Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Biscoff and Toffee Popcorn

Do you like Biscoff? I just love it! I keep waiting for the time I am grocery shopping, and I don't buy 2 jars! I think it is clearly on it's way to being an obsession for me. So I guess I will have to feed this craziness until it stops. It's the only thing I can do!  :) I am also loving toffee and popcorn right now, so I thought I would put them all together, and make the ultimate treat! So, yum!
Biscoff and Toffee Popcorn
2 bags of popped microwave Popcorn
1 cup of Biscoff Spread
1/2 cup of Heath English Toffee Bits
Melt the Biscoff in a double boiler...
 until it is smooth.
Pop your popcorn, 1 bag at a time.
It is easier to control when you are mixing the popcorn.
 
Pour the melted biscoff over the popcorn,
 Mix the biscoff and 1 bag of popcorn together.
After the first bag is mixed together, add the other bag in.   
 Add the toffee bits and mix in.
 Spread the popcorn into a large pan, spread it out so it can dry.
After it is dry, munch out and enjoy! 

Thanks for joining me today!
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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Super Birthday Giveaway!

Today is the start of the biggest and best multi blogger giveaway I have ever been involved in!
My fellow blogger, Ashton, from Something Swanky is celebrating her birthday,
and in a big way! Ashton, with some help from her friends, is giving away the birthday presents 
she would like to receive!
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A Red 5 qt. Kitchen Aid mixer,
 a $300 gift card from Target, 
and 
10 different cookbooks written by bloggers!!

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Best Banana Muffins Ever !!

It is time for Secret Recipe Club reveal today, and this month I was assigned the blog, Eliots Eats. If you haven't read this blog yet, please do so as soon as you can! Debra is the writer, her husband is her inspiration, and her recipes are amazing! For the second month in a row, I choose a Banana Bread recipe. I didn't do this on purpose, but when I saw Debra's recipe for The Best Banana Bread Ever, I had to put it to the test. Another thing I love about this recipe? Coconut Oil substituted for butter. Oh, so good! I made two changes to Debra's original recipe. I left out the chopped pecans, and I made muffins instead of a loaf. Oh, and yes, they are the best banana muffins, ever!


The Best Banana Bread {Muffins} Ever
1/2 cups coconut oil (in solid form)
1 cup sugar
2 large farm fresh eggs
1 cup mashed bananas (2 or 3)
2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together your coconut oil and sugar.
 Mix until creamy.
Add the eggs one at a time. Mix until incorporated.
Add bananas and mix well.
In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt.
On low speed, mix the flour into the coconut oil and
egg mix. Just mix until incorporated. Do not over mix.
Spray mini muffin pan. Bake muffins for 10-15 minutes.
Remove from pan and let cool for 10 minutes.
Enjoy your muffins!

Thanks Debra for a great recipe!
Check out what everyone else made!!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Red, White and Blue Mini Cupcakes

It's 4th of July! One of my very favorite holidays. I hope you have something fun planned. These cupcakes are easy and quick and they will fit perfectly into your holiday menu! I had fun using the Twizzler red, white and blue licorice strings to decorate.  
Red, White and Blue Mini Cupcakes   
(adapted from BHG)

egg whites 
2 cups all-purpose flour 
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 cup butter or shortening, softened 
1 3/4 cups sugar 
1 teaspoon vanilla  
1 1/3 cups buttermilk 


Allow egg whites to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until well combined. Add egg whites 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Spread batter into the cupcake liners

  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool thoroughly on racks.



Frosting
6 oz warm water
5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2.25 pounds Confectioners Sugar
Red, white, and blue licorice strings


In a mixing bowl, place the warm water and the meringue powder.
Whisk for 30 seconds.
Add the cream of tartar. Whisk for 30 seconds more.
Pour all the confectioners sugar in the bowl at one time.
Mix on low speed for 10 minutes. Cover with towel to keep frosting fresh.




 Color 1/3 of the cake mix red, and 1/3 of the mix blue.
Add some white cake mix, some red mix, and......


 some blue.


Swirl the colors together.


Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Let cool.


Make your frosting.
 Cut your licorice into small pieces.
Top each mini cupcake with frosting.
Top each cupcake with pieces of the licorice.
Enjoy and celebrate!

Happy 4th of July! 

We are partying here:
Fabulous Fridays! 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Got Ground Beef ? You've got a Meal!

This post is courtesy of Instawares food and restaurant blog.


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Four Ways To Prepare Ground Beef Easily



It’s 6:30 p.m., and you’ve just come home from work. The kids are hungry. There’s nothing to prepare. Or is there? If you’ve got ground beef, you’ve got a meal, even if there is little else in the pantry or refrigerator. You might also try these ideas when you have plenty of unique ingredients on hand; your next super-secret, family favorite recipe might be just around the corner, since these recipes encourage substitution and experimentation.


Hamburger Soup

If you have tomato products available, try hamburger soup -- it’ll take the chill off even the coldest winter day. A rich and hearty meal, its preparation is simple: grab a pound (or more) of hamburger meat, brown it in a skillet, then throw it in a large pot. Add a liquid base. Tomato sauce, about five small or two medium cans, works well. So does a medium can of crushed tomatoes or tomato paste mixed with the same amount of water. You can even add two cups of water and a couple of freshly diced raw tomatoes. Bring the soup to a simmer and add vegetables, either canned or fresh. Potatoes, green beans and peas work well, but almost anything you have on hand is fine. Serve alone or with crackers, sliced bread, corn bread, or biscuits.


Meatballs

You need very little to throw meatballs together. Add an egg and a quarter cup of breadcrumbs to each pound of meat you have, shape into balls, and place in a skillet to brown. And if you don’t have eggs, omit them and the breadcrumbs, then shape and brown. Create a sauce while the meat is browning. Start with a cup of catsup and add a quarter cup of soy sauce, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, and a quarter cup of brown sugar. Missing ingredients? Start with the catsup and build a base to taste using ingredients found in your refrigerator, such as sweet mustard, steak sauce, or whatever is on hand. Place the meatballs in the sauce and simmer until they’re cooked through, about 20 to 25 minutes. Serve with a vegetable and potatoes or buttered noodles.


Cheesy Hamburger Patties

You might not keep hamburger buns in the house, but you can still serve hamburger patties. Prepare and season your meat mixture, either with egg or without, then halve it. Create the same number of patties from each half. Now, get creative. Place cheese, cream cheese, jalapeƱos or olives on one half, then place the second half on top and seal by pinching the edges together. Cook the patties on the grill or in a skillet, being careful not to break them open. Serve with a salad, mashed potatoes, chips or vegetables.



Meatloaf

With seasoning, an egg, and ground beef, you can have meatloaf. Mix a pound and a half of meat, an egg, a quarter cup of breadcrumbs (optional) and seasoning in a bowl. Line a medium-sized loaf pan with two slices of bread, which will soak up some of the grease for a leaner meal. Place the meat in a loaf pan and cook for 50 to 55 minutes at 350 degrees. Top with plain catsup or catsup mixed with a touch of brown sugar and serve with vegetables, noodles or potatoes.