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Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

22 Apr

We had a little fun with our Easter cupcakes yesterday! You can’t go wrong with a strawberry cheesecake cupcake base; add a little surprise center, and top with a festive Peep (which I really hate, but look darn cute sitting on their little cupcake-birdie nest!). The kids had fun putting the eggs on, and I had fun eating all the of the cupcake centers that I had to scoop out to make the nest. 🙂 Win, win!!!

This recipe is really so easy – just a boxed cake mix with a make-over. But no one would guess it’s from a box! The star ingredient being real-life strawberries, which really makes the flavor fresh and Spring-y. I frosted them with Buttercream Frosting, but my neighbor has a spectacular strawberry frosting that I must steal and try with these…

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Ingredients:

Cupcakes:

1 (18.25 oz) plain white cake mix

1 (3 oz) pkg strawberry gelatin

4 Tbsp flour

1 cup milk

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup crushed fresh strawberries

3 large eggs

Filling:

1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, at room temperature

1/3 cup sugar

1 large egg

Preheat oven to 350^F. Make cupcake batter by combining all ingredients and mixing until completely incorporated. Make filling by doing the same. Spoon or scoop about 1/4 cup of cupcake batter into prepared cupcake cups, filling it to 2/3 full. Spoon a generous Tbsp of the cheesecake filling over each cupcake. Place cupcake pan on the center rack of the oven and bake until tops spring back when lightly pressed with a finger – about 20-25 minutes. Cool 15 minutes or longer before frosting.

For Easter Nests:

Scoop out a tsp size hole in the middle of each cupcake and fill with sprinkles. Top with a candy egg. 

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Swirl frosting around egg, like a nest, and top with a Peep.

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Cream Cheese Berry Roulade

14 Apr

I have about 20 some-odd recipes sitting in my drafts…I am falling so behind! But I am in the process of making a fabulous Prom dress for my neighbor’s daughter. It is going to be so pretty (I’ll have to sneak in a few pictures)! But I am learning a lot on this project, and am finding that learning a lot requires making a lot of mistakes. I almost cried when I got the bodice all put together only to find that I got a section caught in the serger and cut a nice little hole in the very delicate chiffon. After a sleepless night trying to figure out how to fix it, I finally concluded that I couldn’t fix it and would have to replace the panel. It was a grand mistake…painfully grand. But I have been ever careful of my serger edge ever since. Yay for me.

Thank goodness I had a little slice of this heaven sitting in my fridge so I could wash the bitterness of a careless mistake down with a truly sweet treat. Delicious beyond words. So easy. Don’t skip the whipped topping. And don’t cut holes in Prom dresses.

P.S> The whipped topping can also be used for a great fruit dip!!!

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Ingredients:

2 packages Crescent Rolls
8oz Cream Cheese
2 tbsp Brown Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 cup Fruit Preserves (strawberry, blackberry…I used plum!)
Fresh Strawberries
Fresh or Frozen Blueberries
1 Lemon
Confectioners Sugar
1 egg

Lay out the crescent rolls and press seams together. Mix cream cheese with brown sugar and vanilla until soft. Spread inside crescent rolls. Then spread preserves on top. Sprinkle blueberries and strawberries on top. Pull edges of crescent rolls over. Egg wash pastry. Bake at 375 for 20 mins. In separate bowl mix juice and zest of a lemon with confectioners sugar until it becomes an icing. Garnish with strawberries.

Whipped Topping:

  • 1 large (5.1 oz) instant vanilla pudding
  • 32 oz. container vanilla yogurt
  • 8 oz. container Cool Whip
  • 1 pkg. frozen strawberries

Mix together pudding mix and yogurt. Fold in whip cream. Fold in strawberries.

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Fruit Leather

2 Oct

One of the local grocery stores was selling flats of strawberries for $3.88 – that’s 8 of those little containers (I should know the volume, but I don’t) for less than $4!! Couldn’t pass that up! But I also couldn’t eat all of them before they went bad. 🙂 So, we opted to try to make our own fruit leather. I was frustrated at first because I couldn’t find a recipe with real instructions. They are all kind of like, “add some fruit, add some sweetener, add whatever flavor you want…” I’m not good at making things up. I need a recipe unless I’ve been making it for at least ten years – these are the rules. However, it turns out that there just isn’t a concrete recipe for fruit leather. You have to be a little flexible. Deep breath.

I made a strawberry batch and a strawberry banana batch – both were really good. I just got some raspberries and peaches and I’m going to try a few more concoctions…no recipe and all. I’m so brave. I was planning on using these for my daughter’s lunches and after-school snacks, but my husband took most of them to work with him for his snacks. 🙂 That works too!

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Ingredients:

2 1/2 – 3 cups fruit, diced

2 tsp lemon juice

spices and/or extracts to taste (optional)

honey, sugar, or agave to taste

Preheat oven to lowest temperature (mine is 170^F). Line a baking sheet with plastic wrap of silicone baking mat (don’t use foil or waxed paper). The plastic wrap will shrink in the oven, so leave the edges loose.

Puree fruit and lemon juice in a food processor or blender until smooth. Add sweetener to taste and any other spices/extracts you desire. Pour onto prepared baking sheet and spread as evenly as possible to about 1/4 inch thick (the puree will shrink a little so don’t spread it all the way to the edges). Place in oven and bake 6-8 hours or until center is not tacky. Remove from oven, let cool to room temperature, and peel off baking sheet. Cut into strips and roll in wax paper or plastic wrap. Store in air-tight container.

*Tip: If your fruit leather comes out too hard and cracks instead of peeling off of your cooking sheet, brush it with water then return it to the oven for another 10 min or so – it will soften right up!

Fresh Strawberry Pie

6 Jul

Two days late…but, Happy 4th! We spent the holiday out of range of cell phones or internet, so my post is a bit tardy. My parents bought my great-grandmother’s house in a little mining town called Eureka about ten years ago – and when I say ‘little mining town’ I mean ‘little.’ The first time I went there I was about thirteen or fourteen. We went with my grandpa, who was raised there. We were going to go on a bus tour of the old mines (they ran out of silver quite awhile ago) and were all sitting outside the town museum waiting to get going. We saw the same three cars drive by about twenty-five times…and I’m not exaggerating. When there are new people in Eureka everyone knows, and apparently they wanted to get a good look. 🙂

Great-grandma’s house was a bit of a mess when it came back to the family. It was filled with crickets – Mormon crickets to be exact. If you know anything about Mormon history, you know that these crickets are super human! If you don’t know anything about Mormon history, the term doesn’t hold reference to Mormon’s themselves being like huge, nasty, invasive crickets :)…way back when the Pioneers were settling the valley, their crops were being eaten by said crickets. After much prayer, the miracle of the seagulls occurred – a huge flock of the birds came down and ate all the crickets, saving the much needed crops. Hence, Mormon crickets, and why Utah’s state bird is the seagull. Didn’t know I was a history buff, did you? 😉 So anyways!! Lots of crickets in the house, lots of really bad decorating and ugly paint. Nasty carpet, smelly cellar…you get the idea.I personally suffered from an entire day’s worth of what I’m pretty sure was black lung after cleaning out old insulation from the cellar. But after a lot of TLC, Grandma’s house is one of our favorite places to go. They’ve got a couple 4-wheelers stashed up there, a little play set for the kids, and with the addition of a new hammock and big-kid swing this year, I think there’s little else we can do to improve the place. I had someone ask me once what we do up there, and I had to pause and think before truthfully answering, “Nothing, really.” It is nice to have a place, a little remote but not so far that you can’t justify running up for the weekend, that is quiet and away from the real world. My kids call it “My-reka.” My oldest started that – she hears Eureka as “Your-reka,” so whenever someone asked if she wanted to go to “Your-reka” she assumed that meant the Reka was hers. We get variations depending on the context: “Her-reka,” “Our-reka,” etc. She can read now, so I’m just waiting for that dreaded day when she figures it out.

Nothing says 4th of July to me more so than fresh strawberry pie! My mom put this  one together, and I cheated and took pictures. Hers are always prettier than mine. Of course, she cheated a little and bought a frozen pie crust ;); but, even though love me a good, homemade crust, they are a pain to make! And mine always shrink! They look so nice before I bake them, but something happens in that oven…guess I need to work on my technique. I digress… This pie is the best you will ever taste, and when we got up to Eureka, it was the first thing I scoured the fridge for – only to find it wasn’t there!!! Apparently, feeding three families requires brining more food than a little Eureka fridge can hold. Something had to give and it ended up being the pie. 😦 I’m still waiting for a piece.

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Ingredients:

1 cup water

3/4 cup sugar

2 Tbsp cornstarch

2 Tbsp Karo syrup

4 Tbsp strawberry Jello

4 drops foor coloring

Mix sugar and cornstarch (this will help to avoid clumping) in medium saucepan. Add water and Karo. Simmer over medium heat until thick and clear. Add Jello and food coloring. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature. Cut up fresh strawberries and stir into cooled mixture. Pour into prepared pie crust and refrigerate until set. Top with whipped cream and enjoy!

*Another yummy substitute for this recipe is fresh peaches in place of strawberries. Also replace the strawberry Jello with peach flavor.

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Strawberry Agua Fresca

29 Jun

So, my sister is moving to Florida. Please do not make me discuss this because I will cry. While I am super excited for their family’s new adventure, I heartily feel that the other side of the county is simply too far away. The end. However, because of this rather heart-wrenching move, their family has bequeathed my family with a bit of an heirloom – a good ol’ fashioned Coleman Williamsburg tent trailer, circa 1991. Many fond memories in that baby! My parents gave it to my sister’s family a few years back, and since traveling cross country with all of your belongings is hard enough, they decided that maybe dragging a not-so-frequently-used tent trailer behind said mass of belongings wasn’t ideal. Enter good ol’ fashioned tent trailer parked on my driveway – it is there for some major plastic surgery. Come to find out, while my sister’s family was not using it, a small family of mice decided to make the trailer their home. This arrangement did not bode well for the canvas tenting…or the toilet paper left in there. Fifteen to twenty ‘sky-lights’ later :), the mice were kicked out, having not followed the rule of thumb for any tenant: leave the place better than you found it. And on top of that, having been out in the not-so-sunshiny state of Oregon for the past few years, water took its toll as well, rusting out the roof and all the curtain hooks. “What, in heaven’s name, does this have to do with Agua Fresca,” you may be asking yourself? Well! Not only do I have a tent trailer in desperate need of TLC sitting on my driveway, but it is sitting there in 100^F heat. And I need to clean it. That gets hot – really, really hot. I also have a glorious little planter spilling over with fresh strawberries in my back yard (my husband hates eating strawberries but loves growing them – I’m not complaining). In the midst of vacuuming, sanitizing, and pulling down mouse nibbled curtains – sweat running down every crevice imaginable – this super easy concoction was just what the doctor ordered! The sad thing is that I really wasn’t even the one slaving out in the oven of a trailer for most of the time because I had to take care of baby. My sweet mom came over to ‘help’ me and I left her out there to do it herself half the day. So, thank you, MOM!!! I’ll make you a whole pitcher of Agua Fresca if you ever decide to come back. 🙂

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Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups water

1 lb strawberries

1/4 cup sugar

juice of one lime

Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Chill before serving or pour over ice.

*Super easy and so fresh and tasty!!! I usually use bottled lime juice – about 1 tsp is equal to the juice of one lime. I also will do sugar to taste.