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11  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / My husband is addicted to these popsicles.... Let's face it; so am I. on: September 09, 2009 10:52:56 PM
I'm kind of obsessed with my new popsicle recipe. Might make it again tomorrow, in fact. If you're a coffee/ice cream/creamy fan, you'll probably love it too.

Excuse the mini popsicle... I should've filled my molds a bit more.

Basically all you have to do is mix these things:

    * 1/2 cup heavy cream
    * 2 Tbsp whole milk
    * 1 Tbsp maple syrup
    * 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
    * 1 tsp instant coffee granules
(use a whisk so you make sure to dissolve all the coffee completely)

And then put it in popsicle molds or cups w/a popsicle stick in the freezer for a while... Don't make too much at once though or you'll be kind of bloated when you finish them... it's hard to eat just one of these babies.
12  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / My new favorite thing to do with chicken thighs. on: September 09, 2009 10:46:55 PM
So I made this one up by accident ... just pulling together whatever was left in our house after my husband ate his way through most of the food (I was out of town for a few days), and it has quickly become one of my favorite easy chicken thigh recipes.

It's so so so easy. Basically cut up squash and carrots for the "bed", and top with roasted garlic. Then add your chicken... brush chicken with bacon grease (or oil if you don't have bacon grease), and bake in the oven about 40 minutes. I also added crumbled bacon in the last few minutes of cooking.

Just SO GOOD... I had to share. I added the link to my blog post up there ^^ in case you want the details and more pictures, but really this is all there was to it!
13  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: My yeast curse has been broken! Honey wheat bread from scratch. on: December 30, 2008 09:28:55 PM
Thanks Kelly! It really felt like an accomplishment. Smiley
14  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / My yeast curse has been broken! Honey wheat bread from scratch. on: December 30, 2008 09:16:15 PM
I wrote before about my incompetence with yeast and the fact that my only successes had been in a bread machine. Then I sort of broke the cycle with some Italian bread. I followed the Joy of Cookings instructions step by step, and yielded something yummy. It felt GREAT to make real bread, but sort of like... I couldn't really do it myself because I was clutching that book the whole time.

Well, guess what I did today I flew all on my own. I made honey wheat bread from scratch WITHOUT using a bread machine. And its beautiful.

My hubs and I ate some tonight for dessert, with honey butter on top. SO good.

More pictures and recipe are in my blog.

Bread machines are GREAT but I like that this made a normal-shaped loaf I was able to get a lot more slices out of it than usual (which also means smaller sandwiches so I might be able to actually eat a whole one Ive taken to just eating turkey lunchmeat plain because I never feel hungry enough for a sandwich as huge as our bread usually is. ha!) .
15  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Puffy Scratch-Made Chocoalte Chip Pancakes...Mmmmm.... on: December 30, 2008 09:11:50 PM
Like everyone else I was awed by that amazing photo, and made a batch of these yesterday. They turned out quite tasty but not like the picture.

I think perhaps the batter was too thick, what consistency should I aim for next time I make this? (Yes, even though they didn't come out quite perfect there will definitely be a next time  Wink)

Thanks for the sharing the recipe  Smiley

I don't remember exactly how much milk I added, but I know I added quite a lot more than was suggested to give it the right consistency.

Yup, it's more than the recipe calls for (and if you run out of milk, water will do too). It depends on your preference and your climate which is why it can't really be an exact amount... I just keep splashing till it looks right.
16  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Puffy Scratch-Made Chocoalte Chip Pancakes...Mmmmm.... on: December 15, 2008 09:35:45 PM
Oh my goodness, everyone! Thank you all for your SWEET comments! I am getting ready to go to bed now but I will try to respond to everyone tomorrow. Smiley
17  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Brigadeiros - traditional brazilian sweets on: December 14, 2008 06:58:17 AM
man, those look so amazing!
18  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Puffy Scratch-Made Chocoalte Chip Pancakes...Mmmmm.... on: December 14, 2008 06:55:38 AM
thanks for the recipe! Smiley  my dad used to make us chocolate chip pancakes too!

Yay! It always makes me happy to hear that someone else knows what chocolate chip pancakes even are! How cool that both our dads used to do that. Smiley

omgggg those look to die for!!!!

ps i'm checking out your website and everything looks divineee! can you say bookmark  Grin


Aww thanks, Karen! (You can also subscribe via  RSS or email though, just FYI. The links are in the right column of my site.) Let me know if you try any recipes out!

Oh man, that shot is mouthwatering! I've never made pancakes from scratch actually... but I may give your recipe a try!

Please do ... there's not really any way you can mess it up if you follow the directions. Smiley Let me know how they turn out!

i gotta be honest, that looks delicious.  and now i want one...

Get thee to a kitchen, wench! hehe.

Chocolate chip pancakes are always going to be my favorite breakfast.  I'll have to give this recipe to the bf (he's the cook in the household - I am SO spoiled).

Gotta go...now my tummy's rumbling from the yummy picture.  Tongue

Yummmmm.... let me know how your bf's pancakes turn out! I can't wait to hear what you think since they've always been your favorite.

awww....that brings back such good memories.  My dad made breakfast every sunday too...either choc chip,berry, or apple cinnamon pancakes.  He used to make plain ones up for the parrots (and later the dogs too) and now that we've all moved out he now still makes a batch up every few weeks and freezes them so he can thaw out a few every week for the pets Smiley

Aww your dad sounds like a big softie. How cute! And now you're making me want apple cinnamon muffins! Dangit!
19  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Puffy Scratch-Made Chocolate Chip Pancakes...Mmmmm.... on: December 13, 2008 11:08:09 PM
Every Sunday, my dad used to make a yummy homemade breakfast for all of us (I have three sisters), and wed gather in the kitchen for some nice family time. It was awesome, and man that guy can make some breakfast! Sometimes it was waffles or french toast, but probably the most frequent (and my favorite) was chocolate chip pancakes (with lil smokies breakfast sausagesmmm). This isnt his recipe, but its durned good.

Step-by-Step Recipe here with tons of photos.

Short version of the recipe
Puffy pancakes


    * 3 cups flour
    * 6 Tablespoons sugar
    * 1/4 tsp. salt
    * 2 Tablespoons baking powder
    * 3 eggs
    * 1/3 cup canola oil
    * 1+ cup milk

Mix the dry ingredients. Mix the wet ingredients. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Add milk if needed. Cook in a pan over medium heat  (or on a griddle if youre fancy like that). If you want, add chocolate chips or blueberries after you spoon the batter onto the pan, before you flip them! Enjoy!

Have you ever had chocolate chip pancakes before? Is it "normal"? I always thought they were special. haha.
Do you have any favorite weekend traditions? My husband and I don't have kids yet, but we plan on doing something special each weekend with our future children, like making breakfast and then going for a hike or bike-ride or something...
20  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: I need the bestest ever gingerbread man recipe......please? on: December 13, 2008 11:03:58 PM

This is the recipe that my husband and I used last year and the year before. It's DELICIOUS and very forgiving.

Also, if you make your cookies a day or two before you need them, they taste even better, I think. The flavors seem to meld together after a day or so.

(We doubled the recipe last year.

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