May 20, 2013
A few Monday’s ago I had a pretty large brick of white sharp cheddar in the fridge that kept calling me to snack on it after one week of me being a little fridge mouse I though that I should stop nibbling on it and make something a bit more tasty.
Everything about the bread was great but as always I added a bit more butter and cheese. Also, the recipe can make two 5×9 loaves but I had three disposable mini loaf pans and I know have enough friends around that don’t mind random baked good deliveries that I decided to use them instead. The only thing I might do differently is to maybe sub out some of the buttermilk for beer.
recipe slightly adapted from Shutterbean
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees . Grease three mini loaf pans. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda.
Using your fingers, mix 3 tbsp. butter into the flour mixture until well incorporated (it should look like sand).
Add the cheese; toss to coat. Add the buttermilk and stir until the dough just comes together.
Divide between the pans; smooth the tops.
Cut a shallow cross all the way across the tops of the loaves. Thinly slice the remaining 1 tbsp. butter. Place the butter in the cuts in each loaf. Bake until the top is browned and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.
Let cool in the pan at least 30 minutes before slicing… I made it about 15 minutes before I tried a slice.
May 17, 2013
After a few days of hanging out with my niece I am heading back to Wisconsin today. I am bummed to be parting ways with my partner in crime, but I am super excited for next week and have a lot to get done before I hop on a plane to celebrate my cousin’s wedding!
Great Lake or Ocean? I thought I would be so good at this game because I’ve lived by two Great Lakes but I was not. Still a great “game” to play while sipping your coffee this morning.
I’m planning on making this Whole Wheat Blackberry Ricotta scone recipe for my early morning plane ride treat.
8 Signs You Are Actually A Cat. All eight apply to me.
Would you make or wear a craft apron?
The Scientific 7-Minute Workout. This kicked my butt but it is hard to talk yourself out of spending 7 minutes on working out.
Next week, I’ll be sharing one sweet and one savory bread recipe.
p.s. i heart both these dudes.
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May 15, 2013
It happened again, I was just popping into Target to pick up a few thing and I spotted Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory cereal! I couldn’t help myself, I picked up a box threw it in my basket and a few days later made some very tasty, chocolatey and gooey bars.
1 box Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Cereal
1 cup puffed rice cereal
5 cups of mini marshmallows
1 stick or 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
1.Coat a 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan with butter. In large pot melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Turn off the stove top but keep the pot on the burner.
2. Add RMCF cereal and puffed rice cereal. Stir until well coated.
3. Using buttered spatula evenly press mixture into pan. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Share with friends and keep in an air tight container. Enjoy!
May 14, 2013
Two weeks ago I was reading the blog post The Best (Buttermilk) Birthday Cake You’ll Ever Have and I realized that I had everything in the fridge that I needed to make the cake. In the freezer I had peanut butter buttercream frosting, chocolate frosting, and a Butterfinger candy bar that I bought from a fundraiser a few weeks ago. It was the perfect storm of refrigerator contents and a great excuse not to write a few emails.
The cake was easy to put together and you won’t need to keep an eye on it, just make sure to do the toothpick test about 10 minutes before the suggested end time. Also, keep in mind this is no light and fluffy cake. It is a dense cake, think of it as a scone of cakes and not a muffin like box cake mix. I would bet that this cake would not be enjoyed by kids.
Once the cake was cooled and the peanut butter frosting was at room temperature, I started to assemble the cake. Total time it took to assemble 10 minutes, no joke. First layer cake, second pb frosting, cake, milk chocolate frosting, and chopped up butterfinger bits on top.
If your wondering how I am always chopping up candy bars and cookies, I use the Food Chopper from Pampered Chef. If you’re looking for a special event or just for an every day cake this would be the one! Oh and if you think I get excited about cakes, check this gal out.
May 3, 2013
It is Friday! I am taking a tip from a good friend of mine and treating myself to a large coffee and doughnut to help me finish out this week. I would have shared a picture of the doughnut but lets be real here, I ate it in the car on the 3 minute drive home. Do you have any Friday treats, like pizza or bacon & eggs?
I finally put my yoga teaching schedule online.
A few really tasting looking veggie dishes.
Just downloaded this BabyCakes app. I haven’t used it but I think it will help me with making more gluten free and vegan baked goods.
With Summer just around the corner I am casting on this tote bag pattern.
Mother’s Day is coming up. Have you thought of baking mom a little something?
You know I love a good bundt cake recipe, but would you make an olive oil bundt cake?
image via Gemma Correll
May 1, 2013
I gotta admit my brain is running on “e” today, so I’m going to make this a quick blurb and go straight to the recipes. Made a few cupcakes this weekend for a birthday party and I used a recipe from A Cupcake For Every Day pin on my Pintrest baking board!
Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache and Cream Filling or
Homemade Hostess Cupcakes
1 cup flour
1/2 cup dutch cocoa
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup or 1 stick butter-room temp
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup milk
or you can use milk chocolate cake mix
Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix flour, cocoa, baking powder, soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar on medium until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add vanilla and egg. Add milk and flour mixture alternately while mixing. Pour into lined cupcake pan. Bake for 20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Yields 12 cupcakes.
1 stick room temp butter
2 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/4 cup whole milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
a dash or 1/4 tsp almond extract
Beat butter until smooth. Add sugar, milk, vanilla and almond. Beat until spreadable. Use knife to cut a cone-shape from the top of the cupcake. Fill the hole with cream, and cover to make an even top.
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy cream
Melt chocolate and cream in metal bowl set in simmering water. When smooth spread on top of cupcakes.
Red Velvet with Buttercream Frosting
Yields 12 cupcakes
1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon red food coloring
1/2 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat over to 350 F.
Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, buttermilk, egg, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla. While mixing gradually add dry mixture until just combined. Bake for 25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
1 stick room temperature butter
2 1/2 cups of confectioner’s sugar
1/4 cup of milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
a dash of almond extract
Beat butter until smooth and creamy. Add sugar, milk, vanilla, and almond extract and beat until spreadable consistency. Add additional sugar if needed. Frost cupcakes!
April 26, 2013
I have quite a bit going on this weekend. I’m headed over to Blooma to learn more about Baby and Mama yoga classes. I made blueberry muffins to share with the class. Hopefully my classmates enjoy baked goods! What are your weekend plans?
This clip of Diane Keaton on the Ellen show, makes me want to grow-up to be her.
The YogoMat a city guy or gals dream yoga mat.
Pick your city and bike safely.
A knitter’s “Spring cleaning” inspirational blog post.
I keep listening to this cover of Toxic.
A healthy carrot cake cupcake recipe.
Everyone I know or know through blogs have been suggesting this book. Have you read it?
Audrey & Gregory image via Vanity Fair
April 24, 2013
My good friend Sue is teaching in Italy and sharing her adventures on her blog The New Normal. She is always posting about making pasta and shopping for ingredients at the local market but to my surprise we both made Buttered Popcorn Cookies over the past two weeks.
Sue made her cookies using the UK version of Deb Perelman’s Smitten Kitchen cookbook. Even though she can’t get all the ingredients the book calls for in Italy, she still loves the cookbook and loved the way these cookies turned out.
I used the Joy the Baker version of the Buttered Popcorn cookie recipe which was adapted slightly from the Smitten Kitchen recipe. Both of us described the cookies as addicting and were loved by everyone we shared them with. I would make this recipe again and I think it is the perfect cookie to bring with you when watching movies in the park this Summer.
April 22, 2013
It is a great Monday! I’ve got some Cheddar Cheese Bread in the oven, blasting this running mix from Refinery 29, and clearing my inbox. I think I’m still pretty jazzed up from my weekend where I helped my brother’s company Fidelis Co man his booth at the Help A Minnesota Maker Succeed event.
I made cake pops for his booth and ended up sticking around to help answer questions and sell awesome items like the Minnesota Market bag. It was so neat to meet so many people following their passions and talk to people who were excited about my cake pop flavor combinations. I can’t wait for next year’s event!
April 19, 2013
It is April 19th and it is snowing. I know this isn’t big news and I do live in the Midwest, so I’m not complaining but above is a picture of my backyard and I’m pretty sure even the snow is geting sick of itself. So here are are few things that are keeping me going during what are hopefully these last days of Winter.
A few weeks ago I made these Coconut Morning Glory Muffins for my 5:30 am yoga class and they were easy to make, super healthy and brought lots of cheer to a chilly morning.
I’ve been doing this No-Crunch Core workout video to remind myself that I’ll be wearing a swimsuit sometime soon.
I’ve been watching this Lost Love video about once a day since it was posted. Something about it makes me so happy and optimistic about love stories that end gracefully instead of all over facebook.
I can’t wait to knit this love braid cardigan to wear over summer dresses.
I love the idea of curling up under one of these beautiful blankets under the stars by the campfire or on the pontoon watching fireworks.
Well that is what keeps me chugging along till we hit the mid 60′s. What keeps you going?
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