Sunday, October 20, 2013

Mission: Organized Life #dreamfrosting

Imagine yourself, walking through the internet. You have numbers, letters, words, delectable pictures zooming past you. You are on a hunt. You can taste your prize in your mouth. You sense are on overload. You just.can.not.wait. to taste this in your mouth. What you ask? THE best frosting. Ever.

This recipe comes from my grandmother ((or so the story goes)) and after some of my own tantalizing hunt, I have discovered the 'proper' name(s) to be ermine, boiled milk, or butter roux frosting. Whatever you want to call it, it truly is a dream!

Before we get to the recipe though, is anyone working on their "Mission: Organized Life"? I am; it is definitely not easy with three little ones 3-and-under ((one of which goes to school 3 days a week!)) I am keeping my house mostly tidied right now, actually have done a lot this weekend but my main focus right now is getting my budget in order. If you don't have a sound budget in place, that you and your spouse ((if you are married)) have discussed and agreed upon, then - I truly believe- that you cannot succeed anywhere else in your home.      let me explain....

Each day we rise, and -if you have not noticed- the remainder of the day almost always reflects those first few minutes or so that you are awake. "Waking up on the wrong side of the bed" sound familiar? What worries you when you go to bed at night will worry you in the morning. If you are caught up worrying about, say, money problems, how can you accurately and attentively care for your home, car, property, or children!?

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils.  ~   Lust for money brings trouble and nothing but trouble.      1 Timothy 6:10 ESV~MSG

Put your mind at peace. Become proactive about your finances. God has given you a blessing and He calls us all to manage that blessing well. (Proverbs 3:9-10, Proverbs 10:4) There are many resources to help you on your road to "financial peace" {daveramsey}. You can get books from your local library, printables online, podcasts for encouragement, the list goes on and on. As I mentioned in my last post, I am a huge fan of Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University. However, for me, taking a class that does not provide child care is out of the question, unfortunately. So right now I am just working with what he offers free on his website, a book that I checked out from my local library (Total Money Makeover), and some budget worksheets that my in-laws shared with us from when they did FPU.

If any one has told you controlling your money is easy, well, they lied. Sorry to break it to you, but they lied.  It is very very hard!!  BUT! With hard work and perseverance (and the power of companionship and prayer) you can do it! Find a friend that you can go to the library with and you can work "together". They don't need to know all your nitty gritties but you can encourage each other and hold one another accountable.

Happy budgeting and now, onto the good stuff....your bonus frosting recipe!!! I love this frosting recipe because it is so versatile, you can change up the extracts, alter a few of the basic ingredients or add new ones for different flavors. Also, there is only 2 cups of sugar in this frosting. The milk roux thickens the frosting instead of copious amounts of powdered sugar and it holds up well (aside from direct sun/heat). I have even put less sugar in when serving to diabetics.

Dream Frosting

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 heaping Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Bring milk and flour to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat; whisking constantly until thick. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. You can place the pot in ice water but do not use refrigerator or freezer to cool- the consistency of the frosting does not come out right.

When your milk roux and cakes are cooled and ready, start by creaming the butter until light then incorporate the sugar until fluffy. Then add in the milk roux and vanilla extract. Beat. Like. Crazy. Until there are no more sugar grains. ENJOY

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