Elsie and I always loved going to the mall with our mom growing up, even before we loved fashion. Our mom would always get us a soft pretzel at Auntie Ann's to share and it was always a fun treat. I still sometimes get a soft pretzel when I'm at the mall, as it reminds me of all those trips with our mom. Plus, soft pretzels are AWESOME! So we thought it would be fun to try and make our own at home. We made original and cinnamon sugar soft pretzels plus two kinds of sweet buttery dipping sauces. Soft Pretzels makes 8-12. Needed: 1 1/2 cups warm water, 1 1/8 teaspoon active dry yeast, 2 tablespoon sugar, 1 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1 cup bread flour, 3 cups (all-purpose) flour, 3-4 tablespoon melted butter, course sea salt, cinnamon and sugar, 1 cup warm water, 1 tablespoon baking soda. Dissolve the yeast in the 1 1/2 cups warm water. For the sweet butters: Combine 1 stick of softened (nearly melted) butter with either honey + nuts or raspberry jam.
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homemade peanut butter cupsEverybody likes getting candy, even if they are (ahem) maybe a bit too old to be Trick or Treating. (If that's even possible.) Here's a cute idea to dress up a sweet candy gift for a friend or coworker, preset your candy in decorative jars! Simply use mason jars (or other canning jars) and cover the tops with colorful fabrics. You can use store-bought candies, or you can make your own! Here's how to make homemade peanut butter cups: Needed: mini cupcake pan plus mini sized cupcake liners (we used brown ones), 1 bag (about 2 cups) dark or semi-sweet chocolate, 2 tablespoons oil, 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 3/4 cup powder sugar. First, line your mini cupcake pan with liners. While that is cooling, make the peanut butter filling. Now melt the remaining chocolate with 1 tablespoon oil. Have fun making your own peanut butter cups!
Homemade Baked Mozzarella SticksMozzarella sticks are a delicious treat, probably one of the most popular appetizers at restaurants, and a fun party food. They tend to be rather fattening, especially considering they are usually fried, but they are so irresistibly tasty. So how do you give in to the temptation that is mozzarella sticks without the guilt? Make healthy, Baked Mozzarella Sticks! Ingredients 1 pkg. low fat mozzarella cheese strings (8-10 sticks) 1/2 cup flour 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten 1 cup dry bread crumbs or Italian style panko (seasoned) marinara sauce for dipping Directions 1. I hope you enjoy this delicious, healthy twist on traditional fried mozzarella sticks. Note: Some comments indicate that mozzarella is oozing sooner than time prescribed in this recipe- keep an eye on the sticks while baking and feel free to shorten the bake time to suit your oven. You May Also Like:
3 Pie Inspired Pop-Tart RecipesOne morning I woke up with a real hankering (yes, hankering) for a slice of pie. So I thought it would be fun to create pie inspired homemade pop-tarts. I made three different flavors; pumpkin pie, pecan pie and apple pie! All you need to whip up a batch of these for yourself is puff pastry and your choice of 'pie' fillings. For the apple pie pop-tarts I made the filling with 1 peeled and finely chopped apple (I used granny smith, but any variety is fine), 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. For the pumpkin pie pop-tarts I made the filling with 1/2 cup pumpkin, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/4 cup ricotta cheese, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and a pinch of nutmeg. For the pecan pie pop-tarts I made the filling out of 1/3 cup pecans, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 tablespoons corn syrup (you could use honey if you don't like or don't have corn syrup).
Cinnamon Roll PancakesUpdated 9/22/11 to Add: If you’re coming here to sample these delicious Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, you just might like the latest recipe that I’ve posted for Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pancakes too. And Gingerbread- Cinnamon Roll Pancakes too. Enjoy! Here’s a short video sharing how to make these delicious pancakes: If you’ve ever thought you needed a reason to eat pancakes, today is the day: National Pancake Day! How do you like your pancakes? But recently I started dreaming about mixing cinnamon rolls and pancakes together… and this is what I came up with- my new favorite pancake: Cinnamon Roll Pancakes. I have a wonderfully fluffy pancake batter that I like to use (recipe below) so I swirled a bit of cinnamon roll filling into the pancake. And they cooked up just like a pancake- fluffy, but with craters of crusty, sugary cinnamon swirled within. You might find three of these stacked in a fancy breakfast restaurant, but I’m gonna tell you that one pancake is all you need. Oh yeah. Ingredients:
Pumpkin Pie Milkshake RecipeThis milkshake brings all the boys to the yard. Just kidding! What's fun about this treat is you can use a store-bought pumpkin pie and it's super easy to whip up a big batch of these for friends. Or you can use a homemade pumpkin pie (maybe the left over few pieces) and enjoy this sweet and decadent dessert. We made our own pumpkin pie (first one of the season) and my kitchen instantly smelled like autumn. Once you've made your pie let is cool for a few hours or overnight. We garnished our milkshakes with a few mini pumpkin pies I had made, just for fun! xo, emma + elsieFood that doesnt SUCKA Beautiful Mess
How to To Make Your Food Taste Awesome | Easy FoodPosted by admin on Aug 19, 2012 in Food Preparation | 211 comments In case you are not skilled with the food recipes and preparation, listed bellow are some of the easy food tips to make your meals delicious easy way. No matter you prepare breakfast, dinner or just a snack, the easy food tips are here to make your food even more attractive and awesome. Idea by Janice Kamide Images Source BuzzFeedA Beautiful MessHi! It's Mandi from Making Nice in the Midwest. As I've learned more about not killing my houseplants, I've gained the courage to fill my home with more and more of them (so much so that I'm running out of room!). My one-and-a-half-year-old kiddo has finally learned how to "no touch" the houseplants, which has given me the guts to employ the use of a plant stand, with minimal fear of potentially having to clean up dirt from the floor. (I'm hoping we're completely past that stage! Please don't burst my bubble!) This project was really quick and easy, as far as furniture building goes, since I decided to use brackets in lieu of attempting any wood joinery techniques. Supplies: - 2 10" or 12" wooden pre-cut circles at least 1/2" thick. If you are cutting your own circles you will also need: - 1" x 12" x 2' piece of solid wood instead of the wooden circles listed above. Total cost: $25 (approximately broken out according to the portion of supplies purchased): Note about the wooden circles:
Vegetable TianThis is a recipe I adapted from one I found in “Barefoot in Paris”. We had friends over for dinner so I served this Vegetable Tian and it was a HUGE hit. The veggies were perfectly roasted, the potatoes were nice and tender and the caramelized onions were sweet and salty. 2 tbsp olive oil (divided)1 large sweet yellow onion cut in half and sliced2 cloves of garlic, minced1-2 russet potatoes, unpeeled1 zucchini1 yellow squash3 large Roma tomatoesSea salt, freshly cracked black pepper, to tasteDried thyme, to taste1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Slice the potatoes, zucchini, squash and tomatoes in 1/4 inch thick slices. Cover the dish with tin foil and bake for 35 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Click here for a printable version of this recipe
Make Your Own Salad DressingMaking your own salad dressings at home is one of those skills that's super easy and delicious. This time of year is an excellent time to start eating more greens in your diet, so here's three easy salad dressing recipes to help spruce up your veggies. We're going to make: homemade ranch dressing, cilantro lime vinaigrette, and our own homemade honey mustard dressing. Keep in mind that you can add any herbs or spices you prefer. Ranch Dressing makes around 4 cups (twice as much as pictured) Needed: 3/4 cup mayo, 3/4 cup greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 cup buttermilk, a handful of chopped green onions or chives, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, salt and pepper to taste. Mix all ingredients together and drizzle on your favorite salad. Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette makes around 2 cups Needed: 6 ounces olive oil, 3-4 tablespoons chopped cilantro, juice from 1 lime Homemade Honey Mustard makes a little less than 2 cups