Thursday, August 20, 2009

So this is love...

I recently stalked, erm...discovered a new blog that I'm obsessed with Everybody Loves Sandwiches -she's got alot of recipes that I'm convinced that I'm in love with before I've even tried them...but when I saw Pina Colada Fruit Salad...I knew it would have to be my first...
and ooooh what a first.
I love fruit salads...and I'm always verbally commiting to 'eat' healthier...more fruits...more veggies....if fruit is this...I have NO problem whatsoever.
Pina Colada Fruit Salad
(her original recipe-my changes set off by asterix)
1 small pineapple, diced *one large can of diced pineapple-I can't use fresh b/c the acid messes up my mouth big time!
1 basket of strawberries, sliced *about 3/4s of a container of strawberries, diced
3T unsweetened angel flaked coconut *I used sweetened
3T honey
4T amber rum *I used 1T Bacardi, 1T dark rum, and 2T pineapple juice (from the can)-I've got an alcohol allergy (lame I know)-so I couldn't add too much
1t vanilla extract *I don't own the stuff, I use mexican vanilla, just a tiny bit...the white stuff (not the dark..it tastes cinnamon-y)
This stuff is seriously.so.good.
I can't wait to eat more of it tomorrow once it has set overnight and gotten even more cozy.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

a little bit of funny

I love NatalieDee I go there for my morning comic fix,and I can't help but giggle when she busts out a cupcake related one!

Caribbean Lime Coolers

Where has the summer gone? Really? I heard on the news that some kids even went back to school today...I guess I just remember summers being ALOT longer.. One of the things I openly admit that I love about baking-it can transport you....so even as the summer draws to a close...if you want a little bite of sunshine and summer time when the leaves turn and it gets all snowy...bust out this recipe and you are bound to be bikini clad again....er um..ok..maybe not outside, and maybe not even literally...but this cookie is so summer to me! I can't give you too much of a familial/work review b/c Husband thinks they are too "frou-frou" and he also doesn't like sugar cookies (how is it possible for a human NOT to like sugar cookies?) and two of my generally most reliable testers are anti coconut texture so they opted out. My take on them..again...summery. BC's sugar cookie mix is a must in my pantry. Really do heed the instruction to wait until they've totally cooled to eat them. I have a bad habit of as soon as I pull something out of the oven (cookies, cupcakes, random casserole, etc)-I have to taste it. Let these guys wait...if you don't ...all you'll taste is sugar cookie. However if you do....you'll get the full effect of the lime zest, and the awesome sandy chewiness of the shredded coconut. 1 pouch Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix 1/2 cup shredded coconut 1 tablespoon graded lime peel (about 1 lime) 3 tablespoons lime juice 6 tablespoons butter or margaine, melted 1 egg 1/4 cup powdered sugar 1. Preheat oven to 350 2. Mix together-cookie mix, coconut, lime peel/juice, butter and egg-you'll get a very soft dough 3. Drop by level tablespoons (about 2 inches apart) on an ungreased cookie sheet. 4. Bake 9-13 minutes until edges are just barely starting to get brown. Cool for about a minute, then remove to cooling rack-they are totally cooled and ready to eat in about 15 minutes. 5. With a small strainer sift powdered sugar over cooled cookies. Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I'd like to thank the academy...

Anyone remember this? Well last week I got this: Hi Suzy- I know it's a year later, but I just wanted to let you know that your jalapeno jelly cupcake from last August's Cupcake Hero Jalapeno contest was the overwhelming favorite of my taste testers. I'm not sure what happened with the contest. I tested my half of the recipes and my tasters picked your cupcake as their favorite. I did not hear back from R* about her half of the recipes. It always bothered me that a winner was never posted so I decided to make your cupcakes again and do my own anniversary post about your winning recipe. they are delicious and I loved the story about how you used your dad's homemade jalapeno jelly! Anyway, belated Congratulations to you! :) ~Teri (90/10) Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!!! Seriously?! So exciting to me!! Oh..and now..I'm totally obsessed with Teri's website! I miss Cupcake Hero..whatever happened to it? As much as I love Iron Cupcake...Cupcake Hero will ALWAYS have a special place in my heart. Iron Cupcake is currently on break..and with over 400 bakers now...who can blame her!! So again..thank you, thank you, thank you! How cool..really! Edit: Om-Gosh! I SWEAR..I posted MY new post, then went to check CB's to see what she's been up to!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Whetzel Nut Cookies

What's a Whetzel Nut you ask? Well...this recipe was originally for "Gone Fishin'" cookies (out of the new Betty Crocker cookies and bars booklet)-however ....the cover says.."Save $$ Bake it from scratch"- I also took that to mean "Save $$ and if you already have pretzels at home, don't go out and buy the little fish shaped ones just b/c it would make a cute cookie"- So I took these to work and had my coworkers help me...The Big Boss actually dubbed these Whetzel Nut Cookies...and he came to that name from White (baking chips)+Pretzel+(pea)Nut..I thought it was kitchy and cute...so I present to you...Whetzel Nut cookies...seriously..say it..it's fun! 1 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup butter/margarine softened 1/2 cup shortening 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 egg 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup white baking chips 1/2 cup honey roasted peanuts 1/2 cup pretzel pieces* (I had a bag of regular preztels that I just broke into pieces, the original recipe called for Goldfish pretzels) Heat oven to 350. In bowl beat sugars, butter, shortening, vanilla and egg until light and fluffy. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in baking chips, peanuts, and pretzels. Drop by rounded spoonfuls on to ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake 10-12 minutes. Cool on the sheet 1-2 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack. The Big Boss loved these..and I got a good response from the rest of the coworkers too! Hubs didn't care much for them, b/c of his previously mentioned (in other posts) lack of imagination. Even though I limited myself to ONE cookie (trying to practice moderation)-I thought they were great! Let me know what YOU think!