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1  peanut butter & nutella brownies! in Dessert by cardiganweather! on: August 15, 2008 07:47:09 AM
For girls' night last night I made some brownies.  Alas, these were not just any brownies.  I added two of my favorite foods (ever): peanut butter and nutella.  They were probably some of the best brownies I have ever eaten so I thought I would share the recipe with you all!  Here's a picture of the pretty things:



Check out the recipe for these peanut butter & nutella brownies on my blog: http://sweet-low.blogspot.com/2008/08/its-like-liquid-gold-err-yeah.html Enjoy! Smiley
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2  blackberry cobbler in Dessert by cardiganweather! on: July 27, 2008 10:20:17 AM
My mom and i went blackberry picking friday morning and here is just one of the things we came up with.  My mom also canned a few dozen can of blackberry and peach jam.  I haven't tried either yet and I can't wait to!  My college friends came up this weekend and this cobbler was definitely a hit! I blogged about it in my blog, where you can also find the recipe.  It was absolutely delicious, especially with melted vanilla ice cream on top!

Here is the link to my blog if you would like to read more!
http://sweet-low.blogspot.com/2008/07/ripe-and-ready-for-pickin.html



Enjoy the rest of your Sunday  Smiley
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3  chicken fajita wrap in Recipes and Cooking Tips by cardiganweather! on: June 28, 2008 04:30:43 PM
I've been craving something spicy since breakfast this morning so for dinner tonight I just whipped up some chicken fajita wraps, more or less just using what I found already in the fridge.  For putting it all together on a whim, they were VERY tasty.  I made some strawberry margarita mix and had myself a little fiesta  Smiley



1/2 lb. Chicken breast, cooked and diced
1/2 onion, diced
1 each of small red, green, yellow peppers, cut
1/4 cup banana peppers
1 tbs. spicy dijon mustard (I understand some people may not like the mustard.  I also made the one in the picture using salsa)
1 tbs vegetable oil
1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (or mozzarella if you prefer)
multigrain soft tortilla shells

Heat oil in a skillet.  Add all peppers and onion to pan and stir-fry about 3-4 minutes.  Add chicken and continue to stir for another 2 minutes.  Transfer over to tortilla shells and sprinkle cheese and a squirt of dijon mustard on top.  You could also grill the wraps on a george forman grill but mine were so full I ended up having to eat them with a fork and knife. Ah, well....  Roll Eyes


Makes about 3-4 fajitas.
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4  layer cake with chocolate frosting (homemade!) in Dessert by cardiganweather! on: June 28, 2008 11:48:29 AM
my friend's mother was recently diagnosed with cancer several months ago so several neighbors/friends have gotten together and decided to take home prepared meals to the house for throughout the summer.  My friend is the oldest of five children so it's no secret that the family could use a good dinner each night! Today me and my Mom volunteered to take over grilled chicken, green beans, and macaroni and cheese.  As usual, Mom left the dessert up to me  Smiley  So in one of my previous posts i said that the next time i used frosting, the frosting would be homemade. today i stuck to my word and made a scrumptious whipped chocolate frosting to go with a yellow layer cake.  i'm a little sad that i won't get to try the fruits of my labor, but i might have to make this frosting for something else again sometime soon!



Cake
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups cold milk

Preheat the oven to 350. Butter two 9×2” cake pans, add parchment paper to the bottoms, and spray the paper using a flour based cooking spray. Sift together the flours, baking powder, and salt.
Beat the butter and sugar with a mixer for a few minutes until fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla. With the mixer on low, add the flour and milk and mix until combined.
Pour the batter into the pans and smooth with a spatula. Bake for about 35 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Remove the cakes from the pans, peel off the parchment, and cool completely with the top sides up.

Frosting
1/2 pound semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
3 tablespoons Dutch-process cocoa powder
3 tablespoons boiling water
1.5 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
Pinch of salt

Melt the chocolate and allow it to come back to room temperature. Combine the cocoa and boiling water in a small bowl and let the cocoa dissolve. In a mixer, beat the butter, sugar, and salt  until light and fluffy. Add the chocolate on low speed, and then beat in the cocoa mixture.
Hope this makes sense!  It was a lot of work, but I think homemade frosting is so much better than frosting from the can  Smiley
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5  Antipasto Pasta Salad in Recipes and Cooking Tips by cardiganweather! on: June 21, 2008 04:00:30 PM
This stuff is addictive! I took one of the recipes my mom has been using for years and added an Italian twist to it.  I added salami, green olives, and sun dried tomatoes.  It was really really good, almost too good; it's hard not to eat the whole bowl in one sitting!



Ingredients

1 pound fusilli pasta
6 tbs olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 ounce sundried tomatoes
1 package green giant veggie medley-carrots, onions, and peas
1 cup shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese
1 small jar olives
3/4 cup broccoli florets
3 1/2 ounces sliced salami

Prepare pasta as directed and coat with vinegar and oil mixture.  Toss all vegetables, cheese, and salami together and add to pasta.  Chill salad, covered, for at least 1 hour before serving.

Hope you enjoy!
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6  grape & walnut chicken salad in Recipes and Cooking Tips by cardiganweather! on: June 21, 2008 03:39:43 PM
This stuff is perfect for summer nights out on the deck. I have tried many different chicken salads (both recipes and at restaurants) and this one is by far my favorite. It has green grapes and walnuts which is probably why I like it so much-that and it's really simple to make!



Ingredients

2 1/2 cups diced or shredded cooked chicken
1 cup finely chopped celery
1 cup seedless green grapes, cut in half
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp minced onions
1 tsp salt
1/2 sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
chopped parsley and dill
pepper

In a bowl, combine chicken, celery, grapes, walnuts, onions and salt.  In another bowl, stir together sour cream and mayonnaise and fold into the chicken mixture.  Add pepper, parsley and dill as much as desired. 

Hope you enjoy! Have a good rest of the weekend  Smiley
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7  "chivalry is dead; chocolate is deadly" cupcakes in Dessert by cardiganweather! on: June 21, 2008 03:32:06 PM
i will be the first to admit that when i'm upset or in a bad mood, i bake. and of course baking leads to....eating. a lot. so in honor of my abundant boy troubles lately, i decided to dedicate the entire day to baking. my first project were these cute little cupcakes. they're chocolate banana but i call them my "chivalry is dead; chocolate is deadly" cupcakes. harharhar, i am witty  Grin i really hope that i don't eat all of these things tonight. i purposely took pictures and got on my laptop to give you guys the recipe so as to deter me from going into chocolate overload. too bad i can still smell them  Undecided
just a note, i'd probably make homemade frosting next time. alas, this time, i didn't have any whipping cream.






Ingredients
2 cups granulated white sugar
1 3/4 cup all-purp flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 bananas)
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup canola oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In another large bowl, whisk together eggs, mashed bananas, water, milk, oil, and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir together until evenly combined.  Transfer mixture into a pitcher and pour into cupcake tins. Bake for about 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in cupcakes comes out clean.
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8  2 new pendants :) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by cardiganweather! on: June 16, 2008 03:37:33 PM
I had a busy weekend making some jewelry and other crafty things.  The first is a picture of the necklace I made using a pendant I had lying around from Chico's.  I found beads that matched it *perfectly* on Ebay and spent the better half of my Saturday morning figuring out what order to arrange them in.  Still not sure if I completely like how it turned out...What do you think?

Close up of the beads:


Here is my first resin project. I can't wait to wear this one  Smiley
 
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9  homemade scrapbook embellishments :) in Scrapbooking: Completed Projects by cardiganweather! on: June 16, 2008 03:33:38 PM
as much as i adore the scrapbook aisles at places like hobby lobby, joanne's, and michael's, i can't bring myself to spend tons and tons of money on all the scrapbook accessories they have.  Instead, I usually just go to get ideas then come back home and make my own cheaper versions of what i see in stores.  Here is my latest project.  I cut out circles from different scrapbook cardstock and fit them to those glass bubbles they have EVERYWHERE.  Comments/critiques are welcome! Enjoy your Monday night  Smiley



Sorry it's a little hard to see the detailing on some.  The sun makes it way too bright in my house  Tongue
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10  we are never too old for purple bathrooms. in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by cardiganweather! on: June 15, 2008 03:20:23 PM
Sure, I may be a college sophomore and live away from home 9 months out of the year..but that doesn't mean I can't be a 10-year-old little girl at heart still right?  Here are some pictures of my newly painted/furnished bathroom at home, complete with purple walls, pretty flowers, and frilly shower curtain.  I am especially proud of the bees  Cheesy  What do you think?  I would love to hear your feedback!

shower curtain from bed bath & beyond (this inspired the rest of the bathroom)


Walls and flower trim


Bee detail


White cabinet detailing
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