" " " " Singing With Birds: August 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Rootin' Tootin' Good!

Root-Beer Floats have always been my All-American guy's dessert of choice!
Knowing that, I made a new and different Saturday morning delight at our house!
1/4 cup of flour...in the batter
and root-beer extract in the syrup are the two ingredients that make this
Fluffy French Toast & Root-Beer Float Syrup
a wickedly-wonderful way to start the day!
I used a thick sliced potato bread, of course..yeah, Idaho!
I whisked the flour with a little of the milk, making a smooth paste. Then I added the balance of the milk and whisked the salt, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla and sugar together until frothy and light. I was too lazy to get out my big griddle and squeezed my toast into a large fry pan. Next time, I'll kick it up on the grill...much easier in the long run!
Got it toasty, golden brown, just perfectly ready, (after burning my first two pieces...I used to be really good at doing two things at once) yikes!
While the toast was frying, I melted butter, then added buttermilk and sugar to a deep sauce pan. I stirred it till it reached a boil and removed it from the heat.
Quickly, I added root-beer extract and soda to it and it. It is so cool, foaming up just like a frosty root-beer float!
Plate your French toast...
add the Root-Beer Float Syrup and top with whipped cream.

Fluffy French Toast
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 12 thick slices of bread
Measure flour into a large mixing bowl. Slowly whisk in the milk. Whisk in the salt, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla and sugar until smooth. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium heat. Soak bread slices in mixture until saturated. Cook bread on each side until golden brown. Serve hot.

Root-Beer Float Syrup
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. root-beer extract
In a large saucepan, melt butter, add buttermilk and sugar. Stir to dissolve. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Add soda and root-beer extract. Make the saucepan is large because soda expands the mixture, just like a root-beer float! Top with ice cream or whipped cream.

Ah-ha: This syrup would be divine over vanilla ice cream with anything; crepes, waffles, pancakes or Buttermilk Pound Cake!

Make a Labor (of love) Day Memory!
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Friday, August 27, 2010

Five On Fridays

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Swing by Shutterbug and the Sweet Life for a party for all the little monkeys in your life. Jennifer's monkey turned 3 and she planned a party that will knock your socks off. The Party-Part One if filled with fabulous pics of divine treats, party decor and the cutest sock monkey ever!

Just in case you missed, The Great Pantry Makeover it is one to bookmark! You'll appreciate Emily's "unorganized-before and happily-ever-after" @ Decor Chick, doubling her storage space. Her father created the carousels for her and shows us how in her follow up. He's willing to make them for you too! If you live close enough he'll install...wana come see Yellowstone Park?
How to make the carousels.

Anybody interested in a terrific "how to" on Hemming Your Jeans? Well good, because Rachel @ Holy Craft is a busy mom and homemaker who is gifted at stretching a dollar. With tailoring fees out of sight, her step by step lesson is an awesome way for us to save too!


Talk about creative, think of all the ways we can use this idea. Printing on Fabric
right from a home printer is something I've never thought of, but it makes sense! At My Repurposed Life, Gail gives a great tutorial and I'm excited to give some fabric a whirl through my old printer.

Each week I see so many quilts to share. To me, they are works of art, and I'm crazy for the non-traditional ones that are fun and funky. Snuggling up with this Juice Box Quilt would be happiness! I love the bright colors and delightful pattern, talented quilter, Allison used @ Cluck. Cluck. SEW.

Have an inspired weekend all!

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

So Long Summer...Let's Party On!

It's way too early to say, "So Long Summer," but you're invited to one last holiday bash before we "Flutter Into Fall!"

Bring on summer ideas you'd like to re-share and ideas for your Labor Day BBQ.

(No Party Crashers: etsy stores, giveaways, or linky party advertising may be posted, it's a party...you understand!)

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Please post our button on your blog and get the word out...
the more the merrier!
Julie@ Little Bit of Everything and I look forward to partying with you for one last summer blast!
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Love Your Neighbor

It's so easy to keep the commandment, "Love Thy Neighbor", this time of year.  Mine are sick to death of zucchini recipes and have stopped picking it. It gets huge and they just want to get rid of it!
I gladly take it off their hands...sinks full of it...
wash it...cut it up...and fire up my steamer...
toss it in my blender or food processor..whirl...

measure 2 cup portions...of lovely zucchini milk...
and freeze in quart freezer bags...freeze flat and then put several in a gallon freezer bag.
Through out the year I enjoy baking the most Fantastic Zucchini Bread that I love to share with my wonderful neighbors.
Gather all the ingredients together and add it to a mixing bowl...except the nuts...
Mix well...and then stir in the nuts..I used toasted walnuts...
Pour batter into 2-8" loaf pans that have been sprayed with non-stick spray.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour.  Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes and then remove bread from the pans.
Now it's ready to wrap and deliver to friends and neighbors...giving lots of love back to generous zucchini donors!  It feels so good cause they love it....
Be sure to slice up a little and add some soft butter.  My guy loves to toast his too! 

Fantastic Zucchini Bread
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups zucchini, cooked and blended
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped and toasted
Mix all ingredients well.  Pour into 2-8" greased and floured loaf pans.  Bake at 350 for 1 hour.
 Variation:  for Chocolate Zucchini Bread, omit 3 tsp. cinnamon.  Add 2 Tbsp. cocoa and 2 squares of unsweetened chocolate, melted.  Bake for 50 minutes and cool on rack before cutting.

Ah-ha:  You can use the Zucchini Milk just like applesauce in cake, bread and muffin recipes.

Enjoy sharing the love...all!
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Monday, August 23, 2010

Snap to It!

Do you remember these two? Well after years of dreaming of having family near-by, my niece and nephew-in-law are new Idahoans! To celebrate their arrival, new jobs, just cause we love um', and can, we had a little get together and I made this outrageously easy and heavenly dessert.

Snappy Turtle Dessert
is one of our family's favorite treats that is layered and luscious! It's quick to throw together and forget in the freezer until you need it. I've served it at parties, taken it to potlucks, and been glad to have it ready when friends stop by.
"What is this?" I have given prizes to those who figure it out!
Secret ingredients; ice cream sandwiches, whipped topping, butterscotch-caramel sauce and toasted pecans or almonds.

That's it, what could be easier?
So let's snap to it! Start by toasted your choice of nuts.
I used these little fatties this time because they were in my freezer and I wanted to use them up. Usually I use about 15 regular ice cream sandwiches for each layer.
I used about 17 fatties. Cut them in half to fill the edges. Shoot for a snug fit!
Now add the butterscotch-caramel sauce, toasted nuts, and half the whipped topping.
Top with another layer of ice cream sandwiches...
and cover with remaining whipped topping. Cover and freeze for at least 4 hours before serving.
Make Hot Fudge Sauce with butter, chocolate and sweetened condensed milk.
Stir every few minutes and keep warm. Careful it will scorch.
Depending on how big you slice it, this recipe makes 12 to 20 generous servings. Top with hot fudge sauce, whipped cream and garnish with whipped cream, nuts and a cherry or berry on top.
We miss having our kids close, but we have this great guy from our hood. He is so kind and willing to help us and we like to share treats. We are trying to adopt him. It's a win-win! ;D

Snappy Turtle Dessert
  • 30 ice cream sandwiches
  • 1 (17 oz) jar butterscotch-caramel sauce
  • 1 (16 oz) whipped topping
  • 1-1/2 cup nuts, toasted
  • whipped cream
  • cherries or berries
Toast nuts in a 350 oven, stirring once for 5 to 10 minutes. Watch carefully so they don't burn. Place 15 ice cream sandwiches in a 13X9" baking dish. Spread evenly with butterscotch-caramel sauce. Sprinkle 1 cup of toasted nuts on top and top with half of the whipped topping. Add another layer of ice cream sandwiches. Top with the remaining whipped topping. Cover well and freeze for at least 4 hours before serving. Before serving make hot fudge sauce. Top each serving with hot fudge sauce, whipped cream and garnish with remaining toasted nuts and cherries or fresh berries.

Hot Fudge Sauce
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
Melt butter and chocolate over medium heat, stirring constantly. Add sweetened condensed milk and stir over low heat till well incorporated. Keep warm and serve over almost anything!

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