Taste

Issue #34 – Galaxy Icing

Ingredients:

1 box cake mix

1 cup icing sugar (powdered sugar)

2-3 Tablespoons milk (add additional milk if too thick)

Gel food coloring(red and blue)

Edible glitter (sprinkles)

Directions:

Prepare cake according to directions on box.

Combine the milk and sugar in a medium-sized bowl. Stir well with a whisk or tablespoon until properly combined.

Separate glaze into 4 equal parts, placing them into 4 small bowls (or cups).

Add 1 drop of red food coloring to one bowl, this should make a pink color.

Add 2 red drops and 2 blue drops of food coloring to one bowl, this should make a purple color.

Add 1 drop of blue food coloring to one bowl, this should make a light blue color.

Add 5 drops of blue food coloring to one bowl, this should make a dark blue color.

Drizzle the glaze over the cake, one color at a time.

Using a spoon gently smear colors together to create a space effect.

Finish off by sprinkling edible glitter (sprinkles) to the glaze for the stars.

TIP: Prior to glazing the cake, we frosted the cake with white canned frosting to give us a smooth and even texture for the glaze.

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Issue #34 – Galaxy Milkshake

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream

3/4 cup milk

Whipped cream Pink, purple and blue sprinkles

Pink, purple and blue food coloring

Directions

Pulse together one third of the ice cream and milk a time in a blender, adding a drop of either pink, blue or purple food coloring.

Layer the three colors in tall glasses. Using more milk will create a swirly pattern, while less milk will create more distinct lines between the colors.

Divide the ice cream and milk into # equal portions.

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Issue #34- Galaxy Cake

The galaxy cake includes multiple recipes; cake pops, marshmallow fondant, and 2 box cakes which were used with the cake pops.

Ingredients:

Marshmallows.
Cookie sticks.
Sugar.

1/3 cup icing

1 and 1/2 cake mixes and ingredients listed on the box (oil, water, eggs)

2 packages of white chocolate chips (ones that melt)

food coloring

sprinkles

Instructions:

Prepare 1 cake mix as directed on the box.

Let the cake cool.

Crumble the cake into fine crumbs with your hands in a large bowl.

Mix in about 1/3 cup of icing with your hands.

Crumble the mixture in your hand to pack it tightly into a ball.

Roll it into a nicely shaped ball.

Roll the remaining mixture into balls.

Set pops on a cookie tray.

Freeze for a minimum of 3 hours.

Put approximately 1/3-1/2 cup white chocolate chips into a microwavable mug or small bowl.

Microwave for approximately 2-3 minutes or until melted.

Add food coloring to melted chocolate.

Dip the cake pop into the mug, evenly coating it.

Let the coating drip off.

Place cake pop into the mug on cookie sheet.

If using sprinkles, add immediately before coating sets.

Repeat for remaining pops.

Marshmallow Fondant

The marshmallow fondant was used to cover the 8-9 inch round cake for the sun.

Dallin shows his skills.

Ingredients:

1/2 cake mix and ingredients listed on the box (oil, water, eggs)

16 ounces package mini marshmallows

2-5 Tbsp. water

8 cups powdered sugar

1/3 vegetable shortening

food coloring

Taylor is working on her marshmallows.

Instructions:

Place marshmallows and 2 tablespoons of water in a large microwavable bowl.

Microwave for 30 seconds on high; stir until mixed well. Continue microwaving in 30 second intervals until they are melted and smooth.

Place about 5 cups of the powdered sugar on top of the melted marshmallow mixture and gently fold into the marshmallows.

Grease your hands and your counter-top generously with the vegetable shortening. Add food coloring. Turn marshmallow mixture onto counter and start kneading it like you would dough.

Add more confectioner sugar as needed and re-grease your hands the counter-top as needed.

If the marshmallow fondant is tearing easily, it is too dry; add water (about 1/2 tablespoon at a time) kneading until fondant forms a firm, smooth elastic ball that will stretch without tearing, about 8-10 minutes.



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Issue #34 – Space Cookies

Ingredients:

Snickerdoodle Cookies

Black fondant

Different colors of icing

Candy Eyeballs

Step 1: Place cookie on plate.

Step 2: Choose icing: blue, green, or purple.

Step 3: Roll out fondant on a cutting board.

Step 4: Start decorating your cookie the way you want it!

Step 5: Use a knife and a toothpick to spread over cookie.

Step 6: Put on eyeballs or any other things you would like on your cookie.

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Issue #33 – Pumpkin Bread

Ingredients

1/2  cup  granulated sugar                   

1/2  cup  brown sugar (dark or light)     

1  cup + 1 1/2 tbsp. all-purpose flour    

3/4  tsp  baking soda                            

1/2  tsp  baking powder                        

1/2  tsp  salt

1/2  tsp  cinnamon*                               

1/2  tsp  pumpkin spice*                        

1  large egg  or 2 small ones

3/4  cup  pumpkin puree                       

1/3  cup  oil

1/3  cup  water

Experience

  1. In a large bowl, combine both sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spice.
  2. In another bowl, combine egg, pumpkin puree, oil and water. Add wet ingredients. Mix until combined.
  3. Grease one 9×4 (6 cups or 1.4 liters volume) loaf pan and pour the batter into it.
  4. Bake at 350 F (175 C) for 45-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool for about 5 minutes. Then take out of the pan and wrap in aluminum foil. Let it cool off completely.

The pumpkin bread was taste tested by the Circles team and was well received.  The majority of the taste testers said it was very moist, delicious, flavorful, and had a pumpkin pie like quality. It was also suggested to add nuts, dates,raisins, or pumpkin seeds.  The team felt it was very easy to bake and would like to make it again soon!

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Issue #33 – No Bake Eggnog Pie

Ingredients

1 premade 9 in inch pie crust

1 quart eggnog

3 (5.1 oz. each) packages vanilla instant pudding mix

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

8 oz. Whipped cream

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, pour in the eggnog and vanilla pudding mixes.
  2. With a hand mixer, start mixing on low for about 1 minute.
  3. Sprinkle in the cinnamon and nutmag.
  4. Mix on high speed for another 1 to 3 minutes. It will begin to thicken up.
  5. Get out your pie crust and pour in the creamy eggnog mixture.
  6. Cover with whipped cream and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  7. Set back into the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until ready to serve.
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Issue #33 – Santa Shaped Cookies

Ingradients:

Graham Cracker Square

Red decorating icing

Mini marshmallows

White icing

Assorted round sprinkles

Directions:

1. Turn your square graham cracker so that it looks like a diamond.

2. Add a layer of white icing all over the top of the graham cracker.

3. Take the red icing and fill in the top corner of the diamond to make it look like Santa’s hat.

4. Add one marshmallow to the tip of the red icing.

5. Add two round sprinkles in your choice of color for the eyes and a red one for the nose.

6. Use the mini marshmallows to fill in any empty spots up to the nose area making it look like Santa’s full beard.

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Issue #32 – DIY Dog Food Recipe

Ingredients

Peas
Green Beans
White Rice
Chicken Breast

The dog food recipe contains rice, meat, green beans, peas and it was a very easy recipe to make for your dogs and it is very healthy for the pets to eat.

Directions

Step 1: Boil chicken (No seasonings added) Boil until fully cooked.

Step 2: Cut chicken to bite-sized pieces.

Step 3: Mix rice and chopped chicken.

Step 4: Add 1 can of peas and 1 can of green beans, mix together

Experience

Michelle: “Making this healthy food was a really fun experience for me.”

Jeremy: “Making the cake was really fun and exciting. I really enjoyed pouring the ingredients and mixing them all together.”

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Issue #32 – Cat & Dog Weight Loss Program

Why should my dog lose weight?

As few as five pounds above the ideal body weight can put your dog at risk for developing some serious medical conditions. Unfortunately, when a dog is overweight or obese it no longer is a question of if your dog will develop a condition secondary to the excess weight but how soon and how serious. Some of the common disorders associated with excess weight include:

  1. Type 2 diabetes
  2. Heart disease
  3. Increased frequency of joint injuries
  4. High blood pressure
  5. Some forms of cancer – especially intra-abdominal cancers

Overweight and obese dogs are usually having shorter lives than their fitter, normal weight counterparts. Heavy dogs tend to physically interact less with their families and are less energetic and playful. Because they tend to lie around more, it is easier to overlook early signs of illness, since we may attribute their lethargy to their daily routine.

When you are introducing a new diet to your dog, you should allow about a week to make the transition. To minimize digestive upsets, mix the old and new diets together in gradually increasing proportions. Start by feeding one-quarter of the new diet mixed with three-quarters of the old diet for one to two days, then increase to half and half for another two days, then three-quarters new food and one-quarter old food for a final two to three days before completely switching to the new diet.

The first thing you can do to help your dog lose weight is to increase the intensity and length of your daily walks. You should aim for a daily brisk 30-minute walks. Move the food bowl upstairs or downstairs, changing its location frequently so that the dog always has to walk to get to its food bowl. Do not leave food out while you’re away from home. You can’t control who eats what when you’re not around.

 

 

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Issue #32-Fido’s Kitchen

What are healing stones?

You put them on an animal that is ill and it will help with the pain.

What are dog charms and what are they made of?

A natural stone that is set in a charm.

What are Antiseptic Pet Bed Sprays-Zeeta Body?

A spray they spray on bed like aroma therapy.

What are your Breath Buster Pup-sickles made with?

They have Greek yogurt with mint, parsley and peanut butter that is made naturally.

Do you have parties just for dogs or do parties for cats too?

They cater to homes with pets.

What is Duck-Call Jerky?

Duck breast that includes Grain free, salmon organic quinoa, and green beans. Freshly made daily on site.

How long has Fido’s Kitchen been in business?

Three years.

What is Pumpkin Pooch?

A vegan treat for dogs or cats that help with allergies.

What is dog Beef birthday cake?

A cake made from our homemade meals, jerky sprinkles peanut butter drizzle, joint ju ju’s and breath butter pupsicles with yogurt frosting.

 

 

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