Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Kitchenaid Bliss

Whipped Cream, Strawberry Pie, Cookies, Mashed Potatoes, Bread.. the list goes on. My new Kitchenaid is proving to be well worth the hype. It's my new favorite kitchen utensil (in addition to my wine whisk that is)!

I don't think there is anything you can't make in this thing, and it makes it soooo much easier especially during these busy months. November through January is a busy time for Mr. & Mrs. B. With holidays, family, friends, playoffs and Basketball Season we are spread pretty thin.

I'm going to be posting some new recipes and journey's in the next few weeks. I just need time to recoup from it all. For now here is a yummy and so simple Whipped Cream Recipe for any of you with the great invention of the Kitchenaid (thanks mama!)

From my mixer to yours......




Better than Cool Whip Whipped Cream......

1 C Heavy Whipping Cream
1/3 C Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla

Put all ingredients in the mixing bowl, whip with the whisk attachment until fluffy. Be careful not to over whip, texture will turn into a butter like consistency (which may come in handy in a future recipe... thinking on this one). That's it.... you have  Whipped Cream. This makes about enough for 1 pie.!



XOXO,

TB

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Christmas Break

What did Santa bring you?.... I've been absent for a few weeks with all the company and holiday's. I plan to be back next week!

Yes Santa brought my Kitchenaid.. a new Iphone, and this years phrase is YOLO!

Talk to you all soon!


XOXO,

TB

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Balls....................

I know what your thinking.....Ornaments (at least I hope that is what you were thinking!). 

Ornaments are everywhere I mean EVERYWHERE since oh I don't know November 1st. I guess not everyone got the memo that as soon as you take off your Halloween gear, to pull out all the decorations~! Well here I'm not talking about ornaments. I'm talking about delicious, gooey, moist CAKE balls.

Heaven.On.A.Stick

Just ask my little bakers & the main judge Mr. B. Can we blame them?  I mean seriously this has potential to be one of those sinful desserts. As the saying goes..."if I don't see you before Christmas, make your own cake balls". Well it goes something like that anyways. Mr. B has some similar saying he likes to tell people around this time of year LOL. In fact I stole this exact saying from him a few minutes ago after he read the title over my shoulder (thanks honey).

But it brings truth here. If you don't like the ones you have tried, just have another. The possibilities are endless. You can make just about any flavor you want, then dip them in any candy or chocolate you want, and then cover them in anything you want! WHEW I feel like I went to see Willy Wonka with my golden ticket!

I don't know about you but I just gained at least 3 pounds just thinking about it. 


Well, thanks to Bakerella and all the other great cake ball makers floating around blogland I've been inspired to roll out some balls with my baking assistants Daisy Mae & Winston.

I know this is a surprise but Christmas is 11 days away... go ahead freak out just for a second!
Right. Now that we all have calmed down let me ask...............
Everyone is ready right? I mean I know I am (wink)!  As if marking off your lists that you've had made since October (or earlier) isn't stressful enough to make you go crazy. There is always that surprise gift! You know the one I am talking about.... the gift of an obligatory gift return! 

During this time of year there is normally someone who gives you a gift unexpectedly and  now you feel obligated to return the gesture, especially if you work in an office.  For that surprise gift giver you give a look of surprise stating something like,  " you shouldn't have"(literally), or "I left yours at home", or a favorite "it hasn't been delivered yet". You get the point here. The point is not only did they give you something you probably didn't need or want, like that hot chocolate or tea mug set from Wal-mart or tape holder shaped like a shoe, but also the obligation to return the gesture. 

 As soon as you open the gift your mind starts thinking of regifting options.. who can you give this to who is still on your list..oops secrets out folks! 

 Pssh if you ask me they are just gift seekers!

This hasn't happened to me this year (yet). For me it's a little different. I started a new job, and with that new job comes new bosses. They are great people and I love my job. This past weekend they treated us all to a very nice evening out ( I work for a very small business).

So I need to do something in return right? Well I for one think Christmas has become way to commercialized, especially for adults. So this year rather than giving my new work family commercialized gifts, Daisy Mae and I decided to summon our inner Bakerella, and make Christmas Balls!
 
She's ready!

 Since one of the partners at work has 3 small children I decided to make little cake pops for them, (see pic below) in some sort of display to take home as gifts.  I figured the little ones won't examine them as closely since this is my 1st try with these!

 
I made these pails for my bosses little kiddos for Christmas.. I may get fired after their SUGAR HIGH.



I was hoping to have a few more pics, but Mr. B was the photographer and every time I looked up he was eating my models, or forgetting to actually take the pictures!

Anywho... enjoy from my table to yours (and theirs) .

Happy Holidays,
TB

So here we go.. my attempt at CHRISTMAS BALLS! 
Ingredients:
  • 1 box Duncan Hines Cake Mix, I used Strawberry (next time I will experiment with homemade cake mix)
  • 3/4 container frosting, I used Strawberry frosting (will make from scratch next time too)
  • Almond Bark or White Chocolate, or Candy Melts
  • Sprinkles
  • Lollipop Sticks
  • Decor items such as coverings, bows, etc. (I tied little Christmas bows on the sticks)
  • Parchment Paper
Directions:

Follow directions on cake mix box for baking the cake, once baked let cook completely.
TB's Tip: I cover the pan with parchment paper, then pour batter into pan. It bakes evenly, and easy cleanup!





Yup handmixer... Santa where's my Kitchen-Aid?

I whisk the ingredients together before using the hand mixer.



Once cooled down, crumble the entire sheet cake into a bowl and mix in the 3/4 container of frosting.
TB's Tip: It gets messy, and I use my hands to make sure it all gets mixed evenly.


                                


Next, cover a cookie sheet with parchment (wax) paper, and roll out the cake balls into even portions.  My batch made about 25. Once rolled out stick in the fridge to harden so the lollipop sticks won't fall.
 

TB's Tip: I used a table spoon to measure the amount of cake to roll. To cool faster you can stick in the freezer.

Once cooled and hardened put the lollipop sticks into the cake balls. If they won't stay put you can dip the stick in the melted candy or chocolate, place back inside the cake ball and put back in freezer. Once the candy hardens the stick will stand up and stay stronger.

After all the cake balls have been turned into cake pops it's time to cover them in ooey gooey yummy chocolate or candy melts. Above I used Almond Bark which was very sweet, next time around I will try something else.


See cake pops on sheet, this is also me adding sprinkles after dipping.
To melt your candy, follow directions on package. You can either melt in Microwave (stirring every 30 seconds or the chocolate/candy will burn or seize). You can also use a double boiler (make sure no water or steam gets in chocoloate/candy or it will seize).

Make sure the melted candy is in a glass or bowl deep enough for you to completely emerge the cake pop to coat it. Continue to spin around to coat completely, tap on the side of the glass to help make a smooth even coat and remove excess.
TB's Tip: Don't spin or tap to hard, the cake pop could fall off.  If the stick is flimsy you can rotate the actual bowl or glass to help coat. 




Place the coated cake pop on the wax paper covered cookie sheet. If you want to decorate with sprinkles  make sure to do so before the candy coating starts to set.





                                Finished!




Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Santa Baby...

Not only do I want it...... I need it......







The color.. is  CHOCOLATE..... Need I say more...


Maybe Santa will drop this off for me this year.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Eggnog

If you see a fat man who's jolly and cute
Wearing a beard and a red flannel suit
And if he is chuckling and laughing away
While flying around in a miniature sleigh
With eight tiny reindeer to pull him along
Then - let's face it ... Your eggnog's just too strong!!


 LOL! That was wrote by an anonymous author, but isn't it true? Nothing says holiday's more than a good creamy, delicious, and STRONG eggnog. For our family, eggnog is broken out when it is tree decorating time. I mean Mr. B and I def. need it with all those tangled up lights, ornament hooks which are hooked to anything and everything.. even me by the end of it!  After all eggnog has that same rule as labor day.... nothing white after.... well you get my point.

We skipped that whole eggnog thing with the tree this year. After all we did just move and bought new decorations so we shouldn't need it right? Wrong. I still crave some good ole eggnog...so off to the liquor store I go after work. Yup great thing to think of while working, when can I get off and get to the ABC store! 

Well my plan was to go in and grab a bottle of whiskey or bourbon. Mr. B prefers the company of Mr. Jack Daniels in his libations, but wait there stands Mr. Evan Williams right inside the door looking so festive in his holiday green. There  sat a bottle of Even Williams pre-made eggnog.  I thought what the heck its only 8 bucks might as well. But here I am at home now, with my new bottle of "traditional" eggnog; however, not so traditional if it's made in a factory somewhere right?




Then I got to thinking, where did the name eggnog come from anyway? The egg part is obvious but what about the nog? So I did a little research in order to prepare a tiny history lesson ( why didn't they teach us this in school)?

There are two stories floating around where the word "nog" originated. The first one suggests that "nog" was derived from the word "noggin". So obviously someone had to much eggnog, fell and bumped their noggin! Well at least that is what I thought.  It turns out  a noggin is a type of mug used back in the old english days that drinks were served out of.  Darn.. I liked my version better.

The 2nd explanation I found suggests nog came from the word "grog", which again was used in the old english days and meant rum. So perhaps an old drunk Englishman couldn't say Egg-Grog, so he instead said Eggnog.. and there you have it... centuries later a holiday drink enjoyed by families around the world but only 1 month out of the year!

Anyway, back to my original point of this post today. Eggnog in a bottle isn't traditional, at least not for me! I haven't created my own eggnog recipe as of yet.. I will probably work on it sometime this week and update this post.


So my question to you is, what's your eggnog recipe?

TB





Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Oh My.. Coconut Cream Pie ~


Coconut!
 
This is definitely coconut's time of year. So many recipes call for it, and when do you bake the most?  You've got it... Holiday's. This Thanksgiving I cooked my 3rd Thanksgiving meal for my family, but this was the 1st time I would cook for my parents. No pressure right.. WRONG.. not only was it Thanksgiving but also my Mama's birthday.  Of course I had the normal fixin's... Turkey, Ham, Sweet Potato Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, Rolls, Mashed Potato's & Gravy, Stuffing, and Pumpkin Pie. Out of all of this listed my mom will only eat 2 of them. So I asked her what kind of birthday pie she wanted...her answer.. Coconut Cream Pie.

My first thought was how easy.. grab a graham cracker crust, some coconut cream pudding mix, whisk, chill and perfecto.. Coconut Cream Pie! But wait.. that's not actually a pie right.. it's pudding in a pie shell. So I hunted around online and read a few recipes. None of them sounded perfect to me, and not to mention my boys and hubby don't like coconut. So I needed to come up with something everyone would love, especially mom.

I wish I could say that I baked a bunch of pies prior to Thanksgiving to come up with the perfect pie. Nope... I wrote down my version of the pie, gathered my ingredients, and last minute sent Mr. B off to the store Thanksgiving day because of course I forgot Coconut Milk. Coffee cup in hand, watching the Macy Day Parade I started on mom's coconut cream pie.


Well folks, it was a huge success. My non coconut eating family loved it and most of all so did my mom. She even asked for my recipe, I think that's a first!  Below is my version of the Perfect Coconut Cream Pie~! I hope your family enjoys this... from my table to yours.



Tiff's Homemade Coconut Cream Pie Recipe:
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Half-and-Half
  • 1 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract ( not imitation makes a flavor difference)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Small bag of coconut ( save 1/2 bag to toast for topping)
  • Graham Cracker Pie Crust ( or make your own)

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan combine the following ingredients: half & half, eggs, sugar, & salt. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Once sugar is dissolved add in the condensed milk & coconut milk. Bring to a slow boil stirring constantly. Once boiling is achieved remove from heat. 
  2. Stir in 1/2 of small bag of coconut & vanilla extract. Pour into pie crust, and chill for 2-4 hours or until set.
  3. When ready to serve, top with toasted coconut ( remainder of bag). To toast- cover a cookie sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper. Bake coconut on 350 degrees for 5-8 minutes until golden brown.