Instantly Fresh Herbs from Litehouse

Disclosure- We received the items below in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own and honest.  Because we prepare meals as a family, we hoped that the Litehouse Instantly Fresh Herbs would be an flavorful addition to recipes.  We discovered that the herbs are easy to add and delicious.

Since watching cooking shows is wildly popular in our home, we were eager to try the Litehouse Instantly Fresh Herbs.  We learn about ingredients and combinations of flavors while cheering on our favorite home cooks as they challenge chefs with years of training.  We watch as the chefs mince and chop herbs wondering if we could learn to chop with such finesse. As a result, we research recipes to prepare as a family.  Recipes often call for a pinch of fresh herbs but keeping fresh parsley, ginger, mint, or cilantro on hand to add to our favorite dishes is a challenge.  Because fresh herbs can be expensive, spoil quickly, and require a bit of knife skills, we often leave out these ingredients.  Also, dried herbs lack flavor and aroma.  Therefore, having Litehouse Instantly Fresh Herbs on hand makes it easy to prepare delicious family meals at home.

About Litehouse Instantly Fresh Herbs

Litehouse Instantly Fresh Herbs are freeze-dried without preservatives. The herbs are gluten-free and made from non-GMO crops.  Since moisture in the fridge can rehydrate the herbs, it is best to keep opened jars in the cabinet with other spices.  Herbs are available as single ingredients
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WHITE CHOCOLATE GINGER COOKIES

(chewy cookies with a ginger kick)
makes 2 dozen big/over indulged cookies
makes 4 dozen smaller/less decadent cookies

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste, can substitute vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger (we suggest using a microplane)
  • 11 ounces white chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
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WIN Krusteaz National Cookie Day Prize Pack

Did you know National Cookie Day was coming up on Dec. 4?  Neither did I!  Why do we miss all the fun holidays?  Ha.

Holiday baking can be hectic for many, and Krusteaz is here to help, offering high quality and easy-to-bake cookie mixes – saving you time in the kitchen and making more time for you to spend with family this holiday season. It’s easy to create and share fun holiday-inspired cookie recipes and creatively package them up as small sweet gifts- if there are any left, that is.

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There are tons of options available, and not just cookies- breads, pancakes, muffins, flatbreads for pizzas, cakes, and so much more from Krusteaz. It’s one of our favorite brands, and such a good way to wake up in the morning, too (fresh blueberry muffins, hello!)
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Kids’ Treats – Must have Book for moms

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My girls and I absolutely love to cook and bake in the kitchen. With school back in session, it seems to be harder and harder for us to find the time to be able to do it. I for sure try to make sure we get a chance at least once a weekend to do it. With the Kids Treats cookbook, you will find an endless supply of ideas that are sure to please all the little ones in your household.

About Kids Treats Cookbook:

Katie Wyllie is the creator and editor-in-chief of the popular parenting, cooking, and craft blog, Made to be a Momma. She has contributed to Kitchen Daily, The Apron Blog for The Home Depot, and many others as a guest blogger. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.

Nutter Butter Teddy Bears, Creamsicle Cupcakes with Umbrellas and Flip Flops. Jiggly Jello Popcorn. This imaginative cookbook encourages parents to grab their kids and head into the kitchen to make deliciously creative bites they’ll both enjoy. Featuring step-by-step instructions for 50 tasty treats, each page will guide them as they whip up everything rom wildly cute animal cupcakes to savory snacks inspired by their favorite toys. With kid-friendly recipes for every occasion, little ones will feel extra loved when making and devouring yummy, homemade treats like:
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Delicious Brownie Dessert


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Who doesn’t love a yummy ooey gooey chocolate dessert on a hot summer day? I am a huge fan of anything chocolate and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this amazing dessert. I have made a few variations of this dessert a few times this summer, but I think that this variation is my absolute favorite. Get a big glass of milk ready for yourself as you prepare this dessert!

Here’s what you need:

  • 9 x 13 brownie mix
  • 8oz. cream cheese
  • 1 Cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 0z. heavy whipping cream
  • butterfinger for crushed topping

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  1. Make Brownies as directed on the box
  2. Let brownies cool completely
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The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe Ever

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Who doesn’t love a wonderful sugar cookie? I am truthfully not really a sugar cookie person, but let me tell you….this sugar cookie recipe is amazing. I always make them fairly thick and they seem to stay soft and good at all times!  I made these last week for Valentine’s Day (about 70+ hearts) and not a single one was wasted.

Sugar Cookie Recipe:

  • 1 Cup Oleo or Butter
  • 1 Cup Shortening
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 1/2 Cups Flour
  1. Cream together the Butter and the Shortening.
  2. Add the Powdered Sugar and the White Sugar
  3. Add the remaining ingredients; eggs, vanilla, salt, baking soda, and flour.
  4. After the cookie dough is all mixed together you can refrigerate if you feel necessary. (I typically don’t refrigerate)
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Banana Bread Recipe

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You can’t go past a good homemade banana bread. One slice after another – and before you know it you have eaten a whole loaf. Make sure you use really ripe bananas, as they bring about a deep, sweet banana flavor. Often I spread a cream cheese icing on top, finished with toasted chopped walnuts – but it wouldn’t be a bread then, would it!

Makes 1 x 23cm LOAF

220g self-raising flour

¼ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp salt

80g sugar

45g brown sugar

2 eggs

60ml milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

75g melted butter or vegetable oil

200g mashed ripe banana
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Caramel Apple Strudel Recipe

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Ingredients:
4 tbsp of butter for simmering apples
4 cups of Fuji, Pink Lady or other favorite baking apple
2/3 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
Pinch of ground cloves
1/3 cup chopped pecans (optional)
1 stick of melted butter for brushing fillo dough
8 sheets thawed Kontos fillo dough
Jar of caramel topping, warmed
French vanilla ice cream

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel apples and slice them about 1/8-inch thick.
  3. Gently melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a pan with lid. Add the apples and saute, covered, for about 10 minutes until the apples soften.
  4. Combine the softened apples with brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and optional nuts.
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