups frozen (thawed and well drained) blackberries
 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Coffee Cake
2 1/4 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
 1 container (8 ounces) sour cream
Powdered Sugar Glaze
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
 3 to 4 teaspoons water
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom and side of 10-inch angel food (tube) cake pan with shortening; lightly flour.
  2. In small bowl, mix all Blackberry Filling ingredients; set aside.
  3. In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder and baking soda; set aside. In large bowl, beat granulated sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs with electric mixer on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in flour mixture alternately with sour cream on low speed.
  4. Spread one-third of the batter in pan; sprinkle with half of the filling. Spoon another one-third of the batter by tablespoonfuls over filling; sprinkle with remaining filling. Spoon remaining batter over filling; spread evenly.
  5. Bake coffee cake 55 to 65 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour 30 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir all Powdered Sugar Glaze ingredients until smooth and thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle over cooled coffee cake.
Makes 16 servings

S’mores Pancakes

s'mores pancakes

S’MORES Pnacakes – compliments of The SPOONFUL.  My whole childhood life – I LOVE marshmallows.   You would think I would’ve grown up and given up this obsession as an adult, but I don’t think I ever did.  Now – it just seems I’m allowed to indulge in them whenever I choose.  Which well – let’s just keep it a secret as to how much.

These pancakes are a MUST have this Saturday morning in my household.

What you’ll need

  • Your favorite pancake recipe
  • Chocolate chips (optional)
  • Jumbo marshmallows
  • Chocolate syrup

How to make it

  1. Mix up your favorite pancake recipe or mix. I used a basic buttermilk recipe and threw in a handful (okay, fine. TWO handfuls.) of chocolate chips. Cook as directed, aiming for pancakes that are about 3″-4″ in diameter.
  2. You have two options for melting your jumbo marshmallow:

    1) Put the marshmallow on a skewer and toast it over a low gas burner on your stove until it is golden brown and melted all the way through.

    OR

    2) Place the marshmallow on top of one panckae and microwave for 20-30 seconds on High. Keep an eye on it, because it will expand quite a lot this wa!

  3. Sandwich the toasted/melted marshmallow between two pancakes and smoosh it down so all that gooey goodness comes squishing out of the sides just a bit. Drizzle with chocolate syrup and gobble it up!
  4. Go clean your face. You’ve got chocolate and marshmallow all over your chin!

French Toast Cupcakes

Do you ever have bread that’s more then a few days old – it’s not moldy but it’s kind of stale.  You don’t want to trash it because you’re frugal but no one in your family will eat it either because well – it tastes yuck.

We have a solution.  French Toast Cupcakes.

french toast cupcakes

 

Ingredients
  • ½ loaf French bread, cubed (or any kind of stale or day-old bread)
  • ½ C. sour cream
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 1¼ C. half and half (use milk to make it even more frugal)
  • 3 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted and cooled
  • ¼ C. maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • Cool Whip Frosting
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place bread cubes in a mixing bowl. Combine other ingredients and pour over bread cubes, stirring to saturate completely.
  2. Scoop batter into muffin cups. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and inside is baked through.
  3. Allow to cool slightly and top with vanilla Cool Whip Frosting.

french toast cupcakes recipe  french toast cupcakes recipe

Football covered Strawberries

super bowl snack

Super Bowl Snack: Football Chocolate Covered Strawberries

It’s time for the Superbowl, here’s a fun way of serving a snack for your get-together…Take a look at these adorable Football Chocolate Covered strawberries! It is super easy and the perfect addition to your party!

What you will need:

  • Strawberries
  • Chocolate (baking chocolate or chocolate chips work great)
  • White Icing

Directions:

  • Melt the Chocolate
  • Dip the Strawberries in the chocolate
  • Draw a football onto the strawberries!
  • Enjoy!

Cinnamon Bread

CINNAMON BREAD
(makes 2 loaves)
Batter:
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk or 2 cups milk plus 2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
Cinnamon/sugar mixture:
2/3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Cream together butter, 2 cups of sugar, and eggs.  Add milk, flour, and baking soda.  Put 1/2 of batter (or a little less) into greased loaf pans (1/4 in each pan).  Mix in separate bowl the 2/3 c sugar and cinnamon.  Sprinkle 3/4 of cinnamon mixture on top of the 1/2 batter in each pan.  Add remaining batter to pans; sprinkle with last of cinnamon topping.  Swirl with a knife.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 min.  or until toothpick tester come clean.
Cool in pan for 20 minutes before removing from pan.
I have also made this bread in muffin tins which made it a little easier to freeze and take out as needed.

Nian Goa – A Chinese New Year Recipe

Nian Gao is considered good luck during Chinese New Year, and therefore something every family usually buys to eat.  This year – we’re going to make our own.  Here is a simple recipe you can use.

Nian Gao, or Chinese New Year's Cake

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 2-1/2 cups dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4-1/2 cups sweet rice flour (Available in Asian specialty markets)
  • 3 dried red dates (Available in Asian specialty markets

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, boil the water, add the sugar and the oil, and stir just until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool for about 20 minutes.
  2. Mix the rice flour thoroughly with the cooled liquid and transfer the mixture into an 8-inch round aluminum pan. (The aluminum pans at supermarket salad bars work very well for this). Set the dates in the middle.
  3. Put an inch of water into a wok, a large pot, or a large flat pan and carefully set the pan of batter in the water. Cover lightly with aluminum foil and gently steam the mixture for about 50 minutes. Take care not to let the water boil over into the nian gao.

    Steaming can also be done in the oven: set a large pan of hot water on the middle shelf of a 375-degree oven and carefully place the nin gao, covered loosely with foil, in the hot-water bath. The water should be gently bubbling. Steam for about 50 minutes or until the mixture is firm in the middle. Cool thoroughly before cutting the nian gao into diamond shapes. Makes 12 servings.

Apple Chips with Cinnamon Sugar

We saw this recipe from Foodlets.com and knew we had to borrow it for our blog.  I know my kiddies always ask me to buy chips whenever we’re at the grocery store (that’s why I avoid bringing them whenever I can).  While I sometimes give in – most of the time, I rather them not put a bunch of processed crap in their system.

These apple chips are easy to make, will make your house smell delicious and actually good for them.

BAKED APPLE CHIPS WITH CINNAMON SUGAR

Ingredients

  • 2 apples (golden delicious, gala or other fall baking apples are best)
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon sugar

Instructions

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

Wash and slice apples horizontally, using a mandolin if possible. Don’t bother coring, just remove any pieces of seeds.

On a baking sheet lined with a non-stick sheet such as Silpat, or parchment paper, sprinkle powdered sugar in a very thin, even layer. Line up apple slices, side by side as closely as they’ll fit in. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top. Place in the warm oven for at least 90 minutes, rotating once halfway through. For sweeter and chewier apples, remove at this point. For crispier apples with a more toasted flavor, cook for the full 2 hours.

Note: the “chips” may not be crispy to the touch when you first remove them from the oven. Remove them from the baking sheet and allow to cool on a wire rack or counter space. They’ll crisp up a bit here. Also, the thicker you slice the apples, the chewier the result.

Frozen Strawberry & Yogurt

Valentines Day Ideas

Valentines Day Ideas: Frozen Strawberries & Yogurt

I saw this adorable snack and thought it was perfect for this time of year with Valentine’s Day right around the corner. It is super easy to make and is a very healthy snack – especially with all of the yogurt deals we get great deals on! These are the perfect after school snack!

What you will need:

  • Strawberries
  • Yogurt (Greek/flavored anything you would like)
  • Freezer

Directions:

  • Optional: Cut the strawberries in half
  • Dip the Strawberries in yogurt
  • Put them in the freezer
  • Enjoy!