Monday, July 20, 2015

Pulled Pork Soft Tacos

Shredded Pork Tacos - Easy Life Meal & Party Planning
 You can't beat this tasty pulled pork soft taco recipe made easy by cooking crock pot style. The brown sugar and ginger rub is amazing and goes so well with the rest of the ingredients. Topped with a spiced up sour cream topping. You can't miss trying these pork tacos. It was a huge hit with my family and to add to the list of pluses it was easy!

A great all around recipe from the Midwest Dairy Association. In a nutshell Easy, Tasty, Filling & Healthy all in one recipe - you can't beat that. 



Friday, June 26, 2015

The Ultimate Strawberry Shortcake

The Ultimate Strawberry Shortcake - Easy Life Meal & Party Planning
This shortcake recipe has been a family tradition and well worth putting it on your baking bucket list. It really is the ultimate shortcake for strawberries.

This is a dense cake which tastes wonderful combined with the fruity taste of sweetened strawberries and light whipped cream.

A perfect refreshing summer dessert.It is so quick and easy to make. Hence it's name Busy Day Cake -  a very old recipe from my 1976 Better Homes & Garden cookbook.

You cannot take "shortcuts" when it comes to strawberry shortcake! No prepackaged shortcakes found in the strawberry isle. It just isn't the same experience.



Saturday, June 20, 2015

Moist & Easy Blueberry Muffins with Brown Sugar Topping


There is nothing better than a warm moist blueberry muffins for breakfast or for that matter any time. This is my favorite blueberry muffin recipe which you will find extremely easy and quick to make and incredibly delightful.




Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Thumbprint Cookies with a Sweet Nutty Kick


I was so excited to be involved in the April Showers Bring May Flours project with www.nuts.com.  We were challenged to convert our Quick & Easy Shake Pizza Crust from an all purpose flour crust to a blanched almond flour crust. 

My mind immediately went to how wonderful thumbprint cookies would be with almond flour incorporated. It was like a song that gets stuck in your head and it just won't quit. I just kept thinking about trying almond flour with my thumbprint cookies. So I caved and made thumbprint cookies. I didn't want to make a full conversion of flour. I thought a light sweet nutty almond flavor to the cookies would be such a delightful taste. 


I took my original recipe and made it exactly as I always do but combined some almond flour with the all purpose flour. I was thrilled at how well the dough rolled and how nice the print was. No cracking of the cookie around the edge of the print. These cookies turned out exactly as I had envisioned. The blanched almond flour added a light sweet nutty taste and the bonus of a little extra moisture to the cookies. I topped the cookies with a butter cream frosting with pure almond extra. Perfect and pretty.



During the process of frosting the cookies I kept thinking this would also be amazing if you filled the fingerprint with apricot jam and sprinkled chopped almonds on top. So now you know what I will be up to net week! 

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Ingredients:


1/2 cup soft butter

1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon blanched almond flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place parchment paper on cookie sheet.
Blend flours and salt together in a separate bowl.
Mix butter and brown sugar together until creamy. 
Add egg yolk and mix until well incorporated. 
Add vanilla and mix. 
Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until well incorporated.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Do not over bake!

Butter Cream Frosting

1 stick of softened butter

1 1lb box of powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2-1 teaspoon pure almond extract

Mix butter until whipped. Slowly add powdered sugar and milk until creamy and stiff enough to spread or pipe. Finally add almond extract to taste. 


Note: Finding almond flour in my small town was impossible and I had no intention of making my own. Ordering Almond Flour from Nuts.Com is easy, their prices are good and they have been in business since 1929 (so they have quite a bit of history). 

Don't miss our infographic on the Benefits of Almond Flour

No monetary payment or product was received for this blog post. We are not an affiliate of the company and will not receive future monetary payments for clicks onto their website. The intent of the project was to promote the benefits of almond flour and the ease of incorporating almond flour into your every day cooking and baking.  We will never write a review on a brand's product nor will we promote a product, if we believe the product will not be beneficial to you. The opinions in this post are our own.

Authored by +Terri Henkels 


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Monday, May 18, 2015

Almond Flour Pizza Crust - A Conversion from the Original Recipe

I am so excited to be involved in the April Showers Bring May Flours project with www.nuts.com. 

We were challenged to convert our Quick & Easy Shake Pizza Crust from an all purpose flour crust to a blanched almond flour crust. I couldn't wait to try this conversion because I was sure if successful it would be amazingly delicious. 


Oh, and not to forget, being motivated to focus on cooking healthier is much needed in my kitchen. Almonds are so wonderfully delicious that you forget they are extremely healthy for you! 



This past January, I posted the Quick & Easy Shake Pizza Crust. This recipe is not only simple to make but also simply delicious.

I was so surprised to find that I was able to convert the original recipe with very little effort. Initially I was concerned that the lack of gluten could make the crust runny. I mixed the ingredients together per the recipe but substituted the almond flour for the all purpose flour. It was just a little runnier than the original. I incorporated an additional 1/4 cup of almond flour and it was exactly as the original recipe.










Then I was concerned whether it would suspend the tomato sauce and toppings.and I questioned whether the crust would be crisp. All of my concerns were unfounded. In fact, it was unnecessary worrying as always. It was perfect all the way around! 

The sweet nutty taste of the almond flour crust combined with the earthy flavor of Baby Bella mushrooms for the topping is beyond heavenly! 


Note: Finding almond flour in my small town was impossible and I had no intention of making my own. Ordering Almond Flour from Nuts.Com is easy, their prices are good and they have been in business since 1929 (so they have quite a bit of history). 


Just follow the recipe and details of making the Quick & Easy Shake Pizza Crust Recipe posted in January 2051. The original recipe has been updated for easy conversion to an almond flour crust. If you rather, immediately Print the recipe now.


No monetary payment or product was received for this blog post. We are not an affiliate of the company and will not receive future monetary payments for clicks onto their website. The intent of the project was to promote the benefits of almond flour and the ease of incorporating almond flour into your every day cooking and baking.  We will never write a review on a brand's product nor will we promote a product, if we believe the product will not be beneficial to you. The opinions in this post are our own.


Authored by +Terri Henkels 


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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Distracted Morel Mushroom Hunting


A few weeks ago I went Morel mushroom hunting at the farm on a piece of land that had been unexplored by me. To my surprise there was an abandoned farm which always fascinates me. It is shrouded with mystery of who abandoned it, why and what happened to the people that lived there.

Sweet William Wildflowers
It was a beautiful spring day and perfect for mushroom hunting but I found myself distracted by the abandoned farm and in awe of how the woods was taking over the property as if some day it would just become one with the woods and completely disappear. I finally succumbed to my curiosity and abandoned the hunt and got immersed in the mystery.

At first I noticed the wildflowers that had encroached upon what would have been the homestead's yard. Sweet William Wildflowers and

Monday, April 6, 2015

Cheeseburger Soup


Had a wonderful trip to Iowa last fall. While the family and I were shopping in Pella we stopped and had lunch. On the menu was a Cheeseburger Soup. Wow was it good. Thinking about how I could make it at home for my family I came up with this recipe. Everyone loved it.

Cheeseburger Soup by Easy Life Meal & Party Planning



















Cheeseburger Soup
1 1/2 lbs. - Ground Beef
3/4 c - Onion, diced
3/4 c - Celery, diced
3/4 c - Carrots, dice
Saute vegetable for about 5 minutes, Add
5 c - Potatoes, diced
7 c - Chicken Broth
Bring to boil and cook until potatoes are soft.
Season ground beef with
1 tsp. - Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp. - Garlic Powder
Salt and Pepper to taste
Saute beef and drain. Add half of your meat mixture to your vegetables, Using an immersion blender puree vegetables and beef. This helps thicken the soup. I leave about 1/3 of the vegetables in chunks.
Add
2 c - Velveeta, cubed
1 c - Cheddar Cheese
15 drops of Hot Sauce
Cook on medium heat until all cheeses are melted. Simmer for a hour, stirring occasionally so the cheese doesn't burn.

Authored by +Shawna Williams 

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Always Have Avocados on Hand - How to Preserve in Minutes

Being a Bountiful Baskets participant I find myself accumulating lots of Avocados on a regular basis. I hate wasting food so I now have a method to preserve them for future use.

Preserving Avocados only takes two ingredients and a few minutes of preparation. The Avocados hold up very well in the freezer and do not change color. Now I always have Avocados on hand and ready to go for any recipe. Great to use for sandwiches, salads, dressing and dips. Busy Just Got Easy.



Avocados should be soft-ripe with bright green or purplish rind.
Wash and cut Avocados in half and remove pit.
Scoop pulp from rind and mash with a fork or potato masher.
Mix 3 tablespoons lemon juice with each quart of puree.
Pack into jars to within 1 inch of top and close with cap and screw band tightly
Or I like to use snack-sized closeable bags.
Freeze immediately.


Authored by +Terri Henkels

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Quick & Easy Shake Pizza Crust - Busy Just Got Easy

Easy Life Meal & Party Planning: Quick & Easy Pizza Crust - 3 minutes to prepare - no rising, no kneading, and no rolling & amazing!
Oh my gosh, you are going to love this quick and easy pizza crust recipe which takes about 3 minutes to mix up and pour into your pizza pan. Yes that is right "pour". Just think no rising, no kneading, no rolling and the best part, it makes an amazing tasting pizza.

This quick shake pizza crust recipe is one that I have been making well forever so let's just say it fits into the category of vintage! I prefer this recipe over the traditional dough and my husband who is a pizza fanatic absolutely loves this recipe.

Note: This recipe was updated on 5/19/2015 to include the option to convert the recipe to gluten-free by adding blanched almond flour.

Easy Life Meal & Party Planning: Quick & Easy Pizza Crust - 3 minutes to prepare - no rising, no kneading, and no rolling & amazing!


Sunday, November 30, 2014

New Etsy Shop Opens - Easy Life Inspirations

AEasy Lief Inspirations - etsy Shop Header

We are so exited to announce that we just opened our Etsy Shop and in time for the holidays! Additional and new items will be added in the upcoming weeks! This has been a whole new learning experience and we have had so much fun designing and filling the shop. We hope you stop by Easy Life Inspirations on Etsy and visit!


Easy Life Inspirations' Etsy Shop - samples of products

Authored by +Terri Henkels and +Shawna Williams

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Milk Chocolate Caramel Cashew Clusters


If you love Cashews you will absolutely love this candy recipe. Exquisite clusters of whole cashews surrounded by soft chewy caramel and topped with milk chocolate. 


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Scalloped Cabbage

Easy Life Meal & Party Planning: Scalloped Cabbate - a creamy cheesy delicious side dish that is great for holidays


Scalloped cabbage is full of creamy cheesy goodness topped with buttered and peppered crackers. One of my personal favorite recipes. Scalloped cabbage has been a holiday tradition in our family for as long as I can remember. This casserole is a lovely addition to holiday meals, however, I make it several times in between holidays.

Even if you are not a cabbage lover you might be converted! Cabbage baked in a cheesy sauce with a crunchy topping is like no other cabbage you will ever taste and it is certainly worth a try even if you are skeptical.