PoP Tart My Heart!

Pop Tart

I think you can tell by now that we love to bake and create delicious things. Problem is, I am a terrible baker so I need to be creative about how I make things. This recipe was told to me by my hair stylist, she is the ultimate baker. It is so easy and even more yummy, try it this weekend!

Kiwi Fruit(Start by chopping up some of your favorite fruit or you could use a pre-made preserve)

Croissant crust(We laid out some of the Pillsbury croissant dough and layered the fruit mix on top of it)

homemade pop tart(Place another piece of croissant dough on top and seal with the edge of a fork)

Pop Tart(Cook according to dough instructions. Immediately top with some frosting and sprinkles!)

Pop Tart

Treat yourself to this simple and yummy treat! I must say they didn’t last long between the two of us!

If You Can’t Take The Heat…

Nick gave me a cooking class for my birthday this year and I must say that has been the best birthday gift I have ever gotten (expect for life, from my mom). It was so much fun, we got to take the class with about 12 other people who were just as excited to be there as we were.

chef jordan(Our teacher, Jordan, used to work at Gary Danko in the city- so you know he’s good!)

sea scallops(Our first dish was an amazing scallop dish. It was my favorite of the night!)

cooking class(What class is complete without wine?)

onions(We learned basic knife skills, like how to chop an onion in about 10 seconds!)

risotto balls(Nick placing our Arancini on the cooking sheet)

arancini(Finished product: Arancini (fried risotto balls) and home made marinara. DELICIOUS!)

chocolate mousse(For dessert, an amazing chocolate mousse with sea salt and dark chocolate bits)

I can’t say enough good things about Jordan’s Kitchen. If you are a local and looking for a great time, go! But he does sell out quick so plan in advance!

We Heart Buns!

IMG_7005They’re round, moist, and delicious! We LOVE buns! Especially cinnamon buns with lots of icing! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we decided to get creative and turn something delicious into something thoughtful!

cinnamon buns(First, use a pre-made cinnamon bun like Pillsbury and spread them out about 2 inches from each other on a baking sheet)

heart shaped cinnamon buns(Mold the dough into heart shapes)

cooking cinnamon buns(Cook according to directions and watch those buns rise!)

IMG_7023iced cinnamon buns(Ice the warm buns and sprinkle with your favorite color sugar crystals!)

cinnamon bunDon’t you want a piece of this gooey deliciousness? Treat your honey or bestie to this on Valentine’s Day and you will have their heart forever!

You’re Such a Lovely Cup

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OK, since my last post I attributed to a song (“Sweater Weather” by Neighbourhood) I thought I’d give this one the appropriate “Lovely Cup” by Grouplove.  We are HUGE music lovers and always on the hunt for good music or listening to music we consider classics so feel free to share with us anytime!  Anyway, sorry I got distracted.  With Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s such a great ‘holiday’ to gorge on sweet treats and hang out with your friends and/or lover.  This is a perfect sweet treat to have or even possibly make with your friends/lover.  Cake in a cup – genius!

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What you will need:

– Glass mugs
– Cake mix of your liking (with needed ingredients: eggs, vanilla, etc.)
– Fun sprinkles or toppings

I only made two cups so I didn’t need much cake mix at all.  Half a batch of cake mix from a box will be plenty for two mugs.

IMG_6858(While the oven is pre-heating, I greased the mugs and mixed up the cake batter)

IMG_6862(I then filled the cups a little less than halfway full)

IMG_6864(You can then place the mugs directly on the oven rack once the oven is pre-heated)

IMG_6872(I started the timer with about 20 minutes but kept checking back as they actually finished around 30 minutes.  It’s a trial and error depending on how much cake mix you used.  I tried to follow the instructions on the cake box for cupcakes though)

IMG_6829(These sprinkles that I found at Target, are a gift from the baking gods.  I use them for sooo many things as you will see throughout the blog)

IMG_6877(I then added pretty/delicious sprinkles and a few marshmallows for some added sugar 😀  Valentine’s Day is worth splurging for)

IMG_6878Then, after you eat the cake, just fill up your mug with some coffee.  It’s perfection really.  It’s a great way to bribe people to spend some quality time with you.  I mean, I’d be sold!

Edible Fairy Wands

IMG_6451It’s every twenty something year olds dream to have these magical sweet treats!  Chels and I first discovered these at a fund raiser which was dangerous because if you know your money is going to a good cause why not buy hundreds of them and indulge??  After all, it is helping somebody else!  Anyway, anything dipped in chocolate is a gift from God.  I don’t know if you have noticed but we are all about simple fixes and these are a great treat that you can share with others.

What you will need:
– Long Stemmed Pretzels
– White Chocolate Chips
– Sprinkles and/or any other desired toppings (our favorite choices: mini-marshmallows, coconut flakes, sparkly sprinkles)

IMG_6356(First step: Gather all your ingredients and place chocolate chips in a heating pan on the stove.  I’ve heard you can use the microwave but then the chocolate would harden much faster so I wouldn’t suggest it.  You want to have the pretzels out and ready to dip though because once the chocolate is melted, it’s go time)

IMG_6361(BEWARE: We melted on heat level 1.  The chocolate chips must melt on a very low level, otherwise they don’t become a creamy consistency and will actually harden/burn.  Once the chocolate is melted, you must work quickly.  Keep the burner on though as you start dipping.)

IMG_6370(We learned that tilting the pan to the side allowed for more chocolate which is always a plus)

IMG_6371(Twirl the magic wand as you start to remove it from the melted chocolate.  This helps swivel off some of the extra chocolate and make the wand look much more consistent)

IMG_6366(Now here’s the fun part!  Sprinkle your little hearts out.  We sprinkled over the sink because this can be a tad messy)

IMG_6487Lay them out to dry and then serve them up!  We couldn’t help but sample them along the way, you know, to make sure they all tasted alright.

Hey, they can’t all come out perfect looking but don’t worry they won’t last long anyway.  The combination of salty sweet gets everyone addicted instantly and before you know it, all that’s left are scattered sprinkles like a fairy crime scene.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Fairmont HotelChristmas in San Francisco is definitely a beautiful sight! The city is lit up even more than usual and the trees are decorated perfectly. This year a group of us decided to check out the 2 story tall Gingerbread House located in the lobby of the Fairmont Hotel in Nob Hill. It was truly something to be seen and smelled!

Gingerbread House(7,500 pieces of gingerbread brick lined the walls, it smelled delicious!)

Gingerbread Wall(Layers of icing, marshmallows, and sprinkles held the house together)

Gingerbread Wall(A nutcracker chilled behind the glass and gummy stars lined the walls)

Eating a House(While I would like to live in this house, I think I would have  a permanent stomach ache if I did)

Candy Village(A tiny mock village was made ENTIRELY of icing and candy! The little penguins were too cute!)

Ornament(A huge Christmas tree sat next to the house. The ornaments were so beautiful, we couldn’t resist taking a photo!)

Presents(A little side area was reserved for children to watch movies and write letters to Santa so of course we decided to play)

Letters to Santa(Everyone was peeking at Connie’s wish list. “I would like a boat please. More specifically, I would like a yacht!” A girl can dream, can’t she?)

Visiting the Fairmont lobby was a really fun way to spend a crisp Winter night with friends. We walked across the street afterwards to have a Christmas cocktail at the Top of the Mark and spent the evening watching the twinkling city from 13 stories up.

I Will Remember You. An Obituary.

It was the best of times, now it’s the worst of times. When I was a kid my summers meant endless bicycle riding in the cul-de-sac with a bright pink Hostess Sno Ball in my hand. Just recently Hostess announced the end of an era and my childhood with the death of my beloved Sno Ball.

Sno-BallWhat can I say? You were there for me, providing me with nothing but love, sugar, and an amazing amount of nutrition. You never raised your voice or doubted me. And now you are gone. I will never feel your squishy exterior in my boney fingers or taste your marshmallow insides again. I am not sure if the world will be the same without you. How could it?

Hostess Sno Ball(The children weren’t your only admirers, the art community has been affected by your loss too)

French Bulldog with a Hostess Sno Ball(Oh, the fun we had. I will always remember the good times. I will quickly forget the times when I couldn’t fit into that tight tank top because of you. But I will never forget the puppies, what will become of the puppies?!)

Crying baby

(No one will be able to compare to you. There was only one you.)

Kim Kardashian(Sit down, Kim! SIT DOWN! You are such a show stealer! This is Sno Ball’s moment, okay?! We are all trying to get through this TOGETHER!)

RIP Sno Ball(May your light shine on forever)

You are gone but not forgotten. I will avenge your death and ensure that those who took you from us will experience harsh justice. I will force feed them Home Run Pies and not the real kind, the cheap rip off brands you get at the grocery store.

DIY – Country Caramel Apple Cake Pops

With the weather getting colder, there is nothing better than a warm sweet treat to end a long day.  We find weekends are the best time to experiment with new cooking and baking recipes.  I saw this cake pop kit at Target and knew we had to give it a go.  Now that I’ve made them, I see how obviously you can make them sans kit.  However, if you are looking for a quick fix this is not your project.  These are pretty time consuming but come out great.

1. Bake the cake.  We chose apple-cinnamon since that is what the cake pops will end up looking like.

2. Make the caramel frosting (You can find a good recipe here).  Break up the cake after cooling for about 15 minutes and mix in half the frosting so the mix is a thick crumbly substance.

3. Ball the cake substance into about 1 inch balls.  Place in freezer until you melt the red chocolate in the next step.

4. Melt red chocolate chips (which you can usually purchase at your local grocery store). You can do this on a stove in a pan or in the microwave which is how I chose to do it.  Be careful though, you don’t want the frosting to burn.

5. Dip stick in frosting, then place stick in the middle of the cake pop.

6. Then roll cake pop in the red frosting.  You have to move fast through this process because the frosting starts to harden.

7. Place in pan so that frosting can harden.

8. Then dip lower half of the cake pop in  in caramel frosting (the half batch you have left from step 2).

9. Top off the cake pop with a little squeeze of green frosting (which you can make like the red frosting, however you don’t need much).

Voila!  You’ve got some adorable cake pops sure to fuel any persons sugar drive.

Enjoy!

Boozin’ and Bakin’

My mom is a great baker and always shows me tricks and tips to help perfect the most delicious dishes.  With apple harvesting being so big this time of year, she shared with me a delicious recipe I knew would taste amazing and get me good and liquored up.  My mom swears by her Cake Mix Doctor Cookbook and now I know why!  This recipe was so simple and a definite crowd-pleaser.  I have to say, I have never been a whiskey fan, I’d go as far as to say that I hate it but put it in a cake and boom- I’m licking the pan.  Does this make me a boozer?  If so, I’m okay with that.

(Two of the most important ingredients)

(I prefer to use an electric mixer on larger cake batters – it makes it much easier to get an even consistency)

(Of course I’m always adding more ingredients than called for.  On top of the fresh apples and pecans, we added raisins to this recipe)

(This recipe also calls for a regular cake pan but we decided to bundt it up.  It made it much more fun to share!)

(The Whiskey carries on into the glaze)

(The glaze should be a pretty thick consistency and you will want the cake to cool a bit before adding the glaze so it doesn’t tear the surface of the cake)

(The glaze will melt into the cake and then it’s ready to serve!)

This is a great Fall recipe that is extremely tasty.  Also, it’s easy to make which is a plus.  Who said boozin’ and bakin’ didn’t go together?! Not me, I just gave a spoonful of frosting to Chelsea about a half hour ago, I better go pick her up where I left her- face down, passed out on Market Street. This cake is that good.