BlueBerry Hand Pies

My BFFL messaged me on facebook one day and asked me to make her these. Me, being the good friend that I am invited her over and actually did :).  Thanks Yahoo for the recipe!  Ingredients: All-purpose flour (for dusting) 2 cups blueberries … Continue reading

Pumpkin Rolls

I am trying to make a pumpkin treat once every weekend in october! Here is this weekends’: Thanks Girl who ate everything

Ingredients

    • 3 eggs
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 2/3 cup pumpkin
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    • ¾ cup flour
    • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon ginger
    • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
    • powdered sugar for sprinkling
Filling:
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs on high speed for 5 minutes. Slowly add the white sugar, pumpkin, and lemon juice and mix well. Add the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, ginger, and nutmeg and mix until combined.
  3. Grease and flour cookie sheet. Pour batter into a rectangular shape (don’t fill the sheet), leaving space on the sides for the batter to expand while cooking. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle ¼ cup powdered sugar on terrycloth towel.(I used papertowels)  I would put more just to ensure that your roll doesn’t stick to your cloth. Loosen roll with spatula and flip onto the towel. Gently roll with the towel rolled up inside it as well and let it cool in the fridge. This step is to get the pumpkin roll in the correct shape while cooling.
  5. While roll is cooling, prepare filling by mixing cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl. When roll has cooled in the fridge, unroll it, remove the towel, and spread the filling evenly inside. Roll it back up and refrigerate. It’s really hard to not crack the dough when rolling but if it does don’t stress because the cracks fix themselves when it refrigerates. Also, slightly dampening the cloth helps. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Cut into 1 inch slices to serve.

I overcooked mine so it came out not perfect circular but tasted fantastic!!! Success!

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Lemon Blossoms

As I prepared for the Second Contract with DCL, I was running around trying to finish all the things I wanted to do with my vacation. One of them was to make these Lemon cupcakes, a Paula Dean recipe. I love lemon desserts so I was quite excited to dig into this one. I got all the ingredients earlier in the week and then realized we had no lemon, so that one was a no go. The week flew by and all the sudden it was a day before I was supposed to leave at 5 am for my flight. The recipe called for four eggs and of course we only had three. So I looked up egg substitutes and used 1 tsp baking powder + 1 1/2 TBS water + 1 1/2 TBS oil. BAM! I had finished packing and this was the last thing to do on list. So at 10:30 the night before I was meant to leave I was baking these little rascals with the help of my best friend.

 

This recipe came out SO GREAT. Super easy and they were tasty with and without the glaze.

 

PAULA DEEN’S LEMON BLOSSOMS
1 (18.25 oz. box) yellow cake mix
1 (3.4 oz.) instant lemon flavored pudding mix (I used the cook and serve because that’s what I had on hand)
4 large eggs
3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon lemon zest (about 1 lemon)
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray miniature muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray (I like to use the cooking spray that has flour in it. I’ve never had a cake or muffin stick yet). In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, and 3/4 cup oil. Beat for 2 minutes. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the batter (I use the small Pampered Chef scoop) into each muffin tin, and bake for 12 minutes. Turn the cakes onto a cloth towel.
In a medium bowl, sift confectioners’ sugar. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, remaining 3 tablespoons oil, and water, stirring until smooth. Dip the cakes into the glaze while they are still warm, covering as much of the cake as possible. Place the cakes on a wire rack with wax paper underneath to catch the drips. Let the glaze set thoroughly before storing in an airtight container.

 

Thanks for this AWESOME recipe.

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Herman the German Friendship Cake

I saw this one of the many times I was scouring the internet, and I LOVED the idea. The concept is you make bread and it takes ten days, at the end of the ten days, you divide the batter into four, and give it to three friends, and bake a cake with it your self.

Here is the how to:

Herman the German Friendship Cake

It feels so cool to make this cake it is so Old Fashioned, and Fun! What a great way to bake, and realizing how timing is so important to baking. I am a bit nervous making the starter, but I think I did alright, I am on day three, and my herman is VERY bubbly, I think I added to much yeast… I have not decided who I am going to give my Herman portions too yet either, I want to make sure it is someone who can keep him alive!! I am hoping who ever I give it too, will give it back to me, so I can make more.

What is awesome about this, when it is finished, so will my Whole30, so I Will be able to enjoy the Cake! :)

I will keep updating as the ten days progress! Can’t wait to meet & eat Herman.

Update: The ten days is OVER! and so is Herman!  After ten days he was looking good and I baked him into a tasty cake!!

The cake has a very unique taste because it it is sourdough, and next time I would like to just bake the bread, and not add any ingredients.

 

Here is Herman before the oven

 

Herman all baked and tasty!

 

I divided Herman up and tried to decide on what Loved Ones would love him the most. First I picked Audrey and Amy (my baby cousins). They were SO EXCITED to receive herman. They were speaking of him as if he was a real person and Amy says “Look at his bubbles Lindsey HE IS SOOO CUTEE”

Here is Herman going home with Audrey and Amy- look how excited.

 

Her face covered in chocolate from Chocolate Peppermint cookies. 

The next person is Vavo! She loved the idea of it and thought it was so funny that I gave her a gift that she had to make. She said it was the most unique thing she has ever received.

 

There are so many other people I would like to give Herman to but I only have one more left, and no car :( so I am hoping herman makes it somewhere soon!

I hope Herman comes back to my one day, and we get to hear all about his new adventures!

 

Cookies and Cocktails

This was the name of my last event. Cookies and Cocktails. Here is the invite I sent out to everyone via FB:

So heres the deal, does anyone actually ever get to use all those recipes you PIN? NOW YA DO. This party idea came to me like a dream.

The concept is sort of based off of a Cookie Swap. Back in the day my family and I would make dozens of cookies and bring them for the family, We would all swap a dozen and come home with 8 do

zen cookies of what everyone else made. It was great fun.So why dont we try it out? on a much smaller scale. So the cookie swap will consist of everyone bringing 2 dozen cookies, this way you can swap a few cookies with everyone else this way your coming with a VARIETY of 2 dozen cookies. (if we dont eat them all at the party).SECOND PART: COCKTAILS. We’re getting older, time to explore more than just the sprite and flavored vodka. haha. There is a whole world out there of cocktails we have never tried. So find a cool cocktail recipe online make a pitcher of it, and bring it! If everyone brings a pitcher we will have a grand old time. Sipping and trying everyones concoctions!
I really wanted to make really great cookies and I thought long and hard about this decision. I decided on my classic Peppermint Cookies and also decided to take on Girl Scout Caramel Delights. Those cookies have quite a few steps but I had some time.
For the cocktail I knew it had to be blue, I love blue drinks. I found a variety of recipes online but decided to combine my own together.
I picked up a few little things at Michael’s because I wanted to make prizes. I got one dollar glitter crowns and used stickers I already had at home. I got a sugar cookie scented candle for the winner of best cookie, and then I soaked gummy bears in vodka. I thought it would be fun for people to have something to wear to show off their wins. haha.
I also was given flip flop drink charms because I used to be OBSESSED with flip flops. I got stickers and stuck everyones initials on the back of the drink charms with the help of Audrey and Amy. I then took the scrapbook paper I bought at Michaels and made name cards, to for each person who was coming. This way they could place their name on the cookies and cocktails they made so it would be easy when it came down to voting.
For voting I wrapped a box with wrapping paper and cut a hole in it for the ballot box, Cut scrapbook paper for the ballots. I made a list of the participants, and put it on a clipboard so I could easily tally when it came to the votes. When I throw a party I try to imagine everything that will be needed at the party so I dont spend the whole night running around for things. Example: a bucket of sweatshirts if I am having a party outside (someone always needs a sweatshirt). If I plan on playing games I have everything set. and ready to go. Just makes it more pleasant to be a party host!
My cookies I made were Caramel Delights and Peppermint Cookies. I was excited to see what everyone would bring. It was funny that it forced my non-baker friends to bake. One of my friends said ” I can’t believe you like to do this, it gives me so much anxiety” Other friends were very impressed with themselves that they were able to make something from scratch.
Here is the lay out of the cookie table: How delicious do all of these look?!
 My friend made so many different cookies. Like the non domestic Ash Pags who bought pre made cookies and filled them with frosting (caught ya). Brielle who frosted and decorated Oreos Halloween Style. Shannon who made the Pinterest S’more cookies. Ashcow some sort of sprinkly fudgey goodness. Toni, authentic Pizelli’s, because her mother owns a Pizelli iron. Erik had someone made tasty chocolate covered sugar cookies, and bertha cooked premade cooke dough (caught you too). Kels who made cup cookies peanut butter and chocolate chocolate, Sarah Andes Choco Mint Cookies, Ariana nutella cookies Morgan “dark and stormy” spice cookies with real rum in them and they WON best cookie. They were really tasty, and my personal fav just because I could see how much effort was put into them, Monika’s Pinata Cookie. These things were amazing, so I asked her to send me pics of them. They made noise when you shook them, I mean CMON and look a the color and THE BOWS! Bravo Monika, Bravo.
Cocktails were another great adventure. We called mine Slime, or Blue Lagoon, but we had so much of it, it was strong but tasty, and I froze the rest. It made a huge cocktail. Erik made some arnold palmer mix, that was delish. Ariana a cranberry margarita, Toni and winter sangria with cranberries and figs and other sautéed winter fruits. Ashcow made this delish Thin mint cookie martini that she mixed right there for us. IT was to DIE for. Bertha made apple cider and rum, ( I always love that) and Sarah made Love potion, which was vodka sherbert lemonade, it was yummy and won best cocktail! ( I think I am forgetting some).
I started my classic Cereal Box game, which is wear you have to pick up the cereal box with just your mouth, only having your feet on the ground, your arms, knees anything else can not touch. As the game progresses I cut the cereal box and make it shorter and harder.
Then we decided it was WAY to friggin hot in the basement so we moved out to the deck. A Deck party with Twinkle lights on October 5th, Can you believe it? I definitely did not mind.  Outside we played a humming game where I make team members stand far away from each other and when I scream go run and hum to their other team mate while the team mate tries to guess. It was hilarious.
Me with a crown too:
Byt the next day I ended up with so many cookies-so many cocktails left over, and it was so fun to see all my college friends again, make people step out of their comfort zone and throw together. We had a blast hanging out on the deck and enjoying cocktails.

Caramel Delights- A crowd pleasing cookie

So I wanted to make something different for my Cookie and Cocktails Party. I have been debating this cookie for a while now. It seemed like it had a lot of steps, but when actually making it, its painless. I got this recipe from Once Upon a Plate. They were so tasty and I LOVED EM!

Here’s the recipe-

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
up to 2 tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 350F
Mix all these ingredients together, and add the milk only if necessary. I didn’t use the milk :) The dough is a different dough, and very bread-like.
Roll out the dough and cut circles, the only circle cookie cutter I had was a large circle, I tried different things to cut out the middle, and the only one I found that worked well was the cap of a high lighter. hahaha. This dough can be fragile, but can be easily mended back together. Bake for 10- 12 minutes or until golden.
The recipe says to cover in chocolate after putting the coconut topping on, but I thought this was silly. So I dipped the bottoms in melted chocolate from Michaels. Heres a tip, melt the chocolate in a large LID! Rather than a bowl, this way its large and flat, and works perfect covering these cookies, you can dip both sides, but I dipped one side, let is set, and then rolled it in the chocolate to cover the sides and a little but if the tops that way if the coconut filling didn’t reach the end, you wouldn’t see the bare cookie. I DEFINITELY. recommend covering in chocolate before putting on the topping. I used one bag of chocolate melts and this was enough.
Topping:
3 cups shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
12-ounces good-quality chewy caramels
Melt caramels in the microwave, for 3-4 minutes and stir in the coconut. I missed the part of the recipe where it said to TOAST the coconut, OOPS, but it came out still delish, so if you’d like to toast the coconut before, heres the deal:
Spread coconut evenly on a rimmed baking sheet and toast 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until coconut is golden. Watch carefully, especially near the end of toasting time; the coconut toasts very quickly once it begins to become golden.
I used a tablespoon for each cookie and spread with my finger and it got very messy.
After the coconut has set, pipe some chocolate and drizzle over the cookies for a last good looking look!
Worth all the extra steps for these cookies :)

THE TASTIEST Bar you could take to a party- Pick Up Bars- Ooiee Gooey Marshmallow Caramel

I got this Recipe from the Domestic Rebel

I had left over caramel sauce from my White Trash Cake . When this came up on my reader, I thought it would be the perfect way use up the rest of the carmel sauce so I didn’t have to watch my brother dip his entire apple and let it run down his chin anymore.

These bars WERE. SO. DELISH. Just the right kind of consistency, it tasted so wonderful. So Goo-ey melt in your mouth. I HIGHLY recommend these. These will be accompanying me to every party I attend that requires bringing food. I mean this one is REALLY up there.

I also had a very interesting day, these bars will always remind me of this day. It was rainy, so I decided to sit and read, and blog, but of course my day was taken over by blogging, then I decided I needed to go to Target, to pick supplies, to bake things, to blog, obviously. First of all I was food shopping in Target-even though I rarely do this because in Stop and Shop I know where everything is, they have everything I need, I use the easy shopper and get gas points. But I didn’t feel like making the two minute drive to stop and shop becuase I was already in Target. So while looking for my ingredients and cringing every time I looked at the price, I kept running into this STUPID COUPLE. They were standing in the baking aisle, basically making out. This means I couldn’t get to the cake mixes, or the chocolate chips, or anything I needed to make these bars, I stood there, waited, and I couldn’t TAKE IT ANYMORE. In between the disgusting kissing, the girl was like “what do you need to make cookies?”. I almost slapped her. She picked up a Cookie Mix. Then they were with me in the butter isle, geting a small butter, and then eggs, only picking six eggs. In my way in every aisle. Going home so they could “bake” cookies together. They DROVE ME NUTS, First of all PEOPLE. thats not baking, baking ur dumb cookie mix and thinking your so cute baking your little cookies together and being a couple. Who doesn’t already have eggs and butter?

On the drive home my car just stopped working. just stopped, in the middle of a road/ intersection happened to be on my street. My brother and my dad were both out of town which left me basically stranded. My uncle joe, who is my neighbor came to save me. Luckily there is still nice people in the world. Which is always a wonderful reminder and makes me want to help others when someone helps you! I was not stopped for one minute before a nice man pulled over and said he would really like to help me be pushed out of the street. He was young and cute. maybe my soul mate. probably not. Then another women stopped and asked if I needed help but my Uncle Joe was on his way, and he got there in like 2.2 seconds

Did I mention it was raining? So we decided the car was dead. He drove me home and I promptly baked these bars. Even though this whole thing really didn’t put me in a bad mood at all. I decided yesterday that I was going to sell my car before I went and worked on the cruise, and someone already wanted to buy it. So it was only fitting that it broke down. Now its the age old question- fix it, or scrap it. Who knows. But this dessert is seriously a great pick me up. So I am going to call them Pick up bars, they can pick up and funk you find yourself in. The bar made of cake mix was so awesome. So much better than a blondie brownie, they were nice and moist.

Heres the recipe:

1 box yellow cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 bag miniature marshmallows- I only used half the bag
1 & 1/2 cups butterscotch chips
About 1/2 cup caramel sundae sauce

Very simple, Mix cake mix eggs butter sugar in a bowl. Place in 9×13 greased pan. Bake at 350 for 18 minutes, until golden brown and just starting to harden in the middle.

Take out and pour butterscotch chips and marshmallows over the whole thing and place back into the oven for five minutes or until marshmallows are puffy. I did this, and then put my broil on high and toasted the top of the marshmallows and I was so proud of the golden brown toast I got on them. Usually when toasting marshmallows, which is always the final step in any recipe, I burn them, and then all the hard work on the recipe before it is RUINED.

After its cooled Drizzle on the caramel sauce. DELISH. I can’t get enough. EVERYBODY needs to try before they die.

Success!