Aug 20, 2009

Wow, what a week....


It has been a crazy week or two.... August is filled with birthdays! Just wanted to share the cake topper I've been working on for my brothers surprise 70's surf party. This is inspired by Debbie Brown's Hippy Flashers

Aug 10, 2009

Bake with your kids!


I loved Family Fun Magazine when my kids were young, and this time of year is perfect for baking with them. I found this recipe on thier website and thought I would share it with you.





Peanut Butter & Jelly Surprise Muffins


Hidden inside these moist peanut butter muffins is a secret filling--your child's favorite jelly. If you make up a batch over the weekend, your kids can enjoy them as after school treats all week long. RECIPE INGREDIENTS:
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
2-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup strawberry, raspberry, or grape jelly
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a 12 muffin tin with muffin papers. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, mix the peanut butter with the egg. Add the milk, a little at a time, then mix in the butter. Pour the wet batter into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir gently to combine. The batter will be stiff.

2. Put a heaping tablespoon of batter in the bottom of each muffin cup. Use a finger to make an indentation in the center and put a teaspoon of jelly in the hole. Cover with another heaping tablespoon of batter or enough to fill each cup about 2/3 full. Spread the batter gently until no jelly is visible. Bake for 20 minutes, then turn the muffins onto a wire rack to cool for at least 10 minutes. Be careful: the jelly centers can get hot. Makes 12 muffins.

Love, Love, Love these...... Carolyns Kitchen Aprons!




I just found this website, and LOVE it..... Obviously I spent alot of time in aprons, and I'm always looking for cute chic ones. They also have matching gloves, what a great idea for gifts. These aren't your mama's old aprons!





Aug 7, 2009

Do "stew" want some cake?


I made this for Alex, the girl that cleans my house. She is so sweet, and she loves to cook. She is actually going to cooking school. I know real chefs probally don't make stew, but I could figure out how to make a cake look like rack of lamb in the 3 hours I had to bake & decorate this cake. She loved it, anyway!

Aug 4, 2009

Pauline's Baby Shower....


This was one my favorite parties we've ever done. For my best friend, Pauline, when she was expecting her first child... Anthony. So many of us worked very hard on this day, and it was alot of fun!

Aug 2, 2009


Cookies for Reese....


I love making cookies for Reese!

Sunday Funday Treats....


I went to visit my favorite kids today (well, besides my own)and I made them some Marshmallow Pops and choclolate dipped rice krispie treats. So fast & easy to make and so much fun!

Aug 1, 2009

Carnation Cupcakes.... I want to learn this next!

Sugar Coookie Recipe


I have tried ALOT of recipes, and I just found this one. It is the best, by far. It does not spread much, so its great for shaped cookies. I got this recipe from Susan Carberry at The Cake Cottage in Murrieta.... my "home away from home!"



SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE

MAKES APPROX. 3 DOZEN 5" COOKIES



2 CUPS UNSALTED BUTTER, SOFTENED

2 CUPS GRANULATED SUGAR, I LIKE BAKERS SUGAR

2 EGGS

1 TSP VANILLA EXTRACT

2 TSP LEMON EXTRACT ( OR FLAVOR OF CHOICE)

6 CUPS ALL PURPOSE FLOUR

3 TSP BAKING POWDER

1 TSP SALT


Directions: In at least a 5 qt. mixer or a large bowl, cream the butter & the sugar until fluffy. Then add the eggs, mix. Add vanilla and lemon extract, mix.

In a seperate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt together. Gradually add to the butter mixture until incorporated. Scrape bowl and mix until dough comes together.

Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate atleast 1 hour.

** Great TIP** Roll out cookies on parchment paper, cut shapes leaving space between the cookies, remove the excess dough from in between the shapes, leaving the cut shapes on the paper. Then, simply move the parchment with the cookies onto a cookie sheet.

Bake cookies at 350 degrees in a regular oven or 300-325 degrees in a convection oven until golden brown. I find it usually takes approx. 8 minutes!


More Shower Photos...


Happy Baby Shower Kasey!


Well, it is done! We had Kasey's Baby Shower today, she looked beautiful & everyone had a great time. Her sister-in-law did a great job, and had everything decorated so cute. I made her cake & some cookies. Kasey waited a long time for her shower, and I'm so glad she enjoyed herself today.