Play Date Treats

I have been organizing play dates recently for my boys. When we're not exploring outside the house we like to have some of our new friends over. The moms have been so generous sharing their baked goodies every time I host. Now, I'm changing it...I want to give them a great time and a little treat to enjoy when they get home. I made the best and the most amazing Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. Got the recipe from allrecipes.com Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup packed light brown sugar 1/2 cup … [Read more...]

Deviled Eggs for Khinley’s birthday party

Made Deviled Eggs for Khinley's birthday party last week. Huge hit Mark tried the dish for me since I can't eat it. :) Recipe from Rachel Ray Show * 3 tablespoons yellow mustard (eyeball it) * 2 teaspoons (about a small palmful) smoked paprika, plus additional for garnish * 6 pieces thick-cut bacon * 12 eggs (save the carton they came in!) * 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish (eyeball it) * 3 tablespoons grated onion (about 1/2 small onion) * A few dashes hot sauce (add more if you like it spicy!) * 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (eyeball it) * … [Read more...]

Baked with Love

Yesterday I made bread for the first time for my Valentine. I actually followed the master recipe from this book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a book recommended by my friend Deena. I have to say I was a little bit scared to tackle the recipe but it wasn't that bad once I got into it. Making your own bread does take a lot of time. Actually, waiting time for the rising of the bread. I will definitely be making this master recipe again and I will work my way throughout the book and make everything in it. I just hope my little Sous chefs will allow me to make them. … [Read more...]

Homemade Strawberry Jam

Our weekend routine is pretty simple. We always shop at Harris Teeter. Now, we pack the boys up and they tag along with us on our shopping trip. Last weekend strawberries were on sale. I could not pass it up. It was so darn cheap. It was buy 1 container get 2 FREE. I'm such a sucker when it comes to these especially with fruits. I was planning on eating a bowl each day for breakfast. Taking care of two baby boys sometimes you forget to eat breakfast. I opened the fridge yesterday and three containers of strawberries where still in there untouched. I felt horrible now … [Read more...]

Chocolate Cupcakes

Designed cupcake toppers and white frosting with pink sugar crystals. I didn't use the chocolate frosting for this recipe. HERSHEY'S "PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" Chocolate Cake (I used this recipe but for cupcakes) Ingredients: * 2 cups sugar * 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour * 3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa * 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder * 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda * 1 teaspoon salt * 2 eggs * 1 cup milk * 1/2 cup vegetable oil * 2 teaspoons vanilla extract * 1 cup boiling water * "PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" CHOCOLATE FROSTING (recipe follows) Directions: 1. Heat oven to 350°F. … [Read more...]