Monday, October 31, 2011

mummy chocolate cake pops

I thought I'd make some halloween-inspired cake pops...

To start, you need a few simple ingredients
cake crumbs
frosting
cream cheese
lollipop sticks
semi-sweet chocolate chips
white chocolate chips
vegetable oil
sandwich bag
You will also need:
styrofoam block

(This recipe makes about 14 cake pops)

Step 1: Bake chocolate cake in a 13x9 pan. 
Step 2: In a bowl, use & crumble 1/3 of the cake.
Step 3: Add 2 ounces of chocolate cake frosting, and 1 ounce of regular Philadelphia cream cheese into the cake crumbles, then mix until you get a dough consistency. (Tip: the dough should not be sticky).
Step 4: Shape the dough into balls.
Step 5: Melt chocolate chips in the microwave for 30-second intervals. Heat twice, and stir in between.
Step 6: Dip lollipop sticks into the melted chocolate, and stick in the cake balls.
Step 7: Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Step 8: Add vegetable oil into the melted chocolate to thin the chocolate. Add a little bit of oil at a time, stirring in between to achieve a perfect consistency. (For these, I added about 4-6 tablespoons of oil into 1/2 a cup of the melted chocolate).
Step 9: After 15 minutes, remove the cake pops from the freezer and dip each into the melted chocolate. 
Step 10: Stick into styrofoam block to cool. 
Optional Step: Decorate with white chocolate =) I used a sandwich bag and filled it with some melted white chocolate. Then cut the sandwich bag at the tip like so...

Enjoy!

cute "halloween costume" cake pops!

I kinda want to make some of these tomorrow... (these cake pops are not mine, just found them on http://www.bakerella.com/).

I thought they were so cute! I haven't made cake pops in a while either...so it will be a nice little treat for tomorrow!

Check back to see how they look like...lol...(unless I get lazy...)

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Photo taken from  http://www.bakerella.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/302-popstars-melanie-lg.jpg

Sunday, October 30, 2011

sweet avocado milk drink

Every time we get avocados, I make this drink...

Some people like their avocados made into guacamole, but I like making them into these tasty milk drinks. This recipe makes about 2 if you serve them in large jars like I did. (But it can serve up to 4 people using regular cups).

Ingredients: Your favorite milk, 1 ripe avocado, table sugar. You will also need a blender to make the smoothie version.
 First, slice the avocado in half and remove the pit.
Second, use a spoon to scoop the avocado meat into your cups/jars. I used 2 large jars and each one had half an avocado.
Once all of the avocado meat are in the jars, add about 2 cups of milk to each jar. Then add your desired amount of sugar. For these, I used about 6 tablespoons of sugar, but I added the sugar one scoop at a time and kept tasting it until I felt it was just the right amount of sweetness. Six was the magic number for me.
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Lastly, (option 1) mix the contents well with a spoon to try to break apart most of the avocado to blend the flavor better into the drink. Or (option 2) place the contents of the drink into a blender, add a little bit of ice, and blend for about 10 seconds. (Tip: Blend each serving separately to avoid overflowing the blender... -__-) Option 2 will yield a more foamy/smoothie consistency. I like both versions...but for the sake of this recipe, I am drinking the foamy version. =)

Enjoy!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Gingerbread Cake

I never baked gingerbread cake before, but I think I like it! It's definitely not as sweet as the cupcakes I make, and it's just the right amount of yummy.

I found a box of gingerbread cake mix in my pantry...no surprise there...I've had it for awhile, but I never really thought to bake it since I wasn't sure if I'd like it. But I do now! I served it with powdered sugar, and a dollop of homemade cream cheese frosting =) Then I made myself a nice cup of hot coffee and had a good breakfast...

To make the frosting, I used 2 ounces (about 2 big tablespoons) of regular Philadelphia cream cheese and melted it a bit in the microwave for 10 seconds. Mix the cream cheese to get rid of the lumps. Then just add about 1/4 cup of powdered sugar and 2 table spoons of regular white sugar. Mix, cool, and serve on top of the gingerbread. This cream cheese frosting seems sweet with all the added sugar, but it's not at all. It's just right. =) 


Enjoy!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Thrifted Cook Books

So I went thrift shopping today at a local thrift shop. I usually don't find a lot of time to find good, decent shops, but when I do, I love going to their book section.

I was able to find a couple of cook books! The recipes looked too good to pass up =)

I'll be cooking a lot more often now... ;) I recently passed a really important exam!

Stay tuned for more cooking!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

confetti cupcakes

So I said a few posts ago that I was trying to cook up the rest of my box recipe cake mix, well...today was a good opportunity to do so...
We went over to a friend's house for lunch and needed something simple and quick to make =)
I didn't have my usual baking tools, such as my piping tips, but I ended up using a regular sandwich bag and it worked out pretty well.
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I don't like how sweet the box recipes are. So when I made this, I used half of the box recipe mix to make 12 cupcakes. Then I added about 1/2 cup of flour to the cake mix to lessen the sweetness.Then I added 2 eggs, 1/4 cup of vegetable oil, and 1/2 cup of water. Slight modifications to the regular box recipe. 
 Then I baked these cupcakes for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees and came out with not-as-sweet vanilla confetti cupcakes...
Thanks to our friend for inviting us over and providing the kitchen, oven, cupcake pans, etc... =)


You don't always have to stick to the box recipe ;)

Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

cream cheese puffs

I've been making these lately for a while now, they're soft and fluffy,  
melts-in-your-mouth kinda goodness... I call it cream cheese puffs.

 Ingredients: 
puff pastry from the tube
brown sugar
cream cheese
optional:
chocolate chips
I wanted to try different flavors with these, so I tried using chocolate chips, and also pumpkin spice! However, you can use the basic ingredients and still tastes great =)
Step 1-3: (1) cut each of the puff pastries in half to make the signature "ball" shape and size. (2) Flatten the puff pastries. (3) Add a good coating of cream cheese and brown sugar on top.
 Here's the optional part...add chocolate chips! or anything else you might like...
Step 4 & 5: Roll up the pastry into round "ball" shapes. Then, dip them into more brown sugar!
Step 6: Place these pastry balls into a non-stick pan or foil with a thin coating of butter, so they don't stick. These will get sticky once the brown sugar starts melting... >_< 
I baked these in the oven at 390 degrees for about 10-15 minutes.
 Then they come out like this =) You can choose to eat it plain...
...or if you're like me...add whipped cream, and drizzle it with chocolate syrup =)
Now this is what I call a midnight snack =)

Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

starting my day w/ chocolate milk

I know drinking plain milk is probably best, but chocolate milk tastes so much better....

We buy the organic milk from Costco, which is supposed to be healthier, but I decided to make it unhealthy... with a lot of chocolate syrup -__- & not to mention, whipped cream!!!!

Enjoy!

Monday, October 24, 2011

must have these pillowcases

I'm in love...with pillowcases! I'm a total junkie for home-decor and I adore these color patterns and would love to snuggle on the couch with these >_<

 I found these particular pillowcases from http://caitlinwilsontextiles.com/?home and immediately am putting these on my "must-have list" ...
 Above: I love the gray chevron prints with the floral!
These pillowcases probably cost a fortune! But it's totally worth it if it's for the home =)
 Above: This particular color scheme is so pretty =) and goes really well with the white couch.
Seriously, am I the only one who gets all excited over pillowcases...lol. Well, if they looked like these, who wouldn't!

Photos from http://caitlinwilsontextiles.com/?home

healthy snacking

I was gonna make me some steak for a mid-afternoon snack, but I figure maybe something lighter would be better... ~.~
...so I made oatmeal instead...
 Sure, you can probably find instant apple cinnamon flavored oatmeal at the store, but since I didn't have that at home, I just whipped up my own...and it was just as easy =)
I used about 3/4 cup of plain oatmeal and added about 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 2 heaping teaspoons of brown sugar, and about 1 cup of hot water.
 Then, I just garnished with slices of fresh apples, and more cinnamon! Smells delicious!
...tastes yum too!

Enjoy!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

vintage floral cup

This cuddle weather was making me crave tea...this one is green tea w/ maple syrup, instead of honey.
I also fancy this vintage floral cup that it's served in.

My evening is turning out quite lovely...<3

From Ate Leng's Cooking Lessons - Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

The class also made some chocolate cupcakes w/ peanut butter frosting from scratch =)

 (I love using over-sized mixing bowls, it makes life so much easier - less mess, less cleaning.)
 I helped the girls in the class frost >.< ... one of my favorite parts in the cupcake process...

(recipe not included.)

From Ate Leng's Cooking Lessons - Maple Syrup Walnut Butter Cream Cupcakes

The cooking class at church made cupcakes! Finally! I recommended the chef & class make some from scratch! They turned out really yummy =)

Here's the first one...

 This is the Maple Syrup Walnut cupcake!
 We glazed these cupcakes with maple syrup butter cream frosting...
sample, anyone?

(recipe not included.)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pumpkin Pie Spice Mocha Cappuccino

So after a long day of reading, studying, and running errands, it was just about time for a hot cup of cappuccino.

 Don't get me wrong, I love a nice cup of coffee from Starbucks, but making your own drink is just as easy as going to the coffee shop. We usually have Caffe D'Vita Cappuccino on stock at home, which we buy at Costco, and I decided to spice it up! Literally. All I did was make the cappuccino (as instructed) and added whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and pumpkin spice, of course...

 ...and voila! Instant hot cappuccino. Perfect for this autumn season.

Enjoy!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Dream Job!

So, it's pretty clear to me that I one day would like to own something like this...

 This is apparently the interior of Peggy Porschen's bakery shop. It's so warm and lovely! One day, I would like to own a little bakery shop of my own. Check out her site here > http://www.peggyporschen.com/
  These look delicious!

(Photos from > http://www.thecakeblog.com/2011/08/peggy-porschen-cakes.html)