Tuesday, January 31, 2012

50 Things you probably do not know about me for the 50th blog post

1. I have three Kidneys
2. On my wedding day my father and I made jokes while going down the walkway about having a zombie wedding. It will be one of my favorite memories from that day.
3. I only have one ovary - the other was removed in surgery
4. I love reading, I don't do it often enough.
5. I love cats
6. I love baking - surprised right
7. I enjoy kids and someday I want 4 at least - which my husband and I will probably have to adopt now
8. I want to be a foster parent
9. I am obsessed with coke, it is my favorite pop
10. I love sappy movies about nothing important.
11. I know how to sew, I'm pretty good I've even won some prizes - my mom taught me!
12. I like trying new baking ideas, I stumble for hours on the internet
13. My favorite book is the original brothers grimm fairy tale book
14. My favorite flowers are Tiger lilies - they were out of season when my husband and I got married so he told me to get the oriental Lilly, he knows me quite well.
15. I hate bad parents -I know too many
16. I hate tea - as does my mom and grandmother
17. I love coffee - my grandfather hates it
18. I love hot cocoa
19. My best friend and I have been friends since third grade, we added another friend to our group in high school, we are still really close and ask each other for advice all the time - I have another whole group from college and we are all close still
20. I often dream of opening my own restaurant
21. Even though I went to school for English, I often wish I had went for cooking
22. My favorite food is ribs, I love them, of course any pork product is amazing
23. There are people in my life that I would love to cuss out and tell them how I really feel about them, but my mother raised me better.
24. I have a new love affair with salt and pepper potato chips - I blame my old roommate and her lover jon...I love them both!
25. My favorite tv show is Supernatural- dean is really hot
26. I love tennis, it is my favorite sport.
27. I love arts and crafts, however I am not crafty - most of the time it ends up looking like a three year old did it
28. I hate poems...there are a couple I enjoy but I absolutely hate reading them and writing them.
29. I did not attend my graduation from EKU I did not want to .
30. My favorite thing to do is play final fantasy... specifically 7 but any will do
31. I want to live in Maine.
32. I want a Maine Coone cat
33. I really want any cat
34. I am allergic to banana's, avocado's, and Latex...I love banana's and avocado's
35. When I am hungry and nothing sounds good I eat a PB sandwich
36. I love chocolate pudding, preferably homemade and not cook and serve, instant homemade
37. When I drink any liquid I prefer it in a fancy glass
38. I would eat off of china plates everyday
39. I am picky when it comes to certain things they have to be done just right
40. I color my hair every two months or so, no real large changes, just small ones
41. I have had short hair since I was a freshman in college before that I had long hair my Sr. year of high school only....I always say I am going to grow it out, it just never happens
42. I have two brothers no real sisters but I have several women I consider to be my sisters three specifically
43. I had one dog in my life that I loved his name was mick, I will never have another dog as good as him
44. Blue is my favorite color
45. When I was in 6th grade our English teacher made us memorize the different tenses of odd verbs, when I get nervous I either say them or I count to 100
46. I wish I could play an instrument really well, I just suck at reading music
47. My favorite actors are  Sean Connery, Liam Neeson, and Mark Harmon
48. I want to live in France
49. I wish I spoke French fluently and ate lots of french food
50. I love the smell of rain

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

how to make chocolate chip muffins

I love muffins, they are my favorite breakfast food item, and they are easy to make from scratch there are just a couple of rules when making muffins you need to remember. But those will rules will come in later. So here we go things you will need:

2 c. flour
1/2 c sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c milk
1/3 c veggie oil
1 egg
3/4  - 1 c chocolate chips

So first of all mix all your dry ingredients together, besides the sugar of course.                 Anyway sift them together and then make a well. Aka pull the flour away from the middle and pour in the sugar, milk, oil, chocolate chips and mix until combined, here is the rule, DO NOT OVERMIX. If you over mix they will be tough and you don’t want a tough muffin, you want a melt in your mouth perfection. Anyway now put them in a muffin pan, use liners if you desire if not spray with pam or something. Now moving along for hint / tip / rule number two, sprinkle some sugar on top it will make the muffins look better and they will taste fantastic. now bake for 20 - 25 minutes at 400 and as long as they are golden brown they are done.  Anyway this is a fairly simple and tasty muffin! Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

How to make a "Resse cup cake"

Okay so this week I am starting a new job, this is fantastic since the job is what I went to college for. It is a technical writing job, so in honor of that I decided to make this cake, and more than likely my father will not enjoy it.  But it is my take on a Reese cup cake. It is a plain chocolate cake, well dark chocolate cake for me and tasty peanut butter icing. So let’s get started shall we!

For the cake:
2 cups of sugar
1 3/4 cups of flour
3/4 cup of cocoa powder, I used special dark
1 1/2 tsp. of both baking soda and baking powder
1 tsp. of salt
2 eggs
1 cup of milk
1/2 cup of veggie oil
2 tsp. of vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

For icing:
3 oz. of cream cheese
1/2 cup of butter
1/2 of peanut butter
1 tsp. of vanilla extract
2 cups of powdered sugar
2-3 tbsp. of milk

Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees. So if you are going to make this cake you take all the dry ingredients and locate someone to mix it for you.  Then add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla mix for about 2 minutes. Or like me have Malia do it. Moving along add the boiling water to it and mix for a little bit longer, yes it is thin. Then once that is done pour it into 2 greased cake pans.  Now I wanted to make this cake from scratch but you can always just make a cake mix. Moving along, bake for 30 – 35 minutes and then pull them out of the oven and cool for 10 minutes, then pull it out of then pan and let cool the rest of the way on a cooling rack.  

Meanwhile it’s time to make frosting, peanut butter frosting. So cream together peanut butter, butter, cream cheese, and vanilla. Cream them; you know what it is supposed to look like. Then once that is done add the powdered sugar and 2 tbsp. of milk. Mix it together until it is nice and creamy. Once that is finished add another tbsp. of milk to make it super easy to spread. Once your cake is cooled completely frost and then attempt not to eat it…good luck! This cake is super easy to make and this frosting is amazing, and if you recall I do not like frosting. Of course my father says, “It’s not white frosting” but oh well. I like it. If you want it even prettier then feel free to drizzle some chocolate on top. Enjoy your cake! Happy baking and send me recipe ideas!

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my hard worker

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Friday, January 13, 2012

How to breathe new life into old crayons

Crayons, my favorite thing ever, they smell pretty, they make pretty pictures, they can be used for so many cool items, did I mention I love the smell? I love love love them, okay here is a back story on it, when I was in college I was a RA, as a residential assistant we had to make door decorations I cut out crayons asked everyone what their favorite color of a crayon was and colored them that way. I love crayons that much. I also love crayons so much that a color in coloring books almost every day. I am obsessed with them. Any way moving along, I had some broken crayons just lying around, so I thought you know I have seen a ton of these melt down crayons and make them into something new, plus one of my friends recently did that melting crayons on canvas thing and I thought oooo I want to do something with crayons! So let’s get started!
What you will need:
Broken crayons or new ones
Silicone molds
An oven
So my nephew and I sat down and peeled some crayons, he really enjoyed this it was somewhat hard to do with some kinds of crayons I will say that if you had a small knife this was easier, so then once my nephew and I got all the paper off we broke up the crayons, placed similar colors in the same mold. Or you could place all of the same color in one mold but we decided we wanted some sparkly interesting colors. Anyway, now place them in a 250 degree oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until they are all melted, let cool, pop out of mold. Now I will state DO NOT use a silicone mold that you’re going to want to use again for food, buy a new one and use that. Remember if a little kid is going to use it keep it smaller. Now if you’re like me once mine was done I just took it outside since it’s a winter wonder land outside. Then once they are all cooled down pop em out and let the kids color as much as they want, we got a lot of nice photos. So cleaning wise, I am not cleaning a pan I’ll just use it again for crayons so just leave it for that!!! Happy…..crayon melting? Enjoy! Also this is SUPER SUPER EASY!

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Malia's work of art

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

How to make oatmeal scotchies

While I have been recovering from my surgery I have not been able to do much, I was forced to wear a catheter for two weeks due to complications during my surgery, also due to complications I was in the hospital for 4 days, and had a month recovery instead of 3 days. So it’s been slow going but my husband and mother have been amazing in my time of need, as well as my brother and my friends.  So my husband and I have been watching warehouse 13 while I have been recovering and in the show they eat oatmeal scotchies. These sounded good to me. They sounded amazing, maybe because for the first time since my surgery I have been in the mood for something sweet and I have finally been able to bake, me not baking?! I know surprising. So let’s get started on what all we have to do.
What you will need:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or grated peel of 1 orange
3 cups quick or old-fashioned oats (will discuss later)
1 package of butterscotch chips

Start out by preheating the oven to 350.
Okay so we cream things, like always, take your butter, which is softened and add the sugars to it, beat it, you know how we always do. Meanwhile while doing that mix the dry ingredients except for the oatmeal in a bowl and set aside. Now add the eggs and vanilla to the other mixture and mix well, once done add the dry ingredients, mix again, then add the oatmeal…now let’s discuss oatmeal. I used instant oatmeal in the large tub (not in the little package) that is because I prefer the instant oatmeal texture over the old fashioned takes five minutes to cook in boiling water oatmeal. See they both cook up different and they are both acceptable in this recipe one will cook differently than the other so just telling you depending on the texture you want depends on what you use. Any way moving on you added your oatmeal now stir in the butterscotch chips and spoon onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 – 15 minutes. It took 15 minutes in my oven because it cooks slightly cold so just wanted to explain why fifteen minutes. The original recipe said 10 – 12 minutes so just keep that in mind.  Well I really loved this cookie which is amazing since I do not even like butterscotch! Enjoy! Tell me what blog post  you want next and I'll do it!