Friday, June 30, 2017

Patriotic Swirl Cupcakes

It's been crazy hot here in Inland Empire! Triple digit miserable hot. I do all the cooking and baking early in the morning to avoid overheating the whole house. You can't take this girl away from baking treats. I've been on a cupcake craze lately. Looking for a cupcake recipe from scratch.  In fact, I made a Pinterest board dedicated to my love for cupcakes. Though my love for cake pop is also right there with my love for easy and simple cupcake recipes.

How do you make easy cupcakes from scratch?

This simple and easy cupcake recipe that I will share with you is a basic white cupcake. It is not crumbly and dry. Moist and full. It's uses all purpose flour and not cake flour. It needs egg whites only. I used Aldi's Fit N Active egg whites. We do have regular milk so I used almond milk instead. It turned out crazy good.

Don't get me started with the easy and simple buttercream frosting. With all the recipes that you can fin for cupcake frosting, by far this is the easiest that I found. You will also find some product suggestions that I used making these cupcake . I have provided amazon links as well. Please see my full disclosure HERE.





Ingredients:

This easy and simple cupcake recipe makes: 24 cupcakes

Basic WHITE CUPCAKE
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups, sugar
3/4 cups milk
5 egg whites

Buttercream Frosting
4 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
2 tbsp milk
1 cup solid vegetable shortening

 Tools you will need : piping bags, tip # , Wilton color right system, flour sifter , extra bowls , cupcake liners, electric mixer ( This is the mixer that I use and love.).


Directions:

Let's start with the cupcakes. Line your cupcake/muffin tin with paper liners.  Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.  Sift flour and baking powder.


Beat butter until light and fluffy. Add in vanilla, mix well. Add flour alternately with milk. Your batter will look really dry.


In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff ( NOT DRY). Fold the egg whites into the batter.


Pour batter into the prepared cupcake tin. I used a tablespoon to measure my batter. I did 3 tbsp for each slot.  Bake for 7- 19 minutes. Check if it is fully baked by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cupcake. When it comes out clean, you are good to go! Transfer the cupcakes onto a cooling rack.


Are you ready for the buttercream frosting? Note that I am making a pure white icing. If you are not wanting to produce a pure white icing , reduce the shortening to a 1/2 cup only, then add 1/2 cup of butter.
Beat the shortening , 1/2 tsp NO COLOR butter flavor  and vanilla. Gradually add the sugar, one cup at a time on a medium speed. Icing may appear dry at this point, gradually add milk and beat at medium speed.
 If you want a thinner consistency ( add 2 tbsp of milk or water).
I divided my icing into three bowls . Reserve the white icing and set aside.

Start adding the colors.

For the red : 40 R
Blue : icing + 26 B + 8 R + 4 P

 I used Wilton Color Right System


I enjoyed tinting the icing! I also used Color Swirl 3- Color Coupler.


Fill each bag with red, white and blue icing and fitting with tip #1M . Pipe a  swirl on each cooled cupcake. 



 Aren't they pretty?


 Decorate your cupcakes with your favorite sprinkles!  I used patriotic star sprinkles .


 
You can  also use cupcake toppers or colored sugars. Now that is the really fun part! 


I just love the colors!  The cupcake is not dry and crumbly.  If you have left over buttercream frosting, just put it in an airtight container store it in your refrigerator. When you are ready to use it, just bring it to room temperature and "re- fluff" .
Use the left over on cookies too!  Our girls love to decorate cut out cookies . I hope that you will enjoy this easy cupcake recipe.



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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Bloggers Spotlight Link Party #70

Welcome to the Bloggers Spotlight Link Party # 70

Thank you  for making the last party successful and wonderful! We enjoyed stopping by and learning new things. If you are new here, welcome and we are glad to have you. If not, welcome back!  There's a few and awesome changes on our linky party, first we are opening up our BLOGGERS SPOTLIGHT LINK PARTY for everyone, so you all can pin your great posts! Second, we simplified our rules ..everybody loves simple right?

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Healthy Living Link Party # 119


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    46 Dolch Sight Words for Second Grade

    If you missed the 41 Dolch Sight Words for First Grade , you can download it HERE and the 52 Dolch Sight Words for Kindergarten, download it HERE.  Reading, repetition and tracing are the key learning tools I used for our daughters.  Use Letter Tiles to make it more interesting by letting your child form the sight words.





    Print the flashcards on card stock, you can also laminate them to make it more durable, punch a hole in a corner and use a Book Ring.




    This way you can always have it handy. You can easily throw it in your purse and while waiting for an appointment or waiting in line, your child can practice their sight words.


    Here's a practice sheet for big kids. Unlike , the previous lower grade sight word worksheets that I had provided. This packet does not have tracing and matching game.To save money, print this sheet only once using  card stock and laminate. Using the flashcards printable, have your kid or student write the sight word and create a sentence. This is also a great way to practice sentence building.







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    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Clean Eating Sweet and Sour Tofu

    These past weeks have been a fun and busy week for us. We did a summer blast ( a summer camp from our church), volunteered to help and had a dance recital. In between those? ..the usual family stuff. Now , I am just slowing it down.  Calm before the storm so to speak. We have at least two weeks of rest and unplanned days. July will be another kind of fun, extra activities and busy for us. Our secret to not go stressing and crazy? Take it one week ( or a day) at a time , a good planner , lots of prayers and to remember that this day (or season) will pass. So try to find happiness and thankfulness in small things.

    I had been craving for sweet and sour pork lately. Because of the busy weeks that we had, our fridge was not fully stocked yet. Luckily, a package of tofu and veggies ..saved the day. This recipe is so easy to make! Full of flavor and healthy to boot. Perfect for my craving. The sauce is so good and I love that the tasty sauce was absorbed by the tofu. Not everybody likes tofu. Depending on how you cook the tofu, it can really be bland. But this recipe? You will surely fall in love with a bowl full of  sweet and sour tofu.



    Ingredients:

    1 package extra firm tofu
    2 tbsp cornstarch, divided
    2 tbsp EVOO
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tsp organic powdered ginger
    1 cup diced red bell pepper pepper,
    1 cup diced green bell pepper pepper
    1 cup , sliced zucchini
    1 cup , sliced red onion
    1/4 cup rice vinegar
    1/4 cup sweetener of choice ( maple syrup, agave, raw honey)
    2 tbsp liquid aminos
    2 tbsp cold water
    black pepper
    optional: red pepper flakes or homemade sambal oelek

    Directions:

    Start by draining the tofu. Place the tofu on a plate lined with absorbent paper towels.
     Place another towel on top of the tofu and top with another plate. Leave it for 15 minutes then I flipped the tofu again, making sure to drain it well. Cut the tofu into 1 inch cubes ( or a little larger if you like) , place in a bowl, drizzle with 1 tbsp of cornstarch. Mix carefully.


    Heat a wok or large pan over medium-high heat. Add oil and fry the tofu until crispy and golden brown on all sides, about 10 minutes. 


    While the tofu is frying, in a separate bowl mix the rice vinegar, sweetener, and liquid aminos. . You can adjust the ingredients to your liking( sweet and tangy) I know some like it more sweet, some like it more salty. In a separate small bowl, stir together the water and remaining tablespoon of cornstarch. Add the cornstarch mixture to the sauce and set aside. When the tofu is cooked, remove it from the pan and drain on a plate lined with paper towel. 


      Heat a tbsp of  oil,using the same frying pan , saute the red onion until translucent, add garlic .  Add the chopped vegetables and cook until tender, about 2 minutes. 


     Pour the sauce over and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce has thickened. Remove from the heat and add the tofu. Stir to coat.


     Serve over warm rice or quinoa.



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