King Arthur- The Best for Baking!

Its baking time!
So we all enjoy a little sweet stuff every now and then.  Ok well maybe not so much since my diet but I still have to keep the troops happy with some dessert.  So I gave King Arthur’s chocolate lava cake mix a try. 

Dying, right?  UGH!   I have got to say it came out quite good.  This mix was so easy to make and so good it is ridiculous.  It only took about 30 minutes, including the time it too to find the custard cups.  I love how the chocolate flows out of the cake upon first stab.  They are re real good right out the oven and a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top…. or so I’ve heard.  My husband loves them and my kids just love the hot chocolate fudge center.  The only thing I will do different next time is get more mix. 🙂

Now onto something a bit more healthy.  I’m not sure if any of you have tried dieting or even eating well in a house of non-dieters, but temptation in the past but it is rough.  You want to eat well, but no one else in the house has to, or is willing to.  So you are stuck either being very jealous or feeding everyone else the diet food too.  Often getting at least one complaint- “this doesn’t taste normal”.  So sneaking in some healthy is a a tricky for somethings.   

King Arthur has made a white whole wheat flour that helps with this.  It has the nutrients of a whole wheat flour but none of the brown and specks of a whole wheat flour.  So it can be used in place of regular flour easily and without fuss, which is of course always the goal of a good meal.  No fuss, no religion, no politics-  will at least give you a good start at the table.   🙂

We have made pizza crust, pie crust, rue, and of course bread.  My personal favorite is the pizza crust.  It came out so good, and it is healthier, so it’s great.  My husband has perfected it.  Its all about good flour, a real hot oven, and a pizza stone.   🙂 

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Hoodwinked- Recipies

Are your Little Sister Hood agents-in-training hungry??

In celebration of Anchor Bay Entertainment & The Weinstein Company’s August 16th release of HOODWINKED TOO! Hood vs. Evil on Blu-ray 3D*, Blu-ray 2D, DVD & Digital Movie Download, we present you with some recipes that are sure to delight your agents-in-training!  These kid-friendly recipes transform traditional meals into magical recipes they won’t be able to resist!

Click the link below to get all of the recipes, either one at a time or all at once!  Bon Appetite!

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Spike Spices- Review and Contest!

As many of you know, I don’t love to cook. Sorry, I just don’t. I know, I’m a bad Italian! 🙂 But my husband LOVES to cook, so Yippee for that one, LOL. We got to try out this cool bunch of spices from Spike. Spike makes all sorts of spikes, from Original to Hot and Spicy. We have tried them on everything at this point, from cooking a turkey to using them to flavor popcorn (which by the way was pretty cool- really weird and different, it gave the popcorn a veggie taste! We used the Vegit Magic to flavor it, I think you should try it! Added bonus? No fat, yay!)

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Aunt Nellie’s Review and Contest!

Most of you know Kamikaze is adopted. In her birth country, they were big into pickling their food, as well as certain kinds of food that are not as familiar in everyday cooking to many Americans, such as cabbage and beets. So when this package of Aunt Nellie’s vegetables came, you would have thought it was Christmas! We got 5 jars of cabbage and beets, in various styles. Kamikaze freaked out. Like, for real. As if you had given her chocolate, or toys, or I don’t even know. She went bananas.
Many of you also know, that while Kamikaze likes toys and clothes, the way to her heart is though food. Even upon first meeting her, she wouldn’t look at me for anything- even when I offered her dolls, until I pulled out raisins. I told her I would check out the recipe section later, and we could make some of them for dinner. I went to the computer, started checking my emails, came into the kitchen because it was “too quiet”. You know that quiet? That quiet. She had opened several of the jars and started eating them right out of the jar. I have photo evidence!

Nice face, yes?

I took them from her and made her eat some other food with them as well. I don’t know what 2 jars of beets and cabbage will do to an otherwise empty-ish stomach!
OK, so, besides the jars that Kamikaze ate (which I presume she liked a bit, yes?) We also tried a recipe from Aunt Nellie’sSay Yes to Beets” Recipe contest held from June 15-Aug 13 of this past summer, 2010.
It’s called “Bacon Beet Salad”, and yes, it was good 🙂

I liked it more then the hubs did, and Kamikaze ate it all. Shocking, I know!
We also tried a recommended recipe- Savory Beet and Goat Cheese Crostini. I liked this one a lot, as did the hubs. We ate it for lunch one day while the two Tasmanian devils slept- so no notes from Kamikaze on that one!

Beet & Goat Cheese Crostini

Ingredients

  • 1 (16.0 oz.) jar or (15.0 oz.) can of Sliced Pickled Beets, drained
  • 1/2 cup yellow, red or combination cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
  • 8 ounces fresh goat cheese, plain or with pepper
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 24 oven-baked Italian-style bread rounds

Drain beets well; cut into 1/4-inch dice. Measure 1-1/2 cups diced beets; reserving remaining for use in salads. In medium bowl combine beets, tomatoes, vinegar and basil. Let stand 15 to 30 minutes for flavors to blend.
To serve, spread about 1 generous teaspoon of goat cheese on each toast and top with the beet mixture. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper. Serve immediately.

You can find these recipes and more on Aunt Nellie’s Website. It’s always fun to try cooking with new foods, or ones you don’t use as much.
And these are so easy!
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Our First Try!

We had friends over the other night, and for the first time, we tried making our own sushi.  I think they came out pretty good.  (The hubs is a master in the kitchen!  I got aggravated and almost threw the sushi out the window, lol….) Eventually, they came out!


 here is the before and after….
or I guess I should say the after, then the before, haha…
First you have to roll them up into those long log-looking rolls, then you cut them into wheel-shaped pieces. 
The end!  (Easier said then done!)

My Little Man’s Birthday!!!

My Little Man just turned 3- and we had to celebrate!  He is currently really into “Yo Gabba Gabba!”, so mama made him a Brobee cake.  It only took about 2 hours.  (Did I mention I am not an artist?  Haha, I tried!)  It was 2 rectangle cakes, 1 is whole, 1 is cut into pieces.  There are stripes, coconut with green food coloring and green sugar crystals for the stripes, as well as green colored vanilla icing.  The horns are brownies with strawberry frosting, and his smile and eyes are melted chocolate.
We did a party at our school, and one with family at home.  
My Little Man had so much fun.  I can’t believe he is three….where did the time go?  What happened to my little newborn?