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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Boy?? or Gir??

     So my husband and I have some exciting news, we found out the gender to our little baby! We thought for sure that it was a boy! but guess what?????


We made this fun video to announce our gender! Check it out :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Key Lime Cupcakes

Doesn't the name of these cupcakes just make you smile? Wait until you try them and then you will really be smiling.
These cupcakes look complicated but are simple and so good,my kind of recipe for sure.
 I found this on the Betty Crocker website.
 Lime is not one of my favorite flavors at all but these cupcakes and the cream cheese frosting just brings the flavors together so well, you won't be able to put them down. Enjoy! 

Ingredients:
Cupcakes
1
box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® lemon cake mix
1
box (4-serving size) lime-flavored gelatin
3/4
cup water
1/3
cup Key lime juice
1/3
cup vegetable oil
3
eggs
2
or 3 drops green food color, if desired
Glaze
1
cup powdered sugar
2
to 2 1/2 tablespoons Key lime juice
Frosting
1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4
cup butter or margarine, softened
1
teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2
cups powdered sugar
Grated lime peel, if desired
   (if you don't have key lime juice you can just use regular lime juice)

Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. In large bowl, beat cupcake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full.

Bake 19 to 24 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan to cooling rack. With toothpick or wooden skewer, pierce tops of cupcakes in several places.

In small bowl, mix 1 cup powdered sugar and enough of the 2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons lime juice until glaze is smooth and thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle and spread glaze over cupcakes. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

In large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter on medium speed until light and fluffy. On low speed, beat in vanilla and 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar until mixed; beat on medium speed until fluffy. Frost cupcakes, mounding and swirling frosting in center. Garnish with lime peel. Store covered in refrigerator.






Monday, June 11, 2012

Pinterest cookie love



 Good morning! So last week I decided I am a little crazy about pinterest as I am sure most people are. My favorite things to pin are recipes, now that I finished my culinary arts certificate cooking at home is so much fun!


I decided to try some cookie recipes to see if what I pinned really worked as well and the pinners claimed.

My first try was the pin that said add a package of instant pudding to your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. I just used the recipe off the bag of Nestle chocolate chips, added the pudding and I gotta tell you.....
They were amazing! This pin lived up to what I had expected. They were soft and chewy and stayed great for forever I was pretty impressed.
The secret to great chocolate chip cookies: follow your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe then add instant vanilla pudding mix to the dough. Leaves cookies soft and chewy for days after baking.

Speaking of Jello, my next pin was here at I heart nap time. Jello cookies and play dough.
Jello cookies and jello playdough! SO fun for summer and super yummy! #cookies
These cookies were another story. The concept is great she has a base cookie recipe that you mix up, split into 4 bowls and add 2 Tbsp of  different jello to each one to get a different color and taste. It is supposed to be a good consistency that your kids and play with it like play dough when they are done, you then roll them into balls and roll in the left over jello sugar, place on a cookie sheet, press them down with the bottom of a bowl and bake.
Now my take on it, the dough was very dry but it could very well be from the elevation here in Utah. I would suggest adding a little milk or water to the batch. Adding the jello was pretty hard it was very messy which is expected but getting the dough the right consistency after adding the jello, was even harder.
All in all the cookies tasted pretty good in the end and looked great.
Not going to lie, they are a lot of work.

Give these recipes a try and let us know what you think!