Better (& Much Easier) Than Apple Pie?

December 7, 2011 § 5 Comments

Need a quick snack or dessert for the holidays? Short on time? Here’s a solution for you. Slice up a few apples, toss in some sugar and spice, and pop open a can of crescent rolls and your ready to go! What could be better than crescent rolls and apples? These bundles are debatably better than apple pie! Make more with less!

Ingredients:
1 Can of Crescent Rolls
3 Apples
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
2 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tbsp Melted Butter

Slice apples into thin slices and mix with sugar and cinnamon. Pop open crescent rolls and slice each rollin half. Place apple slices on one end of the crescent and roll up with the rest of the roll.  Brush top of rolls with butter, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, and bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until rolls golden brown and done baking. Enjoy!

Dilemma Averted

November 29, 2011 § 2 Comments

Have you ever been cooking or baking something special and suddenly, you realize that you’ve forgotten an ingredient! Uh oh, your in trouble, but maybe not.  Here are a few that are common substitutions that may save the day:

Need: 1 cup Buttermilk
Use: 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice or Vinegar and 1 cup of Milk, let sit for 5-10 minutes

Need: 1 cup Molasses
Use: 1 cup Honey, 1 cup Dark Corn Syrup, or 1 cup Maple Syrup

Need: 1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
Use: 1/2 teaspoon White Vinegar or Lemon Juice

Need: 1 cup Butter (baking)
Use: 1 cup Applesauce

Need: 1 cup Corn syrup
Use: 7/8 cup Sugar and 2 teaspoons Water or 7/8 cup Honey (honey will brown baked goods more)

Need: 1 cup Honey
Use: 1 1/4 cup Sugar and 1/4 cup Water

references found: here & here

A Different Type of Making More With Less

November 18, 2011 § 2 Comments

So, this week’s post is a little different, but I think it still fits nicely with idea of making more with less. This is making more with less in art rather than the kitchen. This project came from my advanced drawing class we are exploring several different types of drawing… so, this week we’re exploring reverse graffiti. Fun stuff! In case you don’t know what it is, reverse graffiti is making a design (graffiti) by cleaning away the dirt or pollution that already exists on the wall. (It can be easily cleaned away by cleaning the rest of the wall, so it’s not destructive at all.) Making beauty out of pollution. So, ya, enjoy this little preview of what we’re doing in downtown Harrisonburg.

Scones! Easy Cranberry Orange Ones

November 15, 2011 § 1 Comment

One of my favorite baked goods is most definitely scones! They are once again super simple as well as easy to make! The mix between a biscuit and muffin is perfect… not too sweet, just enough! The basic dough mix is made up of super simple ingredients found around the house, but add something fun to make them interesting… anything you have and sounds delicious! Here’s the recipe I chose cranberry orange- one of my favorites!

Ingredients:
4 cups flour
6T sugar
4 ½ t baking powder
½ t salt
½ cup + 2T cold butter
2 eggs
¾ cup + 2T milk

Add: Cranberries, Nuts, Zest, Berries, Whatever you want!

Add flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and eggs into a large mixing bowl. Cut cold butter into mixture with either a pastry cutter or 2 knives. After the butter is cut into the mixture well, add special ingredients (berries, zest, ect…), stir in and then add milk.  Sprinkle some course (or regular) sugar on top and bake @ 375 until golden brown (about 20 minutes for mine)!

4 Ingredient Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

November 11, 2011 § 1 Comment

This dressing is perfect for the idea of making more with less.  It is simple and easy to put together. It’s also great because you know, and can control exactly what goes into it… what you are eating! What a great idea.

Ingredients:
1 Cup Olive oil
½ Cup Balsamic vinegar
½Cup Sugar
Bit of Salt

Add all the ingreients into some type of jar and shake or stir vigoriusly… and your done- delicious dressing ready to eat!

Tip: for a slightly healthier variation, replace some of the olive oil with balsamic vinegar. There is no right or wrong way to make the dressing, it’s just how you like it!

7 Interesting Uses for Basic Pantry Baking Soda

November 9, 2011 § 3 Comments

Here are a few really interesting and useful ways that regular old baking soda can be used. All you have to do is pull it out of your pantry and you have several new cleaning and freshening methods waiting to be used!

1. Whiten your Teeth.
Put some on your toothbrush, wet, and brush your teeth. Baking soda is a natural whitener and doesn’t include the harsh chemicals that some toothpastes and whitening strips contain. (Plus it’s a natural oder killer!)

2. Wash Your Face.
Get rid of the other face exfoliants and scrubs, these contain all kinds of harsh chemicals and even plastic balls.  If you feel the need to scrub your face (don’t do it if you don’t have to- it removes important top layers of skin) mix some baking soda with honey and your ready to go.

3. Clean Your Hair.
Get rid of product build up by rinsing your hair with baking soda. All you need is 1 Tablespoon of baking soda dissolved into a glass of water. After wetting your hair pour mixture on your hair, massage in, and let rest for a minute. Rinse out and hair will be clean, all the way to the roots.

4. Keep Fridge Fresh.
Open a box of baking soda and set it in the fridge or freezer. This helps to keep it fresh and absorb scents and odors floating around in the fridge air.

5. Soothe Your Stomach.
Stomach acid, heartburn, gas, and other stomach issues can be quickly relieved by baking soda. It’s slightly alkaline which neutralizes the acid that is causing the problem. Just mix a teaspoon into a glass of warm water and drink it down.

6. Soften Your Skin.
Dissolve some baking soda into your bath and soak for a while. This will soften and soothe you skin!  (Also, if you do this, you don’t need to use soap.)

7. Deodorize Drains.
Pour about 1/2 a cup of baking soda down the drain while running warm water to get rid of lingering smells. The baking soda neutralizes both acidic and basic odors. (This is a good way to get rid of older soda that needs to needs to be replaced from the fridge/ freezer)

Sources from here & here.

Make Your Own… Pumpkin Spice Latte!

November 4, 2011 § 2 Comments

So YOU voted and I responded, and here it is… finally… the pumpkin spice latte! This delicious fall/ winter treat can now be made in the comfort of your own home and with minimal cost (compared to $5 at Starbucks). This recipe is very simple and can be adjusted to suit the drinker. More sugar, less spice- however you like it! Even if you don’t have an espresso machine (like me) you can easily sub the espresso for stronger coffee… using coffee makes it technically not a ‘latte’, but it still tastes like one! With a few ingredients and a few minutes, you’ll be whipping up the perfect treat for a chilly windy day like today, what could be better!

Ingredients:
2 cups milk
2 Tablespoons pumpkin
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon spices, mostly cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg & cloves
1-2 shots espresso or strong coffee (amount= however you like it)

Tip: Because the pumpkin is real, there is a small amount of texture in the end result, so if this sounds unpleasant to you, try using a pumpkin flavored type of coffee syrup.

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