Monday, November 28, 2011
Well....after a week off of school for Miss A we are back! Thanksgiving is over we had many many things to be thankful for. Christmas has been in full swing for almost a month now in all the stores, and finally this weekend we got into the Christmas spirit and decorated most of our house. For Miss A's bento we also tried to get into the Christmas spirit. We used some of our left over fried rice and did a turkey Christmas tree with peas and carrot decorations! We added a cheese star on top and she wanted some popcorn in there as well. She told me the tree was unrecognizable at lunch but she turned it into something fabulous as she always does!! haha.
|Yeah...not the most creative Christmas tree...definitely not the best lighting. Not to make any excuses but we woke up late and Mighty Max is eating solids now so it put a major cramp in our morning routine! ha ha! But he sure is cute!|
|This is the fireplace. Just need to get our stockings embroidered.... :)|
|We had to go for tall and skinny tree instead of wide and squatty...I must say I kind of like it!!|
|This sadly is all the other crap that has not quite found a home....still have the kitchen, kids game room, and most importantly my Department 56 Snow Villages!! Miss A is super excited!|
Make it a great week....see you tomorrow!!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Well just a quick recap. I added a few more accents to the chocolate mini pumpkins. I also did the second batch of sweet potato cookies. These came out MUCH better and definitely the right shape!!! Have a great turkey day everyone!!!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Yeah...that is a long title. Hopefully it makes sense. Soooo not exactly the way I wanted them to turn out. I should have put orange food coloring in the glaze so it would be pumpkin orange instead of white. BUT, my daddy-o is a diabetic, cancer survivor, and has a whole list of other health related concerns. So keeping things as simple as possible is always best. The less preservatives or additives the better! The stem and leaves I made out of fondant. They kind of look like apples, because I did not have teardrop leaf cutter. Well..you live and you learn. I must say the cake still tastes scrumptious!! It was just a chocolate cake mix and a can of pumpkin to replace the oil!
Mmmmmm sweet potato pie makes me so happy I could cry!!!
Sweet potato pie COOKIES make mes crazy happy kooky!!
My hubby Hungry Hank was watching the food network and came across this little gem of a recipe!
Here are the pictures of our cookies...I could have done a nicer job on the glaze application but it was 2:30am in the morning and this was one of 4 projects. 1) slow cooker tequila cilantro lime chicken 2) chocolate pumpkin mini pumpkins 3) fondant stems and leaves for mini pumpkins 4) preparing to freeze the 14 pureed sweet potato servings.
We may need to make these again tonight because they are flying off the plate pretty darn quick!!!!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup sweet potato puree
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and adjust racks to the middle position. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and salt.
Using a hand held mixer cream together the butter, granulated sugar and the brown sugar until light and fluffy and the volume has increased. Add the egg and the vanilla and mix until incorporated. Stir in the sweet potato puree and blend until smooth. Beat in the dry ingredients in increments and combine well. Stir in the pecans.
Drop by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared cookie sheets, leaving about 2 inches of space between each cookie. Bake until the cookies are lightly golden around the edges and they spring back from the touch, about 18 minutes. Let cool completely on the cookie sheets before glazing.
For the glaze:
Combine the confectioners' sugar, orange juice, and vanilla in a small bowl and stir until smooth. Drizzle over the cookies and let harden for 1 hour before serving.
Cook's Note: If you need to thin the glaze, add more orange juice. If you need to thicken it, add more confectioners' sugar.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Okay...I think we may be back on track. Thankful bento #5 Miss A said she was thankful for rainbows. Wait for it....because God made rain and rain makes the rainbows. AHA!!! That is my little thankful little munchkin! haha. Of course I am not going to lie....what she wanted to eat today made it difficult to fashion a rainbow. So you may want to squint a little when you look at this bento to truly see the idea of a rainbow out of ham and cheese!! haha. The clouds are white rice and we have some blue sky blueberries and peas for...well...because she needs a veggie!
Monday, November 14, 2011
Miss A was very fortunate to have her auntie and her cousin in town last week so she stayed home Thursday and Friday with them so that is why we had not bento's those two days. BUT it is Monday and we are back on track...so if you remember the first two days started out pretty fabulous...she was thankful for her "whole" family (all 30 on both sides), and God! What a thankful, thoughtful and sentimental child Miss A is....of course the 5 year old kicked in by bento #3 and we were thankful for shoes...oy vey. Well....today we are still a little limited by age and it is evident by Thankful Bento #4.....UNICORNS! Yes my friends...we are thankful for the magical horned horse like mythical creature....UNICORNS!! By her account they make people happy and are so pretty. Yeah...I did not even try to challenge this or explain unicorns are not real....it's Monday people I barely survived getting out in the world today! So we have a fabulous Unicorn ham sandwich with a cheese and olive eye, cheese mouth, flowing cheese mane, and a laughing cow foiled wrap cheese as the magical horn!!! We added some baked cheddar chips and blueberries. There you have it boys and girls...Miss A is thankful for unicorns. Gotta love her!
Sunday, November 13, 2011
This weekend was a special birthday for a very dear friend of Miss A's. They have known each other since birth! Her only request was pink vanilla cupcakes with hearts on top and one special cupcake with a crown for her.
|So here we have the pink cupcakes with a hot pink fondant heart on top. I also added some edible sparkle!|
|As requested a princess crown made out of fondant and some silver balls!|
|Of course I had to put in a little Crazy Chris flair and give the birthday girl's cupcake a fabulous stand!! A mini one layer cake!!! haha!|
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Sooo keep in mind that Miss A is 5! Her perspective and what she deems important in her life is sometimes a little...well...childish. Which makes perfect sense because she is indeed a child. Day 1...her "whole" family. Day 2- God. I mean that is just fabulous what can I say!!! Day 3-Pretty shoes. Yep. That is it. Pretty shoes that show her feet and those that do not. She wanted a quesadilla for her lunch. BUT she did not want a high heel she wanted a shoe like she wears with just a little tiny heel and perhaps a bow on the top. So we have a minnie mouse type of shoe with a small heel made out of tortilla and white and yellow cheeses. We added some chicken, green beans, tomatoes, and blueberries. There you have Day 3 of what she is thankful for. PRETTY SHOES!! haha! Gotta love those kids and their brutal honesty!! I am not going to lie I am very thankful for pretty shoes myself!!!!
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
A fabulous friend suggested that we do a "Thankful" series from Miss A instead of my vendetta against commercial marketing and the skip over of Thanksgiving onto Christmas in all the stores. Hee hee. I guess 4 turkeys were enough. There were actually 5 but Friday's turkey was..well a little scary!
So Miss A started Monday morning by telling me she is thankful for her WHOLE FAMILY!!! Well...we had left over rice so I could have denoted each grain of rice as a family member. Or I could have added in some tortillas, tapas, and golabki along with the rice to represent the different heritages; Mexican, Spanish, Polish and Filipino. Hee hee. BUT...I did not have tortillas, tapas or golabki. Soooo we counted our immediate family members on both side and represented with a number....30. There are 30 people in our immediate family!!! That is one large family! The boiled egg is supposed to be Miss A! hee hee. Let's see what she says tomorrow....
Sunday, November 6, 2011
This weekend had two new ventures. The first was my new obsession for cake balls. For $19.99 plus a 20% off coupon at Bed Bath and Beyond I did indeed purchase a Babycakes cake ball pop maker!!! I was skeptical and thought they were silly but then I read a few reviews that made me change my mind. 1) They give you recipes so you don't have to mix icing in your cake mixture to make the ball. I personally think they are too sweet when you add icing in the middle and then cover in candy, bark, icing...or whatever you choose 2) you don't get your kitchen all hot from having your oven on 3) they cook in 4 minutes!!! So I tried it out. I am not one to read instructions and let's just say the first one did not turn out very well because apparently the latch mechanism was not working. SO I took it back to BB&B. The second machine did great! Then after I finished all my balls...I realized...ummm they were crooked!! I have crooked balls!! I can't have crooked balls! So tomorrow after work I will have go back to BB&B and return the second one. All in all I must say I am in love!! Just a few glitches but for $20 I really can't set my expectations too high! haha.
Then I had a quick little topsy turvy cake for a fabulous 18 year old. I wanted to try the new Wilton sugar sheets. I usually make all accents and decorations on the cake out of fondant. I read that the sugar sheets tasted better and are ready to just cut. Well...yeah....let's just say they SUCK! They are like paper wafers. I was raised catholic and they feel like those wafers you had when you went up for communion. NOT PRETTY! Not to mention they are these thin hard pieces of plastic that do not cut very well!! They especially do not lay flat nicely against the cake. SO lesson learned. The stars, 18, and pearl accents on the bottom are all fondant. The rest are those sugar sheets that I will never ever use again. Back to what I know!!! So here you have my cake not my best work but still sort of cute...