My whole family is in Michigan, but my sister and brother-in-law took jobs down in Louisiana a few years ago. One of the things they HAD to share with us is how Mardi Gras is a state holiday in Louisiana, and she sent us a traditional King Cake. We’d never heard of it, but once we had our first bite, we were hooked! You will too with this recipe from Betty Crocker.
- 3 1/2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
- 1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) Rapid Rise yeast
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, cut into 12 pieces
- 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Dark green, purple, and yellow or gold sugars, if desired
- Miniature plastic baby, if desired
- Mix 2 1/2 cups flour and yeast in mixing bowl of stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, on low for about 30 seconds.
- Heat milk, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and milk is between 120°F to 130°F.
- With mixer on low, pour in liquids and mix until incorporated. Add eggs one at a time. Continue mixing until a shaggy dough forms. Clean off paddle and switch to dough hook. Mix in the remaining 1 cup flour a little at a time, adding more or less flour as needed to make a soft dough. Add the softened butter, a piece at a time, kneading until each piece of butter is absorbed.
- Knead for eight minutes on low. The dough should completely clear the sides of the bowl. If it is too sticky, add additional flour 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing in thoroughly before determining if more flour is needed. If the dough seems too dry, spritz with water from a spray bottle a couple of times, mixing in thoroughly before determining if more water is needed. Every 2 minutes, stop the machine, scrape the dough off the hook, and then continue kneading.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times by hand to be sure it’s smooth and elastic. Form the dough into a ball. Place dough into a greased bowl. Turn once so greased surface is on top. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- While the dough is chilling, make cinnamon filling. In small bowl, combine the brown sugar and ground cinnamon. Combine butter with cinnamon mixture and mix well.
- Roll the chilled dough into a 10 x 20 inch rectangle. Spread the filling on half of the long side of the dough. Fold the dough in half covering the filling. Pat dough down firmly so the dough will stick together. Cut dough into three long strips. Press the tops of the strips together and braid the strips. Press the ends together at the bottom. Gently stretch the braid so that it measures 20 inches again. Shape it into a circle/oval and press the edges together.
- Transfer the ring to a parchment lined or greased baking sheet. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rise until doubled, about 1 hour. While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 350º. Bake the cake until it is golden brown, 20 – 35 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes on baking sheet and then place it on a cooling rack to cool completely before icing. To hide the baby in the cake, if desired, make a small slit in the bottom of the cake and put the miniature plastic baby in after the cake has cooled.
- Icing: In a small bowl, mix powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth (add additional milk if mixture is too thick or powdered sugar if too thin).
- Spoon icing over top of the cake. Immediately sprinkle on colored sugar, alternating between the three colors.
A take on the favorite recipe of peanut butter and chocolate no bake cookies, this recipe adds the addicting and amazing NUTELLA spread, too! These cookies can be made gluten-free if you make sure the oats are certified GF and not cross-contaminated. YUM!
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup nutella
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 cup flax
- 1/3 cup coconut
- 1/3 cup cranberries or raisins
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- In a large bowl, add all ingredients. Mix ingredients together well.
- Once fully mixed, spoon out the mix onto a tray. It’s totally up to you how large you want the bites to be.
- Refrigerate and serve!
I’m warning you: If you make this, hide it from the kids and your husband. Hide in the bathroom and eat it. I’m only warning you because it’s so good, and you won’t want to share it. If you are the giving type, this Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Dip recipe is perfect for a family get-together or work potluck. Oh, and it’s gluten-free!
Thanks to New to Veggie World for sharing the recipe. Check her website out for more addicting recipes!
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup miniature chocolate chips
- Graham cracker sticks or teddy grahams (if you are GF, choose a GF variety)
- In a small bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth.
- Add sugars and vanilla.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Refrigerate until ready to eat. Serve with graham cracker sticks or teddy grahams.
Never buy jewelry cleaner again! You can make it yourself for a fraction of the price with this recipe. The below jewelry cleaner works well for gold-filled, brass, German (nickel) silver, sterling silver, freshwater pearls, shell cameos and mother of pearl.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon dish detergent
- 1 cup water
- 1 piece aluminum foil
- Heat water in the microwave for 1 or 2 minutes.
- Cut a piece of aluminum foil that roughly covers the bottom of a small bowl (like a cereal bowl).
- Pour hot water into bowl. Place salt, soda, and dish-washing liquid into bowl. Place jewelry on top of foil and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. If it has dirt or debris in the little crevices of your jewelry, use a very soft toothbrush to reach in and clean.
- Rinse jewelry in cool water and dry jewelry completely with soft cloth. Discard solution after use and make a new batch next time.
Saw this one floating around Facebook and it was too cute not to share! Here’s how to make “Easter Bunny Bait”, or as it would be called in my house, “There was never any food in that bowl…” :)
- 2 cups pretzels
- 1 bag popped white popcorn
- 1 package Almond Bark white melting chocolate
- 1 bag of festive M&Ms,
- 2 cups of Chex cereal
- 1 container of festive sprinkles
- Melt white chocolate according to directions.
- Throw all ingredients together and mix thoroughly, then spread out on a lined baking sheet.
- Pour melted chocolate over the mixture, then fold ingredients together with melted chocolate.
- Allow to harden and cool and serve!
This homemade air freshener gel is so easy to make and would make a great gift!
What You’ll Need:
- 3-4 jars, capable of holding 1/2-cup of fluid each (this site used 4 baby food jars which hold 1/2 cup of mixture)
- Food Coloring
- Essential Oil or Room Fragrance drops
- 2 cups of water, divided into two 1 cup amounts
- 4 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- Kitchen equipment: whisk, a pan to boil water, funnel, and spoons
- Pour a few drops of food coloring into each jar.
- Pour 1 teaspoon (minimum) of essential oil into each jar. The more you pour, the stronger the scent.
- Bring 1 cup of water to a rapid boil.
- Add all 4 of the gelatin to the water and whisk until fully dissolved (about 1 minute).
- Add the other cup of water to the pan and the salt. Stir to dissolve the salt.
- Remove the pan from the heat. Pour the mixture into the jars within a couple of minutes of removing from the heat.
- Use a funnel to pour an equal amount into each jar.
- Stir the mixture quickly before it solidifies.
- Let cool and solidify for at least 24 hours. The gel air freshener should last between 4-6 weeks and you can do it again!
Thanks to Instructables for the awesome idea and instructions!
Saw this floating around Facebook yesterday and knew I had to share it with you all. What a fun way to make an edible spring decoration with the kids!
- Large Marshmallows, cut horizontally
- Marshmallow Bunny Peeps
- Mini pretzels
- Cream-Filled Cakes (e.g. Cloud Cakes or Twinkies)
- Decorator Icing
- Cut a small rectangle out of the top of the cream-filled cake about a third of the way back from the “front” of the car.
- Use the white decorator icing to adhere the bunny Peep, mini pretzel “steering wheel” and large marshmallows in place.
- Use frosting and sprinkles to decorate your car. Allow to set, then enjoy!
My hubby and I love coffee in the morning with that lovely and oh so expensive flavored coffee creamer. It is super expensive and it seems that prices are continuing to rise. You can make this for just over 1/2 the cost of those that you buy in the store. If you can grab the ingredients on sale, grab it for less than half the cost.
Ingredients for the Base:
- 14oz sweetened condensed milk
- 1 3/4 cup milk or cream (whole, lowfat, skim, almond, soy, heavy cream, half & half etc – whatever your preference, however the more fat, the more creaminess)
Then you need to choose which is your flavor choice. If the flavor your choose has an ingredant that is powdered (like cinnamon or cocoa) then heat about 1.2 cup of the base and disolve the power in that first…it helps so that your creamer is not grainy!
Choose Your Flavor
French Vanilla Creamer
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract OR vanilla coffee syrup (most grocery stores have this now where they sell coffee or get it at Stabucks)
Vanilla Bean Coffee Creamer
- 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (vanilla extract will not work)
- 2-3 tablespoons chocolate syrup (any brand, I like Hershey’s)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
These Jell-O rainbow cookies are such a hit with kids! The cookie will take and become the flavor and color of the Jell-O you choose. Fun as a party snack and would be great for St. Patrick’s Day, here is the super simple recipe.
- 3/4 c butter
- 1/2 c sugar
- pack of any flavor Jell-o or store brand gelatin
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 1/2 c flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Mix together the butter, sugar, gelatin powder and eggs until creamy.
- Mix in rest of ingredients until fully blended.
- Roll dough into balls, place on a greased cookie sheet, and flatten balls with a fork.
- Bake for 6-8 min and enjoy!
Nutella added INTO banana bread? Yes! It’s a simple recipe to make such delicious bread that you’ll never go back to “regular” banana bread again. Thanks to Chef In Training for the yummy recipe!
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/4 cup mashed ripe bananas
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/3 cup milk
- 3/4 heaping cup Nutella
- 2 cups flour
- 3/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 cup softened butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8×4-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray.
- Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt in a medium sized bowl.
- Beat sugar and butter in another large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until fully blended. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one. Add banana, milk and vanilla, then beat until blended. Add the flour mixture from the other bowl and beat at low speed just until flour is mixed in, but not too blended.
- Put the Nutella into a small dish and warm in the microwave for 15 seconds. Add 1 cup of the banana bread batter to the Nutella in the bowl and stir them together until well blended.
- Add this newly made Nutella batter, then the plain banana bread batter in alternating layers into the bread pan. Lightly swirl the two types of batter with a knife.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes. The bread will seem a little underbaked, but that’s what makes it so good and moist! Let the bread cool for at least 15 minutes in the pan before taking it out of the pan to cool completely.