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Garbage Pail Cookies

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So I chose Garbage Pail cookies for two reasons, it had M &Ms in them (yum) and it had crushed up potato chips in them (odd). First of all let me tell you trying to find Mini M &Ms is a pain! I had to go to FOUR different grocery stores! A lot of this recipe was prep. I chopped a whole bag of those snack sized bag of salted peanuts then put them aside. Then I got out my awesome Cars ziplock bag and started to crush up my chips. It was more effective to use a rolling-pin I found out. I soften my whole stick of butter in the microwave for about 19ish seconds. I then measured out my Reeces peanut butter chips & poured about three and 1/4th of the M&M tubes and I was pretty much set. I preheated the oven to 350 then beat the white cake mix(with pudding added in), butter, eggs (pretty clean), cinnamon in a bowl. And I almost made the mistake of using almond extract instead of vanilla! :( But I figured it out just as I was about to add it. It was the smell that gave it away. I beat that for about two minutes. Then with a rubber scraper I mixed in first the peanuts, then the Reeces Peanut butter chips, then M & Ms the more I added the more of an arm workout I got. The potato chips were last and made it pretty difficult, Once I got it how I wanted it I got out my scooper. For the first batch I tested out the cookies, to see how big they would get just to make sure they wouldn’t touch. They were fine. So for the remaining batches I added more cookies on the tray at a time. These cookies turned out ok. To me they seemed like a cookie you would eat at a party but not go back for more. They weren’t nasty but they weren’t awesome. I don’t think I will end of making these ones again but if you want the recipe message me. :D

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Chicken and Dumpling Casserole

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So I was suppose to actually make this dinner like a week ago.. but I had to stay late for work & then I just had a bunch of plans so anyway! My mother told me we had everything I needed for this recipe and I didn’t have to pick anything up on the way home from work. Oh wrongo was she. I needed basil, chicken broth, Bisquick and peas… so off to Albertsons I went. When I got home I started on the prep. Onions were chopped, with the practically useless chopper. Then the celery and cloves. I love putting my preped stuff in bowls so I feel like I’m on a cooking show! My mother was a sweetie and put my chicken in the fridge to defrost for me. It was to be cut it up in cubes. This went well :) The chicken was perfect! Not to frozen not too thawed. I then realized that the recipe called for cooked chicken & didn’t walk you through that part so I just cooked it up in a pan. It was then brought to my attention that I needed two more cans of chicken broth. And I WAS NOT going back to the store. Will I ever learn?! So my mother got creative, she took the juices from the pan added it with some bullion and water and tada! Homemade chicken broth. I then got down to busniess…to sauteed… the onion ;) and celery in the butter. It smelled and looked weird. After that was tender I added the garlic. And burnt it a little. Then came the flour, sugar ( yes sugar..) salt, pepper ad basil. When I cook I seriously thing I am doing it wrong the whole entire time.This was a huge blob. Not appetizing in any way. Then I added our homemade chicken broth and realized my pan was going to be way to small for what I needed to do. In the directions it says to pour all four cups into the pan, the peas and the chicken. So instead what I did was add half of the broth and the peas in the pan and cooked those as I was suppose to. With the rest of the broth and chicken I placed them into the casserole dish, and just mixing it this way. I was hoping that since I didn’t boil half of the broth it wasn’t going to become something nasty.So after I boiled the broth, the mixture and peas for five minutes I added it to the dish and mixed. We then thought to add some more celery since I think I chopped up mine too small. Now on for the dumplings! They were very simple. Just Bisquick, basil & milk. I plopped them on and baked it for 30 minutes, then for ten more covered with tin foil. My mama also made a yummy fruit salad to go with. She has some special idk spice (?) that she added to it (along with sugar). Very good. Chicken and Dumpling Casserole went over very well with the boys. I had to make sure there was some left over for my dads dinner. They were big fans of the broth. It smelled very good and tasted delicious! Lets see next time I make this (i say this every time) I will make sure I have everything….. Also I am going to have to buy a new chopper because ours is horrible! Yay! My mother always likes when I cook for two reasons, she doesn’t have to and we get to try out new things. Had a stress free cooking experience and had some nice hangout time with my Mama!  Message me if you want the recipe

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Blue Suede Cupcakes

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So I wanted to make some sort of dessert because I had planned on going to a bible study for the first time in a while and I wanted to bring something. I looked through The Cupcake bible & tried to find a recipe that I wouldn’t have to buy too many items for. I found the blue suede recipe. It had a lot of the same ingredients as the red velvet, but there was cream cheese. Later on I found out it is exactly the same as red velvet just with blue dye and the cream cheese was for making the frosting from scratch.I decided that I was going to make them mini size just to try them out like that. I put on my super cute Minnie Mouse apron my Gramma got me then like last time I did the dry ingredients, then stirred the food coloring into the cocoa powder.It was more of a teal color than I thought it was going to be. This time I was more careful to not make a huge mess, but of course I still got some on the counter :( Then the butter milk & vanilla. I forgot I had my awesome Mickey Mouse measuring spoons! I beat the sugar and butter for 4 minutes then the icky eggs. Then I mixed in the cocoa mix into the sugar mix. Now what I didn’t realize last time, in the directions it says to alternate with adding the buttermilk and the flour mix into the sugar mix. Last time I did all the flour and then all the buttermilk. Opps. Well at least I did it right this time. Then the baking soda & vinegar got folded into the blue mix.  I baked them for about 10 minutes. For the frosting I didn’t want to make it from scratch and I still had a whole can of it from the red velvet recipe so I just used that. I added some blue food coloring to make it blue. Then came the long task of frosting them all. I got better as I went along, but I still think frosting mini cupcakes are harder than regular sized ones. I decorated them with blue sugar :D Next time I make these I will make them regular sized, I’m not sure why but they seem like they aren’t right, they were good, but just not good enough. I’m thinking it may have to do with the fact that they were mini and maybe the size matters with this recipe. I’m not sure. Also with the dark blue color its kinda hard to see when they are done. I think I burnt a few of them :/ opps. But they turned out fine. Oh and the blue die stained my hands way worse then the red. Mesage me if you want the recipe.

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Red Velvet Cupcakes

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So my brothers new girlyfriend asked to bake with me sometime, so we decided on the red velvet cupcake rescipe. When she arrived we took a quick stop at Albertsons and picked up a few things we didn’t have at the house. They literally only had Albertson brand cream cheese frosting (which we found rather odd). We also bought coca powder & buttermilk & a chocolate bar for decoration. When we get back we decided what caking cups we want (animal print) and get to work. First we combined the flour & salt. Then we measured out the cocoa power. The directions then state gradually stir food coloring into cocoa in a small bowl until blending and smooth. And what we got was not. We then realized we needed two 1oz bottles of red flood coloring & with all the red we had most likely only added up to 1oz. So off to the store we went. She had to drive this time since it might have been a very bad idea if I drove at this point. I was still wearing my apron. And to add to the fun of going back we could not find the food coloring! It wasn’t by the baking stuff, it was by the spices :( We also picked up some snacks.  Then back to the cocoa & flood coloring. This time it worked rather lovely. A very deep red. In another bowl we combined the buttermilk and vanilla. Then with an electric beater we beat the sugar and butter for four minutes. This seemed like a long time, but by the end it was very light and fluffy. Then came the nasty eggs, one at a time of course. We then added the red cocoa  mix to it. It was very odd looking!  Then the flour mixture. It started to look like ground beef, this really grossed Sarah out. Ok this next part we both thought was rather odd. In a bowl I mixed vinegar & baking soda, it bubbled. It said to gold into the batter and to no used the mixer. After all of that the batter looked very red and grainy. Very odd! We baked them for 20 minutes then repeated. Once they were cooled I frosted them then came the chocolate! Since my mother isn’t a big fan of coconut ( that’s what the recipe called for to top it with) I thought we could top it with chocolate. So what I did was use a potato peeler & carved out some chocolate for decoration! I was rather proud of myself at this point haha. These cupcakes were amazing! My brother ate one after the other, my parents loved them, my pharmacist loved hers too! I will most defiantly make these another time! I don’t think I wold do anything different with making them, just make sure I have all that I need so I don’t have to make more than one trip :D Oh and not to make a mess with the food die. Opps. Oh if you want the recipe just message me!

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Chicken in Lemon & Garlic

Dinner! I had to go grocery shopping today for dinner. I picked up chicken breasts (I’m learning what is a good price per pound), an onion (I later found out we had some) two lemons & spanish olive oil. I couldn’t find fresh flat leaf parsley. Also I learned there is a difference between spanish & regular olive oil. Haha regular is healthier. Opps. I also picked up some bread. Before I started the chicken I used our special lemon tool. After that was done I started to cut up the chicken. I think I am getting better at cutting chicken. But I’m still paranoid that I’m going to cut my finger & get blood in the chicken. Ew. My dad asked for lots of chicken so I used the whole pack. It was a huge pile!I put rice in the rice cooker hoping everything would finish around the same time. I then cut up half the onion. I cut it up with a knife and thought if I used the chopper it would get pretty small. The chopper kinda sucked ( I used my dads mallet to chop since I have weak little arms) so I cut it up more with that knife then put it into a pan with the spanish olive oil & cooked that for 5 min. Then I added the chopped up garlic. Then added my beautiful chicken. I was supposed to  stir it untill all ingredients are lightly browned and then the issue. There was WAY too much liquid in the bottom so it wasn’t browning. So I tried to get some of it out with a turkey 

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  but it was taking too long. So my mom showed me how she gets rid of excess of liquid. During this I asked my brother to juice the lemons. He did it the ghetto way. I then added the lemon zest & juice and mixed everything together.  I buttered the bread & put it in the oven. I put salt & pepper on the chicken. Done! :D I put everything on the table then realized I forgot the parsley. Opps. I always forget something. So I added it after. The chicken was very good! The whole family loved it. My moms only complaint was that I didn’t make a vegetable to go with dinner. I liked it, I just was stressed out while I was making it so that kinda was a bummer.

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Knifty Knitter Flowers

So I bought the flower loom some time ago but hadn’t made a flower yet. So on this lovely Sunday I decided I would give it a whirl. On the directions it says to use raffia. Raffia is not easy to find, I went to multiple stores to find it & when I did, I could only find it in the two colors I used & a nasty light green. Anywho to start I got all my supplies ready & put them on my new tray I got at work :) And I brought it outside to enjoy some rays while I got my craft on. I took a quick glance at the directions that came with the loom & started to unravel the raffia. I thought it was all connected, one long piece of raffia, nope, just a bunch of smaller pieces. So the first thing I had to do was super glue pieces together. I hate using super glue just because I always make a mess. Then I started on my flower. I tied a loose knot on the outside peg then brought the raffia straight across wrapped it around that peg then brought it back and wrapped it on the peg next to where I started. I did that around and around until each peg had three loops on it. I got confused a few times and had to redo some. But after that I tied off the end to the piece I had tied to the outside peg. I then got out my brownish/black raffia & threaded that through the center for the inside of the flower, this held it all together. I tied that off then took the pegs out. When I made the baby booties I while back I thought I broke the flower loom or it was made cheaply, but I learned for the flowers if you were to pull the loops up and over the pegs it could ruin your flower if you are using delicate materials like the raffia. I’m not too certain what I will use this flower for, I like the idea best as a decoration, like a napkin ring. After I as done with that flower I was interested into what else I could use & how other materials would work. So I bought some red lion Martha Steward roving wool and made another flower. This was easier to deal with but could break if I wasn’t careful ( learned that the hard way) This time I did four loops on each peg & sewed the center more times around. This turned out amazing! I loved the colors and how the petals looked! When I showed my little brother he thought it was very cool & he suggested I use it as a hair accessory. I tried one more flower, this time switching the colors and having only two loops around each peg & it still turned out very cute! I’m excited to see what else I can use & what I will be able to use these flowers for. It was a rather easy craft, but I really liked the end result!

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Truffle Brownie Bites

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So for my dad’s birthday I wanted to make him something. And of course he & my mother are on a “diet” gag. So I looked in my handy dandy Cupcake Bible for a mini recipe & found que music Truffle Brownie Bites. Yum! They looked good & simple, I needed to get some confidence back since I totally botched the chicken from a few nights ago. Anywho collected all my ingredients ( just message me if you want the recipe) semisweet chocolate chips, one stick of unsalted butter, sugar, 3 eggs (brown & nasty) flour, whipping cream & sprinkles. Then of course all my other supplies, baking cups, measuring cups etc. I preheated the oven than got to work. I combined some of the chips with the butter & microwaved it for 30 seconds. First try didn’t go so well, barely melted. The second round got both the butter & the chocolate melted. Then I added the sugar. These three things mixed together was kinda nasty & I was very disappointed how gross it smelled.  Then came the eggs (ew) and vanilla. Then came the flour, it called for 1 cup minus 2 tablespoons. I thought that was rather odd. Salt then into the muffin cups they went. I used what I had left over of the silver, blue poka dot & green poka dot cups. AND I used my new scooper!!! Yay! It was so easy to put this mix in since my scoop wasn’t broken! Yay! I baked them for 15 minutes then let they cool. Some of the first batch were a little small so I made sure to fill up the cups more with the second batch. And they turned out a lighter brown that I thought they were but that’s ok :) Ganache! I was pretty excited about this part. So I placed the whipping cream into a small saucepan & brought that to a simmer. The directions then said after it was brought to a simmer take it off & add the chocolate off the heat. I didn’t think the chocolate was going to melt but it did ( it probably helped I used the mini chips) After this I set up my station. cupcakes, ganache, sprinkles. At first I dipped the cupcakes into the ganache then placed them into the sprinkles, way too many sprinkles, but I did a few like this just cuz I thought they looked awesome. For a few I had to use a knife & spread it on like frosting. But when it came to sprinkles it worked best just to sprinkle a few on. I dropped a few but mostly I think I did ok :) They turned out lovely! Very simple! The brothers were fans. Pat said he wanted more but I said he had to wait until Dad got some since it was his birthday! Mom tried one right after she brushed her teeth & couldn’t really taste it >:( but I thought they were very yummy! And I didn’t make as big of a mess that I thought I was going to!

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Apricot- Stuffed Chicken

I should have been wise enough to not choose something “stuffed” so soon in my journey…. So I bought Chicken Dinners, a Better Homes & Gardens Special Interest magazine in hope of finding something interesting to make for dinner. I saw this recipe & skimmed through the directions and it SEEMED simple enough. So I got my ingredients together, and began. I started  with chopping the onion & celery. I used the chopper.I chopped a one piece of celery & even that was too much, the remainder went to the chickens. Then the onion, successfully with no tears! Then I put them aside. . I then drained my canned apricots. Let me tell you about these dang apricots, I had to go to multiple store to even find the stupid things. I knew it was going to be a bad idea, but I put a few pieces of apricot in the chopper. Mush. So for the rest of the apricots I hand chopped them. I put that aside. Then came the issue. The chicken. After I cut up the chicken I put the chicken in between two pieces of plastic wrap. You were suppose to beat it with a meat mallet. But since we didn’t have one sadly I had to use my dad’s tile mallet…. don’t worry I washed & and since the plastic wrap was on top it never touched it but still, I’m gonna buy me a meat mallet for next time. I beat them until I thought they were fine. Then I turned to what would be the stuffing. In a small saucepan I cooked the onion & celery in olive oil for about 5ish minutes. I loved that smell!!! Then I added the apricots (both the chopped & smushed) & 1/2 cup of herb seasoned stuffing mix. Then took it off the heat.I then put together the topping, just apricot jam & some vinegar. Then came the stuffing… it said spoon it evenly over chicken & wrap. So I attempted this. Soooo didn’t work. So my dad came in & beat the chicken. That was better. They needed to be thinner then I originally beat them. But let me tell you it makes it seem like the folding is easy. It so was not. I just winged it because every time I tried to fold it pretty didn’t work. So I gave up on the idea of it looking good & hoping it tasted good right there. I put them on the top rack of the bbq & hoped for the best. Every couple of minutes I would spread the apricot jam mix on top of it. After the first 10 minutes I flipped over the chicken & at this moment I realized I forgot to put in the ginger. It was supposed to put 1/4 tsp of the ginger in with the stuffing. Opps. Whatever. Couldnt do anything about it. Then after the next 10 minutes the chicken was done. It looked a lot better than I thought it was going to, like by a lot! I cooked the remaining of the stuffing & got out the baked potatoes I started earlier in the day. Let see my mom liked it but said she wanted more apricot jam on hers ( there was left over so she could have but didn’t.. don’t ask me why) Nick said it as really yummy, & my dad said it was good. Lets see things that I would do differently. First off I would add the ginger lol, then of course use an actual meat mallet. And as my dad said ” your breast are too small, I think

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that’s the issue”.  So yes I would pick out larger chicken breasts & hopefully it would be easier to roll. It turned out ok.  Tasted really good, hopefully the next time I try this recipe they will turn out prettier!

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Funny Bunnies

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EASTER! So for Easter my family got assigned to bring a dessert to the big family shindig. So we made Funny Bunnies! They are carrot cupcakes with bunny faces! As usual I gathered the majority of my ingredients. And the battle of the carrot cake begins once again. And this time its more pathetic. So my to grate my carrots my mother & I find the hand-held grater that you spin. But of course the handle is mia so we had to go in the dark pit that is the plastic cupboard to try to find it. Taking way way too long. Once we found the missing piece I got right to work. Peeled the carrots & cut them into pieces that could fit. Ten minutes went by me trying my hardest & only the smallest amount came out. My mother said it looked like baby food. Plan B. Salad shooter. I got the regular sized salad shooter (even though the pieces of carrot were going to be bigger than I liked) and soon found out that it was broken. Plan C. Gigantic Salad shooter. And this was a tad bit ridiculous since I only needed 1 1/2 cup of the carrots. After that I lined the tin with the festive baking cups I bought. I than, in a large bowl, added the dry ingredients, flour, baking powder & soda, cinnamon & nutmeg :) Then in a medium bowl I added the sugar,canola oil, brown eggs & vanilla. This was interesting to mix. Nasty & thick. Then I added this to my dry mix & also added the carrots. The carrots really stood out this time since they were so big. I then used my scooper (broken thanks to SOMEONE who used it for ice cream D:< ) Then baked them for 24 minutes. While I was doing this my Mama was preparing the candy.We did it a little differently then the book. I bought decorative eyes, for the ears & nose marshmallows, cheeks strawberry whoppers, bow ties gum & for the mouth red candies. With the help of Pat’s fancy pants knife she cut the marshmallows in half. It was more of a rolling motion to cut them so they wouldn’t squish in a weird way. She also cut the whoppers in half for each cheek. For the bow ties we soften them in the microwave but couldn’t swish them how we want just by hand. So we used cleaned needle nose pliers. This worked out fabulous!Well the first one my mother did & she tried to frost it before it was cool. lol. Melted bunny.  So after the cupcakes were baked & cooled we began decorating.We frosted them with just regular white frosting.  We tried to shape the ears & placed them on, they were oddly shaped. At first we used toothpicks to keep up the ears, but found that if we just placed them closer to the center of the cupcake it turned out fine & still left enough room for the face. We used pink frosting for the center of the ears, ghetto as it was we just used ziplock bags with a cut in the corner. We then placed the eyes on the face. These eyes seriously made our bunnies look like they were under the influence! Then the nose, mouth, awesome bow tie then chubby cheeks. My Mama thought they needed whiskers. So she made purple frosting, and we found that it turned out better if instead of doing three individual lines to do a  U then add the middle line. We haven’t tried any of them but I think they turned out pretty awesome! Next time I think I would try to find less crazy eye candies. But I loved the candies my Mama bought! I am excited to see what my family thinks! Happy Easter!!

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Mickey Mouse Rolled Sugar Cookies!

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So for those of you that know I went on an “on the fly” trip to Disneyland. Had the most wonderful time & bought some Mickey Mouse Cookie Cutters! So yesterday I put my Pandora app on and started :) I mixed the butter(softened in the microwave), sugar & eggs ( brown eggs from our smelly chickens of course)with the hand mixer. I watched my hands directly after touching the eggs. Idk who or when but someone drilled it into my brain MUST WASH HANDS AFTER TOUCHING EGG! It smelled rather nasty after that. Then the canned milk, flour, I put the flour in one cup at a time. Learned that the hard way a long time ago. Then the cream of tartar, soda, salt, nutmeg (love love love!) and vanilla. I always put in one more squirt of vanilla into whatever I make :D After that was all combined I put plastic wrap over the bowl & put it in the fridge. Now this recipe says you only have to let it be in the fridge for an hour. But Pat & I made dinner during this time so it was a little more than an hour. Ok so by the time that I got back to my cookies it was late. I am always baking in the middle of the night. Anywho my mother warned me not to spread the dough out too thinly. So the first batch I kept them rather thick. I baked them for about 10-12 min than pulled them out. They were way too thick. You could barely tell what the shapes were. For round two I rolled them out a bit more. They turned out better. For the third one I rolled them out thin then once I placed them on the cookie sheet I pushed the ears apart a bit & the fingers of the gloves & that turned out to be awesome! :) Alright so while the final batch was cooling I got together my frosting. I used the left over frosting from the carrot cupcakes & chocolate. I put about half of the white frosting in a bowel then to get that yellow/orange Mickey Mouse color I used red & yellow color die. That was to be used for the stars, then the chocolate for the Mickey heads. Then for the gloves I used  the white. I frosted the stars first, then the heads then the gloves. I got better as I got along but I am still trying to get a hang of decorating. I know you are supposed to put the glob in the middle and work outwards but I’m still mastering making it look pretty lol. With the gloves I didn’t put too much frosting in them so you could really tell that they were gloves. I also put brown frosting in a ziplock & put the three lines on the gloves. This worked ok. The family really enjoyed them, so did my moms piano students. There were like two left when I got home from work today. Next time I would make sure to spread out the ears & fingers like I did in the final batch. I would also get black frosting. Making these cookies was a wonderful way to end off my Disney fun! :D

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