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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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Breakfast Burrito Cups

Today, I baked these Breakfast Burrito Cups because I like the idea to keep them in the fridge or freezer and pop them in the microwave for a quick, healthy, hot breakfast.  Sweet Stackers layer foods using a stackable food storage system in a variety of containers.  This prevents foods from sticking together or getting soggy.

Breakfast Burrito Cups

Happy New Year!  Personally, I have never been into making resolutions.  This year is different and I am setting a goal that is taking one more step to eating better for the whole family.  Drumroll please…..I am not buying cereal!

Overall, I believe that we do well eating well rounded meals.  But breakfast is the one area where I think we can do better!  The mornings are hectic.  First, I am NOT a morning person.  My kids know that Mom needs to have a few sips of coffee before we can start discussing any aspect of the morning routine.  Three young kids bring the typical morning rush trying to get them out of the door on time.  Cereal is the perfect quick breakfast.  But even the cereal that we have considered to be the “less-sugar” cereals are still packed with sugar and limited nutrition.  I myself quit eating cereal for about 2 years because I realized I was starving by 9 or 10 A.M.  Unfortunately, my kids LOVE cereal and will even eat it as an afternoon snack since they can make it themselves.  So if I don’t have cereal in the house, no one will eat it.

I have been doing some research as how to make quick heathy breakfasts!  This is one of the make ahead recipes to keep in the freezer.  A variety of fillings can be used, so get creative!

Breakfast Burrito Cups

yields 12 individual cups

3 – 10 inch flour tortilla

variety of diced veggies/cooked meat [green pepper, mushrooms & ham]

5 eggs

2 TB milk

shredded Cheddar cheese – optional

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 12 count muffin tin with oil.

Cut the tortilla into quarters.  Press gently into the muffin tin to form cups.  Sprinkle the diced veggies and meat into the cups.  In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together.  Poor even amounts of egg mixture into each cup.  Sprinkle a pinch of shredded cheese on top of each cup.  Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.  Uncover and bake for an additional 5 minutes until the egg is cooked through and lightly browned.

 

 

Tomato Harvest Bruschetta

Loving my veggie garden this year because with all of the rain – comes a huge harvest of tomatoes!  For Labor Day weekend, I made a few different recipes using tomatoes.  Bruschetta was at the top of my list!  So easy to make and you don’t need plum tomatoes.  I used the large juicy big boy-type tomatoes!

Tomato Harvest Bruschetta appetizer

Slice a baguette thin and place on a cookie sheet in one layer.  Place under a hot broiler for just a minute or two until they start to brown.  Flip to the other side and repeat.

When they come out of the oven, drizzle with olive oil and rub the top surface with a sliced garlic clove.

Toasted Baguette

Using 3 or 4 large tomatoes, slice a tomato side ways (so that the top half of the tomato has the vine) and squeeze the juice and seeds over the kitchen sink.  Repeat with the bottom half to remove seeds.

Dice the tomatoes, drizzle with olive oil, S&P to taste.

Fresh basil!  Pull 10-12 fresh basil leaves, roll them up together and slice thin.  Add to the tomato mixture and stir.

Scoop the tomato mixture on each toasted baguette slice.

SweetStackers food storage tray inserts

A fresh tomato appetizer perfect for late summer.  Ready to serve or transport to a party!

Sweet Stackers Food Storage trays appetizer

Sweet Stackers are reusable, stackable trays that insert into a container your already own.  The classic Tupperware 9×9 inch container and 8×8 inch Sweet Stackers tray set is pictured.   Two layers of bruschetta in one container without a soggy mess.  Ready to transport to a party or picnic!

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Banana Cookies

This recipe tastes and make the house smell just like Banana Bread…but in cookie form!  The cookies are moist and cake-like with the perfect amount of sweetness drizzled over the top.  The best way to store them, especially during the summer is to layer them separately to prevent them from sticking together.  Sweet Stackers convert your containers to multi-level using stackable trays and risers.  They insert perfectly into major brand air-tight food storage containers to make the perfect cookie container.  This whole batch of cookies were layered neatly in one 3″ deep container.

Sweet Stackers Cookie Storage

This recipe came from a blog called Pots Pans & Parkers.  The banana cookies turned out delicious and of course everyone in the house wanted one immediately when they came out of the oven based on the aroma.  I had to shoo them out of the kitchen in order to make the frosting!

Banana Cookies

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 mashed bananas (3 if they are small)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups of flour

Preheat oven to 350°.

Cream the butter and sugar together.  Add egg, vanilla and bananas.  Sift flour, baking soda and salt together.  Gradually add the flour mixture.

Place a scoop of cookie dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for approximately 9 minutes or until the bottom are golden brown.

Banana Cookie Sheet

Banana Cookie Frosting:

  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter (one stick)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Scald the milk in a pot. Add the butter, brown sugar and vanilla.  Bring to a boil on a medium heat.  Gradually add the powdered sugar into the pot, constantly stirring to avoid sugary clumps.  (note: you can add more or less powdered sugar depending how thick or thin you want the frosting)

Frosted Banana Cookies

The Sweet Stackers risers are versatile!  The risers are used to stack full-sized cooling racks to let the cookies cool and the frosting dry – saving space on the kitchen counters.

The cookies in this container didn’t last long!

SS Banana Cookies

Visit sweetstackers.com for more details about the product and the containers they fit.

Shop on Etsy using coupon code LABORDAY20 now through 9/6/2014.

 

Christmas in July Sale

Sweet Stackers are great anytime of the year!  Convert your food containers to multi-level using stackable trays.  Available in 4 sizes and designed to fit major brand food storage containers.

Christmas in July Sale – 20% off using coupon code JULYXMAS now through 7/31/2014.
Visit the Sweet Stackers Etsy Shop today

Sweet Stackers Jam Filled Thumbprint Cookies

The Key to Baking Great Tasting Cookies!

The key to making the best rollout cookies is how you store them.

Have you ever tasted sugar cookies that are beautifully decorated, but really don’t taste great because they are hard and crunchy?  Mostly likely this occurs when the cookies are not stored properly while decorating the cookies.  Decorating can be a long tedious process that requires the cookies to sit out and dry to prevent the icing from getting ruined or smudged.  Many decorators will leave them dry on their kitchen countertops overnight.  Usually this results in dry, crunchy cookies because they weren’t stored in an air-tight container.

I have been using the same sugar cookie recipe for years and found Sweet Stackers to be a baker’s best tool for cookie storage.  Once the cookies come out of the oven, they are immediately set on a cookie rack to cool.  When completely cooled, they can be decorated or stored in an air-tight container until the decorating process begins.  While icing the cookies, it is possible to keep the cookies fresh and stored safely in an air-tight container!  The cookies can be placed in the bottom of a container or on the Sweet Stackers trays as they are being iced.  The risers can be carefully positioned in between the cookies and the stackable trays can be lowered above a layer of cookies without touching them.  The cookies can finish drying in the air-tight container and this will produce soft, buttery cookies for days to come! IMG_3411

Sweet Stackers allowed me to get 36 cookies in a 9 x 12 x 3 inch container without the cookies touching each other and getting smudged.  Sweet Stackers come in 4 different sizes made to fit a variety of major brand food storage containers.  Great for storing food items like iced or jelly topped cookies, dessert bars, bite-sized appetizers and transporting them to a party without a mess.  No need for those over-sized, pricey cupcake and cookie carriers.  Sweet Stackers are reusable and versatile – a great food storage tool for any baker!

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Visit our Product page for more information about tray sizes and the containers they fit.  Currently, Sweet Stackers has a spring promotion on our Etsy Shop using coupon code SPRING14.  Stop by our shop to check them out – https://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetStackers

Appetizer, Anniversary and a Giveaway

This past week was my 2nd Anniversary for my PartyKitchen blog. Much is still the same in the past couple of years and some is exciting and new for me. I love to share my cooking and baking creations coming from my kitchen to yours. Plus, I still enjoy to entertain family and friends for all occasions from holidays to kid’s birthday parties. My girls are a couple of years older now and it is fun to get them more involved in the daily goings on in the kitchen. Hence there’s always a party in my kitchen.

The new and exciting part for me is to start a little business while staying home with my girls. Sweet Stackers was a solution to a problem that has frustrated me for years. Certain foods like appetizers, cookies and dessert bars can not be stacked without them sticking together, getting smudged or smushed.  It makes them hard to store in your pantry or fridge and difficult to transport to a party.  Sweet Stackers are reusable, stackable trays that allow you to maximize storage without food items touching each other in a container you already own.  For more information about Sweet Stackers, you can visit my website sweetstackers.com.  The website will explain details about the product, sizes available, where to buy them and ideas for the many different uses of these trays!

Need a perfect appetizer to serve for a game day or Superbowl party? Baked Potato Bites will be a huge hit! Make them ahead of time and transport them to a party. They are easy, can be served warm or cold and topped with your favorite baked potato toppings – like cheese, sour cream, bacon and chives.

Baked Potato Bites Appetizer

Baked Potato Bites

  • 8-10 petite gold potatoes, cut into ¼-½ inch slices
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 5 slices turkey bacon, cooked and roughly chopped
  • optional additional toppings (sour cream, chives, etc.)

Preheat oven to 425°.

Brush melted butter on foil covered cookie sheet.  Place sliced potatoes flat on cookie sheet and brush tops with additional melted butter.  Bake for 30 minutes.

Flip potatoes on cookie sheet and bake for 10 additional minutes.  Remove from oven and sprinkle the potatoes with cheese and bacon.  Bake for an additional 5 minutes.

SweetStackers game day appetizer

Serve warm or refrigerate.  Top with additional toppings like sour cream and chives.  The perfect type of appetizer to store using Sweet Stackers stackable tray set in one container without messing up the toppings.

Now I wanted to do something special to celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of PartyKitchen – a Sweet Stackers Giveaway!  One Sweet Stackers set includes 2 trays, 8 – .75 Inch Stackers and 4 – 1.25 Inch Stackers.  This allows you to have two or three layers of food in a typical 3 inch deep container.  The selected winner, must be located in the continental U.S., will have 3 days to respond and select which size Sweet Stackers tray set they would like to receive.  Good luck and a sincere thank you for following my PartyKitchen blog!!

Enter the Rafflecopter by clicking the following link:

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Dessert Storage Magic Bars  Transport Mini Desserts to Thanksgiving

Sweet Stackers - classic deviled eggs  Cucumber Appetizer

Edible Gifts for the Holidays

If you are looking for the perfect gift, why not go with something homemade and edible?  Homemade gifts are special, thoughtful, made-from-the-heart and do not have to be difficult to make.  Edible gifts will definitely impress your friend and family.  Don’t forget to package them in pretty containers or boxes wrapped with beautiful ribbon!

Edible Dessert Gift Box

Sweet Stackers are reusable, stackable trays that separate and protect your sweet treats without them sticking together.  Christmas cookies can be safely stored in multiple layers.  They are ideal for cookies that have a jelly filling on top or icing that you don’t want smudged.  Not only will they help you neatly store bakery in your container, they can also separate the sweet treats that you are giving as gifts.  Mix and match your treats without a sticky mess; cookies on one layer, brittle or bark on a different layer and chocolates or truffles on another layer.

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These pumpkin shaped spritz cookies turned out super cute decorated with “Sparkle Gel”.  Imagine that possibilities for spritz Christmas cookies?  These were packaged in a 9″x9″ pie box and separated with 8″x8″ Sweet Stackers trays.  Wouldn’t these sweet treats make a thoughtful hostess gift or an easy way to transport dessert to Thanksgiving dinner.

Let’s revisit some of my favorite PartyKitchen cookies and sweet treats that could make a delicious homemade gift for that special someone!

Egg Nog Cookies

Reindeer Peanut Butter Cookies

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies

Kolacky

Merry Berry Peanut Butter Cookies

Cherry Chocolate Kisses

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

What type of homemade edible gifts are you planning to make this season?

Sweet Stackers – Classic Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs are a classic appetizer summer picnics or barbeques.  Did you ever have a difficult time trying to store or transport an appetizer like this?  There are special containers and glass platters made specifically for deviled eggs…but seriously, where do you have room to store a container or large platter that you may only use once in a while and ONLY for deviled eggs?

Sweet Stackers stackable trays can create two layers of deviled eggs in one 3″ deep air-tight container.  This is perfect for transporting an appetizer like this to party or picnic.  Plus Sweet Stackers trays can be used for so much more!

Sweet Stackers - classic deviled eggs

In order to prevent the eggs from sliding around, I placed curly parsley in the bottom of the container and on one of the trays,  The eggs perfectly nested in between the parsley which made them easy to fill.  The parsley was not only there to hold them, but also made a pretty presentation.

Sweet Stackers trays & curley parsley

Classic Deviled Eggs

8 eggs; hard-boiled and peeled

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon yellow mustard

1 teaspoon vinegar

salt & pepper to taste

paprika for garnish

Hard boil the eggs, cool and peel.  Slice eggs lengthwise in half, reserve the yellow yolk in a bowl.  Mash the yolk with a fork, then mix with mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, S&P until creamy.

Scoop a spoonful or pipe the mixture into each egg white until full.  Sprinkle with paprika for garnish.

Sweet Stackers - deviled eggs storage

One container with two layers of devilled eggs…pretty and easy to store or transport to your next party!

Visit sweetstackers.com for more information about our product and where you can buy it or visit our gallery to get more ideas.

Kolacky – Stack and freeze them!

Yesterday, I went to Czech-Moravian picnic.  There was Czech food, traditional folk dancing and yummy homemade desserts!  This reminded me of a post that I wrote before last Christmas about Kolacky (i.e. Kolache, kolace, kolach, koláče).  Kolacky are a Czech cookie filled with fruit, poppyseed or cheese.  Many other eastern European countries also make them or something similar.  Check out my post to view the recipe…my recipe produces a moist kolacky dough because it uses a handful of ingredients including cream cheese.  The best part of kolacky is that they can be filled with any flavor of fruit filling.  I think my favorite is when they are filled with apricot.

Kolaches

Raspberry and Apricot Kolacky

My family and I usually bake kolacky for the holidays.  Kolacky are the perfect dessert after a large feast because they are bite sized.  You can always squeeze at least one in!  Since there are so many foods to prepare for a holiday dinner, we bake kolacky a couple of weeks in advance and freeze them.   They freeze perfect!  But, they can’t be stacked in the same container because of the jelly or fruit filling.  I had an idea to design trays that fit in air-tight plastic food storage containers….and that is how SweetStackers came about!  Using the Stackable Food Storage System, you can layer a whole batch of kolacky or any cookies, bars or pastries in two or three layers, in one typical 3″ container without them sticking together.  This makes is possible to place only one container in your refrigerator, freezer or pantry.

Do you make any cookies or bakery that are hard to store in an air-tight container?  Please share and link to your recipes!!