Thursday, July 24, 2014

House Blessing P A R T Y

House Blessing Brownies!


 We bought a new house and for the first time had a house blessing! So, I decided to make lots of "houseE" things for the party. These brownies are so simple and would be great for a house warming party! I made 3 boxes of 13x9 brownie mixes and added 1C of chocolate chips to each batch. They were delicious and looked super cute!

Directions:

 Bake brownies according to box. Once brownies have cooled cut into rectangles then, cut two triangles off of each rectangle so that you are left with a "house" shape. :) So cute. When you have your house shapes all cut out, make your favorite buttercream icing. I used This buttercream recipe. When icing is done add your choice of food coloring and decorate with a 12 tip. I also used the grass tip by wilton #233 on the edges and stuck flower candies on the bottom. You can do SO much with these. Add any kind of flower candy for easy landscaping on your houses!





Monday, February 10, 2014

Valentine's Day is Approaching!

 Make your cookies now!




One of my favoriate things about Valentine's Day is baking goodies that you can give to friends or neighbors to show them the love! I found this VERY simple recipe on pinterest for sugar cookies.  Click for sugar cookie recipe. 

It's great! You do not have to chill the cookie dough. They tasted absolutely delicious. Everyone at our church loved them! The icing recipe has a nice buttery taste. Not too sweet and it does not taste like powdered sugar like so many icing recipe tend to do. 


I used Wilton Valentine's Day hearts to decorate the cookies. But, you can use any of your favoriate Valentine's Day sprinkles! Red M&M's would look great too! Wrap them up and send them on their way! 



 
 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Fall Baking! Bring On The Butterscotch!




Butterscotch Brownies


Soo...it's the middle of July! I found this fall recipe and HAD to share it with you! They are awesome brownies to make ANY time of the year. But, the color and flavor are perfect for fall. They would be a great addition to any fall gathering, especially Thanksgiving!

I stumbled upon this recipe in a church cookbook under "Late Pentecost" recipes. The brownies have a wonderful texture! Crisp on the outside from the butter and brown sugar and gooey on the inside. I topped them with mini chocolate chips. I did not put the pecans in as the recipe calls for. But, YOU should! :) Bake 'em, eat 'em, share 'em, enjoy 'em!

 Fresh out of the Oven!


 




 Original recipe


Butterscotch Brownies

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 12-ounce pkg (2 cups) butterscotch chips)
1/2 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
4 medium eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans (optional, but you should totally do it.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish and set aside. In small bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Using a double broiler (or pan with glass bowl) melt butter and butterscotch chips and stir until smooth. Pour mixture into a large bowl and stir in brown sugar. Cool for 5 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract. Gradually stir in flour mixture and pecans. Pour into prepared baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Makes 35 2-in. Squares

Recipe is from "Keeping the feast"

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Cranberry Walnut Salad


"Sometimes you feel like a nut! Sometimes you don't!" Salad









Summer salads are SO refreshing and healthy! They make everyone smile. :) We made this salad for a church picnic and it was a hit! Very simple to put together. Total prep time 7 minutes!

Ingredients

8 cups of washed baby spinach 
1 Cup of sliced almonds (if you're nutty)
1/2 Cup of vinaigrette salad dressing
4 diced dried apricots

In a large bowl toss all ingredients. Add more or less nuts if you like your salads crunchy. May be seasoned with a dash of sea salt. 

ENJOY GUILTLESS SUMMER EATING! :)


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

"An Apple Cake A Day Keeps The Doctor Away" Cake

Fresh Apple Cake! 



 Who can resist a fresh apple cake with cream cheese frosting!? This cake is delicious! The oil in the cake makes the batter moist, yet crisp around the apples edges so they are NOT SOGGY! No one likes a cake or even a muffin that has baked fruit that is soggy. 

When making the frosting, make sure to have cream cheese at room temperature. This cake is great for breakfast or dinner! Gobble up and enjoy!



The Original Recipe




Fresh Apple Cake Recipe

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups oil
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. allspice
3 cups chopped apples with or without skin (great either way)
2 beaten eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13 glass baking dish. Beat oil and sugar until well blended. Add lightly beaten eggs and vanilla extract. In separate bowl sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and allspice.Gradually beat into sugar mixture. Fold in apples. Batter will be thick. Spread in prepared pan and bake for 1 hour.

Cream cheese Frosting Recipe

1 pkg. Philadelphia cream cheese at room temperature
4 cups of sifted powdered sugar
milk

Mix cream cheese on low until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar and just enough milk to your liking for spreading consistency. Spread frosting on cooled cake!





Saturday, June 1, 2013

Decadent Dinner Delight

"This Little Piggy" Sandwich


My husband is a great cook. Praise the Lord because I tend to bake almost everyday but, not cook. He cooks most of our suppers. Thought I would share with you his recipe for what he calls "This Little Piggy Sandwich".

 

Ingredients: 
 
6 pork tenderloins
1 pkg. of Kings Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
1 can of sliced pineapple
6 slices of maple bacon
6 slices of american cheese
Sweet and Tangy BBQ sauce 

Place maple bacon in frying pan. Fry until nice and crispy. Set bacon aside. DO NOT drain pan. :) Add pork tenderloins to pan. Fry pork until no longer pink. Place cooked pork tenderloins on Kings Hawaiian rolls. Top with cheese, pineapple, bacon and sweet and tangy BBQ sauce. Enjoy, "This Little Piggy"!





Thursday, May 30, 2013

Patriotic Goodies

4th of July/Memorial Day


We were invited to a BBQ for Memorial Day. I thought it would be nice to bring some sweet treats that are easy to grab! My mom had sent me a recipe with Kraft Carmel Baking Chips Click here if you would like to see a photo of them. I did not know the carmel baking bits existed until she sent me a recipe from Midwest living for Salty Pecan Oatmeal Carmel Cookies (click for recipe).
These cookies are amazing! The oatmeal with the pecans and carmel throughout every bite brings SO much flavor to your mouth! 
I added  2 Tbs. of Milk to the frosting recipe. Also, I recommend melting the butter for the frosting like the reviews suggest. 
The brownies turned out great! The reviews were right! They are super moist. Not cake like. Not Fudge like. The added frosting makes them melt in your mouth!