Easiest Apple Fritters Ever

Easy Apple Fritters|Frankly Entertaining

Well, it’s official: apple season has arrived! There’s a chill in the air, and the mood is just right for scarves, scented candles and warm apple fritters.

I’ve mentioned my first job at my family’s restaurant when I was in high school. Every night the chef came up with a cheesecake of the day, but my absolute favorite dessert there was the apple fritters. They were served warm (because no one wants to eat cold fritters!) with crème anglaise. The dessert was magical, and I ate it all year long, but it was perfect on cold days.

Simple Apple Fritters|Frankly Entertaining

The weather in Alaska is pretty much perfect right now. It’s cool and crisp and the sun is rising a little later, which means we get to see a gorgeous sunrise almost every day. Even when it’s raining it’s still amazing. These are the days that I need to remember when it’s cold and dark in January!

Kodiak Cakes is the secret ingredient in these fritters

This recipe is so simple that it makes a perfect after school snack, or delicious dessert for when you have company. It’s not make ahead, but it’s so simple and you can enlist helpers! My secret to uniform apple slices in the Apple Corer. I don’t use a corer/slicer combo, because I like making the donut shapes! The other secret is using pancake batter. Any mix will work, but I used Kodiak Cakes because it has extra protein, and when I’m deep frying I like to pretend that I’m being healthy! If you want to make crème anglaise I’m not going to stop you, but I served this with some salted caramel gelato (from Talenti, because I love using their containers). When the ice cream melts it’s like the crème anglaise.

A simple recipe for delicious apple fritters

My husband isn’t a big fan of deep frying, but there’s really no other way to get the crispy crust without frying. I use a huge pot and a couple of inches of oil, and we keep all the kids out of the kitchen. Safety first!

Apple fritters are the perfect fall recipe

Easy Apple Fritters

Ingredients:

  • 4 apples (I used granny smiths)
  • 2 c. pancake batter (I used Kodiak Cakes)
  • Oil for frying
  • Cinnamon Sugar

Instructions:

  1. Core and slice apples.
  2. Heat oil to 375º
  3. Dip apple slices in batter and fry for one minute on each side. Depending on the size of the pot, you should be able to do a few slices at a time. I get four slices out of each apple.
  4. Remove apples with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.
  5. Coat the fritters in cinnamon sugar.
  6. Serve warm with ice cream.

These amazing apple fritters only need three ingredients (and one of them is the apple!)

 

Easiest Apple Fritters Ever
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Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 16
 
Ingredients
  • 4 apples (I used granny smiths)
  • 2 c. pancake batter (I used Kodiak Cakes)
  • Oil for frying
  • Cinnamon Sugar
Instructions
  1. Core and slice apples.
  2. Heat oil to 375º
  3. Dip apple slices in batter and fry for one minute on each side. Depending on the size of the pot, you should be able to do a few slices at a time. I get four slices out of each apple.
  4. Remove apples with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.
  5. Coat the fritters in cinnamon sugar.
  6. Serve warm with ice cream.

Curry Tuna Salad

Tuna Curry Salad|Frankly Entertaining

School went back in for us this week, and while I’m excited to get my house back during the day, it also means that I’m packing lunches for five kids (six if you include the lunch for my toddler). We pretty much have an assembly line system going, and it works extremely well, but we’re always looking for ways to spice things up. My kids will start to revolt if they have the same thing too many days in a row!

You might think I’m a little crazy for making so many lunches every day, but the truth is, my kids need more food than the cafeteria offers to keep them full until they get home at 4:00pm. One of the biggest helps is that my kids are great at preparing lunches. We have a great system with all our supplies in the pantry, and the kids know that they get a treat, a fruit, and main and either some cheese or yogurt.

Five ingredients to a delicious lunch

Today’s recipe is for a tuna curry salad. You might think that your kids won’t eat this, but my experience has been that if I let my kids help me make a new lunch they’re more likely to enjoy it. The curry flavor here isn’t overpowering, and there are so many different types of curry that you can make things spicy if your kids love a little extra heat! I used yogurt instead of mayonnaise; it makes it both a little lighter and a little more authentic.  I also put in some diced green apple and raisins. If your kids enjoy curry for dinner this lunch will be very familiar to them. I served it with sliced naan, but if your local market doesn’t carry naan then you can always serve it with crackers (but, if I can get naan in Kenai, then I’m willing to bet that you can get it too!). I put the salad in a 4 oz. jam jar. This gets a great seal for both before and after lunch (please tell me my kids aren’t the only ones who put all their trash back in their lunch boxes?!).

Tuna Curry Salad

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Curry Tuna Salad

Ingredients:

Instructions:
  1. Combine all ingredients thoroughly and chill.
  2. Serve with Naan or crackers.

Tuna Curry Salad|Frankly Entertaining

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Strawberry Summer Caprese

Summer Strawberry Caprese|Frankly Entertaining

Edited*** This is a little embarrassing, because I thought I came up with this genius idea, but it turns out Christina wrote a very similar post for FFWD five years ago! You can read about it here. I am clearly getting so old that I can’t remember posts!

 

Summer is the time for light and easy meals. When the weather is warm you don’t want to feel weighted down with super heavy foods. This caprese salad makes a perfect light lunch, but you could also pair it with some grilled chicken for a complete dinner.

Strawberry Caprese |Frankly Entertaining

I’ve changed the recipe up from a traditional caprese by adding chopped strawberries and some strawberry balsamic vinegar. The berry flavor is a great addition to the cheese and tomato. The other thing I love with this is pre-sliced mozzarella. It seems a little ridiculous to pay for sliced mozzarella, but one less step is one less step! I also love that all the slices are uniform.

Strawberry Caprese | Frankly Entertaining

I didn’t put exact measurements in the recipe, because you really can’t mess this up. Add more if you’re feeding a crowd or just use a single tomato if you’re making a single serving. This is a little it of Summer in Italy, even if you’re living in Alaska!

Summer Strawberry Caprese

Ingredients:

  • Tomatoes, sliced
  • Mozzarella, sliced
  • Strawberries, diced
  • Strawberry balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions:

  1. Lay out slices of tomatoes and mozzarella in an alternating pattern.
  2. Sprinkle with the strawberries and basil.
  3. Drizzle with the olive oil and vinegar.
  4. Top with salt and pepper.

 

Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Crisps

Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Crisps|Frankly Entertaining

This is a recipe that I’ve had in my collection since I was first married. It’s written down on a faded index card, and I know exactly where to find it alongside my mother’s chocolate chip cookies. It was one of the recipes my mom gave me for an easy entertaining idea. You can make it ahead, and cut down on your party day stress. This is a perfect Summer recipe. You can add in whatever berries that you find at your local market or in your backyard. Right now we have a bumper crop of one raspberry, but that’s one more than last year, so the trend is favorable! We’re also working on a currant bush, but I’m I little worried about that one! At some point I might discover my green thumb, but until then I rely on my weekly farmers’ markets (randomly, there are no fewer than three weekly markets in the Summer here. Not bad for small town Alaska.).

Berry Salsa|Frankly Entertaining

The cinnamon crisps are simple but pretty addictive. This is pretty much the perfect treat for sitting on the back porch and watching the kids run through the sprinklers. I actually served this at the baby shower I threw for my friend Tiera. I served the salsa in individual ice cream cups from the Bakers Party Shop, which made it pretty and practical, and if you’re not color coordinating you spoons with your ice cream cups, you don’t know what you’re missing!

Food for a baby shower | Frankly Entertaining

Berry Salsa with Cinnamon Crisps

Ingredients:

  • 2 green apples, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup diced strawberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 kiwis, diced
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp. peach jam
  • flour tortillas
  • cinnamon sugar

Instructions:

  1. Combine first four ingredients.
  2. In a separate bowl mix zest, juice and jam.
  3. Add jam mixture to fruit mixture and chill.
  4. For the cinnamon crisps, cut the tortillas into wedges, mist with water, dust with cinnamon sugar and bake in a 350º oven for 8-10 minutes.
  5. Serve the salsa with the chips and enjoy all the vitamin C!

Summer Strawberry Smoothie + A Giveaway


Summer Strawberry Smoothie|Frankly EntertainingSummer is in full swing in Alaska, and it’s pretty much perfect. The sun is shining, and the temperature is just right. It’s perfect for running through the sprinkler and throwing water balloons at your brothers.

This time of year there can be the temptation to eat a lot of junk, because who wants to spend all day in the kitchen when there’s fun to be had outside? Today’s Summer smoothie makes great addition to breakfast, or a perfect afternoon snack by the kiddie pool!

Strawberry Smoothie|Frankly Entertaining

Smoothies can sometimes be a little deceptive in the nutrition department. I wanted to create a delicious, nutritious and simple smoothie, that my kids would love. I was inspired by the strawberry milk that I used to drink as a kid, but I wanted to make it with actual strawberries. Each 8-ounce serving of milk provides 8 grams of high-quality, natural protein. I used a cup of frozen strawberries, so we got a great smoothie texture. For sweetness I added a little drop of strawberry jam, but a little honey would have worked as well. If you want to use fresh strawberries, you could freeze the milk in ice cube trays to get the same texture. The smoothie is filling, so you won’t have anyone asking for another snack five minutes after they drink this!

Strawberry Smoothie|Frankly Entertaining

Milk is my drink of choice at home, and so my kids have learned by example to love it. One of the reasons that I was excited about this post was the chance to talk a little bit about the need for milk in our communities. My kids are fortunate to not have  to worry about where they get their milk, but that isn’t the case for everyone. More than 46 million Americans – including 12 million children – get support from Feeding America® network food banks each year. Fresh milk is one of the most requested, but least donated items at food banks, meaning children in need may be missing out on the essential nutrients, including high-quality protein, it supplies.

I hate the idea of kids being worried about food when they should be enjoying carefree Summer days. As a mom, it breaks my heart to think of kids having to shoulder grown up worries.

Strawberry Smoothie|Handmade Mod

You can help feed a childhood in your community this summer with a small donation at milklife.com. A donation as little as $5 can deliver a highly desired and nutrient-rich gallon of fresh milk to children who need it most. The Great American Milk Drive is a collaborative effort between Feeding America, America’s dairy farmers and milk companies. It turns online donations into gallons of milk for families in local communities. To date, the program has provided more than 12 million servings of milk to families across the country.

Make sure to check out the giveaway at the end of the post.

Summer Strawberry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. (8oz.) skim milk
  • 1 c. frozen strawberries
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. strawberry jam
Instructions:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
DIY Milk Carton Vase|Frankly Entertaining
* As a little Summer fun bonus, we also used the empty milk carton to make a kid friendly vase for the lilacs from our yard. These are  the kind of fun activities that make me feel like I can be a fun mom sometimes!
DIY Milk Carton Vase|Frankly Entertaining

 

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Lemon Poppyseed Mini Donuts

Lemon Poppyseed Donuts| Frankly Entertaining

If you post a non-donut recipe on National Donut Day, does it even count?!

Our house is pretty much donut crazy. One of the things our kids miss the most about San Antonio was our proximity to Krispy Kreme. Word on the street is that they’re building a Krispy Kreme in Anchorage, but we’re a little skeptical. There is one donut shop in our neck of the woods, but it’s about 10 miles away, and it is closed on Mondays, and during the evening, but if you’re in the Kenai area you should definitely go get yourself an Apple Fritter from The Moose is Loose (this is also where to buy any moose themed gift items). That means our only late night donut runs are to Safeway or Fred Meyer!

Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts|Frankly Entertaining

So, if you are like us and not really close to a donut shop, then you need to get creative and make them yourself. I’m going to be completely honest here, I have not yet mastered deep fried donuts, so today we’re going baked, which is a little easier for the kids to help with, and a lot less messy.

If you’re going to bake your own donuts I am a big fan of the Wilton Mini Donut Pan. It seems way less gluttonous to eat three donuts when they’re bite sized! I would suggest buying two of these pans, otherwise you’re going back and forth to the oven a lot. I also love Disposable  decorating Bags. They make it really easy to fill the pan, and they’re mess free!

We went with lemon poppyseed because we’re working on recipes for National Lemonade Stand Day next Saturday. My kids are pretty excited for their first adventure in the world of entrepreneurship. My big piece of advice was to make everything a dollar so the math is easy!

If you’re going to be in Kenai next week you can come and visit us and buy some of these donuts. Otherwise, here’s the recipe:

Lemon Poppy Seed Mini Donuts

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 c. flour
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1/4 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 3 tsp shredded lemon peel
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Belgian Pearl Sugar

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350º and grease pan.
  2. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl combine egg, milk, oil, almond extract and 2Tbsp. lemon juice. Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix.
  4. Add lemon peel and poppy seeds; mix.
  5. Place batter in disposable decorating bag, and fill each donut cavity 3/4 full.
  6. Bake for 5-7 minutes.
  7. While donuts are baking, prepare glaze.
  8. Mix 1 Tbsp sugar with 2 Tbsp lemon juice. Using a silicone brush, apply glaze to warm donuts and top with a sprinkling of pearl sugar.

p.s. This has nothing to do with donuts, but we got a puppy and we’re pretty smitten with him so far!

Chewie|Frankly Entertaining

 

Lemon Poppyseed Mini Donuts
Author: 
Recipe type: Quick Bread
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 48
 
Lemon Poppy Seed Mini Donuts
Ingredients
  • 1¾ c. flour
  • ¾ c. sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 c. milk
  • ¼ c. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 3 tsp shredded lemon peel
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Belgian Pearl Sugar
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350º and grease pan.
  2. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl combine egg, milk, oil, almond extract and 2Tbsp. lemon juice. Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix.
  4. Add lemon peel and poppy seeds; mix.
  5. Place batter in disposable decorating bag, and fill each donut cavity ¾ full.
  6. Bake for 5-7 minutes.
  7. While donuts are baking, prepare glaze.
  8. Mix 1 Tbsp sugar with 2 Tbsp lemon juice. Using a silicone brush, apply glaze to warm donuts and top with a sprinkling of pearl sugar.

My Top Ten Lessons Learned from Hosting an Alt Summit Mini Party

Alt Summit Mini Party|Frankly Entertaining

In January I was fortunate to get to co-host an Alt Summit mini party with Anne Cropper and Erica Nielsen. You can read all of Anne’s details of the party here, and my post from Handmade Mood  here, but I thought I’d share my top ten lessons learned just in case you’re thinking of applying to host a party next year!

Marshmallow Mingle |Frankly Entertaining

1. Find Amazing Co-Hosts: This will be the best indicator of you party’s success. Does your group get along? Do you make each other laugh? Do you all share the work? It sounds like an application for a dating site, but you’ll be spending a lot of time with these people, so pick the right ones.

Alt Summit Mini Party Hosts|Frankly Entertaining

2. Work Within Your Budget: Alt Mini Parties come with a budget; ours was $1000. You think it will last forever, but it will not! This is like budgeting for your wedding: pick the most important things and do those first. Also, keep track of what you’re spending; it adds up faster than you think.

3. Reach Out to Other Companies: At the party we could only have signage from our official sponsor (thank you Maurice’s!), but there were lots of companies that were willing to work with us. Pepperidge Farm supplied the cookies for our S’mores kits, and Birch-Logs.com  and Blank Extreme Entertainment gave us reduced rates. While we were at the conference, Hayneedle was a huge help! Don’t plan on a free ride, but every penny counts, and it never hurts to ask. Just have a plan.

Marshmallow Mingle at Alt Summit|Frankly Entertaining

4. Come Up With a Plan: Since the three of us all live in different cities, we emailed back and forth a lot. We also wrote everything down, and tried to keep track of what we were spending. Anne’s husband also was a lifesaver in the design arena. He created our floor plan, which made set up very smooth. It’s okay for the plans to evolve; the important thing is to keep track so that everyone is on the same page.

5. Enlist Your Friends to Help: Since all three of us were from out of town, we were very grateful for friends who did everything from receive all of our packages and  making Ikea runs, to helping us put together and disassemble marshmallow chandeliers!

6. Don’t Plan on Getting Much Sleep: Even with all of our extra help, we still had late nights setting up and taking down. If you want to have time to meet people and attend classes, most of the set up work will have to take place during the conference downtime, which is when everyone else is resting!

7. Take Your Vitamins: Combining cross country travel and roommate life with lack of sleep and hundreds of people means lots of germs and increased likelihood of illness. I made sure to pack vitamins and hand sanitizer, and all was well!

8. Don’t Be Rigid About Your Conference Class Attendance: One of the perks of being a party host is a ticket to Alt, but that comes with the expectation that you do your best work. For me, that meant that I couldn’t spend all day in classes, workshops and sponsor suites. I had to pick and choose the most important things to do so that I was leaving enough time for party prep. If I had gone into the conference thinking I was going to attend every session I might have been disappointed, but being prepared

9. Eat: You will be happier and healthier if you stay fed. No one wants a grumpy hostess. The great thing about being at The Grand America was that there were plenty of food options. I also made sure to sneak in an online order for my beloved Café Rio!

10. Leave Yourself Time to Get Ready: This is the thing that’s hardest for me whenever I throw a party. I feel like I’m always prepping right up until the last minute. For something like this, where there are a lot of people taking pictures, and you’re chatting up potential sponsors and trying to make a good impression all around, you want to make sure you’re feeling like you look your best. Set an alarm on your phone so that you have a physical reminder to go get ready. There will be time for last minute room touch ups after you’re prepped.

Alt Summit Food|Frankly Entertaining

 

It’s been so fun to look back and reminisce about Alt Summit. Hosting a party was an amazing learning experience. It’s a little like childbirth. You may not want to do it again right away, but once time gives you a little perspective, you know you’d do it again in a heartbeat!

All images are courtesy of Alt Summit.

Airplane Necessities For Traveling with Kids … or Husbands

I was hired by The Women Bloggers to participate in this #GerberLilBeanies campaign led by Kendal King Group on behalf of Nestlé Lil’ Beanies.

Airplane Travel Kit | Frankly Entertaining

I can vividly remember the first flight my husband and I took with our oldest child. He was six weeks old, and were flying across the country for Christmas. I began to nurse the baby as we were taking off in an attempt to keep him from screaming. For some reason this greatly offended the lady sitting next to me, which she didn’t mind letting me know. At the end of the flight the baby spit up all over this woman’s scarf (which was draped over our shared armrest). This was just the first of three flights and many delays. I was glad I had packed an extra shirt, but other than that, I was very unprepared!

Flying with kids| Frankly Entertaining

As time has gone on and the number of children in my has family increased, I have picked up a few travel tricks. Trust me when I tell you, most people freak out a little bit on the inside when they see a family of 8 headed their direction on a cramped plane. A family our size can’t all fit in one row, or even two, so our older kids need to sit by themselves. We have had many discussions on how to behave when we travel, but we also make sure that we have some go to items to keep everyone busy.  I will also say, that this list also works perfectly for road trips. The same ideas apply. You’re cramped, you can’t really move around, and kids will complain about their siblings invading their personal space!

Nestle Lil' Beanies| Frankly Entertaining

The most important thing is to keep little minds occupied. The second most important thing is to not annoy everyone in the surrounding area (including mom and dad). Whether you’re about to go on your first plane ride with a toddler, or you 10th with your family of 6,  these tips will come in handy.

Airplane Necessities for kids| Frankly Entertaining

 

Things to pack in a child’s carryon:

  • Backpack: This needs to be something your child can carry by themselves. The less you have to carry, the better. You will at some point have to carry a sleeping child through a terminal, so don’t weigh yourself down too much in the beginning!
  • Healthy Snacks: Finger foods, like Nestlé Lil’ Beanies, with extra protein and fiber mean that kids will fill up  without a sugar high that will have them running the aisles! As a bonus, even toddlers can feed themselves these snacks, and they won’t leave little fingers an unnatural shade of orange! These snacks are designed for toddlers, but all of my kids, and even my husband, eats them. They’re a healthy alternative, when you want a crunchy snack. Make sure to avoid any liquid that comes in a squeezable pouch (yogurt, apple sauce). The change in pressure will guarantee you squeeze pouch eruption.
  • Quiet Toys: finger puppets, travel sized cars, or even random Lego blocks in a baggie, will be entertaining. Don’t let 10 year olds fool you. They will make up stories with finger puppets to “entertain their little brothers and sisters!”
  • Books and Magazines: I like to have one book for each child. Board books for little kids and chapter books for older ones. You’ll be surprised how many times the Pigeon books can be read on one flight! I also love interesting fact books. My kids will read these over and over.
  • Notebooks and crayons: Paper is full of potential for kids. They can play games, write stories, or draw pictures. I like to pack crayons and pencils. Pens and markers can get over hands, clothes, and airplane seats!
  • Gum and suckers: I keep these for takeoff and landing. Chewing gum and sucking on lollipops will help pop ears. It’s horrible for little kids to have that pressure build up, but not understand how to fix it.
  • Devices and Earphones: We try to limit devices, but they come in very handy. We will download a movie that all the kids can watch, so that it doesn’t matter which kids are sitting together. We also have headphones, because not everyone on the plane wants to listen to Big Hero 6! If your device comes with a camera, it’s perfect for taking pictures out the window. Everyone loves to do that!
  • Change of Clothes: If you don’t want to put a whole outfit, at least put in a shirt. Drinks get spilled, and depending on the age of your kids, all sorts of other messes can occur (that first flight was not the only time one of my children puked on a plane!). You’ll definitely appreciate this if you get stranded somewhere overnight without your luggage!
  • Disposable Sippy cups: I use these on plane (and trains and automobiles) until my kids are 5 or 6. Planes move around a lot, and so I always transfer my kids’ drink into the sippy cups.
  • Plastic Bags: I pack the contents of the carryon inside a plastic bad that can seal shut. This protects against any mishaps, but it also provides a place to put dirty clothes.

Airplane Essentials for families| Frankly Entertaining

*If you want to try Nestlé Lil’ Beanies, they’re available now at Walmart. All our kids were raised on Lil’ Crunchies, and the new Lil’ Beanies are just as delicious, and they’re made from beans and rice flour, with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. I am also completely impressed by the fact that the Nestlé hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Rose Water Meringues

Rose Water Meringues | Frankly Entertaining

When I had the Favorite Things party, I wanted the food to be simple and delicious. It was all finger food so that I didn’t need utensils. Plus, with all the goodies being passed around, I didn’t want the food to get in the way. I made some raspberry chocolate meringue kisses for Valentines Day over at Handmade Mood, and someone mentioned something about rose flavoring. I was totally inspired, and I couldn’t get the idea out of my head. What is more feminine and girl for a ladies night than rose?

I actually had rosewater and rose sugar crystals in my pantry for a rose marshmallow experiment that still hasn’t happened, so I didn’t even need to go shopping for this recipe!

Rose Water Meringue Ingredients|Frankly Entertaining

Meringues look intimidating, but they’re actually pretty simple. The most important thing is having the eggs at room temperature, and then not over beating the whites. The rose water adds a delicate flavor to the meringue which is accentuated by the rose sugar crystals. This would also be the perfect thing to serve at a baby shower or a girls’ afternoon tea birthday party.

The Ultimate Ladies Night Dessert | Frankly Entertaining

A little tip for dipping the meringues: the tops are super delicate and would break off when I dipped the bottoms in chocolate. It worked a lot better to dip the sides or the tops.

Sources:

Rose Water Meringues||Frankly Entertaining

Rose Water Meringues

Ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites
  • pinch of cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp Rose Water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. white chocolate chips, melted
  • Rose Sugar Crystals

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, vanilla, rose water and cream of tartar with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.
  2. Add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time and continue beating until stiff peaks form.
  3. Using a star tip pipe out 1″ cookies.
  4. Bake in a 300º oven for 20 minutes.
  5. Let the meringues cool and then dip the bottoms in melted chocolate and dip in sugar crystals. I found dipping the top and sides worked better than dipping the bottoms.

Alaska One Year Anniversary

Alaska

Today marks one year since we arrived in Alaska. To say this year has flown by is an understatement. My kids think the time goes faster because the days are shorter, but I think we’re just trying to squeeze every ounce of adventure that we can out of this experience. I’ll write a separate post with my top ten favorite Alaska things, and maybe one about things I miss from the Lower 48 (since I’m using the term “Lower 48” you can tell I’m practically completely Alaskan!). There’s also a whole post that I want to write about the best companies for getting things shipped to Alaska.

Alaska

We were ready to leave Texas when we did, but I don’t know that you’re every fully prepared for life in Alaska. We didn’t come here to get off the grid, so the isolation can be a little hard (and we live in town). People here are very kind in a tell it like they see it kind of way, which is great, because I never wonder where I stand with people!

Northern Lights

 

By far, the best part of this experience has been how it has affected my kids. I was worried about how they would do away from their friends and all the things they knew and loved (Krispy Kreme and Takis). One  the reasons we wanted to come to Alaska was because my husband lived here as a kid, and he loved it. He felt pretty strongly that all kids should have an Alaska experience.  My kids still miss their friends in Texas, but they are loving it here. We live in a town of about 5000 people, and small town life comes with its own set of opportunities.  We have attended parades and entered gingerbread house contests, and we can get opening night tickets to Star Wars the night before! They’ve also had ice fishing adventures and glacier hikes. There may even be a puppy in our future!

Alaska

As for me, I’m trying to get the most out of this adventure as well. Even though I don’t like being away from friends and family, I am trying to learn as much as I can while I’m here. I’m out of my comfort zone, but that’s when all the magic happens, right?!

Alaska

 

I was reading on Humans of NY today, and this quote struck me:

“Time off is a space where you allow things to happen other than the known.”

I don’t consider this a sabbatical, but we’re definitely experiencing the unknown, and I can’t wait to see what this next year has in store!

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