Best Recipe for Grass {Frosting}

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Hi all~  Let me start with the need to put the word “grass”  in quotes or my favorite parentheses,  because in Colorado, “grass” has an entirely different meaning!  Ha!   Over the past year,   I have made batches of frosting in my  attempts to make the  “grass” frosting spread  all over Pinterest.  I have adjusted the butter, used  shortening, and worked with meringue powder!  And, my frosting never was firm enough to resemble grass. I always ended up with 6 cups of green (in this case it’s yellow, but it’s for a visual)!

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And, then I found this recipe, that was just slightly different than ALL of the other buttercream recipes.  Of course,  my sister would suggest that maybe this is the best frosting because  I actually FOLLOWED the recipe!  Either way, this recipe from My Baking Addiction worked best!   I didn’t have clear vanilla so I used coconut extract?  Can I do that? 
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I am so excited! I love it! Scroll below for  my slightly adapted  recipe.  I  used the Wilton Icing Tip #233. I found mine at Michael’s.

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Best Buttercream Recipe for Grass Frosting
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Recipe type: Frosting
Cuisine: Frosting
 
Ingredients
  • 4 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • pinch of fine grain sea salt (I omitted)
  • 1 tablespoon clear vanilla extract (I used clear coconut extract)
  • 2 pounds powdered sugar, sifted (big surprise here- I didn't sift) ! ha!
  • 4-6 tablespoons heavy cream or milk ( I used skim milk)
  • I placed icing in refrigerator for an hour to firm it up.
Instructions
  1. I just mixed all the ingredients together until smooth and creamy!
  2. I cut this recipe in half because of my history of running icing. I still used 4 tablespoons of skim milk and it was perfect.

LINKING TO:  3 LITTLE GREENWOODS   JAM HANDS

Cereal- It’s not just for breakfast anymore!

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Do you ever just do random online searches?  I have my favorite sites that I randomly search!   One of my favorites is Better Homes & Garden so when I stumbled on alternative uses for cereal it spoke to me!  See photo below.  This is a photo of  the boxes of cereal I had on the counter during  our DIY pantry makeover… I think I might have a problem!  No, you are not seeing double.. I tend to double up ( I think it stems from my childhood and the horrible morning  discovery  that the “good cereal” was all gone!

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All images below  are from Better Homes & Garden

 

#1: Decorate a Cake

Use nut grain cereal for a pie crust?  I can’t believe I never thought of this one!

#3: Process into Crumbs for a Crust

Ice cream topping. I have done this with Rice Krispies  (and chocolate syrup)::

#4: Top Ice Cream

Coating for chicken or fish.  I have done this before with the “bottom of the box” cereal strays. My kids love it! And, I sneak in a little ground flax seed (shhh…..)!

#5: Coat Chicken Before Oven-Frying

Do you have any suggestions for alternative uses for cereal?  Please share your ideas in the comments!!