Berry Filled Pan-CAKES

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We are lucky enough to be surrounded with Blackberry bushes, so during late summer and early fall the kids and I pick berries and fill the freezer!  But what to do with all of these berries?!

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I saw a similar recipe floating around FB so I decided to make a coupe little changes to the recipe to suit our family’s taste.  I made these for our Saturday morning breakfast a couple weeks ago and they were a huge hit!

I used my typical homemade pancake recipe and instead of putting them on a griddle, I made them in a cupcake pan.

Pancakes:

  • 2 cups flour (we use non-bleached)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup milk

Mix the dry ingredients first, then add the rest.  Fill cupcake tins  half full with pancake mixture.   Cook 7-10 minutes.

As they bake the centers will fall creating a “crater.”

Fill crater with fresh fruit of your choice and return to the oven for 5 minutes, sprinkle with sugar (powdered or granulated). Serve.

We used the blackberries and they were delicious!

*the next time I make these I will get some better pics for ya!

 

 

Blackberry Iced Tea (Printable Recipe)

Refreshing Blackberry Iced Tea
Refreshing Blackberry Iced Tea
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. First combine 2 cups of fresh blackberries and 3/4 cup Sugar. Combine together and either mash or puree in a food processor. We prefer to taste the fruit pieces in our drink so I simply mash ours with our fruit masher.
  2. Mix with 1 gallon of unsweetened Ice Tea (I used Lipton Tea this time, but I also really like it with the Lipton Green Tea) Serve over ice, garnish if desired and enjoy!
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Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes – Perfect Party Dessert!


Are you planning a birthday party any time soon?  These gorgeous cone cupcakes would make a great addition!  They are both yummy and delicious! For the longest time, my daughter has been quite the tomboy, but her tastes seem to be changing to the girlier side of things.  She wants pretty stuff around her all the time.  These cupcakes are definitely pretty and I think they are going to be awesome for her birthday! cone-cupcakes3

Ingredient List:
 
  • 2 cups of flour 
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder 
  • Pinch of salt 
  • 1 stick of butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable shortening  
  • 2 Eggs 
  • 3/4 cup of milk 
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract  
  • 1 pack of Ice cream cones

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Start by sifting together the flour and baking powder.  Next, add in your salt.  Follow by mixing in the butter and vegetable shortening.  Add one egg at a time, followed by the milk and vanilla.  Mix together until everything is well combined.

Next, depending on whether you want the cake over the cone or not, you can either fill the cone a little less then half way or to the half way point.  Use roughly 1-2 tablespoons per cone.  Place cones into your cupcake pan and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes until the top looks golden brown (use the toothpick test to be sure they are done).

Let your cakes cool down completely before icing.   The icing is purely a matter of preference.  If you want to, you can simply spread it on, use a can ready to squirt on top, or you can use an icing bag to frost and decorate as you choose.  Cover in sprinkles and voila’ they are ready to be served at your party!

I am excited to try these with holiday themes for Halloween and Christmas!

BONES & BLOOD (A Freaky Halloween Treat)

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Are you looking for a great treat for your Halloween party?  How about serving up some bones and blood?  Sounds gross right?  Oh, but it is not!  It’s so yummy!

Check out this step by step on how to create this Freaky Halloween Treat:

BONES & BLOOD (A Freaky Halloween Treat)
This sweet treat is the perfect addition to your Halloween party!
BONES & BLOOD (A Freaky Halloween Treat)
This sweet treat is the perfect addition to your Halloween party!
Instructions
  1. Melt White Chocolate Chips in the microwave, checking and stirring every 15 seconds. (I used a half of a bag of chips for my recipe) Stick one mini marshmallow onto each end of the pretzel stick and dip the complete "bone" into the melted chocolate. Allow to cool. Use your Strawberry and/or blackberry sauce as your "blood" dipping sauce. I used my own homemade sauce made of strawberry and blackberry.
Recipe Notes

*Turn your microwave to its lowest setting before melting the chocolate.

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Refreshing Blackberry Iced Tea

blackberry iced tea recipe

 

This has been my most-viewed post ever!! Thank you to everyone for visiting my lil old blog! 🙂

Spring will soon arrive, which means Summer is coming soon!!  And because I am so desperate for Summer these days, I feel like anytime is the perfect time to get started on your sweet tea drinking.  If you want to add a new, fruity version of sweet tea to your repertoire, check out our favorite tea recipe!

Do you want to cool down with a refreshing, low calorie summertime drink?

We have an overabundance of blackberries on our property so I am always looking for ways to use them! Here is what I did to make this delicious and refreshing beverage:

  • First combine 2 cups of fresh blackberries and 3/4 cup Sugar.  Combine together and either mash or puree in a food processor.  We prefer to taste the fruit pieces in our drink so I simply mash ours with our fruit masher.
  • Mix with 1 gallon of unsweetened Ice Tea (I used Lipton Tea this time, but I also really like it with the Lipton Green Tea)
  • Serve over ice, garnish if desired and enjoy! 

PRINTABLE RECIPE

When I made these, I used Tall Glass Beer Steins, but I have since switched to this awesome Mason Jar Set!  It is so cute for serving tea to guests! There is just something about Iced Tea in a mason jar that makes me smile and think about my time visiting family in the South. 🙂  We have this tea on hand often during the Summer months, but I ALWAYS serve it during our Summertime BBQs and it’s always a hit!  (If you need some tips on throwing an awesome BBQ, check out this post)

 

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Even my husband loves this tea and he is not a tea drinker!

*45 calories per 8 ounce serving.

Yum

 

I don’t like super sweet drinks, so you may think this needs more sugar.  I love this as is though because it’s sweet and fruity and simply tastes like summertime.  I am really working on my health and fitness right now too so this is perfect for enjoying a delightful beverage without a bunch of empty calories.

 

 

 

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Easy 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies!

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Have you ever had a sweet tooth, but it seemed like you had nothing in your fridge or pantry to cure it?  I found just the thing for those days!  Check out these super simple, soft and delicious 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies:

Easy 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies!
Servings Prep Time
12cookies 5minutes
Cook Time
8minutes
Servings Prep Time
12cookies 5minutes
Cook Time
8minutes
Easy 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies!
Servings Prep Time
12cookies 5minutes
Cook Time
8minutes
Servings Prep Time
12cookies 5minutes
Cook Time
8minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place the 3 ingredients in a mxing bowl and stir well. Form balls with mixture and place on baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes until edges are slightly crispy. Let cool and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

 

I will tell you all a little secret...I have never really liked peanut butter cookies, but I love these!  They are soft and delicious and so easy to make!

Oh and did I mention that the entire batch costs less than $1.50 to make?!

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Fireside Christmas Coffee ~ Enjoy Tonight or Give as Gifts

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Want a warm, soothing and delicious drink that goes perfectly with your holiday preparation? Our family makes this every year and then we jar it up (in pretty jars) for gifts to give to friends and family. We have actually been asked for more by several of them!

Fireside Christmas Coffee
A warm delicious coffee drink you can enjoy all year long.
Servings Prep Time
20 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
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Servings Prep Time
20 10minutes
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Fireside Christmas Coffee
A warm delicious coffee drink you can enjoy all year long.
Servings Prep Time
20 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
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Servings Prep Time
20 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
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Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Mix ingredients together in a large bowl and store in a sealed container.
  2. Mix 2 tbsp in a cup of steaming water and enjoy
Recipe Notes

Christmas Coffee

 

This is a cozy drink to sip while enjoying the lights on your tree or the falling snow outside.

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Feel Good Bow-Tie Chicken Soup

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Everyone in my family is sick right now.  Yucky coughs, stuffy nose and all!  So, I decided to fight back with lots of Vitamin C, tea, water and medicine.

To sooth our sore throats and help us fight even more, I decided to make some delicious Feel-Good Bow-Tie Chicken Soup.   This always helps when we are under the weather and the entire family gobbles it up!

Ingredients:

  • Chicken (I use leg quarters, but this is your preference)
  • Bow-Tie Pasta
  • 3 Celery stalks
  • 1 medium Onion
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • Salt

I cook chicken and garlic in a large pot on medium heat for 2.5 hours.  At this point, separate the meat from the bone and put back into the chicken stock, adding the onion, celery and pasta.   Salt to taste

Cook on low-medium for an additional 20-30 minutes.

 

Farm Stand Tuna Salad

farm stand tuna salad

I absolutely love Summer time!  I love all of the farm stands that pop up locally and all of the fresh fruits and vegetables that are available.

I picked up some fresh veggies this morning at my local non-GMO farmstand and made myself some fresh Farm Stand Tuna Salad for lunch!

I sliced some cucumbers and tomatoes, mixed in some tuna and added a little dressing and voila’ – Fresh Delicious and healthy salad!

  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 can/pouch Tuna fish w/water
  • 2 tbsp Italian Dressing

Mix ingredients together and serve chilled!