Butterbeer Latte Recipe and Harry Potter Candy Jar

5 ingredient butterbeer latte recipe! When I was was at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter I absolutely adored the frozen butterbeer but to be honest it was kind of a chilly day and I think I would have loved getting this warm version. Jessi of Practically Functional is joining the Happy Harry Potter series today with an awesome recipe for Butterbeer Lattes. Yum Yum hop over and check it out!

harry potter book page candy jar

Second up is Candice from She’s Crafty Crafty. She put together this darling Harry Potter book page candy jar.  I’m a total sucker for book page projects and a Harry Potter book page combo that holds candy umm yeah that sounds perfect. Go get the details right now.

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Love Harry Potter? Check out some great Potter DIYs, recipes, book reviews and giveaways at Rae Gun Ramblings

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Dairy Free Donut Recipe and Mini Donut Recipe Round Up

My favorite donut recipe can easily be made dairy free or vegan (or use regular milk if you don't have allergies) - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’ve been CRAVING donuts. We had kind of gotten into a donut routine when Teddy was in the tum. You see there are two delicious donut shops right by my doctor’s office and when you’re stuck going to the doctor’s in those last weeks of pregnancy you deserve donuts for surviving the wait. I mean really I get that babies come on their own timeline but some times the wait for those appointments was ridiculous. The problem is that after I conditioned my body to need the delicious fried goodness Teddy’s body decided it didn’t love dairy and wouldn’t you know dairy is in most donuts. Easy an delicious donut recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings So after calling all around time both in bakeries and grocery stores, checking every label I came across I realized the only way to satisfy my craving would be to make some. And can I just say I wish that I hadn’t been so freaking lazy because it turns out that donuts are really easy to make! Here’s my recipe I hope it helps out those of you who can’t do dairy (and you can easily make them vegan with this recipe). But for everyone else these donuts are super yummy they don’t taste “special diet” or “healthy” if you know what I mean. My husband was chowing these down like a crazy boy.

The best donuts ever. Super easy recipe with dairy free and vegan options - Rae Gun Ramblings

Dairy Free Donut Recipe

  • 2 1/4 tsp yeast (or 1 packet)
  • 2 TBS warm water
  • 3/4 C lukewarm rice milk (or other milk substitute or milk if you don’t have a dietary restriction)
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg (or if you want to make it vegan 1 egg substitute like Ener-G)
  • 3 tsp shortening
  • 2 1/2 C AP flour
  • Oil for frying
  1. In a large bowl proof the yeast by sprinkling over warm water and letting sit for 5 minutes or more. Yeast should be foamy. If it’s not foamy your yeast might be too old or your water might have been too hot and killed them.
  2. Add rice milk, sugar, salt, egg, shortening, and 1.5 C flour. Mix on low. Slowly add in flour 1/2 a cup at a time until your dough starts to pull away from the sides of the mixing bowl. Knead for a few more minutes.
  3. Turn dough out spray the bowl with spray oil and put the dough back in the bowl covered to rise. Set in a warm place until it doubles in size. You can speed up the rising process by sticking it in the oven with the light on and a bowl of warm water and the oven door closed (but not on).
  4. Next turn the dough out onto a floured surface. For mini donuts roll the dough to about 1/4 inch thickness. For regular donuts use 1/2 inch thickness. Then cut with a donut cutter like this one.
  5. Heat oil to 300 F and fry donuts flipping to get both sides golden. Pay attention they will fry up fast!
  6. While they are still warm

Delicious and easy donut recipe with dairy free and vegan options - Rae Gun Ramblings

Glaze Recipe

  • 2 TBS Earth Balance (or butter if you don’t have a dietary restriction)
  • 1 C powdered sugar
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • Sprinkles (note that most sprinkles are NOT vegan. If you want to make them vegan try these sprinkles)
  1. Melt earth balance over low heat.
  2. Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla.
  3. While the donuts are still warm dip in the glaze. I like to dip both sides. The donut dough is not very sweet you need the glaze to get a good flavor.
  4. Top with sprinkles or other decorations.

Want even more donut goodness? Some of my blog friends and I have joined forces to share 10 amazing mini donut recipes! Enjoy :) Make sure you check out the other 9 fabulous donut recipes participating in the hop today. Just click on the picture or title below to grab the recipe.

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Rook No 17 – Mallow Krispy donuts

Our Thrifty Ideas –  Cinnamon Roll donuts

Dessert Now Dinner Later –  Boston Cream donuts

Housewife Eclectic – Powdered donuts

Rae Gun Ramblings – Dairy Free donuts

Tastes Better from Scratch – Sour Cream Old Fashioned donuts

Snap Creativity – Pina Colada donuts

Messes to Memories –  Chocolate Caramel Cake donuts

One Sweet Appetite – Maple Bacon donuts

Over The Big Moon – Sweet Waffle donuts

I make this donut recipe all the time. I love that it has both dairy free and vegan options but EVERYONE loves them - Rae Gun Ramblings

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26 Mouth Watering Ice Cream Recipes

Huge list of DIY Ice Cream Recipes - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’ve been craving Ice Cream like a crazy person. And with every degree the thermostat creeps the more I want ice cream. I have this wonderful ice maker that I adore so I thought I’d make myself a master list of yummy ice cream and Popsicle recipes that I want to make sure to try out this Summer. I’ve been pinning them to my Ice Cream Recipe Pinterest board so be sure to follow since I’m sure I’ll be adding more to that list! And if you have any great ice cream recipes that you love (or that you’re dying to try) I hope you’ll leave them in the comments so I can check them out!

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Fried Sand Dollar Recipe and Red White and Blue Round Up

Fried "Sand Dollars" Yummy donut like treat that's super easy to make - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’ve been craving donuts for a while and then bam national Donut hits and my Instagram feed gets flooded by images of delicious donuts. I was dying because you see after a bunch of phone calls and label reading I’ve learned that most donuts are made with dairy. Boo since I’m still off the delicious cow dairy for the sake of the baby. But since I’m not one to deny a fried food craving I decided to make a lazy girl version of a dairy-free donut. Voila enter the Friend Sand Dollar.

Easy to make at home donut like treat. Vegan - Rae Gun Ramblings

Fried Sand Dollar because it kind of looks like a sand dollar covered in sand. So smart right?

Cheater donuts. Easy to make just one or a whole batch. Recipe at Rae Gun Ramblings

Well It was SO easy and definitely hit the spot for my donut craving self.

Yummy friend dough. Perfect for satisfying donut cravings at home. Rae Gun Ramblings

To make your own simply find your self some frozen rolls dough. I used froze Rhode’s rolls (love that stuff). Just allow the dough to thaw, roll it out thin. Cut a little cross in the middle. Fry up and then douse with cinnamon sugar. Serve with yummy berries and your good to go.

Ny new favorite alternative to donuts. Recipe at Rae Gun Ramblings

Easy right? And as a perk these are vegan and you can make 1 or 1000. You don’t need to make a crazy batch if you just one one!

Great list of over 100 Red White and Blue projects and recipes at Rae Gun Ramblings

I’m sharing this recipe today as a part of a giant Red, White and Blue recipe and project round up. See what my fellow bloggers are sharing today! [Read more...]

Guest Posting at LMLD: Apricot Hand Pies

apricot hand pies (with vegan option) by Rae Gun Ramblings

Hi all today I’m hanging over at Like Mother Like Daughter while Aimee is taking some time to get to know her new little boy! I hope you stop by and check out my super easy recipe for quick apricot hand pies. Click over to see the yummy inside pictures ;)

If you’re visiting from LMLD welcome it’s great to have you! I hope you take some time to wander around. If you need a place to start you can find some of my most popular posts hanging out in the side bar to the right. And if you want to jump straight to the edibles here’s all my recipes including my new favorite cheesecake brownie recipe, oh it’s soo good.

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Dairy Free Lactation Cookies Recipe AKA My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

You won't believe this delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe also helps nursing moms boost their milk supply - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’ve been living off of these cookies. No really, it’s true. I don’t think my boobs work quite properly so I have to give them a little help. Besides that my little guy still wants to be held most of the time and doesn’t sleep too great so making food has been tough. Luckily I’ve been making batches of these Dairy Free Lactation Cookies and then freezing them. I bake up a pan at a time and just have them around.

My new go to chocolate chip cookie recipe. That it helps my milk supply is just a bonus. I'll definitely be making these long after my nursing days - Rae Gun Ramblings

Now don’t let their medicinal and dietary friendly-ness scare you off. These cookies are SUPER YUMMY. Like even if I wasn’t frantically trying to feed a baby with defective boobs I’d still be making them. They could very well be my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.

And it’s not because I forget what stuff with dairy tastes like. I made these with butter and milk-iful chocolate before I realized that dairy was bugging Teddy and I adored the recipe. But I actually think they cook up better, have a better texture and look, and the dark dairy free chocolate makes them taste better. So there you go.

Dairy Free Lactation Cookies Recipe

Fantastic oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipes. Dairy free and also great for nursing moms - Rae Gun Ramblings

  • 1 C Earth Balance (you can substitute butter if you don’t care about them being dairy free but I prefer the texture with the earth balance)
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 4 TBS water
  • 2 TBS flax seed meal
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 C Slow Cook Oats
  • 1 1/2 C Dairy Free Chocolate Chips (many dark chocolate varieties are dairy free or Whole Foods has cute mini dairy free chips)
  • 2 TSP brewer’s yeast
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

lactation cookies use earth balance instead of butter - Rae GUn Ramblings

(in case some of you don’t know what to look for)

  1. Add water and flax meal to the mixing bowl and stir while you get the other ingredients out.
  2. Add earth balance, sugar, brown sugar, and eggs. Mix until earth balance is creamed.
  3. Add flour, baking soda, and salt. mix until incorporated.
  4. Stir in oats and chocolate chips until evenly distributed.
  5. Bake at 350 F about 10-12 minutes. When they are done parts will look a little toasted and parts will still look wet. Remove and allow to cool on the cookie sheet they will continue to cook there so don’t overcook them or else they’ll be really hard.

Makes about 4 dozen small cookies.

Dairy-free lactation cookies that the whole family will love. These are now our go to chocolate chip cookies - Rae Gun Ramblings

If you want to freeze them. Just scoop the dough onto a greased cookie sheet and freeze before baking. You can then cook them from frozen. When I cook from frozen they take 12 minutes.

My new favorite Chocolate chip cookie recipe. Great to boost milk production and also dairy free - Rae Gun Ramblings

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Corn on the Cob Kix Treats Recipe

Cute Summer treat. Corn on the cob made from Kix cereal! at Rae Gun RamblingsI’m so excite to have Melissa from The Life of a Craft Crazed Mom sharing her awesome  Corn on the Cob Kix Treats Recipe today. I would love you to give her a warm welcome!

Hi, I’m Mellisa from The Life of a Craft Crazed Mom and I’m so excited to be here!! I had a hard time choosing what to share with you guys today.  Between school’s end, summer (finally) arriving, and Father’s day, I’ve been crafting and baking up a storm to come up with some creative ideas to share with you!!  Hopefully you’ll enjoy them all!!
How to make super cute Kix corn on the cobs. This would be a fun BBQ or pot luck addition - Rae Gun Ramblings

How cute are these?  And just on time for barbecue season!  Nothing makes a better cookout than corn on the cob, except, corn on the cob for dessert?  Sounds great to me!!  I’ve make a lot of different things out of krispie treats, but these are my favorite, hands down.  So cute and so simple to make.

Easy Kix corn on the cob perfect for summer picnics and bbq's recipe at Rae Gun Ramblings

What you’ll need:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 bag large marshmallows
  • 6 cups Kix cereal
  • yellow food coloring
  • Corn holders

Melt butter in sauce pan over low heat.  Add marshmallows.  Stir occasionally until completely melted. Add food coloring until bright yellow in color.   Slowly stir in cereal until fully coated. Remove from heat.  Take hand full of cereal mixture and form into corn shape.  Add corn holders to each end.

how cute are these corn on the cobs made from Kix cereal. Recipe at Rae Gun Ramblings

Make sure to check out these other awesome projects from Melissa and swing by her blog to see even more of her creations!

The Life of a Craft Crazed Mom Photo Tile Coasters | Burlap Love Sign | Love Pallet Art | Fabric and Jewel Necklace | Special Dates Chalkboard Sign

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Tutorial: How to Carve Chicken or Turkey

How to Carve a Chicken or Turkey quickly and efficiently. This is the best guide to getting the most out of a rotisserie chicken or Thanksgiving turkey at Rae Gun Ramblings

It happens a couple times a year. We’re at some family function and I see out of the corner of my eye someone hacking away at a turkey or chicken. I know it’s silly but it drives me nuts when some one carves up a bird haphazardly. Well I guess it’s not totally silly, there are some reasons it makes me crazy. First off they usually end up taking forever because there is no rhyme or reason. Then there is the matter of so much wasted meat left on the bone to be either tossed or painstakingly pulled off by hand. And finally it looks like garbage. Someone took the time to lovingly roast a fine turkey all day (or pick up a juicy rotisserie chicken form costco ;) ) and it’s been butchered to smitherines. So today I want to share my quick and easy way to beautifully carve chicken and turkey.

Step by step instructions and tips for easy poultry carving. No more hacked chicken or turkey - Rae Gun Ramblings

Quick and Easy Guide to Chicken and Turkey Carving

  1. If your bird’s legs are tied or attached start by severing that attachment so the drumsticks are free.
  2. Next slice on the inside edge of the thigh when you get to the bone join slide the tip of the knife in to pop the joint to detach the leg quarter (thigh and drumstick) in one pretty piece.
  3. Next slide your knife on one side of the bone between the breast trying to keep it as close to the bone as possible. Slide it under the breast to detach in one solid piece.
  4. If you want the breast sliced place it cut side down (skin up) and hold in place while slicing. Then slide your knife under all the sliced pieces to place so the pieces remain lined up.
  5. Next pull the chicken wings away from the body and slide your knife to cut the attaching skin and pop the joint.
  6. Use your finger to pull off any remaining meat if desired.

Great tips on how to carve poultry for speed and an attractive layout - Rae Gun Ramblings

You can serve up the chicken or turkey on a platter if your feeding enough people or eat in in portions. I love buying the rotisserie chickens from Costco they are such a great deal for tons of meat. Usually the first day I serve up the leg quarters and serve it with cous cous or Cauliflower mash and Lemon Wilted Spinach. Then I use one breast for each another two meals for example in my Artichoke Chicken Alfredo or my Coconut Curry Chicken Lentil Soup and then the pulled little pieces for another one for another meal like in a Quiche, Buffalo Mac and Cheese or a basic quesadilla. But really you can use prepped chicken in so many different recipes I’m sure you have your own favorites.

Easy step by step instructions on how to proerly cut a chicken or turkey so it looks nice but also to get the most meat out the fastest you can. via Rae Gun Ramblings

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Crazy Yummy Cheesecake Brownies Recipe

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It took me 3 times making this Cheesecake Brownies Recipe to get the final pictures for this blog post. The problem is that I freaking LOVE these brownies. I mean they are so stinking good that I would make them up fully intending to snap some pictures so that I could share the yumminess with you but alas I kept gobbling them up myself before I could take decent pictures.

Cheesecake Swirled Brownies Recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

Don’t be deterred by the steps and different parts. It looks like an involved recipe but it honestly doesn’t take much more effort that putting together a boxed mix and it’s SO much yummier. Just try it one time and decide for yourself.

Cheesecake Brownies Recipe

Cheesecake swirled brownies yes please. Easy and yummy recipe - Rae Gun Ramblingss

Brownie Base

  • 1/2 C salted butter,
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 C flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Melt butter and chocolate. An easy way to do this is by using a metal bowl over a pot of boiling water double boiler style.
  3. Once melted remove from heat and whisk in sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
  4. Whisk in flour until well combined.
  5. Pour into an 8 or 9 inch baking pan.

Delicious Cheesecake Swirled Brownies Recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

Cheesecake Mixture

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 C sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Whisk cream cheese, sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla until well combined.
  2. Add spoonfuls of the mixture to the pan on top of the brownie mixture.
  3. Marble by swirling with a knife.
  4. Top with mini chocolate chips.
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes until center is set.

adapted from Smitten Kitchen

My go to recipe for brownies. So good and easy - Rae Gun Ramblings

Not that you’ll need to but if you want to you can freeze and they reheat wonderfully. I pre-proportioned and froze my last batch and when I feel like a little chocolate fix I’ll zap one for 30 second and I have a super yummy treat without the temptation of an entire pan of brownies.

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Coconut Curry Chicken Lentil Soup Recipe

Coconut Curry Chicken (or Turkey) Lentil Soup perfect weeknight meal - Rae Gun Ramblings

Whenever I have leftover chicken or turkey I make this coconut curry chicken lentil soup recipe. It’s so yummy, easy, and just a little different than your normal leftover type soup. It has an Indian feel so it’s great to serve with naan bread which I’ve found at both Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.

I love this Coconut Curry Chicken Lentil Soup. Super fast and yummy I've also tried it with leftover turkey - Rae Gun Ramblings

It comes together fast enough making it a great weeknight meal. Even better, it freezes like a dream! I like to grab a rotisserie chicken and use part of it for this. Normally I make half a recipe (just for me and Daniel) but since I wanted extra in the freezer I doubled it. The recipe can be increased ore reduced easily. Just stick to the same proportions.

Coconut Curry Chicken Lentil Soup Recipe from Rae Gun RamblingsIngredients

  • 2 Chicken Breasts, cooked and chopped
  • 12-16 C Water (depending on how much the lentils suck up and how thick of a soup you want)
  • 1 Bag Lentils
  • 6 Cubes Chicken Bouillon (or substitute 6 of the cups of water for chicken broth)
  • 3 Heaping TBS Curry Powder (or more to taste)
  • 1 Can Coconut Milk (I always use the light or reduced fat kind)
  • Salt, Pepper, and Onion powder to taste

Directions

  1. Boil lentils and chicken in 8 oz water until lentils are tender. Keep an eye on it so that the water doesn’t burn off.
  2. Add bouillon, curry powder, coconut milk, and additional water to the desired consistency.
  3. Add other seasonings to taste. Serve and enjoy!

Great coconut curry chickent lentil soup recipe. Perfect for left over turkey - Rae Gun Ramblings

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