Ever since I have received my Nostalgia Electrics Ice Cream Maker I have been having a blast using it! I have told you about my Mint Chocolate Chip and my Strawberries and Creme ice cream. I have been trying to figure out what I can do that would be just as wonderful.
With summer in full spring there is nothing like a big ol’ bowl of fresh fruit. However, it is really frustrating to have to stick your hand into a big bowl of juice, just to get to the piece of fruit. OK, so maybe that is just me but hey, it is still frustrating!
Have you ever started to make dinner and realize that you don’t have one key ingredient? That happened to me tonight. I started dinner at my usual time. I was craving some tacos because it has been a few months since having them (summer time I cook outside). I opened up my spice cabinet only to find I was missing Taco Seasoning! Ugh! Frantic I went to my computer to find out what all is IN taco seasoning. Luckily I had most ingredients for the recipe I found but had to substitute some. Wow! It was WAY better then what I buy! The best part- because of the spices I buy: I knew 100% for sure there was NO MSG and NO GLUTEN!
It’s that time! As a lot of you know I am a Good Cook (sponsor) Kitchen Expert. One thing I love about this is the challenges that they give us! Well the time is here for a new challenge plus a chance for you to win!
You will have a chance to build your “Ideal Kitchen Drawer” on the GoodCook.com site! Choose up to 15 items you would like to have in your drawer and then enter to win those items! Don’t know what to choose? No worries! The Good Cook Kitchen Experts are on top of it! Some of us have put together our kitchen drawer essentials lists and you will be able to check those out below and on the site! To kick things off, June 2nd-June 7th you can participate on Facebook to win some extra products to add to your drawer. There will be instant winners as well so you can resubmit or select a new drawer daily!
We are at it again! Challenge time! Starting June 2nd Good Cook (sponsor) is running a Kitchen Drawer Contest! You would be able to select items that you would love to add to your Kitchen Drawer and someone will have a chance to win their dream drawer! But more exact details will be posted later. Here are 5 items that I highly recommend adding to your drawer:
Spring is in the air and with that comes some really good summer time and spring time desserts. It has been 3 years since I have gone gluten free which means 3 years since one of my favorite desserts. Strawberry Shortcake. Oh how I miss those delicious soft cakes topped with strawberries and whip cream.
For some reason one of the things I think of when it comes to spring is Mint. I don’t know if it is because of the freshness of everything but mint just comes to mind. I’m weird I know!
I recently received a Spring Bark Mold from Good Cook (sponsor). We were given the challenge of creating something with these molds. My mind instantly went to Andies Mints. I love those little chocolate mints. So I thought I would make some of my own. It can’t be that hard right?
Good Cook has some really cute items in their Sweet Creations Spring Cookware Tools collection. One of them is a really cute spatula that says “Hop into Spring” and then a really cute Silicon Mold (both pictured above), among some really cute spring cookie cutters and more.
On to the challenge: to make something using this wonderful little mold! Here is what you need:
- 2 bags of milk chocolate chips (11oz bags each)
- 1 bag of white chocolate chips (11oz bag)
- mint candy flavoring (do not use mint extract because that will water down your chocolate)
- green coloring
- Mold or a pan
One of the things I have really been wanting lately is a nice big ol’ Cherry Limeade from Sonic. The closest Sonic to me though is 45 minutes away.
Then there was a day where the Popo and our son went to an indoor football game. My son earned 2 tickets because of how much popcorn he sold for scouts so it was a fun guys night out. Well on their way home they stopped and got something to eat at sonic. The Popo brought in the evidence- a medium size glass of Cherry Limeade. Seriously? He has been hearing me ask for one for a few days now. Maybe there is almost a full cup left….. Nope! Just one drink.. That just made me want some even more. But I was not going to drive 45 minutes for a $2 drink. That is it, I must make some of my own! How hard could it be?
This drink is really simple. And really it is one of those just dump it in beverages but I will give you the basics to start. This is what I did for a taller glass.
What you need:
Sprite (or 7up/Sierra Mist)
Lime Juice (fresh lime would probably taste better)
Pour Sprite into the glass. Add 2 tbsp of lime juice, 2 tbsp of grenadine and mix! That is it!
Start small with the amounts and add more to your taste. I started with 2 tbsp of each and ended up using more grenadine because I like more of a cherry flavor. Add a lime slice, maybe a cherry. This is the perfect summer drink!