Tag Archives: Kitchen

Summer Food Storage Problem?

Summer Food Storage Problem

It’s summer and it can be HOT & HUMID!!!

Did you ever make homemade muffins and have them stick together when you store them?  Well, here’s your solution!

Sweet Stackers create layers in your container.  No more sticky desserts, muffins, cookies….even left over pizza.

They come in four different sizes that fit many major brand containers.

Plus, they work great in your pantry, fridge or freezer.

 

Just keep layering…

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Voilá!

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Practical Gift Ideas for the Kitchen

Summer and Fall are filled with weddings and bridal showers.   Most brides register for the household items that they prefer.  But when is the last time you saw food storage containers on their list?  They are one of the most used items in our kitchens.  Here is a unique and practical twist on giving gift baskets!

Gift containers wedding bridal shower gift

Stack a couple of handy food storage containers filled with kitchen tools, gadgets, towels and pot holders that the bride registers for.  The one new item that she wouldn’t know about is Sweet Stackers.  Sweet Stackers convert your containers to multi-level using stackable trays.  The stackable trays divide your bite-sized foods and desserts without a sticky mess and maximize food storage in your container.

Stackable Sweet Stackers tray inserts dividers

Sweet Stackers are extremely handy when storing cookies, dessert bars or bite-sized appetizers.  They are great for anyone from an avid cookie decorator, household baker and even a non-baker who stores left-over pizza.  Imagine all of the Christmas cookies that you can fit in a container like this to keep them fresh and looking beautiful!

stackable trays insert into container

So instead of giving a gift basket, fill up a couple of food storage containers with great items for their kitchen!

Sweet Stackers baking gift containers

Visit sweetstackers.com for more information about our product.  Find them on our Etsy shop or Amazon.com.

 

 

SweetStackers – Stackable Food Storage System

Did you ever make dessert bars, cookies or an appetizer that you couldn’t easily store without disturbing their appearance or having them stick together? Well, I have designed an affordable way to layer your food items in a food storage container that you probably already own!

Sweet Stackers™ – Stackable Food Storage System are trays that “stack” in two or three tiers which fit in a typical 3″ plastic food storage container. This is a great alternative to over-sized expensive cookie containers or dessert caddies.  The trays currently come in four different sizes and fit containers made by major brands like Rubbermaid, Sterilite and Tupperware.

Side View Container-web

Why fumble around carrying multiple containers to a party when you only need one container? The Stackable Food Storage System is also perfect when you are entertaining because you can save space when storing your prepared food in a pantry or refrigerator. They can even be used for everyday use…did you ever store left-over pizza in the fridge to find out that it stuck together?

Cucumber Appetizer

Please check out my website www.sweetstackers.com for more information about my product, there is a cross-reference table of containers and stackable trays…plus a Gallery of Ideas how this product can be used.

I would love to hear your thoughts, so please comment below!

Gingerbread Houses for Kids

Kids love to get involved in the kitchen and definitely like to help decorate for Christmas.  I was planning on making a real gingerbread house, but ran out of time.  This project turned out to be real hit with my kids: ages 5, 3 & 1.  Each kid had made their own house.  The two older kids could do most of the work with little assistance from me and we tried two different construction techniques.  For my 1-year-old, I made the structure and she helped decorate the house and ate a few M&Ms along the way.  The best part is that I had all of the ingredients in my pantry.  Think about what you have and get creative!

graham cracker gingerbread houses

Graham Cracker Gingerbread House Ingredients

royal icing (combine 1 egg white, 1/2 tsp. lemon juice, 1/2 box confectioner’s sugar until the consistency of peanut butter)

zip lock bags to pipe the icing

1 box graham crackers

mini pretzel sticks

mini M&Ms

Life Cereal

Cheerios Cereal

marshmallows

Cut the graham crackers to the size and shape house that you want to construct.  My 5-year-old was patient enough to be able pipe icing along the edges of the graham crackers to hold the walls to the floor and then the roof to the walls.

House using milk carton

To construct my 3 year old’s house, we used a small milk carton and cut the top off.  This way she could easily spread some icing on the carton to make the graham cracker walls to stick.  To fill in the gaps at the corners, we applied mini pretzel sticks.

Gingerbread - Cereal Roof Tiles

The kids had a lot of fun decorating the houses with cereal, candy and pretzels.

Gingerbread - Oat Cereal Roofing

Even my 1-year-old enjoyed squeezing a bag of icing and placing mini M&Ms on the roof.  She got a kick out of Santa and Mrs. Clause standing at the door.  I flipped through the holiday ads that came in my Sunday newspaper to find the perfect size Santa, Snowman and Gingerbread Man.  I glued the image to a piece of the cardboard milk carton and the kids were easily able to use icing to adhere the image to the doorway of their houses.

Slanted Roof Gingerbread House

The houses were the perfect size to sit on my kitchen window sill.  A perfect place to display them and decorate our kitchen!

Gingerbread House - windowsill

We even constructed a chimney and placed some pieces of marshmallow for smoke.  I helped by piping some icing along the roof of the house to make icicles.

Gingerbread House - windowsill decor

Hope you had a great holiday and enjoyed with your kids!

Rosemary Holiday Wreath from my Garden

My garden has come to an end for the season.  We are having some great weather for November, but I know this can’t last long and the days are so short.  It was time to winterize my veggie garden.

My rosemary plant did great once again this year.  So here is what I do with my rosemary plant for the winter…I make a wreath to decorate my kitchen window.  In the past I have tried to move my plant from the garden to a pot indoors.  It was successful for a while, but eventually died.  So last year I came up with the idea of cutting my plant down and used floral wire to wrap the branches into a circle.  I add a bow and hang my wreath in my kitchen window above my sink.  It smells great in the kitchen for well over a week!  It is a beautiful touch to decorate for Thanksgiving and the Christmas Holidays.

Rosemary Holiday Wreath

Pancakes made from scratch

Healthier Pancakes

Here’s one of those easy recipes that you can make from scratch in a pinch….no need to buy ready-made pancake mix!  It is easy, quick and has whole wheat flour and cornmeal which are both whole grains.  This recipe is great by itself, but to change it up (as we do every weekend) and add extra nutrients, I add different fruit…bananas, blueberries, strawberries, peaches and even canned pumpkin.   Depending on the fruit, you can mash it or chop it into small chunks.  For an extra special treat, add a small amount of chocolate chips to each pancake…we drop about 5 chips on top after the batter is poured on the griddle.  The kids are super happy about that!

1 C all-purpose flour

1/2 C whole wheat flour

1/4 C cornmeal

1 TB baking powder

1 1/2 C milk

2 large eggs

2 TB brown sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 C to 3/4 C fruit – optional

Here’s a tip – I measure out 3/4 C canned 100% pure pumpkin for this recipe.  With the remaining pumpkin, I measure the rest in 3/4 C increments and place in small freezer bags laying flat in the freezer.  Next time you make pancakes, a bag of pumpkin will thaw quickly in water as you are preparing the other ingredients.

Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing

I have been enjoying the harvest from my garden, as well as the fresh produce that summer brings.  Combine the two and you can make salads a ton of different ways.  I have been eating salad almost on a daily basis and each salad can be different that you won’t tire from it.  What is not to like about the cool, crispy, crunch on a warm summer day?

My goal is to try and limit the amount of processed food that my family and I eat.  It is all there for convenience, but I am taking small steps to make more food from scratch.  It is actually very easy to do!

With three young kids, I really try to get as many vegetables into them as possible.  Sometimes they need to be “bribed” with something else to make them more delectable to their palate.  Dressings or dips work great for vegetables, but I cringe when I look at the ingredients and nutrition labels.  This is a super easy recipe to make their favorite – Honey Mustard dressing/dip.  Plus it is so good, that it is a great way to change up my daily salad or fancy enough to serve it when it when company comes over.

Honey-Mustard Dressing

1 6oz. container low-fat plain yogurt

1/2 C light mayonnaise

1/3 C honey

3 TB dijon mustard

3 TB yellow mustard

1 TB cider vinegar

pinch cayenne pepper

Whisk together all ingredients and store in the refrigerator up to 5 days.

Freezer Cukes! Cucumbers! Pickles?

This recipe has many different names they can be known as freezer cukes, cucumbers or pickles, refrigerator cukes or cucumber salad.

Last summer I had an abundance of cucumbers from my veggie garden.  This recipe is so easy and so refreshing.  Just mix all of the ingredients together and refrigerate overnight.  They are ready to be served or frozen.  I placed small batches of cukes in canning jars and some in freezer bags, making sure that I left enough head space for expansion.

Thaw and eat them all winter long as a nice way to remember summer’s bounty.

This salad is great as a side salad, to bring to a picnic or I like them on top of a sandwich.

Freezer Cucumbers

7 cups cukes, sliced thin

1 cup sliced onion

1 cup green pepper diced

2 tsp salt

1 tsp celery seed

2 cups sugar

1 cup cold vinegar

Peach Kuchen

Kuchen – a German word for cake.

Kuchen

This is one of my favorite desserts since I was a kid.  Mom would whip this up in her kitchen using whatever fruit we had on hand.  This recipe is so versatile because you can use just about any type of fruit!  During the summer, peaches and plums are delicious.  In the fall, apples or pears.  During the winter, even canned fruit works great!

I am determined to go blueberry pickin in Michigan next month and I will be taking this recipe with me!!

Kuchen/Cake mixture:

1 1/4 C flour

1/4 C sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 C butter

2 egg yolks

2 TB milk

fruit (I used 4 large peaches, sliced)

Streusel:

1/2 C sugar

2 TB flour

1/8 tsp. nutmeg

2 TB butter

Sift flour with sugar, salt and baking powder.

Cut in butter until it crumbs.  There are different techniques to cutting in butter, but I do it the old fashioned way using my fingers to break up cold butter into pea sized pieces as the flour mixture coats the butter.

kuchen cut in butter

Combine egg yolks and milk and add to the flour mixture.  Once blended, spread and press into bottom of pan a 9×9″ square pan or 9″ round baking dish.  Arrange fruit and cover with streusel crumbs.

cake streusel

Bake 375° for 45 minutes or less.

Kuchen Cake a la mode

Kuchen is scrumptious served warm….even with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

Ha!  I need a bigger piece!

Poll: Calling all household cooks and bakers!

Hi!  I am taking a quick poll because I am curious what household cooks and bakers prefer to store bakery/cookies/appetizers or any type of finger foods in?  Think about your favorite container that you would transport food to a party or store these foods in to keep them fresh in the fridge, freezer or pantry.  Any details or comments (size, shape, make, etc.) would be greatly appreciated, but not necessary.

Thanks for your help!!

Colleen from the PartyKitchen blog