Category Archives: baking

Cookie Butter & Nutella Cookies

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taken by me

Last night, my mom and I were in a baking mood. My favorite place to find recipes is Pinterest. While in the cupboard on a hunt for Nutella, my mom stumbled upon Cookie Butter. I found a recipe for Cookie Butter cookies but did not have enough for the recipe. The recipe called for a cup of Cookie Butter and we only had 3/4, so we filled the remaining 1/4 with Nutella. The recipe did not call for butter or flour so they are supposed to be thin and crispy but chewy in the center. Once the batter was made, it had to sit in the fridge to harden for at least four hours, so we left it overnight. Tonight, we bake. I’m excited for the long awaited results and will post the review tomorrow! Stay tuned to find the recipe I used, I want to make sure it’s perfected before giving it out!

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Craving Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m a huge fan of homemade chocolate chip cookies. I’d way rather spend the time and mess making them from scratch than using pre-made dough. Chocolate chip cookies were the start to my baking career. My grandma was not the baking type of granny therefore my mom never made cookies either. I was on my own to create a recipe to pass on to my grandkids. In 4th grade I read the back of the Nestle’s chocolate chip bag and saw the recipe for cookies. I made the batter and fell in love, nearly died of salmonella poisoning from so much raw cookie dough. For some reason, everytime I make them they come out differently, last night I discovered the trick. I used organic raw sugar and organic brown sugar. I also used one stick of unsalted butter and one stick of salted. It’s easy to make the mistake of using two sticks of salted and the cookies taste too salty, but I like dark chocolate with salt so I add just one stick for a little extra tang. Next time you are searching for a chocolate chip cookie recipe, check out the back of the chocolate chip bag. Comment with your results!

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taken by me

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If ya ain’t Dutch, ya ain’t much

On our way back from Jalama, from Nikki’s orders, we had to stop in Solvang so she could get her aebleskivers. I don’t know why Solvang exists, it is a Danish village filled with Japanese tourists. If you want to tour a Danish village, go to Europe, not wine country in California. We rolled into Solvang with greasy hair and dusty clothes; I did a terrible parallel park job, and we ran to the bakeries. Nikki couldn’t describe what an aebleskiver was besides that they were the best things in the world. When we got to the stand we saw that they are pancake balls with raspberry jam and powdered sugar. I wasn’t in the mood for pancakes so Olivia, Veronica, and I strolled over to another bakery. I got a custard filled danish, so delicious. So soft, so sweet, so crunchy in the right places. I will definitely be taking another stroll through Solvang for a pastry. If you haven’t been to Solvang, take a pit stop on your way to or from somewhere and grab some food. It is probably your only food option for miles anyway.

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Strawberries n’ Cream

One of my favorite snacks/dessert is strawberries with whipped cream. Not only is it delicious, it’s low calorie, best of both worlds. Even making this dynamic duo into a strawberry shortcake is still low calorie. But I’m not a fan of the spongy angel cake, if you haven’t tried it don’t let my criticism stop you. I’ve not given up all hope on angel food cake, I have yet to experiment and make it from scratch. Homemade is always better than store bought, especially with cakes. Check out this recipe to make your own strawberry shortcake. This recipe is great for amateur bakers and it’s low cost. Not only is a great dessert, it’s completely appropriate for breakfast. Next time you are cooking breakfast in bed for someone special, I’m sure they would be delighted to see this presented on a tray. I know I would want that.

Here’s a song to play while you eat or bake or just want to get funky: “Peaches n’ Cream” -112

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cy2E16dSzAU

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MAD for Mad Lunch

Each second Wednesday of the month is a very special Wednesday. Not is Monday and Tuesday over, it’s also late start. If you’re a part of the MAD academy, Wednesday is even cooler. The special event that occurs is the MAD lunch. Even the VADA kids try to swoop in on our delectable delights. The bell rings and it’s a stampede, few deaths have a occurred, many cases of shin splints. RIP to those weaklings who probably didn’t have a good breakfast or didn’t have any protein from skipping the last MAD lunch. If you skip the lunch you are probably a tool and shouldn’t go to school. This weeks lunch was a bitchin burrito bar followed by a suave sundae setup. If you’re not a part of the super sick society of MAD you should pay members to be your friend in hopes their coolness will rub off on you. Here’s the link to the website if you want to drool over beautiful people. Check out my photos of my friends and ice cream, which is also my friend.

Shout out to the Moms who slave for us and provide us with feasts of freakin’ fantastical food.

Lexi, Taken by me

Lexi, Taken by me

Nikole, by me
Nikole, by me

ice cream, by me
ice cream, by me

 

 

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Trifle?

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Taken by Me

Last night I had a big family dinner and my Grandpa’s girlfriend made a special dessert called a trifle. We all had to guess what it was, I thought it was going to be a chocolate mousse with coffee cake; my prediction was very off. The cake was a layer of pudding, berries, vanilla cake, whipped cream, more berries, more pudding, more cake, and more cream. If it was my recipe, I would call it “berries n’ cream cake”. A special addition she adds is slivered almonds, it adds a surprising crunch to the soft, creamy pudding cake. The dish is served cold, the cake absorbs the pudding so it is soft and melts in your mouth, the explosion of a blueberry or juicy raspberry is very exciting. I didn’t get a chance to get her exact recipe, but here’s a similar one that I recommend trying! The presentation of food is important, not only is this cake beautiful but it’s delicious!

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Gaga for Gluten Free

Gluten free diets have become very common. This may be because many people are learning they are allergic to gluten, treating Celiac disease, or because people have realized it’s a healthy diet. Dieting can be extremely difficult, I’ve failed every time because I don’t have strong self control, but I think I could succeed in gluten free eating. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). It may sound simple, but you’d be surprised how often wheat is incorporated into food. Gluten free means no pasta, bread, cakes, sauces, cookies, the list goes on. Don’t stop reading now, they make all these things gluten free! Because so many people have taken up this diet, many people have experimented with gluten free cooking. I’ve tried many products, in fact, I prefer gluten free pretzels rather than regular ones! Like all diets, you have to take precaution in getting all your necessary vitamins and minerals. Gluten free is a healthy lifestyle that everyone should attempt, our bodies don’t need wheat. Before setting your New Year’s resolution as eating gluten free, you should test out some recipes and gradually switch over. Check out some of these recipes to start making today!

Gluten Free Cookies

Gluten Free Pretzels 

Gluten Free Waffles

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Bonkers for Breakfast

Mornings are an important part of your day, a rough morning can ruin your it, especially when you are hungry until lunch. Breakfast gives our bodies nutrition and substance. This is where our energy comes from. Think about it, breakfast is the meal after dinner. We eat dinner then sleep through the night. That’s eight or more hours with out eating. Our bodies need to be nourished in the morning. They’ve gone without for hours. If we do not eat in the morning our bodies will not be able to produce the energy we need for the day. Studies show people who eat breakfast are able to focus much better. All families should wake up ten minutes earlier to eat breakfast together, everyone is so busy it’s easy to forget to update each other on your lives. Just recently I’ve started to like average American breakfast foods such as pancakes, waffles, etc. My heart goes out to those that skip breakfast due to the distaste in food. Here are a variety of recipes which I love and want to share with you guys! If you are a frequent breakfast skipper, I hope you take this information into consideration and try some of these recipes! Enjoy!

Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake

Breakfast Quiche

Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast Cookie

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Banana Bread Bars

I’m a fan of granola and protein bars, quick, filling, and usually pretty tasty. However, bars can be extremely high in sugar and loaded with icky ingredients we don’t want or need. I enjoy experimenting with baking but I’m usually not allowed to because it tortures all the dieters in my hose. I’m excited to try out granola bars, hopefully they will be a hit and I won’t get punished for baking another dessert. From the looks of the recipe for banana bread bars which you can find here, it looks tasty and filling and not too fattening. That’s also another problem with bars, bars are made for small, easy snacks for athletics, they are high in carbs and protein which I don’t necessarily need during 3rd period english.

Click here for a recipe for chocolate peppermint granola bars!

Click here for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich inspired bar!

Stop buying processed bars and make your own delicious ones today! Comment on your results and which recipe you used!

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Coconutty for Coconut Oil

While searching for a homemade hair mask recipe, I stumbled upon a coconut oil mask. I love everything about coconuts so I was really excited to use the coconut oil sitting in my cupboard. When I read more about the recipe I stumbled upon a link of 52 uses for coconut oil, I was astounded by all the benefits and uses! Researchers have discovered that this amazing oil helps in dealing with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. Coconut Oil is also great for skin, hair, health, cooking, and much more. There are no known side effects so why not start taking a tablespoon a day? If you can’t stand the taste plain, there are countless ways to incorporate it into recipes. Check out some here!

Check out this site for uses you would never believe.

Click here for 52 uses of coconut oil.

Click here to purchase!

Start treating your body now with a jar of coconut oil!

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