Monday, October 31, 2011

Baking Monday - Nutter Butter Bark

For this week's baking project, I was checking out a recipe for pecan caramel bark which sounded awesome, but was more complicated than I had time for. I followed the suggestion of "Other Recipes You Might Like ..." to this very easy, a little cheaty, yummy, very bad for you treat.

I had a little trouble with the recipe, because pb chips melted alone were very sticky and didn't spread very easily. Consequently, they didn't look great, so I used the ol' drizzle with chocolate trick to pretty them up. It might work better to mix the cookies right in with the melted pb chips and then drizzle with chocolate. Peanut buttery yummy. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Sneak Preview

Guess what I stayed up waaay too late making last night?

Looking forward to Monday! Hope it doesn't snow.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Baking Monday - Corn Muffins

I've tried many corn muffin recipes, but had yet to find one we really liked. I've also been looking for things to make with corn meal, because a couple of weeks ago, I needed a tiny bit for a recipe and the grocery store around the corner only had gigantic bags. So, last time we had chili, I searched again for a new recipe to try. I found this one via Tracey's Culinary Adventures (fantastic recipes and even better photography!)

Well. Dora declared them the best ones she's ever had and has asked to make them again about once a day since we ran out. I opted to omit the corn kernels, because, blech, and nutmeg. I didn't have buttermilk on hand, so I did the ol' milk plus lemon juice substitution (thanks, red & white cookbook!) and they turned out just fine. This one is definitely a keeper!

Friday, October 14, 2011


We had cucumbers for dinner, and Clark immediately set two aside. "I want to put these on my eyes when I go to sleep!" I do not know where he got the idea, but was SO insistent on wearing cucumbers on his eyes at bedtime. When I asked him why, he said, "So I will be refreshed!"

"And," he said, "If I get hungry in the middle of the night, I'll just ARRMPF! and eat them all up."

Monday, October 10, 2011

Baking Monday - Super Sugar Cookie Roundup!

It's been sugar cookie central around here the last three weeks! Here are some highlights ...

Wedding shower cookies - dresses, cakes, gifts, and hearts.

Signature tiger cookies with a new twist - pastels! I love how these colors turned out.

Tray for the birthday girl - an assortment of birthday items, "girly" cookies, and the cutie tigers.

I also included some personalized extras for the birthday girl.

I had an order coming up the next week for tie-dye t-shirts and socks for a tie-dye birthday party. I made some practice cookies to see how they would work.

And these are the final result! I love how they turned out! Very time consuming, but big impact.

More wedding cookies! These were for a rehearsal dinner. I'm a big fan of the monochrome colors. These were delivered on Thursday morning and ...

... thirty minutes later, I got another order for wedding cookies. Happily, I was able to use the same shapes, just changed the flowers to the bride's color - coral - and updated the hearts from pink to purple, I think they look very nice with the coral flowers. Boo for bad photography - these went on a tray at 7:30 this morning, so dim kitchen light was the best I could do.

I love making these, but they are not my favorite cookie to eat. So, in between all the sugar cookie craziness, I had to make a batch of pb chocolate chip cookies just for me.