Sunday, April 20, 2014

Food for the Soul ~ Resurrection Sunday ~ Romans 6:8-11

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter! May your day be filled with the hope that can only come from our Risen Lord! So thankful to be alive in Christ! He is Risen! He is Risen, indeed!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Mix and Roll Sugar Cookies

Are you ready for a super easy rolled cookie recipe? My kiddos love making cookies, especially the kind that you roll out and decorate. I've got pictures of my youngest making Christmas cookies and there was more colored sugar covering the cookies than actual cookie itself. She is a lot more (ahem) sparing with the sprinkles now that she is older. It's more of an art form now.
Mix and Roll Sugar Cookies
These Mix and Roll Sugar Cookies were ready for her to decorate to her heart's content in just a few minutes.
Cake Mix Roll Out Cookies Ingredients
Here's what you need: cake mix, butter, shortening, flavor extract, egg, and colored sugar or frosting.
Mix and Roll Sugar Cookies process
Just mix it up.
Mix and Roll Sugar Cookies process
Roll and cut.
Mix and Roll Sugar Cookies Decorating
Decorate and bake.
Mix and Roll Sugar Cookies
Let them chill out on the cooling rack for a bit.

Mix and Roll Sugar Cookies
(adapted from Betty Crocker)

1 yellow cake mix (or any other flavor)
1/2 cup softened butter
1/3 cup shortening
1 tsp. almond extract (lemon or vanilla would be tasty too)
1 egg
colored sugar or frosting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In mixing bowl, combine cake mix, butter, shortening, egg and extract. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, then high for 1 minute.

Divide dough into thirds. Using a floured rolling pin, roll out each portion onto lightly floured work surface to about 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters and place on ungreased baking sheet or one outfitted with a baking mat. Sprinkle with colored sugar, if desired.

Bake for 6-8 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool for a minute on the baking sheet, then transfer to cooling rack. Decorate with frosting, if you didn't use the colored sugar.
Mix and Roll Sugar Cookies on a plate with coconut grass
These were seriously so, so easy. Normally, you have to refrigerate sugar cookie dough first...not so with this one. Almost instant gratification! Make sure you keep your work surface and rolling pin floured and you will have no problems with this dough sticking. These also had the perfect texture...just a bit crunchy with a yummy, buttery flavor.
Mix and Roll Sugar Cookies place setting with coconut grass
Cut into the shape of a flower, they could be put in a bed of green "grass" (colored coconut) on a small plate and used on each place setting at the Easter table or for Mother's Day.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

All Things Thursday Blog Hop #41 and Features

Welcome to the 41st All Things Thursday Blog Hop! We're so happy to have you party with us! Check out some of the wonderful projects your fellow party-goers are linking up, and please share what you've been working on too.
Here are some of the great projects and recipes linked up last week! If you missed them, follow the links to check them out too.
Peeps Houses by Yesterfood
Chicken Caesar Salad Subs by Life with the Crust Cut Off
Chocolate Hot Cross Buns by Butter & Jam Blog
White Chocolate Party Mix by Casual Craftlete
Mushroom Yard Art by Little Vintage Cottage

We now have an All Things Thursday Pinterest Board where each of us hosts will be pinning our features from the week.  Just another way to bring attention to your great creativity! If you were featured this week, be sure to grab a button.

All Things with Purpose
Okay, it's time to link up those awesome projects you've been working on! We can't wait to see what you've brought to the party. Don't forget to visit some of the other links. Everyone loves a sweet comment!
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Chicken Ravioli with Homemade Tomato Cream Sauce

When we lived in Arizona, one of our family's gathering places was a restaurant called Carabba's. My absolute favorite dish there was Mezzaluna, which is a half moon ravioli with chicken, ricotta and spinach along with their tomato cream sauce. My SIL, Donna, gave me this recipe for a Homemade Tomato Cream Sauce that pairs wonderfully with store-bought chicken ravioli. Now I can have the taste of the Mezzaluna without having to leave the house (other than having to get ingredients, of course).
Homemade Tomato Cream Sauce
Chicken Ravioli with Homemade Tomato Cream Sauce

1/2 stick butter
3 Tbsp. chopped onion
3 Tbsp. chopped carrot
3 Tbsp. chopped celery
1 can Italian tomatoes (or use regular diced tomatoes with 1 tsp. minced garlic and 1 tsp. Italian seasoning)
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp. salt (adjust as needed)
1 tsp. sugar
1/3 - 1/2 cup water
1/4 to 1/2 cup heavy cream or half & half
1 package chicken ravioli

Melt butter in large sauce pan. Saute onion, carrot and celery for a few minutes. Add in tomatoes, salt and sugar. Simmer for about 1 hour adding a little water about halfway through cooking time. Transfer to blender and puree. Return to sauce pan over low heat and add 1/4 to 1/2 cup heavy cream (or half & half). Heat through. Meanwhile, cook ravioli according to package instructions. Pour tomato cream sauce over cooked ravioli and top with Parmesan cheese.
Homemade Tomato Cream Sauce
One of these days, I'll get the nerve to try my hand at making homemade ravioli. Until then, I'll take the shortcut with the pasta and just top it with this delicious tomato cream sauce. It's a great way to fool the tastebuds...kind of like when I make a cake with a mix and then top it with frosting made from scratch. What's your favorite shortcut in the kitchen that delivers almost the same taste as "from scratch"?
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Food for the Soul ~ Psalm 147:11

Did you know that when you fear God you put a smile on His face? John Piper describes the fear of the Lord as "the fear of straying from Him," which "expresses itself in taking refuge in God." He longs for you to take refuge under the cover of His wings and to trust in His unfailing love.
We've been talking with our Women of Grace girls about what it means to fear God. We usually associate fear with driving away something or someone. But fearing the Lord actually draws us deeper into His loving arms. Oh, that we would always know the "fear of straying from Him"! May the joy of the LORD be your strength and your song this week! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Mexican Fruit Salad

Are you like me and get a little bored with your fruits and veggies? Are you ready to shake up your idea of salads? Then you've got to try this Mexican Fruit Salad. The combination of flavors and textures will definitely wake up your taste buds.
Mexican Fruit Salad
This is a really fun salad to take to pot lucks and gatherings. It would be perfect for that Cinco de Mayo party you're planning, right?
Mexican Fruit Salad
It also makes quite the stunning presentation on a large platter...which is exactly what you'll need if you make the full recipe. With apples, pineapples, strawberries, oranges and avocados on a bed of lettuce, you've got a colorful, sweet salad sure to please the masses.
Mexican Fruit Salad
Mexican Fruit Salad

3 Golden Delicious apples
2 Avocados
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 large pineapple, peeled and cored (or 1-2 cans chunk pineapple)
3 large oranges, peeled
1 bunch Romaine lettuce, shredded
1 pint fresh strawberries
1/2 to 3/4 cup coconut
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tsp. lime zest
juice of 2 limes

Remove cores from apples, cut into wedges. Peel avocados; cut into wedges. Combine apples, avocados and lemon juice in bowl, tossing to coat. Cut pineapple into cubes. Slice oranges crosswise. Place shredded lettuce on serving plate. Arrange apples, avocados, pineapple, oranges and strawberries over lettuce. Sprinkle with coconut (or leave on side). Combine sugar, water, lime zest and lime juice in small bowl; mix well. Pour over fruit salad.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a super weekend!
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

All Things Thursday Blog Hop #40 and Features

Are you ready for a party? It's time for our weekly All Things Thursday Blog Hop, where you get to share with all our friends the awesome things you've been doing lately. 
I'm so excited to see what you've been creating. Before we get to the party, though, here are some of the posts that caught my eye from last week's party...
Clockwise from Top Left

Cream Cheese Carrot Cake Trifle by Tastes of Lizzy T
How to Make Easter Crackers by A Typical English Home
Fabric Flower and Jeweled Necklace by The Life of a Craft Crazed Mom
Easy Mason Jar Drawstring Bag Tutorial by Sewlicious Home Decor
Homemade Lara Bars by Eazy Peazy Mealz

We now have an All Things Thursday Pinterest Board where each of us hosts will be pinning our features from the week.  Just another way to bring attention to your great creativity! If you were featured this week, be sure to grab a button.

All Things with Purpose
Okay, it's time to link up those awesome projects you've been working on! We can't wait to see what you've brought to the party. Don't forget to visit some of the other links. Everyone loves a sweet comment!
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