Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lightened Up Cran - Ginger Granita

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I cant believe its almost time for summer!  I am not ready - but I am trying.  I have cut out (for the most part) sugar and flour from my diet.  I do however allow myself a cheat day on the weekends.  I have not been doing this for long but in the short time that I have been, I have lost a few pounds and I am very happy and plan to keep on keeping on.



Let's discuss what a cheat day means for me.  I know some people like to really go all out on their cheat days and eat whatever they can.  If I do that I feel terrible afterward.  For me a cheat day is more of a day to eat mindfully and a day to worry about my food less.  I don't want to go crazy but I do want to enjoy my food on this day.




This granita is something I would eat on a cheat day.  It does have some sugar in it but it has been lightened up quite a bit.  So much so that it doesn't need to be just a cheat day treat it could be a lightened up treat for any day of the week.  The secret ingredient in this dessert is ginger ale but not just any ginger ale, this is a TEN Soda which means it has full flavor but only 10 calories. Other Ten flavors include, 7-up TEN, A&W TEN, Sunkist TEN, Canada Dry TEN. These great products can be found at Walmart, here is a coupon for $.50 off two 2 liter or bottles or two 4 pack cans.  Or you can get $1.50 off by sharing that coupon digitally via e-mail, FB or twitter while supplies last.

Here is what you need to make this Cran-Ginger Granita:



recipe adapted from Southern Living
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups Canada Dry TEN
3 cups cranberry juice (I used cranberry pomegranate and went with 100% juice and no sugar added)
1/2 cup sugar

Directions:
In a small pot over medium heat, dissolve the sugar in 1 cup of the juice and then let cool.

Once it has cooled add it to the rest of the juice and the ginger ale. Then pour this mixture into ice cube trays (about 3) and place in the freezer until frozen.

Now you need to break up the cubes, you can do this in the food processor or blender. Let this go until it becomes slushy and then pour it into a 13 x 9 pan and place it back in the freezer for about 3 more hours or until frozen again.



Grab a fork and scrape the mixture with the tines until it becomes fluffy and then serve it up...enjoy!!




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What swaps have you made to get summer ready?



Sunday, April 13, 2014

SRC - Brown Butter Very Blueberry Muffins

Browned butter, a delicious crumb topping and blueberries in every single bite.



Its time for Secret Recipe Club again - I love being part of this fun club! My favorite part of the SRC is assignment day - I love when I get that e-mail in my inbox with the link to the blog that I get to choose my recipe from. I also love that most of my assignments have all come from blogs I have never been to before, it's really a great opportunity to find some fabulous bloggers out there and some delicious recipes. If you are not familiar with exactly how this club works, you can stop by the website and learn all about it - maybe even join in! Basically you are (secretly) assigned a blog to checkout, browse through their recipes, choose one to make and blog about it. It's a lot of fun!

I was super stoked about my assignment this month, I was assigned Andrea's blog, Adventures in all Things Food.  I am familiar with her blog and I'm already a follower, I knew I would have a hard time choosing just one recipe.  I originally decided to take on her egg bagels and thought I had all the ingredients in the house.  I went to make these and realized they would have to wait until another day.  With the help of some family members, I settled on her Brown Butter Very Blueberry Muffins.  



This was the perfect recipe for my family.  I surprised my kids with these after school on Friday and it was the perfect way to end the week and welcome the weekend.  My Sweet Girl ate so many of these and told me (not asked me) to make these again.  She fell in love with the crumb topping, my favorite part too, and has decided they are the perfect snack, dessert and breakfast.  And don't even get me started on the amazing aroma that fills the house when you make the brown butter....enjoy!!!

recipe from Adventures in all things Food
Ingredients:
7 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup milk
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups AP flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups of blueberries dusted with flour

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375 and line your muffin pan with liners.
Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, butter will melt and begin to crackle as it turns a nutty brown color. Once this happens (and it begins to smell amazing) remove from heat.
Whisk together the milk, egg and vanilla.  Add the browned butter and mix together.  
In a medium bowl sift together the flour, sugar and baking powder and salt. Add the wet ingredients all at once and combine gently, don't over mix.  Fold in the blueberries and scoop into muffin tin.

Now for the topping!

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons of cold butter
1/2 cup AP flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar

Combine these ingredient in a bowl crumbling with your fingertips.
Sprinkle it over the muffin batter, I made a huge mess when I did this.



Bake for 18-20 minutes, check with a toothpick to make sure they are done. And dig in - you will love the topping and you will get blueberries in every single bite - these are the perfect muffins.







Secret Recipe Club


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Friday Frenzy: One Party - Three Blogs

Recipes-Craft-party

Close to Home ,Mostly Food and Crafts and  Angel's Homestead would like to welcome you to this weeks FRIDAY  FRENZY! Now we are not only asking you to linkup your delicious recipes, but also those great projects you have been working on.  We want to see it all!

Remember when you linkup to the Frenzy your posts are going to be featured on all three of our blogs - triple the exposure!  Every week we showcase a few of our favorites from the week before - if you are featured you can grab a button from the side of my blog.  The featured posts will also be pinned on our Friday Food Frenzy Pinterest Board.


Feel free to link up any recipes or crafts you've been working on this week!

Outside of following the hostesses, we would just love for you to show us what you have been working on. Be sure to tell your friends to stop by too. Thanks again for joining the Frenzy!

Please visit the three recipes in the linky that are listed as HOST.  We really appreciate your visit. Also it would be great if you visited at least two links from your fellow bloggers.  We all really appreciate your visits.


Our first featured link from last week is for these Easter Bunny Brownie Pops from Sabor Pastel.

 Easter-treats

I love this idea for decorating Easter eggs with Whipped Cream from Momma Young.  You need to check this out to see how it's done.

Easter-egg-ideas

These Peanut Butter Cream Eggs  look and sound amazing.  These are from  Life with the Crust Cut Off.

  Peanut-butter-cream-eggs

Here is what I made this week: Korean Beef



What did you make?




  

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The All New Allrecipes Magazine is Out

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I am sure you have all heard of Allrecipes - right!  It is by far one of the largest and most recognized recipe sites out there.  Did you know that you can now subscribe to their magazine?  

I am a huge fan of searching online for recipes.  I have my Pinterest boards full to the max and I feel like I have completely mastered the art of searching for a the perfect recipe on Google...but....I still feel like nothing beats sitting down with a great cookbook or a gorgeous issue of a cooking magazine.

The photo you see up top is the exact issue I received to review.  The photos are spectacular and the magazine is 120 pages of great ideas.  My copy is so earmarked I don't know where to start first. I am definitely going to try out some of the great Passover ideas like the Kids Favorite Passover Pizza or the Delicious Matzo Candy.   

One of the things I really enjoy is reading the comments and tips from readers who have tried these recipes.  For example when I was reading about the Matzo Candy I learned a few tricks to save time while making this treat...all the more reason to try it.  I can not wait to see what is in the future issues!


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How about you?  Have you had a chance to checkout the Allrecipes Magazine? Did you even know they had a magazine?

*Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of Allrecipes Magazine for review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Korean Beef


I am always on the lookout for different ways to use ground beef.  I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to this task and it's simply titled, "What to do with Ground Beef."  When I saw this recipe for Cheater Korean Beef from The Girl Who ate Everything and originally from Lizzy Writes, I knew I had to try it out.  Besides the fact that it looked so simple to make, the flavors sounded perfect for my pickiest eater, my Little Man.  

We all loved this dish and it will definitely be made again.  This dish is sweet, salty and bit spicy.  Both bloggers recommended pairing it with steamed broccoli, I made spinach with ours but I bet the broccoli would have been a great accompaniment.  You need to try this simple and flavorful dish ASAP...Enjoy!!

Do you have any great recipes to make with ground beef?  Help me fill my Pinterest board.

recipe from Lizzy Writes
Ingredients:
1 pound lean ground beef
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced
1/2 - 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
salt and pepper
1 bunch of green onions, chopped

Directions:
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and brown the ground beef with the garlic and the sesame oil.  Drain most of the fat and add in the brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, and salt and peppers.  Let this mixture simmer for a few minutes so the flavors come together.  
Serve over steamed rice and top the dish with the chopped green onions.

Last year at this time I made Sauteed Pork Chops and Kale

Two years ago I made Clay Pot Critters

Three years ago I made Abondigas

Linking up to these happening parties!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Friday Frenzy: One Party - Three Blogs

Recipes-Craft-party

Close to Home ,Mostly Food and Crafts and  Angel's Homestead would like to welcome you to this weeks FRIDAY  FRENZY! Now we are not only asking you to linkup your delicious recipes, but also those great projects you have been working on.  We want to see it all!

Remember when you linkup to the Frenzy your posts are going to be featured on all three of our blogs - triple the exposure!  Every week we showcase a few of our favorites from the week before - if you are featured you can grab a button from the side of my blog.  The featured posts will also be pinned on our Friday Food Frenzy Pinterest Board.


Feel free to link up any recipes or crafts you've been working on this week!

Outside of following the hostesses, we would just love for you to show us what you have been working on. Be sure to tell your friends to stop by too. Thanks again for joining the Frenzy!

Please visit the three recipes in the linky that are listed as HOST.  We really appreciate your visit. Also it would be great if you visited at least two links from your fellow bloggers.  We all really appreciate your visits.


Our first featured link from last week are these fun Candy Filled Easter Eggs from Kids Activities Blog.

easter-egg-crafts

I am loving these adorable Peepsicles, Frozen Peeps Popsicles from Upstate Ramblings.  

peepsicles

And checkout these He is Risen Easter Treats from Heavenly Sayings. 


 

Here is what I made this week: Zeppole


What did you make?


   


Watermelon Cupcakes - To the Rescue


Disclosure:The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.

 

One of the many things that happened while we were on spring break was that my Sweet Baby Girl turned 11 yes E-L-E-V-E-N!!!  

Photo: Happy 11th birthday to my sweet, sassy and always goofy Emma Paige!

I am having a hard time wrapping my head around that one.  We celebrated her birthday at least three maybe four different times while on break so I was surprised when we came back and she decided she needed to bring cupcakes to school and celebrate yet again.

I know you're thinking, "of course she needs to bring cupcakes to school!" But seriously, we celebrated a million different ways and it was over a week after her actual birthday had passed and she had been back in school for a day or two already and oh yeah - did I mention I was sick with the worst cold ever and Hubby was out of town.  And she brought up the fact that she needed cupcakes for the next day at 6 o'clock at night.

Homemade was not happening and I told her to check the pantry and wished her good luck.

She was very lucky - look what she found!

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Thanks you so much General Mills & Betty Crocker for sending me this great mix and frosting to sample! What better way to welcome spring, #BiteIntoSummer and celebrate Sweet Girl's 11th than with this all-new Watermelon Cake & Frosting -- available only at Target!  Talk about lucky right?  And get this - this made exactly 24 cupcakes and she has 24 kids in her class...hmmm should have played the lottery that day.  Watermelon Cupcakes to the rescue - right?

I brought my sorry sick self to hand deliver these to the kids during their lunch break yesterday and I instantly became so popular- I am pretty sure I promised a few other classes I would be bringing back more for them to sample as well....true story!  *Note to self print coupons and run to Target to get a few more boxes and containers.

And before I finish this post, I need to mention the frosting, as soon as you open the container the aroma of sweet watermelon hits you right away (in a very good way.)

Cupcake anyone?