Make Dessert Waffles from a Cake Mix

Everyone loves waffles for breakfast, but what if you could turn them into a dessert as well? I’m not talking about just topping your ordinary waffles with a little extra whipped cream; I’m talking about making dessert waffles with a cake mix. Just add a little extra water to the cake batter, pour it into a waffle iron, and you’ll have a tasty dessert in no time. It really just takes a few minutes to make these fun desserts that are sure to impress. The Best Cake Mix for Dessert Waffles: Baby Cakes We like to make our dessert waffles …

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The Best Time of Year for a Nature Hike

Take a hike in the woods, fish a mountain brook, and more. Since church is mostly shut down, on Sunday afternoons, Merri Ann and I pack a lunch, grab a lesson manual, and go find a quiet place in the woods for a picnic, time together, and a discussion. This was as quiet a place as you could find, tucked under the Continental Divide. It was an hour on paved roads and 45 minutes on rough dirt roads. That’s a long way for a prayer and discussion, but oh, was it worth it! A Nature Hike in a Quiet Canyon …

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How to Make Filled Donuts (Bismarcks)

Bismarck donuts are filled with pastry cream or fruit-based pastry fillings. You make them the same way as regular donuts except that you don’t cut the centers out and you fill them after they cool. How to Make Bismark Donuts If you can make donuts, you can make filled or bismark donuts. You make them the same as normal donuts, but you don’t cut the holes out. Instead, you take a long thin tip from a decorator set, stick it into the center of the donut, and press until you feel the donut start to bulge. That’s all there is …

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How to Pack a Terrific Lunch for a Nature Hike

Several years ago, Merri Ann and I hiked up Burns Creek Canyon in the Big Hole Mountains and then up a side canyon called Hells Hole. (It’s not aptly named unless you’re trying to climb out the top of the canyon.) We found a beautiful meadow overlooking the canyon where we spread out a blanket and had a wonderful lunch from our daypacks. The Perfect Lunch for a Nature Hike To keep our food cool and safe in the summer sun, we packed insulated lunch bags, each with an ice a pack and then our food, and then buried them …

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How to Make French Toast Sticks

Blog Home Prepared Pantry Store Shopping Cart How to Make French Toast Sticks Life is too short not to enjoy the simple things in life. Fun to make and fun to eat! There’s nothing better than a breakfast you can eat with your fingers and dip it into syrup like a French fry. It’s like regular French toast but in sticks. So Easy! All you have to do is make a sandwich, cut it into sticks, dip it into an egg wash, cook them on a griddle, and enjoy. So tasty! The kids love them, and so should you. Stuff …

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Famous Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes

Get Dad’s Famous Chocolate Chip Cookie mix 70% OFF now when you add it to cart and use the code “ZCHIP” at checkout. One of the core values that we have here at the Prepared Pantry is bringing families closer together through delicious baked goods. What better way to bring families together than with ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookies? The sweet aroma of freshly baked cookies will waft through the door before the kids can even start trudging their feet through the doorway. If you love melted chocolate and freshly baked cookies— or cookie dough, depending on how far you get— …

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Ham and Cheese Canapés (French Apetizer Bread)

These ham and cheese canapes make cute snacks or appetizers. You can even have make-ahead canapes by preparing the bread and toppings separately and assembling them when you’re ready. Canapes: The French Apetizeer Bread The word canape (can-uh-pay) is French for sofa. It’s as if the toppings were sitting on a “sofa” of bread. Canapes are French appetizer breads that are made in a specific pan for the right sizing and shape, sliced, and topped. They’re typically small, savory bread bites that can be made into works of art with the shaping and toppings. Notice how the image above shows …

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Cookies on a Stick

These are simple and so much fun! Use a cookie mix or your favorite recipe.  Just choose a drop cookie with a flat profile.  Make the cookie dough according to directions.  Scoop dough onto the cookie sheet and insert sticks into each of the cookies.  With the cookies that we’ve used, we have not had to flatten the cookies to keep the sticks in place. Bake the cookies. Remove the cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Make the frosting according to directions.  You may need to thin the frosting just a little to get a smooth layer of frosting …

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Beyond the Bone Store

Quiet Country Drives The Bone Store sits in Bone, Idaho, 17 miles down the Bone Road.  (Yes, there was a Mr. Bone, Mr. Orion Bone the town founder in the early 1900’s.) Bone is in the boonies. It was the last town in Idaho to receive telephone service.  In 2006, it had a year around population of 2.  It has probably doubled in population since then. I hear the Bone Store serves dinner weekend evenings. We had never been to Gray’s Lake.  There is a national wildlife refuge there and it’s not too far from where we live so we …

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How to Make Potato Chips

…Better Than A Bag When I was still in school, I worked in apotatochip factory. I quickly learned that chips off the line were much better than those from a bag.Those fresh chips completely spoiled me: Bagged chips tasted stale. So, here are three secrets to make your own chips, much better than from a bag: Secret #1: Serve them fresh. Cool them completely before storing them in a bag and eat them within five days. While they’re still warm; that’s better. Secret #2: Cut them thin. Use a mandolin. If you don’t have a mandolin, use a potato peeler. …

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How to Pack for the First Road Trip of the Spring

Image by VisitIdaho.org Last weekend we took our first trip into the mountains of the spring.  It wasn’t long, a three hour loop up to Mesa Falls, through Island Park, and back.  The weather was gorgeous, the snow nearly gone, the hills green with new spring, and hardly anyone on the road. The overlook from where this picture of Mesa Falls was taken only had two or three cars in the parking lot. Without the crowds it was easy to strike up a conversation, one with a young couple from Rexburg with a cute little baby girl and another with …

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Peanut Butter Delights (No-Bake) Recipe

This peanut butter no-bake cookie is a chewy, peanut butter-rich cookie made with oats. Both kids and adults will like this. It’s sweet, chewy, and easy to make. Again, this is a stovetop recipe. From ingredients to cookies on the sheet took us about ten minutes. Just make a sort of caramel base with the milk, butter, and sugar; mix in the oats, vanilla, and peanut butter, and drop them onto the pan to set. You’ll have delicious peanut butter no-bake cookies in no time at all. The Peanut Butter Delights (No-Bake) Recipe Ingredients 2 cups brown sugar 1/2 cup …

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About Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness

Why Everyone Should Have a Stock of Food We live in complex and perilous times. Whether it is a natural disaster, a national disaster, or a neighborhood disaster, our food supply could be disrupted. In any scenario, it is up to us to take care of our needs and those of our families–we should not count on the government. We buy insurance for our home, our car, and our lives but something as essential as food–we often leave overlooked. There are other crises as well–personal crises. The loss of a job, a loved one, or one’s health might strain personal …

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A Quick Guide to Citrus Fruits

The Orange Family The familiar oranges are the most popular of our citrus fruits. They are nutritional, versatile, and keep well. Popular varieties include Valencia, navel, temple, and blood oranges. The navel orange is best as an eating orange since its sweet pulp tends to turn a little bitter when the juice is exposed to air. Valencia oranges are enjoyed for both eating and juicing. The blood orange is a hybrid with an orange and red rind and reddish flesh and some people think, a touch of raspberry-like flavor. The temple orange is a flavorful orange-tangerine hybrid. As with most …

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