Posts tagged ‘recipes’

Thank Goodness its Friday!

Here’s a quick Friday post!

I can’t believe just how fast this week has gone by! Luckily, I don’t have a whole lot of homeschooling left to do….just watch some Julius Caesar and maybe an algebra test!

Thank you all for your input on yesterday’s bread dilemma!!! =D I think I’ll follow Erica’s suggestion and bake one per week! After I’ve made all of those recipes, I’ll try out my great-aunt’s scary rolls!!! I’ll probably cook some other stuff in between, so that I’m not just bread-baking all the time!! I’ll keep ya’ll posted!

Speaking of cooking, though, last night’s dinner was fabulous!! We had peppercorn steak, baked potatoes, steamed veggies, rice and beans! Soo good! Gotta love a country were decent cuts of beef are priced reasonably as well! Not like filet or anything, but tasty nonetheless!!!!

I have NO idea what our weekend plans are….what about ya’ll?

Have an awesome Friday!!!!


January 21, 2011 at 6:41 am 6 comments

Can’t make up my mind….

I’m feeling a little indecisive………….baking those bagels the other day made me want to bake even MORE bread-y carb-y goodness, but I cannot decide what to make. I have my great aunt’s top-secret delicious dinner roll recipe, but it scares me, so I’m saving it for when I’ve had a little more bread-making practice. So, here are my options for now:

Lindsay Cotter from Cotter Crunch emailed me these two recipes:

GF english muffins from Clean Eating Chelsey:

And Nutty Biscuits from Cotter Crunch:

Also, yesterday, Erica from Itzy’s Kichen informed me that on the Favorites page of her blog, she has more yummy bread recipes, so of course I checked it out, and these jumped out at me:

So, as you can see, I have a bit of a dilemma here…..of course, not all of the recipes on my to-bake list have to do with bread….actually, they’re mostly entrees or desserts…..I’m just in carb-loaded heaven right now! =D

Which of these looks good to you?Do you have a faaavorite bread recipe?

I desperately need something to cook, because otherwise, I’ll be stuck doing this all day:


While my cat does this:

Whatcha’ doin? You gonna bake me some cat food or something?

Speaking of my cat….the other day I was eating some Dark Chocolate Dreams and he walked up, so of course I gave him a little bit. Now he runs into the kitchen whenever I open the jar. I’ve created a monster. But, what else was to be expected from the cat who jumps on the table to eat peanuts and likes chocolate glaze (he licked it out of the pot when no one was looking)? Clearly, he had to like the stuff. =D

So, I guess I had better go finish up my algebra before lunch….ah and before I forget, today’s workout was awesome! I did the fitsugar circuit that I think I posted last week and can be found on my Workin’ It page, but I made sure that I had correct form, and did a minute of jump ropes/jumping jacks between each circuit. The supermans killed me at the end!!!!! I followed it up with some light cardio, because all I want to do now is exercise to maintain my fitness level and because I love it….definitely not to lose weight!

Gotta run!

Happy Thursday! =D




January 20, 2011 at 8:38 am 12 comments


Can you tell I’m happy????

The thin mints were a success!!!!!

Here’s the recipe I used (from Cakespy):


2 and 1/4 cups flour

1/4 cup cornstarch

6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 tsp salt (I used  less, and didn’t notice a taste difference)

1 C sugar (I used the full amount this time, but I could definitely reduce it in the future)

1/2 C butter (I used a “light” butter because that’s what was in the fridge)

1/3 C milk of any kind

1/2 tsp vanilla extract (could be omitted)

3/4 tsp peppermint extract (More or less depending on preference)

For chocolate coating:

10 oz dark or semi-sweet chocolate (I used semi-sweet chips)

1/2 C butter

  1. Whisk together flour, cornstarch, salt, and cocoa.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. With mixer on low speed, add milk and extracts. Gradually add in flour mixture until fully incorporated.
  3. Shape dough into two even logs, wrap in plastic wrap, and freeze for at least an hour and a half. The longer you freeze the dough, the easier it is to cut.
  4. Preheat oven to 375.
  5. Remove dough from freezer. Slice into rounds. For a more “thin mint” texture, make sure that the rounds are no thicker than 1/4 inch. They won’t spread very much, so you can place them closer together on a lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 13-15 minutes, remove from oven and set on a wire rack until cooled.
  7. Melt butter and chocolate together in a medium saucepan. It will make a nice, thick chocolate sauce. Drop in cookies, turn with a fork to coat with chocolate. If the sauce begins to harden, you can heat it up until its back to the right consistency.
  8. Place dipped cookies onto parchment paper, and let cool until chocolate hardens.

Note: The dough is incredibly thick, and I ended up not even using the mixer while adding the flour mixture to the butter-sugar mixture. I kneaded it pizza-style, and trust me, if you do the same, you can call it your workout for the day. The next morning, you’ll have arms so toned that Madonna will be green with envy! =D

Makes about 40 smallish cookies.

I wish my cookies looked this good… at least they’re yummy!!!!

So besides baking, yesterday I took one test and studied for another. Then we went to our friend’s house, and brought some cookies with us!!!! This is the same friend that recently had surgery, and she’s doing really well!!!!!

Today, its super-duper cold outside (like 17 degrees) and I’m really dreading getting out!!!! But, we’re going to church, so its not like its something unimportant or anything…=P.

What has been your favorite thing that you’ve baked recently?

Hope ya’ll  have a wonderful Sunday!!!!!

December 12, 2010 at 7:30 am 10 comments

On the Road Once More

Yep we’re sitting in the car again. I had an awesome time in WV visiting family! I can’t believe its been 5 years since I’ve seen some of them. One thing that I won’t miss however, is the extreme cold. At least, I think that it’s extremely cold. Which is why I’ve had a cup of coffee with every meal so far, something that I don’t usually do, by the way. But it was soooo worth it to get to spend time with my family!!!!

Anyway, now we’re headed to Ohio to visit some more friends. We’re just gonna be there tonight, and head home tomorrow morning. It’s really perfect, because, as I’ve said, its a halfway point between West Virginia and home.

I am actually doing school in the back of the car. Its a Monday, so school as usual for me. Except for Algebra, which I absolutely cannot do in the car. See, my “book” is on a CD, which makes it had to work with in the back seat. I think that I still have 2 lessons from last week to do, 3 from this week, and 2 tests to take. I think that I’ll just do a lot of the other classes today and tomorrow, and spend the rest of my week on Algebra II. Ugh.

Folks, I need new recipes!!!! I actually have a ton written down in my little recipe notebook, but none of them are calling to me right now. Sad, huh? I’ve been wanting to buy some ground turkey and do something with it, that doesn’t require a whole lot of work, but still tastes yummy. I’ve been eyeing a ground turkey chili recipe, but I sort of want something a little more creative. Maybe I’m just too picky???? Well, if anyone has a recipe that has anything to do with ground turkey, could you please comment and tell me what it is??? Or email me the recipe at Whichever you want. I need some inspiration!!!!! =D I promise that if I make someone’s recipe, I’ll give them credit for it!!!! =D

Oh and this week, I will begin my holiday candy box trial period. What is this you ask? I’m planning on making boxes of chocolates to give out for Christmas, but of course I need to make everything before I just give it to my friends. So far, I’ve got peppermint bark, chocolate covered cherries, chocolate pretzel rods, pb truffles, and chewey caramels on my list. Anyone have any other ideas? Is there anything that I should take off???? Please help me!

Well, I know that you are all busy with your own lives and all, so I’ll let you get back to them!!! Happy Monday!

November 29, 2010 at 9:10 am 4 comments

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