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21  COOKING / Dessert / Re: exciting twist on and old favorite! PB& J on: August 14, 2008 05:38:55 AM
THANK YOU so much for this recipe!!!

My dad LOVES PB&J, so I made a small batch of these bars for his birthday last week.  Only thing is, he's diabetic... sooooooo I used sugar free jelly and splenda instead of sugar.  I think the texture came out different because of the splenda, and it was really hard to spread the peanut butter mix on top of the jelly (stupid splenda), but overall it came out pretty good!  I didn't taste it because I HATE peanut butter (call me crazy Wink), but my dad thought it was great!

Here's what mine looked like if you're curious:

Really, a million thanks to you, cardiganweather!, for sharing this!

oh i'm so glad you made it! i think the next time i make a batch i am going to try to use splenda too and see how that works out. the picture is lovely too! that's pretty much what mine look like  Smiley thanks for trying it out!
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Vintage treasures re-purposed into pretty planters -- nice pics! on: August 14, 2008 04:51:35 AM
this is probably one of my favorite posts i have seen on craftster in a long time. the boots are just absolutely lovely  Smiley  i actually posted on my blog about your work (i really hope that's okay with you-please let me know if it isn't!)

You can read about it at http://sweet-low.blogspot.com
23  COOKING / Dessert / blackberry cobbler 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!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday  Smiley
24  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Soda + cake mix = ? on: June 29, 2008 08:59:26 AM
Me and my friends made this all the time during this past year at college.  We were all freshman and we really didn't realize just how much is costs to cook/bake on a regular basis.  We always made these cakes-usually chocolate with diet coke or diet pepsi.  You don't need to add any veg oil or eggs, just the cake mix from the box and a can of soda.  Bake it according to the directions and you're done! Have fun, mountain dew cupcakes sound DELICIOUS  Smiley
25  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / chicken fajita wrap 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.
26  COOKING / Dessert / layer cake with chocolate frosting (homemade!) 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!

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.

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
27  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Green Apple Cakes! (with pics) on: June 22, 2008 11:23:26 AM
these look and sound so yummy! i love those little apple too, you must be very patient! let us know how they are later  Smiley
28  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Hot weather meals... on: June 21, 2008 04:20:51 PM
since it gets pretty hot here in the south, i really don't like to eat hot foods. instead i make a lot of different kinds of salads. i just posted two different kinds, a grape & walnut chicken salad and an antipasto salad.  They are extremely good during these hot summer nights! I also agree with the blts. I made one earlier this week with spicy peppered bacon, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato and spicy dijon mustard on wheat bread.  AS for dessert, there are a lot of granita recipes popping up around here and other food blogs lately. I might have to try one out!

Hope that was what you were looking for  Smiley
29  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: grape & walnut chicken salad on: June 21, 2008 04:16:04 PM
Ooh, I just made this recipe for the first time last week for my bridal shower.  I didn't put any sour cream in though...that sounds good!  I'll have to make it again, and this time I'll get to hoard it all to myselfCheesy

sometimes i use whipping cream with the mayonnaise but i decided to change it up a bit and use the sour cream. hope it turns out well the next time you make it. also, congrats on the bridal shower  Smiley
30  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Antipasto Pasta Salad 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!


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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