Processor

Interesting. Do you have a food processor? Are you using it to it’s full potential? I have one and I’m not letting it be ‘all that it can be.’ I know that now, after seeing this roundup. I use it to chop up almonds and pecans. It mashes up cauliflower quite nicely and there are a couple other times I dust it off but honestly I forget about it a lot of the time. Shame shame.

Check out these 19 things that food processors can do/make like a boss! I am so excited to try some of these! You can make your own butter, flour, or salsa. Pesto, sorbet, and salad dressing can be taken to whole new levels with a processor. It’s important to note that there are different accessories and blades that you will need to make all of these tasty treats. I never knew that there was more than one until now! Here are some of those processor accessories.

Here’s the link to all 19 ideas…

Diply: 19 Ways To Use A Food Processor That You Probably Haven’t Thought Of


Snacks

Thank God it’s finally hot enough to justify my laziness! 96 today. I’m feelin some front porch sittin and lemonade sippin. Feel free to join me and beat the heat this year with a nice cool treat. I can get on board with that idea! I can also get on board with this tasty roundup from Diply! My, oh my! It is to die for. Well, not literally, but it will have you licking your lips and not dreading the sweltering weather so much.

I am honestly smitten with these sweet and simple summer treats. The popsicles have to be my favorites. They remind me of summers as a kid. The ice cube tray treats look really fun! They all look so yummy! Huffington Post has a roundup of 30 different must-try popsicle recipes. Wow! Brown butter? Oreo Nutettla? Chocolate and salted caramel? Where do I even begin? I need to get more molds…I only have one! Find the full roundup here.

Here’s the link to all 20 yummy recipes…

Diply: Lemon Slices Into A Muffin Tray And 20 More Amazing Treats


zebra cake

We’ve all heard it said, ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover.’ An equally true but less common saying is ‘don’t judge a cake by it’s frosting.’ You never know what’s hiding inside the dusty pages of a mystery novel or under layers of buttercream frosting.

I’ve alway been intimidated by fancy baking dishes but Elise with My Cupcake addiction has a video that breaks it down for us fraidy-cats. Lol. If you make this cake your guest will never be able to stop raving about it. It’s just that spectacular. Making a colorful cake is nowhere near as hard as you think! If you have food coloring and cake pans you are already half way there.

A black and white/rainbow surprise zebra cake like this is truly terrific and worth the work. It’s a little time consuming (like the video) because you have to layer the colored batter but the end results are lovely. Fun looking cakes just taste better (it’s a mental thing) so get to baking! This cake is so fabulous that I would plan the party around it. Here are some zebra party ideas that are sure to be a smash!

See the surprise inside the cake and get the wonderful tutorial here…

Little Things: This Black And White Zebra Cake Has The Coolest Surprise Inside!


2 ingredient cake

No birthday is complete without a delicious cake. Yum. It’s not a party without whipped sugary goodness. I think birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake and that is fine by me because it’s one of my favorite foods. There are so many elaborate and fantastic cakes out there. The tutorials are brilliant, the pictures are perfect, and they taste like a little bit of heaven. It’s enough to make a girl swoon. But what happens when you don’t have the time, energy, or patience and need something ASAP? Why, you make a simple no-bake 2 ingredient cake of course!

Is that even possible? Yes and so clever! All you need are is 2 raised donuts (one with sprinkles), and some whipped frosting. This cake is perfect for those emergency situations. Cough, you forgot someone’s birthday, cough. (Not that I’ve ever done that.) What is your favorite flavor of birthday cake? Your designs can be elaborate or simple but ultimately it’s the flavor that counts. My favorite flavor is strawberry. There are a bunch of recipes out there but here is one that I haven’t tried but would like too.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!


diy smokehouse

Mmmmm! I hear that in Texas everyone is a BBQ expert. It’s like it is ingrained in their DNA or something. This Texan decided he needed a smoker to take his BBQ to the next level.

He built it with some concrete blocks and cedar planks. Cedar naturally prevents rotting so it will last a long time. This smoker is capable of both cold (lox anyone?) and hot smoking. It is nearly dinner time as I write this and now I can’t get my stomach to stop rumbling!

Nick’s plans called for an awning to store wood under and a separate firebox piped under the wood storage making it easier to control temperatures. Talk about detailed! The construction of this doesn’t look complicated at all. If you have the space, the taste and the time take your own BBQ up a notch with this smoker! Here is another smoker tutorial from Instructables. You can never have too many come BBQ season!

Here’s the link to all the step-by-step project photos…

LittleThings: Amazing DIY Backyard Smokehouse (photos)


frozen grapes

It was 103 this last Sunday. That’s a little warm for my blood. Today it’s 81 which is just about perfect. It’s hot enough to be summer with popsicles, flip flops, and barbeques but it’s cool enough that I won’t get heat stroke or melt like one of those delicious popsicles that I love so much. Another summer treat that I am looking forward to trying this year is drunken grapes. They’re perfect for warm weather!

Drunken grapes are grapes that have had a long wine and sugar bath and a nice nap in the freezer. Don’t they sound refreshing? Gather up 2 cups of white wine, ½ cup sugar, and 2 ½ cups green grapes. These will be a hit at your next party! Cross my heart! Speaking of drunken fruit, you need to try this vodka infused watermelon. It’s super easy to make! Be sure to drink/eat responsible this summer!

Here’s the link to all the mouthwatering instructions…

LittleThings: Easy-To-Make Frozen Drunken Grapes (recipe)


Lemon Cake

Here is the summer desert I have been waiting for. Yes, popsicles are my favorite treat when the temperatures start to rise but you can’t really take them to barbecues and potlucks. Can you say, ‘melty sticky mess?’ This zesty lemon cake is the answer. It’s simple to make and sure to please!

This looks so good! Are you a fan of lemony treats? I think this will be enough to turn you. It looks so light and fluffy! Grab a slice before it’s gone, pour yourself a nice tall glass of pink lemonade, and head out to the porch for some relaxing. #relaxation. Another summer dish that I plan on making a lot of this year is strawberry shortcake. It’s just so refreshing and there are so many variety. Southern Living has a roundup that should keep me busy baking all summer long! Yum. Find all the different ways to make this tasty treat here.

Here’s the tasty video… Enjoy!


homemade donut holes

Baked goods are my weakness. Deep fried foods are my kryptonite. Be warned before watching this video. Here you will find a quick and easy recipe for… drum roll please… delicious, deep fried, quick, easy donut holes.

Everything tastes better deep fried. At every county and state fair in the country there are seemingly dozens of booths that do nothing but deep fry stuff. There are the usual donuts, elephant ears and funnel cakes. There are also the Twinkies, Snickers Bars and whatever else you can find in the candy aisle of 7 Eleven. Someone has deep fried it and someone has loved it. Love it! I kid you not, I have seen a deep fried cube of butter!

I’m not suggesting this as an everyday snack but it’s ok to indulge every once in a while. I’m not trying to promote Type 2 Diabetes by overloading you with sugary recipes. In fact I encourage healthy eating and lifestyles. But, every once in a while you just want that unhealthy, sits in your gut and adds inches to your waistline type of food. This is how you can know what is actually in that fried ball of deliciousness. Yum! Here are some other delish donuts that you need to try! I can’t wait!

Here’s the video… Enjoy!



Casserole

What’s your favorite chain restaurant? Mine changes all the time but today it would have to be PF Chang’s. Or Red Robin. Or the Cheesecake Factory. They are all so good! I can’t afford to eat out every day but luckily there are copycat recipes so I can have some of my favorite dishes at home. Yum! Another delicious place to eat is Cracker Barrel. Have you eaten there? They aren’t as common as some chains but their food is just as scrumptious. They have a hashbrown casserole that is to die for! I kid you not…Yum!

There isn’t a Cracker Barrel where I live but I found this copycat video from Gooseberry Patch and I’m so excited to feature it here today. Maybe we will have this for brunch this weekend. Yes, I think we will. You can’t go wrong with this creamy, cheesy goodness! You can print off Gooseberry Patch’s full recipe here. Written is easier for some of us than visual.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!


Watermelon

Watermelon is the perfect summer treat. It’s wonderful for hot days and picnics. So refreshing! The only downside of this tasty treat is that eating it can get a little messy with juices dripping down everywhere. Let’s learn a new way for cutting watermelon today. Cutting it into strips is user friendly, keeps hands and faces from getting sticky, and not one bite gets wasted!

That sounds like a win to me. Take your watermelon and cut it in half. Then take that half and cut vertically and horizontally. Tada! No more waste and each little piece pulls out in a cute little strip. I think this would look cute on a cake stand.

I am so going to do this! Another one of my watermelon goals is to carve an animal. Someday. Check out this video. It shows how to make ‘easy’ watermelon animals. Think you could pull one off? Let me know how it goes!

Here’s the video… Enjoy!