Category Archives: F is for Fast

Beach Party Pearl Cookies

These cookies are not actually made, as much as they are compiled. However, if you need a cute dessert for a summertime party, but don’t have much time, these cookies might be the solution you’re looking for.

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The shopping – or ingredient – list to make one dozen cookies is a walk on the beach-easy:

2 dozen cookies – I found these almond flavored shell-shaped cookies at Dollar Tree.

24 tablespoons (or 1 1/2 cups) flavor-compatible frosting – homemade or not

1 dozen candies – Sixlettes, M&Ms, gumdrops, etc.

Pipe or drop about two tablespoons of frosting on the flat side of one half of the total cookies, being a little more generous with the frosting near the front of the cookie.

Place the second, unfrosted cookie on top of the first, on an angle <  like a clam shell.

Using the tips of your fingers, or kitchen tongs/tweezers, place one candy inside the cookie, resting in the thick frosting. The idea is to make it look as if there is a pearl inside each cookie sandwich.

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I used a few additional ingredients to create what I envisioned as individual aquariums – but the end result left plenty of room for improvement!

Using individual plastic cups, attempt to stuff edible blue Easter grass inside said cups. Divide the S’mores variety of Goldfish cookies into one dozen fairly equal portions, and tuck, poke, and shake the fish evenly-ish into blue grass filled cups.

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Top the cups, now overflowing with wild edible blue Easter grass, with one clam cookie.

Wrap each cup with plastic wrap – telling yourself that the plastic wrap makes it look kinda-sorta like an aquarium. In truth, it does little else than contain the out of control Easter grass and prevent those little S’mores fishes from S’mimming away and all over the floor!

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And there you have it – a mini-aquarium complete with ocean, fish, and a clam bearing a pearl!

Happy Summer!

F is for Fast

This is not only a post about fast foods, but a fast, AKA brief, post because I am  in dire need of a relatively early night since I have an early morning ahead.

So – here are my Top Three go-to meals when time is melting away like homemade butter on freshly ironed waffles!

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#1 Yup – eggs. I know I seem to post about these ovoid wonders all too frequently, but they are fast, protein rich and delicious no matter what you do to them. I prefer to scramble one or two then top with thinly sliced dill Havarti cheese and/or chopped fresh tomatoes; reheated, leftover veggies from the night before, or quickly sauteed minced onion. It is also nice to tuck this eggcellent concoction into pita bread, or between two slices of toast.

 

IMG_20160406_003527 #2 Although this happens to be a picture of those D is for Daffodils cupcakes, just pretend that they are muffins – and the Allbran with applesauce muffins, at that.  I really do like healthy muffins – I’ll add spelt, oatmeal, whole wheat, whatever I have on hand – and then freeze them for a quick breakfast. Cut in half, microwaved or popped in the toaster oven, then spread with some PB & J, or cream cheese – tah dah. Out the door I go!

 

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#3 I have to admit that I am no stranger to carry-out, dining-in, and when possible … delivery! As much as I love to cook, as much as I recognize and applaud the merit of eating real food from real ingredients – there are just some days and some times when you do what you’ve gotta do.

And if you get fries with that, well, as long as they are really crispy, I’m not totally opposed to the idea.

 

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