Thursday, April 26, 2012

How to make rainbow cupcakes

Rainbow cupcakes. There I said it. I love them, and they are easy to make, yes I said it. Easy! They are tasty too, weird looking but tasty nonetheless. I made them recently. With Malia and Elijah as helpers. We used five colors of cake and used yellow icing to make the rainbow complete. All of the recipes have been used on my blog before. Seriously it is super easy. I made them when my grandfather was so sick, it was a hope for healing even if it did not help, and there are just some things that are just inevitable, sadly. Anyway, it has been a rough week for me; loosing my voice slowly and gaining it back even slower. I was sick all last week, hence no blog, I have not actually cooked anything in a while, cheers for old photos and how to ideas. Even though I have been ill I’ve been meaning to write. There may not be too many photos soon, as I do not want to pay for photo storage since I am cheap, plus it’s not like this blog makes money, it’s just for myself, and a couple of those who happen to read…are you? I would love a nice note on here, or a text…heck even tell me on facebook. So moving along. This is how we do it:
1 white cake box mix or your favorite white cake recipe
food coloring of your choice – I used pink, purple, blue, green, and orange. Yes I used pink not red, I have food coloring paste, that is why my hue’s are so pretty.
Favorite frosting, homemade or canned I don’t care, I wont tell – also color this some other color other than the cake, I did yellow
Now you could do all the colors of the rainbow, but I am lazy and felt five colors would be plenty. So this is what I did, place equal amounts of cake batter in some ziplock bags. I am just going to assume you did five it’ll make it easier. Yes I know I should not assume. Anyway, five ziplock bags get five different colors. One color in each bag, go ahead and add the color now, and squeeze until the color is thoroughly dispersed. Once that is done line cup cake pans with cupcake liners, then squeeze small amounts of one color into the bottom each of the cup cake liners. Continue until there is no batter left in the first bag. There should be just enough to do 24 cupcakes, repeat that step until all the cupcake holes are filled and there is no more batter, I did not measure mine accurately and it caused me to have some cupcakes with four colors instead of five. Not that anyone really noticed. From here bake as according to instructions on the back of your box, or on the recipe for cupcakes, remove from oven, cool, frost, and decorate! Elijah and Malia made some pretty cupcakes, even Peter ate some, surprise I know! Are you all reading this? Please let me know, I need a reason to keep writing…I’ve ran out of fuel, I have more ideas, ton’s more, just no drive to continue if I don’t hear something…anything!  

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

How to make S'Mores Cookies

This week I decided to make S’mores cookies. I love S’mores but I have a hard time making them, after all I don’t really have a campfire every day and let’s face it the ones in the microwave leave you wanting more. So I have seen these cookies on countless blogs and have decided to pursue making them. Now the recipe did call for Jet Puffed Mallow Bits, but since I could not find them I just used mini marshmallows which did melt but still tasted yummy, if you find them let me know where, I will say you could always steal them from speedway… Just kidding!! So let’s get started.

This is what you will need:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/3 cups flour
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (7 full graham cracker sheets)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup giant chocolate chips (or chocolate chips/chunks)
1 cup Jet Puffed Mallow Bits
2 Hershey’s bars cut into big chunks

So start out by preheating that oven. You know the drill! 350 degrees! Now cream together the butter and sugars for about two minutes. Add the vanilla and the egg, cream again, if you notice I have two eggs, this is because our chickens lay “pee-wee” eggs and we have to use two instead of one for baking purposes. Now moving along, pulverize some graham crackers, I had a helper, and mix it together in another bowl with the other dry ingredients.  Add them and mix until just combined. Once finished hand mix in the marshmallows and chocolate chips, if you could not find the marshmallow bits consider cutting the mini marshmallows or reducing the needed amount to half. Chop up some of the chocolate bars into large chunks. Now roll into about 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet cook for 10 – 12 minutes, when it is done pull out place two or three marshmallows on top and a piece of the chocolate bar. Place back in the oven and bake for 3 minutes pull out of oven cool on pan and then devour the yummy cookie. The following test subjects enjoyed the cookies: Sara, Malia, Elijah, Dad, Mom, Peter – even though he hates marshmallows, and finally Grandma Thacker. They all loved them, as did I. I could eat my weight in the yummy delight that is this cookie, I am glad that I FINALLY made them. Now I am looking for a good BBQ sauce recipe so if you have one please send it my way! Please pin me, Like me, Email Me!

My Graham Cracker Crusher 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

How to make funnel cake

My grandfather passed away last week, so the week before and last week we spent every waking hour with him by his bed. So that’s where I have been and that’s where my blog was. So I’m making funnel cakes, they make me happy. You’ve read about my friend Sara before. Well she loves funnel cakes and we made them, she has a deep fryer so I was excited to use it! Here is the thing I love funnel cakes. So they are easy to make and tasty at the same time. So here we go, things you will need:
1 1/2 c. milk
2 eggs
2 c. flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
Powdered sugar for dusting
So take your deep fryer and bring it to about 375 degrees, or take a large deep skillet and fill it with some veggie oil. Now mix all the ingredients together and place them in a funnel, a Ziploc bag, or pastry bag, snip the end and then drop into hot oil fry until cooked pull out and put them on something to dry, like newspaper or paper towels and then sprinkle with powder sugar. Now you can always put other topping on the funnel cakes and eat them, but I will say please make sure there is a crowd, you’ll need a lot of hungry people!  Eat and enjoy! Sara loved it, so did I, and as always, like me, pin me, email me.