Friday, September 18, 2009
I'll be consolidating my blogs over the next week. If you'd like to keep reading, you can head over to http://hobbygoround.blogspot.com/ where there will be all sorts of different randomness...book reviews, recipes, ramblings on life in general, knitting chat, TV show recaps...basically anything I do on a regular basis.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Because I didn't grow up with any love for baking and have only recently become a fan, I'm of the latter group. In fact, I get nervous when I have to make substitutions or if I can't find a half tablespoon measure because I'm afraid I just won't get it right by eyeballing the same amount in a full tablespoon measure.
Recently I made these cookies and were really happy with how they turned out. In fact, they seemed to be well received when I took them for hot pot night. This is one of the few recipes that lends itself to substitutions that seem fairly easy. For instance, I baked these again today and used regular sugar instead of confectioners sugar. The texture is slightly different but I almost prefer the texture of this new batch. Also, instead of the vanilla pudding, I added pistachio. The taste is wonderful if you're a fan of pistachio (which I am). Now my thoughts are turning to add ins for this cookie: cherries, peanut butter, and toffee are a few I've come up with in conjunction with the pudding variations there are.
My next experiment? Butterscotch.
This little lunch set has been used everyday since I got it, and I absolutely love it. That little box there in the back between the bag and thermos is two stackable containers, perfect for cereal and hardboiled eggs. The only thing I'm not yet sure about is if that container in the front there is microwaveable. Even if it's not, it's the perfect fit for a sandwich.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Tonight I realized I had to go shopping soon and was low on a few baking essentials. I also had a few things that needed to go, like the ripe ripe bananas that were sitting in my kitchen and the strawberries that needed to be used before they went bad. First recipe was Strawberries and Cream Banana Bread.
The first time I made this earlier in the week, I forgot to grease the pan (doh!), so it kind of mutilated on the bottom a little bit. This time, I remembered and it came out beautifully. We had a slice tonight, and the rest will be good for breakfasts this weekend.
Second was Soft Buttermilk Sugar Cookies. These are a little weird. They're not dense like sugar cookies you get from the store. Instead, it's like eating a cloud...or a fluffy piece of cake. Definitely tasty, but very crumbly if you're careful.
No picture of the after, just be careful when removing these bad boys. Also, I used buttermilk but was informed this week that you can actually make recipes calling for buttermilk with slightly soured milk. It sounds weird, but maybe worth a try in the future.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
We’re breaking out the crockpot again. Unfortunately, after a failed attempt at making crockpot monkey bread this past weekend, we are down one since the burnt concoction is impossible to get out of the crock. Believe it or not…I burnt something in the slow cooker.
I left last night’s dinner to Jon, who managed to not fail miserably at slow cooking. Unfortunately, we both failed at picture taking and so have no tasty images to dish up to everyone. But I do have a recipe to share:
Jon didn’t seem too thrilled with it at first, at least not with the theory of it. But I thought it tasted great and he ended up liking it too. I even ended up buying the vegetable soup with the letter noodles, so that made if fun too. We used smoked sausage and canned potatoes we had in the cabinet which were surprisingly good. I ended up bringing some to work with me for lunch, though it’s now been designated to tomorrow’s lunch due to an unplanned pizza delivery bought by one of my co-workers.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Visit the Frugal Girls Cookie Giveaway Post for your chance to win two boxes of these cookies. Everyone can earn up to six chances to win, so head on over and hook it up. Who can say no to cookies??!!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
On Friday night, I also got the baking bug and decided to make some cookies. I found this recipe and made some tweaks, substituting applesauce for the butter and shortening and ignoring the orange peel. They game out pretty good...a little over chewy and maybe a little too sweet (my bad for using regular applesauce instead of unsweetened), but I'll probably make them again.
I have everything I need to make banana muffins except a few ripe bananas. I also have a recipe for crockpot monkey bread that I was going to make this morning. I still might make it this afternoon for an evening snack. It'll go perfect with the chocolate milk I picked up this morning.