Donald’s Just Ducky Cupcakes Recipe

 

 

Below are the instructions on how to make these adorable cupcakes which I found at the Disney website with a few personal changes:

 

What You Will Need:

–   a batch of baked cupcakes of your choosing

–   white frosting

–   yellow fish candies

–   small black jellybeans

–   black icing for decorating

 

What You Will Need to do:

1.   Frost the cupcakes.  With a knife, pull the frosting up into a couple feathery peaks at the top of the head.

2.   For the duck bill, slice a yellow fish candy in half lengthwise.  Then press the two halves into the frosting, separating them slightly, at the very edge of the cupcake top (opposite the feathery frosting peaks).

3.   For the eyes, press two black jellybeans into the frosting.  Use the black decorating icing to pipe on curved eyebrows about 3/8-inche above the eyes.

 

BLT Pasta Recipe

 

Love the usual BLT sandwiches?  Try it as a pasta recipe:

 

What You Will Need:

–   1/2 package of penne pasta

–   4 slices of cooked bacon

–   4 tomatoes

–   2 cloves of garlic, minced

–   2 cups of cooked chopped up turkey or chicken

–   1/3 cup of chicken broth

–   1/4 tsp of sugar

–   1/4 tsp of salt

–   1/4 tsp of pepper

–   1 Tbsp of dried basil

–   1 ¼ cups of spinach

–   1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella

 

What You Will Need to do:

1.   Cook the pasta as indicated on the package.

2.   Chop the bacon into bite-size pieces.  Followed by chopping the tomatoes into bite-sized pieces too.

3.   In a saucepan, cook together the bacon, garlic, tomatoes, chicken broth, sugar, salt, pepper and basil.  Let simmer for 5 minutes.  Add turkey and continue to simmer for 3 minutes.

4.   Now add the cooked, drained pasta to the mixture in the saucepan.  Stir together until the pasta is completely coated.  Add the spinach and cook for 1-2 minutes.

5.   Sprinkle cheese on top and enjoy!

 

 

Beef Stuffed Crescent Recipe

 

 

Here is a yummy stuffed crescent recipe that is great to serve to guests or just as a snack:

 

What You Will Need:

–   1 pound of ground beef

–   1 package (250g/8oz) of cream cheese

–   1/2 cup of chopped green chillies

–   1/4 tsp of ground cumin

–   1/4 tsp of chilli powder

–   3 tubes of refrigerated crescent rolls

 

What You Will Need to do:

1.   Preheat your oven to 375°F.

2.   In a saucepan, cook the ground beef and chillies.

3.   Drain the fat.  Then add the cream cheese, cumin and chilli powder and mix together well.

4.   Separate the crescent dough and add 1 Tbsp of the beef mixture to each dough piece.  Roll them up as you would a normal crescent roll.

5.   Place the crescent rolls on a baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes or until they become golden brown.

 

DIY ~ Easily Turn Yellow Cake Mix to Orange Flavour

Looking for a way to change up your cake mix and save some cash?  Take a package of yellow cake mix and when it calls for water, use orange juice instead.

 

Crochet Pattern ~ Hooded Jacket for Baby

Materials and creating the body

 

Click HERE to head over to the Canadian Living website to get this stylish pattern to crochet your own hooded jacket for the little one in your life.

 

Kitchen Tools You Don’t Really Need

These days, it seems like every recipe requires its own special pot, pan or gadget; however, all these extra gadgets do nothing but collect dust and/or space. Are you sick and tired of handing out all this money on kitchen equipment?  Here’s some help on ways to use what you already have.

Electric Griddle

Griddles are great for pancakes and fried eggs because they have a big, flat surface to cook on. However, their size makes them a nuisance when it comes to counter space and storage. The solution: a cast iron skillet with a flat bottom will do the trick.

Electric Steamer

A steamer is the perfect way to cook vegetables without adding fat but there’s no need to add one to your already-crammed cupboard. The solution:  place a wire mesh strainer or metal colander directly inside your cooking pot filled with water. If your lid won’t fit after placing either inside, place aluminum foil over the top and seal it around the pot.

Mandoline

A mandoline will give you precision when slicing fruits and vegetables but it’s expensive and can be dangerous (especially if you’re like me and are very clumsy). The solution: use a vegetable peeler. It may not be as quick or uniform in slicing but you can still achieve perfectly thin slices and long curls of vegetables or fruit peels

Pastry Bag

Unless you’re piping an intricate design or delicate embellishments, skip the pastry bag (which, if you’re ever had one is a nightmare to clean) and opt for a zip-top plastic bag that you can toss when done. I cannot express how easy this really is!  Small sandwich bags break easily, so it’s best to use a gallon-size, heavy-duty freezer-safe bag. Like you would a pastry bag, add the frosting or filling (about halfway up or less), press it down gently into one bottom corner and twist the leftover bag at top to close it off. Snip the corner off as desired (the higher up you cut, the bigger the line will be) and pipe away.

Rolling Pin

Even though a rolling pin isn’t usually pricey, it does take up. In its place, wrap a wine bottle (full or empty) with plastic cling wrap and work away as you would with a pin. The wrap will keep it from sticking and prevents a full-bottle from getting messy. If you’re working with dough for pie or shortbread cookies, ensure it stays cool by using a full bottle that’s been chilling in the fridge for a bit.

Wok

I’ve been thinking about buying a wok for ages!  A wok retains heat well and provides a lot of surface area for quick-cooking meats and veggies. A large sauté pan works just as well for stir-fries and can be used for many other types of dishes.

Homemade Just Like Bisquik Recipe

Save some money by making Bisquik at home:

 

What You Will Need:

–   10 cups of flour

–   8 Tbsp of baking powder

–   1 tsp of cream of tartar

–   1 ¼ cups of powdered milk

–   1 Tbsp of salt

–   1/4 cup of sugar

–   2 ¼ cup of shortening

 

What You Will Need to do:

1.   Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until the contents become fine and crumbly.

Note:  This can be placed in the freezer until you’d like to use it.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake Recipe

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake Recipe

 

I made this cake which I originally found at the My Recipes Website.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the delicious cake when I did make it but trust me, everyone you make this for will love it!  Click HERE to find out the ingredients and instruction on how to make it yourself.

Cranberry Truffles Recipe

 

Homemade truffles are great any time of year and I think loved by most.  Use various coatings like chopped nuts, dried cranberries, cocoa powder to make an assortment of truffles.

 

What You Will Need:

–   ¾ cup of butter

–   ¾ cup of light corn syrup

–   1 ¾ cups of canned sweetened condensed milk

–   ¼ cup of water

–   ¾ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder

–   2 cups of either fresh or frozen cranberries

 

What You Will Need to do:

1.   In a saucepan, mix the cranberries, corn syrup and water.  Stir continuously until the cranberries pop and mixture thickens.  The set aside to cool.

2.   In another saucepan, melt the butter, stir in cocoa and condensed milk.  Continue to stir until contents of pan thickens.  Then stir in cooled cranberry mixture.

3.   Refrigerate the truffle mixture for 3-4 hours so that everything is cool.

4.   Finally shape into 1-inch balls, roll in desired coatings and enjoy.

 

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