Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
So, this week's SMS recipe is Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies that were chosen by Megan of My Baking Adventures - one of my favorite bloggers. She is soo sweet, bakes up tons of stupendious treats, and leaves many nice comments. You can get this week's recipe from her blog here. Seems like many of the fellow SMS Bakers liked these cookies a lot. I can't report on their taste, since I can't eat them, but I bet my work will gobble these up tomorrow and be greatful to Megan. My trusty taster and fantastic hubby is in Kenya (actually on his way back right now), so baking blind tonight. I did learn from all of the more responsible and diligent SMS'ers who baked and posted nice and early today that the baking time was probably less than in the book, so I baked mine for 12 minutes, and they look like they turned out just fine.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
So, for this short and sweet post, I am doing a rewind to a few weeks back when Beth of Supplicious decided on Chipster-Topped Brownies on pages 94 and 95 of Dorie's book, Baking: From My Home to Yours. I made these special brownies for my husband's grandmother for mother's day. Word on the street was that she loved these and happily shared them with her friends where she lives. I found these to be pretty easy to make - lots of dishes - and well worth the effort. I look forward to making these again, I think my work would be very excited to find these in the kitchen.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
I can't thank Melissa enough for baking along with us and for Elyse for stepping in and posting Melissa's bake-along. I mean, its true, I called Elyse last night at 9:30 PM to tell her my friends decided to take the boat out and sleep on it, anchored amongst the reeds on the Delta. I knew that meant I wouldn't be able to get the post up first thing Sunday - no Internet on the "high seas," and that people would be looking for it so I asked Elyse to step in very last minute, and she was such a sweet willing champ - Elyse you rock! Also, thanks to Elyse, I am the proud owner of that cute little blue/green cake stand in the picture at top. I love it (I would collect cake stands if I had room) - and plan to use it often. Thanks so much (again) Elyse.
Friday, June 12, 2009
I know Mother's Day is long gone for the year and Father's day is around the corner, but there really should be many more days of appreciation for mother's shouldn't there (I hear a resounding yes from you hardworking mothers!). I couldn't adequately express the proper gratitude and admiration for my wonderful Mother, so I am not going to try to write a long tribute, but I will say, a few things. Like my Mother has the biggest heart. Not only did she adopt me and my three sisters and give us amazing lives and opportunities, she works with abused, neglected, abandonded children trying to find suitable homes for them and would - if possible - adopt many more children herself. She's just amazing and she is my rock - we may not see eye to eye all the time, but has always been and always will be there for me. Her love and support is always felt.
Thanks mom. So, in case you were wondering, I have gotten all of your packages, I LOVE them, and of course, wouldn't mind if you keep making my day with your awesome snail mail. Love you.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
The 3rd flavor was strawberry cupcakes. I made 1 dozen of my go-to strawberry cupcake recipe - the ones my sisters always insist that I make when I go home and fight over - and 1 dozen of the Sprinkles strawberry cupcakes. I am sticking with my go-to strawberry recipe. The Sprinkles cupcakes rose a lot but instead of nice domes, it was flat and spread over the top of the cupcake pan - not cool. Seems this happens to me with one batch every time I make a bunch of cupcakes. So might not be the recipe, but what was the recipe was the use of pureed strawberries instead of chopped - and that makes a big difference. Tracey of the awesome blog Tracey's Culinary Adventures recently tried the Sprinkles strawberry cupcakes so you can check out her experience and adaptation.
And, I must take a moment to thank the lovely Bunny of Bunny's Warm Oven for teaching me how to provide you with clean printable recipes. Thanks so much Bunny. You should check out her site, her photos make me drool, and she is on the top of my list for my Blog Love project.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
I am happy to return to Sweet Melissa Sundays. And what a great dessert to return to. This week's recipe of Bear's Peach Cobbler was chosen by Andrea of Nummy Kitchen, and judging by her posts, her kitchen sure looks nummy. You can get the recipe for this cobbler here. This was my first time making a peach cobbler, so I was excited.
As it turned out, I was invited to a lovely brunch today, so I got up early and made the cobbler to bring along. While there was no shortage of delicious food at the brunch, the cobbler was tested and got great reviews. I couldn't taste it because I didn't have lactose free products at home. The recipe was simple enough, although blanching and then peeling those peaches took FOREVER. Man, that felt like a lot of work. I see that Andrea skipped the peeling and I think I will too next time!
Friday, June 5, 2009
I have a few missed TWD and SMS posts to get up, but for my return to blogging I bring you my first "Blog Love" post. I just love love love so many of your baking/cooking blogs and have been bookmarking and printing your recipes for a long time now. I was inspired by the magnificent Donna of My Tasty Treasures (who blesses us with gorgeous firefigher photos, among other things) and her Imitation posts, and thought I should do a post in honor of a blog I love when I bake at least two of their posts. And so, there you go - my first Blog Love post.
These were AhhhhMAZING. I made a few tweaks, adding Reeses Pieces instead of chocolate chips for the chocolate cookies. And for the butterscotch cookies I added some peanut butter (chunky) in place of some butter (I think it was 1/4 cup peanut butter in place of 1/4 cup butter but can't remember, sorry) as Bakingblonde suggested and added a tad more water because my dough was a little too crumbly at first.