Sunday, July 8, 2018

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Best Ever Strawberry Spinach Salad

Best Ever Strawberry Spinach Salad
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PREP TIME: 25 MINSCOOK TIME: 5 MINSTOTAL TIME: 30 MINS

INGREDIENTS

Candied Pecans
  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • pinch salt
Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup extra light tasting olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
Salad
  • 10 ounces fresh baby spinach - rinsed, dried and torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1/4 small red onion, sliced
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 avocado, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 (5 ounce) package blue cheese crumbles

INSTRUCTIONS


  1. Place a silpat mat or a sheet of parchment paper on the counter top to dry the pecans.
  2. In a small skillet over medium heat melt butter. Add pecans, sugar and salt. Stir until pecans are well coated. Stir until the sugar caramelizes, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Spread onto silpat or parchment paper. Separate pecans. Allow to cool.
  4. Meanwhile: in a pint size mason jar combine dressing ingredients. Seal and shake until well combined. Set aside on the counter.
  5. In a large bowl combine the spinach, onions, strawberries and blueberries. Pour about 1/2 of dressing over salad, and toss. Top with avocado, cheese and candied nuts. Serve remaining dressing on the side.
  6. Refrigerate for 15 minutes before serving (or serve immediately).
  7. Serve with the remaining dressing on the side. Enjoy!
DONNA'S NOTES:
  1. I love to snack on the candied pecans and they are great on ice cream so I double the candied pecan recipe and save 1/2 for later. The recipe as written will allow about 5 candied pecans per serving.
  2. The dressing may solidify in the refrigerator. It is best to allow dressing to sit on the counter. Shake well before using.
  3. If you are making the salad ahead. Prep the salad ingredients and refrigerate. Then dress the salad about 15 minutes before serving. This will help keep the spinach from wilting.
  4. Mozzarella, feta or goat cheese are also amazing on this salad.
  5. Lighten it up by subbing plain pecans for the candied ones and eliminate the sugar from the dressing.
  6. Add sliced grilled chicken for a fabulous summer meal.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Healthy Cucumber Lemonade

Healthy Cucumber Lemonade

This Healthy Cucumber Lemonade is the perfect naturally-sweetened summer drink made from blended cucumbers, fresh lemon juice and honey!
 Course Drinks
 Cuisine Summer
 Prep Time 10 minutes
 Total Time 10 minutes
 Servings 4 servings
 Author Chrissie (thebusybaker.ca)

Ingredients

  • 1 large cucumber (cut into chunks)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup liquid honey
  • juice of 7 lemons
  • 3-4 cups sparkling water (or still water)

Instructions

  1. Add the cucumber chunks, water, honey and lemon juice to your blender and blend on high speed until very smooth.
  2. Pour the cucumber mixture into a large pitcher through a strainer to catch any pulp that remains.

  3. Add the sparkling water to the pitcher, along with some lemon and cucumber slices (and ice, if desired) and stir gently to combine.
  4. Pour into sugar-rimmed glasses (if desired) with a few slices of lemon and cucumber, and enjoy with cute paper straws!
This Healthy Cucumber Lemonade is the perfect naturally-sweetened summer drink made from blended cucumbers, fresh lemon juice and honey! Get this easy summer recipe at thebusybaker.ca!
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Summer is Upon Us!

No Bake Summer Berry Lasagna is EASY SUMMER DESSERT RECIPE for refreshing sweet treat. This is perfect idea for Memorial Day and 4th of July dessert.
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Description

No Bake Summer Berry Lasagna is EASY SUMMER DESSERT RECIPE for refreshing sweet treat. This is perfect idea for Memorial Day and 4th of July dessert.

Ingredients

For Whipped Cream:

  • 1 and 2/3 cup heavy cream-chilled
  • about 1/3 cup powdered sugar (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Red Velvet Crust:

  • 3 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup strawberry jam
  • ½ cup+ 2 tablespoons unsalted butter-melted
  • Red gel food coloring

For Cheesecake Layer:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter-softened
  • 8 oz. cream cheese-softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup diced fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup of whipped cream

For Blueberry Jello Salad Layer:

  • 2 (3 oz.pckg) berry blue Jello (or other flavor to your taste)
  • 1 and 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups blueberry pie filling
  • 1 cup of canned crushed pineapple-drained from juice (if use pineapple chunks, pulse it in a food processor to get fine crushed pieces)

Topping:

  • 2 ½ cups whipped cream
  • Fresh strawberries halved
  • Fresh blueberries
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips

Instructions

To make the crust:

  1. Combine graham cracker crumbs, strawberry jam, melted butter and red food coloring( drop the color directly in melted butter or jam, it will dissolve better).
  2. Mix until evenly moistened. Press the mixture in the bottom of 13 x 9 x 2 inch dish. Place the crust in the freezer to firm.

Filling:

  1. First, make the whipped cream. In a bowl beat chilled heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and continue mixing until really STIFF peaks form. Measure out 1 cup of beaten whipped cream for cheesecake layer. Cover remaining whipped cream and reserve for topping.
  2. To make cheesecake layer cream together softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and softened butter. Mix in 1 cup of whipped cream(do not use soft whipped cream, cheesecake filling have to be thick or it won’t hold dense blueberry jello salad layer on top)
  3. Gently fold in diced strawberries and spread over the crust. Place in the fridge to set.
  4. To make the blueberry jello salad layer in a large bowl place 6 oz. berry blue Jello gelatin mixture. Pour 1 ¼ cup boiling water and stir for a few minutes until the gelatin dissolved completely. Set aside to cool for 15-20 minutes, then stir in crushed pineapple and blueberry pie filling. Wait until it’s cooled to room temperature and soft set, or place in the fridge to speed the process but stir from time to time.
  5. Spread blueberry jello layer over chilled cheesecake layer. Do not pour warm blueberry jello over cheesecake layer, it will melt it.
  6. Place in the fridge to chill until jello layer is set completely .
  7. Top with remaining whipped cream. Before serving arrange fresh berries on top. Melt white chocolate chips, transfer melted chocolate to a ziplock bag, cut off the corner and drizzle over the top of lasagna.
  8. Store in the fridge.
  9. https://omgchocolatedesserts.com/no-bake-summer-berry-lasagna/

Friday, October 6, 2017

Fall Decorating Ideas

Most of these are from Pinterest and look fairly easy.
Happy Fall!
» 10 Things I Love About September
I've decided to do this this year, but instead of "Fall" or "welcome," they will say "gourd" and "Pinteresty AF"

100 Cheap and Easy Fall Porch Decor Ideas - Prudent Penny Pincher

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Beauty and the Beast Cupcakes

Beauty and the Beast Cupcakes
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Thought these were adorbs! Click on the Credit link and it will
take you to Cupcake Diaries and the recipes :)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Easy Crock Pot Potato Soup

Another yummy-sounding recipe from
Pinterest!



Ingredients: 
1 30oz. bag of frozen diced hash browns
1 32 oz box of chicken broth
1 can of cream of chicken soup (10 oz)
1 pkg. cream cheese (8 oz, not fat free)
3 oz bacon bits 
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 
salt and pepper to taste 

Directions:
Put the hash browns in the crockpot.  Add in the chicken broth, cream of chicken soup and half of the bacon bits.  Add a pinch of salt and pepper.  
Cook on low for 7-8 hours or until potatoes are tender.  
An hour before serving, cut the cream cheese into small cubes.  Place the cubes in the crock pot.  Mix a few times throughout the hour before serving.  
 Once the cream cheese is completely mixed in, it's ready to serve.  
Top with cheddar cheese and some additional bacon bits.