Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Three Cheap and Easy Potluck Desserts by Ali at Homey Improvements

I have a special guest today, it's my new blogging friend, Ali from Homey Improvements. She contacted me recently and asked me if she could do a guest post featuring a few recipes. I checked out her blog called Homey Improvements, that her and husband, James have and thought it would be a lot of fun. So, here's Ali to share her Three Cheap and Easy Potluck Desserts with us!

Three Cheap and Easy Potluck Desserts

First of all, I'd like to give a huge thanks to Heather for allowing me to be a guest blogger on her incredible blog, My Sweet Mission. My husband, James, and I are kicking off the launch of a new recipe section on our blog, Homey Improvements, so it is truly an honor to share with you guys my favorite potluck dessert recipes. They're all cheap, easy and, most importantly, oh so tasty!

If you've ever planned or been invited to a potluck, you've probably felt the pressure of bringing something everyone will enjoy. You definitely don't want to be the one who brings the weird looking casserole that no one touches. You also don't want to be in the kitchen cooking for hours. Don’t worry, I’ve got the solution!

You can hardly go wrong with dessert; everybody loves it. With these three no-fail recipes, you'll be in and out of the kitchen with something sweet and tasty in no time.

Dump cakes are awesome. They taste delicious, plus they're super easy and cheap to make -- just like I promised. You can make a dump cake with nearly any fruit or combination of fruit: blueberries, strawberries, apples, pineapple, etc. No eggs, no milk, no mixer are needed. Just dump, bake and eat.

Peach Dump Cake

peach dump cake

  • 1 – 29 oz. can Sliced Peaches
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 c. Bisquick
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. room temperature butter

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Drain peaches and pour into pie pan or 8x8 baking dish. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp. cinnamon over the peaches. In medium or large bowl stir together Bisquick, remainder cinnamon and sugar. Dump mixture evenly over peaches. Slice the butter thinly and layer on top of Bisquick mixture evenly.

Bake in 375° oven for 45 to 55 min.

The crust will be nice and golden brown once baked. This recipe is delicious served with ice cream!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Classic Southern Sweet Tea

There's nothing quite like a cool, refreshing glass of southern sweet tea on a hot summer's day. John makes this delicious thirst quencher just perfect and at least a couple times a week for us. His family is from the south and he grew up drinking sweet tea - a lot. They may have occasionally even put it in his baby bottle, no I'm serious. :) Our kids love John's sweet tea and their friends say it's the best tea they ever had. Today John will show you how to make an amazing classic southern sweet tea.

Classic Southern Sweet Tea by MySweetMission.net
Just follow our easy steps and soon you'll be sipping on a refreshing glass of classic southern sweet tea.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

How to Develop Gluten Naturally in Bread Recipes

Today's tip on How to Develop Gluten Naturally in Bread Recipes is for the novice bread maker as well as for the experienced one. This tip is especially important if you love grainy bread recipes and you want them to turn out light and airy, with a chewy texture, which equals bread perfection in our family. Our niece, Kori is an amazing bread maker and she told us about this tip. Each week she grinds different wheat berries to make her own fresh flours. Yes, her own flours! Then she bakes all the breads, rolls, tortillas, waffles, or whatever her family needs for the week. Her friend told her about the health benefits of grinding wheat berries into fresh flour and using them within 30 minutes, and has been doing this for a little over 2 years now. Hard to believe I know, but she does this each week, making her a "Bread Making Rock Star" in our book!

How to Develop Gluten Naturally in Bread Recipes by MySweetMission.net
Using these simple steps you will be able to develop gluten naturally in your bread recipes, without having to add vital wheat gluten. Stayed tuned for our amazing bread recipe shown above - coming soon!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Homemade Italian Dressing and Marinade

I have a new Homemade Italian Dressing and Marinade to share with you today that's bursting with flavor! It's savory, easy to make and has healthy ingredients too. I was making a pasta salad for a dinner party recently and didn't have any Italian dressing on hand. So, I did a search and found a few recipes that sounded good. I combined a couple of them, added some of my own ingredients and came up with this Italian dressing that's super tasty.

Homemade Italian Dressing and Marinade by MySweetMission.net
This homemade Italian dressing and marinade has the perfect blend of olive & canola oils, vinegar and spices, making it perfect for salads and marinating meats.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

How to Make Fresh Sweet Whipped Cream for Decorating Desserts

Creamy, homemade sweet whipped cream is absolutely delicious on almost any dessert. But, did you ever wonder how restaurants and bakeries make those beautiful whipped cream designs where the whipped cream holds its shape?! Well, the key is the way they make it and today I'll show you How to Make Fresh Sweet Whipped Cream for Decorating Desserts.

How to Make Fresh Sweet Whipped Cream for Decorating Desserts by MySweetMission.net
Using my easy steps your homemade sweet whipped cream won't go flat or runny and you can decorate your favorite desserts with stunning designs too!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Vintage Wedding Dress for Africa

Today is our wedding anniversary and yes, that is John and I on our wedding day! Happy Anniversary John, I will always love you! We were married 32 years ago and I have kept my wedding dress preserved in a huge gold box and in perfect shape since our special day. Neither our daughter, Chelsea or daughter-in-law, Brittney wanted to wear my dress for different reasons. It's ok, I'm not offended at all and I totally understand. But, I was super excited to hear that our friend Rachel was collecting wedding dresses for her ministry Little Dresses For Africa (LDFA). The thought of a beautiful African woman (actually it could be dozens of women Rachel told me) wearing my dress, is so incredibly touching to me. And to be a part of  someone's wedding day by offering my vintage wedding dress is just awesome!

A Vintage Wedding Dress for Africa by MySweetMission.net
John surprised me and got this picture developed so I could send it with my letter to the bride to be. Thank you John!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dominican Republic Here We Come!

Yay! Tomorrow we leave for our mission trip to the Dominican Republic! John and I will be going five days before the team arrives to help unload the 40 foot container and to work with the directors, Kurt and Debi. Our main reason for going a little early is to organize everything for the medical clinics and to sort out the gifts for the gift room. Because I love and appreciate each and every one of you, I wanted to let you know that we'll be gone for two weeks. But, I will have a special post on June 26th and we'll be posting pictures throughout our trip on Facebook. So, please follow along and comment by clicking the "Like" button on our My Sweet Mission Facebook Page.

Dominican Republic Here We Come! by MySweetMission.net
Did you know Hope International also does dental work? Yes, they do and they have a team of dentists and hygienists that go each year. On the left is Dr. Kim, she has pulled hundreds (yes, hundreds, it may even be in the thousands now) of rotten teeth in the past few years in the Dominican Republic.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Chocoley 30% OFF Any One Item - Plus a FREE GIFT!

I've been fortunate to work with Chocoley for a short while and we recently posted our delicious and easy recipe for Rocky Road Clusters. These little clusters are made with Chocoley's creamy milk chocolate and let me tell you, their chocolates are some of the best chocolates I've used, and being a gourmet cookie maker I've used a lot of fine chocolates in my time!

I have some really great news, Chocoley is offering My Sweet Mission readers 30% OFF Any One Item - Plus a FREE GIFT! Just shop their delicious site and upon checkout use coupon code: SWEETMISSION. *Coupon code expires June 30, 2014.

Rocky Road Clusters by MySweetMission.net
Just to refresh your memory and wet your appetite, our Rocky Road Clusters have soft mini marshmallows and crunchy pecan pieces, covered with the creamiest milk chocolate by Chocoley!

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