Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Great Cause to Support This Saturday in Southern Arizona



My son's Eagle Scout project/ Diaper Dash 5K 2014 will take place this Saturday, May 3rd. Bring a package or more of unopened diapers to run, walk, or crawl this family friendly 5K in Marana. A pack or more of donated diapers and a signed waiver form enters you into the prize drawing at the end of the race/walk. Prizes include $100 Target Gift Card from United Financial Center, a FREE full tint good for a small 4 door sedan from A Cut Above Auto Glass & Tint (Valued $120), Certificate for 1 month of unlimited jump time at AZ Air Time, $50 Gift Card to your choice of either Olive Garden or Red Lobster, $50 Gift Certificate to Bookmans, QT Gift Cards, dinners for 2 from Chuy's, Texas Roadhouse, and Cracker Barrel, and much much more. We have over 50 prizes with more coming in each day. Two Men and a Truck will be there to transport diapers to the Diaper Bank. There are drop off locations all around the Tucson area for those who can't make it but would still like to help.

Boy Scout Dashing For Diapers
Town of Marana Gets Behind Benefit for Local Diaper Bank 

Tucson, AZ, [April 21,2014] The prize at the end of the May 3 finish line at the Diaper Dash 5K at Gladden Farms Park in Marana will be diapers, lots of diapers for thousands for Southern Arizonans in need. The benefit for the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona is the brainchild of Devan Ashcraft, who wanted to do something different for his Eagle Scout project. Devan and his parents took his idea to the Town of Marana and got approval to put together the town’s first Diaper Dash: Run, Walk, Crawl.

"I am hoping that enough people will bring diapers to help meet the huge need in Southern Arizona,” said Devan Ashcraft, he noted that even if people didn’t want to participate in the Dash, he hopes they will still bring diapers. He became aware of how expensive diapers were after his little brother was born and started to wonder how low-income families were able to obtain the diapers and baby supplies they needed for their infants. As he pondered what he could do for his Eagle Scout project these struggling families returned to his mind.

Having participated in benefit runs for the Marana Food Bank, this varsity cross country and track runner, decided that a 5K Diaper Dash would be the answer. With the help of fellow scouts and leaders from Troop 223 and members of his congregation of The Church Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Marana High School freshmen said he hopes this will be a huge success and become an annual event. Registration for the Diaper Dash 5K is from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 3 and the race starts at 8 a.m. at Gladden Farms Community Park, 12250 North Tangerine Road, Marana.

Cost of registration is one or more unopened packages of diapers, particularly in sizes 4, 5, 6, 3T, 4T and adult incontinence pull-up and briefs. Diaper need is a very real social ill that causes physical and emotional problems, including shame and guilt for parents and severe diaper rash and urinary tract infections for babies left in diapers too long. Presently 1 of 3 American mothers report not having an adequate supply of diapers, 48 percent of families report leaving babies in soiled diapers for extended periods of time and 33 percent report reusing soiled diapers. The average cost per child per month is $100 for an adequate supply of diapers. Families report often choosing between buying food and buying diapers.

The Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona distributed almost 650,000 diapers and incontinence supplies through its 50 plus partner agencies last year, however, the need is closer to 1.5 million annually throughout Southern Arizona. To find out more about the Diaper Bank and where to drop off diapers all year long visit www.diaperbank.org If you would like more information about this topic, please email Stephanie Ashcraft at ashcraftsteph@yahoo.com.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Rocky Road Brownies: Requested Over and Over Again







I take Rocky Road Brownies to every teacher luncheon or dinner thrown at my kid's elementary and middle schools.  I once made something different, and people asked where the brownies were.  The trick is to not overcook the brownies and let the marshmallows and chocolate chips cool before you cut it.  Otherwise, you get a YUMMY, ooey gooey mess.  

If you don't mind the ooey gooey mess, let them cool for 5-10 minutes to prevent your mouth from getting burned before serve immediately.  Warm from the oven or at room temperature, these brownies are heavenly!  

These brownies are so easy to make that I always hesitate to divulge the recipe.  Toss the flour on your face and just pretend that you spent all day in the kitchen!  Enjoy!



Rocky Road Brownies  from 101 Things To Do With Chocolate

1 (9 x 13-inch family size) brownie mix
ingredients listed on back of box
1 cup salted peanuts
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Make batter according to package directions.  Pour batter into a greased 9 x 13-inch pan.  Bake 23-25 minutes.  Remove brownies from oven.  Sprinkle peanuts, marshmallows, and chocolate chips evenly over top.  Bake an additional 3-5 minutes, or until marshmallows puff up.  Makes 24 brownies.



101 Things To Do With Chocolate can be purchased at Amazon.com for only $8.99.  Amazon also sells the Kindle Version for only $3.82.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Watch My Desserts Made Simple Cooking Segment Online



For those who live outside Tucson or who may have missed my television segment this morning on The Tucson Morning Blend, you can watch it online here.

1/09 Cooking Segment on KGUN9's Tucson Morning Blend

In case you don't know, I write cookbooks as well as try to find ways to save money.  My books are geared to those looking to save time and money in the kitchen.   Amazon is quick to ship and offers FREE shipping on any order over $25! You can also "Click to Look Inside" on most of my book titles and check out the table of contents!  Feel free to visit my author page on Amazon.

200 Cake Mix Creations

Amazon is offering some discounts on the other books as well.  If you have a KINDLE, they have SCREAMING deals on the electronic Kindle downloads of the books.

200 Cake Mix Creations

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  Tune in to KGUN9's The Tucson Morning Blend this morning at 11 a.m. to watch me share easy entertaining desserts that will dazzle your friends and family.  Throw the flour on your face and pretend it took all day.  Today I'll be sharing recipes from my cookbook, 200 Cake Mix Creations.


Cherry Cheesecake Trifle from 200 Cake Mix Creations
1 white cake mix
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
½ cup milk
1 small box instant vanilla or cheesecake pudding
1 (8-ounce) container whipped topping
2 (21-ounce) cans cherry pie filling*

Prepare and bake cake according to package directions in a 9 x 13-inch pan; let cool. In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, milk, and pudding mix until smooth and thick. Gently fold in the whipped topping. Crumble half of the cake into the bottom of a trifle bowl. Spread half of the cream cheese mixture over cake. Spread 1 can of pie filling over cream cheese layer. Repeat layers. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

*Any flavor pie filling can be used in this recipe.


Valentine Heart Cookies from 200 Cake Mix Creations
1 cherry chip cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 container white frosting
Red food coloring and sprinkles (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, use a spoon to mix together the cake mix, eggs, and oil. Scoop 1-inch balls of dough onto a greased cookie sheet and then form each ball into the shape of a heart. Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until light golden brown. Top with frosting that has been mixed with a little red food coloring, if desired, and sprinkles. Makes 30 cookies.


Raspberry Yogurt Cake from 200 Cake Mix Creations
1 white cake mix
1 (6-ounce) container raspberry yogurt*

Topping:
1 (8-ounce) container whipped topping
1 (6-ounce) container raspberry yogurt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare the cake according to package directions. Gently stir in yogurt. Pour batter into a greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean; let cool for 15-20 minutes and then chill for 4 hours.

In a bowl, mix together the whipped topping and yogurt. Spread over the cake. Store in refrigerator.

*Blueberry, boysenberry, and lemon yogurt also work.


Death-by-Chocolate Cake from 200 Cake Mix Creations

¾ cup sour cream
4 eggs
½ cup oil
1 chocolate cake mix
1 small box instant chocolate pudding
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Powdered Sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, beat together the sour cream, eggs, water, and oil until smooth. Add the cake and pudding mixes. Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour batter into a greased tube or Bundt cake pan. Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Invert hot cake onto a platter; let cool. When cool, sift powdered sugar over top.

Here are some of the other books that I have written:


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Cake Mix Cooking for Kids

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200 Slow Cooker Creations


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101 Things to Do with a Slow Cooker


101 Things to Do with a Slow Cooker $9.99

Call it a slow cooker, a crockery cooker, or your best friend, the popularity of these handy machines has exploded recently, and "Mrs. 101" Stephanie Ashcraft has stepped up to the plate (or bowl, or serving tray) with an amazing collection of timesaving recipes. From South of the Border Pot Roast to Hearty Vegetable Soup to Cherries Jubilee, now anyone can make hearty, healthy dishes for the whole family the "throw-n-go" way-simply throw several ingredients into the slow cooker, get on with life, and come home to a kitchen filled with the aroma of real home cooking. 101 recipes for main courses, side dishes, desserts, and more are included, along with suggestions for how and what to serve with each dish, time-saving meal preparation tips, and easy modifications to fit your families tastes.


101 More Things to Do with a Slow Cooker
101 More Things to do with a Slow Cooker $9.99

With the continuing slow cooker craze, 101 More Things to do With a Slow Cooker. With two new sections-Vegetarian Delights and Turkey-this book will be flying of the shelves. More great recipes like Raspberry Chocolate Carmel Fondue, Southwestern Chili, Cajun Chicken Pasta, Mandarin Orange Steaks, Apple Cranberry Pork Chops, and Gooey Cherry Chocolate Cake will make your mouth water just by reading the ingredients. So throw a few ingredients in the slow cooker and go have fun with your family and friends-when you're done, your meal will be too!

101 Things to Do with a Tortilla
101 Things to Do with a Tortilla $9.99

101 Things to Do with a Tortilla takes this delicious and nutritious staple of so many countries and brings it into the mainstream with family-friendly recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and more. Tortillas are a no-fail recipe ingredient, and Stephanie Ashcraft and Donna Kelly show that tortillas aren't just for Mexican food anymore!


101 Things to Do with Salad: One Hundred One Things to Do With a  
Salad
101 Things to do with Salad $9.95

Everybody knows that a good salad makes a meal complete and now with this new addition to the 101 line, a salad is never more than a few ingredients away! The book includes Leafy Salads, Main Course Salads, Pasta Salads, BBQ and Picnic Salads, Veggie Salads, Fruit Salads, and Dessert Salads, with an amazing variety of recipes and flavors to suit all occasions. Try Sweet Fiesta Salad, Chinese Chicken Salad, Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad, Cauliflower Shrimp Salad, Cool Pear Salad, Pistachio Salad, and Best Ever Frog-Eye Salad!

101 Things to Do with a Potato


101 Things to Do With a Potato $9.99

One potato, two potato, three potato-four! Introducing the next book in our thriving 101 series, 101 Things to do With a Potato. Each year, the average American consumes close to 140 pounds of potatoes. With that in mind, nothing seems better than a cookbook featuring one of America's major food staples-the potato! "Mrs. 101" Stephanie Ashcraft has ingeniously created simple recipes that take potatoes to a whole new level. Try a Breakfast Burrito in the morning, sample the Sausage Corn Chowder for lunch, have the Italian Potato Chips as a mid-afternoon snack, for dinner try the Potato Crust Pizza, and then savor the Sweet Potato Cheesecake for dessert!


101 Things to Do with Chicken
101 Things to do with Chicken $9.95

101 Things to Do with Chicken is a must have for the busy kitchen. Try delicious recipes such as: Blue Cheese Chicken Dip, Curried Chicken Salad, Grandma's Chicken Noodle Soup, Zesty Chicken Burgers, Cranberry Chicken Spinach Wraps, Garlic Lover's Roast Chicken, Balsamic Chicken Stacks, Mediterranean Chicken, Asian Lettuce Wraps, and Chicken Alfredo Pizza.
The average American eats over 80 pounds of chicken each year.


101 Things to Do with a Casserole
101 Things to Do with a Casserole $9.95

Call it a one-pot, a casserole, or a hot dish, no one can deny the convenience and satisfaction these traditional meals provide! Whether you've had a late night at work, or have limited ingredients and finicky kids, the mighty casserole is the answer to the grumbling in everyone's tummy.

101 Things to Do with Canned Soup
101 Things to Do with Canned Soup $9.95

From creamy varieties to everyone's favorite (tomato, of course!), find 101 new uses for the most popular staple in your cupboard. Easy favorites are simplified with canned soup shortcuts: Classic Tuna Casserole, World's Best-Baked Beans, Chile Verde Enchiladas, and Southwest Black Bean Chili, plus try creative new recipes for Souper Tamale Pie, Upside Down Pizza Casserole, Tomato Soup Cake, Potato Chive Biscuits, and Chocolate Zucchini Cake!

101 Things to Do with Chocolate
101 Things to Do with Chocolate $9.99

Satisfy all of your chocolate cravings in 101 different ways with the newest addition to the 101 series, 101 Things To Do With Chocolate. Try easy recipes such as Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake Bars, Decadent Chocolate Truffles, Chocolate Mint Layer Brownies, and Chocolate Pudding-Filled Doughnuts to give you that needed fix. With sections such as Dessert Pizzas and Ice Cream Cakes, you'll find new and delicious ways to enjoy chocolate in addition to all the old favorites.

101 Things to Do with Ground Beef
101 Things to Do with Ground Beef $9.99

Everybody knows that meat loaf is the ultimate comfort food, but what else can you do with that easy-to-use, affordable, nutritious freezer staple? Here are 101 easy and delicious recipes to make the most out of ground chuck, hamburger, and turkeyburger.




101 Things to Do with Meatballs $9.99

101 THINGS TO DO WITH MEATBALLS ON TOP OF SPAGHETTI, and a whole lot more! In the newest addition to the 101 series, 101 Things to Do with Meatballs is filled with recipes that will become instant favorites among family and friends. Some of the tasty dishes include Breakfast Burritos, Meatball Sliders, Thai Pizza, Feta Meatballs with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce, Tortellini Meatball Stew, Chinese Beef Noodle Soup, Piping Hot Buffalo Subs, Enchilada Meatballs, Chipotle Meatball Pasta, Savory Meatball Lasagna, Tater Tot Kid's Casserole, and Meatball Stroganoff.



101 Things to Do with Pudding $9.99

There's so much more to pudding than just a dollop of whipped cream on top! This all-time favorite treat gets a makeover with 101 Things to Do with Pudding. Now you can try some amazingly luscious, moist, and inventive recipes Such as Sticky Buns, Banana Cream Cookie Salad, No-Bake Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies, Triple Chocolate Brownies, Cream Cheese Chocolate Nut Pie, Red Velvet Cake, Pumpkin Spice Trifle, and a whole lot more!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Yummy Black Bean Salad with Mango Dressing


I've been experimenting with ingredients that have been coming in my Bountiful Baskets.  This recipe is one that I tried making with the mangos that came in the basket.  I'll be making this whenever mango go on sale!

2 ripe mangos, peeled and diced
1/2 cup Italian dressing
2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1 red or orange bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
Salt and Pepper, to taste

In a blender, blend 1/3 cup diced mango with Italian dressing until smooth.  In a large bowl, combine beans, red onion, bell peppers, and remaining mango.  Gently fold mango dressing into salad mixture.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.   Makes 6-8 servings.


T-shirts for a Great Cause



We have some great friends, Rob and Emily Matson, who are in the process of adopting 2 children from Ethiopia.  They have created these great t-shirts as a means of helping them raise money for their family to go pick the kids up in Africa.  If you can help, you can get more information here.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Press Release for my upcoming kid's cookbook

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Mix up some fun!
Bring your kids into the kitchen, and bake up some memories


Tucson, AZ -- June 2011 – New York Times best-selling cookbook author Stephanie Ashcraft’s latest book, Cake Mix Cooking for Kids (Gibbs Smith, $14.99, Spiral bound, ISBN: 978-1-4236-1917-8, August, 2011) helps families share in the joy of baking goodies – together!

A cake mix is the basic ingredient for these delicious recipes, but cake isn’t the only thing kids will learn to make. Give Black Owl Cookies, Candy Cookie Pops, Bubblegum Bars, or Fruity Pizzas a try. Or, if you really want to be creative, bake some Mini Cupcake Kabobs, Delicious Cake Balls, or Tangy and Twisted Trifle. These recipes are a fun and easy way for kids to enjoy time in the kitchen.

These fun-themed recipes are simple enough for kids to make (with adult supervision), and provide step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow for even a novice chef. Once kids try their hand at baking, maybe they will even help cook dinner!

Stephanie Ashcraft, author of 101 Things to do with a Cake Mix, along with fifteen other culinary offerings, has taught cooking classes based on the tips and meals in her cookbooks for more than 20 years. Cake Mix Cooking for Kids is just one of three books that she is releasing this Fall. Stephanie and her family live in Tucson, Arizona.

For more than 40 years, Gibbs Smith has been specializing in beautifully illustrated lifestyle books covering topics such as interior design, architecture, cooking, children’s, home, green/sustainable, and many others.