Tuesday, May 26, 2009

{TWD} Chipster Topped Brownies

It is Tuesday once again and that means bakers from around the world are baking the same recipe from Dorie Greenspans Baking from My Home to Yours. This weeks recipe was Chipster Topped Brownies. I think I could have eaten the brownie batter all by myself. I of course had a little help from my diabetic father in law. He surprised me by wanting to polish off the batter in the bowl and on the beaters. Since Bobby is paranoid about eating raw dough I just figured he would be as well. I was wrong. Apparently he is on a see food diet. :)

You know how Paula Deen LOVES butter? Well, I accidentally put in 4 extra tablespoons of butter when I was mixing up the cookie dough. How does that happen one might ask. Attention to detail I tell ya! I pulled out 4 sticks of butter, 2 for the brownies and 1 and a half for the cookie dough. I forgot to cut the 4th stick in half though and just dumped it all in. I realized it when everything was mixed op and I was ready to spoon the cookie dough over the brownie base. Oh well, we love butter at our house too. This was definitely not a low calorie treat! In addition to the 4 extra accidental tablespoons of butter I put baking m&ms on the brownies instead of walnuts (much to my hubbys disappointment...mental note: pick up walnuts) and put butterscotch chips in the cookies instead of bittersweet. Thank you to Beth from Supplicious for choosing this delicious recipe. You can find the recipe on her blog. Everyone in my house loved these and so far at work they have been a hit as well. The extra butter doesn't seem to matter to anyone...who knows about it, and these are perfect with a little scoop of ice cream! Yum!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

{TWD} Fresh Mango Muffins

Back in the late 80's early 90's when I was in Jr. High I remember going to the student store and buying Koala soda. I think it was around 50 cents and came in flavors like Mango and Passionfruit. I loved that soda. I wonder when it stopped being made.

I have tried Mango slushy and other mango flavored items and have always like them. However, I am not really a fan of the actual Mango fruit. It seems to leave a bit of a bitter aftertaste. I did know I wanted to try this recipe though.
I replaced ginger with Allspice due to the ginger in my cabinet smelling...not like ginger. This was also supposed to be a loaf of bread but it was supposed to bake for and hour and a half. I decided to make Mango Muffins instead. I subbed milk chocolate chips for the raisins and forgot the lime zest. I guess I didn't really forget it, my lime was rotting and I didn't bother with a lemon.

24 muffins in the over and 20 minutes later I had a nice batch of Fresh Mango Muffins. I really thought I would be taking this whole batch to work with me tomorrow due to my hubbys dislike for cooked fruit. He surprised me by eating one and really liking it. My daughter kind of liked them and my son LOVED these. He wanted to eat them instead of his actual dinner.
Can you believe it? I am actually posting on Tuesday...only because I had the entire day off. :)
This recipe is a keeper!! Thank you to Kelly of Baking with the Boys for choosing this weeks recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie. You can find the recipe on her blog!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

{TWD} Tartest Lemon Tart

I think this may be the 4th week in a row that that I have not posted on time (even though I have finally gotten them posted). I have come to love this group of bakers and baking all kinds of things I never thought I would be able to. Of course it makes me feel a little lame when I don't get my baking down on time.

Want to hear my excuse this time? Um...well.... I was planning on making this delicious tart this morning and posting this afternoon. Guess what? I woke up to sewer water spewing out of a pipe in my basement. So, instead of baking my tart this morning I am waiting on the plumber to come and rotorooter the pipes.

Fun fun fun! Hopefully I can post before next weeks Mango bread!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009


I think I am suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder today. The lack of sunshine in addition to the birds in our tree squawking at 5 am makes one tired unhappy mama. I could not remove myself from my bed this morning and this feeling of "blah" has just hung over me all day. I am planning on going to bed early tonight. Maybe the sun will come out and make me happy again.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

{TWD} Tiramisu Cake

Tiramisu has never been a dessert I thought I would attempt at home. It has always seemed so froufy and intimidating to make. Thanks to Tuesdays with Dorie I get to overcome my fear of this dessert this week. And who could resist taking the time to make it when you have help like this?

After checking out the questions section for the week people said not to skip the coffee or the alcohol in this. I don't drink coffee or alcohol really so both are not a staple in our house. I do however have Grand Marnier left over from another recipe. Fining Mascarpone was interesting. I was looking right at it at Kroger when the deli lady had to come over and point it out to me. It said Mozzerella on it in big letters and Mascarpone in little letters. I guess that shows my novice baker status all the more. :)

Target was my store of choice for espresso powder because of course Target is going to carry it. Since I was planning on using the Grand Marnier I decided to go with instant Orange Cappuchino for the coffee "pick me up" that the recipe calls for.
My little guy was all about helping me this morning. He did an excellent job of mixing while I cracked eggs and measured vanilla. He is like my own little KitchenAid Stand Mixer! He did like a beater...one tiny little lick annouced it was good and promptly stuck the beater in the sink. Cute boy.

The cakes came out of the oven looking lovely and ready to be frosted. But alas, I had to go to work. So as of right now, the cakes await at home while I sit at work. Hopefully I will get home early enough to put the rest of the Tiramisu together so the flavors can meld tonight. If it turns out as delicious as I hope it will this may be a go to dessert for get togethers! I do have a couple of photos to add of the finished product when my card reader returns to me soon. After frosting the cake last night I had about a cup of left over deliciousness left over. I threw in a few milk chocolate chips and enjoyed a few bites straight off the spoon. My husband took one bite and made a face...not a happy face. He is not a coffee fan so the orange capuccino didn't appeal to him all that much.

My kiddos ate a few bites this morning and really really like it. I saved a big chunk for them and a big chunk for me and Bobby to share and brought the rest to work. I rock... :)

Thanks to Megan from My Baking Adventures for choosing this fun recipe for this week!

This was a hit with my co-workers! Everyone loved it and even said they may request it in the future! :)

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Boys vs. Girls

If people try to tell you that boy are not different than girls, they have obviously never been around children. Here is a real life example for you from our day.
We went to a little boys birthday party this afternoon. He was turning 6 and there was a much higher ratio of boys to girls. It was supposed to take place at the park but got moved inside due to rain. The adults stood in the back blowing up balloons for the kids to play with. Before we even finished a couple of balloons popped. This turned into a game of who could pop the balloons the fastest and grabbing them from unsuspecting people. I look over to see my daughter in hysterical tears. When I went over to see what the problem was she was holding 3 yellow balloons. No one had grabbed balloons from her but she was so upset because she was trying to make a yellow family of balloons. She did not understand why the boys wanted to pop all of the them, and why destroying them made them so happy. I pulled her outside so we could talk as she was really starting to make a scene. I explained to her that I understood that she was imagining the little yellow family of balloons but boys like to destroy things. I "rescued" the 3 balloons she had by putting them in the car and she was happy again.

On a different note, I saw Little Man stand up for himself...to an adult! When all of the kids lined up for the pinata he got shoved out of line. There was a mom there that was pretty pushy. She pointed at Little Man and told him to go to the back of the line. He looked right at her and said "he pushed me!" She said "oh, he did? well go to the back of the line". He walked back there since the other kids were not letting him back in line. Munchkin saw all of it and left her spot 4th from the front to be back there with him. My heart leapt for joy at that all of that. One that he stood up for himself and two that she went with him as a protector. My kids love each other and just little gestures like that give me hope for the times when they are biting each others heads off.

Anyway, boys and girls are inherently different no matter what anyone says!