Sunday, January 30, 2011

Italian Sodas

I threw a baby shower for my sister and decided to serve these beauts.  So easy, so classy, so fun, and so unique.  They were a major hit, and we will definitely be doing them again soon.

{What you need}
club soda
fruity syrup of choice, often found in the coffee isle
(I had strawberry, raspberry, and peach)
pellet ice
(we get ours from Sonic Drive In)
half and half
whipped cream and cherries for topping, if desired
skinny hot chocolate straws
9 oz (or so) glasses

Pour desired amount of fruit syrup in the bottom of the glass.  Too little will be bland, too much will be bitter.  I fill the bottom of the glass and a little extra.  Fill the glass half way with pellet ice.  Fill glass a little more than half way with club soda.  Top with half and half, leaving about a 1/2 inch from the top.  Stir very well with straw, so that all the fruity syrup is mixed in.  Top with whipped cream and a cherry if you like.
You'll get the hang of it once you start, and you'll figure out your own proportions that suit your taste best.  These are basically just guidelines to start with.  Enjoy!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes

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  • We love Sunday Morning breakfast at our home.  These pancakes are a delicious variation of lemon poppy seed muffins and have become a favorite Sunday Morning addition, when we're not running late to church...
  • yields 8 pancakes (I doubled it)

  • {What you need}
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • cooking spray

  • Stir the milk, vinegar, lemon extract, and lemon juice together in a bowl; let stand 10 minutes to curdle. Whisk in egg, butter, and vanilla extract.

  • In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and poppy seeds  until well combined. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and whisk a few times until the batter is mostly free of lumps.

  • Heat a skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cup of batter per pancake into the skillet and cook until bubbles appear on the surface, about 2 minutes. Flip the pancakes over with a spatula and brown the other side, about 2 more minutes.

Serve with powdered sugar and lemon juice or a fruity syrup.  You could even make a glaze to go with it instead of syrup. Or maple syrup would be great, too.

(Inspired by this recipe)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Stupid Cookies

Isn't that name hillarious?  My darling friend Crystal posted this recipe on her blog a while ago and I was very intrigued.  Then some patients at my workplace brought some in for the office staff around Christmas time and I about passed out, they were so good.  And, oh, so easy!!  I think I'll make a batch and send it one-day-delivery to my darling brother at the Missionary Training Center.  Or for my nephews to bribe them to love me....

{What you need}
1 package butterscotch chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 bag chowman noodles or about 3 cups fritos, or 3 cups of corn flakes

Combine butterscotch and peanut butter in a large bowl.  Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat two more times.  Add the noodles or fritos or corn flakes and toss until coated.  Spoon into little clusters on a sheet of wax paper or a cookie sheet.  Allow to set.  Stuff your face.

(Compliments of Crystal Evans)
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