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Monday, July 27, 2015

Fried Battered Bacon

Hi again!

The other morning, my fiancé J made some pancakes and bacon for breakfast and then took his brilliance to a whole new level by battering some bacon in pancake batter and then frying it up. There's no real recipe, just use your favorite batter and bacon- Check it out!

Step one: fry up some bacon.
Step two: dunk cooked bacon in pancake batter to completely coat it.
Step three: return bacon to pan with some of the remaining bacon grease.
Flip it when it turns golden brown...
Step four: ENJOY!

Savor it!
love, rue (and J!)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Shortcake

Hi everyone,

This is a really quick post to share some Shortcake I (and my fiancé) have been making. We've been using the recipe from the Food Network website, and it is simple and easy- find it here! It's especially easy because you make it in one pan as opposed to cutting out rounds, as I had always done before. The other change we make is putting butter then sugar on top, which makes the shortcake sparkly in looks and taste!

But let's go make some shortcake!

Here's the dough being mixed- you just dump in the dry ingredients and either sift them together or just give them a good whisk- that's what I do! Then pour in your cream and mix until just all together.
Pat the shortcake out into an 8x8'' or 9x9'' pan.
Drizzle with approx. 1 tablespoon butter. (My fiancé J's contribution- not a step to miss!)
Brush butter on shortcake evenly.
Then sprinkle with approx. 1 tablespoon granulated sugar.
Bake 18-22 minutes or until just starting to brown and a tester comes out clean. Enjoy!

Savor it!
love, rue

Monday, July 13, 2015

Cheesecake Dip for Fruit

Hi everyone,

This one's a little brief as I do not have too many pictures. The other day my Fiance J made this really good Cheesecake dip for fruit from a recipe I've been holding onto for a long time. But I've got a feeling a lot of people have come up with this simple "recipe", so I'll go ahead and share so you can make it too- perfect for all of the delish summer fruit!


Cheesecake Fruit Dip
-8 oz. cream cheese, softened (1 block)
-1 cup white sugar
-1 teaspoon - 1 tablespoon vanilla, depending on how much you love vanilla.
-8 oz. cool whip (small container)
-8 oz. marshmallow fluff (small container)
Cream the cream cheese with the sugar and vanilla, then fold in the rest. Enjoy with cut up fruit (or on anything you think of- it's wonderful!)


Here's the delish dip all finished and with cut up fruit! Thank you, J!!

Savor it!
love, rue

Monday, July 6, 2015

Caramel Cornmeal Cookies

Hey everyone!

I've got another cornmeal cookie recipe for you today. It used the same recipe for inspiration as the Lime Cornmeal Cookies I posted a few weeks ago, just a few more tweaks. That was very closely based on this recipe here from The Kitchn. Below, I'll list the changes that my fiancé J made when making these cookies.

Your ingredient arsenal!
Start by creaming your butter, sugar, and caramel sauce.
And here is the soaked cornmeal, the dry ingredients, and the creamed butter, sugar, and caramel with the eggs and vanilla added.
Mix in the eggs and vanilla, then the dry ingredients and cornmeal.
Until you have a beautiful dough like this!
Then they come out looking a lot like the lime cornmeal cookies but minus the lime zest and a little darker in color.


Caramel Cornmeal Cookies (changes to this recipe)
-take out all lime!
-soak the cornmeal in 1/4 cup liquid until absorbed
-add 1/4 cup caramel sauce when you cream the butter and sugars
-use all purpose flour instead of white whole wheat
-glaze on these is optional- but if you make it just whip up a little batch of confectioner's sugar icing/glaze with the 10x sugar, butter, and caramel sauce!

Savor it!
love, rue

Monday, June 29, 2015

Advanced Popsicles 1

Hey again everyone!

It's getting to be awful warm out again, so it's time for popsicles! I know I've blogged a few popsicles in the past, but here are two more ideas that are a little more advanced in execution. As before, credit for the popsicle genius goes to my fiancé J!

This first recipe is for Apple Creamsicle Popsicles and uses apple soda as a base, then have some spiced apple syrup, half and half, and some caramel sauce to accent and make them creamy. These are approximately 50% soda, 25% apple syrup, 25% half and half, and a drizzle of caramel sauce. Keep in mind the cream can be added at the tip or bottom of the popsicle to make a cream end or it can be added to the mix to make the whole thing an apple creamsicle. In the same vein, the caramel drizzle can be added to the popsicle mix then poured into the molds, or it can be added directly to the molds themselves. Freeze well, then enjoy!
Ingredients for apple popsicles/creamsicles!
The apple creamsicles poured into their mold! Notice they are not poured all the way to the top, or they'll overflow!


For this second set of ideas, the base is the same and the add-in ingredients are different to get you differently flavored popsicles!

The base is approximately 85% milk, 10% half and half, and the last 5% is a dash of vanilla extract, a scoop or two (depending on how you like it) of brown sugar, and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

To make Butterscotch Popsicles, add in large chunks of broken up butterscotch candy (if the pieces are too small, then they will just dissolve away), add the butterscotch pieces to the molds directly and do not stir once they are added. Freeze well and enjoy!

To make Cookie Dough Popsicles, use either homemade or store-bough cookie dough and break into the amount and sizes you would like. Add the cookies dough pieces directly to the molds as with the butterscotch popsicles, and do not stir so the pieces do not break up or all fall to the bottom. Freeze well and enjoy!


Savor it!
love, rue (and J)