Sunday, April 27, 2014
Friday, December 27, 2013
At first, I have to admit I was a bit annoyed at my mom for buying me yet another random kitchen appliance. "it was a black Friday special, and super cheap, and I thought it was cute" she said. Might I mention she also bought me a Belgian waffle maker? And I already had a working waffle maker, so.....yeah.
Anyway, the mini waffle stick maker. It actually is kind of cute. And the kids love dunking the sticks in syrup. It only makes 4 at a time, so it's definitely not for rushed mornings. Maybe I'll take the time to make a bunch and freeze them. Hmmm...I could put Doctor Who on the kindle to pass the time...there's a thought! :)
Anyway, not a paid advertisement. Just the random musings of an overly tired mama!
I hope you and yours had a very merry Christmas! Any random kitchen appliances under your tree?
Monday, October 21, 2013
|See, a cooling rack on a baking sheet. One of these days, my kids are going to argue over who gets that well-loved baking sheet, I just know it! :)|
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Back in 2011, I participated in a project called Frosting for the Cause. My contribution was Chocolate-Coated Marshmallow-Filled Moon Pies. Unfortunately, it seems as though that blog no longer exists. In light of that, I am re-posting the story and recipe here, just in case anyone comes looking for it. :)
Originally posted Feb 22, 2011
In a separate bowl, whisk together the honey, milk and vanilla extract. Add to the food processor and pulse until the dough comes together. Don’t worry, the dough is supposed to be very soft and sticky at this point.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
I've been making the littles some apple muffins lately, which they love, but I've been wanting to make something with pumpkin instead. However, I've been stuck in a rut and just haven't found a recipe that I've wanted to try. Sure, I have my stand-by recipes, but I wanted something new. I can't believe I hadn't checked one of my favorite baking books (Baking From My Home to Yours, by Dorie Greenspan) before now.
A quick look at the index, and I found what I was looking for, All-in-One Holiday Bundt Cake. It really does have it all: pumpkin, apples, fresh cranberries, and pecans. Perfect! I even had all the ingredients, since I had picked up some cranberries on a whim at the grocery store this week. I decided to let all the kiddos help me, and they were excited to. Let me warn you though, I would prep the pecans, cranberries, and apples ahead of time if you're going to be making this with kids, especially young ones. They got bored with this part fairly quickly. Let me also say that I really wish I had a better space for having all the kids help me at once. But that's my kitchen's problem, not yours. :)
Anyway, this is one of my new favorite cakes. I loved all the flavors in it! If you're not a fan of ginger, you might want to scale back the amount called for, but I thought it was great. The Munchkin tried one bite, and didn't really care for it (no surprise there, but he did try it!). The Sprout liked it, but Squirt loved it, and I mean he loved it.
Now, things don't always go as planned. This is a life lesson that has been thrown at me a ton this year, no doubt about it. Yesterday was no exception, as my cake totally stuck to the pan. I'm going to blame it on the pan and not my buttering skills, as I've had trouble with the last couple bundt cakes I've made. ;) No matter, it tasted wonderful anyway!
This recipe was originally posted to the internet through the baking group Tuesdays with Dorie (I participated for a brief time). I was going to link to the recipe through that, but it seems that the blog that was allowed to post the recipe is no longer in existence. But, I did find the recipe on Serious Eats, so I'm just going to link to it there, since I didn't change a thing! Click here to find the recipe. Or just go buy the book. I'm serious, anyone that loves to bake should own this book (and no, I'm not an affiliate anywhere, so I don't get any kickbacks!).
Today, I'm participating in Food Bloggers Support for Sandy. I have several friends that were in Sandy's path, and while they were all fortunate enough to have their homes spared, some of them are still without power, and now facing a winter storm. I hate being so far away from them, unable to help directly. Hopefully by participating in this I will be able to help just a little bit more. I'm thinking of you Chris, Julie, and Sher! And you too Michelle, even though you've moved away I know you're a NY'er at heart, and your hometown has suffered. And my other Michele. And everyone in the area. I truly cannot imagine what you have all been dealing with.
I'm also linking up to the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats hosting by Brenda of Meal Planning Magic. Check out what everyone else is sharing!
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Several years ago, my mom gave me an old cookbook, it was hers but I'm not sure she ever used it, Favorite Recipes from Southern Kitchens: Desserts. I love this cookbook! I thought it would be great to go through it and pick a recipe or two to use for this year's 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats series.
For this week, I chose a super easy one, Hello Dolly Cookies. I have absolutely no idea where the name came from. I'm really not sure I've ever eaten one before, though the ladies I shared the finished product with knew about them! I did an internet search too, and it seems they go by a lot of names, including Magic Layer Bars.
Honestly, they are so easy to make. There's no mixing required. Kids could absolutely help with these. The cookies smelled divine while they were baking, and I barely waited for them to cool before trying one.
At first I thought "these taste almost like German chocolate cake", then "or definitely like a candy bar" and finally "damn these are good, I want the whole pan!!" :) But I didn't eat them all. The kids loved them, and so did everyone I shared them with. This is a definitely a keeper.
The original recipe just called for butter, and I used unsalted butter because that's all I had. It seemed to work just fine. I do think that next time I make these I will add just a tad more graham cracker crumbs and see how it does. It's not that it was bad, but I felt like a couple more tablespoons of the graham cracker crumbs would have soaked up the butter better.
Hello Dolly Cookie Bars
from Favorite Recipes from Southern Kitchens: Desserts
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)
1 (15 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
Preheat oven to 350'F. Melt butter in a 9x9x2 inch baking pan. Sprinkle in the graham cracker crumbs, then the coconut, chocolate chips and nuts (you just layer it all in, one layer of each). Pour the condensed milk over it all, then bake for 30 minutes. Cool in the pan, then cut into 16 squares.
*I used an 11x8 pan because that's what I had readily available. It worked just fine.
I'm linked up to the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats hosted by Meal Planning Magic. See what everyone else is making!
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Let's take a moment to look at the calendar, shall we? Let's see, yep, it's still September. I tried buying some Halloween baking products today, but the stores were already sold out and replacing them with Christmas items. And I complained about that on Facebook. Yet, here I am, talking about Christmas treats. According to the countdown on my phone, there are 89 days left until Christmas day.
So, in that spirit, I've joined Brenda of Meal Planning Magic again on her Twelve Weeks of Christmas Treats blog hop. That's right, me, the Queen of Procrastinationland. ;)
This week, I made a pretty easy treat: Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites. I found the recipe through Pinterest (where else these days, right?) and thought they would be a great treat to make!
Instead of using the individual caramels, I decided to try the caramel apple wraps found near the apples in the produce section of the grocery store. They made these babies a breeze! I cut each wrap into 6 pieces with my pizza cutter, wrapped them around the pretzel nuggets, and then dipped in some Ghirardelli dipping chocolate that I'd picked up at Sam's a while back.
My apple wrappers had 5 in the package, so that yielded 30 treats. I sprinkled different things on top, and none of my Christmas sprinkles looked as good as the mixture I had of chopped toasted pecans and toasted coconut, in my opinion.
By the way, these are goooood. :) They have this great combination of sweet, salty, crunchy and chewy. And they're bite size!
Check out the original recipe here, and be sure to check out the blog hop and see what other Christmas treats are being shared! Oh, and there's a Pinterest board too!
P.S. I think I'll be making some of these with Halloween sprinkles too...that is if I can still find any!