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Super Bowl Eats

I’m honestly not into football.  I only go to Super Bowl parties to eat tasty food, hang out with my friends, ooo and ahh at the commercials, and watch the halftime show.  Even though I grew up in the Boston area & think Tom Brady is a hunk, I still probably won’t be watching much of the game this year.  For those of you who are planning your Super Bowl foods, here are some fun ideas I’ve come across…

 

 Mini Football Cupcakes…um, how adorable are these?! 
From: Project Domestication

Patriots Cake
From: Coolest Birthday Cakes

Chili & Grilled Cheese Footballs
From: FamilyFun 

Football Deviled Eggs
From: Southern Living 

Football Shaped Proscuitto & Asiago Rice Cakes
From: Hungry Happenings 

Ultimate Snack Food Stadium…Wow, this thing has just about everything!
From: Holytaco 

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Fun with Fruit Friday…Yogurt & Mixed Berry Filled Puff Pastries

With all the rich foods served around the holidays, I decided I’d make a dessert that wouldn’t totally consist of butter.  After a little research, I couldn’t find what I was looking for, so I made a recipe up: Puff Pastries filled with yogurt and a mixed berry compote.

Ingredients & materials: 
1/2 32 oz container vanilla yogurt
12 oz bag assorted frozen berries
1 box puff pastry shells
ground cinnamon
4 tbl honey or sugar
whipped cream or whipped topping

cookie sheet
medium sauce pan
large spoon

Serving Size: 8-12 puff pastry shells

Puff Pastry Shells:
I used Pepperidge Farm & followed the instructions on the box: remove the tops of the shells, put on cookie sheet & heat in oven per box directions.  Set aside to cool at least 15-20 minutes.

Berry Compote:

  • 4 tablespoons honey  (or sugar, to taste)
  • Sprinkle of ground cinnamon
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag assorted frozen berries

To prepare compote: put the berries in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add honey & cinnamon; bring to a light boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated & remove from heat w/lid. Keep warm, but not hot.

 

Once the pastry shells have cooled, add a scoop of vanilla yogurt into the bottom of each shell, filling about 1/4

Fill the rest of the shell with the berry compote.

Put the pastry shell tops on top of the berry compote & add whipped cream or whipped topping to the shell…Can also be served with ice cream!

Enjoy!

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Fun with Frosting Friday… Twilight Themed Cake

I wouldn’t call myself a “Twi-Hard” by any means… I’ve seen all the Twilight movies, but that was because of a friend of mine, who I would probably classify as a Twi-Hard.  For a going-away party for this friend, I decided to make a Twilight themed cake for her. I did some surfing & came across this Twilight cake, which I did my best to imitate.  I only vaguely remembered this saying in the movie, but she seemed to like it!  Here’s how it turned out:

Ingredients/Tools:

Apple Cake:
Red frosting dye
Green frosting dye
3/4 tub White frosting (you may need 1 tub, depending on how much frosting you like on the cake…)
1 box cake mix

Lion & Lamb:
1/4-1/2 tub white frosting
2 green Mini M&M’s
2 red Mini M&M’s
2 blue Mini M&M’s
Tube black decorator’s gel
1/4 cup coconut
3-4 candy hearts
Yellow frosting dye
White frosting

Misc tools: 
Frosting tips (Wiltons #3 & #352)
Frosting bag (reusable)
9×13 cake pan
Mixing bowls

Here’s how I made it:

Baked a chocolate cake in a large pan

Allowed to cool for 20-30 minutes

Cut out the cake in an apple shape (see above)

With some of the scraps, I cut out two small circles, about the size of a regular cupcake.
Another option would have been to pour a little batter into 2 cupcake tins when baking the cake.

My scraps

I then added some red dye to white frosting & frosted the cake.  I unfortunately did not have enough red dye, so my frosting ended up looking a little pink…again…I really need to work on getting some good red frosting dye!!

After I finished frosting the cake, I took a damp paper towel and wiped down the sides of the plate.

For the apple’s leaves, I added some green dye to about 1/3 a cup of white frosting & put it into a frosting bag w/a 352 Wilton tip.

While I was mixing, I also mixed 1/4 a cup of white frosting with yellow dye for one of the cupcakes.

Since it was my first time making leaves with this tip, I did a couple practice leaves on a piece of paper, then on the apple.

With the remainder of my white frosting, I used a #3 Wilton tip to do the writing “So the lion fell in love with the lamb” on the cake & added some red candy hearts for added decoration.

I then frosted the 2 cupcakes – one white and the other yellow.

For the lion’s mane, I added some yellow dye to a small handful of coconut.

To decorate the lion: I sprinkled the coconut around the edge, added 2 green mini M&M’s for his eyes, 2 red mini M&M’s for the nose, an upside down candy heart for the mouth & black decorator’s gel for the whiskers.

For the lamb: I sprinkled coconut over the top, then added two pink candy hearts for the ears, 2 blue mini M&M’s for the eyes, a pink candy for the nose & black decorator’s gel for the mouth.

The finished cake…sorry for the poor photo quality!

I think my lamb & lion came out amazing…I just wish I could say the same for the apple cake…Oh well, better luck next time!

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Thanksgiving Yum’s

I’m going to be taking a (much-needed) vacation this week – from work & my blog.  Since it is Thanksgiving week, here are some recommendations for Thanksgiving dishes, if you’re still in search…

Appetizers & pre-meal snacks:

The key is to serve appetizers that won’t be too heavy & spoil everyone’s appetite for the main meal!

The Stir gave some great ideas on their website for 5 Simple Thanksgiving Appetizers using seasonal ingredients: Recipes

Blue Cheese and Walnut Spread from Martha Stewart

Fruit Gobbler from FamilyFun

Side Dishes:

Caramelized Sweet Potato, Beet & Goat Cheese from the TravelBite

7 Layer Side I made last Thanksgiving
(green bean casserole, gravy, mashed potatoes, candied pecans, sweet potato, Copes Corn, Stuffing)

Desserts:

Turkey Cupcakes I made last Thanksgiving

Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

Turtle Pumpkin Cheesecake by cbsop

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Fun with Frosting Fail….Spider cupcakes….

My failed cactus cake (what not to do) post from last year gets a lot of hits…My struggle seems to be amusing, so I guess I’ll provide some more amusement with my FAILED spider cupcakes…

Last weekend my boyfriend and I hosted a Halloween party in our condo.  We’ve been doing a lot of painting & renovations, so it was also an excuse to have our friends come over and see what we’ve been up to.  Over the past couple of months, when we haven’t been re-arranging, painting or fixing up old piece of furniture, we’ve been away.  Realizing that we were about to have a whole bunch of people over, I started stressing out about the fact that our office still hadn’t been painted and it looked like a child had gone to town on our walls with all of the paint sample streaks all over the walls.  It took me forever to decide what color I wanted, so the walls looked horrible.  I got it into my head that I wanted to paint before our party, so the stubborn person I am – we painted!  We started Friday night.  Our party was Saturday night.  I know, I know…crazy idea.  By the way, after all my paint sample stressing, my boyfriend ended up just going to the store and getting a discounted bucket of paint…thankfully I love the color & will be posting photos soon!

So why did I just go on a tangent telling you about my painting struggles?  Needless to say, we finished painting two coats in the office (it looks sooo good), moved all the furniture back in & put the closet back together…but it didn’t exactly leave me a ton of time to cook for our party…Ooops.  I had decided that I wanted to make just about all the things that I posted on my Halloween Party foods, too.  Once again, yes I can be a little crazy sometimes & put too much on my plate…I at least know this about myself.  I almost always get what I want done, but occasionally things don’t always come out as planned: case & point…my spider cupcakes.

Issue #1: I bought the wrong licorice.  I thought I was buying pull & peel Twizzlers & turned out that I bought Chocolate Twizzlers, instead.  Chocolate Twizzlers don’t “peel” in any way, shape or form.  In the photos you can see that I did try to make legs out of the Chocolate Twizzlers & failed miserably.

Issue #2: I was so wrapped up in cooking my other foods that I forgot to switch the cupcakes half-way through on the racks in the oven.  
NOTE: It is important to switch the bottom rack and top rack items half-way through to encourage an even distribution of heat, thus helping your cupcakes not be undercooked on the top & overcooked on the bottom, for example (which is what happened to me)

Issue #3: I ran out of chocolate sprinkles.  I made due with what I had, but without legs & chocolaty fuzzy goodness, my spiders ended up looking very weird & very patchy.  Bald spiders without legs anyone?  

Thankfully it was Halloween weekend, so the cupcakes still looked creepy, just not in the respect that I was hoping for…in the spider form!

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These were what I was going for & failed:

Spider Cupcakes by Bakerella

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Pumpkins, pumpkins…everywhere!

Blame it on the Autumn leaves falling or the pumpkin displays in front of the stores around town – I have been on a major pumpkin kick lately!  I even went out on a mission yesterday afternoon to find a pumpkin cupcake…thankfully I found a delicious one at New Moon Cafe!  Unfortunately, this didn’t fully fulfill my pumpkin craving, so I have collected a few creative pumpkin recipes to try.  

Click on the photos for the recipe

Appetizers:

Pumpkin Pie Dip by Sugar & Spice & Frugal Advice

Fried Pumpkin Ravioli by The Hip Hostess

Roasted Pumpkin on a stick
(drizzle oil, sprinkle herbs & bake in 350 oven 30-40 min)

Meals:

Roasted Pumpkin Salad from ExclusivelyFood

Thai Pumpkin Satay from CooksRecipes

Savory Pumpkin Tart with Aged Cheddar by CooksRecipes

Roasted Pumpkin Whole Wheat Pizza by LaDue & Crew


Desserts:

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting from The Yuca Diaries

Pumpkin Pie Cookie Bites by AndreasRecipes

Mini Pumpkin Tarts by FamilyFun

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Fun Finds…Halloween Party Snacks & Desserts

I’ve been scouring the internet for recipes to serve at my Halloween party this weekend…Here are some of my finds!

Appetizers:

Cheesy Goblin Head from Better Homes & Gardens

Hot Dog Mummies from FamilyFun.com

Salty Bones from FamilyFun.com

Fingers and toes from Martha Stewart

Spider Web 7-Layer Dip from Divine Dinner Party

Desserts:

Spider Cupcakes by Bakerella

Halloween Cupcakes from Bakerella

Gingerbread Skeletons from FamilyFun.com

Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie from FamilyFun.com

Candy Corn Cookies from Martha Stewart

 

Happy Halloween....

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