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Homemade Ice Cream with Easter Candy

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Homemade ice cream is pretty awesome, right?  Throw in some Easter candy and you’ve got a little treat perfect for springtime celebrations!

 

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A super tasty homemade ice cream with just the right amount of chocolate candy goodness. Perfect for Easter and all other Spring Celebrations!

Homemade Ice Cream

You’ll need an ice cream maker for this one – and I have been very happy with using the Ice Cream Maker attachment for our Stand Mixer for all of the ice cream we make here, and I feel pretty good about recommending it to you if you’re in the market.  Keep your ice cream maker stored in the freezer if you have the space – otherwise, be sure to freeze it before using it to make ice cream.

For this recipe, I used a cup and a half of those wonderful little pastel coloured M&M candies you see all over the stores this time of year – and it has turned out so well!  A super tasty vanilla ice cream with just the right amount of chocolate candy goodness.
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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups 10% cream
  • 8 egg yolks ( save the whites for Angel Food Cake!)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups 35% cream
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups M&M candies – we used the pastel coloured Easter variety

Directions

  1. Cook the 10% cream on the stove top until it’s hot.  Not boiling, but hot.
  2. Whip the yolks and sugar until blended, and gradually stir in the hot 10% cream, and continue to mix until blended.
  3. Transfer the yolk mixture back to a medium sauce pan, and again cook until hot.  Cook until it is steaming, and small bubbles start to form, but do not boil.  Stir continuously and prevent scorching.
  4. Add in the 35% cream, the vanilla extract and the salt, and chill for 8 hours ( or overnight)
  5. Following the directions on your ice cream maker, add your ice cream to the ice cream maker and let mix for about 18 minutes – add the M&M candies and mix 2 minutes longer.  
  6. Serve and enjoy, and be sure to freeze the remaining ice cream!

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Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake a showstopper dessert that is really really easy to make, but has a huge wow factor!

Once you’ve mastered the Homemade Angel Food Cake making Homemade Strawberry Shortcake is a natural next step, and you are going to want to try this recipe yourself for sure!

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake a showstopper dessert that is really really easy to make, but has a huge wow factor!

Really Easy and Really Impressive

Talk about a big Wow Factor. I’m not kidding you at all when I say this version of a strawberry shortcake is super easy to make.  The recipe is simple enough to have on any occasion.  But it’s beautiful enough to serve for any special occasion also.  This cake has been my contribution to wedding showers, baby showers, Canada Day celebrations, Father’s Day Celebrations, and even Tuesdays.   You can make your own Angel Food Cake or start with a store bought variety – entirely up to you!

 

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

Choose fresh strawberries and sliced in half, or whole berries with the stems removed for the garnish up top and you have an amazing dessert sure to impress your guests, and satisfy your sweet , but not too sweet, tooth.

Careful not to mix the berries too much, or you’re lush white cream will become pink – which actually isn’t a bad thing either – especially for a bridal shower!  

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake a showstopper dessert that is really really easy to make, but has a huge wow factor!

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake
A perfectly light and luscious dessert - great for any occasion!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 prepared Angel Food Cake
  2. 1 cup whipping cream (35% M.F.)
  3. 4 oz. softened cream cheese
  4. 2 tbsp. white sugar
  5. 3 cups strawberries (2 cups chopped berries, and approx. 6-8 whole berries for garnish)
Instructions
  1. Whip the whipped cream until stiff peaks form, and set aside in refrigerator
  2. Beat cream cheese and sugar until well blended
  3. Add whipped cream, and mix until well blended. Gently stir in chopped berries.
  4. Cut the angel food cake into two layers.
  5. Spread about 2/3 of the whipped cream mixture onto the bottom half, and replace top half of cake.
  6. Place remaining whipped cream mixture on cake, and garnish with whole berries. Refrigerate.
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Homemade Strawberry Shortcake a showstopper dessert that is really really easy to make, but has a huge wow factor!

If you loved this recipe, you should check out our other fresh fruit recipe ideas, like this Apple Berry Stew perfect for snacking, or our favourite Rhubarb and Strawberry Pie . 

You can not leave without trying our Rhuberry Jam, Summer Salad, and our Waffles and Strawberry Sauce.  

We love to hear from you – what will you make with the berries you pick this summer?

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Homemade Angel Food Cake

Homemade Angel Food Cake from scratch - healthy and delicious and not nearly as hard as you might think!

Homemade Angel Food Cake is one of my most favourite things to eat ever in the history of ever!  I have no issue with the store bought varieties at all, and sometimes you can pick them up quite cheap.  When you come across a great deal, go for it!  Being a do it myself-er however sort of dictates that I must make my own from scratch from time to time, and lemme tell ya, it’s not nearly as scary as it sounds!

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Homemade Angel Food Cake from scratch - healthy and delicious and not nearly as hard as you might think!

Take the Make it Yourself Plunge

Making something delicious from scratch is quintessentially satisfying!  Plus, making things yourself from scratch can often save you money, which is always good.  

 

An electric mixer is necessary.  I have this KitchenAid Stand Mixer and I love love love it!

Homemade Angel Food Cake

So this recipe uses a lot of eggs.  Even if you buy a mix in a box you’ll still have to use a lot of eggs, and you’ll still have to mix like crazy – so you might as well just make your own from scratch.  

If you happen to have laying hens, this is a great way to use up eggs.  You need from 10 to 12 egg whites for the batter, and you can save the yolks to make homemade puddings, custards and creme brulées ( how can you possibly go wrong with a dessert where you get to use a torch, right?)

You will recall from my Chocolate Meringue Hearts and Lemon Meringue Drops  the trick to any meringue is to make sure it is beat well.  Very well.  Stiff and glossy well.  Do not under-beat or you will be sadly disappointed.  Angel food cake is essentially meringue with some flour and sugar folded in, and it takes a bit of time and elbow grease, it is soooo worth it.

Homemade Angel Food Cake from scratch - healthy and delicious and not nearly as hard as you might think!

 

Homemade Angel Food Cake
A healthy and delicious dessert that is alot easier to make than you think!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  2. 1 cup flour
  3. 1 1/2 cups egg whites ( approx. 10 - 12 eggs required)
  4. 1 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
  5. 1 cup sugar
  6. 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  7. 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  8. 1/4 tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 ° F. Move your oven racks so that you are baking on the lowest rack possible (this cake rises a lot in the oven)
  2. Mix flour and icing sugar, Set aside.
  3. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar until frothy
  4. Separate 2 tbsp. sugar and mix with vanilla and almond extracts and set aside.
  5. Add remaining sugar to the egg whites, while mixing, 2 tbsp. at a time. Then add the extracts mixture to the egg whites while mixing. Beat on high until stiff and glossy
  6. Fold in flour mixture ¼ cup at a time. Push batter into bundt pan, squeezing out bubbles.
  7. Run a knife through the batter as well, to form a seal with the batter and the pan.
  8. Bake 30-35 minutes.
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Homemade Angel Food Cake from scratch - healthy and delicious and not nearly as hard as you might think!

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Elegant DIY Ice Lanterns

Simple and Elegant Ice Lanterns made from recyclables, perfect for lighting up your garden paths and walkways

So, the other day I had an idea, a wonderfully awful idea!  Let me explain…

Simple and Elegant Ice Lanterns made from recyclables, perfect for lighting up your garden paths and walkways

See, you may have noticed my fasciation with wreaths by now?  Well, what you may not know is that I actually have an even more fierce, let’s call it obsession, with ice lanterns.  Not terribly original, granted.  But I am obsessed with making them better every year.  I want more, faster. I want to streamline the production and have the fabricating and displaying down to a scientific art!

I made beautifully large ones one year with mop pails and yogurt containers.  They turned out really well, and I will replicate them of course.. I’ll switch it up a bit and keep trying different ways, cause it’s a quirk.  

Anyhow, the wonderful part of my idea was juice cartons!  What a great way to reuse those paper cartons, right?  The awful part – I had to dig through the rubbish bin to get them.  

Elegant DIY Ice Lanterns

What’s really great about these is that you can re-use a bunch of stuff before it’s destined for the recycling / trash.  

Materials:

  • Juice cartons
  • Scissors
  • Small applesauce / snack container
  • Masking tape
  • Water
  • Freezer or freezing temperatures outdoors

 

Elegant and Really Simple Ice Lanterns Made from recyclable materials, and sure to light up your path

Instructions

  1. Cut the top off the carton, about an inch down from the ‘roof’
  2. Fill the carton with water
  3. Place the small snack cup on top, with the top of the cup level with the top of the carton.  Water will be displaced
  4. Use masking tape to secure the container in the water, centered
  5. Freeze thouroughly
  6. Remove snack cup and remove lantern from carton. 
  7. Place a tea light candle into the indentation made by the snack cup, place outdoors, light and enjoy! 

 

Simple and Elegant Ice Lanterns

Welcome your guests this holiday season with a beautifully lighted path. They don’t need to know you were rummaging through the trash before hand.  Happy Holiday Season

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Guacamole Party Dip

Guacamole Party Dip Recipe Perfect for Entertaining and Healthy Snacking

 

Let’s just get this out in the open straight away – I am not a fan of avocados.  But guacamole with just the right amount of zing, is an entirely different story.

Guacamole Party Dip Recipe Perfect for Entertaining and Healthy Snacking 

See, the problem with avocados is first of all, I can’t spell it.  I just typed that word three times to get it right.  Gah. Anyway, the next problem I have with avocados ( got it right the first time there) is that they have no taste.  None. That is until you throw a jalapeno in the mix!

And by the time you throw in a jalapeno, some lime juice and a wee bit of onion, well you had better call your friends over and throw a party.  Reversely you could grab a bag of nachos and a book and keep it all to yourself.  Just sayin’

 

Guacamole Party Dip Recipe Perfect for Entertaining and Healthy Snacking

Guacamole Party Dip

So regardless of whether you want to share this with your 11 closest friends, or squirrel it away until after the kids are in bed, here’s the recipe.

Guacamole Party Dip
A nice light dip with just the right amount of zing. Serve it at your next gathering, or enjoy as a healthy snack
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Ingredients
  1. 4 avocados
  2. 3 limes, juiced
  3. 1 tsp. salt
  4. 1-3 jalapeno peppers
  5. approx 1 tbsp onion, minced
Instructions
  1. Pit avocados and scoop out the flesh. Set aside the flesh from one, and chop it. Mash the remaining avocados.
  2. Add the chopped avocado to the mashed avocado, and mix in the lime juice, salt and minced onion.
  3. Using kitchen gloves, remove the seeds from the jalapeno pepper(s). Finely chop the peppers and add them to the avocado mixture. Mix well, and refrigerate
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Guacamole Party Dip Recipe Perfect for Entertaining and Healthy Snacking

Set Your Table

Whip out a jar of this Salsa, pile sour cream in a pretty serving bowl, fill platters with crackers and chips, add it along side this guacamole and you’ve got yourself a party!

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Homemade Pumpkin Pie

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You know Autumn has arrived when people start whipping out their pumpkin pie recipes.  It’s the ultimate in comfort food, with a soft flaky pastry, and to. die. for. when you serve it up with whipped cream. 
 
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The ultimate in comfort food, with a soft flakey pastry, and fresh from the garden pumpkin. Simply to. die. for. when you serve it up with whipped cream.

 
For tips on growing your own pumpkins read my post here How to Grow Your Own Pumpkins and if you’d like to learn how to make your own pumpkin puree, which of course you may as well, read my instruction here DIY Pumpkin Puree
 

Homemade Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients

Pastry
  • 1/3 cup lard
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. cold water
Filling
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 cups pureed pumpkin
  • 12 oz evaporated milk
* Note that pumpkin pie is easiest to make in a heavy ceramic or glass pie plate.  If you don’t have one, and are using an aluminum pie plate, place it on a cookie sheet for before you fill it with the pumpkin pie filling.  You can put the whole cookie sheet in the over for baking, to avoid spilling the pumpkin-y goodness allover the place.  I have included some handy affiliate links for your convenience.

The ultimate in comfort food, with a soft flakey pastry, and fresh from the garden pumpkin. Simply to. die. for. when you serve it up with whipped cream.

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
2. Prepare the pastry:  Mix flour and salt into mixing bowl.  Cut in the lard with the pastry knife, or pastry blender until you get coarse crumbs ( see the image above) Add the cold water and mix it with your hand.  This is how you will get a nice flakey pie crust. When it can be made into a ball, it’s ready.
3. Roll out the pastry with a rolling pin into as large a circular esque type of shape as you can.  Don’t over roll it, you want to do as much as you can in as few rolls as possible.

The ultimate in comfort food, with a soft flakey pastry, and fresh from the garden pumpkin. Simply to. die. for. when you serve it up with whipped cream.

 
4. Fit the pastry into the pie plate by gently folding it into a semi circle, and carefully lifting the pastry over and onto the pie plate.  Unfold and arrange to suit the pie plate.  Trim the overhang to about an ince from the edge, and roll the pastry under at the edges, all around the pie plate.  Use your thumb and index finger to pinch the pastry (as seen above)

The ultimate in comfort food, with a soft flakey pastry, and fresh from the garden pumpkin. Simply to. die. for. when you serve it up with whipped cream.

 
5. Use the scraps from your pastry to cut out little pumpkin shapes to decorate your pie, set aside.
6. Combine all of the ingredients for the filling into a large mixing bowl.  Mix until well blended.  Pour into prepared pie shell, and place pastry pumpkins on top of the filling.  The filling will be very runny.

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7. Bake for 15 minutes, reduce heat to 350 F, and bake another 45 minutes.
8. Let cool, and serve with whipped cream.  Refrigerate any leftovers.
 

More Than Pumpkin Pie

Got more pumpkin?  Try Mini Pumpkin Muffins, or this super duper yummy (and very rich) Pumpkin Fudge and this family favourite Deep Dish Baked Pumpkin.

And I would be remiss if I did not include 40 Ways to Decorate, Craft, Cook and Play with Pumpkins, from our It’s Friday We’re In Love Series which you should totally be checking out!

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Deep Dish Baked Pumpkin

This fresh from the garden Baked Pumpkin has been served and enjoyed in our home as a side dish, main dish, breakfast and dessert! It is THAT good.
 This baked pumpkin has been served and enjoyed in our home as a side dish, main dish, breakfast and dessert!  It is THAT good.
 This fresh from the garden Baked Pumpkin has been served and enjoyed in our home as a side dish, main dish, breakfast and dessert! It is THAT good.

 

 
For tips on growing your own pumpkins read my post here How to Grow Your Own Pumpkins and if you’d like to learn how to make your own pumpkin puree, which of course you may as well, read my instruction here DIY Pumpkin Puree

Ingredients

This fresh from the garden Baked Pumpkin has been served and enjoyed in our home as a side dish, main dish, breakfast and dessert! It is THAT good.

 
  • 1/3 cup softened butter / margarine
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 oz. evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups mashed / pureed pumpkin ( butternut squash makes an excellent substitute)
  • 1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter / margarine

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 F
2. Lightly grease a deep baking / casserole dish
3. Cream butter and sugar.  Beat in eggs, milk and vanilla
4. Stir in pureed pumpkin.  The mixture will be very runny.
5. Pour into prepared baking dish, and bake uncovered for 45 minutes. 

This fresh from the garden Baked Pumpkin has been served and enjoyed in our home as a side dish, main dish, breakfast and dessert! It is THAT good.

 
* Note that you can make ahead up to this point.  Refrigerate baked pumpkin up until 1 hour before you’d like to serve it.  Just add the topping and pop into warm oven for 20 minutes.
6. Mix together the remaining ingredients, and sprinkle over the top of the baked pumpkin.  Cook 5 – 10 minutes longer.
 

This fresh from the garden Baked Pumpkin has been served and enjoyed in our home as a side dish, main dish, breakfast and dessert! It is THAT good.

 
Got more pumpkin?  Try Mini Pumpkin Muffins, or this super duper yummy (and very rich) Pumpkin Fudge.
And I would be remiss if I did not include 40 Ways to Decorate, Craft, Cook and Play with Pumpkins, from our It’s Friday We’re In Love Series which you should totally be checking out!

 

 This fresh from the garden Baked Pumpkin has been served and enjoyed in our home as a side dish, main dish, breakfast and dessert! It is THAT good.
Enjoy!