Monday, August 18, 2014

Cajun Spice Mix Recipe

Today I'll show you just how easy it is to make a Cajun Spice Mix right in your own kitchen. I love the spiciness of Cajun cooking and was making a spicy, creamy fall soup (recipe to come) that called for some Cajun spice mix, but didn't have any on hand. So, I found this one online that sounded really good (and it is!) and couldn't wait to share it with you.

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This Cajun Spice Mix Recipe will add flavor and spice to chicken, pork, beef, seafood, tofu...well, you get the idea. It's hot and sassy, and will take your recipes to a whole new spicy level!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Swirled Chocolate Chip & Pecan Cookie Bars

Buttery, chocolatey and nutty are the perfect words to describe these Swirled Chocolate Chip & Pecan Cookie Bars. I've been making these amazing bars, and in this swirly way, for about 20 years now and they are just too good to be true! Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies and knows how easy cookie bars are to make. Well, these delectable babies are the best of both worlds.

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I love how the cookie dough, chocolate and pecans are swirled into a pretty design, turning these bars into a thing of art.

Monday, August 11, 2014

No-Knead Rustic Bread

Our easy No-Knead Rustic Bread has a light and airy texture with a chewy golden brown crust. It's really delicious and you don't need any special equipment to make it!

Recently I shared how to develop gluten naturally in bread recipes and I promised to bring you the recipe for the golden brown rustic bread pictured in that post, so here it is. John is a carb-lover, especially when it comes to homemade bread. I believe he eats some kind of bread at almost every meal and this easy no-knead rustic bread is one of his favorites. Well, we all love it and we make a loaf or two every week instead of buying bread. Homemade bread is so much better for you, it's really simple to make and it's a fraction of the cost of store bought bread!

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The aroma while this bread is baking fills your kitchen and makes you feel like you just stepped into a French bakery.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Healing for the Dominican Republic - Medical Mission Trip Update

Today's post is an update about our incredible medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic with Hope International Ministries. It was a 2 week trip from the end of June to the beginning of July. Because a picture speaks a thousand words, I'm sharing some of Hope's and our best pictures, along with the daily video links and even a funny video of John and a furry little friend!

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The picture of this precious little girl quickly became one of our team's favorites. It was taken by Rick, one of our media guys, on Day 4 of the clinics in El Batey De La Union, at Pastor Robert's school. Her eyes say it all and tells the story of desperation in this beautiful country.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Copycat Outshine Strawberry Fruit Bar Recipe

If you enjoy delicious Outshine Strawberry Fruit Bars by Edy's, also known as "America's Favorite Fruit Bar," then your going to love our Copycat Outshine Strawberry Fruit Bar Recipe! Our fruit bars are loaded with perfectly sweetened strawberries and a kiss of lemon juice, that really enhances the strawberry flavor. They blend up in seconds and make a refreshing summer treat. As you may know, we're living with my parents while our homes are being built in Florida. Yes, my parents and us are moving to Florida! Well, my Dad and I have this little ritual where we have a delicious frozen fruit bar almost every night, and it wasn't long before we pulled John and my Mom in as well. So, I thought to myself, "I could make these." I searched the internet for the original Outshine Strawberry Fruit Bar Recipe and the only one I could find was this one from Bonnie at The Pin Junkie. I modified her recipe by adding my own special ingredients and came up with these scrumptious chilly strawberry fruit bars.

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Our Copycat Outshine Strawberry Fruit Bars are low in calories, have zero fat and they're full of fresh strawberries! So, it's a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth and enjoy your fruit at the same time.

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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