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Monday, July 31, 2017

Chocolate Cream Nectar, A Rumford Complete Cookbook Recipe


Summer days just got more fun with a flavorful iced coffee!!


A perfectly mocha flavored beverage, this Chocolate Cream Nectar drink has just the right blend of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla flavors mixed together!


This is a delicious iced that can be made right at home! Save yourself a trip to the coffee shop.


The Chocolate Cream Nectar recipe is super easy! The hardest part is waiting for it to chill! I like to make it the night before and then it's ready to go the next morning. A delicious cafe coffee that you can make at home.


The Chocolate Cream Nectar recipe is on page 215 of the Rumford Complete Cookbook!


Here is my version of the recipe



Chocolate Cream Nectar

Ingredients:
1 chocolate square (about 2 oz.)
1/2 cup liquid coffee
3 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
whipped topping

Directions:
In a medium saucepan, melt the chocolate square over a low heat. Add the liquid coffee and cook for two minutes, stirring with a whisk continuously. Add the sugar and water and cook for an additional five minutes. Chill completely. Add vanilla and stir together well. Pour into glasses over ice, each containing a tablespoon of whipped topping. Makes 4 cups.

PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE



I have loved enjoying it on mornings relaxing outside!



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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Apple Brown Betty


Apple recipes are some of my very favorite recipes to make! I love to try forever favorites and new apple recipes as well. This Apple Brown Betty recipe will be one I make time and time again.


Here in the Midwest, apples are in season in the fall. We don't grow our own apples, but we love to take a family trip to some local orchards and pick up some apples or pick them fresh from the trees

The delicious flavors of fresh apple and spice blend together wonderfully in this dish. This Apple Brown Betty recipe is super easy to make and a delicious ending to any meal, a yummy snack, or even for breakfast! A sweet and tasty treat and a great use of your favorite apples!


One great thing about this recipe is that it doesn't require a lot of ingredients and most likely you have them on hand and easy to throw together. Transforming bread into a sweet and spiced dessert this old fashioned dessert is suitable for any occasion. If you love the apple pie flavors, you'll love Apple Brown Betty!



Apple Brown Betty 

Ingredients:
8 bread slices (any kind of bread will do, I used wheat bread)
4 apples (any apples will do, I prefer more of a tart apple and used Granny Smith)
1/2 cup brown sugar +1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup water
1/2 stick of butter, cut into slices
lemon juice

Directions:
Pull apart or cut the bread slices into small pieces/cubes, place in a bowl and set aside. Peel, core, and slice the apples. Dice the apples and place them in a medium mixing bowl tossed with some lemon juice. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mix together so the apples are coated well. Using a greased pie baking dish or a 9x9 baking dish, layer the apple mixture and the bread pieces alternately topping off with the bread pieces. Pour the water evenly over the prepared mixture in the baking dish and sprinkle the top with the remaining brown sugar. Top off with slender slices of butter placed all around the top. Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes. Serve cold or warm with a tablespoon for whipped topping for extra deliciousness!

PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE




Favorite flavors of fall all packed in one recipe! You'll be sure to want to give it a try!





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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Blueberry Cheesecake No Churn Ice Cream

Some of my favorite things about summer.....fresh blueberries and ice cream!

Blueberry season is here in Indiana and one of my favorite things I look forward to is taking the kids to go blueberry picking. We pick several pounds to eat fresh, bake with and freeze,

....and who doesn't love ice cream!?? I would say it is actually my weakness in a dessert. I love ice cream!

This blueberry cheesecake ice cream is so delicious! I honestly don't think I will want to buy store bought ice cream again, when I can simply make it at home.


The best part....it's NO CHURN! So you don't need a fancy ice cream machine to make it!


I love the flavors of this blueberry cheesecake ice cream! It is smooth, rich, and so creamy!! The blend of blueberry and cheesecake together is fantastic!

This creamy, no churn ice cream will become a summertime favorite! Blueberries and the richness of the cheesecake flavor in this ice cream  - delicious!




Blueberry Cheesecake No Churn Ice Cream

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp Clabber Girl cornstarch
6 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups whipping cream

Directions:
Combine the blueberries and sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over a medium heat until the blueberries become juicy, about 5 minutes. Then add the cornstarch to the saucepan and continue cooking for another minute while stirring continuously. Remove saucepan from heat and place blueberries in the freezer to quickly cool them down to be able to put in the cream mixture, about 10 minutes.

Add the cream cheese and brown sugar to a large mixing bowl and mix and press together with a wooden spoon until smooth and well blended. Add 1/2 cup whipping cream and whip with a handheld blender until the cream cheese and cream are well blended. Then add the rest of the cream and the vanilla extract and continue whipping until the mixture becomes thicker and peaks form, about 4 to 5 minutes.

Now is time to mix the cream and the berries for the ice cream to form. In a plastic container or a metal loaf pan, spread out half of the whipped cream mixture. Then add half of the blueberries on top. Next spread the remaining cream and then top again with the remaining blueberries. Then use a butter knife, swirl it thought the ice cream creating a swirl affect. Cover and place in the freezer overnight, or at least 6 hours before serving. Makes about 1 quart.

PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE


The great thing about the no churn ice cream recipes is simply that! The mixture doesn't need to churn to form the ice cream. No ice cream maker necessary! How great is that!






Enjoy!!

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Strawberries and Cream Popsicles

Summer is in full swing here and sometimes the temperatures are hot! Keep cool during the summer months with popsicles! I know we sure enjoy our fair share of popsicles! 

These Strawberries and Cream Popsicles make for a delicious and healthy snack! A tasty treat! 

Kids love to help make them and enjoy them on a hot summer day. We always have popsicles in the freezer during the summer. When the kids are playing or working hard they can come and grab a popsicle for a snack. A healthy and refreshing snack. Who doesn't love popsicles!?

Flavors of fresh sweet strawberries combined with a smooth cream combined together in this popsicle.


I used a Norpro Frozen Ice Pop Maker and this recipe works out perfectly for it! Simply fill the popsicle cells and put the sticks in and place in the freezer. The hardest part is waiting for them to freeze and set up.



When the popsicle are ready to enjoy, remove the lid and simply run the the maker under warmer water to loosen the popsicle, and make easier to pull out.



Keep cool on those hot days with popsicles. Kids love them!




This recipe can easily be used with any kind of fruit.




Strawberries and Cream Popsicles
Ingredients:
1 cup milk
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup strawberry yogurt
2 Tbsp Clabber Girl cornstarch
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp strawberry extract
3 cups fresh strawberries, chopped

Directions:
Add the milk, heaving whipping cream, and strawberry yogurt to a medium mixing bowl. Then add cornstarch and whisk together until smooth. Pour mixture into a saucepan and add the strawberry extract. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil, while continuously whisking. Continue whisking for about 4 to 5 minutes once mixture begins to boil, to thicken. Remove from heat and set aside and cool a bit.

While cream mixture is cooling, this is when I chop my strawberries. Place the chopped strawberries in a bowl.

Then divide half the cream mixture. Add one half the cream mixture to the strawberry bowl. Stir the strawberries and cream together. Set aside.

Use the other half of the cream mixture and pour a little in each popsicle mold, saving some to top off all the molds at the end.

Then fill molds to the top with the strawberry/cream mixture. Make sure to press down on the filled molds with a spoon, or insert a knife to get any air bubbles out. I banged the mold set on the counter some too. This will help the mixture settle and get out any bubbles. Add more strawberry mixture to the molds as necessary. Lastly top off each mold with the remaining cream mixture. Put the maker top on and insert popsicle sticks. Freeze overnight and remove from popsicle molds to serve.

PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE



 Enjoy this healthy and frozen summer treat!



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 thoughts/opinions are always 100% my own

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

New Chicks on the Farm

A few of our hens have recently been sitting on their eggs. We have watched and candled them to see if they are close to hatching.

This mother hen's eggs have started hatching and we have new chicks on the farm.




Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Apple Puffs, A Rumford Complete Cookbook Recipe

Add a little tartness and crunch to your ice cream dessert! These apple puffs from the Rumford Complete Cookbook are a great addition to a nice bowl of vanilla ice cream.


The apple puffs have a slight crunchy outside with the inside a cake texture with bits of tender apples inside. When pairing it with ice cream, I also drizzled caramel on top to complete the taste.



The apple puffs recipe is on page 97 of the Rumford Complete Cookbook!


Here is my version of the recipe with some modifications for the puffs to take shape.



Apple Puffs
Ingredients: 
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 apples, peeled, and chopped
1 egg
1 tsp Rumford Baking Powder
1 cup milk
Pinch of salt

Directions:
Mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium size mixing bowl. Add the sugar and chopped apples. Add the egg and milk and mix to a rather stiff batter. Drop spoonfuls of batter into a hot deep fryer and cook until the puffs are golden brown. Remove and drain puffs on a paper towel on a plate. Serve warm with ice cream.

PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE

I prepared these apple puffs and enjoyed with vanilla ice cream drizzled with my favorite caramel sauce to top it off. So delicious!!








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