Saturday, February 27, 2010

My secret love affair....

Shhhhhhhhh.....don't tell anyone :) 100 calories per table spoon and I could eat the whole jar in a sitting. Not that I'm a calorie counting person but I also don't eat everything I want all the time.

oink oink.....

So I think my search is finally over. I have tried 3 sugar cookie recipes this month and all 3 were different from each other and I personally like all 3 of them but I believe this one is our favorite. I also used a a new recipe for my royal icing which I liked better as well. I'm having fun with this royal icing stuff....I learned a lot the 2nd time through and it tasted much better too just need to work a little more on the flooding consistency maybe the 3rd time around they will be even better. Here is the 3rd recipe I tried for the sugar cookies....they were yummy almost cake like. I never frosted mine but I think they would have been much better frosted.

I made these pig cookies for Ethans 1st b-day party next week!!! Stuck them in the freezer so we will see how they come out when I thaw them :)

Friday, February 26, 2010


Has anyone ever had these....they just look so yummy to me and I have been wanting to try them  but they are very difficult to make so I want to see if they would be worth the effort. They are called French Macrons.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

chocolate covered strawberries

This was our Valentines Day treat! Chocolate covered strawberries.....yum!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Raspberry white chocolate muffins


These were so yummy I used my favorite muffin recipe which you can find here. Instead of blueberries I just used frozen raspberries and added about 2 hand fulls of white chocolate chips. 

I also used a lime glaze that I drizzled on top.

1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
3 T. of water (more or less)
1 tsp. of fresh lime juice
1 tsp. of lime zest (more or less, per your taste)

In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar with the water, adding in just enough until the consistency is thinner than gravy but not watery. Keep stirring and pressing out any little lumps in the sugar until it's all completely smooth. Add in the lime juice and the zest, stirring to combine. Taste it to see if it's zesty enough for you. If not, add in more juice and/or zest. If you prefer a thicker glaze, just add in more sifted confectioners' sugar.

Once the muffins are fully cool, they can be glazed. I dipped the tops of the muffins into a little bowl of glaze, then put them on a rack over a cookie sheet until the glaze set--not long at all. Of course, you can always brush on, or spoon on, the glaze if you like.

Suagar cookies....

SO for some time now I have been looking for a sugar cookie that I LIKE. I think everyone likes their cookies different I like mine soft a chewy and not tooooo sweet. I found one recipe that I like so far and you can find the recipe here!!I did ALMOST everything the same. I added a little (about 2 tst) of lemon zest for a bit of freshness. The one thing that I noticed with sugar cookies is that if you roll them out thicker and bake them a shorter period of time you will come out with a softer chewier cookie.

This was also my first time to dabble in royal icing. I loved playing with I used this recipe for my royal icing. I only worked with one color so that made it a little easier and not as messy. Definitely something I will have fun with again sometime in the near future.


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