The other day I decided to try to make lumps of “coal”, using crushed Oreos, butter, and marshmallows. Yes I got the idea from Pinterest. It seemed simple enough….make them like rice krispies treats, but with oreos instead. I figured I’d just shape them into lumps before they set. Seems simple enough right? Yeah, should have thought it thru a little more. For one thing, crushing oreos in their own package doesn’t fully crush them. Plus I may have used a few too many marshmallows (if that’s even possible)…and I grabbed holiday oreos with red creme, so it dyed the marshmallows red. Once it set, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to leave it as is or try something else with it. Obviously I decided to try to do something with it. Bring on the brownie mix. I mixed some up and poured it right over the marshmallow/oreo concoction. At first I was worried about the marshmallows burning, but they ended up melting right into the mix as the brownies baked, but they didn’t. They melted right into the brownies, making them all gooey and pretty d*mn sinful. Only problem is cutting them out in neat little squares. I’ve been scooping out chunks of brownie goodness. Eh, tastes just as good either way. Maybe next time I’ll work more on the presentation.
Last night I attempted to make this:. No that isn’t what the final product ended up looking like….I forgot to take a picture this time. It’s a chedder, chicken, and broccoli crescent braid. Hang on a minute, I’ll go find the recipe….okay here is the link to the recipe….Now for me, two cans of crescent rolls were barely enough to completely wrap around the filling, so I didn’t bother trying to cut strips in the dough to make the braid. I thought it would be easier to ball up all of the dough and then roll it out on a lightly floured surface…..Sure, except that right after I got the doughball formed, I remembered that I don’t have a rolling pin. Guess I’ll need to buy one. So I just punched, rolled, and flattened it out by hand, as best as I could. I also omitted the egg and rosemary since that seemed to be more of a garnish. It still came out yummy and was fairly easy to make. I think if/when I make this again, I’ll use three cans of crescent rolls and add rice to the mixture. Who knows, I may even entertain the idea of making the dough from scratch. I y’all have any suggestions to other variations, feel free to leave them in the comments,
Last time I said I would blog about my attempt to make lemon bars. Buuuutttt, I tried something else instead. Crescent pizza rolls. Yes it’s something else I found on pinterest. Fast, easy, delicious, and kid-friendly. They’re also portable so you can grab one as a quick snack if you’re on the go. Prep time takes about five minutes, with another ten to bake. Makes eight rolls. All you do is take crescent rolls (unrolled) and spread some pizza sauce on it, along with a couple slices of pepperoni and shredded mozzerella. Then roll/wrap it up and top with more shredded mozzerella if you like. Bake at 350* per directions on the rolls. However what I like to do is bake them for ten minutes, then take them out and let the residual heat finish baking them for the last minute or two. I do the same with cookies. Doing so results in a product that is golden brown, rather than burnt. Iplan to try another variation using sauted mushrooms,alfredo sauce, mozzerella, spinach, and maybe chicken. We’ll see how that turns out.
Like about a gazillion other women, I am Pin-sessed. Like that word? I just made it up…like, literally just now. It’s to describe someone who is obsessed with Pinterest and/or spends an obscene amount of time pinning this, that, and the other. And, sweeties, I am guilty as charged. I know I’m not the only one who wishes she had the rockin body, to die for closet, impeccably decorated house….and be able to cook (and eat) elaborate meals while maintaining the rockin body. Well i decided I want to start baking….but I don’t want the minions to get all hyped up on sugar. Sweet Boy already bounces off the wall enough as it is. So…..what’s a momma to do? I told my co-workers that they would be stuck with me bringing in baked goodies at random. I saw a recipe on pinterest for nutella cookies that just looked too d*mn easy to not try.
Yes. that’s the recipe right there in the caption. How f*ckin easy is that? I had to try it out.Though when I went to get the nutella, I saw something else that caught my eye.. That’s right. Jif has a hazelnut spread that’s mocha flavored. Mocha is my favorite coffee flavor. So…. I modified the recipe a bit and used about 2/3 of a cup of nutella and 1/3 of a cup of the mocha spread. the end results don’t look quite the same I probably could have flattened them out a bit, prior to baking…..but it was a spur of the moment decision to bake them last night. It’s a sugar free cookie recipe I’d be okay with the minions indulging in…..well minus the mocha. I’ll stick to the original recipe when I make it for them. It’s just too bad nutella is expensive. Even the f*ckin generic brand costs more than peanut butter. Oh well….next baking endeavor: lemon bars
Lately I’ve noticed that Pretty Girl has been turning her nose up at eating toddler food, especially if I’ve just cooked something. I mean she’ll still eat it about half the time, but lately she has been prefering “regular” food. Especially if it’s something her Bubba has. Like the other night for example. Pawpaw made chilli dogs for dinner (well Sweet Boy opted for a plain hot dog with ketchup) while I fed her turkey and rice with vegetables or something like that. She was liking it just fine…..until she saw that everyone was having something different. She refused to eat another bite of the toddler food and ended up eating a little over half my chilli dog. She does make it very clear when she doesn’t want to eat something. She puts her little hand on mine and very firmly pushes it away. I’ll take that over food being flung to the floor any day! I am a bit sad about this step away from babyhood, though it will cut down on what’s spent at the gocery store, right? Though I may want to start trying out kid-friendly food ideas I find on pinterest so I might end up retracting that last thought.
About a week or so ago, I was seriously wanting something chocolatey…and cold…..like, maybe chocolate ice cream…..or a shake. But alas the only chocolate in the house was a canister of Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder…..Soooooo, I decided to improvise. I combined about 3/4 of a cup of water with 3/4 of a cup of milk (okay, I eyeballed it) along with about 2 or 3 tablespoons each of the cocoa powder and sugar and heated it over medium-high heat, then added a splash of vanilla. After everything was all mixed and whatnot, I tried a bit….it was alright, kinda like sipping hot chocolate syrup. So I got a couple of big mugs that were in the freezer and distributed the chocolatey concoction between the two and then added more milk to each, then stirred them up. After that I stuck both mugs back in the freezer to chill for awhile. After, well, awhile (meaning after I woke up again, realizing I still wanted chocolatey goodness) I checked one of the mugs and noticed the contents were looking kinda like a a milkshake….so I tried an experimental sip and HOLY POTATOES! it tasted just like a chocolate milkshake made with blue bell dutch chocolate ice cream. I seriously gave myself a mental high five. Of course putting ice cream and milk in a blender would probably be an easier way to make a milkshake (at home), this alternate method works for me….and is definitely quieter than a blender.
So for the second year I had chosen to make cranberry sauce from scratch. It’s very easy and quite frankly, the gelatinous blob from a can never appealed to me. My first attempt was okay, but not great.This year’s attempt came out better. I think using a blender (or electric mixer or food processor, your choice) gives a much smoother consistency than hand mixing. Well let’s get to it, shall we?
1 bag fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup vodka (I used Ivonab*tch) plus an extra splash or two if desired
combine water, sugar, and vodka in a saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil
reduce heat to medium and add cranberries (and extra splash of vodka if you like) and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes or until the berries have “popped”, while stirring continously with a wooden spoon.
Once all the berries have popped,remove from heat; your sauce should be fairly smooth consistency from all the stirring, but an extra 30-60 seconds in a blender will take care of any “lumps”.