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Crazy for Crepes

MERRYCHRISTMAS!!
I woke up this morning thinking.. MmMmmmmMMm WAFFLES... But  somehow, my waffle idea turned into.. MmMmMmmMmmmmMMM CREPES...?

Ohhh boy am I in trouble...  Because everyone knows that Crepes are plain Jane until you have...
Which just so happened to be the PERFECT storm...
And what's even worse, I drenched it with Maple Syrup?!?!!!  ...and can't live without powdered sugar!!!
The guilt has sunken in...  I ate two of those Bad Boys and it's not even lunch-time yet...  OOPSIE!!  Guess it's kinda late for Santa to take back his gifts, because it's already open!!
Dessert Crepes (should have known from the name.....) Ingredients (makes 4)2 eggs, lightly beaten2/3 cup milk1 tablespoon butter, melted1/2 cup all-purpose flour1 tablespoon white sugar1/4 teaspoon salt(I added a little bit of vanilla extract too)

Directions

Butter Mochi

Butter Mochi was highly requested for Eric's Christmas pot luck (there are several people from Hawaii who work there) and I'm the lucky winner that has to make it for them!  I thought I'd blog my recipe because there were several people from a past party that told me they couldn't find a good recipe for it. 
If you're not sure what it Mochi is, they now offer it at those Yogert shops (ie; Yogertland and Red Mango); it's those white, soft, chewy, balls that they offer as a topping.  Just so you have a little background information on Mochi, Wikipedia's definition is:  Mochi (Japanese) is a Japaneserice cake made of glutinous rice pounded into paste and molded into shape. In Japan it is traditionally made in a ceremony called mochitsuki.[1] While also eaten year-round, mochi is a traditional food for the Japanese New Year and is commonly sold and eaten during that time. Mochi is also a prominent snack in HawaiiTaiwanCambodia, and Thailand.
Ingredients 1 -…

Cookie Exchange!

Another FABULOUS idea that my co-worker Molli has come up with: Cookie Exchange for the office!  I've never participated in one or even heard of it so this was a new and exciting concept for me!  I totally recommend it!!

We altered the "rules" a little, because we knew we'd have a larger group (20) of people participating so here's the rules that we followed:

All items should be homemade and baked, no store bought itemsAs long as we could throw it all in a bag, you could bring cookies, bars, chocolate, etc (just no cupcakes or cakey items) it's harder with a larger group to ONLY have cookies so we allowed non-cookie itemsBring 3 dozen (or more)Must print your recipe and bring to the exchangeMust RSVP and tell the host what item you're bringing, no duplicatesMost Importantly, bring a container to take your cookies home!And because there was a large group, the rules were: as long as you brought 3 dozen cookies, you could choose 3 dozen worth of cookies to ta…

Cupcake Pop Mold

While surfing through some cool blogs, I stumbled across a cupcake pop MOLD.  How cool!!  Totally wished I thought of inventing this!!  I've already placed my order and I'll post my experience!  I've never made the cupcake shape because it was fairly difficult for me to get the right shape (maybe it's all in my head?).


Anyway, you can purchase it on www.mylittlecupcakepop.com.  Post more when I get it!

I GOT IT! So super excited to have gotten my cupcake mold!!  I'll blog about my experience making it soon!! 
I bought the 4 pack and gave the other three to my friends and my sister.  I heart them!  I'll see if I can get them to take a photo of theirs so you can see it too!

www.BountifulBaskets.org

Every Saturday, I wake up bright and early, excited to see what my Bountiful Basket will hold!!
2 HUGE cucumbers, blackberries, 3 asian pears, 6 pears, 7 fuji apples, 6 bananas, 3 squash, 1 cantaloupe, 1  pineapple, 1 head of lettuce, 1 celery bunch = $15!!!
My co-worker Molli shared this website with me: www.BountifulBaskets.org.  It's a fruit and vegetable co-op  that supports local and small farms.  With the power of bulk purchasing and eliminating the middle men, your fruits and vegetable baskets are $15 and VERY FRESH!  You don't get to pick and choose what you get, each basket [usually -someone may have carrots and you may have celery] has the same items and same quantities of each of seasonal produce.  The locations are throughout Nevada (and ID, UT, WY, TX, AZ, WA).  They are completely volunteer-run, grassroots, no contracts, no catch, and is not considered a business (for profit)- how conceptually COOL!

So here's how the process goes:

Register on www.BountifulBask…

Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies *UPDATED*

Oh my goodness.  I'm hesitant to post this recipe, I want to be selfish and keep it all to myself!!  These cookies... are to die for...  If you've been looking for a chewy choco cookie recipe, look NO further!!  I swear, I'll never buy cookies again...  Heaven in your mouth is an understatement...  Crispy bottom, soft, chewy, gooey, melt-in-your-mouth goodness...  YUMM-O!!

Okay, so I won't take all the credit, another recipe found on AllRecipes.com -gosh I LOVE that site...  Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies  - There it is, I just shared a huge secret that only my bloggers will have!!  The secret - Jello Pudding Mix *GASP*!!!

So here's the recipe that's been tweaked:


Ingredients4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour2 teaspoons baking soda2 cups butter, softened1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar1/2 cup white sugar2 (3.4 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix4 eggs2 tablespoons vanilla extract4 cups semisweet chocolate chips2 cups chopped walnuts (optional) Directions

Spicy Salmon with Caramelized Onions

My Uncle Elwin gave us some frozen salmon he had caught earlier in the year.  He delivered it all the way from Seattle (gosh I'm SO special!!)!!  I found this recipe on AllRecipes.com: Spicy Salmon with Caramelized Onions and boyyyy was it yummy!!  I hadn't finished the onions when I took the picture, but it was paired perfectly with the salmon!!  
Here's the recipe if you don't feel like clicking the link:  (surprisingly I had all of the ingredients on hand!) Ingredients1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper1/2 teaspoon paprika1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper1 teaspoon minced garlic1 tablespoon Dijon mustard1 tablespoon brown sugar1/2 teaspoon onion powder1/4 teaspoon salt1 tablespoon olive oil2 (6 ounce) salmon fillets2 tablespoons olive oil1 1/2 tablespoons minced onion

Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Turkey Day!!
Inspired by my Fav cake pop artist, Bakerella, I attempted to make Turkeys for Thanksgiving!!  Here's what I used:
For the head: I cut the whoppers a tad to make a flat surface and i think it make it a little easier to stick.  Dab a little bit of chocolate and hold in place until it dries. For the tail, Candy Corn did the job perfectly.  Dab a little bit of chocolate on the end of each Candy Corn and hold it in place until it dries.   And for the feet, I snapped off the ends of pretzels.  If you're not fast enough to stick the feet in after dipping your cake ball in chocolate, you can always dab a little bit of chocolate at the end of the pretzel and hold in place until it dries.
And there you have it!  A happy family of Turkey Lollicakes or Cake Pops, whatever you want to call it!
And just because my bear is so Friggen cute, here's a picture of my Baby in his new Christmas PJ's!!  AAHH  I LOVE IT!

30-Minute Minestrone Soup

Winter is right around the corner and it's a perfect time prepare yummy soup for dinner!  30-Minute Minestrone Soup is great when you have leftover veggies!!  I normally make a big pot that would serve 6 people (or more)... or 2 people with days of leftovers + frozen portions for later!!

INGREDIENTS:
(remember, you can add or omit any veggies you want!)
2 medium carrots, chopped - or baby carrots cut in half, or not?
1 1/2 cups chopped cabbage
3 celery rib, chopped (I LOVE celery so you can use less)
1 small onion, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
1 can green beans
1 garlic clove
2 teaspoons of vegetable oil
32 oz chicken or vegetable broth
2 cans Italian stewed or diced tomatoes, undrained
2/3 cup cooked macaroni (elbow, ziti, anything!)

you can also add:
chopped potatoes or spinach

DIRECTIONS:
1. In a saucepan, saute carrots, cabbage, celery, onion and garlic in oil for 5 minutes.
2. Add broth and tomatoes, bring to a boil.
3. Reduce heat.  Simmer, uncovered for 20-25 minutes or un…

The Secret to my Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake!

Red Velvet Cheesecake, YUM!!  This has got to be my new favorite!!  Not only does EVERYONE LOVE the combined together, it's QUICK and EASY!!

I use box cake mix- bake as directed on the box.  BUT, I add 1/2 a package of Jello instant pudding, cheesecake flavor, it helps keep the cake moist and also makes it a little heavier.

I cut make round in half with my cake leveler (gosh I love this thing!)

I take the top half off so I can start layering my frosting and cake...

Here's my TOP SECRET weapon.  I found this by accident right next to the Philadelphia Cream Cheese- GASP - "Ready to Eat" ?!?!??!!

So I separate it into 3 sections for my 3 layers.  (I also put this into the freezer for 30 minutes prior to use so it would be firm enough to keep a thick layer and thin enough to spread)

No need to worry about crumbs in the layers.  Just keep it about 1/4 inch from the edge or it'll gush out the sides!  I'm bad about creating a frosting wall FIRST (you pipe frosting at the …

Baby Shower Cake

We have 3 1st time parents having babies in the office so we decided to have a party to celebrate!  Of course, I was in charge of bringing the cake!  I had to make cupcakes too, I knew the cake wouldn't be enough for our entire department.

I'm not a fan of fondant (the taste) so I used frosting to ice the cake. Then added fondant accents to make the cake look a little snazzy!  Super easy project because the fondant pieces weren't too extravagant!  Of course, there were no left overs, everyone told me it tasted amazing!

Congratulations, Yuliya, Rahul and Ashley on your bundles of joy!

Random Cool Finds

So every-so-often I come across something really cool, UNIQUE, different, fUnKY, fun, OR boutique-ish and I want to tell SOMEONE, anyone really...  I'm a dork when it comes to kitchen things or things that make life EASY- it makes me excited and all giggly.  My last kitchen purchase was a KitchenAid can opener- I immediately went home and opened a can of corn.. ALLL rightttt- I'm a DORK- I KNOW!

AnywhoOoO while I was looking for birthday gifts for my BFF and Sister, I stumbled across:


It's called Bag Lady Urbano Eco Can and comes in different colors.  It's an ingeneous trash can that allows you to recycle your grocery bags in a neat and organized (those words excite me!) way.  You loop the handles of the bags on the cut-out portion of the Eco Can and when you're ready for another one- there's no need to fish them out from under the sink- it's waiting at the bottom for you!!!  Partially uber excited because the Boyfriend NEVER puts in a new bag... sigh...  …

A Monkey Birthday party for Kayden!

Happy Birthday Kayden!
I was tasked with a Monkey Themed birthday party for Kayden.  The ideas were endless and oh-so exciting!   Seeing that I'm still a beginner with fondant, I decided to take a stab at it for a second time.  I wans't too sure how long it would take so I used the weekend before the party to get the banana leafs done (although in retrospect, it would have probably been better to do them last minute).  
I tinted the white Fondant (that's all I had on hand) and rolled it out.  I was very inclined to roll it out very thin, I have no idea why?
I'm not sure what the fondant experts say about my use of a knife to cut my banana leaf, but it worked like a charm!
I accented the leaves with a few cuts on the edges.
I scored the middle of the leaf.
And again, with not a pocket full of fondant tools, I used the back of a butter knife to make some accent lines to the leaf.  (haha, I'm very resourceful, what can I say?)
Each leaf was left to hang over the edge of the …