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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Easy Brown Gravy

I have always loved gravy! Any type of gravy, they are all good! This easy brown gravy recipe is so simple to make.

Gravy makes any homestyle meal even more wonderful!

Gravy can be made from dripping from meat or without. You don't need the drippings to achieve the rich and flavorful gravy and this recipe is just that.

We love chunky mashed potatoes as a side with our meals and gravy is a nice addition for some more flavor. We enjoy mashed potatoes and gravy often and this is just a go to gravy to make.

This easy brown gravy recipe is great for potatoes, to serve on top of meat, or an addition to beef stroganoff. Perfect for any savory dish.

Easy Brown Gravy 

2 cups beef broth
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 cup of water
3 Tbsp Clabber Girl cornstarch 
Pepper to taste

*If you have beef drippings available they are great to add to the gravy.

In a small sauce pan, add the beef broth and bring to a boil. Add the garlic powder and onion powder and stir together. Reduce to medium heat. In a small bowl add the water and cornstarch and whisk together until well blended. Add the cornstarch mixture to the broth mixture and mix together. The gravy will then thicken. Add pepper to taste.
Serve with your favorite meals.


One of my favorites is red skin chunky mashed potatoes. Simply wash the potatoes. Cut them up into quarters and add to a pot of water. Bring to a boil until potato is tender. Drain. Mash slightly. Add some butter and milk and continue to mash. We like to leave them a little chunky but you can continue to mash or blend until smoother if you like. Then add gravy.

Add this easy brown gravy to any of your meals for extra flavor. It's so simple to make and only takes a few minutes!


This post is sponsored by Clabber Girl but my
 thoughts/opinions are always 100% my own

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Spring is in the air!! We've unseasonably warm weather here in Indiana the past few weeks.
With Spring on the way, it's time to think of the next upcoming holiday, Easter is in April this year. Have you seen all the bunnies, carrots, and egg decor out in stores?! One of my favorite dessert recipes that pairs great with Easter and spring is carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. They are super moist, delicious, and have an Easter spirit about them that make them perfect for the holiday, but anytime of the year as well. 

We have enjoy having meals with family for Easter and what perfect way to have carrot cake for everyone with Carrot Cake Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting ...decorated cute for Easter.
Now I am pretty crafty but I am no artist when it comes to cake decorating, but these are simple to do and look cute!

I will share with you some simple decorating tips for simple Easter themed cupcakes below. Anyone can do!!

Not making them for Easter? That's ok! A little bit of chopped pecans around the edges of the frosting is perfect!

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
For the cupcakes
1 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp Clabber Girl baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup cinnamon applesauce
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans

For the frosting
8 oz  cream cheese - at room temperature
1 stick butter - at room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar


Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger in a medium sized mixing bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the oil, brown sugar, and eggs and whisk together. Add the applesauce, carrots, and vanilla and stir together. Then add the dry ingredients from the previous bowl and mix all together until well combined. Add the chopped nuts and stir in.

Prepare a standard sized muffin tin with paper liners of your choosing for the cupcakes. Divide the cupcake batter evenly between the muffin cups. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees F. Test batter with a knife to make sure it comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool completely.

Once cupcakes are cooled is time to add the cream cheese frosting. In a medium mixing bowl add the softened cream cheese, butter, and vanilla. Using a hand held mixer, mix together the ingredients on medium speed until smooth and creamy. On low speed, gradually add the powdered sugar and continue to beat until it is all mixed in.

Top the cupcakes off with the frosting by piping it on or with a knife. Decorate your cupcakes.
Simply roll the edges in the frosting in chopped nuts or decorate with some Easter themes like shown below.

Recipe makes 12 cupcakes. Serve or store in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.


For Easter Decorating tips:

Bunny ears:
Regular size marshmallows
Pink sprinkles
Using a pair of kitchen shears, simply cut a marshmallow in half at an angle. The part that was cut open will be slightly sticky, dip that part in the sprinkles for the center pink part of bunny's ears. Arrange them beside each other on top of the cupcake.
I added shredded coconut on top of the frosting to give a "furry"look.

Shredded coconut
Orange Candy Melts
Put a small amount of shredded coconut in a small bowl and add a few drops of green food coloring and stir around. 
Melt the candy melts and put in a plastic ziplock bag. At one corner of the bottom of the bag, cut a slit and use it as a piping bag. 
Line a pan with parchment paper. 
Place a little dab of coconut on the paper and using the plastic bag as a piping bag, squeeze out the melted chocolate into a carrot form. be sure to go over the coconut slightly with it so that the chocolate sets up and the coconut will stick to it. 
After you have made several that you need, place in the freezer for final set up. 
When you are ready to add to your cupcakes, simply remove from paper and place at the top of the cupcake. 

Nest of Eggs: 
Green Icing Pouch with Tip
Cadbury Mini Eggs
Simply Pipe the green icing onto the cream cheese frosting using the flower tip. Add the Cadbury mini eggs on top.

These carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are packed full of so much flavor you will love them from the first bite!

This post is sponsored by Clabber Girl but my
 thoughts/opinions are always 100% my own

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