Saturday, December 25, 2010

Crazy for Crepes

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

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 beaten
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • (I added a little bit of vanilla extract too)


Directions


  1. In large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, melted butter, flour sugar and salt until smooth.
  2. Heat a medium-sized skillet or crepe pan over medium heat. Grease pan with a small amount of butter or oil applied with a brush or paper towel. Using a serving spoon or small ladle, spoon about 3 tablespoons crepe batter into hot pan, tilting the pan so that bottom surface is evenly coated. Cook over medium heat, 1 to 2 minutes on a side, or until golden brown. Serve immediately.


It didn't come out thin, like the ones you buy at the Crepe-making stores, but it's thick enough to be handled and swaddled in goodness... and tasty too!!

January marks the start of my diet... So it kinda justifies me eating junk-food until then... riiiight????  Merry Christmas to all and to all a good dessert!! ...for breakfast!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

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 Japanese rice 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 -16 oz Box Mochiko (buy at asian food store)
2 1/2 cups Sugar
2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 can Evaporated Milk
1 -14 oz can Coconut Milk
3 eggs
2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1 stick Butter, melted


 



Directions
  1. Pre heat oven to 375
  2. Grease a 9x13 pan or use cooking spray
  3. In a large bowl, sift together Mochiko, Sugar and Baking Powder, mix well
  4. In a medium bowl combine Evaporated Milk, Coconut Milk, Eggs and Vanilla, mix well
  5. Pour wet ingredients into the dry and mix together until incorporated (hand mixing with a whisk is perfect!)
  6. Stir in melted butter
  7. Pour into pan and tab bottom of pan on a hard surface to settle batter
  8. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until top is golden brown
    1. Once it reaches 50 minutes, I keep checking on it until the top browns; that's the best part of the dessert!
  9. Cool at least one hour before cutting

Unique, super yummy and such a great comfort food!!  Thanks Cali and Mom for the recipe, they varied very little, but both recipes are equally GREAT!  Merry Christmas to all!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

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 items
  • As 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 items
  • Bring 3 dozen (or more)
  • Must print your recipe and bring to the exchange
  • Must RSVP and tell the host what item you're bringing, no duplicates
  • Most 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 take home.  

It was a GREAT way to try different things and gather more recipes for your collection!

If you have a smaller group of people, you can implement the following rules as well:
  • Present cookies in a tray, platter or basket
  • Cookies only, no cookie mixes or bars
  • Bake a dozen for each person attending the party, packaged and ready for gifting PLUS an extra dozen for you to taste-test and eat as you socialize with coffee, tea, or alcohol!
I bought these giant gingerbread cookies from Trader Joe's so Eric and I decorated them for fun and they joined me at the cookie exchange as a center piece for the table!!

Other items that were on the menu:
Cheesecake brownie with chocolate chips
Chocolate Crinkles
Seven Layer magic Cookie Bars
Chocolate Toffee Cookies
Muddy Buddies
Rice Krispies Treats
Toffee Bars
Oreo Balls

Of course, I made my cake pops...  It was highly requested by my co-workers.

We had a GREAT time and it was enjoyed by all!  Such a fun and great way to EAT JUNK FOOD!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

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?).
Cupcake POP Mold

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!

Sweet Dreams

I found this on Itsy-BitsyBites blog, cutely entertaining and funny!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

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:

  1. Register on www.BountifulBaskets.org
    1. You have to purchase your basket on Monday or Tuesday.  If you miss the deadline, you can't get your basket for the week- BOO!
  2. Check for the locations nearest you (and make sure you check your pick up time)
    1. Pick up days are always on Saturday
    2. Every other week they offer all Organic fruits and veggies for an extra cost
  3. Your first Basket order will involve a $3.00 first time basket fee for new participants, every order after that will involve a $1.50 processing fee
  4. Select the quantity of Baskets you would like (up to three) -one is more than enough for 2 people!
  5. There are always extra things you can add onto your purchase
    1. 9grain bread: 5 loaves for $10 -I hear it's PHENOMENAL, freezes well and tastes great!
    2. seasonal items like: cases of apples, pumpkin loafs, ginger bread houses, etc 
  6. Make sure you get a confirmation email so you know your order went through
  7. You'll get a reminder email on Friday to double check your pick up time, because occasionally it changes
I'm afraid to tell everyone because they only have a limited number of baskets at each location and I don't want my locations to be sold out before I order mine!!  This is a great GEM that was shared with me, I absolutely LOVE it, am a 100% supporter of it, and will be very excited if you decide to give it try!!  Totally thankful for Molli sharing this with me, and now to you!