The Best Way to Make Frosting for Valentine Cookies

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Secrets to getting your grandkids to always beg for more! 🙂

 

 

More Than Pretty Valentine Cookies

 

 

 

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Secret #1 is the flavor

We sell sugar cookie mixes that taste very good like key lime, cherry, lemon, and raspberry. The secret is in the frosting. If you put the flavor in the cookies, much of it bakes out. So we put most of it in the frosting. That makes them exceptionally good.

Secret #2 is the meringue powder

If you add a couple tablespoons of meringue powder to your frosting, it will dry with a shell on it–enough to keep the cookies from marring and sticking together. If you add more meringue powder, you have royal icing, the icing that is used to make the hard decorative flowers on wedding cakes.

More Sugar Cookie Tips…

Get the cookies off the sheet as soon as the pan comes out of the oven. Two bad things happen if you don’t. First the cookies stick. (You can get by with a very lightly greased pan if you remove the cookies immediately.)
Second, if you don’t take the cookies off immediately, they continue to bake on the pan. The become dry and hard.

If the bottoms of the cookies are brown, you baked them too long. They should be golden

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Bavarian Cream Pastry Filling

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Remember all those rows of cream filled cupcakes and pastries at your favorite bakery? This is exactly what your baker uses to quickly and easily make his pastries. With professional Bavarian cream, you can make the same pastries and filled cupcakes that he makes.

Look what you can make!

* Cream puffs
* Eclairs
* Bismarcks
* Cream filled layered cake
* Boston cream pie
* Stuffed French Toast
* Dessert crepes

And much more! Once you start, youll never stop. Baking will never be the same.
These are made for professional bakers so you’ll make absolutely scrumptious desserts and cupcakes just like the pros.

 

​We think more Bavarian cream filling is used for cupcakes than anything else. Every cupcake should be a cream filled cupcake. Its really easy. You can fill a dozen cupcakes or donuts in a minute!

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Expect to fill five to seven dozen cupcakes with a single package

It is so easy to use. Just clip the corner and squeeze what you need. Fold the corner, put a paper clip on it, and store the remainder in the refrigerator for up to six months. Unopened, these will last 12 months.

Because this is so inexpensive and handy and because you can make so many things with it, put several in your pantry. Your family will love what you make.

Add this to your cart and have it on hand for cupcakes and more.

From Dennis Weaver @ The Prepared Pantry

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How to Make Homemade Apple Cider

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Want a true drink that reminds you of fall? How about learning how to make homemade apple cider? The clean crisp taste of apples can be bottled and you can do it easily at home. Apple cider is a refreshing drink that is mostly drunk in the fall of the year.

There are several different types of cider that you can have a taste of:

Unpasteurized – Sold at apple orchards and roadside stands fresh from the press
Hard cider – This apple cider is allowed to ferment. Yeast is added to finish the process
Hot cider – Boiled apple cider that has spices added to it for a better taste. Boiling makes it pasteurized
Sparkling cider – Apple cider and carbonated water

Making Cider

Here are a few tips when making your own cider. The equipment you need is probably already around your home. Gather a sharp knife, cheesecloth, a large bowl, a blender and at least four dozen apples.

Choose your apples – Which apples you choose will depend on the taste that you want. For a sweeter taste to your cider try Red Delicious, Jonagold and Fuji apples. Combining tarter apples like Granny Smith and McIntosh along with Golden Delicious will deepen your flavors. Choose apples that are ripe without blemish, soft spots or any other damage. My personal favorite is Honeycrisp.

Use them right away – If you have an apple tree, pick the apples when you are ready to make the cider. Also, visit your local farmer’s market for fresh picked specimens of the varieties you like.


Prepare your apples – Wash them well. Use a corer tool to remove the center of the apple and making slicing easier. Cut the apple into slices.

Blend them – Place the apple slices, with skin, into the blender. Chop up until the pieces are small but bigger than the openings in the cheesecloth. If you grind it up too fine then you will end up with sediment in the bottom of your cider.

Strain your apples – After you have blended all of your apples, place a piece of cheesecloth across a large bowl. Strain your apple mixture. If you have one, use a cider press, but it is not required. You may need to squeeze a bit more to get all of the juice out of the pieces. Pour into jugs.

Pasteurize your cider – You can drink your cider as is. To slow the fermentation process you can put your bottled cider in the refrigerator. Even better is pasteurizing it. Boil the cider to about 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Cool and refrigerate.

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Rabbit Cake

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From: The Simple Joys Of Grandparenting – Stories, Nursery Rhymes, Recipes and More

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Here’s a fun cake to make for Easter or Anytime! 🙂

You Will Need:

Two round cake layers
Cutting board and knife
Vanilla frosting
Dried shredded coconut
Maraschino cherries

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One cake layer will be the rabbit’s face. This one doesn’t need to be cut. Cut the other layer into ears and bowtie (as shown above).

Put the pieces in place on a cutting board and frost. Dust with the dried coconut for “fur.” Cut a maraschino cherry in half for eyes. Use a knife to “draw” whiskers in the frosting. Frost the inside of the ears with pink frosting.

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Fruits and Veggies Year Round: What You Need for an Indoor Garden

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Wouldn’t it be nice to harvest strawberries in the middle of winter to use in your Christmas recipes? Perhaps you’re an avid cook and like to use freshly picked and dried spices. Growing these items year round isn’t as difficult as many may assume. Realistically, it doesn’t take sunlight to grow fruits and vegetables – although it’s quite beneficial. As long as you provide the right environment, you can grow nearly anything indoors.

1. Space – First, you’re going to need the room to grow whatever it is you plan on growing. Most herbs, flowers and some edibles can fit in a single upright pot. Others will require room to branch out such as watermelons and strawberries. If you have a room you can dedicate to growing, this could be more ideal. If not, make sure you have enough room in your kitchen for the plants to grow.

2. Light – Although sunlight is great for plants and humans alike, it’s not a required light source for growing. For less than $25, you can set up a fluorescent or LED light source for the plants. Photosynthesis happens with light regardless of the source. The sun is merely an incredibly intense source of converting light into energy for the plant. Although you don’t have to leave the florescent light on all night, it won’t hurt the plants if you do.

3. Temperature – One of the most important aspects you need to consider is keeping the right temperature. According to most seeds for flowers and edibles, the temperature needs to be over 67 degrees Fahrenheit. As long as you can maintain the temperature around 72 degrees in the home, your plants could flourish. This is important for the cold radiating off of a window at night can cool your plants. Keep them in an area where you can maintain the temperature. Some people will incorporate heat lamps above plants in order to combine warmth and light.

4. Water – Warm air and damp soil could cause mold to form on your soil. You don’t want to keep your plants completely enclosed, as circulation of air can keep those molds from forming. As the sunlight is more than likely not going to shine on the soil in an indoor garden, you won’t have to water the plants as often. Sunlight helps evaporate the water in soil and without it the soil retains more water.

5. Safety – If you have pets, your plants could be subjected to damage from the animals eating the beginning stages of the stems. There are a number of ways to keep animals from invading your plants ranging from using citrus peals around planters to buying screen and building a cheap box to enclose the plants. Placing them too close to furnace vents and other HVAC devices could also be damaging causing the plant to wilt and die.

Building an indoor garden isn’t difficult as long as you manage the basics listed above. This can provide you with a near endless supply of herbs for cooking and edibles for eating. Of course the more elaborate you become with your garden the more it will produce. Many will go so far as to building small green houses onto the home for year round applications. You’re only limited by the size of the area you want to use.

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How to Make Pita Pocket Sandwiches

From Dennis Weaver at The Prepared Pantry

We teach a pita pocket sandwich class at our store. So it had better be good, it better be easy, and it better feed a crowd. That means that we tinker and tinker until we find the best way to make the best pitas in a hurry. Here we’ll tell you how to make both the pockets and the sandwiches.

How to Make Pita Pockets

We had a pita party. We made pita sandwiches for the crew. (There are benefits to working at The Prepared Pantry.) Just as homemade bread is much better than store bread, so are homemade pitas better. And they are really quite easy to make. Once your family has had fresh homemade pitas, you’ll never get by with store pitas again.

You can make your pita pockets with the recipe below or with a bread mix. Choose a bread mix to match the occasion. (We have over 100 bread mixes to choose from.)
Homemade pitas are easy to make with just a few ingredients and basic kitchen equipment. To make your pitas, you will need a mister, a rolling pin, and a baking stone. The baking stone, a pizza stone, is the key. You need a hot stone to quickly turn the water to steam and create the pocket. In the Middle East, they use a clay oven but we can replicate the process with a hot stone. And you can heat your stone in the oven or on a grill with a cover. So you can make pita pockets on your patio.

Ingredients

2 3/4 cups bread flour
1 7-gram packet of instant yeast
1 1/4 cups warm (105 degree) water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup stone ground whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons salt

Directions

With your stand type mixer, combine about 2/3’s of the white flour, the yeast, and the warm water. Mix with a dough hook for about 30 seconds. (This mixes in and hydrates the yeast.) Add the rest of the flour, the whole wheat flour, and then the olive oil and salt. Knead with the dough hook for about four minutes on medium speed or until the gluten is formed. Add a little more flour or water if needed to get the right consistency. The dough should be slightly wetter than bread dough.

Remove the dough to a greased bowl and let sit for about an hour or until the dough has doubled in size and is puffy.
Place a rack on the lowest shelf in the oven and remove the second rack so that you can reach into the oven with the formed pitas. Place a baking stone on the rack. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. If you are going to bake the pitas on the grill, place the stone on the rack and close the lid.

Form the dough into 2-inch balls. (If you have a kitchen scale, 2 1/2 ounces will make a nice pocket.) With a rolling pin, roll the balls flat to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Let these discs sit on the counter uncovered for ten to fifteen minutes.

Pick up a disk and spray it with water using a mister, so that the top slightly wet. Fold the dough over to trap the moisture. Dust an area on the counter with flour using a flour and sugar shaker. With the palm of your hand, pat the disk flat to 1/4-inch thickness again, turning once. If the disks are out-of-round, that’s okay. Repeat with the rest of the disks. Let them rest for ten minutes.

Place three or four of the flat disks on the hot baking stone in the oven or on the grill. An easy way to do it is to place the disks on a pizza peel and then slide the disks from the peel onto the hot stone. Close the oven door or the lid on the grill. Bake for 3 1/2 to 4 minutes. The pitas should be puffy but not browned. Remove the pitas from the stone and let them cool on a wire rack. Continue until all are baked.

Baker’s notes:

It is the water turning to steam in the hot oven that makes the pitas puffy. If your pitas do not puff, there is not enough moisture trapped in the dough. They will still taste good.

How to Make Pita Pocket Sandwiches

There is no wrong way to make pita pocket sandwiches.

Cut your pockets in half. Some of your pockets will be hollower than others. That’s okay, use your thumb to compress the bread and hollow out the shell as needed.

For our classes, we use mayo, provolone cheese, deli lunch meat, tomatoes, and sprouts or lettuce. We form a sandwich bar and let people make their own sandwiches and add what they wish.

We set the ingredients out to be used in this order: Mayo, cheese, meat, tomato, and sprouts or shredded lettuce. Usually a half teaspoon of mayo will do. We cut the cheese slices and meat slices into pieces a little smaller than the pocket halves. We cut the tomatoes into slices and then into half slices or fourths. The lettuce or sprouts are the last item inserted into the pockets with enough is used to stuff the pockets.

Everyone loves pita pockets

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No Bake Chocolate Cake Pops – Review – Cake It Easy

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This was a FUN one, and I was so delighted to get the chance to do the review! 🙂

Easy DIY Cake Pops Kit

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From Cake it Easy Pops.com

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These were so fun to make and actually made me want to get back to holiday-mode! lol :p

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In fact, just as I posted on Facebook yesterday, I was singing “Happy Holidays” while making them!

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Below is what the DIY kit includes:

* No Bake Cake Pops Mix in Chocolate
* Rainbow sprinkles
* 10 cake pop sticks
* 10 paper cupcake liners
* A paper mat to work on

Very user-friendly and easy to make, in just 30 minutes!

Note: My batch made 14 🙂

You Will Need a Little Water and Oil

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Instructions On Back Of The Box…How Cool Is That!! 🙂

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Roll ~ Shape ~ Decorate ~ Enjoy!

They really do taste great!!! 🙂

I wish my grandson was a little older to help me make these…would have been so much fun! I’ll have to remember these and order some on the website a couple of years down the road. He will love it!!!

My ONLY recommendation is… Put them in the fridge for about 2 hours, versus 30 minutes before putting the sticks in…as I found them a little too crumbly and easy to fall apart.

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There are more flavors and variations to choose from…

Water can be substituted with cream cheese, frosting, melted butter and many more delicious ingredients. Cake balls can be dipped in some melted chocolate or candy wafers…I know, sounds delish!!

Other choices could be shredded coconut, nuts, cookie crumbs of any kind, chocolate chips and MORE!

TIP: The chocolate balls can be formed into any shape of your choosing…such as hearts, or anything you like. 🙂

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Inside The Box

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My Grandson! Isn’t he handsome?!! 🙂

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Save Money With The Menu Mom On Food Bills Each Month With Simple Meal Planning

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If you are a busy mom, you will absolutely love this program. It’s essentially a no-brainer and so family friendly. 🙂

You WILL save money each month on your food bill, no doubt about it. Christine (the menu mom, herself) will walk you through some simple menu planning along with some nifty printable templates that will definitely help you stay on track.

Tons of Family Friendly Menus

With this simple plan, you will be able to gain easy access to some fabulous, categorized food shopping lists. It will make spending time in the grocery store AND at your dinner table a pleasant experience.

You will also get access to a FREE…Gooseberry Patch Circle of Friends Cookbook — One Pot Dinners…Let me tell you, it is chock full of a plethora of yummy one-pot main dishes.

 

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Straight from the Menu Mom Website – Christine’s specialty is in traditional home style menus for busy families – featuring easy to prepare recipes the entire family will enjoy. She also runs the popular menu planning website — Menu Planning Central

 

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Low Carb Taco Seasoning – From Peace Love and Low Carb Blog

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I love tacos!!! I thought this particular recipe looked yummy. 🙂

Since my daughter-in-law makes tacos at least twice per week, I thought maybe she might want to give this one a try. I think I will for sure, however, my hubby don’t like tacos…I will give this one a whirl just to eat or try something different for a change. And hey, it’s LOW CARB! 🙂

Of course I got permission from Kyndra Holley from Peace Love and Low Carb to post this recipe. I thought it would also be something my readers would benefit from.

This seasoning is a tad on the spicy side. If you do not care for spicy foods, simply reduce or omit the cayenne pepper. Use 4 tbs. of seasoning for each pound of meat used. To make taco meat, simply brown the ground beef, ground turkey or meat of choice and drain excess grease. Add 2/3 cup water and 4 Tbs. seasoning, reduce heat to low and let simmer 3-4 minutes until thickened.

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Ingredients

2 Tbs. Chili Powder
2 Tbs. Cumin
2 tsp. Onion Powder
2 tsp. Garlic Powder
2 tsp. Celery salt
½ tsp. Cayenne Pepper
½ tsp. Black Pepper
½ tsp. Garlic Salt
(2 Tbs. Peace and Love)

Directions

Combine all ingredients and store in an air tight spice jar when not in use. You can find the ones Kyndra uses – HERE!

Prep Time – 5 Minutes
Cook Time – 0 Minutes

Makes Servings: 1 Batch

Per Serving:
Calories – 133
Protein – 6 g
Carbs – 17 net g
Fat – 5 g

You can also find her cookbook Peace, Love and Low Carb – The Cookbook – 3 Ingredients to a Healthier You Here

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