May 22, 2015

Two Ingredient Creamy Fruit Dip

I have been compensated by Market Street for writing this post. All statements and opinions are my own.


One of the best things about summer is the beautiful, sweet, fresh fruit. There are so many ways to love it: eat it right out of your hand, bake it up in a cobbler, swirl it into a frosty smoothie.

One of my favorite ways to enjoy fresh fruit is to serve it with this easy dip. Just two ingredients, a couple of minutes, and you're on your way to cool and creamy fruit dip deliciousness. Everyone loves it.



Two Ingredient Creamy Fruit Dip


1 (8 oz.) package of cream cheese, softened
1 (7 oz.) jar of marshmallow cream

1. Place the cream cheese in a large mixing bowl and mix with an electric hand mixer on low until smooth.

2. Scoop the marshmallow cream into the cream cheese and mix on low until smooth and well combined. Makes about 2 cups. Refrigerate until needed. Refrigerate leftovers. 

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Try it layered for an easy, elegant dessert



If you live (or visit) in the Dallas, TX, area, be sure to visit a Market Street and try their fresh Sugar Tree fruit in the produce department. You’ll find varieties from white peaches to pluots to peach-a-rines, white nectarines, apple-pears and more. Ask for a taste of these sweet, flavorful fruits, then take some home to try with this dip! 



 






You may also enjoy last month's Market Street post: 
Smoked Turkey, Cherry, and Feta Salad with Vinaigrette




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May 18, 2015

Treasure Box Tuesday 72

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May 11, 2015

Treasure Box Tuesday 71

Welcome to Treasure Box Tuesday!


DIY Light Diffuser

Diffuser in front of a bright east window

I had been browsing light diffusers on Amazon. I didn't really want to risk buying a cheap one, but nor did I want to invest in an expensive one. The sizes available didn't really seem to work for what I was looking for, and most needed special stands. Then it occurred to me that the material in the diffusers reminded me very much of white rip-stop nylon. And my DIY Light Diffuser was born! 

It was so easy and worked so well, I thought you might like it, too. It took less than an hour to put together, and cost me about $2.00 to make. 



DIY Light Diffuser


You will need:

1 white foam board (20" X 30")
1/2 yard of white rip-stop nylon

white duct tape 
exacto knife, scissors, ruler



To do:

1. Measure a 4" border all the way around the outer edges of your foam board and, using an exacto knife, cut out the resulting 12" X 22" rectangle. Put something under your foam board to protect the surface underneath. I used my rotary cutting mat.




2. Using the cut out rectangle as a pattern, cut 1 or 2 pieces (see notes below for your preference) of the rip stop nylon, leaving 2 to 3 inches of extra fabric on each side.



3. Smooth the fabric evenly over the foam board and tape all sides with duct tape. Optional: I took the second piece of fabric and taped it across the top ONLY. On very sunny days, I can fold it down and have a double layer of diffusion, or clip it back up out of the way when not needed! (Rip-stop nylon does not fray, so no worries there). 


Notes:
  • I used a 4" border of foam board to make sure the resulting frame was sturdy and wouldn't twist or flop around. It is very sturdy. You could probably get away with a narrower frame and more nylon (especially if you used a smaller board), but I have not tried it. 
  • You can use one layer of fabric, or add the second layer as seen in step 3. It's really easy to add the second layer, and I like having the option.
  • When taping the fabric onto the foam board in step 2, I put the cut out rectangle back into place (temporarily) to keep the fabric from sagging down into the opening while I taped it. That worked well to keep the fabric smooth. I had to kind of work a little bit to get the piece back out again, but it eventually came out. 
  • To keep it portable, I just prop it up wherever I need it. Not very high tech, but it works. One could probably fashion some removable feet out of the cut out middle portion of the board, but I haven't gotten that far yet. :)
  • This was a very inexpensive project. The rip-stop nylon was $7.98/yard at Joann's, and I had a coupon for 50% off. You use 1/2 yard, so the cost of the fabric was $2.00. I had the foam board on hand, but even if you didn't, they are $1.99 at Hobby Lobby, and they always have a 40% coupon, so you could easily get a foam board there for about $1.20. I had all the other supplies on hand, too. So this project cost me about $2.00. 




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