Thursday, April 24, 2014

Strawberry Biscuit Shortcake #SavetheBiscuit


Biscuits, fresh strawberries and dollops of whipped cream make up this simple Strawberry Biscuit Shortcake. Spring and summer are my favorite seasons, especially when it comes to desserts. Strawberries by far are my favorite berry and when it comes to desserts simple is always best. Strawberry Biscuit Shortcake is an old fashioned dessert that never goes out of style. 

Growing up I enjoyed strawberry shortcake two different ways, strawberry shortcake made with cake, and strawberry shortcake made with biscuits. My daddy was from the south and my mom was from Germany, so I always enjoyed a variety of foods prepared in so many different ways.

The best biscuits for shortcake are always made from scratch, using butter and cream. My biscuit of choice is Cream Biscuits, because they're perfect when it comes to shortcake! I like to add a smidgen of sugar to the dough, but that's a personal preference. If you don't like a sweet biscuit you can always omit the sugar. 

My flour of choice is always White Lily Flour, because it makes the lightest and fluffiest biscuits you will ever taste. Did you know you can also bake these easy cream biscuits ahead of time and freeze them?  This is one of my favorite time saver tips. Most times I bake up an extra batch of biscuits just to freeze and have on hand.

After baking the biscuits let them completely cool, wrap in foil or parchment paper and store in a zip-lock bag. When you're ready to the biscuits just defrost them the morning of or a couple hours before serving. This comes in so handy when you have drop in guests and you need to pull a dessert together rather quickly.

Fresh whipping cream is also the best with strawberry shortcake. Once you taste fresh whipping cream you'll toss store bought whipped topping out the window. The best thing about Strawberry Shortcake is that it's simple enough for a everyday dessert, yet fancy enough for company.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter Basket Cupcakes {Lemon Coconut}

Easter will be here before we know it, so today I have a fun and yummy treat to share with y'all. I know Easter is always filled with sugary sweets, chocolate bunnies, jelly beans and those famous colored Easter peeps. It's hard to avoid the sugar this time of year, and my mind is already in sugar overload just thinking about it. Tradition is tradition so it's hard to steer clear of all the sweets. 

Honestly I don't put near as much candy as my mom used to put in our Easter Baskets. Instead I try to give my kiddos an even combination of candy and a few fun items (coloring books, crazy socks, books, puzzles, stuffed bunnies, stickers, bubbles, flarp puddy, play doh) and any other fun items I can get my hands on. The Easter department at Walmart usually has a great selection to choose from at great prices.

One thing I always do for any holiday is bake some type of special treat to celebrate (a cake, cookies, or special holiday bread). A week or so back my kids and I made these cute Lemon Coconut Easter Basket Cupcakes that turned out so adorable and they were a huge hit. 

I used a Lemon Supreme Cake mix for the cupcakes and Vanilla Pudding Butter Cream for the frosting. If you're a lemon lover you can use a Lemon pudding mix instead of vanilla. I know some folks frown on using cake mixes, but I love them. They come in all sorts of flavors and are perfect for so many recipes. 

Also with a few simple changes ingredient wise you can make a boxed cake mix taste just like a bakery cake. I usually add a extra egg than what is called for on the box and use milk in place of water. You can also substitute melted butter in place of oil, butI used canola oil  in this recipe.  
 

The frosting is a new recipe I came across on Pinterest and I love it! It's made from a dry pudding mix and isn't sweet at all. It's light, fluffy and holds it's shape when decorating. With all the pudding flavors out there I can think of so many flavor combinations.  I used a vanilla pudding mix, but I think lemon would pair perfectly with these cupcakes.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Vintage Look with Scentsationals Edison Wax Warmer

Are you a fan of fragrance wax warmers? I own a large Better Homes and Gardens Warmer as well as a small outlet style warmer. I use my warmers all the time and they've become part of my everyday life. Before wax warmers I used tart warmers religiously, but I got tired of always buying tea lights which are not very safe. 

Wax warmers use a safe, clean heat source a (light bulb) to melt the wax. This is a much safer option for me. It was three years ago when I discovered these neat little fragrance warmers (I know I'm always behind on things). I was instantly hooked and have been using my Everyday Expressions Warmer ever since. It's amazing what the power of scent can do for not only your home, but your mood as well.    

I don't how many times someone has come in my home and asked me what I have baking? I always giggle and say nothing, and point them to my warmer. I'm addicted to all the baking scents, but if the food flavors are not for you Scentsationals has a wide variety of scents to choose from. 

Well, last week Walmart gave me the opportunity to try out the new line of Vintage style Scentsationals Edison Wax Warmers.  As soon as I heard the new Edison warmers were vintage style I was instantly on board. I received the Nautical Warmer and I couldn't be happier.