No, this isn’t really candy – it’s simply preserved fruit that tastes like candy. With no added sugar, these chewy mango strips are a high fiber, guilt-free snack! Continue reading
With all the flavor of fresh, ripe pineapple and a chewy, candy-like texture, Dried Pineapple Snacks are perfect for combating a case of midday munchies. Even better, this snack has Continue reading
In my Midwest US community, pineapple is selling for $1.29 this week at Aldi. I have a sister-in-law who lives in Hawaii (I’m not irrationally jealous, really. Mostly.). Do you know what she told me pineapple is selling for in Hawaii – you know, where pineapple is grown?
I can’t make this stuff up.
Today we’re taking advantage of this insanely low price by preserving pineapple in canning jars. It’s super easy, and tastes just like fresh Continue reading
Happy 4th of July Weekend, Everyone!
Chocolate sugar cookies frosted (generously!) with vanilla orange frosting and dressed in their summertime best with festive sprinkles. What’s not to love? Half Pint and Pickle in the Middle actually giggled with joy when they discovered these cookies in the kitchen. Half Grown is too big to giggle over a cookie, but not too big to devour them with a (half hidden) smile.
These cookies freeze well, so tuck this recipe away for a bit of rainy day summertime fun. Make a double batch, and freeze them to bring along on your next picnic!
For the cookies:
2/3 cup softened butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon rum (or vanilla extract)
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup softened butter
3 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Contrary to what those popular plastic-encased tubes of colored sugar water might have you believe, popsicles don’t need to be high in sugar to be delicious. In fact, they can be… wait for it… good for you! Elvis Pops will help sun-drenched kids cool off in style. There’s really no need to tell them that the treat you’re providing is fueling them up with calcium, protein, vitamins, and fiber. We’ll leave that intel to the grown-ups! 😉
Ingredients (Makes 6 popsicles)
1 large, very ripe banana
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/3 cup whole milk
Nonstick cooking spray
Step 1) Spray the inside of the popsicle mold lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
Step 2) In a small blender, blend together banana, peanut butter, and whole milk until smooth.
Step 3) Pour mixture into popsicle mold, leaving 1/4 inch of space at the top.
Step 4) Insert popsicle sticks/tops and place mold in the freezer until frozen solid. Enjoy!
Kids love popsicles! They can run around the back yard with them, and rinse off sticky hands and faces by running through the sprinkler. Homemade popsicles are essential… they cost less than store-bought, and using wholesome ingredients means kids enjoy more flavor, take in a few vitamins, and won’t even miss all of the corn syrup and artificial colors in the freezer section of the supermarket.
Strawberry Creamsicles are a favorite here at Crowded Earth Kitchen, but feel free to substitute any fresh, ripe fruit!
Ingredients (Makes 6 popsicles) Continue reading