Sunday, December 20, 2009

Fast, easy, holiday dessert!

[Once again, sorry for the craptastic photo! I took it inside at about 9:00 PM...not the most ideal circumstances!]

If you are looking for a super easy, kid [and adult] friendly dessert for all of your holiday parties, try these delicious chocolate cupcakes with peppermint buttercream! 

You can make any type of chocolate cupcake, or even used a box mix if you aren't down with making your own.

For the buttercream, simply add 1 tsp. of peppermint extract to your normal recipe [I can post mine if you need it]!  I colored mine with "Christmas red" food gel [the kind you get at a bakery store or craft store], and sprinkled the top with red & white peppermint sugared sprinkles.  You could also sprinkle with crushed up candy canes too! 

These turned out so pretty, and delicious!  My boys absolutely loved them!  Also great served with a scoop of peppermint icecream! 


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Food...of the felt kind.

This is the kind of "cooking" I've been doing lately.

I'm making up a shload of felt food for Zoe for Christmas!  I still have plans to make a bit more, but don't know if I'll have it all done in time for Christmas.  I'm going to do a few more donuts, some cupcakes, some farfalle pasta, ice cream sandwiches...

It's been pretty easy, but does have a slight learning curve.  I made all of these patterns myself.  I'm using regular crafters felt---wishing I could be using nice wool felt, but it's a lot more expensive.

I'm also limited in my colors!  I don't love the color of the bacon, but it's all I had and all I could find...I wanted a brighter pink for the donut frosting, but oh well!

The bacon has pipe cleaner sewed inside of it, so it bends.  Seriously, so freakin' cute.
And I love the eggs. They turned out crazy cute...also one of the easiest, by far.

Hate the first donut [dark chocolate with pink frosting].  It took me FOREVER, and I don't like how it turned out.  Perfected it a bit with the 2nd donut [light brown with pink frosting]...but still have a few things to tweak when I make more.

The cookies were a no-brainer, took minimal time, but still kind of cute. 

Maybe after Christmas I'll be able to cook with real food again!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Crack!

Sorry for the lack of posts.  I'm an all or nothing kind of person, and having "one more thing" to do really stresses me out! I had to take blogging out of the equation for awhile.  I'm really busy making Christmas gifts, enjoying my kiddos and getting ready for the holidays.

Toffee.  I'm not a candy person, but I have loved toffee ever since I was a little girl.  I remember one of my dad's employees always gave him a big "brick" of toffee [from Sees, I think], it came with a little hammer to whack it into pieces.  Mmm.

I don't usually eat things like this [watching that figure!], but Christmas is the perfect time. This recipe is amazing.  It's SO easy.  SO fast.  Cheap.  All signs point to awesomeness.

I didn't create this recipe, in fact, you may have seen it before, but it's too good not to share.  Don't be alarmed of the ghettoness of it, it all tastes and looks fabulous in the end.

Christmas Crack [aka: toffee]
  • 1 sleeve Saltine crackers [I needed 1 sleeve plus a few more crackers]
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 c. butter [real butter]
  • 1 pkg. chocolate chips [or more, depending how thick you like your chocolate "crust"]
  • 3/4 c. chopped nuts [pecans, walnuts, etc.] -- optional
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a 10x15" cookie sheet [the kind with raised edges] with foil [covering over the edges], and spray with cooking spray.  Cover the sheet with a single layer of saltines.
  3. In a saucepan, over medium-hi heat, bring butter and brown sugar to a boil.  Boil for 3 minutes, stirring with a whisk.  Pour over saltines, and try to spread it as evenly as possible.
  4. Place in the oven and bake for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven carefully, as the liquid will be bubbly and very hot [duh]. 
  6. Allow to cool for about 3 minutes, or until you can see the crackers distinctly.  If your crackers have shifted during baking, move back into place using a fork.  [I didn't need to do this.]
  7. Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the top and let sit for about 5 minutes to melt.  When all of the chocolate chips are shiney and melted, spread chocolate evenly. [Like you are frosting a cake.]
  8. If desired sprinkle the top with nuts and slightly press into chocolate. 
  9. Let cool a bit and then transfer to fridge to harden.
  10. Once hard, break candy into pieces and store in containers. 
This takes about 10 minutes to make, but tastes like it took a lot longer!! Enjoy!