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Carrot Cake Minis

Ok so Monday I made Carrot Cake minis.I gathered my ingredients then lined my tin with the green & white baking cups I bought on sale at Micheal’s ūüôā I then thought it was best if I grated the carrots before I started on anything else. My mother gave me the bowl grater, I thought that her giving me that was because the salad shooter didn’t have¬† a part¬† to get the¬† carrots grated small enough. After an hour of grating the carrots ( I kid you not) she said we did have a part for the salad shooter that was small enough & she only have me that small of a grater for the garnish on top. (The book calls for toasted shredded coconut, but we aren’t a fan of coconut). Seriously?! After it was already time for Smash, so I took a little break to watch that. After I got my musical fix for the day I mixed together the dry ingredients. Brown sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg & cloves. Once again I wasted too long of a time doing other task, this time it was tearing our kitchen apart in look for a 1/8th tsp for the cloves. I gave up & just guesstimated. I then stirred in the oil & eggs (brown of course). Looking nasty! Then came my stupid carrots & vanilla. This mixture was extremely runny. I even looked over the recipe after I was done making sure I did it right because of how runny it was! I did it correctly. I baked them for 15 min then let them cool. While they cooled I got caught up on my correspondences. lol. After they were all cooled I started the process of frosting them. I cheated,¬† just bought frosting. Cream cheese frosting.ew. This was interesting. Minis are kind of hard to frost because they are so petite. But I got the hang of it & it was a nice time ūüôā I added a little piece of grated carrot on each one. I thought that made them look super fancy! For some of them I barely put any frosting on them so I could enjoy them. I’m not a fan of frosting. These minis turned out very nice. My mother took some of them to her bible study & I was told the ladies really enjoyed them :). Next time though I will use the salad shooter, also I would use thicker baking cups. These are pretty greasy cupcakes. ūüėÄ

ps the soundtrack to this cooking event was all The Pussycat Dolls ūüėČ

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The Perfect Meatloaf

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So I have had this recipe for this turkey meatloaf for years! It was actually part of my recipe box +recipe project from my senior year. Ok So I chopped up the garlic & onion. And yes my eyes watered like mad.gr.Then I saut√©ed both in olive oil. Then I cut my the zucchini (ew) then chopped it with the chopper. Not a big fan of the chopper, it hurts! I added it to the other things in the pan & added the dried thyme. At this point it smelled so yummy! After that simmered for a while I removed it from the heat & placed it onto a large bowl. I added the oats,turkey, yogurt (looked nasty), salt& pepper. I then whisked the eggs (brown of course) & added that to the big bowl of goop. Mixing this was not fun. It was kinda hard & the sounds kind made me want to hurl. Added a little bit of ketchup then spooned it into the casserole dish. At this point I wasn’t too confident that this was going to turn out good, or even eatable. I put it on the oven for 35 min.At this point I thought, I’m done? Wow that was easy! I then decided to watch Last Man Standing ( love Tim Allen). When the 35min were up I was happily surprised at how good it looked & smelled! I took it out, added more ketchup & put it back in for 15 min. This meatloaf was really good! My dad ate like over half, Nick only tried one bite that didn’t have ketchup & refused to even try it with ketchup but he liked it. Turned out A LOT better then I thought it would!!! ūüėÄ

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Baby Booties

So I thought that since I made a baby hat for Sammi’s¬†baby, that I should look into making something to go with it. I googled & found that using the flower knifty¬†knitter¬†you can indeed make baby booties. So I bought myself one. Its a¬†lot¬†smaller than¬†any of my other looms, 12 pegs. I wanted the booties to match the hat so I used the same materials. I youtubed¬†exactly how to make them & in the video the girl said that the pattern she was showing was for a 6-12 month baby, & you could make it bigger or smaller by just doing more layers or less. I tried this out. First I “e” wrapped¬†my green & white yarn around the loom, but instead of going around the same direction like I would with a hat you turn it back the way you came then like the hat pull the bottom string over the top.(For some reason the pegs on yhis¬†loom kept on coming¬†off¬†ūüė° ).

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¬†When you don’t go round & round¬†in the same direction it makes his opening that will be where the baby’s foot gets placed into the bootie. Anyways after 7 rounds (she did 9 so I thought if I subtracted two it would be a smaller bootie¬†so it would go with the newborn hat) Then after that I then did five more rounds, but this time I kept going round & round¬†clockwise. So not gap. After that I binded¬†it off. Then sewed up the heel. Once it was all done I realized how ugly it was. UGLY! The yarn was too thin & the bootie¬†was too holy. So fail on the bootie. So I tried it again. This time I used a thicker yarn & did the pattern just as the girl did on youtube. And if I do say so myself they turned out pretty dang cute! They were very simple, I’m going to look into doing something more intricate .

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Kniffty Knitter Infant hat

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So a while ago I bought the small round kniffty¬†knitter, it was one I didn’t own & I really needed the hook that comes with it because EVERYWHERE I went they were out of just the needles >:(.¬† When I found out that my cousin Sammi¬†was preggers I decided to put my new loom to work ūüôā Since it’s too soon to know the sex of the baby I went with a kind of neutral color, light green with a white/yellow. So I just use them as if they were one string. On the blue loom I started by “e” wrapping around the pegs, after I went around once¬† I then went around another time so there were two on each peg. Then I used the hook to put the bottom over the top & over the peg, once every one was done I “e” wrapped around the loom again & repeated. I did that over & over¬†until I¬†thought it was¬†long enough for the brim. So for the brim I pulled from the beginning back onto the loom & then pulled the bottom¬†over the top just as before. So¬†once that was done the brim was present. Then I continued to do more rows until¬†I realized I missed a loop somewhere (I blam Friends). So I¬†had to start over haha. So¬†I had to start¬†again.¬†That time I paid more attention to what I was doing. So after the brim was done I just keep on going & going¬†until I thought the hat was long enough. After I did enough rows I binding off. How I did that was using a plastic needle & a piece of yarn I put them through each final loop then took it all the way off the loom, turned it inside out , pulled it all together & tada!! Infant hat! I liked how it turned out. A little small, so it will only fit as a newborn. Also because the yarn was thin it has bigger gaps but I think it turned out very cute!!! I had to dig, but I found my old baby doll to be my model

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Tangy Raspberry Minis

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So I planned for the family birthdays I was going to make Tangy Raspberry Minis. I went to Joanns¬†& bought a mini cupcake tin finally¬†ūüôā yay! Ok so first I lined the tin with the mini baking cups I bought, so cute! (while rocking out to Pandora)I put¬†the flour, baking soda & power in my large mixing bowl, not paying attention to the directions…I then had to dump it into a smaller bowl to mix because I needed to blend the sugar & butter together in the big one. I then added the egg (brown from our nasty chickens of course) & vanilla & buttermilk¬† & finally my dry ingredients. This mixture was a lot thicker then I thought it would be & a lot easier to put into the cups. This time I made less a mess because I did use a scooper ūüėÄ I then put a raspberry in each one. I ate alot¬†more than¬†I used that night hehe. The recipe said to sprinkle with course sugar¬†but I forgot to get that, so I just used regular sugar.When they were done baking a realized I pushed the berry¬†in too far,¬†they were suppose to stick out a little,¬†but I thought the raspberries¬†were so big I had to push them in a little bit. Opps, thats¬†ok, just something to try next time.¬†After I tried to make the glaze. It was a made of milk & powered sugar. But when I tried to “drizzle” it I just sank into the minis. I’m not to sure why because they were all the way cool. So I’m thinking I just didn’t stir¬†it enough¬†or I did too¬† much.¬† Anyways they were very good!!! Lots of my family¬†members loved them, or at least said they did to not make me feel bad lol. ūüôā But my parents weren’t able to try them since Nick got hurt at his tournament & had to head home. The minis¬†were all gone by the end of the partes. So I will have to make them again soon so they can try them & I will master that glaze!

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Balsamic Chicken

So I decided that tonight was I was going to make Balsamic chicken for dinner. This dish was introduced to my family¬†from my Aunt Mari years ago. I really liked it & took the initiative to write down the recipe so my family would make it. In the picture you can tell how lovely my handwriting used to be when I was like 11? Anyhow. So after a crazy day at work I rush home to start dinner. I had already put the chicken in the refrigerator to defrost (like your suppose to do, NOT LEAVE IT OUT ON THE COUNTER…) O

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k so I cut the chicken. Now always I feel like I don’t know how to cut chicken. I just want chicken to be a perfect square so I can cut them into perfect even pieces,but God did not make chickens square. Then I floured the chicken & started to fry the¬†it in olive oil (yum). I got burnt with the oil lots of times ūüė¶ After they were all done I put them in a glass casserole dish. I wanted to keep it warm & get it a little crispyer so I turned on the oven put it in¬†while¬† I did the other things. At this point I realized¬†had totally forgot to start the pasta (penne). lol. So I rushed to start that. While I was waiting for that to boil I cut up the red onion, the first couple cuts were a little off but by the end I had figured out to cut them into perfect little slits. I then saut√©ed the onions in a little bit of olive oil (yum) When they got lightly browned I poured in the chicken broth, balsamic vinegar & dried thyme. Brought that to a boil, added the penne (that I drained in a Micky Mouse strainer :D). And now the pan is too full but my mother wanted me to use that pan… I let that cook for a while,took the chicken out of the oven¬†and added the chicken & mixed it in.WAY too full at this point :)I think it turned out pretty well & was easy enough. Next time I will¬†definitely use a bigger pan!¬†This dinner was¬† a hit with the family. I really loved it too! My mother said the chicken was very good & tender, Nick also liked it but didn’t eat the onions.

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Magically Minty Cupcakes

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So, only the third post I have made something that wasn’t very good. lol. I made magical minty cupcakes, to be festive since it is March. It was rather simple. Just add the water, oil, & eggs ( brown, from our chickens of course) to the mex plus mint extract. I bought gold cups to be festive :), I had an interesting time trying to pour the mix into the cups without making a mess lol. Baked them, they smelled lovely & came out great. After they were cooled I practiced my “decorating” skills. I just bought the decorating basic book, icing and the little tip set. It was my first try really ūüôā Practice makes perfect! But unfortunately I didn’t like the cupcakes. They were nasty. haha. Too strong of a mint taste, and they weren’t that big of a hit with the family, just Nick. No surprise ūüėÄ

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Regular sized Mini Doughnut Cupcakes

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So a few days ago I looked through The Cupcake Bible, trying to see which recipe I wanted to try first. I decided go with something simple to start with. I thought the Mini Doughnut cupcakes looked good. But since I only had a regular muffin cups, thus regular sized mini doughnut cupcakes.Before anything else I mixed together the sugar & cinnamon I would later roll the cupcakes in. So that was the first day I had ever hear the cooking phrase “flour muffin cups”. So that was a new experience. So I Pam-ed them added the flour & made a huge mess. Then I mixed together the yellow cake mix with what it said on the box & per the recipe added nutmeg. I LOVE nutmeg. Spooned the mixture into the muffin cups & baked for 20 min. Then it said to remove cupcakes from pan. Easier said then done. In my first batch a few of them didn’t have bottoms. After I then rolled them into the sugar/cinnamon mix & placed them on a cooling rake. The second batch was a lot better since I kind of figured out the flouring thing. I thought they were pretty good. And they were a hit with the family.My mother preferred the ones without bottoms because the sugar/cinnamon mix stuck better with the inside then the outside.¬† My father who is trying to stay away from carbs couldn’t stay away…opps. ūüôā I kept the left over sugar/cinnamon mix for toast yum

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Hawaiian Chicken

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So today on my day off I decided to make a good homemade dinner. Since I only eat fish & fowl I decided to make some sort of chicken. My family has teased me that I am not a good cook so I decided to change that with the the time I do have off. So Hawaiian chicken is a meal my family has been making for years, the recipe given to my mother from my Aunt Patti. I first got all of my ingredients together.

Chicken legs ( I used skinned, boned chicken breasts), flour, shorting (I used olive oil), salt, pepper, chicken bullion cube (I used chicken stock from a jar, not it cube form), 1 can of pineapple slices, sugar, corn starch, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce & ginger.

Fortunately all I had to pick up from the store was the pineapple :).

So to start with the defrosted chicken I breaded it with the flour, salt & pepper. Easy enough, I didn’t use any eggs to make it stick it was fine without it. I fried the chicken with the olive oil. It wasn’t to cook, just to fry the skin & make it pretty. After the skin was golden brown I placed them into the glass dish. Then on to the sauce. Drained the pineapple juice from the can into a liquid measuring cup then added water to equal up to two cups. Then pour into medium sauce pan with the sugar, bullion,¬† corn starch, vinegar, soy sauce & ginger. Brought to a boil & let it for two minutes. Then after that was done poured over chicken. Baked for 30 min then added the pineapple slices & let it bake for another 30 min.

So for the next time I make this I’m pretty sure I will want more sauce. So make add 1/4th to the sauce because we wanted more for our rice. Also maybe to bake it 45 minutes & then 30 minutes. It was fully cooked but might have been even better if it was in for a little longer.

My mother & youngest brother thought it was pretty good. I personally didn’t enjoy attempting to get the chicken off the bone. But do they sell skinned boneless chicken? I will have to look into it for next time. ūüôā

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