Halloween is the next holiday on the calendar! Are you ready to get into the mood with great fall recipes? I’ll be sharing a different simple fall recipe everyday in October!
1 (18.25 oz.) pkg Yellow Cake Mix (Just the dry mix)
27 oz of a 30 oz Pumpkin Pie Mix (not solid)
Non Stick Spray
Pour batter in 8 ¼ cup microwaveable container. Microwave uncovered on high 13 minutes or until toothpick tests clean. Rotate Cake 2 times if no turntable. Allow cake to cool 5 minutes before inverting on serving plate.
Serve with Whipped Topping.
Microwave cooking time may vary based on your microwaves wattage.
Depending upon where you live, the temperature has either already hit the 90′s like it has here in Florida…or it’s coming soon! While we are all probably ready for some warmer temps, it won’t be long that the cold of the winter will be something we long for again. Are we ever happy with the weather?!
The problem with summer is that it’s so hard to cook. The great meals that we prepared in the slow cooker seem too heavy. And the big pots of soup or stew…well it’s just too hot for that. And no one wants to turn on the oven to heat up an already hot home. And there’s so much to do outside, it gets dark later…and all of a sudden you realize…”HOLY COW! It’s 6pm and I haven’t even THOUGHT about dinner!” So, over the next few weeks, I’m going to share some simple recipes that will allow you to put a meal on your family’s table fast—in under 30 minutes, all prepared in the microwave!
You will obviously need a few important microwavable products. IT’S IMPORTANT THAT YOU USE ITEMS SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR THE MICROWAVE. And you want to make sure that the items that you use are BPA free. Tupperware is the perfect solution!
So here are the tools that I recommend that you invest in for Summertime Cooking!
Vent ’N Serve® Get It All Collection
TupperWave® Stack Cooker Complete Set
Micro Pitcher Set
Visit my website, invest in your tools and be ready to learn how to make those meals happen!
Most of the country is enveloped in cold weather, and many are blanketed in snow and ice. It’s a great time to clean out cabinets and organize your pantry! Put something in the slow cooker so that dinner in ready without much effort and use the time you save to get started on organizing your kitchen.
The best way to get organized is to actually take out EVERYTHING from all of your cabinets! While this makes it seem like things are getting worse, it’s really the only way to do this effectively. Start by looking for items that are expired or stale. If you have duplicates of items, this is a great time to combine them. Next clump all of your “like items” together. There are five categories we suggest that you use:
Baking Center: This includes your not only staples like flour and sugar, but things like cupcake papers and decorations.
Pasta &Beans Center: This includes not only different noodles, but items like croutons, rice and lentils.
Beverage Center: Products like coffee, teas, sweeteners, drink mixes.
Snack Center: Cookies, chips, and other snacks
Breakfast Center: Cereals, Oatmeal, Pop-Tarts…anything to do with breakfast
Now choose a cabinet that makes “sense” to house your centers. For example, the cabinet closest to the largest counter space is probably where you would stand to make a batch of cookies or mix a cake. That is where you should locate your “Baking Center”. Your coffeemaker requires water…so it’s probably close to a sink. The cabinet above this is the best location for the “Beverage Center”. The pasta needs to be cooked, so locating this near the stove is the most practical spot. This organization will help you locate items quicker and eliminates duplicates to an extent.
While this is a great beginning, the stack-ability and airtight seals of the Tupperware Modular Mates® will really complete this process. You’ll use every inch of space up to the next shelf, which will give you 30% more shelf space in your kitchen. And the airtight seals will keep food fresh, eliminate bug issues and keep your cabinets clean.
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Would you believe I’ve just finished my fall “spring cleaning”. It’s a great time to purge the closets of things your don’t need/want and donate them to charity, leaving room for new gifts from SANTA! I’ve updated all my storage containers to our newest products and gone through all my cabinets to make sure that I have seals for all my containers. It’s just in time for all those leftovers from Thanksgiving. What will you do with your leftovers? Here’s a couple of my favorite tips–
- Using a hamburger press, freeze patties of mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes. The mashed potatoes are great for breakfast. They get nice and brown. And the sweet potatoes will give you individual portions to add to upoming meals.
- Take your leftover stuffing and fill muffin cups and bake at 350. You now have individual “stuffin muffins” that you can take out and heat individually.
- Leftover gravy freezes great too.
- I’ll de-bone the entire turkey. Some of the white meat is sliced and ready for leftover sandwiches. I’ll freeze just enough to make another meal—sliced and served with the leftover gravy and sweet potatoes in a few weeks!
- The rest of the meat is frozen in 2 cup containers ready for casseroles. My two favorites is to make Turkey Divan and a Turkey Pot Pie.
- And the carcass—freeze it too! I’ll put it in our Flavor Savor, and then in a couple weeks take it out and make Turkey Soup. All you need to do is add some carrots, celery, potatoes and noodles and you’ll have a perfect meal for a chilly day!
One Turkey…6 meals…that’s a smart kitchen tip!
Are you looking to upgrade your cookware? Professional Chefs recommend Stainless Steel with a minimum of 3-ply. Stainless Steel is beautiful to look at, and the inside layer of aluminum is a great heat conductor, which allows for more even cooking. Many people are concerned that food will stick. The key is to use enough oil. If you are cooking at high heat, you should never use olive oil, as it will smoke and burn at high heat levels. Instead use canola oil. Did you know that you should always heat up your pan FIRST, before adding your oil? Again, many people pour their oil in a cold pan and then turn on the heat. Need to clean your stainless steel? Never use an abrasive. Instead, use a mixture of lemon juice and kosher salt to remove cooked on foods. Since you do not want to use a non-stick cookware on high heat, it is best to only use a non-stick pan when cooking eggs and crepes. By investing in a quality Stainless Cookware, you’ll never have to purchase cookware again.