Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Cookies!!

My Grandmother gave me a special cake/cookie pan and these are the cookies that Olivia and I made and decorated.  These were sugar cookies.  This recipe came with the the pan.

These are gingerbread cookies that my friend, Erika and I made.  Here is the recipe.  It is really yummy dough.  I think the lemon makes it taste extra good!
3 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 TABLESPOON ground Ginger
1 3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
6 TBS butter
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 molasses
2 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest (the best part)
1 -2 TBS water

Mix all together. Let dough stand at room temperature for 2 hours

Preheat oven to 375
rollout and cut with cookie cutters. Bake for 7-10 mins. Decorate and EAT!

Pictures of cakes I have recently made

This was my very first cake.  I used a star candle that was on a little stick.  I know this looks like it is for right now (Christmas) but I actually made it in September!

This was actually my next real cake.  This was the practice cake for the cake decorating contest that was part of the cake decorating class I took at Woodland Enrichment Program.  I brought this cake to my Gram's church supper.  Notice the roses?  I made the grass using a confetti tip.

This is me with my "First Place Winning Cake".  Notice the first place necklace!  I made a cake with autumn leaves, a rake, grass and a fence.  Everyone else made a cake with roses, or a rainbow or Wizard of Oz...but I wanted to show how you can mix colors as you decorate so my leaves had green, red, orange and yellow in them.  I also made a little pile of cake and covered it with these leaves.  If you look closely there is one rose on the side and a rake on the top.  

This is the cake I made for my mom and my brother for their birthday.  It had roses and pansies on it.  
I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the cakes I've been making. 

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Peanut goodies

This is that recipe that I told you about... here it is:
You will need:
Double boiler
Big tray or cookie sheet
waxed paper

8 ounces  of any chocolate
1/2 pound roasted spanish peanuts
Step 1

Cut a sheet of waxed paper
the size of the tray or cookie
sheet you will use.  Place paper
on tray or the cookie sheet.

Step 2 
put 2 inches of water in bottom
of double boiler. Break up chocolate.
Melt in top of double boiler.

Step 3
Remove top of double boiler from
heat.  Add peanuts to melted chocolate.
Mix together thoroughly. 

Step 4
Use 2 spoons to drop mixture
 onto waxed paper. Chill to set
 chocolate. Store in a cool place
Makes 36 pieces
These are chocolate-peanut candies you can have ready in next to no time! If you make the candies small, about bite size, you'll avoid gooey fingers when you are eating them.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Listen to Gabe Saves The Day

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This Recipe is so COOL! (It uses Ice Cream!)

Here is a recipe for these really yummy ice-creame pops
treat friends to chilly lollipops! They're a good excuse for a party. Label each handle with the name of a guest and use them for place cards if you like.
you will need 4 wooden spoons 
vanilla ice cream 
2 five ounce milk chocolate bars 
1/4 cup of shortening
1/2 cup of chopped nuts
take out 
sharp knife,
shallow pan,
measuring cups,
double boiler,
small bowl,
table knife.
step 1
 write names on spoons.
cut ice cream in half .cut
eache piece in half again.
step 2
stick a wooden spoon in each piece. place in a shallow pan. freeze until vary hard
step 3
put 2 inches water in bottom of double boiler. melt chocolate and shortening in top. mix. cool till warm 
step 4
spread chocolate on one side of pop. dip in nuts at once. repeat on other sides, bottom. store in freezer.
I wanted to make this recipe but we did not have a double boiler.  We tried melting the chocolate in a pan that was sitting in another pan of water.  It sort-of worked but not really that great.  One day my mom came home from grocery shopping and she said, "I have a surprise for you..."  and I somehow knew what it was IT WAS A NEW DOUBLE BOILER! And I have used it a couple times now with peanut goodies witch we will talk about later ...And I love it!  And as you can see, my little sister LOVED the ice cream treats!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

My favorite pizza

I am beginning to be a cook and one of my favorite things to cook is a pizza recipe that I made up myself!  
Here it is:
 2 freezer rolls for each person
 Ragu sauce (or any other pizza sauce )
 shredded cheese (I like to use cheddar)
put any toppings you like (my mom likes vegetables on it)   bake at 400 degrees for about 10 - 15 minutes.
 Heres how I got the idea.  One day I was making rolls with my mom (and a bunch of other things.)   I nibbled on a piece of dough and said, "This tastes like pizza dough!" so I decided to make a personal pizza and thus the recipe was born!  So first I stretched out one of the thawed out pieces of dough and made it into a small pizza.   On another day, I stuffed the pizza sauce and pepperoni into the dough and baked it.  It also had cheese in it.  This is actually called a "Stromboli".  My dad likes the pizza better than the Stromboli.    My grandma likes the Stromboli.  My mom really wants me to start making mine with vegetables like she does but I am not too big on vegetables.  Pizza sauce is made of tomatoes so at least that is a start!