Sprinkles can elevate your cupcakes from plain to awesome! It’s the easiest way to decorate, and the choices are overwhelming! A trip to my local Bulk Barn store resulted in bags and bags full of colorful confetti sequins, jimmies, nonpareils, pearl dragees, and decorating sugar in so many colors ….
I came home and didn’t know what to do with them! Although I personally don’t like sprinkles (I can’t get past the crunch), the world would be pretty boring without some sparkle and color!
When I bake treats for my friends and their kids, I bring out my sprinkles and go crazy.
Here are a few of what I think you’d crave!
Vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream, decorated with Wilton 1M tip.
It’s summertime and being foodies, we absolutely crave anything to do with BBQ!
But what do you do if it’s raining, and you don’t want to fire up the grill, or you don’t have a bbq? How about oven-baked ribs! We normally just use our favorite store bought bbq sauce but for an extra kick, I love this simple recipe with additional spices. The result is the perfect blend of sweet and tangy, with a bit of heat.
Getting to all the fixin’s … our favorites are potato salad, baked beans and cornbread. I switched it up this time with creamy mac and cheese, slices of baguette with butter and of course, pickles. We’ve dined at Famous Dave’s a few times, and they serve these awesome pickles with their bbq platters. Their Signature Spicy Pickle Chips are addictive and available for $3.99. You can also find them at Costco. They’re crunchy, sweet, sour and a bit spicy. I absolutely hated pickles for most of my life, and now I can’t believe how much I like them.
Are you craving BBQ?
Delicious Fall-Off-The-Bone Ribs
Adapted from food.com
- 4 lbs pork ribs
- 2-4 tbsp light or dark brown sugar (use less if your favorite bbq sauce is already sweet)
- 1 tsp hickory smoke salt (or smoked paprika)
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1 cup of your favorite bbq sauce
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees
- Peel off tough membrane that covers the bony side of the ribs
- Mix together the sugar and spices to make the rub
- Apply rub to ribs on all sides
- Lay ribs on two layers of non-stick foil, meaty side up (so they don’t burn)
- Lay two layers of foil on top of ribs and roll and crimp edges tightly, edges facing up to seal
- Place on baking sheet and bake for 2 – 2 ½ hours or until meat is starting to shrink away from the ends of the bone.
- Remove from oven
- Heat broiler
- Cut ribs into serving sized portions of 2 or 3 ribs
- Arrange on broiler pan, meat side up and brush with bbq sauce
- Broil for 1 or 2 minutes until sauce is bubbly
- Turn ribs over and repeat
- You can also finish them off on a grill
For those celebrating, we would like to wish you the very best for health and happiness!
Happy New Year!
~ Ruby & H
I’m not a huge fan of chocolates, but H is! I took him to Godiva and when we got to the counter, he was waiting for me to choose the flavors. I told him it was his treat for a change, and to pick the ones he liked. Of course he resisted, but after some prodding … Birthday Cake, Key Lime, Tiramisu, Chocolate Lava, Champagne, Smooth Coconut, Salted Almond and Hazelnut Crunch. Mmm!
Dragon Fruit is a beautiful type of cactus also referred to as Pitaya. Its origin is unknown, but believed to be from Mexico and cultivated around the world. It is more commonly found in Thailand and Vietnam. The color can be a vibrant red or yellow with layers of leaves.
A dragon fruit is ready to eat when you press on the outside flesh and it gives slightly. Any softer than this and it will be too ripe. After washing the fruit, simply cut in half. The flesh is easy to scoop out and contains black edible seeds, similar to kiwi (the skin is very bitter and inedible).
The taste is very mild and refreshing, slightly crunchy but not as tart as kiwis. While dragon fruits are rich in antioxidants and vitamins, they are also high in fructose and should be enjoyed in moderation.
The shell of the fruit is so pretty you can even use it to serve ice cream, yogurt or sherbet or sorbets. The fruit itself is best eaten cold.