Category: Snacks

How to make Homemade Funnel Cakes 

There are certain things that I associate with summer, that have just become a right of passage during these short 3 months. Swimming, watching Dirty Dancing, camping, making S’mores and funnel cakes! 
When the Bearded Man and I were dating, we used to split funnel cakes at the Fair. Back then, I was still putting on airs, and acting like I couldn’t eat half a pizza at once. So yea, we’d split food, and I’d act all full, and then go home and raid the fridge. Now that he’s stuck with me for life, I’m not sharing my funnel cake with anybody. 

Since we have a large-ish family now, I’d have a conniption if we had to pay 5 dollars a pop for funnel cakes. It’s just not happening. Thankfully they are very fast and easy to make at home! This was the perfect end to a fun weekend! 

Homemade Funnel Cakes 

-2 eggs

-1 1/2 cups milk

-3 Tablespoons sugar 

-2 cups all-purpose flour 

-1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 

-1/2 teaspoon salt 

Vegetable oil

Powdered sugar 

Strawberries 

Fill a large round frying pan with vegetable oil, making the oil about 2 inches deep. Turn heat to medium, and allow oil to heat to 360 degrees. 

Whisk eggs, milk and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add flour, baking powder and salt, and whisk until combined. 

Measure 1/2 cup of batter into a funnel, covering the hole of the funnel with your finger. 

Place your funnel over the hot oil and remove your finger. As batter runs into the oil, make a circle with designs in the middle, connecting everything together. I had fun with this part!

Fry about 1-2 minutes, or until golden brown. Using tongs, carefully flip and fry for 1 more minute. 

Drain on a plate lined with paper towels and continue with the rest of the batter. 

Sprinkle powdered sugar and strawberries over the funnel cakes. 


Serve! 

This was one happy little redhead! 


Due to the messiness of the sugar, I don’t recommend eating these while wearing a black sundress. Not that I would know or have experience in that area….

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Recipe credit: http://www.handletheheat.com/homemade-funnel-cakes/

Photos and wording my own. 

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DIY Microwave Popcorn

We have a local discount grocery store that sells all types of popcorn kernels. When I first started buying popcorn this way, I tried making it on the stove. Um, I’m not sure what I was doing wrong, but popcorn would end up everywhere! I knew there had to be an easier way to skip the bagged microwave popcorn. After some trial and error, this is our favorite way to make popcorn!

You will need:

1/4 cup popcorn kernels

2 tablespoon coconut oil 

Large glass bowl 

Microwave cover 

Add the popcorn kernels and coconut oil to your glass bowl. Place microwave cover in top of the bowl. 


Microwave for about 6-7 minutes, or until you only hear popping every few seconds. 

Carefully remove(bowl will be very hot!) and use desired toppings. We use popcorn salt and sometimes a little bit of melted butter! 


A bag of popcorn kernels lasts a long time, making this a very frugal snack! 

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Strawberry Banana Muffins

I love this time of year! The weather is getting warm, the morning sun fills my kitchen, and strawberries go on sale! Bring on the muffins! The Bearded Man isn’t a huge fan of sweets, but he loves it when I make these muffins. My kids do too…so I have to hide a few to put in his lunch box before they’re gone 🙂 Usually when I make a recipe off the internet, I end up tweaking it. Not this one, it’s awesome just like it is!   
Strawberry Banana Muffins 

(Makes 12)

-2/3 cup sugar 

-1 egg 

-6 tablespoons butter, melted 

-1 teaspoon vanilla 

-2 ripe bananas, mashed 

-1 1/2 cups flour 

-3/4 teaspoon baking soda 

-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 

-1/4 teaspoon salt 

-1 cup chopped strawberries 

Preheat oven to 350. Grease or line muffin tin with liners. 

In the bowl of an electric or stand mixer, beat egg and sugar until blended. Add butter and vanilla until combined.

Add mashed bananas and mix until smooth and incorporated.

In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add strawberries and toss until strawberries are coated in flour mixture. 

Add strawberry mixture to wet mixture and mix just until everything is combined. 

Add mixture to muffin tin using cookie scoop or gravy spoon. 

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Cool for 2 minutes, then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.

We love muffins for breakfast and snacks, but they never last long enough! 

Recipe credit goes to http://melaniemakes.com/blog/2014/04/strawberry-banana-muffins.html

Photo and wording my own. 

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Sausage and Cheese Bites

Maybe it was the rain, or just needing a break from the monotony of spring closet purging, but the kids and I decided that this was the perfect evening for a “fun food” and game night. I made some of these sausage bites for dinner and chocolate covered strawberries for dessert. We ate off napkins(yay, no dishes!) and started out with Chutes and Ladders. Keira has been learning about Chess in her new Math curriculum, Life of Fred, so the Bearded Man taught her to play. I’ve never played Chess before, and I still don’t have a clue what’s going on. Looks like we’ll be learning right along side each other! 

These little nuggets of cholesterol are fast to whip up and are perfect for parties and game nights! 

 
Sausage and Cheese Bites 

-3 cups Bisquick 

-4 cups cheddar cheese 

-1 pound spicy sausage, uncooked 

Preheat oven to 400 and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Add Bisquick, cheese and sausage to a large bowl. Mix with a spoon or stand mixer until all ingredients are combined. Mixture will be crumbly. Shape into balls and place onto the baking sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes. That’s it! 

 

It’s a lot to learn!

 

After dinner and baths, Matthew said that he needed to “pay bills.”

What are you favorite ways to make a typical weeknight a little more fun?  
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