Sunday, September 21, 2014

Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins

A Cupcake of a Muffin


These cupcakes muffins are totes amazing!  Totes!   Sorry, I gave away the ending.  But that's good.  Now you can head over to Baked Sunday Mornings to get the recipe, and get making these muffins!  Seriously!!



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Candy Bar Cookies

Hide and Seek Cookies



This week's recipe is for a cookie.  And rather than a drop cookie or a rolled cookie or pressed cookie (umm I think we get the idea)...well this is a cookie with a surprise in the middle.  It's a surprise and nothing will get that secret out of me.  Nothing.

It's a mini chocolate treat inside the cookie!!  Shut the front door!


 Life is good my baking friends...life is good.  This really cuts down on having to decide whether to have a chocolate treat or a cookie.  Just kidding...there's no or in that situation!


Sunday, September 07, 2014

Chocolate-Chunk Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Eater


Bread pudding!!  Yes, please!  I love bread pudding!  (And exclamation points!)  Oh dear, I can't stop!  So excited!  Let's get started!
Hold the phone.  I have to make bread for the bread pudding?  What the?  I thought I'd just have to get a loaf of bread.  Well this changes everything.  Yes, everything.  (If everything is this recipe.)  In my day, we made bread pudding with a loaf of day old bread.  Sorry, I just had a birthday and I think I may have hit the 'I remember when' age.  Why we used to have to walk a mile uphill to get a loaf of bread.  Sorry...again.  Let's get started for real now.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Crunchy Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Banana Bread Gone Wild


How could I say no to this?!  Peanut butter, bananas oh and there are chocolate chips in it too.  OH SNAP!  Oh snap indeed, dear sir.

I didn't get to make last week's recipe, Chocolate Banana Tart, so I've got the bananas on hand.  Actually, I had enough for that recipe (had I made it) and a couple of loaves of this bread. (And the rest of the bananas were going in the freezer.)  I got a huge bag of ripe bananas last week at the grocery store.  I hate not having ripe bananas in the freezer (as one never knows when a banana bread craving will strike).

This recipe couldn't have been easier.  Well, it probably could have been.  But I think when no mixers are involved, it is pretty darn easy.  (Whoa, watch the language there, Missy.)
When I read the recipe, my mind was kinda blown.  Peanut butter in my banana bread?  Chocolate chips are one thing, but peanut butter?  Oh sure, I've eaten peanut butter and banana sandwiches in my yout.(That's youth for anyone not familiar with the movie My Cousin Vinnie.)  But in my banana bread??  Mind blown.



Sunday, August 17, 2014

Chewy Chocolate Mint Cookies with Chocolate Chunks

Oh Chocolate, My Chocolate


Cookies!  Woot, woot!  I haven't made cookies in like...forever...forever...forever! (I thought.)  But I figured I should perhaps take a look and see just how long it has been.  Yeah, I looked back and saw this blog from June 15.  Two months can seem like a long time, especially when cookies are involved (and chocolate).



These cookies sound good.  Real good.  I'm unsure about the mint; I've never baked with mint extract. (That could of course be a lie, since I was sure I hadn't baked cookies in, and I quote, 'forever...forever...forever'.)









Sunday, August 10, 2014

Vanilla Bean Malt Cake

Tiny Dancer Bundt



Deep relaxing breath.  Now let’s begin. 
I’m trying to be all cool about baking.  It has been a little while since I’ve baked.  (Not as long a stint as the last time I had a long break.  But still long enough to make me feel anxious.)  Of course the anxiety might be from the fact that I tried making buttermilk pancakes last weekend and failed (not miserably, just noticeably.  What?)  It was a bit surprising, as I’ve made this recipe so many times, I’ve lost count.  But apparently following directions (which I have been noted to have issues with in the past) caught up with me.  Yada-yada-yada-pancakes weren’t very good.

I’m going to slowly get all the ingredients together for this simple bundt cake.  Thank the baking gods it isn’t a layer cake this week.  I would totally flop at that right now.   

But a bundt...oh I’m all over a bundt.  (Unless it doesn’t turn out…and then I’m totally going to blame the person/cat standing closest to me.)  Probably be one of the Wonder Twins. They don’t care!







Sunday, July 06, 2014

Easy Candy Bar Tart

Project Free 100 1 Days



I wasn’t sure if I was going to make this week’s recipe.  I wasn’t sure if I’d have time, what with all my projects. (Please note:  I’m not a project person.) I know my friends are finding it hard to believe, what with this…


And this….

And this….











Okay, so I’ve heard we all become our parents at some point.  And I accepted that (because I knew that was never going to happen to me).  Ha, suckers! 
Yeah…it would appear I’ve become my mother.  I’ve got so many projects (and worse, ideas for other projects) on the go.   And I go to garage sales and flea markets and consignment shops looking for items I can transform.  WTF!  This is getting out of hand!  Seriously!  I’m either in a Dallas dream sequence (Bobby and JR Ewing style) or I’m having a mental breakdown.  I can accept those two things easier than I can accept that I’m becoming a project person.

You know, I’m not someone to play games, but today let’s play the ‘Blame Game’.  I’m still totally blaming my friend Lisa from Lisa Mounteer Photography.  She’s the one that introduced me to Chalk paint and Annie Sloan and Malenka Originals.  I blame her, but I’ll still share my baked goods. 

It’s true though, should anyone ask you,  I’m not a project person!!  Denial is first step.  What???!!!  I’m not in denial!  You’re in denial!  (I showed that little voice in my head!  Winning!)
Anyhoo…<Awkward tension is now filling the room.  And because I’m the only one in the room, it has more room to expand.>  I think I need a timeout.
 
Maybe I should just head to the kitchen and bake now.  Not that there is much baking involved with this week's recipe.  It looks pretty easy...and has 'easy' in the title.  Sweet!