Week 21: Healthy Deviled Eggs & Drop Sugar Cookies

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This week you get two for the price of one.  Great Memorial Day sale, right?  I have a stack of recipes I plan to make and I attempted two of them this week.

Friday, after school, my daughter told me she ran a mile in 6:55 minutes.  Wow!  She was the fastest in her class.  When she asked for a sweet treat, I said “of course!”  She wanted sugar cookies but in a quick amount of time.  I didn’t want to roll out dough and besides, roll out sugar cookies need a few hours of refrigeration time.  I went through my cook books and my recipe box and couldn’t find a drop sugar cookie recipe.  I turned to the web and found one.  We made them in no time and had yummy cookies within 30 minutes.  We didn’t do the step where they said to oil the back of a glass, dip it in sugar, then smash the cookie.  We sprinkled sugar on top of half of the cookies and that was it.  We decided the sprinkled sugar ones were better and tasted less like flour.  So when you find yourself in need of a quick, sweet treat, turn to this sugar cookie recipe.  Here is one of our finished products.

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Saturday, I had the pleasure of joining my dear Tea Club friends for breakfast.  It was a potluck.  I had already agreed to make pumpkin muffins (from a mix or I’d share that recipe too).  When I saw my healthy deviled eggs recipe, I decided I wanted to try that one too.  It was simple.  The final result was that my friends liked it but not such much my kids.  My friends all commented that it is a bit more sour (the Greek yogurt effect) than regular deviled eggs but still tastey.  My children however, prefer the mayonnaise based eggs I normally make.  I think this is a nice alternative from time to time or if you are among “healthy” friends.  I added more Dijon mustard than the recipe called for because I tasted the yogurt too much.  I think maybe adding a spice of some kind would help too.  Play with it.  It’s a nice appetizer to bring to a party.

I hope you have time this weekend to be grateful for our freedom in America.  The sacrifice of men and women on behalf of our country is huge.  Memorial Day isn’t a great sale weekend.  It’s a time to be thankful and grateful to families who sacrificed.  Take some time to say thanks and take some time to pray for families who suffered for our freedom.  We are truly blessed!

Dream Big!

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Week 20: Buttercream Frosting

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This is a recipe I made years ago but pulled out fresh for my daughter’s birthday.  If you know me, you know I LOVE frosting.  A friend’s sister, who owned a baking business, made my wedding cake back in 1998.  She gave me her recipe for her buttercream frosting.  This is it.  It’s yummy.

I halved the recipe for a 9×13 cake and had some to spare.  I added purple food coloring to make it prettier. I forgot to sift the powdered sugar but it still worked.  However, for some reason I forgot to half the whipping cream so I put in 1/4 cup instead of an 1/8 of a cup.  It was thinner than it should have been but still tasty.

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Here is the recipe:

1 cup shortening

1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup margarine (or 1 cup butter or 1 cup margarine)

2 pounds powdered sugar (8 cups or 2 boxes) sifted

1 teaspoon salt, vanilla flavoring and almond flavoring

whipping cream, approximately 1/4 cup

Whip together shortening, butter and margarine until fluffy.  Add powdered sugar, a cup at a time, mixing on low-speed.  Add salt and flavorings.  Add whipping cream a little at a time until it is a good consistency.

It was a full birthday weekend of celebrating.  It’s a joy to make homemade cakes for my kids.  Well, store-bought box of white cake mix but the frosting was from scratch this time.  Next time I’ll have to make a cake from scratch. I’ve never done that before. It would be a good challenge.  I hope this sweet recipe covers some cupcakes or cake in your home soon.  It sure made my weekend to have this fabulous frosting after all these years.

Dream Big!

Week 19: Pan Cinnamon Roll

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Happy Mother’s Day my friends!  I am not cooking tomorrow.  I did however, take some time to try a new recipe this morning.  Unfortunately, another flop.  I caught a partial episode of Rachel Ray.  A guy was baking fabulous desserts in a skillet on the stove top then into the oven.  The cinnamon roll looked so yummy.  I taped the show, downloaded the recipe online, and gathered the ingredients at my weekly grocery shopping.

I followed the recipe to a T except I didn’t use pecans.  I bought fresh pizza dough instead of frozen but figured that wouldn’t make a difference, maybe it did. I rewatched the show and reread the instructions.  After making the carmely top, I had my son help me cut the dough.

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I realized I forgot to put the cinnamon sugar on first.  Ooops.  So I coated it afterwards.  Then I licked my fingers and washed my hands.  I rolled up the strands of cinnamony dough.  After placing it in the pan, I pushed the center out to the edges to fill the pan.  Then I left it for an hour to watch it rise.  The recipe said 2 hours but after an hour – it never rose.  I figured it wasn’t going to.

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I popped it in the oven.  After baking 25 minutes and resting 15 minutes, I inverted it onto a plate with a little help from a spatula.

My daughter tossed half of her piece.  My husband liked it.  Even I, Mrs. Sweettooth, didn’t like it.  I think a different kind of dough is needed.  Maybe the pecans help the topping be less chewy carmely.  It won’t be made again.  However, I will try his skillet cookie.  I hope it’s a hit not a miss.

Tomorrow, hit or miss on the meal your family takes you to or makes for you, it’s a hit that you are together with family.  I hope everyone calls her mother.  If she’s no longer with us, call a mother figure in your life.  If you are a mom, find deep satisfaction in knowing that you are a great mom.  Your children may not rise up to called you blessed yet, but someday.  Until then, we can tell each other.  You are a great mom!  I am a great mom!  We have a great God who guides our way.  In and through Him, we have the power to raise amazing children.  You are blessed!

Dream Big!

Week 18: Carrot Crisps

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Colossal failure.  I saw this recipe and thought it looked yummy and fun.  I got out my peeler and make carrot strips.  I enjoyed licking my fingers when I finished.  The cinnamon sugar tasted fabulous.  I followed instructions to a T – except I didn’t make the dipping sauce ’cause it seemed unnecessary.  Glad I chose to ignore the sauce because all the carrots strips stuck to the pan and refused to release.  I used a silicon pad on the pan too.  Nothing sticks to that – except Carrot Crisps.  Once again, this child can do it but I can’t.  Seriously, I need to stop getting recipes that are kid-friendly.  It majorly attacks my self-esteem.  Especially with a smiling child, happily making his Carrot Crisps.  Here is how mine looked.

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What do you do with a colossal failure?  You don’t serve it.  I soaked the pan while we ate.  After dinner, I scooped up the soggy, unstuck carrot strips and tossed them.  During dinner, no veggies.  Some weeks are like that.  One dinner without veggies isn’t a catastrophe.  I laughed, showed the kids the disaster on the pan, and moved on.

When life fails us, it usually requires our attention.  When minor failures enter our life, it gives us an opportunity to work on letting it go.  Not “sweating the small stuff,” as they say.  On a bad day, messed up Carrot Crisps could turn into a fiasco.  On a good day, they become a source of laughter.  My goal is to have more sources of laughter and less fiascos.  I realize that decision is up to me.  If you have an opportunity to laugh at a goof up this week, choose it.  As Elsa sings (and every child under 10), “Let It Go!”

Dream Big!

P.S. I included the recipe but I don’t recommend it.  However, if one of you attempts it (or a small child you know does), let me know if you figure it out.

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Week 17: Ricotta Meatballs

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Another win for a recipe.  My entire family loved them.  My daughter helped me make them which made it even more fun.  It was a bit time consuming preparing all the ingredients.  The making of the meatballs is always great.  I love getting my hands into the recipe.  We rolled the balls and put them in the oven.  I almost forgot to brush them with olive oil but remembered one minute into baking.  If I made it again, I would try the recipe with ground turkey.  I rarely use beef.  The beef was tasty but I think I prefer ground turkey these days.  They were a bit greasy. I served it with angel hair pasta and a marinara sauce.  I didn’t put the meatballs in the sauce.  Sometimes the kids like it plain.

The funny thing about the day I made this (last week, I’m a bit late on this blog) is that I was rushed.  I was juggling several things (as usual) but again was determined to make this recipe.  I asked my daughter to help and she did the majority of the mixing.  She added several simple ingredients and I did the chopping ingredients.  It went much quicker than if I had done it alone.  She is more than capable of helping in the kitchen.  She could have done some of the chopping but due to time constraints, I kept that part to myself.  Next time you are cooking, invite someone to join you.  It speeds up the process and it brings much delight.

Dream Big!

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