During cherry season, one of my favorite things to make with cherries is a compote – it’s so simple to make, and you can do so many things with it! We like to put cherry compote on top of ice cream, plain yogurt, pancakes, toast, and even brownies!
Here’s how easy it is to make a cherry compote:
*What you need
You’ll need 3 cups of pitted cherries (HERE is an easy trick to get those done quickly!), the juice of one orange, a teaspoon or so of cinnamon, and 1/3 cup of water. If your cherries aren’t sweet, or if you’re using another fruit that needs sweetened, you may want to sprinkle in some sugar or sweetener of your choice as well. I’ve never added sugar to my cherry compote, and it’s always been plenty sweet!
Combine these ingredients in a covered saucepan on the stove, and turn the heat on medium-high to bring it to a simmer. Your house will smell SO SO GOOD.
Father’s Day Gift – Wood-burned Plaque (free printable!)
Lately, I’ve really loved wood-burning! It’s so fun and the smell is almost therapeutic for me . . . I love when the whole house smells like burning wood!
Here’s a cute and fun-to-make Father’s Day gift idea since Father’s Day is only a couple days away – a wood-burned plaque with “#1 Dad” and a tie on it! I had a scrap of wood about 6″ x 6″ that I used for my plaque. I made a simple design on the computer, printed it out, and, using transfer paper, transferred my pattern onto the wood, and wood-burned it on. Turned out so cute and it’s definitely a unique gift for any dad! On the free printable I included two designs . . . click here to print.
Wood – you could use an old scrap you have or you could find a plaque at your local arts and crafts store (such as Michaels or Jo-Anns – make sure you check for a coupon before you go 🙂 ). I really love this look especially for wood-burning!
Burner – I use a VersaTool burner with 11 interchangeable points. I love being able to swap out the points for thicker and thinner lines. (*As always, with a hot tool, be sure to keep it out of the reach of children!)
*update. . .it appears that Chick-fil-a has changed the rules this year. You can no longer get a free meal. Bummer. But it’s still delicious, and I appreciate what they do! Here’s what they say on their website:
“This year we’ve simplified the reward. In order to make the award more consistent for all and provide the highest guest experience, anyone wearing anything cowlike will receive a free entrée! Guests in cow attire may select any breakfast, lunch or dinner entrée. Kids dressed like a cow may select a Kid’s Meal.”
Guests in cow attire may select any breakfast, lunch or dinner meal. Kids dressed like a cow may select a Kid’s Meal.
Yes, that’s right. . . Chick-fil-A’s Cow Appreciation Day 2016 is just around the corner. This year’s date is Tuesday, July 12, 2016. That’s only 4 weeks away! If you’ve never experienced getting dressed up like a cow you don’t know what you are missing. 🙂
Who doesn’t LOVE a Chick-fil-A meal?! I know it’s definitely one of my favorite fast food chains. Their chicken is AMAZING!!
This is such a fun event to be a part of!
This is a tutorial to make the headband on the far right (TB July 2015)
Here’s the deal–
Come fully dressed from “head to hoof” and you’ll receive an entire meal for free. You can’t beat that! Last year I got their Asian salad and an ice cold, fresh lemonade for totally free. It was outstanding!
If you aren’t partial of dressing from “head to hoof” or as Chick-fil-a calls it, “too chicken,” don’t worry you are still eligible for a freebie. Just wear any type of cow accessory, such as the ear headband here, a cow print purse, a scarf, or any partial costume that is something cow, and you will receive any entree for free.
Don’t be worried about being embarrassed walking in all dressed up. Believe me, most of the people there will be in cow costume. You won’t be alone! The first time we did it, we were nervous about walking in and looking the way we did. Haha! Once we pulled in the parking lot there were no worries. I think everyone coming in and out of Chick-fil-A that day was dressed like a cow!
With it just being 4 weeks away, why wait until the last minute to get your stuff together?
This quick butterfinger buttercream is a very simple recipe that is amazing enough to wow your friends and family on a special occasion, but also easy enough for any day! Use it to top cupcakes, brownies, cookies, cake….. whatever you choose! I like to use it to top my favorite chocolate cupcakes and then finish it off with a piece of a butterfinger candy bar.
When it comes to whipping up batches of frosting… which I do very often!… there’s nothing like a KitchenAid mixer doing all the work for you! I have the cobalt blue Professional 600 Series, that was a wedding gift from my aunt and cousin a couple years ago. It is the BEST EVER!!!!
You’ll start by beating your softened margarine and shortening together, along with vanilla extract, until it all smooth and creamy. Then slowly add in the powdered sugar. This is where the KitchenAid comes in super handy. I can set it to low and just slowly dump the sugar in and I don’t have powdered sugar flying everywhere! haha
After I add my desired amount of milk or cream, I like to beat it on high for several minutes. This gives it a very light and whipped taste. If you feel it is too thick for your liking, add a little more milk or cream. Just add small amounts at a time so you don’t end up with a runny batch of frosting that doesn’t stay in a nice mound on top of a cupcake. 🙂
Now’s the time to add in the chopped butterfinger. I usually use the fun size candy bars. Open each one, place them in a ziploc bag, and just beat them gently with the back of a spatula. They will crumble very easily. Then slowly mix them into your frosting and you have a bowl of absolute yumminess!!!
It’s that time of year again when I can’t have too many cold icy drinks! Iced passion tea and iced caffe americanos are a couple of my favorite, but if you’re looking for something truly energizing and refreshing – nothing beats this Ginger Mint Lemonade. Not only does it taste delicious, but it also has some health benefits! Fresh lemon juice is full of vitamins and nutrients. Plus ginger has a long history of use for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, and motion sickness; and mint soothes stomachs in cases of indigestion or inflammation. Once you taste this, you’ll never go back to boring normal lemonade 😉
I came up with this recipe when we were swamped with hundreds of lemons (literally) and needed to use them up in some creative ways. We juiced and juiced and juiced them with a Kitchen Aid Mixer Citrus Juicing Attachment, then filled freezer storage bags with the juice, labeled, and froze them flat. So today all I had to do was grab a bag of frozen lemon juice to defrost, and instantly I had fresh-squeezed lemon juice!
All you need is 4 simple and inexpensive ingredients to make 1 gallon:
2 cups lemon juice (I highly recommend using fresh-squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor !!, but if that’s not available bottled juice will still work.)
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup fresh chopped mint
1/3 cup fresh chopped ginger
Start out by chopping your mint, chopping your ginger, and slicing a few lemon rounds for garnish.
Here in Greece, we’re in the middle of cherry season! I love going to the open market and buying a big bag of just-picked beautiful cherries. My little ones love to sit around a bowl-full of them and eat and eat.
After a few days though, I try to do something different with the abundance of whatever-fruit-is-in-season that we have. Since that fruit is cherries right now, that means I need to pit cherries. That can be a dreaded task, but it doesn’t have to be! It took just a few minutes in the kitchen to get through a whole bag of them to turn into cherry compote. It was so easy to pit the cherries that, after a couple of minutes, I turned the job over to my 7-year-old who thoroughly enjoyed her new job. 😉
The Easy Way to Pit Cherries Without a Cherry Pitter