Sunday, December 25, 2016

Strawberry Torte with Blueberries

Merry Christmas and here's my Strawberry Torte recipe for all of us that love "sweets" and it's one that actually is diet and fat free! Hope you enjoy it as much as my family does! And this is what we have for "Happy Birthday Jesus" for Christmas! Yum!

Strawberry Blueberry torte or trifle

Angel food cake (I make mine from Betty Crocker mix)
 (You won't be using all of the cake!!!  Cut or pull apart into 1" cubes.)
1 can Eagle Brand FAT FREE condensed milk
1 Box of Jello Sugar Free White Chocolate Instant Pudding mix
1 can of Reddi Whip Can of whip cream (preferred over Cool Whip but it's personal taste)
1 1/2 Quarts Strawberries cut with an egg slicer
1 pint Blueberries
Tools: Hand mixer and large mixing bowl2 cup measuring cup and large scraper; Large trifle bowl as seen in picture. 

Bake the Angel Food cake according to directions on the box.  Cake needs to cool down before assembling. 
While it cooks, start the pudding. 
Get a 2 cup measuring cup.  Put 1/4 cup water in the bottom, and then pour Eagle Brand Fat Free condensed milk in. Scrape all of it you can out of the can. Stir to mix the water with the condensed milk before continuing to fill the cup up to the 2 cup point with a bit more water, mixing it again before adding.  Pour into a large mixing bowl. Add the pudding mix and using hand mixer, mix on low for 2 minutes. Clean mixer blades into pudding so that you get as much as possible off. Spray 2 cups or more of the Reddi Whip whip cream into pudding and "fold" into the pudding.  This means gently with a large scraper "folding" it over itself several times until it is mixed. Try NOT to stir it.  Refrigerate until cake is cooled and ready to assemble the torte.
Layering:  1" portions of Angel Food cake on bottom. There are two layers, and you decide how much you want to use so put 1.5 to 2 inches of the cake. Next, the majority of the blueberries, holding back some for the top, as seen in the picture.  Top with HALF of  pudding mixture, spreading it gently over lower level.
 Now for the second layer of cake cubes, but this time use a layer of strawberries.  Spread remaining half of pudding mix on top of that.  Arrange the pretty top with strawberries fanning out from the middle with blueberries as the center.  The Torte or Trifle should be refrigerated until ready to eat.  Good luck keeping the family away from it before your guests get to enjoy it. Once you taste it you will see why I say that.
 Oh, and by the way, it's DIET!!! Low on calories and fat and full of good things from the berries. Unfortunately, it does have High Fructose Corn Syrup in the Eagle Brand, and Bad sweetner in the pudding mix. But those are miner since it saves you tons in calories and fat.  

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Pretty Pink Posh Feminie Tag

On Essentials by Ellen they are hosting 12 Tag of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Challenge.  I have been inspired by a few of them and am posting my tag to play along.

 I was inspired by Carissa Wiley's pretty tag using Pretty Pink Posh's stamps with the glitter edge to the snow slopes. I moved my 2 trees to different spots, and used the adorable bunny instead of the snowman. I also used glitter instead of foil. Since I didn't have a stitiched tag die, I used the Storybook die to kind of match all the stitch lines. Carissa used so many shimmery elements so I used: Glitter ribbon, shimmery word paper brought out the pinks in the scene better that brown wood colors so I chose that instead, too. Sequins for shimmer and shine. Also, white edges on the trees instead of the foil for snow.  
Pretty Pink Posh products: Storybook 5 dies; Holiday Pals stamp set. Also, WPlus9 Holiday Apertures die set for outside stitich lines.
Copic Markers: YG 06, YG 67, B10, C3, RV02, RV04, Momento ink Tuxedo Black, MISTI, Uniball Impact White pen, Radiant Neon Ink Pad, elctric pink, Big Joy stamp, Creative Expressions Cosmic Shimmer Glitter in Iced Snow, May Arts Silver glitter ribbon, Kennedy Grace Sequins Moonbeams, Pink Cardstock and twine, DCWV Glitter cardstock and Reminese Christmas Carols pattern paper which is shimmery.  I used the pink cardstock and made the earmuffs pink as well to show the feminine twist. Shimmer papers in soft colors as well. Hope you enjoy it!
Challenges I am entering it in:

12 Tag of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Challenge