04 MayLong Time No Type eh?

Why hello there blog,

I haven’t posted anything for a while, it makes me kind of sad because, I haven’t really been cooking much, well I have just nothing fun and interesting, or “blog-worthy.” This morning I made waffles from a Belgian recipe off Pinterest. They weren’t that great. Mostly I make cookies now, they are a lot easier than cake! But they aren’t even fancy cookies. I just make the same chocolate thin shaped cookies every week or so. Actually, they are super delicious and SO easy, so maybe I’ll give you the recipe. School gets out in 3 weeks, maybe then I’ll have more to tell you! I hope so.

Oh I just thought of a great thing to post about that was awesome! In history this semester we studied lots about the French Revolution! And you know who comes along with that, Marie Antoinette! So we had an extra credit assignment to make a cake resembling the revolution some how. Not let me tell you this, we spent probably 5 hours decorating this cake, and you know how much extra credit it was worth? 5 points. 5 measly points. Other people brought in a box of red white and blue cookies (For the French flag) and got 5 points. THEY DIDN’T EVEN MAKE THEM! I was pretty mad. Honestly, I still kind of am…. maybe I should let it go…. Any way, here’s my cake:

A full sized cake, a guillotine, and heads. HOW GREAT IS THAT? Plus, Marie Antoinette in the line to be executed. Whatever. It rocked.

And the cookie recipe:

1 Cup butter

3/4 cup light corn syrup

1/2 Cup sugar

3 Cups Flour

3/4 Cup Cocoa

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix all together in order of appearance, bake at 4oo degrees for 5 minutes or until nice and slightly puffed up.

This makes a lot of cookies, depending on how big you make them. You can roll them and slice, or I usually roll them out a do fun shapes with cookie cutters. This is my go-to cookie recipe :)

 

I think that’s all I have for you,

Don’t do stupid things. Kbai.

24 SepGreek Meatballs

So, in English class we are having a ‘greek feast’ to celebrate the end of reading “The Odyssey” Woo! So I signed up to bring a ‘main dish’. I didn’t really know what to make that was classroom and wallet friendly, but then I remembered these greekish meatballs me and my mom made a few months earlier, and so I decided to recreate them, but I had to make them extra greek, so I added… lamb. :O Fancy I know! So Anyway, here is the recipe (100% made by my mother and I)

For ze meatballs

1lb of ground beef

1lb of ground lamb

13 Saltine Crackers

2 cloves of garlic (minced)

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp pepper

dash of salt

1 tsp celery salt

0.5 tsp thyme

1 tsp rosemary

1.5 tsp onion powder

Cook at 400 for 18-20 minutes

For the freaking amazing sauce (that makes the meatbals 70x better)

1 packet of ranch dip

whatever the thing of ranch dip calls for

About 5 inches of a cucumber grated

This is a super delicious dish and I encourage you to make it!

Makes about 35

05 SepSummer is Over :(

So you may have noticed that I havent really been posting these days, yes. DUN DUN DUN!! I’ve been so busy with school I can’t even bake anymore!!! Hopefully once I get in the swing of things I will start back up on Sunday nights, but even then I would never make anything “blog worthy” but who knows, My treats have definetley been more popular and people have been asking for fancier stuffs, so maybe I will do “blog worthy” stuffs on Sunday nights. Well, stay tuned for hopefully posts every week! Kthxbai.

25 AugNew Blog?

Well, I had a friend to day that said “Do you have a blog? I want to follow it you are so funny!” But this blog isn’t funny at all… I thought maybe I’ll make another one and write funny stuffs on it. But I tried vlogging once, and it was really awkward. I don’t have funny stuff to say, unless I am surrounded by people. And even then it is hit and miss. So , if I have something funny to say, I will just post it on here I guess. Kthxbai.

31 JulLow Tea

I hosted a very “low” key (pun intended) tea party the other day around noon (get it now? That makes it low tea… not high tea… nevermind.) We had lots of yummy treats! I made littl ecucumber sandwiches, deviled eggs, fake scones, those lemon and lime bars and my friends brought Cake pops, madalines, and frozen cream puffs. It was quite delightful!

Cucumber sandwiches, deviled eggs, cream puffs, fake scones

Cake Pops by Mr. Marcus

27 JulLemon-Lime Bars

So I am hosting a tea party tomorrow and my lemon bars that I made a few weeks earlier were such a hit I decided to make some more! But alas! I didn’t have enough lemons! So I was like, “No problem, I will turn them into lime bars!” But alas! I didn’t have enough limes! SO! I mixed lemon and lime juice together to make these majesties! They were so absolutely delicious! Oh My Goodness! Here’s how they turned out :D

And the side view…

And here is the recipe,

  • CRUST:
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick)
    unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING:
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup lime juice and lemon juice (1/6 cup of each)
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime
    zest
  • 2 tablespoons
    all-purpose flour
  • Confectioners’ sugar,
    for dusting, optional

Preparation
1. Preheat oven to
350°F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang. Mist
foil with cooking spray.
2. Make crust: Using an
electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter and sugar until light, about 2
minutes. Beat in flour and salt. Press evenly over bottom of pan. Bake until
firm and light golden around edges, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool slightly.
3. Make filling: Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat eggs, yolk and sugar until smooth. Stir
in lime juice and zest. Fold in flour. Pour filling over crust and bake until
set, 20 to 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Cover and refrigerate for at least
1 hour or overnight. Use foil overhang to remove bars from pan to cut. Dust
with confectioners’ sugar just before serving, if desired.

11 JulCake Balls!

So I finally! FINALLY! Made some awesome cake pops. I had been really scarred to try them again after a really, I mean really bad attempt, but I screwed up a cake and said: TIME TO TRY AGAIN! So I crumbled it and made some cake pops. and get this, THEY WERE DELICIOUS! But they definatley needed improvment. So I tryed again a while later, and they were even better. Its crazy how when you actually try at something, it turns out well! I didn’t feel like putting the sticks in them to actually make them pops, so I put them in cute little mini cupcake liners. Here’s how they turned out:

Let me tell you how excited I am about actually making these well…. Ok, I can’t even tell you! Gah! I love them so much!

 

Tips I have found for better cake balls:

  • Add the frosting in very small amounts, once you can squish it in you fist and it sticks it is perfect. DON’T ADD MORE
  • Thin your candy coating by adding shortening and then melting it all together again. Thinning it makes it easier to coat and lighter, too much candy coating makes it too sweet to handle
  • Make sure your cake is fully baked, if it is still gooey it screws with the crumbling and rolling.
  • Don’t be deceived! Even though they are small, after eating 4-5 its about a whole slice of cake!

I hope my tips help and you will not be afraid to make these! I hope my next post is going to be about the super cute pops I am planning to make hopefully soon! Bye!

04 JulIndependance day Strawberries

For Independance day this year I didn’t really bake… (well I made lemon bars but they weren’t for the 4th…) but I did make some chocolate covered strawberries with a little twist :D First I dipped the berries into some white chocolate, not so much that you can’t see any more red, but about 2/3 covered. Then I dipped the tips in blue sugar! So cute! Here’s how they turned out:

17 DecIce Cream ConeCakes (little late)

So I made these during the summer… and forgot to upload the pictures… So ya. These are pretty common cupcakes that I tried and they were good except you had to use a TON of frosting. Ya. so here…

21 OctFall Cupcakes, semi-homemade

I miss Sandra-Lee’s semi-homemade. I made these fall cupcakes from a yellow cake mix and just added a teaspoon of almond and vanilla extract to the batter. With cream cheese frosting, it almost tastes like spice cake… YUM! So ya… It was more pinkish, but it was kinda dark in the kitchen so it looks more orangey…

Those tater tot things are the inside of the cake, I got this cupcake corer and it well, cores the capcake. So I put a big dallop of frosting in the smallish hole and spread all the excess cream cheese goodness around the top. I hope you try these, they take boxed cake mixes to the next level!