Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Watermelon Doughnuts / #FoodieExtravaganza

It is time for #FoodieExtravaganza! We are celebrating doughnuts today, and I made these refreshing, fun, summertime Watermelon Doughnuts! They are tasty and pretty and very addicting! They are also easy to make and don't take long at all. They are filled with watermelon flavor, mini chocolate chips, and topped with a clear vanilla glaze. They are perfect for breakfast, snacks, and desserts!


Watermelon Doughnuts
(printable recipe)
 makes 15-16 doughnuts

2cups Cake Flour
3/4 cup Sugar
2 teaspoon Baking Powder
3/4 cup Buttermilk
2 Eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons Butter, melted
2 bottles Lor Ann Oils, Watermelon flavor
Mini semi sweet Chocolate Chips
2 drops of Super Red Americolor Color 
2 drops of Soft Pink Americolor Color



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


Mix together the flour, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl.

Add the buttermilk, watermelon flavoring, eggs and butter. Mix together. Add 2 drops of soft pink coloring.
Mix the color into the batter. Add 2 drops of Super Red coloring. Mix coloring into batter.
Add mini chips to batter. Mix in with a spoon.
Spray the doughnut pan with pan spray. Fill with batter, halfway up the pan. Bake for 7-9 minutes.
Remove from pan and cool completely.
Sift the powdered sugar. This is the most important step in making the glaze. If the sugar is not sifted the glaze will end up lumpy.
 Add vanilla. I used clear vanilla flavoring so the glaze will not be tinted by the vanilla color. Add water a little at a time. Make sure it is hot, and whisk after adding each tablespoon.
Place each doughnut, top side down, on the glaze. Swish around slightly until the top is covered.
Place dipped doughnuts on a cooling rack until glaze dries.

Enjoy these Watermelon Doughnuts!

Thank you to our host today, Lauren from From Gate to Plate


July has arrived and that means it's time for another #FoodieExtravaganza! Each month we take turns hosting and selecting a foodie holiday associated with that month. Somehow in all the planning July was overlooked so in a mad dash in the second half of June, Lauren told us to celebrate the doughnut. If anyone is keeping score, National Doughnut Day is actually the first Friday in June, but none of us are complaining to be celebrating one of America's favorite breakfast treats today. 
July is National Culinary Arts month so let's just go with that. Also in July: Fried Chicken Day (today, the 6th), Blueberry Muffin Day (the 11th), and Junk Food Day (the 21st).

Scroll down to see more yummy doughnut recipes!:

Gluten-Free Matcha Doughnuts - Three Ways! by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Raspberry Cookies n Cream Baked Doughnuts by Baking in Pyjamas
Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts by Making Miracles 
Chocolate Snickerdoodle Doughnuts by Sew You Think You Can Cook 
Baked S'mores Doughnuts by Tara's Multicultural Table 
Strawberry Shortcake Donut Tarts by Fearlessly Creative Mammas
Breakfast Donut Burger by From Gate to Plate
Cake Mix Donuts by I'm Hungry 
Doughnut Trifle by A Day in the Life on the Farm 
Watermelon Doughnuts by The Freshman Cook 
Baked Cherry Lemon Donuts by Caroline's Cooking 
Orange Glace Donuts by Basic N Delicious 
Medhu Vada - Savory Lentil Doughnut by Sneha's Recipe 

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Red, White and Blue Shooting Stars / #SundaySupper

If you are still thinking about making some simple treats for your 4th of July celebration, these Red, White and Blue Shooting Stars are your answer! They are easy to put together and they take very little time! Plus they have a little "pop" to them. Pop rocks! Just a little something to put some sizzle in your celebration!



Red, White and Blue Shooting Stars
(printable recipes)

Red, White, Blue Candy Melts
Star Shaped Lollipop Mold
Pop Rocks
Candy Sticks
Red,White and Blue Sprinkles 



Melt the candy melts on the stove. Place each color in its own double boiler, and on low heat, stir the candy as it melts.
Place pop rocks into the stars in the mold. I made some without the pop rocks too.
Fill each mold with the candy melts, covering the pop rocks. Do this with all three of the colors. Use a toothpick to make sure that the points of the stars are filled, and that there are no air bubbles. Let molds completely dry. Refrigerate for quicker set up time.
Once the molds have completely set, remove the lollipops from the mold. Drizzle all three colors over the lollipops. Add the sprinkles to the lollipops while the drizzle is still wet.
Display the lollipops, or wrap in plastic bags as take-home treats.
Enjoy!
Have a Happy 4th of July!

Thank you to Cindy from Cindy's Recipes and Writings for hosting this fun and patriotic event! Scroll down to check out all of the Easy to Make 4th of July Recipes from Sunday Supper members!


All-American Appetizers
America the Beautiful Beverages
Raise the Flag Breakfasts
For the Red, White and Blue Salads and Main Dishes
Oh Say Can You See Desserts
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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

Welcome to Celebrate It!

Thank you for stopping by today!
I know everyone is busy with the 4th of July coming up, and I appreciate you taking the time!
So let's get to it!

Last weeks three most clicked links:

Classic Monkey Bread
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Creative Writing and Book Creation App for Kids
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DIY Paper Towel Roll Mini Top Hats
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Thank you to everyone who linked up last week!
I love having a front row seat to all this creativity!

  1. Visit 1 or 2 other party goers if you can.
It is so much more fun when someone clicks
 on your link and visits your page.

2. I pin each of your link ups to the Celebrate It! board,
 and I will also pin them to another one of my
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 Your link up will get tweeted both times also!


3. By linking up you are giving me permission to feature
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Cookie Butter and S'mores Mousse Cups

When I plan parties, I like to make food that is different from previous get-togethers, and unique enough to be remembered. So I have spent a lot of time getting a menu together for the upcoming 4th of July holiday. These Cookie Butter and S'mores Mousse Cups are a mix of two of my family's favorite flavors. S'mores because it's a reminder of summer fun! Just one taste and memories of past summers flood my mind. The cookie butter is a new family favorite, that definitely adds a distinct flavor, and I think you are going to like it in this dessert!

S'mores Cookie Butter Mousse Cups
(printable recipe)
Makes 4, 4 ounce cups
5 Graham Crackers, crushed
1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream 
6 ounces Milk Chocolate -chopped
1/2 cup Whole Milk
6 ounces Cookie Butter
Marshmallow Cream
Mini Marshmallows
Graham Cracker Sticks

Crush the graham crackers in a food processor or place them in a plastic ziplock bag, let out the air, and roll over them with a rolling pin. Set aside.
Whip the heavy whipping cream until soft peaks develop. There is no need to add sugar to the whipping cream. Set in the fridge for a few minutes.
Chop the milk chocolate and melt in a double boiler. Once it is melted, heat the milk in the microwave until it is warm. Level 5 for 30 seconds is good, but your microwave may be different. You want the milk hot, but not boiling. Pour the hot milk into the chocolate, stirring constantly until the milk is integrated into the chocolate. It will be soupy. Turn heat off on the stove.
Take 1/4 cup of the whipped cream and set aside. Fold the rest of the whipped cream into the chocolate mix. Let the mix cool slightly, then place it into a pastry bag, and refrigerate it for at least an hour. I did not cut the pastry bag at the bottom. Do that right before we put the chocolate mix into the serving cups. All the mix fit into the bag and then I folded the bag down and used a chip clip to hold it closed. That way it won't leak out. I put it in a big cup and set it in the fridge. 
 Place the cookie butter in a bowl and add the 1/4 cup of whipped cream you put aside. Mix together thoroughly.    
Place some of the crushed graham crackers in the bottom of each cup. Add 1/4th of the cookie butter mix on top of graham crackers into each cup.
Add another layer of crushed graham crackers on top of the cookie butter. Then add a layer of the chocolate mousse. Top the mousse with a scoop of marshmallow cream, and then add some mini marshmallows on the top. Use a lighter or a kitchen torch to toast the marshmallows and the marshmallow cream. Add a graham cracker stick to the cup.
Enjoy!

Thanks for joining me today! 

Here are some other 4th of July recipes you might enjoy!:




 
 



 
 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

S'mores Waffles / #SundaySupper

Do you like your waffles sweet or savory? I am partial to the sweet ones, which is how I came to make these S'mores Waffles! I baked graham cracker waffle sticks, stuffed them with roasted mini marshmallows, and drizzled them with a creamy chocolate ganache. S'mores for dessert, rain or shine!
Today the #SundaySupper family is celebrating waffles, and you are going to love all the variety!
S'mores Waffles

1 3/4 cup Flour
1 tablespoon Baking Powder
1/3 cup Sugar
4-5 tablespoons Graham Crackers~crushed
Pinch of Salt 
2 Eggs
1 3/4 cups Whole Milk
1/2 cup Cooking Oil
Mini Marshmallows
4 ounces Milk Chocolate
2 ounces Heavy Whipping Cream

Mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar, graham crackers and salt. Make a well in the bowl with the mix. Set aside.
 Divide the eggs, and place the yolks in a bowl. Beat them a little. Add the milk and oil. Stir together. Pour into the well in the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir until moistened. The batter will be slightly lumpy.
 Place the egg whites in a small bowl. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the bowl of batter. Don't overmix.
 Heat up the waffle iron. Make the waffles according to the instructions with the iron. Let the waffles cool.
 Use a double boiler to heat and melt the milk chocolate. As the chocolate melts, heat the heavy whipping cream in the microwave to a warm, but not hot temperature. Add the cream to the melted chocolate and stir it together.
 Use a kitchen torch to roast the mini marshmallows. You will need one marshmallow for each section of each waffle stick, plus a few for the plate.
 
Place a marshmallow into the cavities on one side of the waffle stick.


Build up the waffles on the plate to resemble a campfire. 

 

Add some additional marshmallows and drizzle with ganache.
Enjoy!

Thank you for stopping by and joining me today! Scroll down to see all the sweet and savory recipes from the SundaySupper family!




A big shout out and a thank you to Sue Lau from A Palatable Pastime for hosting these tasty creations today!

Sweet and Sinful:
Savory Brinner Winners:
Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement
 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

Welcome to Celebrate It!
celebrate it, link, party
Hi! I am so glad you have stopped by!
 I hope you brought lots of creative ideas to share!
Let's get the fun started!

Congrats to last weeks 3 most clicked links!:

How To Make Shape Monograms
from

Breakfast Bundt Cake
from
Apple Cinnamon Yeast-Rolls
from
Something Sweet 

Thank you to everyone who linked up last week!
I love having a front row seat to all this creativity!

  1. Visit 1 or 2 other party goers if you can.
It is so much more fun when someone clicks
 on your link and visits your page.

2. I pin each of your link ups to the Celebrate It! board,
 and I will also pin them to another one of my
 boards that fits the pin.
 Your link up will get tweeted both times also!


3. By linking up you are giving me permission to feature
 your post on social media.  Proper credit is always given.
You may receive an email reminder about this party.
It's Party Time!