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Candy Corn Cookies and Other Halloween Goodies (for next year)

Man o man, Halloween.  I was late posting last week because of my own children.  I was able to make these cookies a week early for my younger daughter, Sarah, because some mom at her school took the day that I LIKE to bring the snack.  Ultimately, though, that probably cut down on my holiday stress.  I had to adapt them because they were supposed to taste lemony.  Yeah, a bunch of four year olds biting into a candy corn colored and shaped cookie bite into it and taste lemon?  I don’t think so.  I changed that whole situation.  Also, this was the second recipe I tried.  The other one didn’t make enough, I overcooked them, and they looked funny.  The colors on those were completely correct where as the color on these is only right on half but I figured the preschoolers wouldn’t care.  Plus the method was way easier and the cookie itself was better.  I was thinking that you don’t even have to make them candy corn, you could color coordinate them for a party and just cut them into squares.  It would be way cute and easy.

Can you tell which ones came out better?

Thankfully, Sarah, didn’t want me to bake her anything for her dance class party either, she had me make bags of Ghost Poop (marshmallows in a bag with a label, saying Ghost Poop, it went over VERY well).  For Angela’s dance party, I made these cookies from Martha Stewart which were just OK.  The chocolate ones came out better than the plain ones.  They were simple (really super easy) and looked pretty, though.  Angela hadn’t asked me to bake anything either she just wanted me to make bags that looked like tombstones but I couldn’t find plain black bags in time.  I will be looking early for next year, I really liked the tombstone bag idea with a personalized tombstone message for each girl in her group.

The dough, chilled and unwrapped.

I made cupcakes for Angela’s school that I had seen on Pinterest but the recipe called for almond extract and I felt was not so kid friendly.  I was thinking I might have to adapt it myself but luckily, The Girl Who Ate Everything did it for me.  I did make them mini so as to accommodate the number of people in her class and not overload them with sweets.  They were so easy.  The recipe uses cake mix and tastes lovely.  It turned out, as Angela told me Sunday night, that nothing had been mentioned about a party on Monday and she wasn’t so keen on me making anything just in case there wasn’t a party.  I didn’t care, I had already told my sister I was going to bring the leftovers to Halloween (along with a batch of Candy Corn Cookies) and I figured if they weren’t having a party, what 9 year old is going to object to a free mini cupcake, whatever the reason?  They didn’t have a class party but they handed them out just before school ended.  I noticed that her teacher from last year also stopped her as she was walking to the gate and asked her for one.

Cut into pieces, trimming round edges.

Halloween went well.  Angela went as Hermione Granger and seeing as she is almost done with the seventh book, it was very fitting.  Sarah was a fairy and Bob went as Spiderman (sans mask, kinda hard to get a two year old to wear a mask if he doesn’t want to).  My nephews went as a ninja and a hobo and my little cousins went as Captain America and Bumblebee.  Bumblebee had the best mask and I was so impressed that my little cousin kept it on.  My husband broke his toy knife on Captain America’s shield and I told him “Duh, it is supposed to be impenetrable.  What did you expect?”  It was my son’s first year really saying “trick or treat” and “thank you” on his own, so that was neat but he was over it all fairly quickly and went back to the house early.  Sarah, did very well, not one complaint and except for mommy adjusting her wings after each stop, she was as happy as a clam.  She says she wants to be a kitty next year so we shall see if she doesn’t change her mind.  I actually think she won’t but you never know.

My other efforts

My GeekyLink is again from my Pinterest page and after I saw this don’t you dare, I did go back and check the Tenth Doctor Episode Forest of the Dead to double check to see if this exchange happened just like in The Wedding of River Song and yup, it did and I got chills and it was awesome.

One of the best parts is you can place A LOT on a cookie sheet. They hardly spread at all.

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Pull Apart Cheesy Herb Bread

The weather was getting cold this week and I just really wanted some bread in the oven.  It was as simple as that.  I had several recipes on deck but this one cut in line simply for having yeast in it.  Also, I finally restarted my sourdough starter!  I cannot wait to have me some homemade sourdough.  If all goes well I will share the whole process, but if you cannot wait please check out where I learned on Joy the Baker.

Rolled out ball with herbs and cheese.

Otherwise, everything is the same.  The lights still aren’t fixed and my husband starts his work week again tonight so I guess that is another week I’ll be waiting unless I get frustrated enough and try to fix it myself.  It might happen but I am kinda busy this weekend.  I made a cake this week for a cakewalk that they are having at my nephews’ Family Fun Day at school and I am going to take my girls to enjoy the festivities later today.

Made into pockets!

That is if they don’t drive me crazy first.  It amazes me how renewed and energized I feel pretty much every morning or at least a good three times a week and how quickly the kids just suck it all out of me.  Really, I would be done and finished with this post over half an hour ago if my youngest daughter, Sarah, didn’t keep chasing the kitten around and if my youngest, Robert, didn’t keep screaming when I have to keep him quiet so daddy can sleep because he has to work later.  Angela, my oldest, is keeping to herself right now.  Did I mention she is really smart?

Shove those pockets in there and make them fit!

My husband always says that it is my baking and/or blogging that gets me all stressed out and frustrated but I point out that when I am home alone baking or baking late at night, I am as happy as a clam and baking is as cathartic for me as ever and totally relaxing.  I don’t even mind doing a mound of dishes if I get something really tasty and pretty out of it.  It is when life happens all around me and I just can’t keep up or keep it all straight, that is when I go a little batty.

All egg washed up, with extra cheese, ready for the oven.

Anyways, the kids have calmed down a bit so I’d better hurry up and tell you about this bread.  The original recipe calls for fresh dill and parsley but I didn’t have any so I used dry.  It is too expensive to buy herbs too often, especially when they go bad so soon (we are starting to grow some but I only have basil so far).  After baking, I still would have used a smidge less and I did adjust the amount in the recipe.  It wasn’t that easy to pull apart, so it is up to you if that is how you want to eat it.  It might have been easier if I hadn’t added the extra cheese on top, but I wanted the extra cheese on top so there.  Enjoy!

See, came right out!

GeekyLink this week I got was posted on the The Nerdist website the other day “Doctor Who” Series 6 in 89 Seconds.  Chris Hardwick wrote a book coming out soon called the The Nerdist Way and I enjoy the podcast and the site so much that I just might actually get it.

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Ham and Cheese Pull Apart Party Bread

Do you see this bread?  This is for real and I made it.  I have had two baking fails this week and looking at this beautiful and awesome bread makes it all worthwhile.  This bread tastes as good as it looks and it is just as fun to eat.  OK, I’ll admit it, it is a bit of work.

The funky butter mixture that you mix into your dough.

Mostly it just takes awhile, and it really isn’t that complicated if you take your time.  The first time I made this was last year for the Superbowl and I was under a time crunch, it was my first time, and I messed up but I still was able to finish it in time for the party.

I have to credit my father in law with the idea for the perfect condiment to go with this bread.  He thought it would be great to slice it open and spread mustard on it and really, that takes it to another level.  When I made it to watch the Emmys with my friend, we used the mustard as a dipping sauce and it was sooo good!  I highly recommend it.  Geez, I guess you could even make a sandwich with one of the rolls, which I hadn’t even thought of since I consider each roll as its own sandwich, but I bet that would be crazy awesome!

Doesn't it look like a pretty dough, waiting for its second rise?

I got this recipe from Cookingbread.com.  It is a really great site and you can even view some recipes as tutorials with step by step instructions that can be very helpful.  The only problem is that you can’t click on the pictures and make them bigger, which, when attempting a complicated recipe like this could be very useful.  They have some version of every kind of recipe for bread you could ever want.

Rolled out and sliced into sections with cheese spread on every other one.

This bread is flaky, buttery, and cheesy, what else is there?

For my next post, I hope to bring you something sweet but as I said before, that whole side of my baking hasn’t been going well for the past week.  We’ll see how it goes.

Rolled up and ready for eggwash, shredded cheese, and final rise.

Thrilled about my GeekyLink for this week and I actually have Kevin Smith to thank for it.  I follow him on Twitter and I am a big fan of his SModcast network.  Anyways, he tweeted something to this guy, basically saying that his daughter is a Whovian because of this guy’s album.  For anyone who doesn’t know or didn’t figure it out, a Whovian is a Dr. Who fan.  This guy, Charlie McDonnell, has a band called Chameleon Circuit and yes, oh yes, they make Dr. Who music!  It is decent music too!  I wasn’t expecting much.  I have heard sci-fi fan music before (yikes!) so their albums, that you can hear in their entirety on the website, were a real treat.  Some songs are better than others because all of the band members take turns writing and singing the songs.  I haven’t downloaded anything yet because I haven’t listened to them all but I am sure their song called “Mr. Pond” will be one of them.  Rory Williams is my hero!

One last picture before the recipe…

Just before it goes into the oven.

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Cinnamon Blueberry Cookies with Cream Cheese

Dang it is hot!

Maybe that is why I changed these cookies so much.  They were supposed to be Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake cookies.   Nice, crisp, clean summer flavors.  I had every intention of making them.  I bought lemons and everything!  The cheesecake part started me thinking a bit about fall, though.  We have had a mild summer here in So Cal for the most part but, around my birthday and just this past week, it has been scorching.  I just want the summer to be over and fall to be here.  So I decided to change it up a bit.  To be honest, I wasn’t sure it would work.  I just tried my hardest, using all the baking skills I have learned so far.

It all turned out well!  Next time I might add more spice and you don’t really need the cream cheese, the cookie can stand on its own, but it is a nice little nugget to bite into, but so are the blueberries already.  This is one of those soft pillowy cookies that is almost like biting into a cake.  No crunch.  I did miss that a little, so I added a bit of cinnamon sugar immediately after they were baked and that helped.

{Note, if adding cinnamon sugar, add it immediately after baking not before.  It just won’t be the same, the cookie is soft and will just absorb the sugar, not let it stay crunchy and crystallized.}

I really want to try it with diced apples (Apple Cheesecake Cookies anyone?)!  I want to try LOTS of recipes with apples.  I want to try LOTS of recipes with these flavors.  I want to be able to bake, but it is just so dang hot!  To be fair, I did bake these yesterday in the scorching heat but I want to be able to bake and still be relatively comfortable.

It is supposed to cool down from this weekend till the middle of the week.  I can’t wait!  I am so excited!  I am also excited because I get to go to the fair with my husband and kids later today.  Then, tomorrow is the first game of the soccer season for my oldest AND the first game ever for my four year old, yay!

Sunday, I am baking.

My GeekyLink is something I wish I could have shared on my first post.  I just found it on The Nerdist website this week.  Yes, I am still actively trying to get you to watch Dr. Who.  This trailer Three Doctors, One Trailer shows all of the Doctors since the series came back: Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and of course, the current Doctor, Matt Smith.  I really like it but I do think it is a bit Eccleston heavy (and a bit Tennant lacking) considering he was only the Doctor for one season, but I figure, he WAS the first new Doctor so he is kind of important.  Don’t forget The Girl Who Waited is coming up on Saturday.

Cinnamon Blueberry Cookies with Cream Cheese

Adapted from hotpolkadot.com

Makes about 18 cookies

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg

1 1/2 cups flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 freshly grated nutmeg

1 heaping tablespoon yogurt

1/2 cup blueberries

1/4 package cream cheese, cut into 1 teapsoon cubes (optional)

either sugar or a blend of cinnamon sugar for sprinkling (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and position a rack in the center.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In the bowl of an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugars until it is light and fluffy.  Blend in the vanilla and egg.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and flour.  Mix half of the flour mixture into the wet ingredients.  Mix in the yogurt and blend, then mix in the rest of the flour mixture.  Gently fold in the blueberries so as not to burst any.  Refrigerate the dough for about 15-20 minutes to help make it stiff enough to roll.

For each cookie, roll 1 heaping tablespoon of dough into a ball then flatten it slightly into a disc shape.  Place cream cheese cube into the center and form the dough around it creating a ball again.  Bake them for about 10-14 minutes until the edges brown slightly.   Immediately, sprinkle with sugar.

Hungrier Games

No food to blog about today.  Yesterday was my 34th birthday and the 13th anniversary of my wedding shower.  On my birthday, I couldn’t get my printer to print everything I needed it to (even though I was cleaning nozzles and fixing alignments for what felt like FOREVER), I had to take my daughter to soccer practice, and I ate Chili Mac for dinner and Lucky Charms for dessert.  Don’t feel bad, I never would have eaten the Lucky Charms if it wasn’t my birthday so I feel like I came out ahead.  Besides, I am just gearing up for Saturday when my family will come over and celebrate with me!  When my cake is done, you will hear about it first, hopefully, by Saturday morning.  Until then, time to do some cleaning and some shopping, and I WILL get that printer to work.  

In the meantime, I just found out that on Sunday, during the MTV Video Music Awards we are going to get a sneak peak of the Hunger Games’!  Also, with only three days left till the new Dr. Who, I thought I would share a spoiler about the title of the last episode for this season.  Check out Blogtor Who to find out.  It is pretty awesome!  One last thing, I just wanted to whine that although I did manage to win early access into Pottermore, a great birthday present would have been my email saying I could enter, but alas, I am still waiting.

Vanilla Peach Cupcakes with Whipped Cream and Torchwood

I am kinda bummed out that this next venture was not a complete success.  It was the whipped cream.  I love eating it.  I hate working with it.  But we will get to that later.  It looks great, right?That is always half the battle (although, I don’t have anything against food that looks like a mess and tastes awesome).  I had seen this recipe Week of Menus: Peach Vanilla Bean Bundt Cake with Peach Soaking Syrup: Sometimes it is too fast about a week ago and had been thinking about it ever since.  The problem was, I wasn’t in the mood for a bundtcake.  Also, if you look at all the pictures in that post, you can see that the layer of peaches almost wants to break away from the cake.  If I had made it that way, I am sure for me it would have.  I wanted to go another way.  So I thought, cupcakes.  I was just hoping the recipe would work out alright since I was changing it up.  Of course, the thought of frosting didn’t even enter into my head till after I was already on my way to the store with no way to look up a frosting recipe.  I just thought “peaches and creme”.  We did have some success, the cupcakes were awesome!  I was worried that mixing in the peaches altogether instead of layering it in the cup was going to be a mistake and I was worried about the amount of peaches I was supposed to put in it, I was wrong on both counts.  Mixing them in entirely was the right thing to do (pat myself on the back) and I should have put in about a half cup more of peaches because I went about 1/4 cup shy of what the recipe stated (o well).  Biting into them and getting a peach nugget was the best part!  The soaking syrup was great and there was plenty.  I should have stopped there.

Check out the vanilla flecks and peachy bits!

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Here we go….Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

  • Sooo, here we go!  My first post is unfortunately an old recipe (which is what happens when you start a blog in the middle of the night and don’t plan a thing out) but it is one of my favorites.  I got the idea from Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes — Joy the Baker.  My chocolate cake however, is from a box.  What?!  You say.  How could you?!  You say.  Well, to be honest, so far I haven’t found THAT chocolate cake yet.  I did find THAT vanilla cake just recently but that is another post.  I used the Cake Mix Doctor :.  I LOVE that chocolate cake. You have to use buttermilk (but if you don’t have any, there are always The Best Buttermilk Substitutions — Joy the Baker.) more cocoa powder and yes, vanilla.  This cake always comes out perfect, round edges with a flat top, beautiful!  For the filling I halved the peanut butter buttercream in Joy’s cupcake recipe, then I added a chocolate ganache frosting. Lastly, was a sprinkle of cut up peanut butter cups.  Here is another shot of it.

Yummy, right?  Here is the recipe…

But wait, before we get there, here is where the nerdy comes in.  I have decided that I am going to post what I am going to call a GeekyLink on every post.  It was going to be a nice Hunger Games picture but I just got this Geek out / Globe.Faustus.2498.jpg (450×676) on Pinterest and I couldn’t resist.  So yes, my first GeekyLink is inevitably a Dr. Who reference.  It is Arthur Darville, AKA Rory Williams, AKA Rory Pond, AKA The Last Centurion.  Amy is a lucky lady!

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Just Jump In

I was dead tired. I had just put my two youngest to bed (the oldest had been out for awhile, she has school in the morning). I was just going to plug in my iPod touch for a minute so that I could use the alarm to wake up in the morning. Well, here I am almost three hours later and I am starting a blog…

I am obsessed with food blogs, kind of get irritated with mommy blogs, inhale info in all kinds of formats about movies, and just recently (wholly) embraced my inner nerd with the help of some podcasts.  I hope to post some recipes, talk about life events, and amuse you with anything I think is cool related to movies or things like Dr. Who.  That is all for now.  I have about four hours till I have to help someone get ready for school.  See you all soon!

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