They started small, with some basic Pillsbury sugar cookies. Over the years, these two chefs plan to graduate to more complicated culinary adventures. But for today, it was all about Frosty and Santa.
Luck of the Irish Cupcakes! March 17, 2011
This is not a food blog, nor do I claim it to be so. It’s pretty obvious that I have absolutely no creative cooking skills what-so-ever. But that doesn’t prevent me from seeing amazing recipes on other great food blogs and recreating them myself.
Today’s culinary adventure comes from Green Lite Bites (who had a baby today, by the way!!) She posted a great recipe for green cupcakes! Erika and I had a dinner party tonight, and these were the perfect dessert for St. Patrick’s Day!!
But here’s the kicker…. the recipe calls for a box of cake mix, some applesauce and this magic ingredient:
A whole bag of spinach!
Ok, I know, sounds gross… but trust me on this one. Roni doesn’t steer you wrong.
You puree the spinach with the applesauce for a while in the food processor:
Yep. A whole bag! Pregnant ladies need their nutrients!
Then you mix the green mixture with a box of cake mix… and stir, baby, stir!
I know, I agree, it sounds gross. But I did some batter sampling, and I can tell you that all I tasted was vanilla.
We used mini cupcake tins to make bite sized treats.
It’s so much fun baking with friends!
They came out of the oven perfect! They even rose up like normal cupcakes do. We dyed our frosting green too (for the record, frosting=unhealthy… but I could eat a jar of frosting with a spoon, and in my world, cupcakes need frosting!)
I experimented with a piping tip to make them look all pretty, I need a little practice though.
We tasted them and they were pretty rocking. They were rich and moist, with lots of vanilla flavor.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Prepping for a Baby Shower! September 12, 2010
But back up to earlier in the week when we started making the favors and the cake!
First Step: FAVORS!
We made chocolate covered pretzels!
We melted down some chocolate to decorate inside the molds with:
We had to paint all the details with a paintbrush:
And we melted down some chocolate for the base:
All wrapped up!
Second Step: Sugar Cookies!
Then we had to frost them all!
Third Step: Bear Cake!
Erika found this super cute bear cake in the Wilton Magazine:
We Erika made the two layers of the bear first. and used frosting to stack it together.
Then she got to work decorating with frosting!
(I think my camera ate some of the detail shots of this!)
Erika pretty much made them and I watched (moral support!) And she was nice enough to let me lick the spoon. lol
The Final Product! So cuuute!!!
While we baked, the boys were jumping around playing the wii!
We had a BLAST planning the shower. I was sad Ashley couldn’t be there… but I guess we had to keep it a surprise!
Warm Apple Pie January 10, 2010
When we were back on the east coast, we picked up a package of “Apple Crisp Mix”. So perfect for New England, right?
We bought a whole crate of apples from Costco, so we got to work!
First, you layer the apples. Irving was pretty proud of how thin he sliced them. Next, you sprinkle them with sugar!
Mix the “Apple Crisp Mix” with butter until it gets clumpy.
Here’s my personal mixer. He’s doing a fine job, yes?
Next, layer the mix on top of the apples and bake!
When it’s done, serve warm with Vanilla Ice Cream. MMmm! Tastes like New England!