Two-Ingredient McFlurry

Before my family became health-conscious, I remember my mom took me to McDonalds once and let me try an M&M McFlurry. Ever since then, vanilla ice cream with M&M’s has become my perfect ice cream, though I’ve only been able to enjoy it once or twice in my life, since we never have ice cream or M&M’s in the house.

Until about a week ago. With both ingredients within my reach, I decided it was high time I made an M&M McFlurry. Without stopping to use a recipe, I scooped up some vanilla ice cream, poured M&M’s into it, and stirred like a madwoman. It. Was.Delicious. No Regrets.

Before I rewrite that last paragraph into recipe-form, let me give you just one little note: if you don’t want to stir “like a madwoman”, feel free to add a dash of milk before mixing (the milk will help soften the ice cream), but don’t add a lot or you’ll have liquid ice cream (unless that’s what you were going for).

Ingredients:

  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • M&M’s

Method:

Scoop the vanilla ice cream into a cup and pour however many M&M’s you want into it. Stir to combine the ice cream and M&M’s, as well as soften the ice cream to the desired texture. Enjoy! (You may have to repeat this really-easy recipe, depending on the amount of self control and ingredients you have)

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Homemade Soft Pretzels

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If you are a fan of the classic mall soft pretzels like Auntie Anne’s, then this recipe is a must try! Golden brown and chewy, these pretzels are a surprisingly simple fix. Found on http://www.food.com, this pretzel recipe has been slightly altered due to various attempts to achieve the ‘perfect’ soft pretzel taste.

1 1/2 cups water
1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 pkg.)
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
4 cups all purpose flour
2 cups water
2 tablespoons baking soda

coarse salt
2 -4 tablespoons butter (melted)

Directions:

1. Sprinkle yeast on lukewarm water in mixing bowl; stir to dissolve.

2. Add sugar, salt and stir to dissolve; add flour and knead dough until smooth and elastic.

3. Let rise at least 1/2 hour.

4. While dough is rising, prepare a baking soda water bath with 2 cups warm water and 2 tbsp baking soda.

5. Be certain to stir often.

6. After dough has risen, pinch off bits of dough and roll into a long rope (about 1/2 inch or less thick) and shape.

7. Allow each pretzel to soak in the soda solution for at least a minute before placing on greased baking sheet. (This helps give the pretzel its soft texture)

8. Allow pretzels to rise again then sprinkle with salt.

9. Bake in oven at 425 for about 7 minutes or until golden.

10. Brush with melted butter.

11. Toppings: After you brush with butter try sprinkling with coarse salt.

Simple White Cake

Simple White Cake

Found on “allrecipes.com”, this recipe is perfect for a quick cake fix. The recipe not only calls for few ingredients but it bakes in less than 30 minutes!

Ingredients:

Recipe makes 12 cupcakes or 1- 9×9 inch pan

1 cup white sugar

1/2 cup butter

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 cup milk

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×9 inch pan or line a muffin pan with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. For cupcakes, bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cake is done when it springs back to the touch.

link to original site http://allrecipes.com/recipe/simple-white-cake/

**In the picture, above, the cake batter has been dyed with various basic food colorings in attempts to follow the popular “rainbow” cake trend.

Waffles

If you’re looking for an easy, tasty breakfast, look no more! The recipe you’re about to read is simple and rewarding. Just a few notes on the ingredients: if you don’t have vanilla sugar, feel free to use vanilla extract. Also, we used coconut oil because 1) it’s one of the healthiest oils and 2) the coconut oil gives the waffles a hint of “island bliss”. If you choose¬† to use coconut oil, warm the milk a little to make sure the coconut oil doesn’t harden. On the other hand, if you use another oil (eg. canola oil or vegetable oil) you don’t need to warm the milk. And now, without further ado…

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 3-4 tablespoons coconut oil

Method:

First combine the flour and baking powder in a bowl. Add the eggs and 1/4 cup of the milk. Mix well and add the sugars and salt. Add a 1/2 cup of the milk and mix well. Lastly, pour the oil and the last of the milk into the bowl and mix until the texture is smooth and liquidy.

According to the directions of your waffle maker, bake the waffles. Top with blueberries and maple syrup and enjoy this tasty breakfast!