Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Hershey's Double Chocolate Mini Kisses Cookies

It's that time of the year when cookies are best when warm and freshly baked. I pretty much bake cookies any time of the year, but these were oh so delicious that I needed to share the recipe!

This cookie recipe was from a cookbook I purchased recently, so it is not my own. But nevertheless, it is a recipe that I'll continue to use over and over and over again =) Warning: this is definitely for chocolate lovers!
First, I guess I can track back to what tempted me to make a batch of these at 4:30 in the morning... the night prior I was in LA and happened to be in the neighborhood of Diddy Riese, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to take some for the drive home... 

After the Diddy Riese cookies, I just had to make some cookies of my own, so I used this recipe...

Really bomb cookies!

Enjoy making these!!! Perfect for Holiday get-togethers, or for midnight snacks =)

<3

DIY wall frame photo collage

This past week, I have been working on a little project. I've recently been introduced to Pinterest! and I absolutely love it! For those of you like me, who are a little bit late on joining the band-wagon, you MUST start using this app on your phone! it's very addicting. 

Anyway...I found so many great ideas on home decor. I stumbled upon dozens of photos all about wall frame art! Here's a few that inspired me... (Disclaimer: none of the example photos are mine). 
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This photo is really pretty, or should I say, the living space is really pretty... I love how the yellow frame pops so vibrantly against the grayish wall. I love the gray and yellow combo - so pleasant to the eyes. 
This next photo was the inspiration to how I was going to position the strings on my wall frame DIY. Isn't the red such a gorgeous color too...But I was kind of worried that red may not match the interior of our loving room, so I kept looking for ideas for a more subtle look.
The rest of these photos pretty much sums up what the concept is for the wall frame DIY I've created. Simple, but a very clever way to make use of wall space.
I wasn't fond of this green color, but I do love the clothes pins they've used here to hang each photo. Side note: where can I find some clothes pins???
These next two photos were my initial inspiration from Pinterest that made me start this project. The frame color caught my eye, and made me want to try to make one myself. And again, with the bright colors!!


Well, to tell you the truth, I am a very plain and simple kind of decorator. I like things to be very neutral in color. NOTHING too bold. So that way, it will match the space well, and I will not get sick of the color eventually...So the color I decided on was....


WHITE!

Here's how my DIY project turned out...(it's still a working progress; all these following photos are mine).


All you will need: an old frame, paint, nails or staples (to wrap the strings around in the back of the frame), string, paper clips (or clothes pins), and of course, PHOTOS! Unlike me, I still have not put all the photos on this thing, but It will eventually happen. =) 
This old frame has been in the living room, where a very old painting used to hang. I finally got around to removing the old painting and recreating the actual frame to make it look more modern and updated. The old painting and frame was very dark and looked very old. =(

I just removed the painting, painted the frame itself with a base, and 3 coats of white paint, and voila!

Then all I needed to do was dress up the frame with some photos... (again, this is still a working progress)... Just to test it out, I found whatever pictures first came to sight...

I used paper clips in the mean time to hang the photos with... 
cute black and white striped paper clips!
And I used this "woody" type of string to give it that old rustic feel...
And eventually, we will actually end up hanging this up on the wall...

There's many more DIY stuff going on around me, especially during this Holiday season... I hope to make better use of my time, besides SHOPPING all the time!!!! hehehehe....


Enjoy! 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

DIY Cake Stand for $2

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I have really been into cakes, if you haven't noticed. Whether cupcakes, cheesecakes, cake-cakes, ANY cake! And I always think taste comes before presentation 100% of the way, so I try to bake cakes that taste really good and I know I will enjoy eating and sharing with family. Once I gathered a few recipes here and there, I began picking up tricks on how to decorate and make the cakes look delicious on the outside too... like icing and frosting the cake, adding fruits, nuts, or chocolate for garnish, and just making it look pretty.

Speaking of pretty, what's a cake without a beautiful cake stand to put it on top of. For a while I have been shopping around for different styles of cake stands, different colors, shapes, and sizes. But I can't seem to find one I love. Mostly it's because the cake stands my eyes gravitate to in the stores are way over the amount of money I want to spend. So I browsed online for styles of cake stands I like and here's a few that fit my taste.
They are all pretty simple designs, with solid colors. But the details are all so intricate, even with some of them being plain white. The problem is that most of these stands can cost up to $30 +, if not more. And I'm just not that willing to spend too much on a cake stand. Especially when I can make it!!

Here's what happened today: I went to a local thrift shop in town and scanned the kitchenware isle with a hawk's eye! I made sure to check pretty much everywhere for cake stands. But I had no luck. Instead, I found beautiful detailed white porcelain plates and pink bowls (which are probably ice cream bowls, from the looks of them), and decided to put the two together to make a DIY cake stand.

Here's how it turned out...

Here's pretty much what you'll need: 1) Ice cream bowl; 2) Flat plate, 3) Strong-enough glue (I haven't glued these together yet, but i'm planning on using a glue gun.
 Each item was <$1 ... ONLY 0.95 cents!
The kitchen lighting is washing out this pink color on the bowl, but if I can describe it better, it's like a pastel vintage pink color. 
 Fist step is to find a plate and bowl that will fit together nice and centered. Take your time in finding the perfect fit. And in my opinion, they can be whatever colors you want them to be.
 Then flip the plate over and glue the bottom of the bowl to the bottom of the plate. If you have a circle ring to guide you on the plate, like I do, this part will be easy. If not, then just try your best to be centered. It just so happened that these two fit EXACTLY RIGHT! yay!
 Once your glue has set, turn over and presto! homemade cake stand for $2  (not including the glue).
Now, you can present all your cakes, cupcakes, cookies, muffins, pies, etc. in something you can be proud to say you made yourself. =)

Stay fun and creative!

& Happy Thanksgiving!!!

<3<3<3

Monday, November 19, 2012

Mango-Orange-Punch (Cocktail)

So a couple days ago this happened...
i usually gravitate towards baking cookbooks, but this one caught my eyes. I loved how cute the cover was, so i decided to pick it up. Then I immediately went to my local CVS and picked up a few ingredients for the cocktail I was gonna try to attempt! Anyway, turned out really yummy!!!!

To summarize the book, it shows you all these amazing and tasty recipes of all sorts of drinks, from old-fashion timeless drinks, to fun/fruity/tropical drinks. The book measures ingredients in parts (not the same as in baking, which measures in cups, tablespoons, or teaspoons). So i decided to convert the cocktail recipe to my usual "baking" measurement system. 

Here's a quick HOW-TO recipe for a drink I mixed using ratios I found in the book. I call this drink...

Mango-Orange-Punch (serves 4)

1 cup Malibu Rum Mango Flavored
1/3 cup 100% Tropicana Orange Juice
1/3 cup Minute Maid Fruit Punch Juice
1/8 cup of sugar + 1/8 cup water (this makes 1/4 cup of simple syrup, incorporate well)
Juice from 1 large lemon
Lemon slices for garnish

Measure and pour all ingredients in a cobbler shaker full of ice. Shake for 15 seconds, strain, and pour in chilled glasses. Drink and enjoy! =)

Here's how it turned out ...


Enjoy! 

<3

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Deep Fried Anything?

The Fair is a great place for fun, family, and FOOD! lots of it! 

this past summer, i went to a couple of fairs and they served me THIS!
 (above: deep fried snickers)
 (above: deep fried cookie dough)
(above: deep fried twinkie, oreos, and snickers!)

i seriously loved all that fried goodness, that i decided it was going to happen...i was gonna make it happen in my life!

I made batches, batches, and batches of all sorts of fried stuff... here were the successful ones that made it into pictures!

(above: the very first deep fried snickers i ever made. as you can see, i used the fun size snickers. it's easier to fry and they are less filling than the large ones. that way you can eat all 4 of them! hahahahah)
just drizzle some chocolate syrup and dash some powdered sugar on them and serve! seriously, it took about 10-15 minutes to prepare and cook these, and the whole plate was gone in 2 minutes.

Now here's a close up!
So this next batch, I ran out of milk, so I replaced it with some condensed milk and evaporated milk and they seriously tasted like donut holes.
It got a little out of control with the powdered sugar. You must know I love that stuff!

And now, onto the recipes.

Deep fried snickers and Oreos

Batter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk (i use 2%)
1/2 tbsp sugar (i use a little less than that)
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt (i use just a pinch)

powdered sugar, whipped cream, and chocolate syrup for serving (optional)

Directions:
1) freeze snickers and Oreos over night or for at least 1 hour.
2) prepare batter: mix all the ingredients together.
3) heat a small-medium sized sauce pan filled with vegetable oil (enough to submerge the snickers and Oreos), to medium heat.
4) Roll frozen snicker or Oreo in flour (cover well), tap excess, then dip into prepared batter. Remove excess batter by tapping. 
5) FRY! Drop the covered snickers or Oreos into hot oil and cook for about 3-4 minutes, turning once, until it floats and looks golden brown on the outside. 

Tip: Make sure the oil is not too hot or else the batter will burn on the outside and wont cook in the inside. And cook only 4 at a time, so the oil doesn't get too cold too quickly.

Remove from pan, let cool a little, and serve warm. crunchy on the outside, and chocolate-y on the inside. 

YUMM!


Enjoy!

Waffles!

So, my excuse for being MIA: WORK!

but im going to try to blog more... speaking of blogs, I love this couple's cute blog! young house love I almost picked up their book at the bookstore today, but i was convinced to wait a little while longer until i really feel crafty, and of course once i actually have my own space to decorate and all.

anyway, back to the post! WAFFLES! when i do find the energy to make breakfast, somehow I gravitate to waffles...

here's a quick recipe i use:

Buttermilk Waffles (makes about 12 (4-inch) waffles)

2 cups Bisquick brand pancake mix
1 1/3 cups milk (i use 2%)
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 egg

Directions
1) Heat waffle maker. I use this one here: (bought it at Walmart for $30-40, GE brand and it works GREAT!)
2) stir all the ingredients together until well blended. (i just use a fork or a spoon, but you can use a whisk if you want).
3) pour batter onto the center of the hot greased waffle maker, and close lid (when i say greased, i mean butter spray. SPRAY it well so your waffle comes out easy and without breakage).
4) bake about 3-4 minutes (or until your waffle maker indicates). Make sure you turn the waffle, or it might not cook even. Also, DON'T LEAVE! stay with the waffles or they will be overcooked. 

Remove waffle, let cool, and serve like so:
 whipped cream, syrup and blueberries...
 whipped cream, strawberries, blueberries, bananas and powdered sugar!
 ... don't forget the syrup!
 yummers!

Enjoy!

Friday, June 1, 2012

PANCAKES pancakes PANCAKES!

ok, so I've been away from blogging for quite some time, but it's because I have just been more busy with work. But i wanted to get back on here because in between my days of work, I do still try to get creative with what I eat.

lately, I have been making PANCAKES!

here's a few easy recipes =)

Buttermilk Pancakes w/ Fresh Strawberries & a dollop of Pure Vanilla Ice Cream
(Makes 5-6 small pancakes)
1 cup Buttermilk Pancake box mix
1/2 cup low-fat milk
1 large egg
1 tbsp brown sugar (optional)
a few dashes of ground cinnamon (optional)
Fresh strawberries
Vanilla ice cream
Directions: Mix first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Prepare non-stick pan and stove to low heat, you may coat the pan w/ butter spray. This is especially helpful if you don't want your pancakes to stick to the pan. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto the pan. Cook for about 3-5 minutes on the first side. Flip, and cook the other side for about 2-3 minutes. (Do not leave the stove, because you will have burnt pancakes! Lesson learned for me -.-) Remove pancake from pan, let cool, and garnish with strawberries and ice cream.
Here's how it looked after I drizzled it with SYRUP! i love drenching my pancakes w/ syrup, just tastes so much better!!!!
Here's another variation to these pancakes. I think when I made these, I was looking more for a dessert-style pancakes, so I really drenched these with sweets! Here's how it looked before...
Here is it after I added some bananas, syrup, and POWDERED SUGAR!
YUM!
This is definitely a classic favorite pancake recipes that I make on a regular basis. Fatty, I know!

The next pancake recipe is something I also have made many times in the past.

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
(Makes about 5 pancakes)
1 cup Buttermilk Pancake box mix
1/2 cup low-fat milk
1 large egg
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
1/2 apple (sliced in thin pieces)
Directions: Mix first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Prepare non-stick pan and stove to low heat, you may coat the pan w/ butter spray. This is especially helpful if you don't want your pancakes to stick to the pan. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto the pan. Then, immediately place about 3 slices of apples onto the top of the wet pancake. (Optional: dash some more brown sugar and cinnamon on top of the apples).
Cook for about 5 minutes on the first side. Flip, and cook the other side for another 5 minutes. Again, stay with the pancakes so they don't burn. Remove pancake from pan, let cool, and garnish as desired.
Note: The first pancake usually comes out the lightest in color, and as the pan continues to heat up, the following pancakes will be darker in shade. Just make sure you continue to watch the pancake and keep the heat to low to low-medium. 
Once, they're all done, just serve w/ syrup and butter.
I love the smell of apples and cinnamon!

Sticking to the fresh fruits theme. Here's a recent one I made w/ fresh BLUEBERRIES!

Fresh Blueberries Pancakes
(Makes about 5-6 small pancakes)
1 cup Buttermilk Pancake box mix
1/2 cup low-fat milk
1 large egg
1 tbsp brown sugar (optional)
1/3 cup fresh blueberries
Directions: Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Prepare non-stick pan and stove to low to low-medium heat, you may coat the pan w/ butter spray to keep pancakes from sticking to the pan. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto the pan. Cook for about 3-5 minutes on the first side. Flip, and cook the other side for about 2-3 minutes. Remove pancake from pan, let cool, and garnish with more blueberries.
 I love the taste of these, especially when the blueberries are sweet.
Don't these look so cute, too cute to eat... but i still ate it all up =__=
Next are a few chocolate pancake recipes! YAY!

Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Pancakes
(Makes about 5-6 small pancakes)
1 cup Buttermilk Pancake box mix
1/2 cup low-fat milk
1 large egg
1 tbsp Hershey's cocoa powder
1/2 cup Hershey's chocolate chips
Directions: Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Prepare pan as usual, set stove to low to low-medium heat. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto pan. Cook each side for about 3-5 minutes each. Don't burn these, because no one likes burnt chocolate. -__- Remove from pan, let cool, and garnish with more chocolate chips! (Optional: instead of maple syrup, serve w/ Nutella or chocolate syrup!)
 YUMMY!
Next is probably one of my favorite chocolate pancake recipes because it's RED VELVET FLAVORED!
Super easy to make!

Red Velvet Pancakes w/ Chocolate Chips
(Makes 5-6 small pancakes)
1 cup Buttermilk Pancake box mix
1/2 cup low-fat milk
1 large egg
1/4 cup Red Velvet box cake mix
1/2 cup Hershey's chocolate chips
Directions: Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Prepare pan as usual, set stove to low to low-medium heat. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto pan. Cook each side for about 3-5 minutes each. Stay w/ your pancakes! (Tip: check under the cooking pancake to see if it's starting to turn more brown-red, that way you can tell it's ready to flip). Remove from pan, let cool, and garnish with more chocolate chips! (Optional: serve w/ Nutella or chocolate syrup!) In my case, I chose to serve it w/ strawberries and syrup, the old fashion way. =) still really good!
Just top it off w/ a slice of butter and drench w/ syrup as usual!
Hope you enjoy making these pancake recipes! Super easy, but really yummy!

Check out more pics on my Instagram: cupcakelaundry 

Thanks for reading, 
Have fun, don't wait to do what you want to do, just to it! Wake up every morning w/ a thankful and positive attitude =)
Have a great day!

Enjoy!