Category Archives: Baking
I know I am not alone! I find great relief in the fact that somewhere, right now, there is a wife being asked to do something they have never had to do before! They’re question is the same…
“You Want Me To Do What!?
Let me back up to last night…My sweet and loving hubby called, as he does not very night on his way home, with an excitement in his voice. “I have some fresh tomatoes for you and a zucchini!” I don’t cook with zucchini…never have! My hubby asked me to make him a loaf of Zucchini Bread…and one for his friend. I thought to myself…
I googled for a recipe and made it…put the three pans in the oven and sent this picture to my hubby. He was soooo excited! Smelled half way decent while it cooked and I may have to try a teeny-tiny-barely visible-microscopic bite. I will let you know!
“May your life be filled with love, laughter and really fabulous coffee!”
So my tastebuds took over my day…
Wash, core, peel, slice and chop….all of my Granny Smith apples. Once that was completed I preceded to cook the apples, adding my spices and sugar and 3/4 cup of butter. After the apple mixture resembled apple pie filling I unrolled my favorite cinnamon rolls and added the apples. I rolled the cinnamon rolls up and place the entire roll into my baking dish.
Bake…Yummy Apple Cinnamon Roll Bake!
Then I took some caramel ice cream topping and mixed with the icing that came with the cinnamon rolls….and drizzled it over the baked concoction. “I should have bought some vanilla ice cream!”
By the way…this is the brand of cinnamon roll I used…
Gotta go and finish preparing dinner…
“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”
Anyone thinking about a rich-yummy-tidbit-of-chocolate with a cup of coffee? Have I got something to share with you! I have a few recipes, that I recently found, you will love…and that are relatively easy. With the 4th of July coming up you may need a few tasty ideas for those parties and Bar-B-Ques! Here we go…
“Party Time Recipes”
Let’s start with the “Chunky Chocolate Coffee Cups:
(Before going any further…I made a batch without coffee and they were just as tasty!)
Preheat oven to 375F
Coat(spray) 36 mini muffin cups with cooking spray…after placing them in a mini muffin tin…
In a large bowl 1 tsp instant espresso/coffee in 1 Tbs of water. (I used 1Tbs of a shot of espresso)
Add 1 package of Betty Crocker double chocolate chunk cookie mix
3 Tbs of oil
Stir until a soft dough forms
Place 1″ balls into coated mini muffin cups and bake 8-9 minutes or until set.
Make an invention on the top of each and let cool.
Now you can serve these delectable treats as they come out of the oven or continue with the next steps…
Combine 1 can of vanilla frosting
2 Tbs caramel liqueur of cold coffee
Once blended add 1/2 cup of marshmallow creme into the icing mixture.
Spoon frosting onto each little cup of deliciousness and store in the fridge. Before serving drizzle caramel syrup over the cups with a fork. Makes 36 servings
The next one was to die-for! It is great with vegies or crackers!
My Favorite Onion Dip:
This one may sound complicated but it is far from it…just a few steps to follow.
2 Tbs EVOO ( translation..Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
2 cups of chopped green onion
1 medium minced red onion
1 tsp Thyme
1 8 ounce package of cream cheese ( I used a fat-free version)
1 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt ( less is more and I chose a fat-free version)
Heat the EVOO in a skillet and add the green onions and Thyme
Lower heat and stir until the onions begin to brown
Place the green onions and Thyme on a paper towel and dab the excess oil
…you can mince the red onion while cooking the green onion and Thyme…
Meanwhile…combine the creme cheese and yogurt and red onion
Once combined add the cooled green onion and Thyme and stir.
It can be made up to 2 days ahead of time!
Both of these recipes were recently used and
inhaled enjoyed by all. You should really try them…I know I will be preparing these for our celebration coming up!
I hope you enjoy these…
Have a great day!
A Little Unexpected…well you could say that. It was supposed to be a typical day. A little more house cleaning, a little more baking, a little more sprucing of the old homestead and a little special time with friends.
“Boy did my calendar of chores fill-up the day!”
Cleaning Day…Baking Day:
It started out as usual and then, caught in the increasing current at a majestic waterfall, all my planning was swept away to be sucked over and into the rapids. I had originally planned to finalize the cleaning, soon after Hubby left, while my sweet treats for the party were baking. One cold dip…which needed to meld while two other ingredients where sautéed and cooled before mixing. Another dip was mixed and served warm but could not be baked at the same time as the sweet. “Buffalo chicken and chocolate chunk just don’t bake we’ll together.” NOPE!!!
Instead…Recording CD Day:
I was given very little notice late Wednesday night that my vocal tones were needed the next morning to record the alto vocals for one of the Patriotic songs for our Independence Day Celebration. When I arrived at my church, with two sons in tow, I was prepared to sing the one song for the altos. What started out as one song turned into all three songs. “Rut Ro Raggy! Could we please go over this song…I have not seen this one before!”
Relief flooded over me after finding out that I was not alone and that the soprano, who had been called in to perform the same function for her section, did not know the song either. 20 minutes later, when we were to be finished recording, we had successfully gone over all three songs. BUT then…my dear friend and music director was called away to a meeting. “We waited!”
For 45 minutes the soprano and I chatted about life, family, previous churches…both knowing that the time we both needed to leave was fast approaching. “Guess who came roaring back into the choir room one minute before our deadline?” Apologies were made and off we went to the sound booth. The soprano was up first…I sang along going over my part as I pointed to each note making sure I knew my part. It was then my turn…the three songs were recorded and I prepared to leave.
“Uh!…Where do you think you are going?” Said my music director “…you still need to record the 2nd Soprano part!” (I know what you are thinking…why did the soprano not record the 2nd Soprano part? Well I sight read and she doesn’t. Besides I am often called upon to sing parts other than alto. Don’t worry I am not the only person who can sight read in the choir.) I had the soprano sing her part with me as I recorded the 2nd Soprano part. Once completed I raced home to begin my party preparation.
My hubby decided he was not satisfied with the wall colors we…did I say WE…chose and applied to the walls about a year ago. New colors have been chosen…
Can you tell how excited I am about this new undertaking? The total interruption of routine is not something I am looking forward to! My 20 year old will be doing a majority of the painting but I wil have to deal with the stagnant flow of the job for several days. You know how most 20 year olds can be…yep! I am really looking forward to this change of color.
“I Need More Coffee“:
As you would guess…coffee has been intravenously flowing throughout my exhaustion prone routine. BUT…after the cleaning…after the baking…after the recording…after the selecting and buying of paint…after the party…I managed to stay awake until after midnight. I woke up before the butt-crack-of-dawn to a normal morning ritual and now sit here fighting the drooping-eye-want-to-sleep-day-after syndrome. My strong-overly-caffeinated-breakfast is not cutting it. “I guess it is a good thing that I am meeting the consultant from last night’s party and a guest from last night at Starbucks in about an hour.
I need more Coffee…I will get more Coffee!
In closing…I guess my day will be filled with picture removal and
moving of furniture…overseeing the moving of furniture. ( that was close…I could see that proverbial wagging finger rising up.) I don’t want to be in pain like before especially since I was in pain last night from the racing around I did yesterday. I better go…
Have a great day!
The Saturday before Easter…Boy, do I remember those long drawn out days of my mother putting finishing touches on the Easter outfits and preparing our hair for the perfect hairstyle. The rigorous battle with my tangled bird’s nest to part and separate then apply curling gel and curl. The afternoon excitingly standing around the table, covered with newspaper, as vinegar scented color stations appeared for coloring our allotted hard boiled eggs. Once dry these splendid artistic masterpieces, with designs specific to the creator, would be place in the fridge to magically appear in the Easter Basket the next morning with a collection of Easter confections surrounding the unique Chocolate Easter Bunny. We knew which Easter Basket was ours by the decorated eggs placed strategically in the basket. The Easter Bunny also knew our likes and needs providing just the right non-food item next to our treasure.
What A “CEB”…Clever Easter Bunny!
Little did I know that one day the empty basket would be passed to me and I would be the “CEB” for my own children. And as you know…I took it a step further! I will prepare the meal in advance today except for the baking portion. I am looking forward to a day with my family tomorrow and do not want or need the added stress of cooking and cleaning. As for the baskets…we have downsized this year. My youngest announced that there was no Easter Bunny. His brothers told him he would regret that…and I just smiled! What a cost-cutting Easter this will be. The decorating of eggs is a thing of the past and the elaborate staging of the baskets and gifts…vanished like the infamous Bunny himself. The family Easter bowl will be the centerpiece with various chocolate bunnies present for each family member.
I will begin the mixing of the casseroles and the baking of the cake today…after a meeting. The stage will be set and I will be able to enjoy my family! What A “CEB”…Clever Easter Bunny!
Whatever your traditions…I hope you have a wonderful and blessed Easter.
Have a great day!
“Death By Chocolate…Recipe!”
1-5oz box of Cook and Serve Chocolate Pudding
1-Chocolate Cake Mix
2 cups of chocolate chips
2 1/3 cup of milk
Cook the pudding using all of the milk
Dump the cake mix into the pudding
Spread the pudding-cake mixture into the 9×13 pan
Spread the chocolate chips evenly over the top
Bake in a Pre-heated 350 degree over for 40-45 minutes.
First of all: I may have made a minor oops…I picked up instant pudding instead of you-cook-it pudding. I adjusted the preparation and followed the directions on the pudding box…using a little less than 3 cups of milk. As for the recipe I altered the ingredients and used a sugar free pudding…a sugar free cake mix, non-fat milk…and the whole bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Here is the original recipe I used!
After preparing the 9×13 pan I mixed up the pudding:
I then mixed in the dry cake mix:
It is very thick! I placed it evenly into my prepared 9×13 pan and topped it with the chocolate chips
Well…this is before baking…
It has 20 more minutes to cook and already the chocolaty scent is wafting into the living room. I will show you what it looks like and let you know how it tastes. After all…taste definitely matters. If it is half as good as it smells it will be delicious. This is a good thing because I planned on taking this dessert to a friend who just got out the hospital.
“Our mutual-cat-loving-friend and I are providing the meal tonight.”
Back in a few!
It is done! It looks yummy…
It tastes…wow…the pudding and the cake mix are merged and provide a scrumptious gooey-cake texture. I must confess. This will be added to my family’s favorites list! “I know it is on mine!”
Try this one it is great! Now off to start the Easter Cake! Here is a hint:
Have a great day!
Last Saturday I was asked to share my recipe for the Dump Cake I served.
I warned them it was not the usual recipe and that they may not like the list of ingredients.
With each new bite their need-to-know-mentality insisted. Well here it is…Cooking On The Lighter Side !
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
(I recommend using a 9×9 square glass baking dish or a pan close in size)
Lightly grease the pan
Dump a can of crushed pineapple (not drained) and spread evenly
Dump a can of lightly drained cherries (the ones packed in water) and space them around evenly
Dump a Sugar-Free Yellow cake mix and spread evenly
Pour a half a cup of melted Unsalted butter evenly over the top of the cake mix.
I bake it until the cake mix is not gooey! I know that sounds slightly childish but I was at a loss for words to fit the description. I cooked mine for about 45-50 minutes but I was cooking two…one for my family and one to share.
The wonderful thing about this recipe is the fact that my hubby could not tell the difference. He loved it…but he did have his with a scoop of ice cream. I love this recipe because of the versatility it allows. It is a great breakfast dish for special occasions as well as a warm dessert dish. I know some of you might remember my posting this recipe before…but being the friend I am…I am sharing it again. But there is something new I found the other day…a Chocolate Dump Cake!. Do you want the recipe? I took a screen shot so I would not forget about it. It looks wonderful and easy! Needless to say I will try this recipe after I tweak it a bit…then I will share what I did as I do love Cooking On The Lighter Side!
Have a wonderful time trying the recipe. Have a great day!
I was ready! My longtime companion, stood empty for the second time, awaiting the bold-rich-frothless-brew. Long story short…I was having a party and was awaiting the arrival of my longtime friend and consultant up-line. My guests would be arriving about an hour later for my Launch Party. My longtime friend texted me, in a pleading manner, to have coffee ready for her.
“Me have coffee ready!”
Well it has been a long time and we have only recently reconnected. I told her I would have a latte’ for her.
Once she unloaded and we set up the display…it was time to relax and enjoy the simple concept of being together with a good cup of coffee. My guests started to arrive and as much as they love coffee I knew to have tea ready as well as juice. “One even came in with her specialty coffee…decaf!“. BUT!…that was not the end of the coffee story. “Coffee Takes Center Stage!”
I have told you how much I love coffee…many times! I have told you how many of my friends love coffee…many times! Yet, how many times have I told you that I understand using coffee to cleanse the scent pallet? Because of the type of party it was I was prepared and placed the rich aroma filled container on the table. My guests perused the table filled with platters of scents. “The tingling noses found the personal favorites as the wish lists began to grow.” The fragrances began to smell the same as I remind them to experience the cleanse and hand them the coffee container.
“That’s two uses of coffee!”
We rotated around the table as we laughed and enjoyed the stories from our friendships. “These were friends from different parts of my life…and none of them had ever met before!” I reached over and introduced the last platter of scents.
“Use number three!”
“Did y’all experience this fragrance called “Coffee Tree”?” “No…pass it over!”, “Really…Sounds wonderful…I love coffee!” I giggled on the inside as I passed the scent around. My friends were as giddy as I was about coffee! Coffee stories circulated between us as we inhaled the bold-rich-scent sample.
Long story shorter…If memory serves me correct…I believe everyone ordered at least one of the Coffee Tree fragrance bars. I even mixed it with a spicy blend of grapefruit and oranges. WOW! “You guessed it! I know what scents I am buying!”
I love my coffee and love to exploit the rich aroma every chance I get.
“Hmm…I may need more coffee to help my grammatical deficient sentence structure!”
I promise to work on my grammar while I enjoy my next latte’…and as I head off to face the rest of my day. I will keep my eyes open for other uses for coffee…after all…Coffee Takes Center Stage as I try and function day to day? I hope you accomplish everything you set out to do today.
Have a great day!
The children are all snug in their beds…wait…rewind…wrong holiday. But, the family are still sleeping away upstairs as I take a moment while the traditional orange cinnamon rolls bake. “It’s Here…Happy Thanksgiving!”
Traditions start for many reasons…our traditional cinnamon rolls originated with my mother. No huge breakfast…no time to cook it or room in the kitchen for anything else. My mother would cook everything but the pies on Thanksgiving morning so unless you were called to duty you avoided the kitchen. She would bake the cinnamon rolls while preparing the turkey for the oven early in the morning. “My turkey will be in the oven in about 15 minutes.” According to the time charts I will have approximately 4-41/2 hours till the turkey is ready. Dinner should be on the table about 1PM at the latest.
I must go and prepare the turkey for the oven…Have a wonderful day! And for those of you who are celebrating Thanksgiving…Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!