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Home Made Funnel Cake

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These are a fair food classic, a special treat when ever we have the pleasure of partaking.  Just the thought of funnel cakes brings to mind sweet memories of Disney World, or Canada’s Wonderland.  But since those days are few and far between, we started making them at home.  They are really pretty easy to make, if you can just get your head around the deep fryer.  I have an old one, but they really are worth having in your stash, and relatively inexpensive too.

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Home Made Funnel Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • oil for frying
  • icing sugar

Instructions

  1. 1. Sift together dry ingredients.
  2. 2. In another mixing bowl, stir together eggs, milk, vanilla. Add in the dry ingredients, and stir to combine.
  3. 3. Heat oil in a deep fryer, or deep pot to 350 degrees.
  4. 4. Put batter in a ziplock, cut a small hole in the corner and squeeze into the hot oil in a random pattern. Fry until golden brown, and flip over to the other side. Drain on paper towel, and sprinkle with icing sugar. Serve with ice cream.
http://www.lifeisaparty.ca/2015/home-made-funnel-cake/

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I love doing something like this for a party.  We just plug-in our little fryer  outside, beside the bbq and cook these up for our guests while they linger around the table with a glass of wine, and some music playing in the background.

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It makes for the perfect casual summer entertaining treat, oh and did i mention your guests will be totally impressed?  They will.

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With home made funnel cakes, life really is a party!

Funnel Cake Buffet

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I love to entertain, and find that my guests love any kind of buffet/bar where they get to build their own.  So, for a fun Canada Day get-together last year, I came up with the idea of a Funnel Cake Buffet, and everyone LOVED it.

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We started out with the basics, funnel cakes.  We made regular Homemade Funnel Cakes -get the recipe here, and then experimented by making Chocolate Funnel Cakes with a little cocoa powder added to the basic recipe.  I made the batter ahead of time, and set up my little deep fryer outside beside the bbq at the party, and cooked up the funnel cakes as fast as I could for all our friends after dinner.  Then we invited guests to choose from some classic toppings to make their own Funnel Cake creation.

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I made regular and chocolate whipped cream, by adding a tbsp. of cocoa powder to the chocolate one as I mixed it (along with the regular sugar and vanilla).

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Our other toppings included ice cream, fresh strawberries, maple syrup, chocolate sauce, cinnamon sugar (for a classic) and some shaved chocolate, chocolate sprinkles, and Canada Day sprinkles -to mark the festive occasion.

We had a really great time, and there were no worries about which kids liked what, since everyone could just make exactly what they liked.

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With your own Funnel Cake Buffet, life really is a party!  Wishing all my fellow Canadians a very happy Canada Day tomorrow, and to my American peeps, I hope you have a wonderful July 4th!

Donut Strawberry Shortcake

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This might be the greatest, easiest summer recipe EVER.  EVER.

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It all started when I drove by a little strawberry stand the other day, and realized it was the beginning of strawberry season here.  I stopped by to pick some up, and was informed that it was pick-your-own so I headed out to the patch for a few minutes and came back with a yummy basket full…and a few samples in my tummy(quality control).

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I saw this great idea here originally, and wanted to try it with some Honey Crullers -I know #geniusmoment

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Making these little donut strawberry shortcakes couldn’t be easier.  I picked up some donuts, Honey Crullers, my personal favourite, and some Honey Dip.  Just cut the donut in half, add a layer of whipped cream and some sliced strawberries, and put the top back on.

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As I was making these I did wonder if they might be a bit too sweet, so I didn’t add any sugar to the strawberries, and it was the PERFECT mix of sweet, creamy, and tangy.  I think these would be a great addition to any Canada Day celebrations you’re planning for Wednesday…and as I always say to my American peeps, throw in a few blueberries, and you’ve got 4th of July covered too.

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With these easy and so, so yummy treats, life really is a party!

This post is linked up at the Weekend Retreat Link Party.

S’mores Trail Mix

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My kids love s’mores, but I don’t always love the smoky campfire, the bugs, or the sticky mess of roasted marshmallows, so here’s a way to have your s’mores and eat them too.  Today I’m sharing this very easy S’mores Trail Mix.

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The trail mix is super easy to make, just combine graham cracker cereal, mini marshmallows, and milk chocolate chips.  And try not to eat it all as you make it -that’s the hard part.

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I made some fun little bags to put the S’mores Trail Mix in for gift giving.  This would be a perfect summer hostess gift, or imagine finding this on your pillow if you were staying at someone’s cottage for the weekend.

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To make the bags I started with ready made canvas bags, and picked up some photo transfer paper from the business supply store.  I created a graphic, you can get the Free “It’s always S’more fun with you” Printable Here.  Just print the graphic onto the photo transfer paper, making sure to flip your image in your printer set-up so the font isn’t backwards.  Then, cut out the graphic for each bag, and iron it onto the fabric, following the instructions for the photo transfer paper.  Once it’s ironed on, just peel off the backing and you’re finished.

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My girls have been loving filling up their little bags, and taking their S’mores Trail Mix into the clubhouse in the backyard.  How I love the long lazy days of summer!

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With S’more Trail Mix, life really is a party!

This post is linked up at the Weekend Retreat Link Party.

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