Jan 30, 2014

Easy Frozen Strawberry Margaritas


These deliciously refreshing margaritas are a beautiful shade of red. They have a perfect balance of flavors, and you can whip up a pitcher in no time. They're popular even with those who (used to say) that they don't like margaritas.

Easy Frozen Strawberry Margaritas Print Recipe
Makes about 7 (8 oz.) servings

Ingredients:
Crushed ice
5 oz. tequila
2 oz. triple sec
1 (23.2 oz.) carton of frozen strawberries in sugar, slightly thawed enough to scoop out of carton
1 (6 oz.) can frozen limeade concentrate
2 oz. simple syrup, or to taste (recipe follows)

Fill your blender* half way with ice. (You can use ice cubes if your blender will crush them; I used purchased crushed ice). Blend until ice is fairly uniform and smooth. Add tequila and triple sec. Blend just to combine. Add the strawberries and limeade. Blend until smooth. Add simple syrup to taste. Garnish with fresh strawberries if desired.
*I used a 56 oz. (7 cup) capacity blender.



Simple Syrup Print Recipe
Great for sweetening any cold drink
Makes about 1 and 1/4 cups of syrup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water

Simple syrup is, well, simple to make. Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan . Over medium heat, stir until mixture comes to a low boil and sugar has dissolved. Stir and boil for about 30 seconds. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Store in the refrigerator in a tightly closed container (I use a canning jar). Keeps very well for several months. A richer, sweeter syrup can be made with 2 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water. Directions to make it are the same, but you would use less of this syrup in your drinks since it is sweeter.

(You can also make flavored simple syrups, such as my Meyer Lemon Simple Syrup or Clementine Simple Syrup)





Easy Frozen Strawberry Margaritas were featured at CommunityTable.com, Parade Magazine's digital hub for food and lifestyle content:




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Jan 28, 2014

Treasure Box Tuesday #4


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Treasure Box Tuesday is a fun way of showing off your recipes, crafts, and projects. This party is the place to show off your talent, whether it be in the kitchen, craft room, workshop, or behind a camera!

Jan 23, 2014

Early American Cottage Loaf


This lovely little rustic loaf of bread is sponsored by Red Star Yeast, and I am happy to give you my honest opinions about the entire delicious process. I wasn't worried about it (I've been making their recipes and using their yeast for a long time), and I wasn't disappointed.

I did some research on the cottage loaf (why is it shaped like that?), and

Jan 21, 2014

Treasure Box Tuesday #3

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Treasure Box Tuesday is a fun way of showing off your recipes, crafts, and projects. This party is the place to show off your talent, whether it be in the kitchen, craft room, workshop, or behind a camera!

Jan 16, 2014

Royal Elephant Pillow Cover


Although I enjoy sewing, I don't sew very often. I do get the urge now and then- times when I must get out the ol' Singer and create something.

I have been on a pillow kick lately. Here's one of my most recent creations, the Royal Elephant Pillow Cover. I was drawn to the image, and no wonder- in many cultures, the elephant represents grace, prosperity, power, loyalty, kindness, and wisdom. Who wouldn't want more of those things in the new year?


I found the pattern at sewdaily.com. It's free to download and print. 

Jan 14, 2014

Treasure Box Tuesday #2

Welcome to Treasure Box Tuesday!


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Treasure Box Tuesday is a fun way of showing off your recipes, crafts, and projects. This party is the place to show off your talent, whether it be in the kitchen, craft room, workshop, or behind a camera!


Jan 9, 2014

Energy Cookies


These are hearty little cookies that give you a bit of fiber, protein, and some healthy fat. They have a warm, comforting flavor that may remind you of a cross between an oatmeal raisin cookie and a bite of soft granola. With the oats, whole wheat flour, and wheat germ, they are deliciously chewy and take a while to eat; I liked that I couldn't just pop one in my mouth, one right after the other. 

These are not ooey-gooey or decadent or overly sweet, and they're not meant to be. Energy Cookies are tasty, filling and satisfying, and may be just what you need to give yourself or your kids a healthy treat.

These cookies travel well, so take them along on your summer adventures!



Grab one for breakfast on the run


Energy Cookies Printable Recipe
Makes 24, 2.5" cookies

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons honey 
3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
1 egg
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup rolled ("old fashioned") oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans

1. Combine the flour, wheat germ, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir to mix well. Set aside.


2. In another large bowl, cream together the coconut oil, butter, brown sugar, honey, and peanut butter until very smooth. Blend in the egg and vanilla.

3. Stir the flour mixture into the creamed mixture until well-combined. Stir in the oats, raisins, chocolate chips, and nuts. The batter is very thick at this point and will give your arms a healthy workout. ;)

4. Cover and refrigerate for an hour.

5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Using an 1/8 cup (2 tablespoons) scoop, shape chilled dough into balls and flatten slightly. Bake on prepared cookie sheets for 10 to 11 minutes, until cookies are just barely starting to brown. They will be soft to the touch. Do not over-bake. Cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely.

Store at room temperature in an airtight container. These are actually better the next day, and keep well for several days.



Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com

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Jan 5, 2014

Let's Get Social Sunday! 01/05/2014


We are so glad to bring back Let's Get Social Sunday....and now it's even better, quicker, and easier to play!

We know your time is valuable, so we removed all those extra steps of linking up your social media sites and simplified the party. Just link up your blog and use that extra time to interact and network with others by following their social sites that you find on their blogs!

We will go live on the first Sunday of every month, and stay live until the last day of that month at midnight. So you'll have all month to make new friends and gain more followers!



Jan 3, 2014

Announcing Our New Party!

Happy New Year to all my friends! What better way to start the new year than with a party?

Wanda Ann from Memories by the Mile and I are very excited to announce our brand new party, "Treasure Box Tuesday!" It will be a great new place to see and be seen. Bring recipes, crafts, DIY....whatever family-friendly posts you want to share. Wanda Ann's popular Tuesday Trivia party will be ending, and transitioning into this one.

We would love to see you for the very first Treasure Box Tuesday starting this Tuesday, January 7th, at 6:00 a.m. Central Time. Please put us on your calendars, and add our button to your sidebar or party page if you'd like. 


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