Archive for ‘Baking’

August 6, 2011

Lazy Saturday

Since Jonathan and my mom are at work and Abby is at Cedar Point, I had no one to play with today.  So when I came across this recipe for Monster Cookies, I decided to make them because I was bored out of my mind.  The fun thing about these cookies is that you can pretty much put whatever tickles your fancy into them.  She uses Reese’s Pieces and M&Ms in hers, but I decided to put shredded coconut and walnuts in mine instead.  They’re pretty tasty!

I know, the lighting in my kitchen is really yucky.  But here’s the batter!  I think I ate about half of it :)

I think I took the word “monster” too literally…the first tray of cookies was ginormous!  The rest of the cookies were about half this size.

While I was at Meijer I picked up some more yarn for my granny square blanket {I’m up to 10 squares now!}.  Lily brand Sugar ‘n Cream yarn is definitely my new obsession!  It comes in so many pretty colors.  Here’s my collection so far:

That handsome boy is my other kitty, Sidney.  He’ll be 12 in October…he’s an old man!

What would you put in your monster cookie?  Are you obsessing over anything right now?

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July 31, 2011

Yummy Dinner for Two

Since Jonathan took me out to dinner and a movie on Friday, I thought I’d make him dinner last night.  I’m no Rachael Ray {I have plenty of embarrassing kitchen stories to prove it} but the dinner turned out pretty tasty!  I found the recipe via Pinterest, which took me to this blog post. Here’s the recipe I used for pepperoni pizza puffs {I altered it a bit from the original recipe}:

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup pepperoni (sliced into quarters)
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease muffin pan {the recipe calls for a mini-muffin tin, but I used a regular sized muffin pan}.  In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and Italian seasoning.  Then add the milk and lightly-beaten egg.  Stir in the mozzarella, Parmesan, and pepperoni and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Stir the batter and divide into muffin pan {my mixture made 10 muffins}.  Bake until puffy and golden, about 20-25 minutes.
  3. Microwave the pizza sauce until warm and serve with the puffs for dipping.

 

Fettuccine in Parmesan sauce was the side dish {don’t be too impressed, it was a mix :)}

We had strawberry shortcake for dessert!  It was a great dinner, and I think Jonathan was pretty impressed that I didn’t burn my house down ;)

July 27, 2011

Let Them Eat Cake

Monday was Jonathan’s dad’s birthday and somehow I got stuck making the cake.  I’m definitely not complaining, but Jonathan asked me to “help” and then I ended up doing the whole thing.  Silly boy.

Here’s the finished product: a yellow cake with butter cream frosting.  I’m not much of a cake person but this was pretty tasty, if I do say so myself!  I’m not exactly the Cake Boss, but I thought it turned out pretty cute :)

Speaking of cakes, look what I found at Kohl’s today.  All of the Babycakes products!  Remember when I discovered this wonderful invention in my Pinterest post?  Well, here it is in the flesh!  They look so cool…I want them all.

July 18, 2011

Another Rummage Sale and Oreo Pops

Usually, I’m one to sleep in until 10:30 but today I woke up at 8 to go to my elementary school’s annual enormous rummage sale.  Seriously, it was HUGE.

Vanishing Acts {Jodi Picoult}, Eat, Pray, Love {Elizabeth Gilbert}, and The Pact {Jodi Picoult}.  All in great condition and only 50 cents each!

Jonathan found some action figures for his enormous collection {I’ll save that for another post} and I also found a cute little game called In a Pickle.  I always see it when I go to Target but never wanted to spend the money on it.  Well, this one is barely used and only cost me $3!

After the rummage sale I really wanted to do some kind of indoor activity since it was so hot outside today.  I found a fantastic recipe for Oreo cake pops on Pinterest {thanks to a little delightful} so we went to the store and bought Oreos, cream cheese, and almond bark.

All I had to do was crush up 2 rows of the Oreo cookies and mix them with a small package of cream cheese.  They are seriously delicious but super rich.  After the balls were formed, I put the lollipop sticks in them {as instructed} and let them chill in the fridge for about 20 minutes.  Then, we melted the almond bark and covered the pops with it using a spoon.

My cake pops turned out so ugly…I was sad.  But then I ate one and felt a little better.

Here’s the picture from a little delightful’s blog.  Seriously, how did she get hers to look so perfect?  If anyone can help me out, I’ll repay you in Oreos ;)

What I’ll do different next time:

  • Buy shorter lollipop sticks
  • Make the balls a little bit bigger
  • Put the lollipop sticks in the balls with candy coating on the end of the stick, that way the pop won’t fall off the stick when I’m trying to frost it

Any other suggestions?  If you’ve mastered the perfect cake pop, please tell me your secret!

July 14, 2011

The Cake Pop Adventure

Okay, so I stumbled across this (and this) cake pop tutorial and decided that I had to try them out.  My first attempt didn’t turn out as disastrous as I thought it would!  I had originally planned on making “Golden Snitch” cake pops in honor of tonight’s double-feature of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2, buuutt it turns out I’m not quite talented enough to get all fancy with my cake pop decorating just yet.

Here are the puppies after 2 hours of sitting in the fridge.

Mistake #1: I made them way too big.  When it was time to frost them, they kept sliding off the sticks because they were too heavy.  Mistake #2: When I dipped the stick in the candy coating and put the stick in the cake balls, I didn’t wait long enough for the candy to harden before frosting the entire cake ball.  That’s another reason why they slid off the sticks.

This was the very first cake pop that I frosted.  It turned out great!  The second one was eaten because it wasn’t as pretty :) (see how I dyed the candy coating yellow for the ‘snitch’?)

After I ran out of yellow coating I just did the rest of them plain white and added these cute rainbow sprinkles that I found in the cupboard.

My shopping list:

  • 1 box of Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix
  • 1 can of Pillsbury cream cheese frosting
  • 2 packages (16 oz each) of Meijer brand European Style candy coating
  • 1 bag of craft sticks (because Meijer didn’t have candy sticks)

I’ll definitely be making these again soon.  Next time I think I’ll try strawberry cake mix with cream cheese frosting…yum!