Thursday, August 30, 2012

How to make Belgium waffles

This Friday night the husband (he calls me the wife) and I stayed with some friends – so we could hang out and play games – stuff like that.  To tell them thanks for letting me stay I made them breakfast. We decided on Belgium waffles. Now normally when you make them you use a deep pocket waffle maker. Since I did not want to lug my heavy one to their house and they did not have one I had to use a normal waffle maker. Good news is the flavor was all there. So here is the awesome recipe.
What you will need:
½ c warm water
1 package of yeast
2 c. warm milk
½ c. melted butter
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp of salt
2 cups of flour

2 large eggs
¼ tsp baking soda

Okay take the warm water and yeast and place it in a large PLASTIC bowl and let the yeast dissolve. Wait about ten minutes then add the 2 cups of warm milk, melted butter, sugar, salt, and flour. Mix until thoroughly combined. Cover and place in the fridge…easy enough? Okay it sits there over night or 8 hours at least. The next morning pull it out add eggs and baking soda mix. Pre-heat the waffle maker and add some batter (you should probably grease it…) and cook until finished or desired brownness has been achieved. You can freeze and reheat these in the toaster. Okay so how were they? I made 20 there was test subject Joey, Brittany, and their lovely daughter.  Of course peter and I too- I also made a ton of bacon and yet there was none left. I do believe they liked it. Their daughter ate two…and they were not small! Thanks kid! So you should totally make this recipe.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

How to Re-purpose a Candle

You know what I hate? Candles that don't burn all the way down to the bottom. I also hate it when someone asks me when are you and Peter going to have children. We both love kids so it's a normal question, but I can't have kids.  Then when I say I can't have children everyone always says things like "well I had problems conceiving" really you have four kids, please tell me you know how I feel when I have no possible way to give birth unless I have a really expensive procedure where they implant an egg inside me that's fertilized.  It is not covered by insurance and it is not the most successful procedure, leaving me not wanting it, but yet people like to tell me they know how I feel? Really while you sit there with your four kids, yeah you so do. thanks... anyway that's been bothering me for a couple of days now.
Moving along, I have like 12 candles and none of them have a wick left. But all of them have wax left. Thus, thanks to pintrest, I have decided to do yet another pin. I decided to do this back in March but my grandpa took a turn for the worst and passed. So back in the beginning of March I had purchased some 9-inch candlewicks and a glass jar. When I got home I put them in a drawer with all of my “smell good” things since I didn’t have time at the moment to make the candle. Then this weekend I was looking for a new smell and I saw them. I thought I should do that now! So I grabbed a little pot put some water in it and boiled it and placed my candles that were in a glass jar into the pot waited for the wax to melt.  In the mean time I grabbed the empty jar I bought and my wick.  I placed the wick in the bottom of the jar and grabbed a little stick – you know those things you use for kabobs, we have wooden ones but really anything would work, and I wrapped the top of the wick around that so that the wick would not move. Well not move much I mean I’ll be pouring things.
 So my first candle in the water melted it and I poured it in the bottom and while it began to set up / cool down I moved the wick to make it straight. Then I melted the next candle. This is what I noticed some melted faster than others and some took longer to cool than others. After each addition of wax though you need to let EACH one cool in the new candle you are making, unless you don’t mind a weird color. So once I got down to the last candle, which by far had the most wax – I had used it on a candle warmer and now it was weird and I no longer had a candle warmer – I broke it. So it was like eighty percent full. I grabbed my “new” candle and put it in the fridge so it would cool down quicker. Glad I did too because this candle took about 2 minutes to melt, all the others took 5 and were pretty close to empty. So I pulled my candle out it was pretty much set and pored the last of the wax in. let it sit – cleaned my boiling water pan. Put the candle back in the fridge and got dinner with my folks. Got back had a really pretty candle.
It burns just fine too. All the fifteen minutes I’ve burned of it so far… anyway hope that gave you an idea of what to do with yours! I bought the wicks at a local craft store, almost everywhere has them, and any glass container will work. Good luck! Like me, tweet me, pin me, email me, I’d like to hear from you. Something you saw on Pintrest you want me to do? Let me know I’ll try it out and if it’s food it has to be something I’ll eat.

Only photo right now I have, but this is the final product

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

How to make Mountain Dew cupcakes

Is it just me or is pintrest killing you slowly? I have so much crap I see that I want to try out. I think I will go broke if I try to complete everything I have seen on that site. The other day I saw mountain dew cupcakes. I laughed at these and showed them to my husband. What a good sport he is on my crafting  - if I have not mentioned it yet I suck at crafts – and here I am thinking he’ll be like ew… those look gross. No not my husband. Mr. I really don’t like sweets and I married the sweets queen. He say’s this to me: “Oh my God! Those are awesome! Make me those! NOW!” of course I respond with. “I need the two main ingredients.” So he promptly drove me to the store. One he was “sick” I say “sick” because he had strep throat and while he felt fine he was not allowed to go to work. Why you ask? Because he was highly contagious…yet he wanted to drive me to the store. Hey someone had to get his meds and he gets whiney when he is home and not feeling well. Also considering the fact it was Thursday and I was going to be gone all weekend to Kentucky to go to baby shower for my lovely future god daughter Brianna, (test subject Tiffanie is like really fat with a kid right now! I’m like dude you’re like fat and she keeps on telling me, no Jess, I am pregnant, I just don’t believe her but man when her belly moves I guess she is telling the truth – just kidding Tiff LOVE YOU!) She’ll be awesome, true story, and to get a dress for Marissa’s wedding, note it is Marissa’s wedding not Marissa and Jon’s wedding, I like her more (okay maybe I am actually on Jon’s side as the best man…Wo Man but hey someone has to give him ton’s of crap) so therefore back to Peter I was going to be gone all weekend. Translation currently since he was ill I was leaving him forever! NOOOO! But hey he was going to be busy Saturday and Sunday! So he takes me to the store and we buy the four things I needed.

1 lemon
1 lime
1 box of lemon cake mix
1 bottle of Mountain dew – no clue why we bought this we had a 24 pack he informed me on the way home…so he drank it. Thank honey, thanks. Not diet!!!
Other things you will need
4 cups of powder sugar
1 cup of butter

Pre heat to 350 or whatever it says on your box
Okay so then here is all you have to do. Grab your cake mix. One can (12 oz) of mountain dew and mix them together…yeah…my oven was not even fully preheated by the time I got done filling and making this cake. I also added this random neon green food coloring to my mix to make it more dew colored but you don’t have to. Okay so then bake like it says on the back of the box. In the meantime lets make our frosting.

Butter beat it…then add your powdered sugar on a low speed let’s not make the kitchen white. Then while that is mixing add 2 tablespoons of mountain dew then give the rest to your sick husband who really REALLY wants that pop, and then add 2 tablespoons of lemon and limejuice. Now I would like to state mountain dew has some orange flavor to it so I feel like there should have been some OJ in it but Peter said it was just fine. If your frosting is too thin add more sugar however mine was really really thick so I added more lemon juice – hence my overly lemon taste I thought the frosting had. Once again you can add that weird green color to the frosting but you don’t have to. Wait for your cupcakes to cool and frost them. Now I am not going to lie. I did not have one nibble, bite, or taste of these cupcakes. I could not bring myself to try them. Peter, my brother, and father all tried them. I made like 30 – normally they only make 24 but I have an awesome cupcake pan that makes tall cute cupcakes. By the time I got home there were twelve left and Peter had a note on them “do not eat” he took them to work. They too liked them, but I am unsure if that is a compliment. I mean a bunch of truckers liked my caffeine-injected cupcakes. They’ll eat anything! Have you seen the men? Just kidding they are great guys! Any way hope you liked this blog – and thanks to pintrest my husband has a sweet he likes – meaning next all-nighter him and his gaming friends decide to pull I’ll have to make this in addition to the “cake is a lie” cake I’ll have to make…good thing I like to bake! Like me, pin me, tweet me, or email me, I’d love to hear from you. 

By the way I did finish my batgirl apron, it is awesome. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Chocolate chip Hazelnut Toffee Cookies of awesomeness

I don’t know about you but I love chocolate chip cookies. There I said it. It’s true I love them. I would go to meetings over them but let’s face it I can stop eating them whenever I want! Okay so maybe my obsession with sweets is not that bad…right? What do you know you’re just sitting there reading this! Okay so moving along I love the Lexington cookies by Pepperidge Farms. Those people are evil, stupid cookie makers only eight in a box for three bucks! I hate you guys!!! Okay so here is my problem I love those cookies but EVERY single time I have ever added nuts and toffee bit’s to my cookies they are not nearly as tasty. EVER. But back in December when I was helping someone with their mother she made cookies. These cookies were the most amazing cookies I have ever been blessed with tasting in my life. Yes in my 24 (yeah 24 now) years of life I have never tasted a better cookie. Now that being said this past weekend I broke down and bought a box of those dumb Lexington cookies. Since I eat two a day I am all out of them. So I was irritated. I paid 3.50 for THAT?! So I text the cookie of awesomeness maker, she tells me where she located that cookie recipe. I find it and tweak it. Now mine were not as thick as hers (I suspect it had something to do with me not sifting my flour – go figure) but the flavor was there. Want to know the secret to these amazing cookies?! Hazelnuts. Yes Hazelnuts, I know odd right, except they use them to make Nutella so what could go wrong with that – ah Nutella, but that’s for another blog post. Anyway back to my story. I had toffee bit’s already and chocolate chips but the nuts I did not. I was worried the nuts would be hard to come by. They were not; they sell them right next to the walnuts for cheaper than freaking pecans. You’re welcome. Anyway so here is my version of her recipe it tasted pretty close and again I did tweak it.

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats – I used quick cooking because the original said to put some in the food processor and grind it…yeah or use quick cooking…duh
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 ounces English toffee candy (recommended: Heath or Skor bar), finely chopped they do sell this pre cut in bags.
1 cup hazelnuts, toasted, husked, and chopped
1 (12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips or whatever kind you want

Preheat to 325!
Now take the flour, oats, powder, soda, and salt and mix them together – feel free to sift I did not. Then in a mixing bowl take the butter and sugar and “cream it” (you know beat it!) then to the creamed mixture add vanilla and eggs then add the silly flour mixture.
Once that is done add the chips, hazelnuts – toast if you want – and toffee. Mix.
Plop some rounded spoonfuls of dough onto parchment paper bake for 15 minutes of course my oven took 20 – explain my oven to me please! So difficult! Anyway bake and then cool on a wire rack and devour – check that for like 8 bucks if you bought everything you have 48 cookies and if you double it which you can do you’d have even more. Stupid 3.50 box of freaking cookies, making me make my own cookies. Grumbles oh those cookies were to die for, I contemplated killing for them, best part, they have nuts in them; Peter hates nuts in his sweets! Yay! More for me, not that I was not going to have to share with dad and mom, jerks liking my sweets… Anyway incase you could not figure it out last week I am making a Batgirl apron, yes Batgirl; her symbol is the yellow bat symbol. I love Batman incase you did not know…now you do! So I am making an apron got it all cut out now I just need some time to actually sew it (there is the EASY PART) no one tells you how rough sewing is but trust me patterns are super irritating and take up way to much of my time. But I wanted an epic Batgirl apron! Email, Facebook,tweet, or pin me!!

Evil cookies....