Cream Puffs

Cream Puffs
Yields 24
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Ingredients
  1. Cream Puffs
  2. 1 egg white, beaten (optional)
  3. 1/2 cup of butter
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 1 cup of boiling water
  6. 1 cup of flour
  7. 4 eggs
  8. Marscarpone Whipped Cream Filling - http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/mascarpone-cream-0
  9. 1 (8-oz.) container mascarpone cheese
  10. 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  11. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  12. 1 cup whipping cream
  13. 1/4 cup Dark Chocolate Chips - optional
Instructions
  1. Cream Puffs
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F
  3. In medium saucepan, combine butter, salt and boiling water and heat until entire mixture boils. Reduce heat, add flour all at once and stir vigorously until mixture forms a ball and pulls away from the side of pan.
  4. Remove from heat and add eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is thick and shiny and breaks from side of bowl. (I take the mixture and place in my Kitchen Aid bowl before adding in the eggs. I also break each egg into a separate bowl ensuring that no shells go into cream puff batter.)
  5. Using a small cookie scoop, place 2 inches apart onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  6. Brush tops with beaten egg white (optional).
  7. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes.
  8. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for additional 20 minutes or until golden brown. Turn off oven. There should be a hollow sound when tapped.
  9. Cool on cookie sheets for 30 minutes.
  10. With a serrated knife gently cut each puff in half with a top and bottom and lay out on cookie sheet, cut side up.
  11. Carefully pick out any doughy pieces.
  12. Place shells back in oven (The oven is off but still warm) for 30 minutes. This will dry out the insides of the shells.
  13. Cool completely before filling with the mascarpone whipped cream filling or custard of your choice.
  14. Mascarpone Whipped Cream Filling
  15. Beat whipped cream at medium speed until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  16. In a medium bowl, Beat mascarpone cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until well blended.
  17. Fold whipped cream into cheese mixture.
  18. Place in a decorator bag and pipe into the bottom half on each cooled cream puff.
  19. Optional chocolate drizzle - place chocolate chips in small microwave bowl - heat in 15 second increments, stirring between each until chocolate is melted and smooth. Using a spoon - drizzle on top or melted chocolate can be placed in a small decorator bag with small round tip. Place cream puffs on cookie sheet and refrigerate until chocolate is hardened.
  20. Place finished puffs on plate and dust with powdered sugar.
Notes
  1. Unfilled shells can be stored in Freezer Ziplock bags for up to 3 months.
  2. When ready to use. Defrost on counter and pipe in filling.
Adapted from All Recipes
Adapted from All Recipes
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Instant Pot Coconut Steel Oats

 

I like the chewiness of steel oats but cooking them on the stove can take awhile.  Being able to cook them in about 10 minutes using the Instant Pot makes having a dish of these handy throughout the week doable. 

Using a full coconut milk (found in the can) gives a richness to the breakfast cereal.

Instant Pot Coconut Steel Oats
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Prep Time
6 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
6 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup steel oats (not instant or quick cooking steel oats)
  2. 1 can organic coconut milk
  3. Water - to make 3 cups between coconut milk and water
  4. Stevia or Sugar of your choice
To finish
  1. 1 cup of non-dairy or dairy milk
  2. Sweetener of your choice - I used a few drops of liquid stevia
  3. 1 tsp cinnamon
  4. Place a serving size in a bowl and top with berries, banana, raw sunflower seeds.
Instructions
  1. Make sure your instant pot is fully assembled and the sealer is in the rim of the lid.
  2. Place oats in small mesh strainer and rinse. Drain by gently tapping sides of strainer to release water.
  3. Into a 4 cup measuring cup - empty can of coconut milk and add enough water to measure 3 cups.
  4. Place liquid into the removable container in the Instant Pot. Add oats. Use your fingers and incorporate oats into the liquid, make sure all oats are off the sides.
  5. Lock on Lid and close Pressure Valve. Cook for 8 minutes on the Manual Setting. When Beep sounds, wait 10 minutes and then release the remaining pressure.
  6. Remove Lid and stir in milk, sweetener and cinnamon. More milk can be used if you like a thinner oat cereal.
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Downsizing – Closet Makeover

In our previous home, we had Classy Closet come in and put organizers in our closets.  We have also done this in our two smaller bedrooms and intended to do the same in our master closet as well – and maybe someday we will.  There are so many projects in our fixer-upper and I began researching a more cost effective closet solution.  I took some guidance from Chalene Johnson and used several tips on how she organized her closet.  This woman has so much good information to share so once again I extend my thanks to her willingness to share what’s worked for her so I can make it work for me.  I’ve included the link to her closet blog post and audio so you can get the details from the pro.  HERE 

Storage is prime real estate in our smaller house but we have successfully made the change from each having a closet to sharing a closet. Here were the steps I took.

  1. Research what others have done.
  2. Take notes.
  3.  Purchase the hangers and organizers. (I gulped at buying all new hangers but will say the ones Chalene suggests were well worth the money.)
  4.  Emptied my side of the closet.
  5. Went through want I really wear, made a list of what might need to be replaced
  6. Think about what I could use the wall space for.

My hanging organizer is used for scarves, leggings, and workout clothes.

Once my husband saw my side of the closet, he wanted his area organized as well.  His hanging organizer holds shoes and hats.  The two garment bags hold his suits and my dresses.  Since there was some extra room – I also store rolls of gift paper in them. He ended up adding his own special touches to our closet. (not pictured) 

  1. He painted the closet (yes – everything needed to come out but it was worth it.
  2. He replaced the rods with metal ones.

More room for shoes

The wall space was used to store the iron and ironing board.

For your convenience, here are links to the items I used 

Joy Mangano Hangers – I bought mine from Amazon but they are currently unavailable.  It looks like Target has them online or you can do a search for other sources

Skirt and Pant Hangers

Tie Rack

Hanging Cubbie

Bins

Hanging Shoe Rack

Jewelry Organization

Ironing Board

Iron

Ironing Board/Iron Wall Holder

We had received a quote of $1500.00 to have a closet organizer built.  I probably spent about $300.00 and doubled our storage capacity.

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