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Pretzelmaker: Free Pretzel on April 26, 2014

Friday, April 25th, 2014

In celebration of National Pretzel Day, Pretzelmaker is giving away a free pretzel (salted or unsalted only) to every customer that stops by Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Sounds yummy to me!

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Tasty Tuesday: Easy Homemade Pie Crust

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

You know the saying ‘easy as pie’?  Well, this recipe makes that reality because it truly does make pie making easy!

Several years ago I created this recipe after getting frustrated with the Never Fail Pie Crust recipe that I had been using for years.  Because for some reason, it wasn’t holding up to it’s name anymore and I was getting rather frustrated with my dough tearing every time I tried to make it. So I experimented a bit and came up with this recipe.

I love that you don’t have to chill the dough before rolling it and I also love that it uses butter, not Crisco and so therefore is healthier.  It also handles well, doesn’t tear easily and makes a wonderfully, delicious flaky crust.

You’ll see that the recipe makes 3 crusts.  If you don’t need 3 pies at one time, simply freeze the other crusts.  You can freeze them baked or unbaked.  Also, I can often get a fourth crust out of the scraps that are leftover from the other 3 crusts.  It doesn’t look as nice, but it works.

Another thing you can do with the scraps is to combine them all into a ball, then roll the dough out.  Cut it into smallish pieces and spread jelly on one half.  Then fold over the top and pinch the sides together to make a pop-over of sorts.  I like to also sprinkle a bit of sugar on the top.  Then bake until lightly brown.  So yummy!

If you are new to pie making, you might find Eat Your Heart Out’s pie making tutorial helpful.  Oh, and I highly recommend getting a Pastry Blender (this is the one I have) if you don’t have one.  It’s making working the butter into the dough super easy.

Easy Homemade Pie Crust
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Recipe type: Dessert
 

Ingredients
  • 3 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. butter, softened slightly
  • 3 tbsp. milk
  • 3 tbsp. cold water
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil

Instructions
  1. Combine flour and salt; cut in butter until crumbly. (I use a pastry blender, but two forks might work okay too.)
  2. Combine milk, water, and oil, then sprinkle in, tossing with a fork until mixture is moistened. Do not over-mix.
  3. Divide into 3 pieces; form into balls.
  4. Roll out crust on lightly floured counter and use as desired.
  5. If you need to use this in a recipe that needs the crust baked first, prick the sides and bottom of the crust several times with a fork (helps prevent shrinkage) and bake at 400 degrees for approximately 10-12 minutes.

Notes
Tip: If your crust does happen to tear a bit, simply push the dough together, dampen your finger with water a bit and “seal” it. It should hold without any problem.

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Tasty Tuesday: Jimmy Carter Cake (a peanut butter & chocolate dessert)

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

This is one of my favorite childhood desserts.  If I remember correctly this recipe came from my 6th grade teacher.  She made it for a class function and I loved it so much I asked her for the recipe.  Then of course my sweet mom gave into my begging and made it and it became a family hit that was often made for dinner guests.

Not only is this Jimmy Carter Cake super rich and delicious, it’s also easy and quick to put together which is always nice!  And while I rarely use boxed pudding (because we prefer the taste and healthiness of homemade) this is one recipe that I make an exception for!  Although I’m sure with a bit of tweaking you could easily sub homemade pudding if you wanted.

Oh and as for the name?  I have no idea why it’s called Jimmy Carter Cake other than I think that it was widely believed that President Carter liked peanuts.  But I’ve heard that was actually a myth (the part about him liking peanuts).  At any rate, that’s what this recipe is called and if you at all like peanut butter and chocolate then I’m pretty sure you’ll absolutely love this!

Jimmy Carter Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
 

Ingredients
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 stick butter, softened (8 tbsp.)
  • ⅔ c. crushed peanuts
  • ½ c. creamy peanut butter
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tbsp. milk
  • 1 c. heavy whipping cream, whipped with 1 tbsp. sugar**, divided (should make about 2 cups)
  • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 small box instant chocolate pudding
  • 3 cups milk, divided
  • ** or use 2 c. Cool Whip instead

Instructions
  1. Crumble flour, butter and crushed peanuts together and press in bottom of 9×13 baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 min.
  2. Cream peanut butter, powdered sugar, cream cheese and 3 tbsp. milk together. Fold in 1 c. prepared whipped cream. Spread over cooled crust.
  3. Mix vanilla pudding, chocolate pudding and 3 cups milk together until combined and pudding is thickened. Spread over cream cheese mixture.
  4. Top with remaining whipped cream and garnish with additional crushed peanuts. Chill.

 

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Arby’s: Free Curly Fries April 15th

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Here’s a delicious way to celebrate that dreaded tax day!  Tomorrow, April 15, use this coupon to get free snack-sized curly fries at Arby’s.

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McDonalds: Free Coffee During Breakfast Hours

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Through April 13, all McDonalds locations will be offering free coffee during breakfast hours (6 am.-10:30 am.).  No purchase necessary. 

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