Snowed In Part 2

Snowed In Part 2

Yes,….we are still snowed in. Two days of staying home, I have exhausted Pintrest and Corey has shoveled our entire driveway and front and back porch.

On a more positive note….last night we had two new experiences. One, SNOW ICE CREAM. Yum, I’ve heard of this stuff but we’ve never tried it out. Just another reason to look forward to snow from now on.

snow ice cream

The recipe we used was only 3 ingredients.

1 can sweet and condensed milk
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
4 to 5 Cups of Snow
Mix milk and vanilla together, then stir in snow. Wa-La!

This stuff is good. Next time it snows, try it out. If you like ice cream and snow cones…this is a good mix.

Our next “first” was a surprise from Blakely. She and Bostyn have been playing with a walker that they got for Christmas for a few months, they can walk with it if you hold onto them or the walker. If not, they go way to fast and fall immediately. Before bed last night, Blakely decided to walk right to daddy and I, full speed ahead, holding onto the walker. Wow! So cool. We were so proud of her, she could tell and squealed with delight. After several goes at it. We put Bostyn down. Not to be outdone, she hoped right up and walked just like sissy. It was such a wonderful blessing for Corey and I to watch together as our little babies turned into toddlers.

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Bostyn- walking

Had to share these videos. Sorry for the bad lighting and pjs. We were not expecting a photo op.

Kimberly

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Lets Bake A Cake

Lets Bake A Cake

With the girls birthday just around the corner…(literally, like 3 weeks! EECK!), I have been practicing up on my baking skills. Well, not actually baking skills, but more like- cake decorating skills. I found a cake online that I love and thought about taking the picture to my favorite bakery to have them make it. Then, the idea hit me,…  “hey, I could make that”.  After all, as a child my mom made all of our cakes for birthday parties, and they were AWESOME. So instead of waiting to try it out on the “real” cake. I have made a couple…just to practice(and enjoy after). My first attempt was for Valentines Day….a Chevron, pink and white loooove cake. 3 layered strawberry cake with vanilla icing- YUM!

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My second attempt was a 4 layered yellow and chocolate cake with mocha, chocolate buttercream and pastel chevron fondant…(for upcoming Easter). It looks a little more put together.  I used a quilting grid to get more exact lines and angels.

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Next on the list is the girls 1st Birthday cake. I’m excited! I hope it turns out as good as the picture. If not, there’s always Wal-Mart.(and the girls really don’t care what it looks like anyway)

Kimberly 
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Valentines Meal for ….One

Valentines Meal for …..One

Nothing speak right to my heart more then a delicious meal….and dessert. This Valentines evening was a bit different than the ones Corey and I have spent together in the past. One, this was our first Valentines Day with the girls. It was so fun,…I know they have no idea at this point what Valentines Day even is,…but I think it’s just fun to start traditions for them. Secondly, Corey came home early not feeling good at all (a stomach bug or something). Anyway, he stayed in bed for a bit until the girls woke up from there nap, but didn’t really feel like eating the Valentines Day Dinner I had planned….bummer…but no worries here. We can have a day of love any day, and EVERY day for that matter.

My dear, sweet, sick, hubby didn’t disappoint despite his bug. He came home with a dozen roses, a box of chocolates and a super sweet card. And for Bossy and Blake….a sweet teddy bear and a 1st Valentines Day card.

He’s a keeper!

Although Corey was not up to dinner, I insisted on cooking it anyway (the girls and I enjoyed).

Menu:

Rotisserie Seasoned Turkey Tenderloin with Fresh Garden Tomato sauce

Broccoli &Rice

Seasoned & Sautéed Zucchini

Heart Shaped English Muffin Bread

Dessert:

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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Cupcake Lovin’

Cupcake Lovin’

For those of you who may not already know this. I am a sucker for anything sweet. In fact, I believe that until my tummy has had a little sweetness…this meal just isn’t over. I admit it, I may be alittle bit of a addict, ….cakes, cookies, pies, brownies, cupcakes, candy, ice cream….you name it, and I probably LOVE it. Makes it hard to stay in swim suit condition, but I will gladly give up all meals and everything health for a few sweet treats. This is the latest recipe that I tried out. Some of my tasters told me that they were “very rich” others simply adored them. Me….I ate 4 in one day…could’ve eaten more but I tried to keep a smidge of my self control.

So here they are…

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Vanilla Bean Buttermilk Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream

Need I say more, they were delish!

The recipe I used is from www.krissys-creations.com

Vanilla Bean Buttermilk Cupcakes

4 Eggs

1 tsp Pure Vanilla Bean Paste(or the seeds of 1 vanilla bean, or 2 tsp Pure Vanilla)

1 1/4 cups Buttermilk

3 cups Cake Flour

2 cups Sugar

3 1/2 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Salt

1 cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter, at room temp

Nutella Buttercream

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) Unsalted (softened)

3 cup Confectioners Sugar

1/8 tsp Salt

2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

1 cup Nutella

To make cup cake, preheat oven to 350 and line 2-3 cupcake tins. I tried to use all the batter in two pans and some of my cupcakes were out of control big.

In a bowl, wisk together eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk. Set aside.

In a stand mixer combine cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter and beat until light and fluffy. Then slowly add egg mixture, and scrape down sides.

Once mixed, divide the batter evenly in baking cups, ONLY FILLING THE CUPS HALF WAY. I filled mine more and they cooked over the edge of pan.

Bake 25 minutes. Allow to cool  minutes and remove and place on cooling rack.

While the cupcakes are cooling, make the Nutella Buttercream. Cream butter in stand mixer fitted with wisk about 5 minutes. Add the confectioners sugar and  salt and mix gradually  increasing in speed. Add the vanilla and wisk until light and fluffy. When the buttercream is fluffy, add the Nutellla and wisk for about 5 minutes until it is well incorporated.

Frost as desired and enjoy.

I also embellished mine with chocolate heart since it is the season of LOVE after all.

Enjoy

Kimberly

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Color Me RED…

Red Velvet Brownies…...and Red Heels!

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Well,…as you can see, I had a SWEET TOOTH today (ok, like everyday)! So what better recipe to try out than and ooey, gooey, delicious Red Velvet Brownie (with the addition of a little dollop of cream cheese icing)?

Oh, and just to be festive….why not throw on some red heels. I mean, my kitchen needs to feel special too…right?!!!

Pretty easy recipe. Just be aware that it takes ALOT of red food coloring… “ALOT” meaning like the whole bottle.

So, here’s how it’s done:

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Red Velvet Brownies

(adapted from Smells Like Home)

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

4 eggs, at room temp

2 oz red food coloring

4 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

6 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 9X13 glass pan.

In stand mixer fitted with paddle, beat together butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy.

Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each. Then stir in food coloring and vanilla. Mix until incorporated.

Mix flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder in separate bowl and add in to mixture slowly. Do no over mix.

The batter will be thick. Make sure it is well incorporated and pour into pan.

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 Bake for 30-40 minutes.

I cooked mine for 35 mins and it left a thin crust and an ooey gooey center. YUM!

Cool and serve.

I added some cream cheese frosting just to make it a little more decedent.

Enjoy!

 
Kimberly
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