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After School Snack-time With My Frozen Berry Basil Non-Dairy Smoothie!

After School Snack-time With My Frozen Berry Basil Non-Dairy Smoothie!

on Aug 30, 2015 |

          Yes, it’s that time again….school!!! Seriously, this momma welcomes the school year very happily every late summer. I don’t know about y’alls children or even yourselves, but everyday when school lets out, my kiddos are STARVING. I am bombarded every time they walk through that door with “what can I have for a snack?”. And majority of the time my littles are craving something sweet. I absolutely don’t want them eating dessert or cookies after school; so I figured why not sneak in a tasty smoothie? But here are 2 problems with the smoothie idea: 1. 3 of my girls detest fresh fruit, yup refuse to eat it whatsoever (unless it is in ice cream or a cake). 2. Dairy….Yes, we actually try to stay clear of dairy when possible. I know, I know, I use it in my baking, but drinking real dairy does just not “go over well” in our home.     So the trick to this possible smoothie dilemma? Frozen berries, a hint of basil, So Delicious Strawberry ice cream, and So Delicious Vanilla Coconut milk! Not to mention, a cute mason jar and paper striped straw! Yup, believe it or not they chug this smoothie as if it is a strawberry milkshake from the ice cream parlor! And much to my surprise, one of my foodie friends shared a So Delicious Snackable Recipe Contest with me. So let me tell you, I did a little jig when I knew I “killed 2 birds with 1 stone” with this lil’ post 🙂     I must share with you also, I am ABSOLUTELY addicted to So Delicious dairy free products! Seriously, now instead of coffee in the morning and evening, I now drink So Delicious Vanilla Coconut Milk. AND the belly is happy about it 🙂       Let’s start baking…well, not really 🙂   Frozen Berry Basil Non-Dairy Smoothie Yields: 4 servings Ingredients:   2 cups of So Delicious Vanilla Coconut Milk 2 cups of So Delicious Strawberry Ice Cream 2 cups of frozen strawberries ( I buy fresh and put in freezer) 2 cups of ice cubes 3-4 small fresh basil leaves (grab a few extra and...

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Buttery Wizard Shakes

Buttery Wizard Shakes

on Jul 13, 2015 |

  I’m about to take the plunge and share with y’all my super secret Buttery Wizard Shake recipe. The photo that I posted on Instagram has been taking the country by storm, even Everyday With Rachael Ray Magazine had something to say about this ridiculousness! My daughters adore this vanilla-butterscotch and toasted marshmallow concoction. I mean, who wouldn’t?! Cool, creamy vanilla ice cream, swirled with a buttery butterscotch and topped with a perfectly browned, toasted marshmallow. This is one of my all-time favorite flavors, “Butterbeer”. Of course most people who know the awesome Harry Potter books can appreciate my ode to Butterbeer. I have taken my cupcakes and cake flavors and blended them nicely for a great summer treat. BTW, just be prepared for all of my fun, nostalgic, and fabulous shake recipes this summer 🙂     The best part is to make this “adultified” add some dark rum….yummy in my tummy 🙂     Buttery Wizard Shakes         Ingredients:   1 cup of cream soda 2 cups vanilla ice cream 1 box of DRY instant butterscotch pudding mix 1/2 cup heavy cream 2 tsp pure vanilla extract 2 cups ice cubes Marshmallows at least 32 reg size Store bought butterscotch sauce (in ice cream toppings isle)     Directions:   1. In a blender, liquify cream soda, vanilla ice cream, dry instant butterscotch pudding mix, heavy cream, vanilla, and ice cubes until thick.                 2. Pour shake into mason jars. 3. Toast all of the marshmallows (I use a kitchen torch).     4. Top mason jars with at least 4 toasted marshmallows. 5. Generously drizzle butterscotch sauce over the top of toasted marshmallows.     Enjoy this cool, nostalgic, shake fireside...

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A Simple Way To Learn Making Fondant Roses, A Beginner’s Tutorial!

A Simple Way To Learn Making Fondant Roses, A Beginner’s Tutorial!

on Jun 5, 2015 |

    It’s June and that means 1 month closer to The Americas Cake And Sugarcraft Fair in Orlando, Florida, September 18-20, 2015. I am really excited to be attending this years convention and learn new fondant and sugarcraft techniques. In case you missed my last post about this awesome 3 day event here is a little bit of information on The Americas Cake And Sugarcraft Fair, hosted by Satin Ice. “Buddy Valastro and Ron Ben-Israel among headliners at international cake show in Orlando; three-day expo seeking key sponsors and exhibitors Orlando, Fl. (Feb. 23, 2015) – Satin Ice – a world-industry leader in premium rolled fondant, established in more than 65 countries – is hosting The Americas Cake & Sugarcraft Fair (TACSF) September 18, 19, and 20 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fl. The highly anticipated show is expected to attract 30,000 trade professionals and cake enthusiasts – including many from the bakery, pastry and in-store supermarket cake industries – and more than 150 exhibitors in its inaugural year. The international cake and sugarcraft expo – open to both trade and the public – will feature a jam-packed schedule of lively stage demonstrations; cake competitions and displays; a sugar arts fashion show with edible ensembles; and hands-on classes taught by the world’s best cake decorators. Attendees will also be treated to multi-day appearances by celebrity guests like Buddy Valastro, star of TLC’s “Cake Boss;” Roland Mesnier, former executive pastry chef to the White House; Mich Turner, cake artist to the Queen of England; and Ron Ben-Israel, renowned for his $10,000 cakes, who will speak on “How to Cater to High-End Clients.” Other show-stopping highlights include a wedding zone for “I do” inspirations and the latest cake and wedding trends; a chocolate zone, exploring the finest in gourmet chocolate making and modeling; a kids zone, for a yummy interactive experience for burgeoning cake artists; and a sugar arts zone for a sweet introduction to sugar art.” Head on over to The Americas Cake And Sugarcraft Fair website to purchase your tickets and start planning your September cake and sugarcraft learning sessions! In honor of us being 1 month closer to a fun and creative event, I...

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Get Your Fill Of Ghirardelli Stuffed Chocolate Croissants And A Look Into Our Ultimate S’mores Party!

Get Your Fill Of Ghirardelli Stuffed Chocolate Croissants And A Look Into Our Ultimate S’mores Party!

on Nov 3, 2014 |

    I’m in the ultimate countdown now! Only 9 days left until I leave to compete in Las Vegas at the 3rd World Food Championship! Squeee, you probably can’t even understand all of the overwhelming emotions I am having at this point. But all that jazz aside, it was time I surprised the family with some super yummy morning treats! Yeh, not very many people can say no to these, Chocolate Filled Croissants. I am swimming in Ghirardelli chocolates of all kinds, and no, that’s not a bad thing! Especially when you are die-hard Ghirardelli chocolate fans like my entire household!     The absurd quantity of Ghirardelli in our cupboards, baking cabinet, and freezer is due to the fact that we celebrated our Grand Prize winnings October 25th! I was fortunate enough to have my Ultimate S’mores Recipe chosen as the grand prize winner in Ghirardelli Chocolates Ultimate S’mores Contest! And after the long awaited wait, planning, and coordinating my family and friends got to partake in a Fall For S’mores Party at Orlando’s Hard Rock Hotel!!!! This was seriously a dream come true for my little ladies (not to mention my husband, I thought he would need a wheelchair as an escort down the chocolate table)! I truly enjoyed planning this party with Ghirardelli staff and making it a Fall theme and have all things surrounded by little ones. After all, I entered this contest solely to try and win just for my Ghirardelli hoarding husband and chocolate licking sticky fingered girls!                   We were very generously given an amazing lunch catered by Loews Hard Rock Hotel, a Face Painter provided by Makeup By Renette, and a whole spread of make your own S’mores, which was accompanied by 3 of the best Ghirardelli Chocolatiers I could ever had asked for! Can you just imagine letting loose 40 kids and grown ups with every kind of delectable Ghirardelli Chocolate flavor known to man?! I lost count of how many times my little ladies visited the chocolate table (the husband too)! I will try not to bore you by posting WAY too many photos, but they are seriously AHHHmazing, so...

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Help Me Become Truvia Sugar’s First Ever Baking Star!!!!!!

Help Me Become Truvia Sugar’s First Ever Baking Star!!!!!!

on Oct 22, 2014 |

        So yeh, you’re probably thinking, “where has she been?”. “Where are some new recipe blogs?”. Well, let me just apologize and simple explain by saying it has been more chaotic than normal in the Evans’ household. I have been extremely busy perfecting secret recipes to use for in Las Vegas for the World Food Championships this November. Wow, talk about stressful! So confusing on what types of goodies to create and questioning whether or not the judges will swoon. I mean, I don’t even know who the dessert judges will be, so I can’t even do a little research to see what their palates favor. Frantic, dramatic, and sugar overloaded is my household these days. Besides preparing almost daily for the WFC, I have been “contesting” like a mad mama. And I have found out that I have a talent for them! Now, the contests I have been entering are not just luck of the draw…they are creative outlets for my mommy brain. My new found addiction, besides cookie butter, ranges anywhere from social media videos, prints, to recipe submissions. I have recently been named the Entenmann’s Donut photo Grand prize winner, $365 in Entenmann’s coupons (a years supply).     A runner up in Welch’s Fruit Snacks Lunchbox Notes. This is where Gracie and I designed a fun lunchbox note together and took a cute photo of it.     I also received a 5th place award from Lawry’s Marinades for a print I submitted for Happy Chaos moments during dinner!     These are just a few of my wins and now I feel I have appropriately explained my disappearance!   There is one more point to this blog post before I continue editing some drafted recipe posts…I am a top 10 finalist to be Truvia’s Sugars First Baking Star! Yup, it’s amazing. I am extremely excited about this opportunity and can only hope I will receive enough votes to fly to New York on November 19th (yes, the day after WFC) and compete against 3 other bakers for a grand prize of a professional video shoot for my recipe! How FREAKING cool is that? I have really enjoyed venturing into the video...

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Woohoo! Another Win For The Record Books!

Woohoo! Another Win For The Record Books!

on Oct 1, 2014 |

      Ya see what Ethel from Frank’s Red Hot is riding on? Well, it’s mine!!! SQUEEE! That’s right, I am the grand prize winner for a Frank’s Red Hot motorcycle!!! I can’t believe it. I am new to contesting, but not new to photography, art, and baking. But I am seriously blown away that within 30 days, I have bagged 2 grand prizes and a ticket to the World Food Championship in Las Vegas this year. Wow, takes away my breath. My photo submissions through Instagram were chosen as finalists in August and one of them was the grand prize winner! Crazy. Best part is, whether it be coincidence or destiny, I have been learning to ride my husband’s ridiculously fast, track motorcycle. Granted, I haven’t been outside of the parking lot, it is a lot of fun. My family was super duper excited that we will be receiving the motorcycle in a few weeks. The only problem is how am I going to rig 4 carseats on this thing? Here are some of my entry shots. The last shot of the card game is the one that brought home my 2 wheel prize.                                                    ...

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World Food Championships 2014, Here I Come!!!!

World Food Championships 2014, Here I Come!!!!

on Aug 8, 2014 | 2 comments

      I’m SO excited to announce that I was one of 5 people chosen from Cookmore.com to be a contestant in the World Food Championships 2014!!!! I, seriously, worked very hard creating recipes that would get me noticed! This is huge for my baking career and family! If you don’t know what the World Food Championship is, I will let their official website explain:   “The World Food Championships is the natural progression of the thousands of cooking competitions that take place across the globe each year. Tens of thousands of consumers will compete in a year-long trial to qualify for the World Food Championships. The World Food Championships takes over where Food Network leaves off – in the kitchen and backyard of every American home. Not fake made for TV stars – but everyday real consumers who simply believe they can. Nowhere in the culinary landscape is the spirit of integration and engagement more alive than at the World Food Championships, where the world’s most creative food champions face off for pride and culinary glory. The World Food Championships averages about 25,000 attendees per day throughout the multiple zones and competitions.” “The field for the 2014 World Food Championships will be expanded to nine categories with 550 competitor spots. Returning categories include: Barbecue, Chili, Sandwich, Burger, Dessert, Bacon and Recipe, while Pasta and Seafood have been added as the two new categories. As in years past, the Recipe category is based on a theme of food, and this year that theme will be Cheese. Using the EAT methodology and a hybrid of sanctioned and celebrity judging processes, in a tournament style competition, the World Food Championships will identify winners in each of the seven key categories of competition. Once the champions of each category are crowned, they will meet at the Final Table for ultimate bragging rights and a pile of cash. When the smoke clears and the Final Table judges have their say one lucky competitor will be left standing as the World Food Champion.”     WORLD BARBECUE CHAMPIONSHIP WORLD OPEN CHILI CHAMPIONSHIP WORLD BURGER CHAMPIONSHIP WORLD DESSERT CHAMPIONSHIP WORLD SANDWICH CHAMPIONSHIP BACON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WORLD RECIPE CHAMPIONSHIP WORLD PASTA CHAMPIONSHIP WORLD SEAFOOD CHAMPIONSHIP “The World...

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Soft, Delicious, & Tasty Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft, Delicious, & Tasty Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

on Aug 6, 2014 | 1 comment

      Even though I bake with full blown butter, sugar, and flour, it is always nice to change things up from time-to-time. And quite honestly, my family doesn’t even realize when I bake gluten free. Yes, I know, I should be incorporating these ideas and recipes more often on our dessert menu because they truly are better for you, but some habits are just SO difficult to break! My gluten free recipes are surprising to most because they are really, really delicious. The best part is they can very easily be turned eggless as well. There is a wonderful egg substitute on the market that works incredibly well in baked goods, Ener-G Egg Replacer. I find it at my local Whole Foods grocer, but you may also purchase online. In my gluten free recipes, I enjoy using Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Baking Flour with xanthan gum. Most grocers carry these items, but there are also many substitutes that can be used if these are not readily available. My next go-to choice for baking is Arrowhead Mills All Purpose Gluten Free Baking Mix. The Arrowhead Mills GF choice already uses Xanthan gum in the mix so there is no need to add any in your recipe.           I have become pretty educated and crafty in my gluten free and sometimes vegan recipes. Did you know that most instant puddings are gluten free as well? So if you really wanted, you could use any of my basic cookie recipes and change out the flour for your gluten free substitute, I actually do it all the time!     These Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies bake really nicely in a mini cupcake pan too! It is great to have an option of flattened cookies or a cute mini cupcake that you can top with a bit of buttercream. I will be posting my vegan, gluten free buttercream frosting recipe soon! Let’s get to baking…       Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Yields: 18 cookies   Ingredients: 3/4 cup  Earth Balance spread, softened ( you may use margarine or unsalted butter too) 3/4 cup packed  light brown sugar 1/4 cup  white sugar 1  egg...

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Not Your Grammy’s Cookies

Not Your Grammy’s Cookies

on Jun 20, 2014 |

    My little ladies were begging for some cookies yesterday. Not just any cookies, MY famous chocolate chip cookies! Their Daddy would be gone on call for 24 hours, so dinner would be easy Chickfila drive-thru. And since my guilt of not cooking for them always gets the best of me, I must follow up with a dessert of their choice! I wasn’t satisfied with presenting my precious babes with my basic chocolate chip cookie. It had to have a wow-factor. Something that would make people say “how did you do that?”. I quickly search my vast variety of baking goods, candies, and hidden stash of goodies for a witty ingredient to add to my soft and chewy cookies. Tonight while scavenging my pantry, I came a cross an open package of Oreos. I am a fan of Oreos, simple chocolate crunch with a sweet vanilla center. The discussion of sitting with a coffee mug filled with milk and a spoon to skillfully dunk and scoop my sopping wet Oreos (guilty) will be saved for another time. Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner! Those hamsters are spinning my wheels and I’m thinking “Why have I not tried making a super-duper, cookie lover, cookie by stuffing the inside of my chocolate chip cookies with a full size Oreo?”. That is how the “Not Your Grammy’s Cookie” came to be. I couldn’t wait to try this mad idea and present these creations to the little sweet tooths awaiting in the other room.   I am EXTREMELY picky when it comes to cookies. I am 100% head-over-heals in LOVE with cookie dough. I try to sneak that stuff into every recipe just so I can eat the stuff by the spoonful as often as I can. And I’m sad to say the “apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”, the persnickety Evans’ girls adore cookie dough just as much as I do. I am not exaggerating when I say they are like a dog drooling at the base of the mixer, awaiting that sweet moment when I say they are allowed one spoonful. Some scarf it down as quick as they can and the others savor every sweet lick of...

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Baking Is Fun, Especially When It Involves A Contest!

Baking Is Fun, Especially When It Involves A Contest!

on Jun 11, 2014 |

  This summer has arrived so quickly here in Orlando. Our home is now a full time daycare, preschool, and elementary school. I am always looking for activities and outings for my young ladies. Of course, one of the daily to-do lists involves baking. Gracie (my 7 year old) and I have recently discovered the Rice Krispies Creative Kids Contest. This contest must be entered through Pinterest only. The requirements are no more than 10 ingredients from a chosen list provided by Rice Krispies and must include 3 mandatory ingredients of butter, marshmallows, and Rice Krispies cereal. There is still more time to enter here is the official page and rules http://www.ricekrispies.com/treatmaking-contest.  My oldest, Gracie, LOVES (more like infatuated) with all things Butterbeer. After her first sip of the slushy, cold concoction at Universal Islands Adventure, she has been requesting every dessert under the sun be turned into a delightful resemblance of Harry Potter’s Butterbeer.   Gracie’s first sip of Butterbeer With this in thought, we ventured into the idea of Butterbeer Rice Krispie Bites. How perfectly sweet they should be and tiny as well, so the littlest of fingers could grasp these witty bites. One Saturday morning, in her pajamas and all,  we dreamed and created what we call “An Ode To Harry Potter, Butterbeer Rice Krispie Bites”. That night with weary eyes and pure confusion I set up my Pinterest account, ugh it’s a long story but finally done! We received an email from Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal that WE HAD WON! Woohoo! We are the third round winners for their contest and Gracie gets to receive the 1st place gift basket worth over $460! I must confess, this has lit a huge fire under my mixer. Yes, we will now be entering all sorts of fun baking and recipe contests. I mean, hey, I already bake my heart out daily; why shouldn’t I just write down these awesome recipes and share them with the WHOLE world.    Here is our winning pin on Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/Jujebee/butterbeer-rice-krispie-bites/     Butterbeer Rice Krispie Bites    Ingredients: 6 tbsp salted butter  1 package butterscotch chips  1- 10 ounce bag mini marshmallows 4 tsp vanilla extract 6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal 1 container...

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