Thursday, December 1, 2011

Fall Yummies

Here is a very belated fall post about some Thanksgiving yummies that I made :)

Look at this gorgeous piece of pumpkin bread slathered in honey butter!

The whole tray ready to go up to work and be shared with the masses.

So moist and delicious....

Cinnamon and nutmeg...

Fall aroma all through the house....

...and a pecan pie for a co-worker to take home for Thanksgiving! This thing smelled so good and is by far the best pecan pie recipe you'll ever use! My mom's pumpkin bread is the most flavorful and moist you'll ever have as well! Both recipes are listed a little farther below.

White chocolate sugar cookies with royal frosting. Once the frosting had a chance to dry I sprayed them lightly with orange, red, yellow and hints of green color mist spray. Have you tried this stuff??? It's so much fun!

Here's the whole lot of them...

Just when you thought I was done with the Thanksgiving goodies....BAM... turkey pancakes!

I attempted turkey shaped pancakes.. I got a few good ones but mostly they looked stupid. I'm going to have to practice this pancake shapes and 3D pancakes thing some more!

Pumpkin Bread Recipe


3 cups sugar
1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup orange juice
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups pumpkin (or 15 oz can)
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil (or substitute applesauce)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp Nutmeg
(Walnuts and/or raisins optional)

  1. Mix all ingredients and bake at 350 for about 1 hour.
  2. I like to bake my bread in 1 lb coffee cans- this recipe makes about 4 coffee cans- fill 2/3 full. You can use loaf pans as well but use the smaller loaf pans.  
We make this traditionally for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Pecan Pie Recipe

1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups corn syrup (I use 1/2 dark and 1/2 light) 
1 1/2 cups pecans, coarsely chopped
1 pie crust (pre-made or make your own!)

  1. In saucepan boil sugar and corn syrup together for 2 to 3 minutes; set aside to cool slightly.
  2. In large bowl beat eggs lightly and very slowly pour the syrup mixture into the eggs, stirring constantly.
  3. At this point I like to strain the mixture to make sure it's smooth and lump free.
  4. Stir in butter, vanilla, and pecans and pour into crust.
  5. Bake in a 350°F oven for about 45 to 60 minutes or until set.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Chess Pie a Southern Delight

What is a Chess Pie you ask? Well this is a very Southern pie. Something that Paula Dean has DEFINITELY made if you know what I mean. Well a Chess Pie is consider part of the custard or sugar pie family. Similar to a buttermilk pie if you have had one of those.

This is the recipe I used to make my chess pie:

2 Cups Sugar
1 Tbsp Corn Meal
1 Tbsp Flour
1/2 Tsp Salt
4 Eggs
1/4 Cup Melted Butter
1/4 Cup Milk
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat eggs lightly together in a bowl first then mix together mix the remaining ingredients until it is all incorporated. Pour into an unbaked pie crust and slide into the oven for 40-50 minutes or until the pie look set up (doesn't giggle). Cracking in the top of the pie is common.

Easy pie crust recipe- go to the store and buy a Pillsbury pie crust!

Just kidding here is my recipe:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening, chilled
  • 3 tablespoons ice water

  • Whisk the flour and salt together in a medium size bowl. With a pastry blender, cut in the cold shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Drizzle 2 to 3 tablespoons ice water over flour. Toss mixture with a fork to moisten, adding more water a few drops at a time until the dough comes together.
  • Gently gather dough particles together into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 30 minutes before rolling. Roll out dough, and put in a pie plate. 

Pre-Pie Filling

Crust with filling and in the oven.
All done

MMMMMMMM sugary goodness

Oh yeah, cut that beauty!

Look at that beauty!

Ugly Vanilla Cupcakes for Two!

This is a VERY delayed post but any ways...

Eric and I decided we wanted a little dessert so I made cupcakes for two!

Vanilla Cupcakes for Two (Or one if you are really hungry!) Recipe:

1 Egg White
2 Tablespoons of Sugar
2 Tablespoons of Melted Butter
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/4 Cup of Flour
1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
Pinch of Salt
1 & 1/2 Tablespoons of Milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with 2 cupcake liners.

In a bowl, whisk egg white and sugar together until combined. Add in vanilla and melted butter. Once mixed, stir in the flour, baking powder and salt until smooth. Stir in milk and divide batter into the cupcake liners.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cupcake comes out clean.

Once cooled cover in frosting!

I didn't have any leftover frosting in my fridge like I normally do so I made a small batch of ghetto yellow buttercream icing.

Once Frosted- Enjoy!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Decor, Baking and General Tom Foolery

Lots of baking mishaps this weekend so I will not be sharing much in the baking department with this post...Sorry! More actual baking posts to come soon!

Here is the cake portion of the southern caramel cake I was attempting. This part came out good...

...and this was the caramel frosting before I screwed it up and made actual caramel.

This little dity below turned out great though! Homemade mulled apple cider. Made with honey crisp and golden delicious apples, oranges, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and a little splenda.

Fangtastia on the back of my True Blood pumpkin

The front of my pumpkin

Spooooooooky front door...

To go down the stairs...

Just inside the door was my treat table.. ready for the Trick or Treaters!

Yay candy! Someone has had too much already!

Homemade chocolate vampire teeth! Creepy and delicious!

mmmm mellowcreme pumpkins

The Halloween pin I've had since I was little. Pull down the bat and the wheel up top spins. te he

Inside on the bar is a little more Halloween fun!

I COULD NOT get a good pic of our balcony... you can't see anything from downstairs and from the stairs up this is what I got. Spider webs all over the place lights, skeleton, ghosts and what not.

Creeeeeeep crow on the balcony.

Photobombed crow

Deranged hockey player on our balcony too I guess?

EEK! Spiders!

The little set up outside of the front door. Cute, no?

Well that's all folks. Have to wind down off this sugar and go to bed.

Baking posts to come!

Cowboys and Pumpkins

So someone challenged their girlfriend to a friendly bet during their match up week in fantasy football.

If I lost, I had to give an ode to Timmy Thomas at Sunday dinner with my family, all while wearing one of the giant bows my mom forced me to wear back in elementary school. (I think I might have had to wear said bow all weekend as well but I can't remember)

Any who- If Eric lost he had to wear a Dallas Cowboys shirt all weekend which included his company picnic. Being a Giants fan he really didn't want to have to do this but alas he lost to me. Badly.

Puntin Penguins (Me) vs. Dropkick Fluties (Eric). DOMINATION.

Here is a photo montage of our weekend travels: (Excuse the poor quality photos, most were taken on my phone)

Sad about his new shirt

Please don't take my picture....

Lunch at Mooyah where they had an AWESOME balloon artist...oh and depressed Eric eating a yummy burger.

Balloon Mario! OH YEAH!

Moving on from lunch to a pumpkin patch out in Grapevine...

Here is Mario in the corn maze where he lost his leg!

My bad...

Mario and Eric get lost amoungst the corn.

Everybody getting lost in the maze..

Me and Mario outside the corn maze being goofy.

oh Mario...

Pumpkin #1 acquired

Pumpkins #2-4 located... happy family :)

On to Home Depot! Eric chatting with a fellow non-Cowboys fan...sigh...

On the way home a quick pit stop... to the COWBOYS PRACTICE STADIUM. Someone is SUPER excited!

The next afternoon after getting a reprieve from wearing the shirt to golf (stupid dress code), we headed to Eric's office party. Luckily for us, they had a mechanical bull there waiting for us!

Later after the party we headed to my parents house to watch the end of the game... where the Cowboys lost. Eric was happy...

...until I yelled at him and told him to be sad, amoungst other things.