Cookie Baking

In this house we take cookies seriously. We eat cookies some people have never even heard of. The girls were given some cookie baking toy sets to go with their play kitchen where you cut the cookies off a tub of dough. You know the kind. They absolutely love the toy, although they have never and will never see me make cookies that way.

In my family I grew up baking cookies, and my kids will too. So today the girls and I threw on some aprons and had some fun.

Cute and ready to help!

Very exciting πŸ™‚

Big helper.

Seriously, this is my daughter.

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Going into the oven…

And the verdict is?

Yummy!

The cookies are called Luscious Lunchbox and are delicious. I’ll post the recipe if anyone would like.

Published in: on August 16, 2012 at 5:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Easter Treats

I am sorry I wasn’t able to post this before Easter, but I didn’t discover it until the night before, and made it Easter evening. But these bird’s nests were so simple and delicious I just had to share it. (I think they’d be cute for a baby shower too!)

Recipe:

10-12 oz. crispy chow mein noodles

1 bag butterscotch chips

1 bag mini Cadbury eggs

Simply melt the butterscotch chips (I used a double boiler, but microwave will also work) and stir in noodles. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup and scoop mixture onto parchment-paper-lined cookie sheet and dip in center. Add eggs. Cool in refrigerator before serving. That’s it. Enjoy!

melting chips

bird's nest

Published in: on April 10, 2012 at 9:35 am  Leave a Comment  
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Busy And A Book

The past couple of weeks have been very hectic around our house. Russell has been working some extra hours, making him miss pretty much all of the girls’ days. I am now 7 months pregnant and don’t get around as easily as I did a few months ago. Also, there was Christmas, which even though it was low key kept me quite busy. This mostly included sewing, wrapping and cookie baking. But along the way I did discover a cool thing out there on the world wide web. (Remember when people actually called it that? I think I am going to bring that term back!) I was really looking for something maybe on Etsy like a blank cookbook where I could write in all my favorite recipes. I have those recipe cards, but they get mixed up and lost very easily. What I stumbled upon instead was a free site with templates and everything for you to create your own book. Not necessarily cookbooks, but also baby books, family history books, wedding albums, etc. You can upload pictures, info and more, format and finally order it. They say it prints bookstore quality books, and it is relatively cheap. I have been working on my cookbook nearly everyday since I found the site. It will probably be a long time before I actually order one since I like my cookbooks to have pictures of each dish attached, and it will take a while before I getting around to making each recipe. But seriously, how cool would that be to give to our girls someday. A cookbook filled with all the recipes their mom used while they were growing up? A “Just Like Mom” cookbook. Anyways, I thought it was very cool and decided to share the website with you. Check it out by clicking here. And if you make a book, let me know! I’d love to hear what you made!

Published in: on December 30, 2011 at 12:34 pm  Comments (1)  

Apple Cider Caramels

MMMMmmmm!

That’s the best way to describe the recipe I am sharing today. I found this recipe here, and am simply sharing it with you today.

Here is what you will need:

A candy thermometer (less than $10 at Target)

A pot, wooden spoon, oven mitt

2 c. high-quality apple cider (like Simply Apple)
1 c. heavy cream or whipping cream, divided
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
Pinch nutmeg
1/4 tsp. allspice
1 1/2 c. sugar
1/3 c. light corn syrup
1 stick (1/2 c.) real butter, cubed

I recommend doing a few things in advance, so you can focus more on your candy while it is cooking. Here is what you do start with.

  • Place 2 cups of apple cider into a saucepan and boil it on high until it’s reduced to 1/3 of a cup. This will take about 20 minutes, give or take.

  • Cut butter into cubes and set aside.
  • line an 8Γ—8β€³ square pan with parchment paper with the paper going up the sides and over the edges of the pan so the candy can be removed easily. DO NOT make the same mistake I did the first time and try to substitute wax paper for parchment paper… they are not the same thing!

Then,

  • Combine 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream with the spices and reduced apple cider.

Now it is time to start really making candy!

  • In a large, heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, 1/3 c. whipping cream + enough water to reach the 1/2 c. line on the measuring cup, and corn syrup. Cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Insert the candy thermometer and simmer until the syrup reaches 234 degrees.

  • After the candy thermometer reaches 234 degrees, remove the pan from heat and slowly stir in the whipping cream mixture and then add the chopped butter.

  • Return the pan to low heat and re-insert the candy thermometer. Cook, stirring frequently, until the thermometer reaches 248 degrees.

  • When the candy has cooked, carefully pour it into the prepared pan. Allow the caramels to cool completely on the counter or in the refrigerator.

Then it is time to cut, and wrap your delicious candy.

  • When ready to cut, lift the edges of the parchment to remove the entire sheet of caramel. Cut the candy into 1/2β€³-thick strips

  • Then cut them again in the other direction, making a 1/2β€³-1/2β€³ candy.

  • Cut pieces of wax paper into squares or rectangles at least 3 1/2β€³-4β€³ on each side. Place a caramel in the center of each piece of wax paper and roll it up like a Tootsie Roll. Then twist each end.

Now, TRY to share these with neighbors, co-workers, heck… even your family. I dare you.

Published in: on November 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm  Comments (2)  

Yum Yum

Many of you know I try to do things as natural as possible for my kids. I make our main cleaning chemicals, we use cloth diapers and I have always made their food myself. So I thought I would share two of the websites I have used along the way for food help and ideas.

First came Wholesome Baby Food. They have a ton of information on their site about when to introduce new foods and recipe and pairing advice. (what fruits and veggies go well together, not wine pairing suggestions πŸ™‚ )

Then as the girls kept growing we transitioned to Wholesome Toddler Food. The also have recipe ideas and serving suggestions. It is really helpful if you want to give your kids a balanced diet, but are not quite sure exactly what that looks like for their age/development.

So many options for pre-made foods for baby and kids out there are over processed and over preserved, and really… who needs more of that in their life? Simple foods are healthy, inexpensive and nutritious. Not to mention delicious!

If you would like an sample menu, here is what the girls had for lunch today:

Peanut Butter/Banana Sandwich

Strawberry/Kiwi Fruit Salad & Whole Milk Yogurt

Steamed Carrots

Cheddar Cheese Squares

with Graham Crackers and Multigrain Club Crackers to finish it off.

Published in: on April 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Banana Bread Recipe

I just made this this morning and so I thought I would share with you my banana bread recipe. It is so moist and delicious, plus is makes great use of those bananas that maybe sat around too long and now no one wants to eat them! It is also a convenient snack to give to little ones, especially on the go.

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cloves

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 eggs, beaten

2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas

In a medium bowl mix together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

In a large bowl cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended.

Stir in flour mixture just enough to moisten.

Pour into a greased 9×5 pan. Bake at 350 for 60-65 min. Let cool 10 min, then transfer to a wire rack.

Enjoy!

Published in: on April 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm  Comments (1)  

I Am Never Making Rice Krispie Treats Again!

PLAIN rice krispie treats that is…

…since I discovered the amazing goodness of peanut butter rice krispie treats covered in chocolate. (Are you sensing a “covered in chocolate” theme lately?)

Anyways, it was so easy. All you do differently is add peanut butter before the rice krispies and then pour melted chocolate over the finished product.

Here is the recipe.

3 tbsp butter

4 cups mini marshmallows

1/2 cup peanut butter

6 cups rice krispies cereal

1 bag chocolate chips

Melt butter and marshmallows over low heat, stirring regularly until melted. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter. Add rice krispies. Pour into greased 9×13 pan and use a buttered spatula or wax paper to smooth out. Melt chocolate chips over low heat. I use a small bowl over lightly simmering water. Pour over top and cool. Cut and enjoy!

Published in: on March 15, 2011 at 9:15 pm  Comments (4)  

A Good Kind Of Day

Today is turning out to be fabulous so far. Russell is (mostly) off and we began our day with a fun family outing to celebrate Kylie’s come home day. It is actually tomorrow, but the thing we wanted to do to celebrate wasn’t available tomorrow. Stay tuned to see what her special outing was, and of course see pictures! We had a lot of fun and so did the girls- they made their Mama so proud!

Anyways, when we got home I found out I won a Starbucks giftcard thanks to my friend over @ TwingleMommy. Woohoo! I think a yummy apple cider might be in my near future. Stop on by and check out her blog. She has boy/girl twins just a little older than my girls- plus a 3 year old daughter! Her daughter likes to climb and be crazy like our girls, so she always has something entertaining going on over there.

I got a package with two adorable hats that my step mom made to match these beautiful dresses she did for their birthday. We put them on the girls and they just knew they were cute! I don’t have a picture with the hats yet, but you can expect one sometime in the future.

I also have the early makings of some Buckeyes in my fridge. These terrible and delicious treats are a new-found favorite of mine, and since we have had to cut back our ice cream budget, Russell and I are both aching for some yummy peanut butter and chocolate goodness.

Hopefully the rest of the day turns out as well as this first part has gone. Happy weekend everyone!

Published in: on March 5, 2011 at 1:27 pm  Comments (1)  

Mormon Potatoes?

So I have this wonderful Potato Casserole recipe that I got from my mother in law. It is so delicious! Back when we were dating, if his parents wanted to see Russell for dinner his mom would make these potatoes and call me and say that’s what they were having with dinner. I would then tell Russell we would be eating with his parents that night. Win win. They are so good!!! Anyways, I made them for my Mothers of Multiples potluck (as I do for almost any potluck) on Monday. After trying them someone asked me if they were Mormon potatoes. I had never been asked that before. I answered that I am not Mormon, and neither is the person who gave me the recipe. Someone else soon chimed in that they were in fact Mormon Funeral Potatoes. Very interesting. Potatoes specifically for funerals? Has anyone ever heard of this before? Any other funeral-y type foods I should be aware of?

On a side note, a quick image search for “mormon funeral potatoes” produced this mouse pad on cafe press….

Published in: on December 8, 2010 at 8:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Morning Glory

Tonight I baked a batch of one of my favorite kinds of muffins – Morning Glory. They are delicious and so I thought I would share the recipe with all of you.

2 cups flour

1 1/4 cup sugar

2 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

2 cups grated carrots

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup chopped nuts

1 peeled grated apple

1 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

Mix first nine ingredients together, then add the last three. Bake at 350 for 25 min. Makes about 2 dozen muffins.

Published in: on October 30, 2010 at 6:18 pm  Comments (1)