Great Time Decorating Pies: Pumpkin

  Decorative Leaf Pie Crust

This lovely leaf design just perfect for your holiday pumpkin pie! 

It’s been my most popular post (by a landslide!). You use pastry stamps; please read the directions for when to apply the leaves! 

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Enhanced YEAST Mix

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Enhanced YEAST Mix
by Sharon Anne Hill

  Yield: 1 1/3 cups
Makes: 21-Tablespoons, enough for (10) 1 1/2 lb loaves

1/3 cup SAF Red instant yeast or Red Star
1/3 cup Instant ClearJel powder
1/3 cup lecithin POWDER
or 1/2 cup lecithin GRANULES (see Notes)*
1/3 cup vital wheat gluten
2 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp Fruit Fresh, aka: ascorbic acid

Whisk together, and store in a Mason pint-jar and store within the freezer.Read the rest

Restaurant-Style Fajitas (Reg. or Gluten Free)

Restaurant-Style Fajitas

Make Kid-Friendly, AWESOME FLAVORED Restaurant-Style Fajitas with a (Secret Ingredient) Regular or Gluten Free!

My daughter-in-law, Melanie, shared the best secret while working in a local Mexican restaurant many years ago! Blackening Spice Mix recipe included (below).

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Guacamole: The Best

Our dear friend David shared with me this recipe for the best Guacamole; everyone just loves it!

The Best Guacamole
David Paul 

4 large Hass avocados, cut into chunks
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1 jalapeno, seeded
1 fresh lime, zested and juiced
2 Tbsp cilantro, minced
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly cracked

Prepare avocados into chunks, squeeze half the lime juice over the avocados and toss to coat.Read the rest

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa: Killer EASY

Roasted Tomatilla Salsa
Originally by Our Best Bites – photos by Sharon Anne

Olive oil spray (or regular)
1 lb tomatillos, husks removed and rinsed
3-4 garlic cloves, unpeeled
1 med onion, peeled and quartered
1 jalapeno pepper, cut in half lengthwise
(seeded or not)
2 green onions (cut into 2-inch pieces)
1 fresh lime, juiced*
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper

*If serving w/ lime-flavored chips, consider only adding a 1/2 lime, juiced.… Read the rest

The Very Best Raspberry Vinegar (Star Brand)

I’ve tried most brands 
of raspberry vinegar.
My secret is 

 It’s the very BEST brand.

The brand itself is easy to find in stores, but darn if this particular flavor is NOT always easy to find. 
So I buy it onlineBelieve me, it’s WORTH it. 

I get several bottles and either them with friends, or give them as gifts.Read the rest