Thursday, April 7, 2011

S'mores Pops

We stayed home today with a sick Olivia, so decided to make something with what I had on hand. I had some of these SUPER big marshmallows left over from a bonfire night, so we made these S'mores pops. Yum! The girls wanted their's with sprinkles instead of the graham cracker crumbs, but if you're going for the true S'mores experience you must use the crumbs!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Glazed Pink Grapefruit Mini-Bundt Cakes

The same sweet friend who unloaded a bunch of navel oranges on me has also given me a ton of pink grapefruit. I LOVE grapefruit, but you can only eat so many before you start to lose sensation in your tongue. I stumbled on this recipe for glazed pink grapefruit bread on Pinterest (aka my favorite new time-suck) and decided to try it in my adorable mini-bundt pan. They are SO good and refreshing and sweet! This is what mine looked like (obviously my baking skills outshine my photography skills!):

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Yumminess

I made these little darlins a couple weeks ago. I was inspired by the Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cupcake recipe from Hoosier Homemade. She used a mix though, and I wanted to make my cupcakes from scratch, so used this recipe from For the Love of Cooking. Very simple, and they turned out great, despite my concern since there was no butter in the recipe.

Then I used the frosting recipe as shown in the original post on Hoosier Homemade. That frosting... OMG! So very yummy!

I have to say, one of my best cupcakes to date.
Next I think I'll try the sangria cupcakes I found on Spain in a Cupcake.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

When life gives you oranges....

Got a bunch of fresh navel oranges from a sweet friend's tree this weekend. Decided to try to make homemade Orange Julius' with them. I basically used this recipe but because I had actual oranges, not frozen concentrate, I first peeled about 8 orange, pureed them in my blender, ran that through the sieve to separate juice from pulp and seeds and then went from there.
Huge success.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

Made this for a Football Sunday Chili Cook Off with friends. It is simple and amazing. I'm going to make it in these mini bundt pans for my work party on Sunday. Kinda excited about it, in a sicko, I love to bake stuff kinda way!

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Year of the Bark

So, every year for the holiday season, I make something that I can give as a "food gift"... for co-workers, friends, teachers, neighbors, etc... It's usually fudge. Fudge is pretty simple and you can package it nicely. I've grown tired of fudge.

Two years ago, I'd grown tired of fudge. I decided to make these Martha Stewart cookies that consisted of like 346 steps. They weren't hard, no complicated techniques or anything... just a very long process. At about step 327, I needed some counter space in my tiny apartment kitchen so I stuck the cookies in the oven while I did other things. On Christmas Eve, I was very very very sick. Like gonna die from a head cold sick. But I'd promised to bring a pumpkin pie to a friend's family's get together, so I pre-heated the oven and made my pie. The pain in the ass Martha Stewart cookies and a butt-load of plastic RubberMaid tubs were melted all over the inside of my oven.

So this year, with my boredom of fudge having returned, I'm going with bark. All you gotta do is melt some chocolate: dark, milk, semi-sweet, white, whatever... and add some crunchy bits to it. Then you let it harden and then you break it. Yep, break it, you don't even have to cut it. It looks pretty all packaged up in little baggies too. I've got what I've deemed "Movie Theater Bark" (that perfect blend of salty and sweet, like popcorn and M&M's) chillin' in the fridge right now. Semi-sweet chocolate swirled with a little bit of white chocolate, topped with crushed pretzels and mini M&M's!

Here's a fun article from Food TV Magazine with some mix and match ideas. Bark it up.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What's next?

What shall I make this coming weekend?
I'll let you guys choose!

Option A: Vanilla Pumpkin Cupcake with Cinnamon Buttercream

Option B: Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

fresh apple cake with brown sugar glaze