App's & Drinks

Mama Carp’s “GP”tini (..Guilty Pleasure)

This martini has been my signature drink for many years.I always keep these ingredients on hand; Dekuyper Watermelon Pucker, Dekuyper Island Punch Pucker and Absolut Citron Vodka.

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Mama Carp’s “GP”tini

Super easy, 1 shot of each shaken vigorously with ice, pour into martini glass and top it off with a fresh lemon slice. So, is it a “guilty pleasure” to drink it or could it be to serve it?!!
These “GP” tini’s taste like sweethearts, are a really beautiful color and go down way too easy. Stock up for all of your upcoming guests-Cheers!!!

Desserts

Rhubarb Cheesecake Bundt Cake

Here in Minnesota, rhubarb is a cherished springtime delicacy! I made this recipe for a bundt cake but you can easily make this into cupcakes, just adjust your baking time.

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I started with my favorite “go to” recipe for an amazing white cake from the King Arthur Flour Company called “Tender White Cake”. You will need a box of KAF cake flour blend, I found it at my local market.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a Bundt cake pan with oil and flour (I used a 15 cup bundt cake pan). Continue reading “Rhubarb Cheesecake Bundt Cake”

App's & Drinks

Hummus

DSC_0285There’s something amazing about fresh homemade hummus! Good things happen when garlic, lemon and cumin come together. Its quick to make, great in sandwiches and perfect with fresh vegetables in your packed lunches. Keep extra products on hand for unexpected guests, you can wow them with your mad kitchen skills! Continue reading “Hummus”

Sides & Salads

Balela

I fell in love with this salad when perusing the refrigerator isle at Trader Joes. But lately, there was no sign of it. Desperately wanting more, I found and adapted this recipe from No Bite Left Behind who also fell in love with this Middle Eastern Salad. So fresh and good for you!

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Celebrate the Seasons ♥ · Desserts · Favorite Recipes ♥ · Summer

The “Not Your Ordinary” Zucchini Bread

 

Many years ago a customer shared this with us girls at my Mom’s craft store. One look at the ingredients and we knew we just had to try it- my family has been making it ever since!

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  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon maple flavoring*
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 2 1/2 cups flour, unsifted
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Beat the eggs, then add oil, sugars, and maple flavoring combine until foamy. Stir in zucchini and all dry ingredients- mix just until combined. Stir in nuts.

Using Pam spray- coat 4 mini loaf pans, spoon in batter; sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 40- 45 minutes. Check with toothpick to see if you need additional time. If making 1 large loaf, follow instructions above and bake for 1 hour.

*My favorite Maple extract is Mapleine by Crescent (in a bright blue box) – I recently found it at WalMart.

 

 

My Inspirations ♥ · Tips & Tricks

Tips, Tricks & Words of Wisdom…

Often people ask me what products I use in my cooking and baking. Here is my list of what I prefer to use in my kitchen as how we are eating and preparing as of late. Continue reading “Tips, Tricks & Words of Wisdom…”