Wednesday, February 27, 2013
I made these doll cookies – thinking they would be very cute and look like an American Girl doll (even though I am a very Canadian girl;).
When they were done, I thought they looked like me and my friend S. When my husband saw the cookies (knowing I made Us in Cookie) he said “Cute, You and S. in Cookie” – this is funny because hubby does not really notice stuff like this.
S. and I have been friends for over 30 years – yes yes we met long before we were born;)
Today is S’s birthday so I thought I would send this out with a big huge “Happy Birthday My Friend My Friend!”
Thursday, February 14, 2013
I had so many ideas for Valentine’s Day this year and I did not get to blog about all of them. Sure I did the apple cinnamon dog bones and blondies with kisses, but I really had many many other ideas. Some of them came to fruition and I did not get to write about them (like the ones below) but some just did not happen and will have to be saved for next year or morphed into another holiday.
And while hearts are still the number one cookie for Valentine’s Day I did make a few fun new ones that tuned out quite lovely for this day that is all about amore.
Love Is In the Air
Loves Me, Loves Me Not Daisy
Not sure if I will ever get though all the ideas in my head -- do you ever have that problem? Well I guess that it is better to have too many ideas than to run dry.
In the meantime I hope today is a day full of love and kisses and hugs (and if some of those are chocolate kisses and hugs -- then it is sure to be a great).
Happy Valentine's Day!
Monday, February 11, 2013
Blondies are sorta like chocolate brownie, but are based on brown sugar instead of cocoa – which makes them really carmely.
I wanted to share a recipe for Valentines Day that included Kisses so I made blondies with all kinds of Kisses. I was trying to base this entire blog around the idea of this blondie sending you lots of kisses … but I’m starting to run out of time to get this up in time for you to make for your Valentine’s Day.
So I made these and this is how I did it.
1 ½ cups cake flour (not self-rising)*
¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
½ cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups of Hershey Kisses (I used Hugs & Caramel Kisses)
* If you don’t have cake flour in your pantry , measure out 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour, remove three tablespoons of flour and replace with three tablespoons of cornstarch. Sift flour and cornstarch.
Preheat oven to 3500.
Grease and lightly flour a 13”x9” baking pan – I always use Bakers Joy.
Unwrap the Kisses – and set aside -- you might have to test a few -- unwrapping Kisses and not eating ANY is almost impossible -- if you can do it, let me know your secret.
In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
In a large bowl, cream the butter with the sugars until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well.
Add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Stir in the Kisses. Spread the batter evenly in the pan – it will look sorts thin but don’t worry it will fill out and rise.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center of the pan comes out with moist crumbs. Don’t over bake – like brownies a little under baked is better.
Allow to cool before cutting – I used this Wilton Brownie Combo Heart Cutter – which is great because if cuts a fun shape and does not waste much of the blondies (and by waste I mean corners that you can eat).
Sending you lots of Hugs and Kisses in the form of really yummy blondies.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Friday, February 1, 2013
Today is one of my dog’s 14th birthday so I made these apple cinnamon dog bones.
I made them because I just love him so SO much and although he is 14 I still think of him as my puppy love.
Then I realized how very cinnamony these dog biscuits smell and thought of Valentine’s Day because you know how I associate Valentine’s with cinnamon.
The dogs are important members of the family. I bake for all my loved ones and so it only makes sense that I would bake for the pooches as well.
The recipe is pretty easy and the dogs seem to like them... at least they come and grab them and run away with them gobble them down and come back for more – mind you they do that with any treat I give them so perhaps this crowd is not the most discerning…
But they seemed to enjoy these fresh baked, low fat treats which makes me happy. And, here is how I made them.
4 cups whole wheat flour – plus more for flouring work service
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon cinnamon (heaping)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large apple -- grated
1 1/3 cup water – more if needed to moisten mixture
Preheat oven to 350o.
In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except for the apple and water.
Mix grated apple into mixture and add water.
Mix until it starts sticking together.
Roll out on a floured surface to about ¼”thick and cut into whatever shapes you like. I used a dog bone and heart but other cute/fun shapes could be a gingerbread postman or a cat.
Place cut cookies on a parchment paper lined sheet and bake for 60 minutes.
Cool and share with your best friend. I'm sure they will LOVE you for it because that is just the way dogs are and we are lucky to have them in our lives.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Last week (or maybe a bit longer than that) was our 7th wedding anniversary. I could not think of what to make for my husband that expressed how much I love him, how cute I think he is and how happy I am to have him in my life. Then I remembered our Stationary Studio stick figure stickers – which pretty much sums it up…
Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much
So I made these cookies of us – I heart the heart mouth and my hair which is either blond with brown lowlights or brown with blond highlights – I don’t really remember anymore.
What I like about these CopperGift.com cookie cutters is that each can be personalized with different hair, eyes, glasses and accessories -- they are great cookies for your loves on Valentines Day, birthday favours or for a family reunion.
What I really like about my husband is his sense of humor and his ability to see through my kookiness!
XOXO Honey -- I LOVE you!
Friday, January 18, 2013
So in an effort to start the year on a healthy note, I made granola. This granola is a pretty healthy version – it is full of whole grain oats, no salt nuts, a little healthy olive oil and does not have a ton of sugar. What is great about this recipe is you can add whatever you want. If you need a no-nut version – add more seeds, coconut and dried fruit. If you love nuts chock it full o’ nuts.
This granola is super fantastic for breakfast with milk or yogurt (Greek yogurt is my favorite) or on it’s own for a little afternoon pick-me-up.
I’ve made it so many times since the new year began and here is how I made it.
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats – I used large flakes
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup light tasting olive oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
Add In Ideas – use as many as you wish or others that you can think of
1/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup sliced almonds, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup cashews
1/4 cup pistachio nuts
1/4 cup shelled sunflower seeds
1/4 cup shelled pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes – I like the big flakes (in fact I put some in that toasted and then added more raw at the end – but I really love coconut)
1/4 cup dried apricots, cut into pieces
1/4 cup dried cranberries
Mix first five ingredients in a bowl with whatever add ins you choose.
Place on foil lined baking sheet.
Bake 3500 for 15 to 20 minutes. Half way thought, stir up and turn the baking sheet to ensure even baking.
Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. Don’t forget if you want to add more raw coconut now is the time to do so.
I think this recipe is a healthy alternative BUT I provide this cautionary note -- it is quite addictive so if you are someone who can’t control themselves and is trying to start the year on a weight loss foot – don’t make it!
But if you do make it, let me know what you added.