Nothing is better than getting together with my daughter, Savanah and my close friend, Beth, for cookie day.
This year Savanah found some really cute recipes from pinterest and Facebook, so we thought we would try some of them out. All of them are really simple and very good.
Candy Corn Cupcakes
1 - French Vanilla Cake Mix
1 can of orange frosting
Orange and Yellow food coloring
Mix cake mix according to directions. Divide batter into thirds in separate bowls. Add yellow food coloring into one of the bowls mixing into the batter until desired color is reached. Repeat using the orange food coloring.
Start with the yellow batter and fill 1/3 of the cupcake baking cup. Follow by adding 1/3 of the orange batter and then the white batter. Bake according to the cake mix directions.
These microwave sweet pickles are quite the time saver and yet you have that sweet crispy homemade deliciousness! In fact, they take less than 15 minutes. If you are not into canning, don't have extra time, or don't have enough cucumbers for the traditional canning method then this is the recipe for you!! It is also the perfect recipe for people who are single, empty nesters or the only one in the family that likes pickles! Just store them in your frig. Quick & Easy Sweet Pickles = Busy Just Got Easy.
I facilitate a local health initiative in our community and last winter one of our residents begged us to bring Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op to our community. I had never heard of Bountiful Baskets so I researched their website learned how this wonderful not-for-profit food co-op started and how it has spread across the country. I was so impressed that I visited a distribution site in Des Moines and began my journey with the organization. In May I completed my final training to be a distribution site coordinator and in August we brought Bountiful Basketsto our community.Let me tell you this has generated more excitement than any other initiative that we have engaged in so far. So if you are Looking for ways to eat healthier? Like Saving Money? Then you will LOVE Bountiful Baskets fresh high quality produce at warehouse prices!!!
There is nothing like pulling out freshly preserved fruits in the middle of the winter. Learn how to freeze peach pie filling and peaches in syrup in 5 easy steps!
These beautiful freestone peaches came in a 22 lb. box through Bountiful Baskets (click to see my post on bountiful baskets) so I set out on a mission to preserve fresh peaches in syrup and of course, my very favorite peach pie filling.
Freestone is the preferred peach for canning. Freestone peaches easily fall away from the pit. the Clingstone peach "clings" to the pit. With a Freestone peach you can cut it right down the middle and the peach easily pulls away from the pit.
Tutorial on How to Freeze Peach Pie Filling & Peaches in Syrup
STEP 1: Prepare your dry ingredients before you do anything. I used quart bags to mix the dry ingredients - one bag per pie. This recipe is for one 9" pie:
3/4-1 cup of sugar
4 tablespoons flour (mine were slightly heaping)
1 teaspoon ascorbic acid (to keep fruit from browning)
Shake bag until ingredients are incorporated
Add dry ingredients to 5 cups of peeled & sliced peaches (approximately 6 large peaches)
See Peach Pie post for pics of the pie and baking instructions
Life doesn't get much better than eating a slice of this scrumptious peach pie packed with fresh sweet peaches and encased in a flaky pie crust sprinkled with sugar. I always look forward to peach season and buying fresh Missouri Peaches at the farmer's market. The minute I get home from the market it is pie baking time!! One for me and one for my oldest daughter. Peach Pie is pretty much a tie with my favorite Blackberry Pie. If someone put both of them in front of me well I would have to eat both of them - I could never choose one over the other.
I made these fun football team color-themed gourmet brownies for yesterday's Iowa's arrch rival football game - Iowa State vs. Iowa. Everyone loves this game and Iowans are fiercely devoted to one or the other. If you are not at the game then you are no doubt at a party. My daughter hosted the party this year so my contribution were these fun color-themed brownies. They were a huge hit with everyone!
Iowa State's colors are Red & White and the Iowa Hawkeye's are Black & Gold. The brownies are topped with ganache frosting, M&M's, mini chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, sprinkles,pearl candies and topped with a drizzle of candy melts.
I make these brownies all the time for showers, birthday parties and holidays. They are really striking and so much fun to make since you can be as creative as you want.
If you love homemade sweet pickles you are going to love this quick and easy method of preserving. You also won't be able to resist the sweet mix of flavors! There is one thing I can count on and that is every summer having more cucumbers than I can use. In response to the overload you can count on me making a batch of freezer pickles.
Raising children in town is so much different than raising them on a farm. Growing up on a farm we spent every daylight hour outdoors. My children were raised in town but we still spent a lot of time exploring the great outdoors whether it be in our local parks, trails or at the farm. I did not want my kids sitting inside the house like lumps on a log. I wanted them to appreciate the environment and find the wonders that nature has to offer. So I intentionally ensured that they had these experiences. Sadly, it isn't safe to send your kids out exploring on their own anymore at least in town. So parents have to make an effort to provide these opportunities to their children. Even if you weren't raised experiencing nature you owe your children & grandchildren this opportunity. Plus exploring makes you feel like a kid again.
My oldest granddaughter and I spent two days at the farm so I took this opportunity to teach her how to explore and to really look at things and find beauty in the water, trees, rocks, birds, butterflies ..... I want her to grow up being awed by our beautiful environment. We spent most of our time exploring the creek where my siblings and our children spent immense amounts of time.
Have a depleted stock of chocolate and a big craving? Have peanut allergies? Need a quick and easy recipe? Want just a small batch of cookies? I have the cookie for you: Almond Butter No Bake Fudge Oatmeal Cookies.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Our host team is taking a summer break and we will resume the Four Seasons Party on September 3rd. To kick off our summer break you will find our Featured Blogger, Featured posts from last week's party and a Sverve Link up party.