Friday, February 27, 2015

Favorite Frosting

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"I use many different frosting recipes when baking.  This recipe is my favorite one to use when I am baking and decorating Birthday cakes or cupcakes for my family.  It has a spreadable consistency for icing and it also holds its shape when using decorating tips.  Oh and by the way, the taste is irresistible!"    

2 sticks or 1 cup of butter, softened
4 Tablespoons of shortening
2 pound bag of powdered sugar
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons milk
2 Tablespoons light corn syrup (Karo syrup)
Food Coloring, if desired
 
In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and shortening until smooth.  With the mixer on low setting (so you don't end up wearing it), add powdered sugar a little at a time.  NOTE:  Mixture will become very thick, but it will thin out when you add the remaining ingredients.  Add almond, vanilla, milk and corn syrup and mix until completely combined, scraping sides of the bowl as you go.  Color with food coloring, if desired.  Frost cake or cupcakes and decorate.  

Friday, February 20, 2015

Creamed Peas

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"My Mom used to make these peas as a side dish all of the time when I was growing up.  I recently asked her for the recipe and made them for my husband.  They tasted just like my Mom's!  They are an easy, inexpensive and delicious addition to any dinner."

1 (15 ounce) can peas, drained
1 cup milk
2 Tablespoons flour
2 Tablespoons butter
salt and pepper, to taste

Drain peas and set aside.  In a saucepan, combine milk, flour and butter and cook until thickened over medium heat.  Add drained peas.  Season with salt and pepper.  Serve.      

Friday, February 6, 2015

Heart's Delight Bites

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"These little gems would be a perfect Valentine dessert for your Sweetie or an easy treat for your child's classroom Valentine's Day party.  The best part of this recipe is that it only takes three ingredients.  However you enjoy them this Valentine's Day, eat them to your Heart's Delight!!!" 

1 (15.24 ounce) package of chocolate snack cakes (I used Hostess Chocolate Zingers.)
1 (15.6 ounce) container of ready-made frosting (I used Duncan Hines cherry flavored frosting.)
Valentine's candy (like conversation hearts) and/or Valentine's themed sprinkles

Cut each chocolate snack cake into thirds.  Pipe or spoon on desired amount of frosting.  Place a conversation heart into frosting and top with sprinkles.  To serve, I placed each bite into mini baking cups.