This Year …

1 Jan

A family begins a new life in a whole new place. One more sweet little girl (fingers crossed) joins the party. God cures a good man once and for all. And a 15 year-old girl finally marries her soulmate. Happy New Year!!

Recipe RoundUp

11 Jun

This week I’ve decided to make a list of some of the recipes I found on my favorite blogs last week. These are the ones that are going on my Baking Bucket List. Hopefully, as I get better at this craziness, you’ll see them pop up on the blog.

Well, I’m excited that the week started off with one of the most scrumptious looking posts from Brown Eyed Baker. I love this blog. I think it may be my number one favorite food blog so far. Michelle posted about Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Billionaire Bars and they look so good. I seriously cannot WAIT to bake these up and put one in my  mouth! (I wonder if Michelle is giving photo lessons because her pics are beautiful.) Run, do not walk, on over to her blog and check these babies out!

While cruising through my Google Reader on Tuesday I found this gem, Homemade Cherry Limeades. Now, I know this isn’t a “baking” recipe, but Cherry Limeade just happens to be my favorite drink. Darla from Bakingdom has some seriously yummy looking stuff and an absolutely adorable website. I really need to find someone to help me spruce up mine.

Wednesday and another non-baking recipe but, come on! Just the title is enough to make me drool. Courtesy of How Sweet It Is, I can’t wait to dip in to this bad boy, Hot & Cheesy Caramelized Corn Dip. Excuse me but is this for real?! Anything hot and cheesy is right up my alley, throw in the corn for a little sweet kick and the crispy bacon and I’m in heaven.

So another favorite blog of mine is Best Friends for Frosting. I’m loving everything that I find there. On Thursday Salted Whiskey Caramels popped into my Google Reader. Yes! All of my favorite things in one neat little package! I’m wondering if there’s a way to incorporate chocolate into this recipe. Maybe dipping the caramels in some really good chocolate. Hmm, might have to give that a try.

How Sweet It Is brought out another delicious recipe on Friday. Chocolate Chip Cookie Kahlua Milkshakes sound super yummy and will be perfect on the hot Summer days that are right around the corner.

Finally I found Oreo Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies on Blue-Eyed Bakers. Now, I don’t know when this month they posted this recipe but I just had to include it. It sounds so delicious and the pictures make my mouth water. I can just imagine how good these will taste warm from the oven with a big, huge, cold glass of milk.

So there’s my roundup for this week. I’m hoping to make this a weekly event however, I do have 3 kids and a busy Summer so we’ll see how it goes. I’m looking forward to trying out all of these great recipes and blogging about my own results. I have no doubt that I will not be able to do these justice but I’m going to love trying and eating the results.

Cheers!

Biscoff Bliss

1 Jun

Well, let’s get down to business. This is a baking blog after all so maybe we should start doing a little baking.  I’m going to make this a recurring segment as I’ve developed a love for this particular product. I love baking and I love reading baking blogs. One of my faves is Bake at 350. I first discovered Biscoff Spread on Bridget’s blog. If you have never heard of this stuff it is the most delicious stuff ever.

 This jar is full of yummy spread made from Biscoff cookies. Uh, cookies? In a spread? Yup! And nothing tastes better than sticking a spoon in the jar and scooping out a big, scrumptious spoonful. It sticks to the roof of your mouth and it’s spectacular. (And I just found out there is a “crunchy” version with little pieces of biscoff cookie. I DIE!) Well, when I read about this stuff I just had to find it. And to my great delight the dinky little grocery store around the corner had it in stock. Right next to my other big love, Nutella. But, that’s an ingredient for another post. Bridget had a recipe for Biscoff Brownies, here’s the link to her awesome post with much better pictures then mine. When I read about them I just had to try them. So, when The King (my dear Dad) called up about the annual Memorial Day picnic I just knew it was time to trot out this recipe and give it a road test.

Please, please excuse the horror that is the pictures you are about to see. I’m knew to this whole food blog genre and only have an iPhone to take pictures with. Now, the iPhone takes magnificent pictures but the lightening is so crappy in my dinky kitchen they don’t look as wonderful as they eventually will. With practice comes perfection.

A poorly staged Cast of Characters. We have here some eggs and butter. The delicious Biscoff Spread dressed in red. Yes, that’s a jar of peanut butter which has no place in this recipe, as well as the chocolate chips. Don’t know how those two jumped in to the picture. Missing from the lineup is cocoa powder, baking soda, cream cheese and salt. Oh and in the corner is my beloved MacBook Pro. Oh Apple products how I do love thee. I was smart enough to put the butter and eggs out to warm to room temperature. It sure does make creaming easier.

So this is my trusty, lovable KitchenAid mixer and the biscoff topping. Yes, the temptation to lick the bowl was great but I managed to control myself.

Here are the slackers who didn’t feel it was necessary to join the party when the first Cast photo was taken. If you haven’t noticed by now I’m a bit messy when it comes to baking. I chalk it up to having practically zero counter space and next to no table space in my dinky little kitchen. Every night I pray real hard for a new home with a spacious kitchen. What a party I’ll have!! But, I digress.

Oh boy! Now, the fun begins. Here we see the beginnings of the brownie coming together. This is my fave Pampered Chef mixing bowl. This baby is good for so many things. Plus, it comes with a handy dandy lid. Perfect for storing unused cookie dough in the fridge for future snacking, er, baking needs.

So here’s where things were a little challenging. I was worried I didn’t let the sugar and butter heat up enough. It wasn’t until after the brownies were done that I realized I probably should have timed it for future reference. And could an angel at Calphalon or All-Clad look upon me with kindness and send me some new pots and pans? Just a girl with a dream and some seriously overused cookware.

   Getting everybody into the pool for a little whisking. But, do it very carefully so you don’t scramble those eggs.

And then you have a delicious heavenly brownie batter just waiting to be eaten straight from the pot. But, we will control ourselves so as not to be sick later.

Now the recipe called for dollops of topping and then gently swirling. I need to work a little more on my swirling.

And here we are friends! Fresh from the oven and smelling like heaven. If you ventured over to Bridget’s blog to see the original recipe post (and I highly encourage that you do) you’ll see that her’s look so much nicer than mine. Again, practice leads to perfection.

All together and waiting to be enjoyed post-cookout. They tasted delicious and I will most definitely be making these babies again. Keep watching for more delicious recipes with my favorite Biscoff Spread. And do yourself a favor and see if your local dinky grocery store carries it too.

Cheers!

And Then There’s Me

27 May

There’s nothing more challenging than writing a post about yourself. I come from a large family. I was married and now I’m not. I was a single mom to The Heir and The Spare for a very long time and then I was lucky enough to find my high school sweetheart again. We’ve been happily together now for three and a half years. We had a surprise baby of our own and may or may not have another. I love to bake and read and take my kids to Disney World. I’m a work-at-home mom and an all around good egg I would say. I’m not the world’s best mom but I’m pretty satisfied with myself if they’re all alive and relatively happy at the end of the day. So far, so good. My significant other, who goes by The Knight in the other circles I run in, seems to think I’m a good writer. The previous blog I wrote had some pretty good stuff on it I guess. He’s always after me to sit my butt down and write a book. That was always a childhood dream of mine. I’m sure I can find time between school driving, lacrosse tournaments, play group, pediatrician visits, grocery shopping and daydreaming. In the small hours of the morning I do find myself throwing together bits and pieces of things that could turn in to something interesting. Maybe I will be the next big thing one day. For now, I’m happy to be the next big thing to the baby that peeks at me over her crib every morning.

The One with No Hair

18 May

I had every intention of blogging about her from Day One but life and the fun I’ve been having with her got in the way. I guess better late than never. I can’t even begin to imagine my life without her. Every day she does something new and amazing.  That toothy grin and those big blue eyes are the highlight of my day. It reminds me of when The Heir and The Spare were wee little things. Even though I’m much older and, I hope, wiser I’m constantly surprised at how much different things are this time around. She can climb a set of stairs faster than lightening and I know she’ll be walking in a matter of weeks. My back will be very happy, let me tell you. She knows when she’s in trouble even at only 10 months-old and you better watch out when you tell her No. She’ll screw up that little face and squawk like nobodies business. She is the sweetest, prettiest, most easy going baby and I’m so lucky to have her. And I’m so very blessed that I get to spend each and every day with her. She’s growing up so fast. Now, if I could just talk The Knight in to having another just like her.

 

The Spare

17 May

She is the bane of The Heir’s existence. At least when it comes to clothes and shoes and hair accessories. She is absolutely crazy one minute and a sour puss the next. As is the case with most girls her age, if it doesn’t benefit her in some way she wants nothing to do with it. She’s gotten used to no longer being the baby and at times I think she misses being the youngest. But only for a brief minute. She is the most aggressive lacrosse player on the field and there’s no doubt that she will one day surpass her older sister. But, we’ll keep that between ourselves.  She doesn’t show it and would be loathe to admit it but I know she loves her sisters fiercely and unconditionally. I think she’s going to turn me into an alcoholic before she graduates from high school. She was my little shadow when she was tiny and now all she wants to do is grow up.  I haven’t the slightest idea what she wants to do with her life but I have no doubt in my mind it is going to be something absolutely amazing.

 

The Heir

16 May

She has a big heart and at times an incredibly big mouth. She’s an amazing lacrosse player and, for reasons only known to her, loves the Capitals. She can pinch a penny like no teenager I’ve ever seen. Even though she would never admit it, she loves her sisters and is fiercely loyal. Her smile lights up a room and that amazing head of hair makes everyone jealous. In three short years she’ll end her time with us and move on to the big, wide world of college. It seems like only yesterday she was holding my hand and chewing on the ears of her favorite bunny. I’m waiting with great anticipation to see what she’s going to do with the next chapter of her life. I’ve made her promise it will involve a lot of travel to far off places and lots of pictures sent home to Mom.

 

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