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1  Homemade Blueberry-Peach Pie in Dessert by kawaiimaru on: July 31, 2009 04:38:18 PM
hey dudes.

so, for my birthday [which is in 4 days] i always like to try baking something new, and challenge myself instead of just making another cake (although, sometimes it's still a cake... just an unusual kind or something). anyway, this year i wanted to bake a pie completely from scratch.

so i did.

and i'm now in LOVE with pie baking. on to the pictures...

i made the crust from scratch from this recipe: http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/11/pie-crust-102-all-butter-really-flaky-pie-dough/

i looked at a lot of pie filling recipes, and made up this frankenstein recipe:

Blueberry-Peach Pie Filling

4 peaches, peeled and sliced
1 pint fresh blueberries, rinsed and drained [however, don't rinse them until you're about to mix them in]
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup light brown sugar
3/4 c white sugar
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

mix the flour and sugars in a large bowl, making sure to get as many lumps out of the mixture as possible. add fruit, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg and stir until fruit is evenly coated.
makes 1 9in pie.

here's the pie before i put the top crust on it. yummy fruit Smiley

i need to get a normal pie pan, as opposed to this ceramic one, cause the crimping didn't work out so well for me. so i just forked it... which i think still goes nicely with the rustic type crust that i used.
baked it for 10 min at 425 then 55 min at 350. turned the oven off and let it sit in there for about 30 min to set the filling.

here it is after i took it out of the oven:


it spewed a little bit, but i see it as a good thing! makes it look more tantalizing... hehe

i'm super proud of this, and cant wait to eat it.
thanks for looking!!
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2  Neon Mini Cupcakes! in Dessert by kawaiimaru on: March 29, 2009 06:36:53 PM
I just got a mini muffin tin, so I had to make something super cute! The recipe I used ended up making 8.5 dozen of them though!! It was my first time making ganache and I was nervous about it, but it turned out perfectly and set all shiny Smiley I'm really proud of them! [I went hog wild with the pictures and the quality isn't great, sry]

The cupcakes before I frosted them. I made blue, pink, green, and purple.

All 8.5 dozen [minus a few "snacks"... heh]

mmmmm so shiny and tiny!!

They all had tiny little chocolate peaks on top!!

And just for fun Smiley

Thanks for looking! C&C welcome, of course!
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3  Pineapple Cupcake Extravaganza! in Dessert by kawaiimaru on: March 24, 2009 01:22:45 PM
ok, not really an EXTRAVAGANZA... i just made waaaaaaaay too many!  Cheesy

(this is only HALF of them.... haha)

up close Smiley

Theyre vanilla cake with crushed pineapple baked in it with white buttercream frosting and a marachino cherry on top Smiley
theyre moist and awesome!

C&C welcome and thanks for looking!  Kiss
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4  Super Choco-Lemon Cupcakes in Dessert by kawaiimaru on: March 11, 2009 09:33:54 AM

I made these bad boys yesterday. Vegan chocolate cupcakes with dark chocolate chips topped with lemon buttercream frosting and dark chocolate drizzle candy.

I had no idea how well dark chocolate and lemon go together... These were great Smiley

C&C welcome and thanks for looking!!

 Kiss Kiss Kiss
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5  English Toffee Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting in Dessert by kawaiimaru on: March 05, 2009 06:58:02 PM

I took my tried and true Vegan chocolate Cupcake recipe and made it not-so-vegan by adding english toffee pieces... topped them with chocolatized basic buttercream frosting and finished them off with a sprinkling of the toffee pieces Smiley

i can't even explain how beautiful they turned out!! so moist and flavorful... they won't last long!! haha

thanks for looking  Kiss
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6  Sorry the Bear <3 in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by kawaiimaru on: September 18, 2008 07:22:41 AM
so, right now my boyfriend and i are living halfway across the country from each other Sad
but it gives me an excuse to send him cute things! ha

I made this little stuffed bear for him... his name is Sorry, and i handsewed everything [had to forego the machine because it was like 3AM... ha]

face detail [sorry about the poor picture quality...]

chest detail

the reason i named him sorry is because my boyfriend is overly appologetic, always saying "im sorry" for no reason at all... i tease him for it a lot, and thought this would be a loving way of messing with him haha [you know, he says "im sorry..." and i say "no youre not, HE is!" hehe]

comments are MOAR than welcome :-D
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7  super easy/cheap [even tastier] black bean enchiladas in Recipes and Cooking Tips by kawaiimaru on: September 17, 2008 06:10:55 PM
so this week i needed to stretch $30 into reasonably healthy meals for 4 days... [too much shopping... eek!] heres my favorite thing i came up with :-D [cost me about $10 for a 13x9 pan-full-o-food]

Super Easy/Cheap Black Bean Enchiladas

2 cans of plain black beans [rinsed & drained]
1/2 jar of chunky salsa [i used previously canned home made salsa]
1 big can of enchilada sauce [or make your own, but i was budgeting it]
1 small block of cheese [its cheaper to shred your own unless its on sale, plus i like pepper jack and you cant really find it pre shredded]
corn tortillas

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Mix the beans and salsa in a large bowl until well blended
3. In a large skillet, heat about 1/3-1/2 of the enchilada sauce on medium heat.
4. Coat the bottom of a 13x9in baking pan with a little enchilada sauce. [this will prevent sticking]
5. One at a time [or 2 if you have a helper!] dip the tortillas in the warmed sauce [this will soften the tortilla and make rolling easier], transfer to a plate, spoon desired amount of black bean filling onto tortilla, roll it up, and place in the pan seam side down. [!! BE CAREFUL, SAUCE WILL BE HOT !!]
6. Continue until pan is full of yummy enchiladas. [I fit 12 in my pan]
7. Pour the rest of the sauce on top of the enchiladas, and top with desired amount of shredded cheese.
8. Cover with foil or baking sheet and bake on the middle rack for 20 min. Uncover and bake an additional 10-15 min. [Theyre done when the sides are bubbling fervently]

I really havent minded eating these for days... in fact, i just finished my last portion of it and im itching to make more haha... i hope some of you try this and like it as much as i do!
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8  easy nondairy baked ravioli! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by kawaiimaru on: September 10, 2008 06:56:17 PM
so the other night i was starving and didnt feel like going out to get anything so i made up this little recipe from things i just had laying around...

i used some Spinach and Soy Ricotta ravioli that I got at Whole Foods, and dipped it in olive oil then breaded it in a mixture of plain bread crumbs, dried basil, cracked pepper, and sea salt [i threw in a pinch of ground cayenne pepper too for a bit of bite] and baked it at 375 for 20 min.

it was sooooo tasty Smiley so i thought id share!
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