Jun 282014
 
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Easy Red, White, and Blue Dessert Trifle! Simple Patriotic DIY Recipe!

If you are looking for a quick dessert for this 4th of July or any other Patriotic holiday, try this easy Trifle Dish I put together.

It only requires 4 ingredients and of course a glass container to display it in. Serves around 10-12.

Easy Red, White, and Blue Dessert Trifle! Simple Patriotic DIY Recipe!

To get started you will need:

- A frozen pound cake (makes it easier to cut)

- 1 Package of Strawberries

- 1 Package of Blueberries

- 1 Container of Whipped Cream

I happened to have a box of presliced Sara Lee Pound cakes I bought 50 % off and whipped cream I got Buy One Get One Free at Publix, so these worked out perfectly for this dessert.

Easy Red, White, and Blue Dessert Trifle! Simple Patriotic DIY Recipe!

First, I cut the cake into crouton like squares.

Easy Red, White, and Blue Dessert Trifle! Simple Patriotic DIY Recipe!

Second, I washed and dried all my fruit and then sliced my strawberries into thirds.

Easy Red, White, and Blue Dessert Trifle! Simple Patriotic DIY Recipe!

Next I started layering. My first layer was half of the cake.

Easy Red, White, and Blue Dessert Trifle! Simple Patriotic DIY Recipe!

Then a layer of half the whipped cream. Next came all the strawberries.

FYI, I set aside 6 slices to make a flower on top.

Easy Red, White, and Blue Dessert Trifle! Simple Patriotic DIY Recipe!

Then I added the rest of the cake. Then another layer of the rest of the whipped cream, and then the blueberries.

FYI, I set aside 9 blueberries.

Easy Red, White, and Blue Dessert Trifle! Simple Patriotic DIY Recipe!

To finish, I made my strawberry flower on top and put the blueberries in the middle.

Easy Red, White, and Blue Dessert Trifle! Simple Patriotic DIY Recipe!

It was that easy to create and it looks pretty. Not to mention, this dessert tastes delicious.

Easy Red White and Blue Dessert Trifle! Simple Patriotic DIY Recipe!

You can even use it as your centerpiece since it has such a great Patriotic look.

Easy Red, White, and Blue Dessert Trifle! Simple Patriotic DIY Recipe!

This was an absolute hit at my Memorial Day Party and disappeared rather quickly.

Easy Red, White, and Blue Dessert Trifle! Simple Patriotic DIY Recipe!

Do you make a similar dessert? How do you arrange yours?

If you make it, Enjoy!

FFM

Jun 052014
 
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Italian Shrimp Po' Boy Sandwich! An Easy Recipe With Alternative Ingredients! Dish

Out of a desire to use what I had on hand, and to put off going to the grocery store for a couple more days, I have been getting creative with meals this week.

One of the dishes I put together is an Italian Shrimp Po’ Boy Sandwich.  I choose this name only because I wanted to make a Po’ Boy Sandwich and I ended up raiding the fridge and garden for items to top it off with.

Italian Shrimp Po' Boy Sandwich! An Easy Recipe With Alternative Ingredients! 6

I know this is traditionally served on a hard bread like a baguette, but it just so happens that I had left over hot dog buns in the freezer from Memorial Day.

In addition, I had a package of SeaPak Popcorn Shrimp that I had bought  Buy One Get One FREE at Publix, so there was no need to add any seasonings.

Italian Shrimp Po' Boy Sandwich! An Easy Recipe With Alternative Ingredients! Start

To recreate this dish you will need:

18 oz Box of Frozen Popcorn Shrimp

An Eight Count Pack of Hot Dog Buns

Marinara Sauce or Spaghetti Sauce

Chopped Green Onion (I used 2 long leaves of it)

Shredded Mozzarella

Italian Shrimp Po' Boy Sandwich! An Easy Recipe With Alternative Ingredients! 2

To get started making this recipe, I preheated the oven and put some marinara in a pot to warm up. Once the oven was ready, I placed the shrimp and cooked it according to the directions on the box. When there was about 5 minutes left on the time, I put the defrosted buns into a pan and warmed them up in the oven.

Tip: You will want to put the buns in the oven to dry them out a bit.  That way they will hold up to the marinara.

Italian Shrimp Po' Boy Sandwich! An Easy Recipe With Alternative Ingredients! 3

After the shrimp was cooked, I turned off the oven and added 5-8 pieces in each bun. Next, I added a little green onion on top.

Then I topped these off with some marinara, and then shredded cheese.

Italian Shrimp Po' Boy

I placed the buns back into the warm oven, and kept them in until the cheese melted.

Italian Shrimp Po' Boy Sandwich

Once it was ready, I served immediately and paired it with a Parmesan Broccoli Recipe.

Italian Shrimp Po' Boy Easy

This dish was that easy to put together and as a frugal mom, I was glad to use what I already had on hand. It was also a filling meal and my family loved it. My husband said it looked like it came right out of a restaurant.

I can’t wait for those shrimp to go on sale again.

Italian Shrimp Po' Boy Sandwich! An Easy Recipe With Alternative Ingredients!

Do you create a similar dish?  What ingredients do you use?

If you try this recipe out, let me know what you think!

Enjoy,

FFM

May 142014
 
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3 cheese macaroni and cheese

I have been trying to perfect a Homemade Macaroni and Cheese recipe that involved as little effort as possible.  I found a keeper this week.

This has been something I have been playing around with, and my results were either to dry, or the cheese was too strong. I finally picked the right ingredients and combination to create a delicious and creamy 3 Cheese – Macaroni and Cheese.

   3 cheese macaroni cheeses

If you want to recreate this dish, this is what you will need:

(Serves around 5-6 as a side)

8 oz of pasta (half a box, I used Penne)

2 Slices of American Cheese

4 Tablespoons of Sour Cream

1 Cup of Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

3 Tablespoons of Margarine

3 cheese macaroni in pot

Directions:

Cook the pasta according to the directions and drain the water.  Put the pot back onto the warm burner with the pasta.

3 cheese macaroni dish

Immediately add all of the ingredients and stir.

Do this until the Cheeses and Margarine are melted and the pasta is completely covered. Serve immediately.

3 cheese macaroni meal

That is all it took to make this, and it is really good. I paired it with Italian Pork Meatballs and Green Beans. My family liked it a lot, in fact my Toddler said, “MMMM, Maa Maa!”.

Do you make your Macaroni and Cheese from scratch? What ingredients do you use?

I like that this recipe requires minimal effort, and ingredients. If you try this out, let me know what you think.

FFM

Apr 222014
 
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Pretzel Brownie Recipe

I was in the mood to change-up the usual brownies the other day, and since I had marshmallows and pretzels on hand I figured I would try to make a fun topping for the brownies.

The results turned out pretty, and my kids really liked them a lot, so I figured I would share what I did here.

Pretzel Brownie Recipe

To recreate this recipe you will need:

Brownies

Pretzels

Small Marshmallows

Margarine

Pretzel Brownie Recipe

Directions:

In advance I made the brownies,  I just used a box mix. Next, I ground the pretzels in a nut grinder until I had 1 cup of pretzels.

I spread this on top of the brownie.

Pretzel Brownie Recipe

Then, I heated 2 cups of small marshmallows and 2 tbsp of margarine together in the microwave for 30 seconds.

I stirred this until it was completely smooth.

Pretzel Brownie Recipe

I poured this over the top of the pretzels on the brownies and then let it cool.

Pretzel Brownie Recipe

Once the marshmallow cooled and set, I carefully cut through the brownie concoction with a pie server and served them immediately.

I say carefully as to not separate the topping from the brownie.

Pretzel Brownie Recipe

I suggest storing these in an air tight container once cooled, and put any left overs into the fridge. I am not sure how well they would do being left out for long periods. In addition, they are better if you eat them within a day, since by the second day the pretzels started to soften up.

Do you make a similar dessert?  What ingredients do you use?

They must have been good since the kids wanted seconds, and they even asked me to send some to their teachers at school.

FFM

Apr 162014
 
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Red Potato Soup Recipe

It was a little cool out the other day, and it put me in the mood for Potato Soup.  As always, I decided to use what I had on hand, so I put together a dish with Red Potatoes. I even threw in some Green Onion from my garden.

This is a hearty soup that could be served as a side or as a meal. If it is any indication of how good it turned out, my 5-year-old daughter asked for seconds.  I ended up eating it 2 days in a row.

Red Potato Soup Recipe!  An Easy Side or Dinner Idea!

If you would like to recreate this dish, here is the recipe and directions:

Red Potato Soup Recipe

Estimate, Serves 5-6 as a side.  Serves 3-4 as a meal.

5 cups of chopped Red Potatoes (Skin left on)

1/4 Cup of Diced Green Onion

1 /4 Tsp of Garlic Powder

1/2 Tsp of Salt

1/8 Tsp of Pepper

1 Cup of Milk

1 1/2 Cups of Water

Optional: Shredded Sharp Cheddar

Red Potato Soup Recipe!  An Easy Side or Dinner Idea!

Directions:

First chop up the Red Potatoes and put them on to boil for 30 minutes. Dice the Green Onion while waiting.

Red Potato Soup Recipe!  An Easy Side or Dinner Idea!

Then, drain the potatoes and mash.  I just used a hand masher and left it a little chunky.

Red Potato Soup Recipe!  An Easy Side or Dinner Idea!

Next, add the garlic, salt, pepper, milk, water, and Green Onion.

Red Potato Soup Recipe!  An Easy Side or Dinner Idea!

Combine and cook on Medium for 5 to 10 minutes stirring occasionally (watch to avoid burning). Then move to a low setting, continuing to stir occasionally for 20 minutes.

Red Potato Soup Recipe!  An Easy Side or Dinner Idea!

While waiting, shred the sharp cheddar. When the soup is ready, serve plain or top with cheese.

Red Potato Soup Recipe!  An Easy Side or Dinner Idea!

The soup turned out yummy, and is so simple to make.  I love that it has all kinds of great texture. 

Do you make a potato soap as well?  What ingredients do you include?

If you try this out, let me know what you think.

FFM

Apr 112014
 
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EASY Easter DIY With A Mason Jar or Spaghetti Sauce Container

If you are wanting to make an inexpensive Easter Decoration using items you already have, check out this Spaghetti Jar Craft my family made.

Of course you can always use a Mason Jar for this, but I decided to upcycle a couple of glass spaghetti jars I had saved.  In addition, I used left over grass from Easter Baskets, Eggs from the Dollar Store, and T-shirt Material that came from a pair of old shorts.

To recreate this craft, you will need:

1 Glass Jar with a lid

Easter Grass

4 Easter Eggs

Spring Material

Scissors

As always, safety first!  I closely observed this craft with my 5-year-old to avoid any accidents with the glass or scissors. Depending upon your child’s maturity, you may have to do more or less.

EASY Easter DIY With A Mason Jar supplies

Tip: This is a really easy craft to create, however before you start, you will need to remove the label from the Jar. To remove it, tear as much as you can off and then soak in cold water for a couple of minutes. Then, rub dish soap on it, and scrap it off with your nails. It should come off pretty easy.

EASY Easter DIY With A Mason Jar with grass and eggs

First, place some Easter Grass in the jar.

Second, add an egg.  Then repeat this step until all the eggs are all in the jar.

Making EASY Easter DIY With A Mason Jar supplies

Next, cut a square of material out that is enough to overlap the top of the jar. I did this part as well since I had to use utility scissors.

Finally, put the lid on, add the material, and tie this on with a piece of Easter Grass. When you are finished find a visible area with lighting so all the pretty colors can shine through.

EASY Easter DIY With A Mason Jar

Do you make a similar craft at home?  What supplies do you use?

I think these look great in groups of 3, and would be perfect for a shelf or a table centerpiece. My daughter and I had fun making them and now we have decorations that can be used over and over again.

If you decide to make this craft, let me know how it turns out.

Enjoy!

FFM

Apr 072014
 
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Florida-Blueberry-Cheesecake_recipe

I love this time of year because all types of yummy fruits are coming into season here in Florida!

One of our family favorite fruits are Blueberries, and I turn these into all types of goodies including muffins, parfaits, and of course the best (which is my kid’s favorite) is simply dipping them in a little sugar.

If you are looking for a great resource for Blueberry Recipes, Fresh From Florida has an awesome variety of ideas. I just check out the site and one of the dishes that jump right off the page at me, was an EASY Florida Blueberry Cheesecake.

FYI, what is great about this treat is it is based on using a premade cheesecake or your favorite plain cheesecake recipe!  I am all about the short-cuts. 

If you would like to recreate this dessert, details are below.

Florida Blueberry Cheesecake Recipe! Serves: 6 to 12

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole cheesecake (homemade or store bought)
  • 4 pints Florida blueberries, rinsed
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup natural Florida sugar
  • Fresh mint sprigs for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a small sauce pot, combine 2 pints blueberries, sugar, lemon juice and water.
  2. Place sauce pot over medium high heat.
  3. Stir contents of pot as it comes to a boil, reduce heat to simmer.
  4. Cook blueberry mixture for 20 minutes or until it coats the back of a spoon.
  5. Strain blueberry sauce through a sieve if desired.
  6. Let blueberry sauce cool to room temperature, and store in the refrigerator until needed.
  7. Top the cheesecake with some of the cooled blueberry sauce, leaving extra for garnish.
  8. Place fresh leftover blueberries on top of the cheesecake and garnish with fresh mint.
  9. Serve the blueberry topped cheesecake with extra blueberry sauce.

What is your favorite recipe featuring fresh blueberries? (Of course the Fresh From Florida ones!)

Fresh From Florida also has recipes for Florida Berry Snack Bars, a Florida Blueberry Smoothie, Florida Blueberry Cobbler, Blueberry Biscuit Cookies, and Florida Blueberry Key Lime Pie.  Visit their website for complete details.

Looking for additional Florida inspired meals and dessert ideas? For updates, be sure to like Fresh From Florida on Facebook and also follow them at Fresh From Florida on Twitter.

FFM 

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Mar 122014
 
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Pineapple Coleslaw Recipe

If you are looking for a great side for fish, hamburgers, or pulled pork, check out this Pineapple Coleslaw Recipe I created. It tastes great, and it looks pretty as well.

Pineapple Coleslaw Recipe!

This dish is really simple to make, and all you need is the following ingredients:

2 Cups of Shredded Red Cabbage AKA Purple

4 tbsp of Crushed Pineapple

2 tbsp of Shredded Carrots

1/8 tsp of Garlic Powder

4 tbsp of Mayo

Pineapple Coleslaw Recipe!

Simply shred your cabbage and carrots and add in all the rest of the ingredients. Combine, Chill, and Serve.

Pineapple Coleslaw Recipe!

This recipe serves around 6 and I paired this batch with Breaded Fish and Zucchini Noodles. All the colors really popped off the plate.

Pineapple Coleslaw Recipe!

This slaw has a sweetness to it and it is delicious, I think it is a keeper.

Do you make anything similar?  If so, do you add any additional ingredients?

If you try this recipe out, let me know what you think.

FFM

Mar 112014
 
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Zucchini Noodles Recipe

I had eaten thin slices Zucchini at a restaurant not too long ago and it gave me an idea to slice the Zucchini even thinner to make a noodle like dish.  I tried it out once and it was a hit with my kids, so I did it again with the same results.

I decided to call this side, Zucchini Noodles.

Zucchini Noodles Recipe

If you would like to recreate this dish, you will need:

2 Zucchinis Shredded

1 tbsp of Olive Oil

1/4 tsp of Garlic Powder

1/8 tsp of Onion Powder

1/4 tsp of Salt

The dish serves around 4 to 5 people.

Zucchini Noodles Recipe

First shred the zucchini with a peeler and use the skin as well. (Be careful not to cut to close to your hands) Add all of this to a pan.  FYI, I end up with a middle piece of Zucchini and the kids like to eat this raw.

Zucchini Noodles Recipe

Next, add the Olive Oil, Garlic, Onion, and Salt. Stir and cook this on Medium Heat for around 7 minutes. Move to low until ready to serve.

Zucchini Noodles Recipe

That is all its takes to make this dish, and it cooks up quick. I also like it because it is yummy, a vegetable, and my kids gobble it up.

I also think they like the idea of eating “Zucchini” Noodles.

Do you make a similar dish?  If so, do you add any additional ingredients?

If you try this out, let me know what you think.

FFM