Mascarpone Frosting

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This is my new favorite frosting.  It’s light and fluffy and holds up great.

I was looking for a frosting that would be great paired with an angel food cake.  Something that wasn’t overly sweet and had a light texture.  Something that was similar to whipped cream but I wanted it to be a frosting that would hold up when out at room temperature.  Maybe something with Mascarpone cheese.

I have seen recipes for years calling for mascarpone cheese and knew it wasn’t something I couldn’t get at my local Walmart (at least I have never found at my Walmart ) so I never tried it.  I was visiting my daughter in Hot Springs, AR and ran across some at Krogers and knew it was time to test out this cheese.  I threw it and some heavy whipping cream into my buggy and strolled to the deli to pick up an angel food cake.

This is the perfect frosting!  This would also be fantastic on pound cake, strawberry short cake, and any cupcake/cake where you don’t want a strong frosting.  I even left the cake that you see in the above picture out overnight to see how well it set and it looked at good the next day as it did when I made it.  Even though I  would recommend keeping any cream based frosting in the refrigerator,  when I carry  it to an event (like our church potluck), it holds up nicely.

 

Mascarpone Frosting

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners

DIRECTIONS

With an electric mixer on medium speed, whisk heavy cream until stiff peaks form (be careful not to over beat, or cream will be grainy). In another bowl, whisk together mascarpone and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Gently fold whipped cream into mascarpone mixture until completely incorporated. Use immediately.

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Jonquil Application for Craft Vendors

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 Click link below for printable jonquil application.

2015 jonquil application pdf

 

 

 

Current Price Matches at Walmart

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January is always a great month to find great deals on diet products and snack for the Super Bowl.  Albertsons and Super 1 Foods had some great deals on snacks, cereal, and fruit.  I made  couple of trips to Walmart to grab some deals – all of the deals above were price matched to our local Albertsons.

For those of you who think I’m eating all of the junk food in these pictures, I can assure you that most of it was given away with 24 hours.  I filled a large basket full of snacks and delivered it to a group of college students staying at the park where I work  which I would not have been able to do if I would have had to pay full price for everything.

These price matches end tomorrow, Tuesday, January 13 so HURRY if you want these deals !

2 Keebler Cookies  -@2.50 = $5.00      Paid $2.98

9 Kelloggs Cereal   @2.96 = $26.64      Paid $8.91

5 Kelloggs Pop Tarts @ 3.98 = $19.90     Paid $4.95

3 Speical K Crackers @2.50 = $7.50           Paid $4.47

 

Total before price match $59.04   After price match $$21.31

Peppermint Mousse Parfait

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Aren’t these just the cutest little parfaits?  My sister made these for a family gathering using these small 4 ounce cups.  The little parfaits were topped with peppermint sticks and  mini Oreo cookies that were  dipped in white chocolate and rolled in crushed peppermint.

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Peppermint Mousse Parfait

  • 1 box (around 9 oz) any chocolate cookie (oreos were used here)
  • 2 T melted butter
  • 1 box Instant Vanilla Pudding mix
  • 1 box Instant Cheesecake Pudding mix
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup any crushed peppermint candy
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tsp Peppermint extract
  • 8 oz Cool Whip, thawed
  • red food coloring (optional)

Old Fashioned Christmas

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My coworkers took this picture of Mr. Bob’s car parked in front of our restaurant here at Historic Washington State Park.  This says Christmas to me more than red and green lights with shiny tinsel.  It reminds me of my childhood when I used to listen for the reindeer on the roof of our house and waiting for Santa to leave so my sister and I could sneak into the living room and see what he left under the tree.

 

Tunis, Africa (الجمهورية التونسية)

Travel alert: The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against non-essential travel to some parts of Tunisia, please check with your relevant national government.   

This is the information you will currently find on visiting Tunisia, Africa.  There was still a lot of political turmoil when we went back in March which is why we chose to go on an excursion through the cruise ship.  Two days after we visited, there was an incident and the cruise ship no longer stops at the port.  Most passengers on the ship would not even get off at this port and chose to stay on the ship but my daughters need for adventure would never allow her stay on board when there countries to explore.

Current events in Tunisia:

Some areas of the interior have been declared military zones and require special passes. Trips into the interior of Tunisia should be made with a reputable tour guide.

There is a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. Tunisia is nearing the end of a period of political transition following its 2011 revolution. The final round of Presidential elections took place on 21 December 2014. There have been some protests following the announcement of the results, but the atmosphere is generally calm. Protests aren’t normally aimed against foreigners, but you should avoid areas where large crowds gather.

A new exit tax of 30 dinars per person (about £11) will apply to all departing, non-resident foreigners from 1 October 2014. You must buy the stamp before you leave Tunisia. Payment is in cash in Tunisian dinars. You can buy the stamp at hotels, travel agencies, finance offices, tobacco shops, banks and customs offices (including at the airport and other borders). You can either fix the exit stamp into your passport next to the entry stamp yourself, or ask the border police to do it for you.

I have to say that at no time in Africa did we feel unsafe.  We never saw any military unrest or protest and mainly spoke to people who were trying to sell us stuff.  They were all very friendly and we had a great time.

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The above photo is what it looked like as we arrived in the Port of (La Goulette). It had been raining and we could see this beautiful rainbow from our Balcony.

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 Is this what you would picture if you arrived in Africa?

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Once we disembarked from the ship, we headed to our first stop, Bardo National Museum, you can check out both of my post about the museum here.  After we left the museum, we headed to the Medina where we had lunch.

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We made a stop here, on our way to  Carthage, to see this portion of these Roman Aqueducts? ( I think that is what he said this was)

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I had to snap a picture of one of the stop signs.  It was so strange seeing them printed in Arabic and English instead of one of the other languages such as Spanish, French, or Italian.

Chalkboard Hidden Door / Shelving

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Chalkboard  Hidden Door / Shelving 

Several people have asked me about the shelves they have seen in the background of some of my food photos so I thought I would do a post about it.

Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pie

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Visiting family and friends during the holidays means good times, great food, and pecan or buttermilk pie (or both if your lucky).  It’s an old southern recipe and is a staple at many Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners.  I usually make two pies each time I bake, serving one and popping the other one in the freezer.  You can take it out ahead of time and let it thaw or if you are in a hurry, put it in the oven on low heat (around 170 degrees)  while you get ready.

You can find my  Southern Pecan Pie Recipe HERE.

 

OLD FASHIONED BUTTERMILK PIE

  • 2 c sugar
  • 1/4 all purpose flour
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 c buttermilk
  • Pie crust

You can use purchased pie crust or use the recipe for single pie crust found HERE.

Preheat oven to 350°. Whisk together sugar and flour.  In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, butter, vanilla, and buttermilk and add to dry ingredients; pour into  Pastry Crust.

Bake at 350° for about 45 – 60 minutes or until almost set, shielding edges with aluminum foil.   Transfer to a wire rack, and cool 1 hour.

 *NOTE:  I have seen recipes vary baking times from 35 minutes to 70 minutes so watch you pie closely.  I usually bake two pies at a time in my oven and it usually takes around 60 minutes.   

 

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Pumpkin Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

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Ooey Gooey Butter Cake has always been my favorite cake.  I have tried a couple of different recipes including a chocolate ooey gooey cake.  They were good but have never topped the original ooey gooey cake ……  that was until now!

I have to say that this Pumpkin Ooey Gooey Butter Cake takes that buttery deliciousness to another level.  I even had people that didn’t like pumpkin rave about it.

If you need an easy no fail recipe that everyone will love, this is it.

Cake Bottom

  • 1  package yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted

Cake Filling

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 (16 ounce) box powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Southern Pecan Pie

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I have been using this recipe to make pecan pies for over 30 years.  I think it was in an old Better Homes and Gardens cookbook that I had when I was a teenager.

Pecan pie always shows up on the Thanksgiving menu because I have a massive pecan tree in my backyard  that produces the delicious native pecans.  I also have a few chickens that give me fresh eggs which I use for the pies and to make my candied pecans.  You can check out that recipe HERE.

 

 Pecan Pie

   Ingredients

  • 1 Purchased pie crust or home made pie crust (see recipe below)
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups pecan halves
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