Summer Strawberry Gourmet Basket!

9 06 2011

6/15/11…Congratulations to Joan Smith of Hutchinson, Kansas!  She is the winner of our beautiful Strawberry Gourmet Basket!

Thank you to all that entered our drawing!  Please watch Adrians Boutique’s Facebook Page and emails for additional promotions and Giveaways!

With the official start of Summer right around the corner (100° plus already!)…it’s a great time to think of refreshing and cool snacks for your family or for a summer deck party! Our basket features Savannah Cinnamon Strawberry Drink Mix (Great for Lemonade!); Two delicious Jake & Amos items…Corn Relish and Hot & Sweet Pepper Relish; Our Wind & Willow Strawberry Cheesebake Mix; Country Home Creations Strawberries & Cream Dip & Dessert Mix, Tweeds Chia Seed & Chives Chips & Wind & Willow Triple Berry Dessert Mix! 

This Week’s Giveaway!

Strawberry Basket Giveaway!

We’ve always liked to spoil our clients, and this week is no exception. One lucky winner will receive our Market Basket filled with delicious gourmet goodies…Value approximately $65! All you need to do is to scroll down to the bottom of today’s post and leave a comment answering the question…

How many seeds are in an average Strawberry, AND what is YOUR family’s FAVORITE strawberry dessert?

We are also featuring several of our clients Strawberry recipes this week!

Market Basket

The Market Tote…we have several different colors and styles available in the store…perfect to keep in the trunk for groceries; it collapses to take up very little space; strong enough for even the most plentiful shopping trip! Prices are from $14.99 to $24.99.

Wind & WIllow Triple Berry Cheeseball & Dessert Mix

We have filled our Market basket with delightful gourmet goodies!  This is the new Triple Berry Twist from Wind & Willow.  It is delicious as a dessert cheeseball served with graham cracker sticks, fresh fruit or pretzels, and it also makes a delightful layered dessert.

Strawberries & Cream Cake

Strawberries & Cream Cake made with our Country Home Creations Dip & Dessert Mix.

We have some delicious recipes that feature STRAWBERRIES this week…with the abundant supply this year, take an evening and make a wonderful strawberry dish for your family!  Here are the links to some extra delightful recipes:

Strawberry Pizza

Strawberry Pizza from a talented local baker, Marlene Neufeld of Buhler, Kansas

Strawberry Swirl Cake

Strawberry Swirl Cake from our daughter, Jenny Adrian in Buhler…(a family favorite!)

Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake from Pam Rush in Salina, Kansas…Yum, Yum, Yum! Worth the extra effort on this recipe!

Strawberry Twinkie Dessert

Strawberry Twinkie Dessert is a “MOST REQUESTED” recipe that we have served at Adrians two different times at our events…The Twinkies are a great surprise!  Thank you to Sandy Neilson of Moundridge, Kansas!

We look forward to seeing you soon at Adrians Boutique!

Coming Events:
Adrians Annual Tahitian Beach Party…Next week!  June 16, 17 & 18.
Buhler Farmers Market…Saturday, June 18
Complimentary Horse & Wagon Rides…Saturday, June 18
“Spark in the Park” …Buhler Community Celebration… Saturday, July 2
Adrians Vera Bradley FALL Launch Event…July 7
Adrians Annual “Celebrate Sisters” Event… July 21, 22 & 23

FAN Adrians Boutique on Facebook for all of the details!

It’s very easy to sign up to win our Market Basket…

Just post the answer to the following question in the comment box below, or email Vicki  your answer with “Strawberry Market Basket” in the subject line.  Offer good through Tuesday, July 14, 2011 at Midnight. Good Luck! ~Vicki

PS…Don’t forget to include your email address.  Thanks!

How many seeds are in an average Strawberry, AND what is YOUR family’s FAVORITE strawberry dessert?





Teacher Gifts…Easy as 1,2,3!

16 05 2011

It’s that time of year again…the end of the school year, and your little munchkin has spent 7 hours a day with a very special someone…We think Teachers are Tops, and it’s time for a little something to let them know how much you appreciate all they have done for your child. Here are a few ideas that you can surprise your child’s favorite teacher with…

1.  Homebaked Goodies…Always a hit.  Choose something that freezes well just in case they won’t be able to enjoy it right away.  We’ve got a couple of great recipes below.

2.  A fun and practical gift that can be USED…  Some great inexpensive suggestions that are available at Adrians and are “Teacher Approved” include…

Shower Bursts ($3.99 each); Vera Bradley Zip Id Case ($12.00) or “Lets do Lunch” Tote ($28); Gourmet Dessert Mixes ($4.99-$5.99); Tervis Tumblers ($12.99+) and many more!

Adrians has a great selection of Tervis Tumblers!

3.  Let your favorite teacher stop by and choose her own gift…They LOVE Adrians Gift Cards! Call ahead (620-543-6488) and we will have them all ready for you!

We’ve got a couple of great ideas for Homemade Teacher (or or anyone for that matter!) Gifts for you to create in your own kitchen.  These both happen to come from our friend, Suz McIver from Topeka, Kansas.  She blessed us with one of her “Fudgy Snack Cake in a Jar” gifts last Christmas, and we found it yesterday while cleaning out the pantry.  Jenny easily put it together so we are enjoying that today.  We also made Suz’s Banana Bread because we had 4 frozen bananas in the deep freeze that needed to be baked into something!  Hope you enjoy some fast and easy baking and that you can “Bless someone’s Sock’s Off” Soon!

Suz’s Banana Bread
Suz McIver, Topeka, Kansas

This is called a “Quick Bread” for a reason…it is so simple to put together and scrumptious when it comes out of the oven…but the best thing about Banana Bread is that the second day, if you don’t eat the whole loaf, that is…is even better!  This recipe features a 1/2 cup of hot coffee, so as an extra bonus, you get to drink the other 9 1/2 cups! (OK, so I’m a coffee addict!)

Simplicity...The start of something special!Blen

Measure out the 1 cup sugar and 1 stick of softened margarine.

Blend margarine and sugar until fluffy and smooth.

Blend the margarine and 1 cup of sugar until fluffy and smooth…I’m hoping if you own a Kitchen Aid Mixer that you have one of our awesome BEATER BLADES! If not…ride, row, skate, or fly on in and get one right away! You don’t want to go another day without one girl! It scrapes the sides and bottom of the bowl CLEAN…no more scraping down the sides! Here’s a little Beater Blade video clip that you won’t want to miss!

Lightly beat the eggs

Add beaten eggs and bananas, letting mixer beat well after each addition.

Finding these lovely nanners in the freezer is what started this today!

I think it was my sister Nila who originally taught me to put bananas that were “going south” right into the freezer in their original jackets.  You can put them into a zip lock bag, but it really isn’t necessary.  When ready to use, just lay them out on the counter for an hour or so so they can thaw before using.

Freezing the bananas really does preserve them well for baked goods!

You can also take opportunities when bananas go on sale and keep some in the freezer just for baking!

Flour, soda, salt and baking powder

Next add the dry ingredients and blend well.

Hot coffee...Yum!

Next add 1/2 cup of hot coffee and sip the other 9 1/2 cups while you finish and bake the banana bread.  My favorite part!

We're only HALF NUTS here in our house!

Only HALF of us like nuts in this family, so I reluctantly sprinkled nuts on only half of the loaf. They just don’t know what they’re missing!

Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes before removing pan.  Let cool a little longer before slicing.  Serve warm, or double the recipe like we did and have one warm from the oven and save the other one for another day.  This recipe freezes very well. Here is the recipe…Enjoy!

Suz’s Banana Bread

1/2 c. margarine
1 c. sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 to 4 bananas, mashed
1/2 c. hot coffee
2 c. flour
1 tsp. soda
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 c. nuts

Blend margarine and sugar. Add beaten eggs, bananas and dry ingredients. Add coffee and nuts. Bake in a greased loaf pan at 350°  for 45-55 minutes.  Recipe can easily be doubled.

We have several other delicious Banana Bread recipes for you to browse through:

Lori’s Banana Bread, Banana Pineapple Bread (Bundt Pan), Banana Sour Cream Bread, & Best Banana Bread.  Let us know what you think…We think they are all winners!

We always LOVE to hear from you!  Pop us an email, leave a comment in the box below, or of course, STOP by to see us at Adrians!  (We wouldn’t mind if you brought a sample! :-) )

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Our second idea for a great Thank You to teachers is this Snack Cake in a Jar recipe.  It is easy for you (and your little helpers) to put together and it is easy for the recipient to prepare; plus it is super tasty!

Suz's Fudgy Snack Cake Gift in a Jar

Suz’s Fudgy Snack Cake Gift in a Jar

So easy to prepare…Just layer the dry ingredients into a quart jar, mix up the topping ingredients and place in a plastic bag. Print off the simple instructions and decorate the top of the jar with a colorful piece of cloth.  Give to your favorite teacher!

Here’s how to easily prepare the snack cake:

Lightly beat the egg

Add milk

Add milk

Pour in the milk, then add the melted butter or margarine.

Next add the vanilla

Pour contents of the jar into the wet ingredients an mix well.

Almost to pretty to open!

Mix well with a spoon until lumps are just about gone.  Pour into a prepared 8×8 or 9×9 inch greased baking dish.

Next sprinkle on the topping mix from the small packet.

It is sure starting to look good!

Bake for 30-40 minutes depending on the size of baking dish that you have used.  This came out nice and moist and yummy!  It would be great served with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream!  Make some for gifts, or just make up the recipe for a fast and easy Snack Cake! Enjoy!

Suz’s Gift in a Jar…Fudgy Snack Cake

Suz McIver
Topeka, Kansas

Looking for a great idea for last minute Teacher’s Gift, Christmas Idea or something for a bake sale? Suz is a friend of ours from Topeka, and she gave us this tasty Fudgey Snack Cake for Christmas…while cleaning out cupboards this morning, we ran across it and thought it would be a great fast dessert.  Very easy to prepare, and a really nice gift.  You can easily create multiples of this recipe.

1-1/2  cups  all-purpose flour
1  tsp.  baking powder
1/4  tsp.  baking soda
1/4  tsp.  salt
1/3  cup  unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2  cup  granulated sugar
1/2  cup  packed brown sugar
1/3  cup  bittersweet or semisweet chocolate pieces
1/3  cup  chopped walnuts or pecans
1/3  cup  peanut butter-flavored, butterscotch-flavored or white baking pieces
1/3
  cup  bittersweet or semisweet chocolate pieces

1. Layer in a wide-mouth 1-quart glass jar or a 32-ounce canister or container with a tight-fitting lid the following ingredients, adding each ingredient at a time in this order: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and the 1/3 cup bittersweet chocolate pieces. Tap jar gently on the counter to settle each layer before adding the next.

2. For topping: Tear off one 12-inch square of plastic wrap. Place walnuts, peanut butter pieces and the 1/3 cup bittersweet chocolate pieces in center of plastic wrap; twist plastic wrap to seal. (Or use a small plastic bag.) Place topping mixture in jar. Cover the jar.

3. Give as a gift (or store the layered jar of cake ingredients at room temperature up to 1 month)  and attach a recipe card with the following instructions:

4.
1. Before using, remove topping mixture; set aside. Shake remaining ingredients in jar to mix.
2. Lightly grease an 8x8x2-inch or 9x9x2-inch baking pan.
3. In a large bowl, combine 1 egg, lightly beaten; 3/4 cup milk; 1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled, or 1/3 cup vegetable oil; and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Using a wooden spoon, stir in jar contents until combined. Spread batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with topping mixture.
4. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree F oven about 35 minutes for the 8x8x2-inch baking pan or 25 to 30 minutes for the 9x9x2-inch baking pan or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature. Makes 9 servings.

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Southern “Pig-Pickin’ Cake”

4 05 2011

We recently spent about a week in Nashville for a trade show and really enjoyed the delicious food served on every street corner…especially the BBQ!  We came home knowing that we had to bring this light, delicious traditional Southern dessert home to Kansas…so here we go!

It's a very simple lineup of ingredients

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease you pans for baking.  You can use a 9 x 13, a Jelly Roll, or if you really want it fancy, make this in two 9 inch round cake pans.

The ingredients are probably items that you already have in your pantry…nothing fancy for those Southern Belles! They know how to whip up something good and sweet without running to the store!

Yellow Cake Mix, Mandarin Oranges, BUTTER (real, of course), eggs and vanilla.

Mandarin Oranges just look so plump and pretty!

Drain your Mandarin Oranges very well and set aside.

Have I mentioned that I LOVE my Beater Blade???

Place the dry cake mix, melted butter, 1/2 cup of mandarin orange JUICE (not the oranges yet), 4 eggs and vanilla extract into your mixing bowl and blend, then mix on medium high speed for 4 minutes.  Set the timer…4 minutes is FOREVER when you’re in a hurry, but this really gives the cake a nice light texture.

Add those beautiful oranges to the batter.

Now fold in those Mandarin Oranges just until they are broken up into about 1/4 inch pieces…it doesn’t take too long, and you want to be able to see the pieces of orange in your finished cake.

Pour batter into greased baking dish

OK, so not a very good picture there, but you get the idea.  Pour the batter into a greased baking dish and spread out evenly.

*SIDE NOTE…Because I was making multiples of this recipe, plus baking 45 lbs of brisket at the same time, I used every single baking dish that I own!  Our favorite turned out to be the Jelly Roll pan.  They were easier to serve, made a very pretty presentation with the mandarin orange slice on the top, and just weren’t as top heavy….plus they baked faster, which is a real plus when you’re trying to prepare food for a crowd!

9 x 13 pan…Bake for about 40 – 45 minutes
Jelly Roll Pan…Bake for about 30-35 minutes
9 inch round…Bake for about 30 minutes

Be sure to use the toothpick test to tell when your cake is done. Let cake cool COMPLETELY before spreading on the topping, or you will have one soupy mess!

OK, now on to this luscious, light (not in calories of course) cold topping!

The dreamy topping ingredients

Start with very soft cream cheese and place into your mixer.  Pour in the Country Home Creations Tropical Orange Dip Mix (yum-o!) and blend very well for about two minutes.

Creamy & Luscious Topping...YUM!

Next, fold in the Cool Whip and add the VERY WELL DRAINED pineapple.  Mix this up carefully…you don’t want to take out the “Fluff”!

Spread over cooled cake

Spread the fluffy topping over your cooled cake.  Refrigerate for at least 4 hours and preferably overnight.  This cake just gets better as it ages.  Cut into serving size pieces and top with a slice of Mandarin Orange before serving.

Light, fluffy & delicious!

Your guests will love this, if you don’t eat it all yourself first!   Hope your guests enjoy this as much as ours did even though we didn’t have an actual “Pig” to Pick!

*NOTE: No pigs were harmed in the making of this dessert! 🙂

Southern “Pig-Pickin’ Cake”
Click link for recipe
Cake Mixture:
1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick butter, melted
1 can (14 oz) Mandarin oranges, drained, 1/2 cup juice reserved
4 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Topping Mixture:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1 pkg. Country Home Creations Tropical Orange Dip Mix
1 container Cool Whip, thawed
15 oz. can crushed pineapple, very well drained
1 small can Mandarin Oranges, drained for garnish

Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix cake mix, melted butter, 4 eggs, 1/2 cup Mandarin orange juice and vanilla.  Beat on medium high speed for 4 to 5 minutes until well blended and light.  Add Mandarin oranges and blend just until oranges are broken apart.  Cake can be baked in two 9 inch round cake pans, a 9 x 13 baking dish, or a jelly roll pan.  I actually prefer the jelly roll pan.  Use the back of the cake mix box for baking times and use the toothpick test to test for doneness.

Topping:  Blend softened cream cheese, sour cream and CHC Tropical Orange Dip Mix until very well blended.  Fold in thawed Cool Whip and very well drained pineapple.  Spread over completely cooled cake.  Refrigerate several hours or overnight.  Serve garnished with additional Mandarin oranges on each slice.

*Note: This is a beautiful light dessert that is perfect for spring or summer.  It is traditionally served at Whole Hog Roasts (or “Pig-Pickin” Events) in the south.  Our clients loved it when we served it at our recent Spring Open House!  Don’t forget the Sweet Tea to wash it down!

We LOVE to hear from you!  Please leave a comment in the box below. We recently served this at Adrians Spring Open House along with a full Southern Lunch of Beef Brisket, Original Beer Bread Company Beer Bread, Marie Callendars Corn Bread, Brookville Cole Slaw & of course “Pig-Pickin’ Cake” for dessert.

ADRIANS Boutique
118 N Main, Buhler, KS
620-543-6488
adrians@buhlerks.net