Homemade Gummy Candy

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Homemade Gummy Candy from growingupgabel.com @thgabels #recipe

My family loves gummy candy in all shapes, sizes and flavors! A few years ago I discovered a recipe to make it at home so we tried it out. It was so easy! Just three ingredients and some kind of mold is all you need.  In half an hour, you will have your own gummy candy. Gummy candy is about the easiest kid friendly recipe I've ever tried. My four year old could pretty much make these herself (except the "cooking" portion).  We aren't really big Jell-O eaters, but I try to keep a few boxes in the pantry for a quick afternoon gummy candy making session when some boredom sets in.  Not exactly the healthiest of snacks but it's fun to make! You basically use three ingredients: water, gelatin and Jell-O.  I'm thinking you could also use just fruit juice instead of the Jell-O and add another packet or two of gelatin, but I haven't tried that yet.   We usually make our gummy candy in candy molds, but I had a new silicone bunny mold I wanted to try out. The gummy candy made in ... [read more]

Lemon Cupcakes with Blackberry Frosting

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Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon cupcakes are an easy summer dessert perfect for potlucks and picnics.  I topped the lemon cupcakes with a blackberry frosting that is a cinch to pull together by adding blackberry preserves to a basic buttercream frosting.  Don't worry if you have extra lemons - Good Cooks Citrus Keepers will keep it fresh in the fridge for the next batch of lemon cupcakes! Cupcakes are not exactly my forte.  But that doesn't keep me from making them.  It just keeps me from photographing them often because, really, they are rarely impressive.  But these lemon cupcakes with blackberry frosting - oh my goodness! It's like spring and summer in your mouth.   I'm always a fan of blueberry and lemon but blackberry just takes it over the top.   At first I wasn't going to make these because I figured the frosting would require cooking down blackberries in a long drawn out process. Nope! You just use blackberry jam - super easy and delicious.  If you want to try this flavor combination in ... [read more]

Fudge Brownies

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Fudge Brownies from growingupgabel.com @thegabels #recipe

Homemade brownies can be better than the boxed mixes and these  fudge brownies prove that!  This brownie recipe is just as easy as any boxed mix and about a millions times more decadent.  I promise that your family, and anyone else you save enough to share with, will love them. I will admit to loving brownies from a boxed mix more than homemade brownies.  There is just something about that boxed mixed that is perfectly chewing and chocolatey.  Boxed brownies were my favorite until I had these fudge brownies.  A friend of mine is a personal chef and she made these brownies for her daughter's birthday a few years ago.  It was love at first bite.  I promise you - these are the best brownies you will ever make. One of our daughters doesn't care for cake so she always requests brownies for her birthday.  These fudge brownies.  One year I tried to sneak past my whole wheat brownies on her birthday, but she took one bite and knew I'd used a different recipe.   I use this recipe to ... [read more]

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting and Meeting Martha Stewart

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vanilla cupcakes

Vanilla cupcakes are frosted with a vanilla buttercream frosting to create a vanilla lovers cupcake! I was provided with a copy of  Martha Stewart's Cakes cookbook, as well as the opportunity to attend a book signing with Martha Stewart. Last week I had the opportunity to attend a book signing at Macy's home store in Las Vegas with none other than Martha Stewart.  Martha is on a book tour for her brand new Martha Stewart's Cakes cookbook.  It's her very first cookbook of cakes and includes bundts, loaves, coffee cakes, layer cakes, cheesecakes, fillings, frostings and more. It's hard to believe that Martha Stewart hasn't ever put out a cake cookbook before! I read cookbooks like novels and was able to sit down with my copy a few days before hand to check it out and loved the great combination of cakes and tips in the book. I arrived at Macy's Home Store (on Spring Mountain and Arville for you locals!) early to check in.  There was a nice crowd waiting excitedly to ... [read more]

Homemade Marshmallow Fluff

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Marshmallow Fluff from growingupgabel.com @thegabels #recipe

Marshmallow fluff is quick and fun to make in your own kitchen! In 15 minutes you'll have enough fluff for fruit dip, whoopie pies, or fluffernutters.   I needed a dish to bring to Bunco. I'd brought my Mexican Corn Dip last month, which is my go to dish to pass. I thought about Horseradish Cheese Dip, but I really wanted something sweet.  I'd planned on making brownies but then my sister told that's what she was bringing. Gah! I had cream cheese so I thought I'd make a fruit dip only I needed marshmallow fluff.  No problem! I've made homemade marshmallows so fluff should be easy. Plus a few months ago I won a copy of Shauna Sever's Marshmallow Madness cookbook and I've been dying to try out a recipe! Making marshmallow fluff was some of the most fun I've ever had in the kitchen. It really is very easy and came together in about 15 minutes - 10 of which was my mixer beating the marshmallow. This would be a lot of fun to make with kids - just be careful of the hot ... [read more]