Day 290: Pineapple Angel Cake {Recipe Revealed!!}

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Made myself some cake!
It’s not gluten free, sugar free or in any way healthy. Move along, healthy folk, this is for people who enjoy being fatties.

Ingredients
1 box angel food cake
1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple in its own juice

Directions
Throw everything in a bowl and combine well. Enjoy the awesome foaming.
Scrape/fold into a 9×13 pan and bake 350°F for 30-35 minutes.

I must admit that I ate most of the pan. My hubster was lucky to get a few pieces. The crushed pineapple is perfect in this cake mix because you get little juicy bits between bites of fluffy, moist angel food cake.

I ate cubes of Cheddar cheese with the cake and was surprised with the results. The sharp cheese mellowed the sweetness. I didn’t eat them in the same bite, rather I traded bites back and forth. I know it sounds weird but it was quite good.

—thank you, Pinterest—

World Nutella Day Celebrations!

Today I celebrated World Nutella Day. I heard about this fantastic blogger-made holiday from Nutella Day. Click that link if you want to find out how to get involved.

Since I only found out a couple of days ago, I am keeping my celebrations low key. Next year, I’m going all out!
My plans this year consisted of:
• Educating others about the holiday.
• Trying Nutella hot chocolate. •Making Nutella cookies (again).
• Creating a special Pin Board to share. (It’s still pretty slim).
And…• Sharing the ultra epic list of recipes I found.

If you are reading this blog, I have completed my first objective. I have also shared this with my friends and food/cooking group on Facebook, and tumblr.

This morning I made the hot chocolate using the recommended amounts found on pinterest. One cup of milk to two (or three) tablespoons of Nutella. Heat over medium, stiring. I have to say, it was fantastic. If you are the type of person who likes classic and unadultered cocoa then it may not be for you. It is very hazelnutty. Very creamy–I used whole milk.

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Here is the link to my Nutella Recipes Pin Board. There are many ## Listings, so expect a lot of overlap.
My favorite listing was the one I found on the Nutella Day website. They have them organized very well too.

I haven’t had time to make the cookies as of now but I plan on baking some as a dessert to go with supper tonight. I am excited to make a whole batch for Kit and I. The last batch we made were the ones we gave away for Christmas.

If you’re not a pinterest person then I will share the cookie recipe directly here:
Nutella thumbprint cookies
1 cup nutella
1 cup flour
1 egg
Blend well. Pro tip: If you are unable to blend add about 1 tsp of water at a time until all ingredients are mixed.

Drop cookies on greased cookie sheet. Bake 350°F for 6-8 minutes.
Pro-tip: Roll each cookie into a ball and mash a thumb into each. I baked my cookies closer to 10-12 minutes. Because they bake quickly and ovens are different keep a close eye on them. They are deep brown so you can’t watch for a golden brown color.

I plan on baking these tonight. While they are cooling, I will be smacking Kit’s hands away from the tray but I play on dabbing a little homemade strawberry jam into the center of each cookie. Raspberry would be perfect, but we don’t have any on the farm.

Day 265: Golden Brownies {Recipe Revealed!!}

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Wrinkles!! There is something oddly pleasing about this picture of the Golden Brownies I made for my Mother in Law (MiL).

There isn’t much that my MiL needs. She is comfortable and enjoys shopping so why take that away from her? I do know her weakness. Sweets. Practically anything sweet.

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I know she likes blonde brownies and we have purchased some from the bakery for her in the past. I thought to myself, how hard can they be?

I was pleased to find that the recipe was pretty simple. I followed this recipe exactly because I don’t know what they are supposed to taste like. I think it is somewhat of a sin to remove the chocolate from.brownies–but this is good to know for Mah Gurl who is allergic to chocolate.

Apparently I did a pretty good job, because I had to fight Kit off of the pan full of brownies until I was sure I had enough to pack up for his mum.

Please note my Christmas paper plates double stacked and put into plate gift bags. This is as fancy as I get.
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I am officially renaming these GOLDEN BROWNIES. I think it sounds prettier.

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (I adjusted the salt as recommended by reviewers and it was perfectly)
2/3 cup butter
2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Recipe yields 2 dozen

Directions

Melt butter or margarine. Add sugar and mix well. Cool.

Add eggs and vanilla, blend well.
Add the rest of the ingredients except the chocolate chips.

Put into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool and cut into bars.

Day 264: Candy Cane Cookies {Recipe Revealed!!}

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Now you can see where I get my hamming-in-photos face.

My mom got inspired by my December Adventivities that she made her own list of activities. She did a lot of pay it forward types of adventivities. Which included volunteering at her church, ringing and singing for Salvation Army and getting a little nostalgic about cooking.

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How do you get nostalgic about baking? Mom hunted down the Betty Crocker Candy Cane Cookie recipe that her mother made one Christmas when she was a little girl.
Like many people from Mom’s generation her mother cooked for the family and didn’t want help in the kitchen. So, to be specific, my mother has fond memories watching and eating these cookies.

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We had a touch of trouble making the cute candy cane shapes because the dough is mostly butter and it got soft very quickly.
we made weird squiggles,  and round button shaped ones.

I forgot to copy the exact recipe my mom used that day but I found this one online and this seems pretty close. You may think these are a peppermint cookie but in fact they are a buttery vanilla and almond cookie. Super yummy.

I found the recipe on Cake Spy.
If you’re the type of person that hates following links then here ya go:

Candy Cane Cookies
-makes about 4 dozen –

Ingredients
1 cup butter 
1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
Red food coloring

Procedure
Heat oven to 375 F. Mix butter, sugar, egg, and flavorings thoroughly. Measure flour by dipping method or by sifting; mix flour and salt; stir into the wet mixture.
Divide dough in half; blend red food coloring into one half.

Roll a 4-inch strip from each color. For smooth, even strips, roll them back and forth on a lightly floured board. Place strips side by side, press lightly together and twist like rope.
For best results, complete cookies one at a time–if all the dough of one color is shaped first, strips become too dry to twist.

Place on ungreased baking sheet. Curve top down to form the handle of the candy cane.

Note: If you want a variation, you can also place strips side by side and roll them into a spiral and affix small triangles of white dough on either end, to have the look of starlight mints like in the picture on the top of this post!

Bake about 9 minutes, until lightly browned. While still warm, remove from baking sheet with spatula; if desired, sprinkle with a mixture of sugar and/or crushed candy canes.

Day 259: Moooor Cookies!!

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This is simply an extension of the blog Coupling Cookies in which I shared the recipe of Nutella cookies. In the the interest of money I went the route of cute Christmas paper plates with plastic wrap on top. Functional.

I really wished I has some green or peppermint cookies to strewn in to add more Christmas color. In hindsight, some green peppermint hard candies throw in between the cookies would have been perfect.

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Some of the cookie dough had to be mixed by hand. I personally enjoy mixing most ingredients by hand. My all-time favorite to mix by hand may be the sugar, butter and apples for pie. Lovely grainy texture.

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Nutella and red velvet cookies were cooling. The nutella cookies are a deep brown but not quite as dark as this crappy pictures shows.

Did you make any sweet Xmas cookies this past season?

Day 228: Pumpkin for Your Face

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Here were the pumpkin pies I made for Thanksgiving! They were especially delicious because I used pumpkin that Kit and I canned earlier this year. So awesome!

We still have a few more cans of pumpkin left that I may end up making pumpkin bread with.

I made my own crust too. Which is not as hard as people make it sound. It is just more time consuming.

My pie crust recipe is nothing special.

Throw a few ice cubes into a big measuring cup with about 1 cup of water in it.

In a bowl, mix 2 cups all purpose flour with 1 tsp salt and 2/3 cup shortening/lard using a pastry blender (much easier to buy this tool than using a knife and fork).

Once combined, start adding 1 TBSP ice water at a time until the mixture forms a ball. You will add 6-8 TBSP.

Divide ball in half and roll each one out to create a top and bottom crust.

The trick? I add a little extra kick to my homemade crusts. If for a sweet pie, I add 1/3 cup of brown sugar and cinnamon–if it will compliment the pie.

Savory crust for quiches, I add a touch more salt and garlic powder.

Adding a little something to your crust will ensure it won’t be completely bland. It will enhance the flavors of the dish.

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Do you like my pumpkin cut outs? I thought they looked fancy like a magazine. Same crust recipe, I let my pies cook a bit so the cut outs wouldn’t sink into the pie custard.

Day 224: Homemade Pizza

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This was our pre-Thanksgiving meal. I put a lot of thought into what to serve the night before the big day.

Reason being, I can’t cook something knowing there will be leftovers.

I know we won’t eat the leftovers on the big day and there wouldn’t be enough room for all the food we got sent home with.

Homemade pizza is so fun to put together and our pizza typically ends up being a monster that one must eat with a fork.

Homemade pizza is the best.