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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

      These bars are a lot like a chocolate chip cookie but "gooey-er".  They are so rich and yummy that you just can't eat just one.  They are simple to make and turn out perfectly each and every time.  It is our go-to dessert for company or for pot-lucks.  It is requested often and one taste and you will see why!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

2 cups flour
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
2 sticks butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 bag chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
1 T. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda

        Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9"x13" cake pan with cooking spray.  
       
        In a large bowl, combine all ingredients (except the chocolate chips) and mix well.  Gently fold in the chocolate chips.  

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       Pour the batter into the pan and spread out evenly. 

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 Bake for 26 minutes.  It is done with the edges are wrinkled and the middle is pale looking.  It may look underdone but it is really good this way.  

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    Now, cut into bars and serve.  Warm with a glass of milk is divine.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Mexican Casserole

      Our family really likes casseroles.   There is just something about a good casserole that is not only filling but very comforting too.  One casserole we like to have every single week is my Mexican Casserole.

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      Mexican Casserole

Ingredients:

1 lb. extra lean ground beef
3 c. prepared rice
1 1/2 c. Mexican style cheese
1 c. frozen mixed vegetables
1 c. Thick and Chunky salsa
1 c. chicken broth
1 can (15 oz.) diced tomatoes (do not drain)
4 oz. cream cheese
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
toastadas and corn chips

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        Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

        In a large pot, brown your meat.  Drain and return to the pot.

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       Stir into the pot, 1 cup of the cheese, the cream cheese, taco seasoning, rice, mixed veggies, tomatoes, salsa and chicken broth.  

       Spray a 9"x13" cake pan with cooking spray and then line the bottom of the dish with the tostada chips.

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       Now pour the beef mixture over the tostadas.  Then crumble up some corn chips and sprinkle over the top.

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Ready to go into the oven.


      Bake for 20 minutes.  Remove and sprinkle the remainder of the cheese on top and cook for 3 more minutes.  Remove and enjoy.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Adopting and Raising a Dwarf Rabbit

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      Choosing to adopt dwarf rabbits is more and more frequent among pet lovers. This is because these mini bunnies have this reputation of being particularly adapted to kids, thanks to their calmness and tender character. The little bunnies are also easy to tame and can live in relatively small spaces. If you are considering getting a cute and loving pet that is able to adapt well to your apartment, a dwarf rabbit may be an excellent choice.

      Here are some useful tips to help you take care of these little balls of fluff. 

Which breed to choose?

There is a multitude of breeds. As they basically have the same needs and character traits, your choice will mainly depend on your preference in terms of appearance (fur color, shape,…etc.).
As far as I’m concerned, I find the following rabbit breeds to be most attractive. Of course the list is very long and choices are almost infinite. 

The polish rabbit

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      As he originated at the end of the 19th century, he is believed to be the oldest dwarf rabbit. The polish bunny has a white fur and bulging pink or light blue eyes.


The Lionhead

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     As his name suggests, this bunny looks just like a lion due to the long hair around his head. Although introduced in the US back in 1999, this breed is still little-known among rabbit lovers.


The dwarf Angora


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      An adorable ball of fluff, the dwarf Angora has a beautiful fringe on the forehead, sideburns on the cheeks and hair tufts in the tips of his ears.


The dwarf Rex

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     The dwarf Rex is very well known for his fine and upright coat. The coat has an amazingly plush feel. For families looking for first-time pets for their children, the mini Rex is an excellent option thanks to his extremely kind character.



Male or female?

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      There’s a tendency to think that a female would be gentler than a male. This is not the case. The calmness of the bunnies depends on his/her sexual impulses. The less impulse he/she has, the more obedient he/she will be. Anyways, rabbits available in pet shops are mostly males as breeders prefer to keep females for reproduction purposes.

      For many reasons, it is preferable to have your bunny sterilized. This will make him calmer and cleaner. The operation is done at the veterinarian and is totally riskless. The bunny recovers from it fast: after only one day, he gets his full energy back.


Hygiene

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      Like with a cat, it is quite easy to get your rabbit do his business in a specific place.  If he lives in a cage, he will choose himself a corner where he would always defecate. Otherwise, you will have to be firm on the matter at first. For this, do not hesitate to scold him if you surprise him doing it in a wrong place and show him the right location. However, do not use any form of physical punishment. This will make him fear you, and you do not want that.

       The cleanliness of your bunny also depends on his living space. If he lives in a cage, he needs a large enough space that contains a corner where he sleeps, another where he eats, and of course a separated “bathroom”.

      By nature, a rabbit likes to be always clean. That is why he grooms himself many times a day. For this reason, it is necessary to frequently clean the cage (every 2 or 3 days). If not, he won’t do his business inside it and would rather do it in a cleaner place (Couch, house corners…Etc).

Free or in a cage?

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      You can choose to keep your bunny as a free-range pet, meaning without using a cage. In this case, he would have access to the whole house. If you do so, don’t forget that likes to gnaw. If you don’t wish for him to end up as a roasted rabbit, it is then necessary to hide all electric wires. Rabbits are also keen on paper, carton and even wood sometimes. So do not let books at his disposition, or he will cut them to pieces.

      If you prefer to use a cage, keep in mind that you need to let him free for one hour a day at least as he needs to stretch his legs, to run and jump around freely. The best option is to put the cage in your room; your bunny will enjoy your company and would be happier. 


Food

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       Two types of food are absolutely necessary for your little rabbit: Hay and fiber rich vegetables. You can also use mixes of seeds and vegetable patties available in all hypermarkets. While hay should be always at his disposition, give patties only in the morning. As dwarf bunnies tend to rapidly go over-weight, try to permanently keep control over food rations.

       You can provide fresh fruits and vegetables as well. As you may know, rabbits are fond of carrots, apples and other radishes and salads. Here again, provide only small proportions to keep control over your bunny’s weight and intestinal transit which may cause rabbit anorexia.


Veterinary care

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      The main care is vaccination. There are two mandatory yearly vaccinations, one against Myxomatosis and the other against VHD (Viral Hemorrhagic Disease). Be cautious to symptoms of these two diseases as they can be fatal.

       Another important care is related to teeth.  The rabbit’s teeth are like nails, they permanently grow. Normally, lower and upper teeth mutually wear out while chewing rough food. However, they sometimes grow out of place. In this case, it is necessary to trim his teeth regularly (once or twice a month). Although it is preferable to get your veterinarian do it, you still can perform this operation yourself using an adequate small clamp. Don’t worry, it won’t hurt him. 


Understand your bunny’s language

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       A rabbit is generally quiet unless he is somewhat frustrated (he would then emit a sound like loud snoring) or feeling a pain (he would loudly scream).  Otherwise, he would use his body language to express himself. 

Here are some examples:

If he repeatedly pokes you with his head, he’s is asking for caresses.

If he repeatedly hits the grounds with his leg, he’s either asking for attention or he’s frightened by something (Often an unusual noise).

If he rubs his teeth against each other, he’s is feeling good.

The position of your bunny’s eyelids is also an indicator. Half closed eyes are a sign of comfort while wide open eyes are a clear indicator of fear. 


Final thoughts

      A dwarf rabbit is not a toy. He is rather a fragile pet that needs daily attention. I find it inconceivable to let him by himself even for 48 hours. When you go on vacation, take him with you or leave him with a trustworthy person who will be able to provide the minimum care during your absence.      
                       
     Lastly, a rabbit is appreciates good care and is generally very grateful for it. But he can also be overly resentful and would do everything to upset you. 




Thank you to our guest post writer:  Marvin Delany!


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Thursday, May 18, 2017

How to Dehdyrate Raspberries

     Raspberries are so yummy and naturally sweet. Raspberries not only taste great but they have a lot of nutrition in them too.  They are high in fiber and rich in copper and manganese, as well as, Vitamin C, A & K.

         They are a refreshing snack and go well in so many things.  But raspberries also go "bad" really fast so to be able to enjoy them longer, we dehydrate them.  It is super easy to do.

        To dehydrate raspberries, just wash them thoroughly with cool water.  Then lay them out on your dehydrator trays.

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      Now spray or spritz your raspberries very lightly with lemon juice.  This helps them maintain their color and not brown.  Set your dehydrator to 135 degrees and dehydrate 12-14 hours.  I just turn my dehydrator on shortly before bed and then check them the next morning after breakfast and they are generally done.  

      Once completely dry, they will be light and "crunchy".  They appear lighter in color but are still perfectly safe to eat.  

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     I store mine in a glass jar or canning jar in a cool, dry place.  I have kept them like this for over a year without any problems.

       To use dried raspberries, eat straight from the jar as a healthy snack or add some to your cold cereal or oatmeal for a fruity crunchy snack.  It also goes well in homemade trail mix.  Or you can use them in any baked good you want.  Just use them as you would fresh raspberries.  

      You can also grind the berries down into a powder and use it in milk to flavor it or sprinkle it on ice cream or as a pretty dusting on cakes to decorate (and add flavor) to them.  

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Dehydrating pears for a Healthy Snack

      I like fresh pears but they are something I only like to eat once in awhile.  We have pear trees and always harvest more than we can eat.  One way to preserve them is by dehydrating them.

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     Pears are super simple to dehydrate.  First wash the pear really good in cold water.  If there is a lot of dirt or stuff on them, gently use a scrubber on the skin but be sure not to damage the skin or fruit.  You can peel the fruit or leave them unpeeled.  The peel adds extra fiber but with an autistic son, sometimes that extra texture is unappealing to him so I generally go ahead and peel the fruit.  

       You can slice the pear as I did in the picture below or cut the pear in quarters.  Either way works well.  Lay the fruit out on your dehydrator trays.

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       Set your dehydrator to 135 degrees and dehydrate the pears for about 8-10 hours.  I just put them on right before I go to bed and they are done by the time I get up the next morning.  When done, they should be stiff but still pliable.   They should NOT be sticky.  

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        Store in a sealed canning or glass  jar.  They should be good this way for a year.  

       We love to snack on these.  They are nice and sweet and taste almost like candy.  My boys love to eat them this way and I don't have to feel bad about them eating some each day.  We also like to throw a few slices into their cereal or oatmeal.  

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

How To Make Angel Food Cake Frosting In 8 Easy Recipes

     Check out these quick and easy ways to whip up your angel food cake frosting. It’s fun and easy. With these 8 easy recipes, unleash the pastry chef in you.

    It’s time to take a break from your garden tillers and sprinklers and say hello to your pastry bags and rubber spatulas. Get ready to unleash the pastry chef in you, and prepare to whip up some of the best cake frosting recipes there are.  Here are 8 ways on how to make angel food cake frosting: 


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Chocolatey perfection to the core. Indulge in every delicious bite.

Recipe #1: Chocolate Frosting

Ingredients:
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup Hershey's cocoa
1/2 pint whipping cream

Procedure:

There are a lot of ways on how to make angel food cake frosting. This is one of the easiest. Just mix all ingredients and set them in the fridge for around an hour. Next, beat till it’s thick and then spread it on your angel food cake. Be sure to cover the center area of the cake well through the sides. Use a serrated  knife to slice well.

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Perfectly frosted cake that you and your family can fully enjoy.

Recipe #2: Vanilla Frosting

Ingredients:
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons. cornstarch
1/4 teaspoons. salt
1 1/4 cups. milk
1 egg (beat slightly)
1 1/2 teaspoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 can (20 ounces)crushed pineapple (drained)
9 ounces Cool Whip
1 envelope unflavored gelatin

Procedure:
Mix the cornstarch, salt, and sugar in one saucepan. Then, stir in milk. Cook over low heat till it starts to boil. Cook for around 1 minute. Next, remove from heat. Meanwhile, beat the egg in a bowl slightly. Pour half of the saucepan mixture into the egg mixture. Then, pour the bowl mixture back right into the saucepan. Then, boil it. Stir in butter, vanilla, and then crushed pineapple. Dissolve the envelope of gelatin into ¼ cup of water. Add this to the saucepan mixture. Set it in the fridge until partially set (approximately 1 hour). Stir in Cool Whip.

Make sure to cut the angel food cake sideways and apply around ½ inch frosting in the middle. Frost the cake and enjoy!


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Pineapple dashed cake delight-- a perfect dessert for special occasions.

Recipe #3: Frosting with Pineapple

Ingredients:
8 ounces Cool Whip
1 box instant vanilla pudding
1 small can of crushed pineapple with juice

Procedure:
Mix the pudding and pineapple together. Then, fold in Cool Whip. Sprinkle coconut over the top of the cake. This is one of the easiest ways on how to make angel food cake frosting.



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Perfectly coated angel food cake made with high-quality ingredients and easy procedure.

Recipe #4: Regular Frosting

Procedure:
Cool the cake before frosting it. After cooling it, cut the cake into 2 layers. Chill the beaters and the bowl prior to whipping 2.5 pints of whipping cream. Beat this until stiff. Then, return it to the fridge.

Beat 2 cups of cold milk and 2 small boxes of instant French vanilla pudding until it becomes creamy. Beat until it’s enough to fold it into whipping cream. Fold the pudding into the whipping cream all at once. Frost the cake immediately since frosting tends to set real quick.

Store your cake in the fridge. Add your favorite fruit, ideally strawberries, before serving.


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Angel food cake covered with chocolatey goodness that you can enjoy at every chocolatey bite.

Recipe #5: Hershey Frosting

Procedure:
Melt and then cool a big Hershey bar. Fold the chocolate into two cups of whipped cream. Either bought or homemade, ready your angel food cake. Put around an inch on the bottom layer. Balance right on the sides and on the top. Let is sit on the fridge for at least an hour before serving the delicious slices to your beloved guests.


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Perfect cream frosting ready to cover a delicious angel food cake.

Recipe #6: Cream Frosting
Ingredients:

1 box of Betty Crocker fluffy icing mix
1.5 cups heavy whipping cream

Procedure:
Blend the two ingredients together and then put in the fridge until cool. Next, beat until light and fluffy. And you’re done. Ready to frost your angel food cake and savor the indulgence.

If this isn’t the easiest way on how to make angel food cake frosting for you, then I don’t know what is.






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Lemon frosting that brings the most out of any angel food cake.


Recipe #7: Lemon Frosting

Ingredients:
2 egg yolks
1 can Eagle brand milk
Juice of 2 fresh lemons
1 large carton Cool Whip

Procedure:
Beat the egg yolks. Then, add the milk, the lemon juice, and the Cool Whip. Lightly spread the lemon frosting on your angel food cake. Freeze or chill before serving. This is a unique and healthy way on how to make angel food cake frosting.


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A well-presented angel food cake covered with perfect vanilla frosting.

Recipe #8: Coconut Frosting

Ingredients:
3/4 cups sugar
7 egg yolks
1/4 cups nuts (chopped)
1/2 teaspoon. vanilla
3/4 cup cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup coconut

Procedure:
Beat the egg yolks using fork, and then add the cream, salt, and sugar. Mix them well and cook it using double boiler till thick. Stir occasionally. Next, cool the frost. Fold it in coconut, vanilla and nuts and then spread it thoroughly on your cake.

For those who want to know the different ways on how to make angel food cake frosting, the easy recipes above can be pulled off with ease and breeze. Hit the kitchen now and enjoy the frost. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to leave your comments below.


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Hi there! I’m Lucy - founder ofGardenAmbition.com and I’m a self-confessed garden fanatic. Gardening has always been a passion of mine and will always be my favorite pastime. Now that I am married and have one adorable son, I have the time to write and share my personal experiences with other garden enthusiasts like me.

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