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Eighth Anniversary and Two Books May 19, 2020

Hi friends!

Today, May 19, 2020, is the eighth anniversary of our blog, I cannot believe it!

I hope all of you are doing well. Living in lockdown is something that we will not soon forget; we have had to adapt, and I believe, that we are doing a great job, considering the circumstances we find ourselves in at this unforgettable time.

I do not have a recipe for you today, rather, I have a writing update. Later this year, I will be publishing two books!



The first book is a novel entitled: ‘Imprisoned Hearts’, it is the second book in ‘The Hidden Hearts Series’.

Keynote:

When two teenagers agree to start a relationship, their problems and secrets threaten to ruin the new love they have found, can their love survive with the struggles they find?



If you have not read my first book, check it out, it is entitled: ‘Fevered Hearts’, it is a clean romantic suspense novel.
https://www.amazon.com/Fevered-Hearts-Book-Hidden-ebook/dp/B07JP94346



The second book is for children, it is entitled: ‘Nigel and The Festival of Flames’.

Keynote:

Nigel is competing in The Festival of Flames, but he is smaller than the other dragons and does not think he can throw his flames in the sky; will Nigel be victorious and win The Festival of Flames?



I cannot wait for you to read these books! I will post the links as soon as they are published.

I know Times are tough, but we can do this!

Stay safe! God bless!
 

Activities For Kids! March 23, 2020

Friends,

If you have children, I am sure you are going crazy during lockdown from the
Corona Virus, COVID-19.

Right now, you are super parents: working from home, trying to get your kids
to do their school work, and keeping your home running. When you are tired
of the video games and screen time, you probably think: “What am I going to
do to keep them entertained?”

Here are some fun activities that I have compiled, special thanks must go to
my friends who have shared their recipes with me or on social media. Due to
COVID-19 making shopping more challenging, I hope you are able to find, or
have the ingredients to make the following recipes.



*Kari’s Edible Play Dough

1 cup plain yogurt

1 cup ish of cornstarch

Food coloring

Mix the yogurt and food coloring together, then mix in the corn starch until
the play dough is as thick as you want. Play and eat to your hearts content.
Store in the refrigerator.

I followed a Facebook post where Kari asked for ideas to keep her kids
entertained, here are some great ideas someone posted in the comments:

1. Put shaving cream on your table and let them draw in it.

2. Dump baking soda on a baking sheet, get eye droppers to put colored
vinegar on it, and watch it bubble.

3. Put acrylic paint in a baggie, seal it, tape it down to your table, and
let them draw on it.

4. Get a big bowl and put water and dish soap in it and let them make
bubbles.

5. Color light Karo syrup with food coloring and then paint with it, it
looks like stained glass.



*Elizabeth’s Sidewalk Paint

Equal parts corn starch and water.

Then add food coloring.

Use paintbrushes and your imagination!



*Eileen’s Best Ever No-Cook Play Dough Recipe

2 cups plain flour (all purpose)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil (baby oil and coconut oil work too)

1/2 cup salt.

2 tablespoons cream of tartar.

1 to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)

gel food colouring (optional)

A few drops glycerin (my secret ingredient for stretch and shine!)

Mix everything together and play!



*Madelyn is a Special Education Teacher and she teaches visually impaired
and blind children, here are her ideas:

They could make edible necklaces, slime or kids love mini pizza.

Kids could also make cupcakes and take food coloring and decorate their own
couple of cupcakes stirring with a toothpick.

They can die Easter eggs using a bag:

Pour dry rice and put some food coloring in the bag. Then, roll the egg
around. They can make the eggs tactile using stickers as well.



*Faheem shared the following website which has wonderful activities for scout groups. https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors/ *My ideas:

If you have pudding, eat and finger paint with it.

For chocolate pudding, try making cups of dirt (Quantities of each item are
up to you)

1. Fill your coffee mug/paper cup with chocolate pudding. Make chocolate pie
filling from the following link:
https://lewissisters.wordpress.com/2012/11/23/easy-chocolate-pie/ (Or use
the premade chocolate pudding cups for easier preparation).

2. Mix a few chunks of cookie in the pudding, optional.

3. Sprinkle cookie crumbs on top of the chocolate pudding so it is
completely covered.

4. Garnish with gummy worms. (watch out if you eat Gluten-Free)

5. Serve immediately or cover cups of dirt with Saran wrap and store in the
refrigerator until ready to eat. (You may want to hold off on adding the
cookie crumbs and gummy worms if the pudding is going to sit for a long time
or overnight).



Search for Wikki Stix (string covered in wax that you can mold) on Amazon;
kids can outline and color or paint around the Wikki Stix.

Play board games.

Draw on the sidewalk with ice cubes or sidewalk chalk.

Have dance parties and sing songs, play musical instruments.

Take a walk or hike. Jump rope, play hopscotch, or ride bicycles.

Cook and bake (There are plenty of recipes on the blog).

Build forts out of blankets or sheets.

Let the kids play in and color on boxes, as well as, make little towns for
their dolls, stuffed animals, or cars and other toys using boxes.

String beads onto pipe cleaners.

Write and perform plays. Write poetry. Read books. Write and illustrate stories. Aquariums and zoos are sharing videos each day to let us see their animals since they are closed to the public; a lot of museums are doing virtual tours as well.



Most of all, enjoy yourselves and stay safe!
 

Easy Way To Rehydrate Brown Sugar March 19, 2020

Hi everyone!
All I have to say about 2020 is, wow! None of us could have predicted the outbreak of COVID-19 (The Corona Virus). Wherever you are, we send you our love, and we pray that you are staying safe during this lockdown, which is so difficult, but necessary to stop the virus from spreading. Remember to wash your hands and check in with friends, family, and neighbors using technology.
Yesterday, our family endured three earthquakes; where we live, that is very unusual, luckily, there were no injuries. It took a two-hour workout, and baking banana muffins for me to relax. Here is the link to the muffin recipe.
https://lewissisters.wordpress.com/2018/09/05/banana-muffins/
When I had all of the ingredients ready to make the muffins, I discovered that my brown sugar was hard as a rock. Due to the already stressful situation, I was very irritated, and looked for a way to rehydrate the brown sugar quickly, which is what I want to share with you below.
1. Place your brown sugar in a microwave safe bowl.
2. Cover the bowl with a damp paper towel.
3. Microwave the brown sugar for 30 second intervals, until it is soft enough to break apart with a fork. be careful because the brown sugar will be hot; don’t heat the brown sugar too much, because it will melt.
4. When the brown sugar is soft, it is ready to be mixed into your batter!
I hope you are doing well!
God bless, stay safe!
 

Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake December 3, 2018

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Hey guys!

Here is the dessert I made for my birthday this year.

It is my own recipe for a Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake.

I have always loved Boston Cream Pie, but when I began eating gluten-free, I couldn’t find any place that served this wonderful pie in a gluten-free form.

I don’t remember when, but an idea came to me how to make this cake and I have wanted to try it for a while. I love to bake new recipes for my birthday dessert and this recipe did not disappoint.

The result for this poke cake was…a ten! Everyone loved it!

You can make your yellow cake, vanilla pudding and chocolate frosting from scratch, but I am all about the shortcuts in this recipe!

Lewissisters Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake

1 package yellow cake mix, gluten-free or regular

1 small box instant vanilla pudding

1 tub chocolate frosting

A wooden spoon, for making holes in the cake

Directions

1. Make cake according to package directions.

2. Make pudding according to package directions.

3. When cake is cooled, poke holes all over the top of the cake with the wooden spoon.

4. Pour vanilla pudding all over the top of the cake, be sure to get the pudding inside the holes. Tapping the pan on the counter helps. Let the cake sit in the refrigerator overnight to set.

5. Frost with chocolate frosting and decorate with sprinkles or other toppings. Serve!

6. Store cake in the refrigerator.

Enjoy!

 

‘Fevered Hearts’ is Available! October 30, 2018

Hey guys!
I don’t have a recipe for you, rather, I am thrilled to let you know that my debut novel ‘Fevered Hearts’ is live!
I can’t thank you enough for the support! You guys are incredible!
To brighten your day, pick up a copy of my clean, romantic, suspense novel and start reading!
I hope you enjoy!
Amazon link:

Archway Publishing Link:
https://www.archwaypublishing.com/Bookstore/BookSearchResults.aspx?Search=fevered%20hearts
Barnes and Noble Link:
https://m.barnesandnoble.com/w/fevered-hearts-macy-lewis/1129777819?ean=9781480868441

 

Cream Cheese Chocolate Surprise! July 13, 2018

Filed under: Cakes,Dessert,Gluten Free — lewissisters @ 7:48 pm

Hey guys!

I have a wonderful cake or cupcake recipe for you! You are going to love it!

I like making cakes because they are easier for me. When I make cupcakes, I get my fingers, the cupcake liners and cupcake tins a mess because I use my fingers to feel where everything is when I’m pouring the batter…And most of the time, I don’t want to deal with all of that. Two weeks ago, I asked our Auntie Deb if I could turn this cupcake recipe into a cake and she said yes. I tried, and it worked! 😊

This recipe comes from my friend and high school aid Vicki. Vicki would come to the school and help me with things such as: keeping up my technology and braille skills, reading things that were not accessible to me, etc. One time, I mentioned to Vicki that I love to cook and bake…she offered to braille me some recipes and this was one of them.

Thanks for the recipe Vicki!! 😊

Cream Cheese Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

1 milk chocolate cake mix (regular or gluten free)

1 8-ounce package cream cheese

1 egg

1/3 cup sugar

Dash of salt

Small package of chocolate chips (3/4 cup)

Directions:

Mix cream cheese, sugar, egg and salt. Stir in chocolate chips.

Mix cake mix according to directions on the box.

(For cupcakes) Fill cups half full and drop 1 to 2 teaspoons of cream cheese mixture in middle.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

(For cake) Fill cake pan completely full of cake batter. Drop spoonful’s of cream cheese mixture on top of the batter; swirl or marble it with a knife.

Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the cake comes out clean.

Frost with white frosting.

Enjoy!

 

Gluten Free Pound Cake May 21, 2017

Filed under: Cakes,Dessert,Gluten Free — lewissisters @ 10:07 pm

Hi readers!
Last Friday, 19 May 2017 marked the fifth year of the blog. I can’t believe it! Thank you for sticking with us; since we do not post regularly, it’s so nice to see you come back and share/like our posts.
Last month, I announced my upcoming novel; it is still in the final stages so here is a peak at what it’s about.
“When a doctor and nurse are kidnapped during an Ebola epidemic in Liberia, more than their well-being will be threatened when their past and secrets must come out.”
Keep an eye on my Facebook page for more upcoming information about the book. The page is: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorMacyLewis.
The recipe for this month is from my friend Mikelle, it is a delicious and easy pound cake! I made it for Mother’s Day dessert and served it with strawberries and whipped cream. It was delicious! I omitted the almond extract because my niece has a nut allergy and added a little more vanilla extract; making the cake gluten free is very easy.
I hope you give this cake a try!
Pound Cake Recipe


2 c. Butter (4 sticks)

3 c. Sugar

6 eggs

1 Tsp. almond extract

1/2 Tsp vanilla

1/2 Tsp baking soda

3 c. flour (gluten free)

1 c. Sour cream

Directions:

Mix everything in a large bowl.

Bake at 350 for one hour in a greased bunt pan 🙂

You can also cut up strawberries and put whipping cream and strawberries on top!

Only let the cake cool in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes, or it may not come out very easily.
Enjoy!

 

Andes Mint Cookies March 4, 2017

Filed under: Cakes,Cookies,Gluten Free — lewissisters @ 11:55 pm

Hi guys!
This recipe comes from the same cookie bake off I told you about in January. See the following link: https://lewissisters.wordpress.com/2017/01/01/chocolate-crackle-cookies/
I made these cookies today; they are fast to throw together and a hit! I love the frosting from the Andes Mints; the mints make the cookies so tasty! Don’t leave the cookies on your cookie sheet for a long time because they will be harder to take off, even if your cookie sheet is greased. After a couple minutes out of the oven, take the cookies off the cookie sheet and then add the mint on top and spread it around.
Give these cookies a try, you will love them!
Andes Mint Cookies


1 package Devil’s Food cake mix (gluten free)
2 eggs
½ cup oil
1 cup chocolate chips
1 package Andes mints
Mix together first three ingredients, then add chocolate chips.
Drop onto a greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 7 to 9 minutes at 350 degrees. The cookies may not look done, but do not overbake.
Place one Andes mint on top of each cookie. Let it melt and then swirl it around with a knife to frost.
Allow cookies to cool and chocolate to set before serving.
Enjoy!

 

Luau Cake September 1, 2016

Filed under: Cakes,Dessert,Make Ahead Meals — lewissisters @ 9:45 pm

Hi!This month’s recipe is the cake we made for my niece’s birthday party last month. The theme of her party was luau, so my sister wanted to make a festive two layer cake (using four cakes in all) and keep the flavors really simple. To go along with the cake we had mixed fruit, a veggie tray and some chips. Our family enjoyed chatting with each other and watching my niece have fun with her new gifts; as well as, playing with her siblings and cousins.

This is our own recipe. We hope you like this colorful cake; have fun creating your own version!

 

Lewissisters Luau Cake!

 

1 yellow or white cake mix (regular or gluten free)

1 chocolate cake mix (regular or gluten free)

1 small box of chocolate pudding

1 small box of lemon pudding

Butter cream Frosting: (double the recipe for this cake)

1 stick butter, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups powdered sugar

2 Tbsps milk, or more if needed

Food coloring, if desired

 

Directions for the cakes and puddings:

1. Grease a round 9 inch cake pan for the bottom cake and an 8 inch cake pan, trimming sides of the cake, (or a smaller cake pan) for the top cake.

2. Split your cake batters in half so you will have two chocolate and two white/yellow cakes.

3. Make the chocolate and white/yellow cake mixes according to the instructions on the boxes. Once the cakes are done baking, let them cool to room temperature.

4. In separate bowls, make the chocolate and lemon puddings according to the instructions on the boxes and set aside to thicken, about five minutes.

 

Butter cream Frosting:

1. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter on medium speed until it is light and fluffy.

2. Add the vanilla extract; then slowly add the powdered sugar, with the mixer on low speed.

3. Add the milk and mix; followed by food coloring, if desired.

4. Then, mix the heck out of the frosting until it is the consistency and color you would like it to be. (If it is too runny, add more powdered sugar, if it is too thick, add more milk).

 

Assembling the cake:

1. On a serving plate, put one layer of the bigger cake down. (We used chocolate cake for the bottom layer).

2. Spread the chocolate pudding on top of the cake.

3. Add the second chocolate cake on top of the pudding.

4. Frost with a thin layer of frosting (a crumb coat) whatever color you would like. (We used yellow) and let it sit for a few minutes to set. When it has firmed up, finish spreading the remainder of the frosting all over the top and sides of the cake, so it is completely covered.

5. Put the first layer of the second smaller cake on top of the fully frosted bottom cake. (White cake)

6. Spread lemon pudding on top of the cake.

7. Put the final white cake on top of the pudding.

8. Put a crumb coating of frosting on top of this cake only, we used pink. And allow the cake to rest for a few minutes to set.

9. Frost the entire second cake with the remaining frosting and allow it to rest once more.

10. Decorate the cake however you want and enjoy! 

11. For storage, keep the cake in the refrigerator. You may have leftover pudding which is delicious by itself or topped with whipped cream.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! March 17, 2016

Top of the morning to ya!
We would like to wish all of you a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!”
I have never been to Ireland, so the following is a short list of things I love about the Emerald Isle: the landscape is so green and beautiful, shamrocks and castles, the accents are amazing, and traditional Irish music is fantastic. Being a drummer and lover of classic rock I cannot forget the bands U2, Thin Lizzie and Van Morrison; some great music right there!
On a side note, I am friends with one of Ireland’s Paralympian sprinters; fastest Paralympian in the world, Jason Smyth. He is the nicest guy.
If you would like to learn more about him, visit his website: http://www.jasonsmyth.ie lets help him get to Rio 2016. Jason won gold in Rio 2016, and continues to have great success at other events!

I hope you have a wonderful day!
The Lewissisters