Showing posts with label kitchen fun. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kitchen fun. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Apple Cake

I had a couple Granny Smith apples I needed to use up, so I went to Pinterest to find a yummy recipe.
I found Paula Dean's recipe for Uncle Bob's Fressh Apple Cake.  It looked easy enough, and sounded good, so I made it.
I'm glad I did!  It's VERY GOOD!
My husband loved it!


It's a very easy recipe to follow, and it makes a pretty cake!

Ingredients
Honey Glaze:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons milk

Apple Cake:
3 cups diced Granny Smith apples, about 2 apples
1 cup lightly toasted chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
3 eggs

Directions
Glaze: Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and stir until smooth. Set the bowl aside.

Cake: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease a Bundt pan or tube pan.
In a bowl, mix together the apples, walnuts, vanilla, and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
Using an electric mixer beat the sugar, oil, and eggs in a large bowl. Add in the dry ingredients and beat until completely combined. Fold in the apple mixture.
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until a tester inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
Allow the cake to fully cool in the pan, about 1 hour, and then turn it out onto a plate.

Drizzle the apple cake with some of the honey glaze, serve and enjoy!

Cook’s Note:
The cake can be wrapped tightly and stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.

Thank you Ms. Paula Dean for such a great recipe!

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Fun Apple Slices

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

 

Slice your apple.
Use a small cookie cutter to cut the core out of the apple slice.
Place your apple slices in some sort of citris juice..I use a small can of Sprite.  I soak the slices for
5-10 minutes in a bowl of sprite, and then put them in baggies.  I store them in the fridge for fast snacks, and lunchbox yumminess.  I'm honestly not sure how long they keep.  We usually run out of them within 3 days, and have to replinish our stock.  So, at least 3 days. LOL!


Monday, April 23, 2012

Crispy Cereal & Toffee "Sundae" Bites

Crispy Cereal & Toffee "Sundae" Bites

3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 package (10 oz.) regular marshmallows, or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups crispy cereal
1 cup Heath Toffee bits
For fun colored bites..use a couple drops food coloring.  I used Americolor soft pink.

For topping: Marshmallow Creme, colored sprinkles, and Chocolate Chip
Spray a mini muffin pan with nonstick spray.  If you have 2 pans, spray both..if not..one pan will work, but you will need to move quickly.  This recipe makes a lot of these, so have a sheet of wax paper off to the side to set mini bites on to make room for more bites.

In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.  Squirt 2-3 or 4 drops of your food coloring until you achieve desired color  (do this quickly so your marshmallow mixture does not start to harden. 
Add crispy cereal & toffee pieces. Stir until well coated.  Work quickly and spoon mixture into mini muffin cups.  Use your spoon to form mini muffins.  When you fill your pan..move each crispy bite onto wax paper to cool, and keep filling mini muffin pan until all of your mixture is gone.

After mini crispy bites are cool.  Melt marshmallow creme in a small bowl. (I melted a couple spoonfuls at a time.)  Then drop a small dollap onto each bite, doing a few at a time.  Sprinkle with colored sprinkles and top with chocolate chip before they compeletly cool.  Allow to harden. 
Hurray!  You have fun crispy "sundae's"! 
Enjoy!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Western Day & Cookies

HAPPY FRIDAY!!


Today is western day for Kaleb's school. He is so super excited about wearing a hat to school! LOL!


To help make Western Day a little more fun for him, and his class, I made cactus shaped sugar cookies for them. I stumbled on the recipe for these cookies on Pinterest, and followed the picture to Hostess with the Mostess blog.
I love to make cookies, and I am always looking for a good cookie recipe, so when I read her post about how good these cookies were I wanted..no....I needed to try them!
I LOVE this recipe, especially the icing recipe. I tastes so good!! The boys beg me to make these cookies. So, if you are looking for a pretty simple, and VERY YUMMY sugar cookie recipe, I suggest trying her recipe.
Be careful though...it's very addictive!! LOL!

I hope you're having a really lovely day.

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.
~William Arthur Ward

Thanks for checking in with me.
Sincerely, Michelle


Thursday, December 16, 2010

homemade truffles for easy gift

Dh and I made these tonight to give as teacher gifts tomorrow.
They are very easy, and inexpensive to make. I put them in cut little paper cups, and then aligned them in fun Christmas tins I bought last year on clearance.
I'm giving these and a cute travel mug I found during the year with a teacher's verse on it.
Total cost of gift under $15.
I got the recipe from Kraft.
What You Need2-1/2 pkg. (8 squares each) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate (20 squares), divided
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
Decorations: chopped PLANTERS COCKTAIL Peanuts, multi-colored sprinkles

Make It
MELT 8 chocolate squares. Beat cream cheese with mixer until creamy. Blend in melted chocolate. Refrigerate until firm.
SHAPE into 36 balls. Place on waxed paper-covered baking sheet.
MELT remaining chocolate. Use fork to dip truffles in chocolate; return to baking sheet. Decorate, then refrigerate 1 hour. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.
Very easy!
You can find variations for this recipe & quick how to video HERE.
I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas season!
Merry Christmas,
Michelle

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

snowman pancakes..


My boys love pancakes, and this morning I made snowman shaped pancakes.
It's very simple. I used a ladle and poured a large circle for the bottom, and then poured a smaller amount for the head. I used chocolate chips for the face and buttons. You could use whatever you like (raisins, blueberries, cranberries, etc.) Make sure you let it cook until your snowman is covered in little tiny bubbles before you flip it...otherwise you'll have a bit of a messy snowman.
They loved them...and had fun eating them, which was the goal. I have a really hard time getting Kaleb to eat breakfast before school. It takes tricks like this to make it happen. ;)
I hope you're having a really nice day!
Merry Christmas!
Michelle


Friday, November 19, 2010

Meatball Sub Casserole...ehh

This was the first time I've made this recipe. My husband loved it! My boys liked the meatballs and a little of the sauce. I thought it was good, but it's a bit too rich for my taste. Also, I didn't like how the bread became so mushy in the bottom. If I were to make this again I think I'd try toasting the bread, and maybe decreasing the cream cheese, and mayo.
Anyway, if you'd like to give it a shot. Here's the recipe...MEATBALL SUB CASSEROLE
I hope you're having a nice Saturday. We have alot to do today. Busy day, but a good day.
Thanks for checking in with me.
Sincerely,
Michelle

Sunday, November 14, 2010

homemade tortillas

We love homemade tortillas. They are so yummy, and you just can't buy that homemade taste at the store. They are so easy to make, and require very few ingredients. I took a quick lesson from this video with Chef Jason Hill...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9Yx-auWEdM







and Viola! Yummy tortillas!!
The ingredients you will need are: (the recipe comes from Chef Jason Hill)

4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup vegetable shortening

1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 salt (he uses seasalt, but regular salt works just as well)
1 cup to 1 1/4 cups warm water


Mix the flour and the baking powder together in a bowl. Add the vegetable shortening,and mix together with your hands, forming a course, meal consistancy. ((noun) meal any substance that is coarsely pulverized like meal, but not granulated)

Next, mix the salt into the measuring cup containing your water and whisk it togethere. Then add it your flour mixture. Mix the ingredients together to form a large ball. Set the dough ball aside, covered for 20 minutes.

When the 20 minutes is up divide the dough into 12 pieces. Preheat a skillet at medium heat.
Rub a little shortening on your hands (this'll prevent the dough from sticking to your hands),and roll each piece into a ball.
Lightly flour your surface. Using a rolling pin roll out each of your doughballs. Make them as flat and thin as you can. (do not stress about making them perfectly round. They're homemade, and
taste even better when their oddly shaped. LOL.)

Then add one to your hot skillet. Let each side cook 15 to 20 seconds. Remove your tortilla from the skillet and place in a kitchen towel to keep warm while you cook the others.YUMMY!
I encourage you to watch the short how-to video. You'll see for yourself just how super easy it really is.

Thanks for checking in with me.
Sincerely,
Michelle

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal, and Toffee cookies

These cookies are sooooo good..and super easy to make!
This is what I used, but you can use whatever brand you like. ;)
Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal, & Toffe Cookies
1 stick butter Crisco
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
3 cups oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup toffee bits
Heat oven to 350°F.
In large bowl, beat crisco and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, and salt; mix well. Add oats, chocolate chips, and toffee bits; mix well.

(These are my new favorite cookie baking pans! They're muffin top baking pans, and I love them for baking cookies. Your cookies come out all the same size, and perfectly round.)
Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets or if using a muffin top pan..drop tbs. and smoosh it around to fill the cup.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool for a couple minutes on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

One of my official taste testers assures me that these cookies are super yummy! ;)

Using the heaping tablespoons, I got 33 x-large cookies from one batch of dough.


I hope you're having a great day! Thank you so much for checking in with me.
Sincerely,
Michelle

"C is for cookie. That's good enough for me." ~Cookie Monster

Sunday, May 23, 2010

fun breakfast..

We had so much fun making these this morning.
I found the idea HERE (the directions are there too).
They're called Egg In a Nest.
It's very easy!
You're only limited by your cookie cutters.

We toasted the stars too. Add a little jelly or honey, bacon, and it's all good eatin' from there. ;)
Next time I think I'm going to use the gingerbread man cookie cutter and sprinkle some shredded cheese on his head. ;)
Fun, fun!!
Hope you're having a great Sunday!
Thanks for checking in with me.
Sincerely,
Michelle




Thursday, May 20, 2010

Easy Coconut Cream Pie

I made this pie yesterday for dh's birthday.
So yummy!

Coconut Cream Pie
The recipe can be found HERE.
Thanks for checking in with me.
Sincerely,
Michelle