Saturday, July 12, 2014

Watermelon and Strawberry Lemonade

I love cold beverages in the summer. My mouth drools seeing all the options to drink.

We have an organic produce farm down the country road from us and I love getting it fresh.
Right now they have strawberries and watermelon.
I have fresh lemon juice in abundance from this post, and so this recipe was just waiting to happen. The original recipe is from Amy of Frosted bake shop.
Watermelon and Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

For my taste, I added and extra 1/4 Cup lemon juice so it wasn't so sweet.
Although it was still too sweet for me so next time I will cut back on the sugar or leave it all out.
I used frozen lemon juice cubes from fresh lemons and half of the water was frozen ice cubes so there was a slight slush which is so refreshing.  
Next time I will cut back slightly on the watermelon too.
I would love to try this at a party setting with Sprite instead of water like suggested in the original recipe.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Summer lemonade Slush

I don't mean for this to be a food blog.
There is no way I could ever take the professional looking food images that food bloggers use.
I do love food though, and this was a yummy frozen treat we made for the hot summer days we've been having.
It was a success and so I snapped some photos to share here on my "every day creative blog"!

My neighbor brought me over a huge shopping bag full of lemons.
Her husband has an office right by the truck weigh station.
When the trucks are too heavy they have to get rid of weight or pay and
most of the fresh produce trucks going by will get rid of produce to lighten the load.
This time it was a lemon truck and we got to enjoy them.

We made lemonade a few times and with the rest,
I juiced them to freeze in ice cube trays.
When they were frozen I dumped them in four quart-size freezer bags.
Now any time I need lemon juice I am set!

My husband found this homemade lemonade recipe on, Best Lemonade Ever.
He made the first batch and we loved it. It makes a lot too!
I like my lemonade on the tart side and this was too sweet for me so the next time I made it,
I added about 1/4 cup more lemon juice and cut back the sugar by 1/4 cup. So Good!

We poured the lemonade in our frozen 2 qt. ice cream maker,
and let it freeze for about 20 minutes to get a nice slush.
This would work well with any juice or liquid I'm sure, and you could have all flavors of slush.

Here is the first minute after pouring the liquid in the freezer.

After 10 minutes.

And after 20 minutes.
I left it in a few more minutes and then scooped it out in our cups to drink.
What kinds of frozen treats have you made?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Freezer cinnamon rolls for a month

I love to have food ready to eat. I don't enjoy cooking dinner everyday because there is so much to do anyway.
Come dinner time I just don't feel like cooking every single night seven days a week.
We don't eat out a lot and I like to feed my family healthy foods.
So I cook or do the prep work maybe once or twice a week for the entire week.
I use my deep freezer to its full capacity.

Desserts are the same as dinner for me.
I love to eat them but don't like to start from scratch all the time to make them.
Fresh out of the oven cinnamon rolls are a special treat at our house.

The other day I made up a large batch of cinnamon rolls and this is how I freeze them to last for a while.
They are one dessert my husband always gives me a hard time about not making enough.
But they are time consuming to make all the time.
So I thought I would save time and make them once to enjoy them 6 times.

The recipe I use makes two jelly roll pans full so I divided that up into smaller aluminum pans and ended up with 7 separate servings.
We ate one pan the same day and I froze the other six.

I separated the dough into two balls and roll them out one at a time.
It's easier to work with two smaller ones that one large roll.
After I have the ball rolled to into a rectangle I spread a thin layer of butter on top.
Then sprinkle the cinnamon and brown sugar mix all over it.
I usually go heavy on this mix.

Roll up the rectangle into a roll and slice the roll into about 1" thick discs.
See how long the roll of dough is, that is only one ball?
That is why I divide it into two before I start.
I use regular old sewing thread to slice the discs.

I lightly spray the pans I'm using and lay the sliced discs in them touching each other. 
I can fit six into each pan.

I usually only plan on them being in the freezer for a month or so,
but I still want them to stay as fresh as they can so I wrap them up good.
I start with plastic wrap and cover them nicely,
after that I put a cut piece of cardboard on top and tape it in place on two sides.
This is to allow the pans to stack on top of each other in the freezer without squishing the rolls.
Then I put a layer of aluminum foil on top.

Write the date on the foil and the oven temperature along with the cooking time,
if you don't have that memorized.

I also make a cream cheese frosting and divide it into smaller round containers to freeze.
They thaw very fast after being put in the fridge overnight.
After we cook the cinnamon rolls we add the frosting to our own individual rolls on our plates.

When I am ready to cook up a pan, I usually just take a pan out of the freezer the night before and let it thaw in the fridge over night.
The next day, I let them sit on the counter to warm up and rest a bit before I bake them.
Sorry no pictures of my frosting or the final cinnamon roll cooked, I usually eat them up too fast without thinking of taking a picture.

What foods do you like to freeze to save time?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Etsy front page today

For a few minutes of the day I was on etsy and I noticed hundreds of hits on my shop, particularly on a certain item. I figured something must be up so I checked the front page and what do you know my Sea glass mini bunting spool was right there on the top!

A few days ago this was featured in a treasury list and there the list was, being featured on the front page.  This was a first for me and I'm so happy for the opportunity :)

Etsy treasury curated by: PaperAndPaintRocks

The winner from the giveaway ending Monday was Heather. Heather, Email sent for your address! Congratulation!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

etsy collections: treasury

This weeks newest etsy treasuries featuring my items.

First we have Winter to Spring put together by Aerogen.
My new purple triangle mini pouch is the bottom right corner.
I love Spring. And I love Lotta Jansdotter fabrics prints.

Next we have Spring 29 put together by Nurlu
My Little vintage truck pouch is in the 3rd row.
Did I say I love Spring? And I love the soft canvas that the vintage trucks pouch is made of.

I also love seeing my items in etsy treasuries. It's so fun to see how they are put together with other related items!