Category Archives: Baking

Beer Bread Gift in a Jar

So….dang it’s hard to get out of pj’s after you’ve been in them for 5 days am I right?!?! Goodness we had a fabulously lazy Thanksgiving weekend. I love it when nothing is on the calendar and we can just chill….and chill we did. We decorated and baked and watched movies (A Gift Wrapped Christmas on Lifetime is a front runner right now for the sappiest and cutest Holiday movie…but of course time will tell..) Ahhhh….it was so much fun. Back to reality…sort of…hubs and I leave for the beach on Wednesday for a little R&R….excited to see the beach:)

You know I am a sucker for a good party favor….I have done several in the past. I like to switch it up a bit:) Found this easy recipe for beer bread and some cool local brew bottles….a crowd pleaser too with the men and ladies;) These would make great neighbor gifts too…for not much cash:) I even did all the hard work for you and made you a printable to print out and attach:) I’m so nice….

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Fluffy Vanilla Baked Donut Recipe

Hey Yall! How was your Halloween? It was suppose to rain but it held off until later…ended up being a perfect night. We were those people who left the bowl of candy…along with a note that stated the honor code ” take 2 leave some for others.” We came home and the bowl was empty….as expected I suppose. We had a nice dinner out and went to a friends firepit….great night. So different than Halloween’s of years past. Our kiddos both had plans…so it all worked out well:)

This recipe is a perfect way to spend a cozy fall morning with a cup of hot joe. I may or may not be slightly or definitely addicted to Amazon Prime. Do you have that problem? I have had Amazon Prime for about 2 years now so it’s not like it’s anything new…. but occasionally I will go on there to buy like batteries or pencils ….whatever I need and then something pops up on my screen and I click on it and I’m like yeah I totally want that even though I wasn’t originally shopping for it I totally need that.

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

French Toast Sticks

sigh….summer feels like it is coming to a close…I suppose getting back to a routine is good…but I really could use a couple more weeks…I often wonder what it will feel like when my kids are off at college in a few years. Will Fall feel the same when I don’t have the hustle of back to school forms and shopping….it will be weird for sure. This time of year…around my birthday…was always back to school shopping. My mom would take us out to get a new Eagle’s Eye sweater…some uniform socks and shoes…a new lunchbox…some number 2 pencils and fresh crayons. I love the organization of it all…I suppose that is why when the calendar rounds the corner into mid August I start to miss my jeans, my long yoga pants…my comfy leather boots and scarves…Fall is a favorite….with summer a close second. I think the older my kids get the longer I wish summer would last.

I thought these make ahead French Toast sticks are perfect for those first busy mornings back to school. You can make up a large batch and bake them…let them cool and place them in the freezer. Pull them out as you need and heat and go. We like them best with some fresh berries on top with a little syrup or powdered sugar.

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French Toast Sticks
 
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Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 4-6 slices off a larger bakery style bread
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon melted butter, slightly cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees then spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray very well and set aside. Cut bread slices into thirds then set aside.
  2. In a large shallow dish, whisk together eggs, milk, melted butter, vanilla, and cinnamon. Dunk bread sticks into batter, let excess drip off, then place onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 16-18 minutes, spraying the tops of the French Toast Sticks with non-stick spray before flipping halfway through.
  3. To freeze: Let French Toast Sticks cool then place onto a baking sheet and freeze in the freezer. Transfer to a freezer bag or container when hard. To reheat, microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

 

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Great for busy mornings:)

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Thanks for all the kind words about the new table….we love it too! I am going to give you a little update on Wednesday about it and show you a few more things I have planned….Have a wonderful Monday!

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Homemade Cheese Crackers

You know how you always start the school year out really strong, like everything’s really organized…. all the markers are together….the pencils are sharpened and you have this great plan for breakfast and everything’s going to go so smoothly?!? Well this recipe is in celebration of that really hopeful way to get the year started off on the right foot and have everything together. Come springtime I’m sure you won’t feel like making your own crackers for a healthy back-to- school snack, but maybe at the beginning of the school year you will be more than enthusiastic to bust this recipe out! And I will tell you this, these recipes take almost zero effort…and have big flavor :)

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This was the first time I made homemade crackers, but will not be the last. Some of the recipes I had found told me to roll out the dough– but I know the mess that involves– so I did it my own way ;)

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I used some wax paper and rolled it into a log prior to chilling it in the refrigerator. If you shape it and place it in a fairly tight roll before it chills, it will be that much easier to cut into uniform shape. I actually chilled mine overnight and baked them in the morning. Use a really sharp knife and place the crackers onto parchment paper and to cookie sheets. This recipe made about 60 or 70 crackers. Try to slice them as thin as possible. Bake them at 375 for about 18 minutes until crispy on the edges. Let them cool on the pan and then transfer to an airtight container. They will keep nicely for a week. Besides packing in lunches, these crackers are also a great afternoon snack that will keep the kiddos full until dinner. Just heat up some frozen spinach & artichoke cheese dip to go along with them. Yum!!

The fruit smoothie is perfect for breakfast too….but my kiddos loved them with these crackers. It comes together so easy using ready-made Welch’s fruit juice cocktails. The star fruit kiwi was a hit in our house. You can also add in frozen fruit (such as Rader Farms) for some easy, extra nutrition points! All you need is a bit of yogurt, ice cubes, a half of a banana, maybe some additional frozen fruit …and you’re good to go :) Another option is to pair this homemade smoothie with some frozen waffles and breakfast is ready at a moment’s notice!

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Be sure to keep you head up when you are traveling down the freezer and dairy sections in your grocery store. There are countless snack options that are quick and healthy—you can eat and go! Also check out Easy Home Meals Pinterest that is full of great ideas to get dinner, breakfast and snack time done and done!! #EasyHomeMeals

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For the smoothie:

 

1 C Welch’s fruit juice

3/4 C vanilla yogurt

1 C ice

1/2 banana

Optional: Rader Farms frozen fruit blend

Blend until smooth in blender.

Remember that the dairy aisle is filled with goodies to make your life easier. These homemade cheese crackers and easy fruit smoothie recipes are made to be quick and painless…and really healthy too!

I am a brand ambassador for the NFRA (National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association) & a member of the Cool Food Panel. I have been compensated for my time spent writing this post. All opinions, photos, and thoughts are 100% mine own.

 

Homemade Cheese Crackers
 
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Serves: 60
Ingredients
  • 1 C flour
  • 4 T unsalted butter
  • 8 oz. Sargento Sharp Cheddar (shredded)
  • ¾ t salt
  • ½ t dried mustard
  • 3 T cold water
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Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients with exception of water in a food processor, until coarse crumbs form.
  2. Pulse in the water until dough combines.
  3. Place on wax paper and form a long narrow log.
  4. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 min or overnight.
  5. Slice and bake on parchment lined sheets for 18 min at 375.
  6. Cool and then store in an airtight container

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Derby Pie Cookie Bar Recipe

Hey yall! Hope you had a great weekend. We had glorious weather…so we made the best of it and did some gardening and cleaned out the garage. Nice to get some things done:) I am getting ready to go through some of the creative ideas that were linked up last week. I will share some favorites tomorrow.

This time of year in the Bluegrass all we talk about is Derby! Of course we’ve all heard of the mint julep cocktail and this Derby Pie cookie bar would be perfect to serve up for your Derby party (it’s the first Saturday in May;) If you’ve never had one consider doing one this year! It is a great time to celebrate spring and have some fun “betting” games during the day of “race for the roses.”Derby Pie Cookie Bars @cleverlyinspired (5)

 

A traditional Derby Pie has a shortbread crust…. I decided to do a graham cracker crust instead. I wanted to create a lighter version of the traditional Derby Pie. This recipe does call for a touch of bourbon… you can feel free to leave that out if that’s not in your taste. It does at a nice little hint of sweet directly from the bluegrass state:) As we say in Kentucky Go baby Go!

 

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Derby Pie Cookie Bar Recipe
 
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Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • half a stick of butter melted.
  • Cookie Topping:
  • 6 tablespoons butter softened
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • ½ C chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Press crust ingredients into an 8 by 8 pan that has been lined with parchment. Bake at 350 for 9 minutes.
  2. Combine and spread over crust. Bake for 30 minutes at 375. Let cool 30 minutes before cutting.

 

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Good luck…GO baby GO!

Have a great Monday friends:)

 

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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