Friday, July 27, 2018

Too Many Avocados & Apples!

So I was making my menu plan and shopping list for next week (I shop on Monday mornings) and noticed that I had 3 very ripe avocados in the fridge that needed to be used very soon or thrown away. I don't like to throw away food (unless it is obviously gone bad) so I looked for some recipes that I might make using them.

We have also been getting a couple of apples every week in our CSA farm share so I needed to use some of them soon too. Here is what I came up with:


First, I made Avocado Fudge. It may sound weird, but since avocados basically take on the flavors that you pair them with, these are super rich chocolaty, fudgie fudge! 

*Note: I can't eat dairy, so the substitutions that I made are in brackets



Avocado Fudge:

1 Avocado-peeled and pitted

1/2 cup unsalted butter-melted [1/2 cup Earth Balance sticks]

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup chocolate chips-melted [1/2 cup Enjoy Life dairy free chocolate chips]

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

3 cups confectioners sugar

1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:
Blend avocado and melted butter together in a blender until completely smooth; pour into a saucepan and place over low heat.

Stir cocoa powder, melted chocolate chips,and vanilla extract into the avocado mixture until smooth. Add 3 cups confectioners' sugar in small amounts, stirring each addition completely into the avocado mixture before introducing the next; cook and stir until thick and smooth, 5 to 10 minutes.

Grease a baking dish. Pour the fudge batter into the baking dish and smooth with a spatula into an even layer. Sprinkle chopped walnuts atop the fudge.

Refrigerate fudge until firmly set, at least 1 hour. Cut into squares. 





I found a recipe for Fresh Apple Cake and another recipe for Avocado Icing and thought that they would go together well. This cake takes a really long time to bake, so I was able to also make up batch of Apple Fritters as well as the icing while it baked. 


Here are those 3 recipes:




Fresh Apple Cake

1 1/2 Cups Vegetable oil

2 cups white sugar

3 eggs, beaten

2 tsp vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

2 1/2 cups apples-cored and diced 

1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F Grease one 10 inch tube pan.

Beat together the oil, eggs, vanilla and sugar.

Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add to egg mixture; stir in apples, and  nuts

Pour into prepared pan and bake at 325 degrees F for 1 1/2 hrs or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool and frost with Avocado Icing (recipe below)




Avocado Icing

2 Avocados, peeled and pitted

1 Tbs fresh lime juice (lemon or orange juice can be used as a substitute)

3 cups confectioners sugar

1 Tbs vanilla extract

Directions:
Combine the avocado and lime juice in a bowl; mix with a hand mixer about 2 minutes. Add the sugar in small amounts while continually mixing until smooth. Mix in the vanilla extract.




Apple Fritters

1 Tbs Butter [Earth Balance]

2 large apples, cored and diced

1 Tbs white sugar

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

1 large egg

1/4 cup white sugar

1 Tbs melted butter [Earth Balance]

1/2 cup apple cider or apple juice (you can use sparkling cider for lighter batter)

2 cups vegetable oil for frying

1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions:
Melt butter over medium-high heat and cook until it turns golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add apples and cook over medium-high heat until apples just begin to soften around the edges, 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle in 1 tablespoon sugar and continue cooking another 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Drain in a strainer; let cool to room temperature.

Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg together in a mixing bowl until well combined.

.Whisk egg, 1/4 cup sugar, and melted butter together in a separate mixing bowl. Add cooled apple pieces and sparkling apple cider; add the flour mixture. Stir just until flour is incorporated.

Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spoon about 2 tablespoons batter per fritter, into hot oil, slightly flattening them out. Cook in batches. Fry on one side until small bubbles appear on the surface, about 2 minutes. Carefully flip fritters over and fry the other side until richly browned, about 2 more minutes.

Transfer with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain grease. Cool slightly.

Place slightly cooled fritters into a paper bag. Dump in powdered sugar. Shake the bag to coat the fritters with powdered sugar. 


I hope you will try one or more of these recipes!

Thanks for stopping by today! Comments and questions are always welcome!

Christina 








Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Stampin'Up! Hostess Sets

Have you seen the Hostess Sets in the 2018-2019 Stampin'Up! Catalog? They are so pretty and so versatile! 

Just look at this adorable card made with the Springtime Stroll Hostess set


The card base and layers are made with Lovely Lipstick Cardstock. The second layer and the image is stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. The image is colored in using Stamp & Write markers in the 2018-2020 In Colors set. The patterned papers are from the 2018-2020 In Colors Designer Series Papers. Additional embellishments are a Grapefruit Grove doily from the Colored Doilies pack, and Tinted Faceted Buttons.



And who wouldn't love to get this bright and cheery Get Well card made with the Hand Delivered Hostess Set?



The image is stamped onto Whisper White cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. The cardstock colors used to create the card layers are Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody and Granny Apple Green. I colored the image in using the coordinating Stamp & Write Markers from the Brights Collection. The flesh-tone marker color used is Petal Pink which can be found in the Subtles Collection.

There are still a few days left to take advantage of the July specials!


Many of the Designer Series Papers, including the Garden Impressions papers featured here, are on sale this month (July 1-31, 2018) Buy 3 get one FREE!

I hope you enjoyed these creations and I hope you will try them yourself! You can purchase any of these products from my Stampin'Up! Independent Demonstrator website by clicking on the product name.

If you would like to become a demonstrator I would LOVE for you to join my team! If you join this month (July 1-31, 2018) you can choose a complete color family of inks FREE as a bonus addition to your starter kit! This is a $67.50 value FREE! This is on top of the $125 worth of product you can choose for just $99 (Plus shipping & Tax)! You can join just to get the discount!



Many of my handmade creations, including these cards,  can be purchased from my Etsy Shop, InkmistressStudio!


Questions and Comments always welcome!


Thanks for stopping by today!

Christina




Friday, July 6, 2018

Be You Color Inkspiration Challenge

I entered this card into this week's Color Inkspiration  Challenge #136. I love the inspiration this group provides! Check out this weeks prompt photo:



I found even more inspiration for my card while I was in Home Goods checking out the artwork department. Here is what I came up with:

The card base is Soft Suede and the layers are Basic Gray, Silver Foil and Crushed Curry. The leaf and sentiments stamp are from the Rooted In Nature stamp set and the fussy cut leaves are embossed using the Nature's Roots Framelits dies. (Buy as a bundle and save 10%), 


The inks used are Basic Gray, Soft Suede and Crushed Curry.


I used the Stamparatus stamping platform to get the leaf images lined up in a repeated pattern so easily! It's one of my favorite new tools!


All die cutting an embossing was done using the Big Shot Machine

Many of the Designer Series Papers, including the Garden Impressions papers featured here, are on sale this month (July 1-31, 2018) Buy 3 get one FREE!

I hope you enjoyed these creations and I hope you will try them yourself! You can purchase any of these products from my Stampin'Up! Independent Demonstrator website by clicking on the product name.

If you would like to become a demonstrator I would LOVE for you to join my team! If you join this month (July 1-31, 2018) you can choose a complete color family of inks FREE as a bonus addition to your starter kit!


Many of my handmade creations, including these cards,  can be purchased from my Etsy Shop, InkmistressStudio!


Questions and Comments always welcome!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Christina