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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Sweet Fellowship

Had a blast with a group of ladies I attend Church with, we made scarves out of old T-Shirts? Would have never guessed that one, but it was fun and the scarves turned out really cute. We even thought about all showing up at Church in the morning wearing them...now THAT would be a fashion statement.
"The instigator" Ms Mattie :-).

"The serious Crafters"

"The Hostess"










The nut mix "experiment" was enjoyed as well :-). Get the "revised" recipe here on my blog. That picture doesn't look forced....or does it :-)))).


Our t-shirt scarves turned out so cute!

Sweet N' Crunchy Nut Mix

This recipe was adapted from "Good Housekeeping" at: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/recipefinder/sweet-sassy-nuts-holiday-gifts
 I made these for a ladies fellowship today. I don't know about you but, the best time to try out a new recipe...is when you're feeding total strangers that DON'T know you?! Though, these ladies do know me but...trust my "experiments" anyway :-).
 

SWEET N’ CRUNCHY NUTS
3 Egg Whites (used the already prepared, 3 tbls = 1 large egg white)
1 Cup Sugar
¼ Cup packed Brown Sugar
½ heaping tsp Cumin
¼ tsp Chipotle Ground Chile pepper
1 Tbls Cinnamon
1 tsp good Vanilla
Sea Salt (to taste)
3 Can (s) 10 oz Planters salted mixed nuts
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. I used 2 cookie sheets, covered in foil and  sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
 
  1. In large bowl, with wire whisk, I  beat egg whites, sugars, cumin, chipotle pepper, vanilla and cinnamon until well combined.  Add nuts  and mix with a rubber spatula until well coated.
 
  1. Spread nut mixture evenly in prepared  pans. Bake on 2 oven racks  25 – 30 minutes or until coating on nuts is golden-brown and dry. At 20 minutes I tossed around once and put pans back in for more browning. Once cooled they become yummy, crunchy goodness! Just break apart with your hands. You can store in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks but…it won’t last that long J.
NOTE: The only thing I would change is add more ground Chipotle peppers because I could barely taste it. So that would be added according to your taste. I also sprinkled with a little sea salt at the 20 minute mark.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Chocolate Caramel Lava Cake

Chocolate Caramel Lava Cake

(Adapted From: The Cooking Channel.com)
 

Stages of making homemade salted caramel

First of all you should use a copper pot because it distributes the heat more evenly and is perfect for this.

Sugar added to butter, at this stage I added my 1/2 tsp of sea salt.

Slowly browning on medium high heat as I stir occasionally, once it hits this stage don't take your eye off of it because it will burn FAST!

Perfect color!

Added cold cream, the caramel is ready when it reaches a temp of 108  or it coats the back of the spoon as you see her.

For storing, poor caramel into air-tight glass jars. Once in jar I added my tsp of good vanilla.
- Happy Baking!

 

 

Recipe

  • For the cakes
  • 2/3 cup butter, plus more for greasing
  • 4ounces dark chocolate, chopped (I used a 40z Ghirardelli bar)
  • 4eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour


    • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons cream
    • Squirt lemon juice, to taste (I used a tsp of vanilla instead)

                  

    Directions

    For the cakes:
    Spray 6 ramekins with cooking spray and coat with coco powder. In a double boiler, bowl or saucepan, very gently melt the butter and chocolate together over a water bath. In a separate mixing bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until thick, pale, and ribbony. Beat in the flour, and finally the chocolate mixture. Pour the mixture into the ramekins and chill.

    Just before serving, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

    Place the ramekins on a baking sheet, and bake until the top is set, 12 to 14 minutes. Remove. Let sit 5 minutes, before unmolding onto plates. Serve with caramel sauce, if using, or a scoop of ice cream.

    For the caramel sauce:

    Melt butter, add a layer of sugar, stir and then add the rest. Stir occasionally until browned the color of choice. Add 1/2 tsp of salt and then cream . Caution: It will splatter so stir carefully, caramel is ready when it coats the back of your spoon or 108 degrees.

    Thursday, April 18, 2013

    Healthy Chocolate Homemade Granola



     

    I was craving something sweet and crunchy today, so instead of reaching for that delicious "Payday" I have in the freezer (BEST candy bar EVER!) I decided to make some healthy granola. This is good just to munch on or eat for breakfast with some fat free milk :-) I've always drank ff milk and I recall when I got engaged, my hubby saying "I'm not drinking no fat free milk"! Well...it's been 23 years and we haven't bought whole milk since...loose the battle, win the war gentlemen...win the war :-).
     
     
     "Healthy Granola Recipe"
    3 cups  Oats
    1 1/2 tsp real Cinnamon
    1/2 c Coconut flakes
    1/2 c  Raisins
    2 Tbls Flaxseeds
    1/2 tsp sea salt (If desired)
    (toss together well)
    Add:
    6 Tbls Almond Butter
    3 Tbls  Agave Nectar
    3 Tbls Maple Syrup
    2 Tbls Good Vanilla
    1/4 Cup Ghirardelli 60% chocolate chips (ground)


    Mix all ingredients together well, Pre-heat over at 325. Line a baking sheet with foil or baking paper. If using foil cover lightly with cooking spray.
    Spread out granola evenly and bake for 25-40 minutes (depending on how brown you want it). Stir lightly after about 20 minutes, sprinkle crushed chocolate chips over it and toss well then return back to oven to complete browning.

    List of main Ingredients: purchased from Whole Foods Grocer
    Almond Butter (Gluten free & Vegan)
    Natural Cinnamon
    Dark Amber Maple Syrup
    Light Agave Nectar
    Any Good Vanilla
    "Simple Truth" Natural Old Fashioned Oats
    and Seedless Raisins
    100% Organic Coconut Flakes
    Salted Pumkins seeds

    Let Cool and then eat as is or for more texture, color and crunch sprinkle some salted pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and a little bit more of the coconut..
    ENJOY! :-).

    
     

    Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    Rattle Pops!

     
     
     

    Gender revealing cookie pops. When you shake them, they rattle, when you break them...they tattle! LOL!!
     

     



    These cookie pops were made for my nieces baby shower. The cookies are vanilla lemon sugar cookies filled with pink candy pearls. They can also be filled with pink or blue icing :-).