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Fun2Do - recipe

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    There’s nothing humble about the ingredients — delicious peaches and berries — but the simple shaping method for the crust keeps this pie from taking on airs!

    CRUST
    1 2/3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1 tablespoon dried buttermilk powder (optional)
    1/4 cup vegetable shortening
    1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter
    1 large egg
    1 to 2 tablespoons water

    FILLING
    1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc.)
    2 to 3 peaches, peeled and sliced (12 ounces before peeling)
    2/3 cup sugar
    1/4 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
    1/4 cup white sugar for garnish

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. To make the crust: Whisk together the dry ingredients, and cut in the vegetable shortening and butter.

    2. Whisk the egg and water together, then sprinkle over the flour mixture.

    3. Knead together, adding a bit of extra water to make the dough cohesive, if necessary.

    4. Form the dough into a disk, wrap it well, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

    5. To make the filling: Toss the berries and peaches with the sugar and enhancer or flour. If the berries are frozen, don’t thaw them. If they’re dry (like blueberries), run them under water first; this makes easier to combine them thoroughly with the sugar/thickener mixture.

    6. To assemble the pie: Roll the crust into a 13” to 14” round, and transfer it to a pizza pan or baking sheet.

    7. Mound the sugared fruit in the center of the crust, leaving about a 3 1/2” margin of bare crust all the way around.

    8. Fold the crust up over the fruit, pinching or pleating as you go, leaving 5” or so of fruit exposed in the center.

    9. Spritz the crust with water and sprinkle with sparkling white sugar, if desired.

    10. Bake the pie in a preheated 425°F oven for about 35 minutes, or until the filling is bubbling and the edges of the crust are brown.

    11. Remove it from the oven, and cool for 15 to 30 minutes before cutting into wedges.

  • Forgiveness

    Is there a recipe or food that your family may not have enjoyed at one time? It’s time to give that food a second chance! Pull out those cook books or search the internet for a recipe with that food item or a new version of an old recipe.

    If you have trouble finding a recipe/food to “forgive” and give a second chance to, try brussels sprouts. Brussels sprouts get the short end of the
    stick, however they are yummy and nutritious. Try this delicious recipe and give them a second chance.

    Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

    Ingredients:

    12+ Brussels sprouts

    Extra-virgin olive oil

    Kosher salt

    black pepper

    2 slices thick cut bacon, cut into pieces

    1 block Parmigiano-Reggiano

    Preheat the oven to 400
    degrees F.

    Cut the Brussels sprouts in half lengthwise, from top to bottom. Toss the sprouts with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast in the oven until tender, about
    20 minutes. While the sprouts are roasting, put the bacon in a small sauté pan with a splash of olive oil and bring the pan to a medium heat. Cook the bacon until it is crispy, 7 to 8 minutes. Remove the bacon from the pan. Toss the roasted Brussels with the crispy bacon and about a tablespoon of bacon grease. Using a peeler, shave a few slices of Parmigiano on top. Enjoy this second chance food!

  • Love

    Anyone can buy a box of chocolates, surprise someone your family loves by making them chocolates! As a family work together on this easy recipe for delicious chocolate truffles.

    Ingredients

    truffles:

    1 (8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened

    3 cups confectioners’ sugar

    3 cups of semisweet chocolate chips, melted

    1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

    options for outer coating:

    chopped nuts

    cocoa powder

    crushed cookies

    coconut flakes

    chopped candy bars

    In an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until well blended. Stir in melted chocolate and vanilla until no streaks remain. Refrigerate for about 1 hour. Shape into 1 inch balls, kids will love this silly messy step. Roll truffle in chosen outer coating.

  • Knowledge

    As a family try something new! Here’s a list of foods that are good for your brain, pick one or ten to try! Look in cookbooks or online for recipes that will incorporate your brain food picks. Spend time together thinking of new ways to add these foods to your daily meals and see if your knowledge grows with theses new brain foods.

    Brain Foods:

    Avocados, Beets, Blueberries, Broth, Broccoli, Celery, Coconut Oil, Dark Chocolate, Eggs Yolks, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Leafy Greens, Rosemary, Salmon, Turmeric, and Walnuts.

  • Joy

    Sometimes the holidays can feel like a rocky road. This candy can turn a rough day into a JOY filled day! Plus it’s pretty easy and incredibly delicious.

    Ingredients:

    2 cups (1 bag) chocolate chips

    1⅔ cups (1 bag) of butterscotch chips

    ½ cup peanut butter (crunchy or creamy. I used creamy.)

    9 cups of mini marshmallows (1 bag)

    1 cup of dry roasted peanuts

    Instructions:

    Cover a 9x13 baking pan with foil. Melt chips and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl for about 2 minutes. Stir until smooth when completely melted. Mix marshmallows and peanuts in a different large bowl. Set aside ¼ of the marshmallow/nut mixture to use as topping later. Pour melted chip mixture over marshmallows and nuts and stir to completely coat the marshmallows and nuts. Spread evenly in pan, top with reserved topping and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Lift foil from the pan and peel away from the bars. Cut into squares.

    Enjoy this yummy Christmas treat. Pack some in a ziplock bag and bring a long with you to snack on while looking at Christmas lights!

  • Honor

    Make a batch of warm cookies for someone you’d like to honor and deliver these chewy gooey cookies to them.

    Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Ingredients

    8 ounces unsalted butter

    12 ounces flour

    1 teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon baking soda

    2 ounces granulated sugar

    8 ounces brown sugar

    1 large egg

    1 large egg yolk

    2 tablespoons whole milk

    1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    12 ounces chocolate chips

    Instructions

    1. Melt the butter in a 2-quart saucepan over low heat, then set aside to cool slightly.

    2. Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda onto a paper plate.

    3. Pour the butter into your stand mixer’s work bowl. Add the sugars and beat with the paddle attachment on medium speed for 2 minutes.

    4. Meanwhile in a separate bowl, whisk together the whole egg, egg yolk, milk and vanilla extract.

    5. Slow the mixer to “stir” and slowly work the egg mixture into the butter and sugar. Mix until thoroughly combined, about 30 seconds

    6. Using the paper plate as a slide, gradually integrate the dry ingredients, stopping a couple of times to scrape down the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula

    7. Once the flour is worked in, drop the speed to “stir” and add the chocolate chips.

    8. Chill the dough for 1 hour.

    9. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F and place the racks in the top third and bottom third of the oven.

    10. Scoop the dough into 1 1/2-ounce portions onto parchment paper-line half sheet pans, 6 cookies per sheet.

    11. Bake two sheets at a time for 15 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through.

    12. Remove from the oven, slide the parchment with the cookies onto a cooling rack, and wait at least 5 minutes before devouring.

  • Courage

    These are perfect for you to enjoy while outside on a fall evening!

    16 whole Graham Cracker Squares

    1 container Marshmallow Creme

    1 whole Package Chocolate Almond Bark Or Other Melting Chocolate

    Scoop a heaping tablespoon of marshmallow cream onto 8 crackers. Top with the other 8 crackers, pressing gently. Immediately put the sandwiches in the freezer—-within a minute of putting the second cracker on top. Freeze for a minimum of 30 minutes to set the marshmallow creme as much as possible.

Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a glass bowl, then set aside to cool, stirring occasionally to keep the chocolate melted. When the chocolate is room temperature, remove the sandwiches from the freezer. One by one, dip the sandwiches in chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Immediately put the sandwiches back into the freezer to set the chocolate and keep the marshmallow from rebelling and oozing out.

Freeze for at least 30 minutes, then you can store the s’mores at room temperature or in the fridge until you’re ready to serve!

  • Trust

    You’ve baked with your kids before and you’ve had to use measuring cups, whisks, an oven and a real recipe. This cake doesn’t use any of those things! You’ll have to work together and TRUST that the cake will turn out.


    You’ll need:

    Crock pot

    1 box of Spice Cake Mix

    2 cans of Apple pie filling

    1 stick of butter melted

    several pinches of ground cinnamon

    Nonstick cooking spray

    Whipped topping or ice cream

    Instructions

    1. Spray inside of Crockpot with non-stick cooking spray


    2. Dump cans of Apple Pie Filling into bottom of crockpot, and spread out evenly.

    
3. Sprinkle Cinnamon over the apple pie filling.


    4. In medium bowl, combine dry Cake Mix and melted Butter, and stir until crumbly. {break up any large chunks into small crumbles with spoon}.


    5. Pour cake/butter crumble mixture over apples in crockpot, spread out evenly, and cover crockpot with lid.


    6. Cook on HIGH for 2 hours, or LOW for 4 hours.


    7. Serve with Ice Cream or Whip Cream and ENJOY!!

  • Obedience

    Sometimes we can’t see the bigger picture: the piñata we are swinging at, the donkey whose tail we are pinning on, the treasure at the end of a treasure hunt. But just because we don’t know how it will all work out doesn’t mean we don’t swing, pin and hunt with all our hearts, right? Well, that’s exactly what it means to obey even when you don’t know how it’s all going to work out.

    So this week, try to follow what this delicious recipe asks you to do. But here’s the catch—you don’t know what it’s going to make! Will it be a cookie? A pizza? A fruit salad? Or something else entirely? You’ll just have to trust the recipe to find out!

    Ingredients:

    1 pouch (1lb 1.5 oz) of sugar cookie mix

    ½ cup butter, melted

    1 egg

    1 cup whipping cream

    ½ cup cream cheese frosting

    3 ½ cups assorted fresh fruit

    How To:

    1. Heat oven to 375°F. Lightly spray 14-inch pizza pan or 15x10-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

    2. In medium bowl, stir cookie mix, melted butter and egg until soft dough forms. Press dough in bottom of pan. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely, about 45 minutes.

    3. In chilled medium bowl, beat whipping cream with electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form. Gently stir frosting into whipped cream. Spread over cookie pizza. Arrange fruit on top.

  • Faith, pt. 2

    For each person, you will need:

    2 sandwich-sized baggies

    1 gallon-sized baggie

    1/2 cup cream

    chocolate syrup

    ice

    1/4 cup salt

    - Add cream and chocolate syrup in a sandwich baggie and seal tightly. Put that bag into the other sandwich baggie and seal it, double bagging the mixture.

    - Put that baggie into the gallon sized baggie and fill the gallon with ice. Pour the salt in with the ice.

    - Shake the baggie for 8-10 minutes. If it gets too cold, wrap a plastic grocery bag around it to protect your hands.

    - As you shake, notice how the liquid changes to a solid—a delicious, soft-served, chocolate solid. Eat immediately as it will melt quickly.

  • Faith

    For each person, you will need:

    2 sandwich-sized baggies

    1 gallon-sized baggie

    1/2 cup cream

    chocolate syrup

    ice

    1/4 cup salt

    - Add cream and chocolate syrup in a sandwich baggie and seal tightly. Put that bag into the other sandwich baggie and seal it, double bagging the mixture.

    - Put that baggie into the gallon sized baggie and fill the gallon with ice. Pour the salt in with the ice.

    - Shake the baggie for 8-10 minutes. If it gets too cold, wrap a plastic grocery bag around it to protect your hands.

    - As you shake, notice how the liquid changes to a solid—a delicious, soft-served, chocolate solid. Eat immediately as it will melt quickly.

  • Contentment

    As the school year is coming to a close, plan a pizza night and talk about all that you’ve already accomplished this year. There were probably some great moment and some not-so-great times. It may not have been a perfect year, but you can be content with what you’ve done.

  • Perseverance

    Finishing the school year well can take a lot of perseverance. Want to help your family stay focused and finish strong? Get them motivated with a “MAKE IT Your Own” pizza night where everyone makes their own mini masterpieces. (Who knows? Bacon and skittles just might be a good combination.) Ask, “What do you want your ‘end’ of school to look like, and how will you MAKE IT happen?”

  • Hope

    This month, schedule a family movie night. Draw from a hat of your favorite movies or creatively choose one family member who gets to pick. Make your favorite snacks and press play and then . . . watch for it. Did an element of hope show up somewhere in the storyline? It likely will. Afterwards, talk about how it plays out. Then point out how the idea of hope shows up in your own family storyline.

  • Cooperation

    Dinner can feel like an insurmountable task, but when you cooperate with other families, you can accomplish a lot more! This month, plan a progressive dinner with other nearby families. Each home will host and serve one course. Keep it simple by asking each home to make a favorite recipe, or give the evening a theme to make the meal even more cooperative. At the end of the night, talk about how you had so much more fun, and food!, because you all cooperated.

  • Self-Control

    We could all use a little help with self-control in the kitchen. This week, force some self-control by making only half of a favorite treat recipe. If you bake only half a pan of brownies, you can’t eat as many. Talk about how much is enough of different foods and see if you agree when it comes to broccoli and ice cream.

  • Compassion

    Christmas is a time for family and loved ones. It can also be a time that magnifies the loss of or lack of loved ones nearby. Think of someone who feels alone this Christmas. Ask them to share a favorite Christmas cookie recipe with you. Then invite them over to make and enjoy the cookies with you and your family.

  • Service

    Traditions make a family a family. (Well, traditions and embarrassing photos.) This month, pass on a family tradition by working together to make a dessert that Grandma or a favorite aunt makes. Then take that dessert to a friend or neighbor to help cheer them up.

  • Individuality

    Nothing displays each person’s individuality like a creative competition!

    This month, invite friends and family over for a pumpkin-carving contest. While everyone works on their pumpkin masterpieces, roast the pumpkin seeds to make a delicious snack. Use your favorite recipe or try this one from food.com.

    Consider salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, seasoned salt or Cajun seasoning.

    1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
    2. While it’s OK to leave some strings and pulp on your seeds (which adds flavor), clean off any major chunks.
    3. Toss 1.5 cups of pumpkin seeds in a bowl with 2 tsp. melted butter or oil and seasonings of your choice.
    4. Spread pumpkin seeds in a single layer on baking sheet.
    5. Bake for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.
  • Initiative

    This meal is going to require some initiative by everyone, not just the family chef! Have each person in the family write down their favorite meal for dinner, then turn all the papers over. Choose one to make for dinner tonight, and everyone works together to make it except the person who wrote it down. The cooks need to take initiative to find recipes, gather ingredients, and prepare the meal. And one person is honored by having their favorite meal prepared by some of their favorite people.

    The next evening you’re all gathered for family dinner, choose another favorite meal. Continue until everyone’s been able to enjoy their favorite foods. And everyone’s had a chance to show some dinnertime initiative.

  • Wisdom

    Before you can do what you should do, you’ve got to find out what it is that you should do, right? Put your sleuthing skills to good work as you find out what you should do to make this week’s top-secret recipe. (Parents, turn the recipe upside down to see what two ingredients you’ll need to have on hand for this recipe.)

    Use this code:

    1=A 11=K 21=U

    2=B 12=L 22=V

    3=C 13=M 23=W

    4=D 14=N 24=X

    5=E 15=O 25=Y

    6=F 16=P 26=Z

    7=G 17=Q

    8=H 18=R

    9=I 19=S

    10=J 20=T

    To decipher this recipe:

    16-15-21-18 1 7-12-1-19-19 15-6 13-9-12-11.

    1-4-4 3-8-15-3-15-12-1-20-5 19-25-18-21-16.

    19-20-9-18 21-14-20-9-12 2-12-5-14-4-5-4 1-14-4 5-14-10-15-25!

  • Conviction, Pt 2

    Who doesn’t love pizza? (If you said, “me,” your family has permission to tickle you until you change your mind.) And another question: did you know that pizza dough can’t rise on its own? That’s right—it’s the flour, sugar, salt and oil that make it taste, well, like pizza dough, but without the yeast, you might as well make your pizza on a saltine cracker. Yeast working in dough helps it rise, and God working in us helps us stand strong too… with conviction!

    What you need:

    1 tsp active yeast (or half of a package)

    1 tsp sugar

    4 C flour

    1 tsp sea salt

    1/3 C olive oil

    1 T honey

    Pizza sauce and toppings


    What you do:

    Sprinkle yeast in 1 1/2 cups of warm water with a tsp of sugar. Let it proof and bubble while you do the rest. In your electric mixer (or a bowl), put in flour and salt and mix on low. While still mixing, drizzle in the olive oil until incorporated. Stir the yeast water and drizzle into the dough mixture while mixing on low. Add the honey. Let your mixer knead for around 4-5 minutes, or you can obviously do this by hand. (The fatal dough flaw: undermixing. If you knead it long enough, it will become pliable and smooth. Not enough and it is sticky and crumbly.) Drizzle a bit of olive oil in a clean bowl, put the ball of dough in and coat it all around, and cover the bowl with a damp towel for 2-3 hours to let it rise. I usually keep this near my stove where it is warm.

    Divide your dough into fourths, and wrap up two portions in plastic wrap and stick in your freezer for next time. Now you have enough dough to make two pizzas. Flour your counter and roll them out. Preheat your oven as hot as it will go (around the 500 degree mark) and put your pizza pan in for 20-30 minutes. Once your oven and pizza pan are scorching hot, drizzle some olive oil on the pan and put your dough in the oven for around 5 minutes. Take it out carefully and put on your sauce and toppings. Back into the oven for another 5-6 minutes until everything is melted to perfection and your crust looks nice and toasty. Let it cool for a couple of minutes before slicing it up.

    Source: http://jenhatmaker.com/blog/2015/05/26/homemade-pizza-tutorial

  • Conviction

    Did you know that if you make a habit of standing for what’s right, over time, your conviction “muscles” will get stronger? It’s true! This week, try making some delicious homemade popsicles that will hang out in your freezer until they’re standing strong enough to eat!

    Feel free to use whatever popsicle ingredients you have on hand, but here’s a simple recipe we like!

    Strawberry Lemonade Ice Pops

    What you need:

    1
cup strawberries, fresh or frozen

    3 ½ cups lemonade

    popsicle molds or ice cube trays w/ popsicle sticks

    What you do:

    Blend ingredients in a blender until smooth. Allow froth to settle and pour into popsicle molds. Allow to freeze in freezer.

    Source: http://zipzicles.com/recipes/strawberry-lemonade-zipzicle-ice-pop/

  • Honesty

    What you need:

    1
 (20 ounce) package Oreo cookies, Crushed

    3
 (3 1/2 ounce) packages instant chocolate pudding mix

    5 1⁄2 
cups milk

    2 
(12 ounce) containers Cool Whip

    1 
(8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

    1⁄2 
cup sugar

    Toothpaste (white paste) (Yes, you read that right)

    Before you get to the deliciousness that is this Oreo pudding dessert, you’re going to see just how important it is to be honest. Take an Oreo out of the package, twist the cookie open and scrape all the filling off of both sides of the cookie. Squeeze toothpaste on to the cookie to resemble the filling and replace the top half of the cookie. Stick the cookie back in the package. Take a few minutes to talk about why covering up the truth is a bad idea. Notice how the cookie looks similar to the other Oreos in the package, but you know it’s not the real deal. Challenge each other to taste the
    cookie, then take a family vote on whether to make the pudding with the real Oreos or the toothpaste ones. Then keep following the directions below.

    Crush the Oreos, and place in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish (reserve about 1/2 cup of the cookies for topping). Mix cream cheese and sugar in mixing bowl until creamy. Add 1/2 cup milk to cream cheese and continue to mix. Add 1 container Cool Whip to cream cheese mixture, and mix until smooth and creamy. Pour/spoon cream cheese mixture over Oreos, and spread as carefully as you can. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

    Mix the 3 packages of chocolate pudding mix and 5 cups of milk until smooth, and pour over cream cheese mixture in pan. Put in fridge and allow pudding to set (about 30 minutes). Remove from fridge and top with remaining container of cool whip; sprinkle reserved Oreos over the top, serve or return to fridge until serving time.

    Source: http://www.food.com/recipe/oreo-dessert-345924

  • Peace

    How does your family prove you care about each other? How about sharing a yummy snack while you spend time together? Did we mention there’s butter involved?

    Grab the ingredients below, along with your family’s favorite board game, and make a night of showing peace to each other. Oh, did we mention there’s butter?

    What you need:

    ¼ cup of butter or margarine

    4 cups of Cheerios

    Salt

    What you do:

    Melt the butter in a skillet over low heat. Add the Cheerios. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the Cheerios are hot and well-coated by the butter, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and sprinkle with salt. Serve warm or room-temperature.

    Recipe source: http://clickamericana.com/topics/food-drink/hot-buttered-cheerios-1982