Pepper Steak Soup, Basic White Cake & Blackberry Buttercream Frosting

1-2 tablespoons light olive oil
1 pound round steak, trimmed of fat and cut into 1 inch slices
1 medium onion, chopped
1 red pepper, sliced into thin strips
1/2 green pepper
1 cup long grain rice
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons minced garlic (jar)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 can diced tomatoes with juice
1 tablespoon Better than Bouillon Beef Base
6 cups hot water

  • In a large skillet heat olive oil
  • When hot, brown the beef chunks, drain and transfer to the slow cooker.
  • Add rice.
  • In the same pan saute the onions until tender.
  • Add the tomatoes with juice, brown sugar, salt, pepper, garlic and soy sauce.
  • Bring to a slow boil.
  • Pour over beef.
  • Reduce the heat to low and cook 3-4 hours until beef is tender.
  • Add pepper slices.
  • Cook 1 more hour.

1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 JUMBO eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon maple extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup whole milk

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease and flour a 9×9 inch BUNDT pan.
  • In a medium bowl, cream the butter.
  • Add sugar and cream again.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until well blended.
  • Add in the vanilla and maple extracts.
  • Sift together the flour and baking powder.
  • Add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Blend in the milk until batter is smooth.
  • Pour into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Cake is done when it springs back to the touch.

1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 teaspoon blackberry extract
1/8 cup blackberry jam
2 cups powdered sugar
1 +/- tablespoons milk

  • With a hand mixer beat jam until VERY smooth, set aside
  • The beat the softened butter until smooth
  • Add the blackberry extract and beat smooth
  • Gradually add the sugar, adding the 1st tablespoon of milk midway
  • After adding all sugar beat until creamy adding a dash more milk if necessary

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Homemaking Tip I’m Sharing:
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