4th of July Resources: Part III

Happy Friday MABW readers! We hope you had a fantastic week, and are getting super excited for celebrating our Nation’s independence next week! To continue with our previous two installments we have some more great (but simple) recipes and ideas for planning and executing your Independence Day bash! These recipes would also be perfect for a summer birthday party 🙂

No Bake Cheesecake Trifles – This recipe from Hoosier Homemade looks decadent, but only requires 6 ingredients, and did we mention NO BAKING. Which is perfect since the 4th doesn’t fall on a weekend.

No Bake Cheesecake Trifle – Image & Recipe from Hoosier Homemade

Fourth of July Fruit & Yogurt Popsicles – Who doesn’t love popsicles in the summertime? The perfect refreshing treat for any summer afternoon, but with this color combo these popsicles are perfect for the 4th!

4th of July Fruit & Yogurt Popsicles – Image & Recipe from Daily Dish Recipes

Blueberry, Strawberry & Jicama Salsa – How beautiful is this salsa? Great with regular tortilla chips or cinnamon sugar pita chips, this salsa from Two Peas & Their Pod  won’t disappoint. 

Blueberry, Strawberry & Jicama Salad – Image & recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod

How does your family celebrate the 4th of July?

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DIY Cake Batter Ice Cream

Hi there everybody! Are you ready for Memorial Day Weekend? We are! And if you are looking for something to make for your BBQ this weekend why not try homemade cake batter ice cream? We’ve got 3 different recipes to choose from, including one for Vegans! Who doesn’t love ice cream on a hot day? And who doesn’t love cake batter 🙂

Funfetti Cake Batter Ice Cream – This recipe from Sweet 2 Eat Baking is both beautiful and delicious! We love the pink and cheery color of this ice cream, and we don’t think the nopariels sprinkles are optional… go big or go home!

Funfetti Cake Batter Ice Cream – Image & recipe from Sweet 2 Eat Baking

Vegan Funfetti Cake Batter Ice Cream – Just because you are going without dairy or animal products, doesn’t mean you can’t have ice cream, and birthday cake ice cream at that. This delicious and simple recipe comes from One Year of Hippiness.

Vegan Funfetti Cake Batter Ice Cream – Image & recipe from One Year of Hippiness.

Birthday Cake Remix Ice Cream  – If you love this ice cream from Cold Stone, you will love this copycat recipe from Life, Love, and Sugar! It’s bursting with birthday cake flavor (it has a box of funfetti cake mix in it for goodness sakes) and doesn’t require an ice cream maker! 

Birthday Cake Remix Ice Cream – Image & recipe from Life, Love, and Sugar.

So which is your favorite take on cake batter ice cream? Have you ever made ice cream at home?

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3 Fresh Takes On Cake Batter Treats!

Who doesn’t ADORE cake batter flavored anything? It is such a happy, festive, colorful, and DELICIOUS combination! Perfect for any birthday celebration of course! This week we rounded up three new takes on cake batter flavored treats: homemade truffles, Oreos, and cinnamon rolls! Even if it’s not your birthday this weekend, we highly recommend you make up a batch of these sprinkle laden cinnamon rolls! They are awesome 🙂

Cake Batter Truffles – Truffles are so simple, but look amazing and really wow people. This recipe comes from The Novice Chef and takes little effort but some patience while these treats chill!

Cake Batter Truffles – Image & recipe from The Novice Chef

Homemade Cake Batter Oreos – Oreos meet cake batter, and love ensues! The cookies on these Oreos are definitely softer than the store-bought kind… so kind of like a cake batter whoopie pie. This recipe comes from The Teenage Taste!

Homemade Cake Batter Oreos – Image & recipe from The Teenage Taste.

Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls – We have died and gone to cake batter heaven! How perfect would this be for a birthday breakfast (or even breakfast this weekend)? This amazing recipe comes from Sally’s Baking Addiction. And it wouldn’t be hard to become addicted to these cinnamon rolls!

Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls – Image & recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction

So which take on the cake batter treat was your favorite? We think you know ours (psst…. it’s the cinnamon buns)!

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3 Creative Birthday Cake Ideas

Oh sweet, sweet birthday cake! Are you looking for some fresh ideas to try at the next party? Maybe one of these three cake ideas will get your creative baking juices flowing. They are all gorgeous and tasty! Enjoy 🙂

Banana Split Birthday Cake – this decadent cake comes from alanabread, and don’t worry the “ice cream” won’t melt… they are actually butter cream balls! This is definitely a cake worthy of a special birthday. Her recipe even comes with a helpful step by step illustration of how to construct the cake!

Banana Split Birthday Cake – Recipe & Photo from alana bread.

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Doughnut Birthday Cake – How whimsical and simple? You can save time by using pre-made donuts, or if you are feeling adventurous why not make your own (here is a recipe we like). This birthday confection is perfect for the doughnut-lover in your life.

Doughnut Birthday Cake – Image & Recipe by Best Friends for Frosting.

Homemade Cake Batter Truffle Mini Cakes – Cake batter anything is amazing… and in truffle form cake batter may be even better. This arrangement of truffles is great for events where you don’t feel like cutting a traditional cake, and let’s guests control their portions. These sweet truffles would be great for a wedding or bridal shower too!

Cake Batter Truffle Mini Birthday Cakes – image & recipe by Club Chica Circle.

Which is your favorite take on the traditional birthday cake?

Valentines Day Ideas for Single Gals & Guys

As you may have noticed we didn’t post on Tuesday and Thursday like we normally do. We’ve decided to shake things up a little and just post once a week. So look for new posts full of great tutorials, recipes, and party planning essentials on Fridays!

Last week we posted recipes and gift ideas for Valentine’s Day. But not everyone thinks Valentines Day is that great… especially if they are not seeing somebody. But remember it’s a day to show the people you love how much you love them. So forget having a boyfriend or girlfriend and celebrate with friends or family instead. Here are some great ideas from around the web for celebrating and gifting on Valentines Day, even if you don’t have a boo!

Single Ladies Valentine’s Day Brunch – this tutorial from Design Love Fest is amazing. Heart-shaped waffles with prosciutto? Yum! She even gives tips on how to set the table and a “single ladies” playlist to play while you and your friends nosh away on a delicious brunch. This recipe and idea would honestly be great for a girls birthday party! Check out the tutorial and the blog.

Image & tutorial from Design Love Fest.

Valentine’s Day Date Ideas for the Single & Unattached – This collection of ideas from Lovely Undergrad is great! We love the ideas of manis/pedis on Valentine’s Day! Check out her list if you are in a new relationship too!

Image from paulie-nka.

More Ideas for Single Ladies – Jenesequa has even more ideas for girls that want to celebrate without a guy. Some require you to be 21, but the ideas could easily be adapted for younger girls too. Maybe your daughter and her friends could get together and host a sparkling drink tasting party instead of a wine party, or have a little co-ed get together? Either way, younger or older, these ideas are perfect for Valentine’s Day or any special girls night out (like birthdays! 🙂 ).

 

Image from Jenesequa.

Are you doing anything special for Valentine’s Day?

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3 Recipes for Homemade Pretzels

There’s nothing quite like a hot, fresh soft pretzel! With a little salt, some mustard, or cheese dip you have a truly satisfying snack. And pretzels would make for the perfect finger food at your next party! They could work for kids and adults, we are thinking circus-themed for the little ones (maybe the adults too)! Today we’ve got three recipes from around the web for the perfect homemade pretzels for just about any dietary need too!

Homemade Soft Pretzels with Roasted Jalapeno Cheese Sauce – This recipe comes from the beautiful blog Smells Like Home! Such a great tutorial and recipe with pictures to guide you along the way!

Soft Pretzels with Roasted Jalapeño Cheese Sauce Image & Recipe from Smells Like Home

Gluten Free Soft Pretzels – This recipe and tutorial comes from the blog Gluten Free Girl & The Chef. A sweet little blog you should check out if you are eating gluten free! Don’t these pretzels just look amazing!

Gluten Free Soft Pretzels Image & Recipe from Gluten Free Girl & The Chef.

Vegan Soft Pretzels – A great recipe from Little Miss Vegetarian! Jessica recommends serving these pretzels up with a side of spicy mustard!

Vegan Soft Pretzels Image & Recipe from Little Miss Vegetarian.

Have you ever made your own soft pretzels before? How did they turn out?

Our Favorite Cookie In A Jar Recipes

Cookies are amazing any time of the year, but fresh baked cookies at Christmas time takes amazing to an all new level. If you are looking for great cookie recipes to bake up for a party or searching for a great gift idea we think you’ll love these recipes we have collected from around the web. Some of the recipes even accommodate special dietary needs (vegan & gluten free).

Cranberry Hootycreeks from All Recipes

Cranberry Hootycreeks – Recipe from All Recipes.

These cookies look great in the jar and taste delightful. You could even change out the cranberries, chocolate chips, and nuts to suit your personal tastes. Dried currants, walnuts, & white chocolate chips could be a lovely combination! This recipe would make a great gift for a neighbor, coworker, or as a hostess/host gift if you are visiting family or friends over the holidays.

Julia’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies – Recipe from All Recipes.

Chocolate chip cookies rank at the top of most people’s favorite cookie lists. Simple, chocolatey goodness. This recipe is very delicious and again provides opportunity for experimentation (different kinds of chocolate chips, or swapping chocolate chips for M&M’s etc..). If you aren’t sure what cookies your friend would want, chocolate chip is a safe bet.

Gluten Free & Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies – Recipe from Oh She Glows

This recipe promises thin, crisp, and chewy chocolate chip cookies that even those on the most restricted diets can enjoy. But don’t get us wrong, these cookies aren’t really a compromise. They are kind of amazing. Angela’s recipe uses a mix of almond & oat flour to create this crowd pleasing cookie. Scroll to the bottom of her post to see the recipe!

Vegan & Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies From Oh She Glows

Gingerbread Men Cookie Mix In A Jar – Recipe from Food For My Family

These gingerbread men are tasty and adorable. We love the idea of attaching cookie cutters to the jar to really complete the gift! We love this recipe for a holiday staple! Shaina even included free printables—holiday gifting can’t get much easier!

Gingerbread Men In A Jar Recipe from Food For My Family

Have you ever given cookies in a jar before? What are your favorite recipes?

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Tasty Kid’s Party Recipes: Vegetarian “Chicken” Strips, Sweet Potato Fries, & Homemade Sauces

Vegan Tofu Strips & Sweet Potato Fries – Image & Recipe from Oh She Glows

All kids love chicken fingers and fries! It’s such a classic and the recipes we are sharing today are a healthy and vegetarian (and vegetarian) way for you, your friends, and family to enjoy this classic American meal! The recipe is super easy to whip up within an hour, and if you don’t want to opt for  tofu, you can always use chicken instead. We came across this great recipe from the blog Oh She Glows, who adapted her recipe from a great cookbook: Veganomicon. It looks so cheery and tasty!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Package Organic Extra Firm Tofu
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk (or Soy, or Rice Milk)
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1/3 Cup Cornmeal (We Used Bob’s Red Mill Organic Cornmeal)
  • 1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Breadcrumbs (or Substitute with Gluten Free Crumbs, or Panko)
  • 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Cayenne Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • For Fries: 1 Large Sweet Potato + 1 Tsp Olive Oil + 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon + Pinch Salt + 1/4 Tsp Cumin

Recipe: Follow Oh She Glow’s excellent step by step instructions complete with pictures! When we made it they turned out amazing, and honestly tasted a heck of a lot like chicken! Of course you could always use chicken in this recipe, and have a healthy baked chicken strip recipe. The fries are so tasty, but depending on how you cut them, they may need a little less time than the strips.

Homemade Sauces for Dipping

Really take it up a notch and whip up some delicious homemade sauces. We have collected a few recipes for:

Homemade Ketchup – Courtesy of Skinny Taste

Homemade Honey Mustard – Courtesy of Pennies on a Platter. Hint: To make it vegan, use vegan mayonnaise!

Homemade Barbecue Sauce – Courtesy of Simply Scratch

We are huge fans of this recipe, even though we aren’t huge fans of tofu. So if you are looking for an easy weeknight meal, or a fun party food that you don’t have to feel guilty for, give these recipes a try! They won’t disappoint!

What are your thoughts on tofu?

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Gluten Free Pizza – 3 Recipes You’ll Love!

Roasted Veggie Pizza (Image from All Recipes)

So we are always looking for tasty recipes that work great for everyday but also for special gatherings—like birthday parties. What is more classic at a birthday party than pizza? Today we have 3 recipes to create 2 different semi-homemade pizzas your family and guests will love!

The Crust (Makes 2 12-inch pizzas)

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg (16 oz) Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix (3 1/4 cups)
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 Eggs*
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Yeast Packet (enclosed)
  • 1-2 Tbsp dried herbs of your choice, such as basil, rosemary, garlic, (optional)

*For vegan version replace the eggs with 2 Tb Flaxseed Meal + 6 Tb Water; let stand one minute. Add to recipe as you would the eggs.

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the water and yeast. Let the mixture stand a 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add the eggs (or egg replacement) and oil to the mixture and blend briefly.
  4. Add GF Pizza Crust Mix and blend with a hand blender for about a minute on medium speed, until combined.
  5. Split the dough in half, leave it in the bowl, and cover it with plastic wrap. Leave in a warm place to rise for at 20 minutes.
  6. Place the dough on greased pizza pans. Using wet hands, spread out dough to cover the full pizza pan. Bake without topping for 7-9 minutes.
  7. Remove the half-baked crusts from oven, cover with sauce and toppings (see our suggestions below). Bake for 15-18 minutes.


Balsamic Caramelized Onion, Gorgonzola, & Parsley Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 large vidalia onions thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp sugar or stevia in the raw
  • 1/2 lb crumbled gorgonzola cheese
  • Half-baked pizza crust (see above)
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley or basil (whichever you prefer)

Directions:

  1. In a large sauté pan, warm olive oil over medium heat. Sauté onions in oil until the onions are soft and dark brown, approximately 25 minutes. Stir in sugar (or stevia) and balsamic vinegar, and continue cooking for 1 or 2 more minutes.
  2. The oven should be preheated to 425°F already and the pizza crusts should have been baked for 7-9 minutes.
  3. Spread onions evenly over the half-baked crusts, top with crumbled Gorgonzola and chopped parsley or basil.
  4. Continue baking for additional 15-18 minutes.

Roasted Veggie Pizza With Red Sauce

Veggie Ingredients:

  • 8 to 10 medium fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced green pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced zucchini or yellow squash
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon each dried oregano, thyme and dried rosemary
  • Pinch of salt & pepper

Veggie Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  • Line a large baking sheet with foil. Arrange chopped veggies on pan.
  • Drizzle with olive oil, spices, garlic, salt & pepper.
  • Roast veggies for 20 minutes. Then remove from oven and set aside.

Sauce & Cheese Ingredients:

  • 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 14-oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 small (6-oz) can tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp. sugar or stevia in the raw
  • 1-2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onions
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 tsp each dried oregano, basil, and parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup parmesan grated

Sauce Directions:

  1. Saute garlic and onions over medium heat for 8-10 minutes until onions are soft.
  2. Add diced tomatos, tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar, vinegar, spices, sun dried tomatoes and stir. If the mixture is too thin or not sweet enough add more tomato paste or sugar.
  3. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes then add salt & pepper to taste.

Assembly Directions: 

  1. Oven should be preheated to 425°F and pizza crusts should be half baked.
  2. Spread sauce generously over pizza crust (save the extra for dipping crust in).
  3. Top with cheese, then sprinkle roasted veggies on top.
  4. Bake an additional 15-18 minutes.

If you are in a rush you can always use pre-made pizza dough, and if you are vegan you can substitute the cheese with vegan alternatives. What is your favorite pizza recipe?

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Red Velvet 3 Ways!

Today we have a collection of 3 red velvet Recipes, one each for brownies, cookies, and cakes. Let the red velvet mania begin! Up first is a traditional red velvet cake from the blog Pinch My Salt! Her recipe and tutorial are beautifully done and sure to help you create the perfect red velvet cake. Simply click on the recipe title or picture to see the original recipe and tutorial.

Red Velvet Cake by Pinch My Salt

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies by Two Peas & Their Pod

Red Velvet Brownies (Original post by Plain Chicken, recipe by Southern Living)

What is your favorite way to enjoy red velvet?

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