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Baking

Posted on: August 11, 2010

Though I have never considered myself much of a baker I can follow directions pretty darn well. Check out my Homemade Snicker Bars!

I found these babies randomly in the suggested feeds folder on my Google Reader. It was an instructables.com post and I discovered it a week before we had a desert contest at our church. I just ran over to Vons that evening and whipped these up that night. Good thing they still tasted great a few days later. I won the contest and yes, I will be (lightly) gloating about that for a year. I even got asked to make a batch for a 20/20 even a few weeks later.

This is my latest baking achievement. Cake Pops!

After no less than three blogs discussing Cake Pops showed up in my recommended feed I had to get on Bakerella.com and check these out. I invited Erika from Crabby Rangoon over to help out. Between watching the first two episodes of Project Runway we made a batch of red velvet & cream cheese icing Cake Pops & Cupcake Bites. I brought a batch to church and want to bring more

I think I will make these again this weekend for the church potluck only this time using classic vanilla cake and white frosting.

What sweet stuff did you make recently?

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Things I have successfully cooked recently.

Vegetarian Taco Pievegetarian

 I use this along with taco seasoning and a generous heap of toppings. I add lettuce, Tostinos Salsa, shredded Mexican-mix cheese, sour cream and avocado. Adam thinks it is pretty unhealthy so we only have this once in a while (plus he keeps eating my tortilla chips grrrr).

Wow! Doesn’t this look great! They are stuffed bell peppers. I love to use the yellow ones because the color is so striking on a plate. I used this recipe here as a guide. I use a can of Prego instead of cans of sauce and I do not use Worcestershire sauce. I do use the same fake meat mentioned above in this. I made this meal on Monday night for my new downstairs neighbors

I was in a super hurry and did not have time to cook the peppers a full hour. Since the rice and meat were already cooked and the sauce only needed to be heated up, I was able to serve this after 30 minutes and it still tasted great. Adam wants me to add more veggies to the stuffing next time, perhaps chopped onions. I think I will also season it more. I love that salad. It has a spinach mix, almonds, dried cranberries, sliced green apples and a red wine vinaigrette dressing.

So that is what I have cooked up recently, what about you?

I am in a pretty awesome mood today.

1. I only have three days of work and then I am off to Florida for a wedding. This is VERY exciting because I LUV all the people I will be seeing at the wedding. I am also excited because I am going to surprise-gift the happy couple. I did this when another member of their family got married and I think it went over well. I got excited on the drive to work today thinking about how I could wrap said package. Like glossy black wrapping paper and a sexy red bow?

Anyway, getting ready for this wedding has given me the excuse to get a mani-pedi and buy a ‘few’ new clothes and that always makes a girl feel better (is that sexist to say? Whatever).

2. I had a long chat conversation with my little sister who lives in another country. She is visiting me this summer and I have ALL SORTS of plans. Pretty exciting. I also found a great computer for her to buy and even though I insisted she buy it RIGHT THEN she decided to wait a day or two when she was not on a shady computer and make the purchase. I hope that the computer was still available. Of course looking at computers for her got me started on looking at computers for me because my PowerBook is like 5 years old and very sad.

3. It’s my birthday this month! I make my birthday a BIG DEAL and try to get everyone around me to make it a BIG DEAL as well. This year we have friends in town so it will be pretty exciting to have actual people show up to my Birthday and actually be there for me, unlike last year where I (gratefully) shared my birthday celebration with another friend (she invited me to share her party) but none of my other (though they were few) friends showed up. I sat in the corner of the bar, drank mojitos and looked sad. 

Adam has been pestering me about what I want for my birthday.  I said a necklace with a baby elephant hanging from it.  Adam thinks I REALLY need a new computer (remember I said the Power Book is sad). I think we will head out to the Apple store in the next few weeks to really make a decision.

4. I had some coffee this morning. Usually I do not drink coffee at all and I ESPECIALLY try not to drink it when I am very tired. Instead of waking me up it makes me crazy. I feel horrible and cannot focus on any once task. However today I had coffee on a not-so-tired morning and felt AWESOME. The coffee made me excited about my lunch of Burger King chicken fries which do a lot less to my belly than the yummy Jr Whopper with bacon and cheese.