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These Shortbread Cookies are Addictive!

File Oct 06, 7 58 13 PMLand O’Lakes has a new product out which is a European Butter. I had no idea what that was, or that it even existed, but apparently there are lots of versions out there in the stores. Who knew? I guess I just don’t pay attention to everything, unless I need to buy it. Meijer didn’t carry this brand, so I used my free coupon from BzzAgent at Wal-mart.

So, what is European Butter? It has a higher fat content, with 82% milk fat and fresh sweet cream.

My coupon came with some recipes you could try, and while many looked good my eyes immediately settled on the Gooey Butter Shortbread. I love shortbread cookies and figured this was the perfect time to try this new recipe, all in the name of research, right?image

They were so good! Seriously, addictive! I am not sure if I make them again with regular butter if they will turn out as well or not. I may try. But as is, they were ‘one is not enough’ good. Ok, maybe even ‘two is not enough’ good. Did I mention how addictive they were?image

I would love to try out some of the other recipes as well, but the box of butter only has two sticks. Not enough for more than one recipe. And it’s kind of expensive compared to regular butter. So it definitely will not make it on my list very frequently, if at all. But, if you have a little extra wiggle room in your budget or just want a special treat, I’d say go for it.image

Once I try them with regular butter I will let you know how they turn out. It may be a while, but then again, they were so good, that maybe it will be sooner rather than later!

Oh So Good Chocolate Ice Cream

Last week at via mperks at Meijer I was able to bring home 2 kinds of milk for free. I actually had an amazing shopping trip as far as savings go. There were coupons for Fairlife white milk and Fairlife chocolate milk. After trying the chocolate milk I immediately put our ice cream canister in the freezer because I knew I wanted to experiment with some ice cream. The milk was so rich, creamy, chocolatey and delicious!

Since it takes at least a day to freeze we opted to try a shake first. I modified this recipe for Banana Split Shakes and it was good, but not something I could have all the time. John really liked it though.

At last the day arrived. Our canister was frozen and ready. I used the liquid ratios from my standard ice cream recipe and just did my own thing.IMG_0506

A little peanut butter, flavored creamer instead of cream, chocolate milk…the results were oh so good. Seriously, the first bite of this chocolate ice cream each of us took was just amazing, as were each of the subsequent bites. The only way it could be even better is by adding chunks of peanut butter cups. I didn’t have any on hand at the time. But I did find some discounted at Dollar Tree and we added a few on top. It was even better.

There is absolutely NOTHING healthy about this ice cream, but it was sooooo good that I know I will keep it on file for a future treat. I love ice cream season!image

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

In honor of the fall season now underway I have been experimenting with different pumpkin recipes. First I made Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes, which were delicious.

My second Pinterest recipe is for Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies.psc before

The batter was easy to get together and one thing I found extremely interesting was that there are no eggs at all. I don’t know of many cookie recipes that don’t call for eggs. But if you are all out, but have other baking staples on hand – this is the recipe to try.psc done

I was so happy with the way these turned out. They were very moist and chewy and not overwhelmingly pumpkiny. They had just the right amount of sweetness, softness and fall flavor to get me in the mood for changing leaves and a cup of hot tea. I will definitely be keeping this recipe and making it again!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

I have been slow to use Pinterest too much, but have some stuff on my boards that I have been meaning to try. I also recently added some pumpkin recipes in honor of the fall season.

The first recipe I have tried is for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes.pumpkin pancakes

I made the batter, covered it and put it in the fridge to use the next few mornings. I knew with Maddie around there was no way I was going to get the batter and all the pancakes made in one day. But over the course of 3 days we got them done.

They came out good. I think I put too many chocolate chips in. Some would probably disagree that is even possible. Also, the batter is really thick, so use sparingly when you scoop into the pan. Because of the thickness they cook just slightly longer than a regular pancake, but they were tasty and I would make them again if I had leftover pumpkin.

Next I am going to try  Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies.

What are your favorite fall recipes?

Snow Cream

With the abundance of snow we’ve received this winter here’s something fun you can do with it. Important to remember that you will need CLEAN snow.

Snow CreamSnow Cream:

1. Mix 1 cup milk, 1/3 cup sugar and a splash of vanilla in a bowl until sugar dissolves
2. Add in 4-6 cups fresh, clean snow (or enough to suit your desired consistency)
3. Mix well and enjoy!

You can even add in mix-ins, chocolate syrup, sprinkles, fruit – be creative.

It’s simple. It’s delicious and it’s really inexpensive. Enjoy!

 

Slab Apple Pie with Easy Crumb Top

Slab Apple Pie with Easy Crumb Top | Life As Mom

Slab Apple Pie
photo credit: Lifeasmom.com

This recipe is amazing! I have made it twice now and both times it did not disappoint. I think I made it with a few more apples than was called for, seeing as the apple size is not specified, but it was still delicious. I also chopped my apples instead of leaving them in slices. Either way, any sort of apple dessert is always a good option. Enjoy!

Cookie Decorating

I remember sitting in the kitchen with the bowls of colored frosting scattered on the table in front of me and the cookie canvases awaiting my strokes to bring them to life. This is how I remember cookie decorating at home with my mom. I loved the way you got to be creative with each and every cookie. They were mini canvases and the best part was that if you didn’t like one you made, no big deal, there were plenty more to keep trying.

This year, we decided to try and make some new cookie decorating memories so we invited a family over with kids to help us. But first I had to get the cookies made. Saturday, I spent a good chunk of the day baking. It didn’t start out so well. My first batch was too thin and burnt. I took a lunch break and tried again. After I figured out what I was doing wrong, (I had to roll the dough a little thicker and keep it a little colder) it went much smoother. I even tried something I had found in the Everyday Food Magazine. And that was to make different colored dough and kinda make shapes and press them together. They really looked like store bought I thought. Here’s the link for instructions on that.

Once all the cookies were made I was ready. Sunday I pulled them out and made a few different colored frostings and got out all the sprinkles. Once the family arrived we had a really good time. I forgot how much kids love sprinkles and I think some of their cookies ended up with tablespoons full of them. (Frosting and sprinkles) But they had fun! They completed a whole tray and some and John and I had to make 50 for my work. So we kept going a while.

All in all we had a great time and have some great cookies to show for it! Enjoy our cookie gallery below:
Kids Tray

Ice Cream Fun

This summer has been a hot one as I think I’ve mentioned a few times already. So we have been giving our ice cream maker quite the workout. Right now we have 4 different kinds of ice cream in our freezer. 1 of them is store bought and I’m afraid might be there awhile. What with all the delicious homemade options, why would we want to eat the store bought stuff?

Here are two of my favorites from this summer:

Richer than Rich German Chocolate

Easy Strawberry

What I love most about ice cream we make is that I know exactly what all the ingredients are. Most of what we make has simple ingredients. The German chocolate was a little more complex and pricey but that was as a gift to my dad and I can tell you that it’s worth the splurge. I don’t even like chocolate ice cream, but I loved that ice cream! And it’s so rich that a little goes a long way, which is great because then it lasts longer.

I also love that you can use any dairy, non-dairy milk product. You can use milk and cream, whole milk, skim milk, half and half, soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, etc. Obviously the product combo you use will change the consistency, but from my experience, it doesn’t really matter. It’s still “ice cream” like and tastes good.

So that is my plug for homemade ice cream. I love it! Be sure to tell me if you come across any great recipes or flavor combos. I think I want to do mint oreo next.

Don’t Cry Over Boiled Milk

Last weekend was a great cooking day for me. I made cheesecake ice cream, which is absolutely delicious! I also made pico de gallo for a taco night, a large batch of waffles to freeze for breakfasts, which we have been enjoying this week and a dessert for my dad for Father’s Day (Coconut Lime Semifredo). I’d say it was a success. The only mishap was when the milk mixture for the dessert sort of decided to explode all over the stove. That put a slight damper on my progress, but now I have a nice clean stove! 
The stacks of waffles made before freezing.

I attempted some homemade whipped cream and fruit for Sunday’s breakfast waffles. I think I need to add more sugar next time but the fruit was good!

Ever since I got married I have enjoyed learning to cook. While my mom is really good in the baking department I think I lean more towards everything else. I can make some ok baked goods, but I think I prefer just other things in general. I am loving learning the art of cooking and freezer cooking and making things that I thought only came in cartons in the store. It’s really freeing and fun. And I am amazed at the simplest things that I never knew about food and cooking. Well…back to the kitchen to make dinner. Fajitas tonight….