Category Archives: Friday

A Change In The Weather

chocolate orange cake 2

Hello Blogging friends! I know, I’ve been horrible about posting, but I’ve come up with a solution. You see, typing out recipes really trips me up. I so often throw ingredients in a pan (pot, bowl, whatever) and just make what I feel like eating. Because of that, I have a hard time being diligent posting recipes.

However, I still love food and I like taking pictures of it, so I’ve created an Instagram account. I’ll be posting food photos there and if you’d like a recipe for something, I’d be more than happy to type out a post for it! 🙂

So hop on over to Instagram and follow my feed. I’d love to follow your food blogs back, I’m always up for new food adventures. Happy blogging. 🙂

Pi(e) Day Preparation

Happy Friday, everyone!

Today I’m making pies. Lots of pies for Pi day. I’m so looking forward to it! Though I’m also loving the cooking many pies part.

I think I have four or five pies to make today, and another dessert one that I’ll be making tomorrow along with a possible pot pie for dinner.

Are you celebrating Pi Day tomorrow?

 

Simple Salsa

Happy Friday, everyone!

salsa-plate

Over the weekend we discovered that we had run out of salsa. *Gasp* We eat crazy amounts of salsa sometimes, and apparently had gone through it all.

Fortunately, I had plenty of ingredients, so I decided to try making my own! I think it turned out pretty well. Just what we had been looking for.

A couple weeks ago we tried out a new Mexican restaurant and they had some very interesting flavors of salsa, so I’ll (hopefully) be recreating some of those in the future.

In the meantime, here’s a basic salsa recipe. It’s similar to Chili’s salsa. I hope you enjoy!

salsa-bowl

 Salsa Recipe

2 14.5oz cans diced tomatoes, mostly drained

The juice of one lemon

1 fresh jalapeno

Small handful cilantro

1/2-1 tsp garlic powder (to taste)

1/2-1 tsp cumin (to taste)

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 red onion, diced

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Gluten-Free Almond Joy Cupcakes

Happy Friday, everyone!

And happy anniversary to Fiesta Friday!

Today I have something a little special for you. Gluten-Free Almond Joy Cupcakes.

Almond_Joy_Cupcakes

These have the perfect balance between a sweet, sugary top and a milder cake.

For the base I used this cupcake recipe, and just substituted 1 1/2 tsp almond extract for the vanilla.

Start by lining your muffin tins.

Muffin_Tins

Cream the butter and sugar.

Butter_And_Sugar

After adding the eggs…

After_Eggs

And the rest of the ingredients.

Batter

Take a large spoon and scoop batter into lined muffin tins.

Preparing

Then bake.

Bake

The lovely finished cupcakes…

Cooling Cupcakes

Then, as the cupcakes cool, mix together 2 cups shredded coconut, 6 Tbls (1/4 C+ 1/8 C) sweetened condensed milk, and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract in a medium sized bowl.

Coconut_Topping

Scoop spoonfuls of the coconut mix onto cooled cupcakes and press gently with the palm of your (clean) hand to get the coconut to stick and spread out.

Coconut Topped

Do this until all the cupcakes are topped with coconut.

Almost There

Make chocolate ganache by heating 3/4 cup whipping cream on medium heat until almost boiled. Mix in a 12 oz bag of dark chocolate chips. (Sorry for not having pictures of the ganache.) Remove from heat, and stir until chocolate is melted.

Dollop ganache over coconut, and spread just enough that it starts to drip over edges.

Iced

Top with sliced or slivered almonds, and enjoy!

Almond_Joy_Cupcake

Of course, I’m sharing these with my friends over at Fiesta Friday. Why don’t you go whip some up and share them with some friends of yours? They’re bound to love it!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! 🙂

Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Happy Friday, everyone!

Last night I decided to make banana bread.

Banana_Bread

I found this recipe awhile ago, and it is simply the best gluten-free banana bread I’ve had.

I made substitutions, as usual. Vanilla extract instead of stevia, and sucanat in place of honey.

I love using sucanat in baked goods. I think it’s because my mom would use it in breads when I was growing up. She made the best homemade bread, she’d grind her own wheat for it and everything!

Of course, those breads are off the table for me now, but this banana bread comes pretty close to some that I had growing up.

Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend! Be sure to check out the other recipes at Fiesta Friday!

Cookies

Happy Friday, everyone!

Yesterday was filled with so much cooking and baking in preparation for Christmas. Can you believe it’s less than a week away?

I’ve really been slacking off this year in the baking area this year. I’ve attempted to make amends, though I’m not sure this is good enough.

Thus far I’ve made snowballs, thumbprints, gingerbread, the dough for some lovely jam filled cookies, and a gingerbread house which I’m so excited to put together and decorate!

Then there was of course the white chocolate mint fudge, eggnog white hot chocolate, and… oh, who am I kidding? I don’t believe there was anything besides those. Oh, yes there was. I also made some eggnog fudge.

Here’s what I spent my Thursday on.

Gingerbread_House

Snowballs

My husband so meticulously lined up the little hugs. He's much more organized than I am, I just threw  mine in a pile.
My husband so meticulously lined up the little hugs. He’s much more organized than I am, I just threw mine in a pile.

Thumbprints

Thumbprints2

Have a wonderful weekend!

Eggnog White Hot Chocolate And White Chocolate Mint Fudge

Happy Friday, everyone!

I have had a simply lovely week this week filled with all sorts of Christmasy things.

Today it is all about the white chocolate! This year I had wanted to try my hand at some candy making, instead of just focusing on the usual cookies and baking. I’m not sure how much I’ll be doing, but thus far I’ve made some yummy white chocolate mint fudge.

mint-fudge

I used the Nestle fudge recipe and tweaked it a bit with white chocolate and a nice hint of mint. Then I added a few drops of food coloring onto the fudge after pouring it in the pan, and swirled it around for a more festive look.

Since I already had plenty of white chocolate chips on hand, I figured that white hot chocolate sounded incredible. I’ve been wanting to try a warm eggnog drink for awhile, so hey, why not combine them? And that’s exactly what I did. It’s a perfect combination of silky smooth sweetness that is just perfect for the holidays and a cold winter’s evening.

Do you have any holiday favorites?

I hope you all enjoy! Have a fantastic weekend!

Eggnog

Eggnog_White_Hot_Chocolate_Recipe_Card

white-chocolate-mint-fudge

White_Chocolate_Mint_Fudge_Recipe_Card

I’d love to connect with you on Facebook! You can find me here.

Christmas And Fiesta Friday

Happy Friday, Everyone!

In light of the Christmas season, I’ve decided to post a little extra this month. It should be filled with baked goods and candies, maybe some decorating or projects as well!

I’ve decided to participate in Fiesta Friday this week. Jhuls from The Not So Creative Cook invited me to join in on the fun last month, and I’ve been waiting for a good time to begin! This seems like as good a time as any whereas I’ve been so busy throughout the month of November that I haven’t had the chance yet!

So, in preparation for Fiesta Friday, I made these cinnamon apple cookies last night! Then proceeded to enjoy them with a warm mug of hot chocolate, which made for the perfect cozy evening.

Cinnamon_Apple_Cookies

The recipe still needs a bit of tweaking, but I’ll be sure to post it after I’ve experimented a bit more!

Have a great weekend! I’ll see you Monday, or perhaps a bit sooner on Facebook.

How I Failed Friday

Welcome to the pessimistic portion of this blog! How I failed Friday. Now, this wasn’t something I was planning on, but it happened to work out that way.

I was thinking on Friday that a cake sounded really good. So I decided to make a brownie, pudding, ganache, cake-like thing… With raspberry sauce and whipped cream on top.

It went… not exactly as planned. First, I burned the brownies. Then I ended up having to cut all the edges off because of it. Still tasted good, it was just incredibly hard.

The pudding was too thick… Not even sure what happened there, I may have cooked it too long…

The ganache was amazing, as were the raspberries and whipped cream.

The thing is, it wasn’t pretty. But just because something isn’t pretty doesn’t mean we failed. As long as we always learn from our mistakes, there really isn’t such a thing as failure. Maybe a failed attempt at perfection… But is perfection something that any of us can really ever have anyway?

I learned that next time, I need to cook the brownies for a shorter time (maybe the pudding too). And I’ll also make two layers of brownies instead of trying to cut a single one in half. It also reaffirmed my idea that baking isn’t really for me… But I’ll try it anyway!

Then there’s also this: I’ve been reading Start by Jon Acuff. Just the other day I got to the part where he says, “This too shall post.” I had decided to post about this failed attempt at a perfect dessert before I read it, but it’s still a powerful reminder to be open and share our weaknesses and failings as well as our success.

If we learn how not to do something, why not use that to share with others, or to better ourselves for the next time an opportunity arises?

It’s also important to be willing to get up, dust ourselves off and try again when we’ve approached what seems like a failure. I’m going to try this brownie cake again. And I’m going to do better next time… And hopefully have a recipe to post. And… If I don’t, I guess I’ll have another post to share with you on the importance of “try try again.”

Here are some pictures of my beautiful brownie cake. Nailed it!

 

where they beganedgesMasterpiece

Ahhchocolate waterfall

perfection

 

I really can’t contain myself! Cracking up at those photos. I hope you were able to get a laugh out of them as well.

So there’s my how I failed Friday. I guess it wasn’t so negative after all. Mistakes are an opportunity to grow, not an excuse for self-deprecating thoughts, comments or actions. What mistakes have you made recently that have actually served to be a learning experience? Let me know in the comments!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! I’ll see you on Monday!