Category Archives: Cooking and Entertaining

$1 Betty Crocker E-Cookbooks ~ 20 Minute Meals, Best Chocolate Recipes, Gluten-Free Baking, and More!

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Right now, Amazon has a hot deal on several Betty Crocker e-Cookbooks for 99 cents! We enjoyed perusing the cookbooks and found simple, easy to follow recipes that look worthy of your next special event.  The 20 Best Muffin Recipes cookbook has some great ideas for a Spring brunch event and the  Outrageous Double Chocolate-White Chocolate Chunk Cookies recipe (mmmm!) from the 20 Best Chocolate Cookie Recipes cookbook sounds and looks delicious.

Our favorite 99 Cent Betty Crocker Cookbook finds include:

   
   
   

::  Go here to find the entire list of Betty Crocker e-Cookooks available at Amazon.

Do note that if you plan to get any of these books, you might now want to wait, as we don’t know how long these will be available at this price (as you may already know, Amazon prices can change often).

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Frugal Fun: How to Make Snow Ice Cream (a.k.a. Winter Bliss in a Bowl)

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We are getting lots of traffic on our Snow Ice Cream recipe from a few years ago ~ thought we’d pull it out of the archives and “dust it off” for all of our readers…

Something New to Try
On this fluffy-white, beautiful snow day, I thought it would be fun to make snow ice cream for the first time.  I remember my parents sharing memories about making the treat when they were kiddos (they grew up where snow was a more frequent occurence than Fort Worth), and I always thought it sounded like the ultimate “fun food!”

I do believe this is just the thing to try on this wonderful winter day, and have already set my largest bowl outside to catch a container-full of winter bliss.

Following is the recipe I used, which comes with great reviews from allrecipes.com:

Bon Appetite, y’all!

Snow Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients

1 gallon snow
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups milk (or half and half for a richer taste)

Directions

  1. When it starts to snow, place a large, clean bowl outside to collect the flakes.
  2. When full, stir in sugar and vanilla to taste, then stir in just enough milk for the desired consistency.
  3. Serve at once.

Options:  Personally, we like ths recipe best, as is, but you can also try mixing other favorite ingredients such as cocoa powder, cinnamon, coconut, or chocolate chips. Get creative and the kids (big and small) will have a blast making it.

Do you have a special winter memory?  We’d love to hear about it
in the comments section.

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FREE Pies & Cobblers Recipe Book from Gooseberry Patch

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For a limited time, Amazon Kindle has Gooseberry Patch’s Pies, Crisps, & Cobblers cookbook available to download for FREE!

You might also want to check out these other cookbook specials from Gooseberry Patch ~ all ranging from 99 cents to $2.51 per cookbook download.  The 101 Cozy Casseroles book is an especially good deal ~ it is on sale for only $1.99 today (don’t wait if you want this cookbook deal as we understand the price will go back to its normal $11.99 tomorrow):

  
  
  

Even if you do not have a Kindle, you can still download these cookbooks and read them on your PC, iPhone, iPad, Android, Apple, and other devices.  There are lots of other FREE books available anytime for download,  including many great classics (go here).

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FREE Recipe Books from Gooseberry Patch & More

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Head over to Amazon for a couple of FREE Kindle book downloads:

Even if you do not have a Kindle, you can still download these cookbooks and read them on your PC, iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac,  and other devices.  There are lots of other FREE books available anytime for download,  including many great classics (go here).

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Pier One Imports $10 OFF Printable Coupon

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Pier One just released a couple of nice printable coupons as part of their customer appreciation week ~ $10 OFF a purchase of $40 or more and $5 OFF a purchase of $25 or more* These coupons can even be used for most sale items, so you can score some great deals! Hello fall decorating! 

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Offer is valid through Saturday, August 24th at any Pier One Imports store or at their website (use Promo code YOUROCK if shopping online).

:: Go here to get the coupons and learn more about the offer.

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$1 Kids Books at Amazon ~ Great Deal!

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For a limited time, Amazon has deeply discounted the price on 20 popular kids e-books to $1.

   
   

::  Hurry over HERE to find the entire list of $1 books for kids.

Do note that if you plan to get any of these books, you might now want to wait, as we don’t know how long these will be available at this price (as you might already know, Amazon prices sometimes change often).

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The Best Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe {Thanks Mom!}

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So, here’s the thing. I’ve been trying to eat healthy since this whole surgery bit turned my world sideways. But, whoever said that “nothing tastes as good as skinny” has not tasted my mom’s homemade ice cream! If you want to make something fun with the kids this summer, try this favorite that has been enjoyed by 4 generations of my family.

P.S.  We are making this for our 4th of July family reunion, and I can’t wait to enjoy this bit of culinary perfection in a bowl.  Thanks Mom for sharing your  recipe with our readers.  Bon Appétit y’all!

Our Favorite Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream (Makes 5 Quarts)

Ingredients For The Custard

  • 3 Tablespoons Flour
  • 3 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 6 Large Eggs, Beaten
  • 6 Cups Whole Milk
  • 6 cups Half & Half Cream
  • 1 Pint Whipping Cream
  • 2 Cans Evaporated Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Vanilla (Mexican Vanilla is best)

Depending on your ice cream freezer, you might also need:

  • 1 Box Ice Cream Salt (find in the salt section of the grocery store)
  • About 2 Bags of Crushed Ice (varies depending on your ice cream freezer and the room temperature where you are freezing it)

Directions

  1. Make the custard the day before you make the ice cream so it can chill well.
  2. Mix flour, sugar and salt together.
  3. Add beaten egg to the sugar mixture and blend until crumbly.
  4. Gradually add milk to the egg mixture and blend well.
  5. Cook over medium heat, being careful to stir often so it does not scorch. Cook until the mixture is thick and coats a spoon (DO NOT BOIL).  Remove from heat.
  6. Chill the mixture in a covered pitcher over night.
  7. When you are ready to put in the ice cream freezer: Pour the chilled custard mixture into the can, add all the half & half, the whipping cream, evaporated milk and vanilla. Give the beater a whirl and it will mix all the ingredients together.  Freeze according to your ice cream maker’s directions.

Wooden Traditional Homemade Ice Cream Maker

Tips:

1.) I use a traditional wooden 5-quart electric ice cream maker for our ice cream, but there are lots of great ice cream freezer options to make this process a breeze.  We’ve linked to a variety of good ones here.

2.)  If you also use a traditional ice cream maker that uses rock/ice cream salt, be generous with the salt on the ice and be sure to avoid letting the salt touch your ice cream or custard (turns perfection to “blech!”).

3.)  This is a great starting base for other ice cream flavors.  We don’t like to mess with a good thing, but if you are adventurous, you can add fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, or just about any add-in to create other flavors.

Do you have a favorite 4th of July recipe or family tradition?  We’d love to know about it ~ please share in the comments section below!

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$1 Betty Crocker E-Cookbooks ~ Easy Sizzling Grilling, Gluten-Free Baking, Best Brownies, and More!

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Right now, Amazon has a fantastic deal on several Betty Crocker e-Cookbooks for 99 cents! We enjoyed perusing the cookbooks and found simple, easy to follow recipes that look worthy of sharing with friends and family.  The Sizzling Grilling cookbook has some great 4th of July recipe ideas and the  Chocolate Cake with Praline Topping (mmmm!) from the Best Gluten-Free Desserts cookbook sounds and looks delicious.

Our favorite 99 Cent Betty Crocker Cookbook finds include:

   
   
   

::  Go here to find the entire list of Betty Crocker e-Cookooks available at Amazon.

Do note that if you plan to get any of these books, you might now want to wait, as we don’t know how long these will be available at this price (as you may already know, Amazon prices can change often).

============================

Don’t Have a Kindle?
No worries. You likely already have a device to read Kindle ebooks in your home. All you need to do is download one of the FREE applications for your PC, Mac, Android, iPhone/iPad/iTouch, Blackberry, or Windows Phone.  Go here to learn more.

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Party City 20% OFF Coupon ~ Just in Time for 4th of July Celebrations!

Party City has a 20% off $50 or more total purchase printable coupon for online and in-store purchases  ~ perfect timing to save on your 4th of July picnic & party supplies.  Hurry as it is only valid through June 25, 2013.

:: To shop online or to find a Party City close to you, click here.  Use promo code PCCGF if you decide to use this coupon online.

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Party City $10 OFF Coupon ~ Just in Time for Those Superbowl & Valentine’s Day Parties!

Party City has a $10 off $50 total purchase printable coupon for online and in-store purchases ~ valid until January 20, 2013.   This is perfect timing to save on your Superbowl and Valentine’s Day party supplies!

:: To shop online or to find a Party City close to you, click here.  Use promo code PC48E7 if you decide to use this coupon online.

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