Daring Bakers..Tuiles

Oh my goodness. I almost forgot to post these! I am running on my 28th hour today. Preparing for the Super Bowl party has gotten the best of me. 84 banana breads baked and now on to the cookies!!!! Aggggg..Grrrrrr..I soooo need a double oven(or 3 or 4)!!! On to the challenge.This month’s challenge is […]

There are honest people left in the world

Well my computer if finally back home with a brand new motherboard and processor. I don’t know what either one of those things are, but my computer works. Yeah.I have a non food related story to tell you all. About 4 years ago my house was burglarized. Meaningless things were stolen like computers and DVD […]

Computer broke!

Ok, my new computer BROKE. Broke like have to send it back to HP broke! Damn it.&^*%(insert your favorite 4 letter cuse word)I am going to be like a Princess without her Prince, a cowboy with out his horse, and egg without its bacon, boobs with out their bra. So you get it, I am […]

Baking for the Super Bowl..yes the Actual Super Bowl

Nooooo I am not talking about for a Super Bowl party at my house. I am talking about a Huge Vip Party for FAMOUS people! I was contacted by a company who is hosting a party for theProfessionsal Sports Wives association. Ok people, I am talking about some BIG names..here I go with some name […]

Garlic TIP

Have I been living under the baking rock?When I need to get the skins off my garlic, I just smash the clove with the sides of a large chef knife and then pick it apart, welllllll……………… my sister just called me with this tip her friend Denise told her… Put your garlic in a Tupperware […]

Fruit Roll Up winners

You snooze you loose.I have no choice to do the drawing about 20 minutes early. I was up till 1:30 last night, so needless to say I am having trouble keeping my peepers open! Here are your random numbers:29Timestamp: 2009-01-10 02:35:31 UTC Katrina said…I have four boys and they would LOVE this!Happy New Year! Congrats […]

Caramelized Onions..and VERY EXCITING news

MMMM…Caramelized onions, sweet like candy. Ok, so maybe not candy, cause I know I don’t crave caramelized onions when I am P.M.S ‘ing. But they are sweet as far as onions go. I used to have an aversion to cooking them. I suppose I burned them one too many times. They require pot stalking. Its […]

I’m back…with a kid friendly giveaway

Phew….that was a long break. What started out as a planned 3 day trip to the Smokey mountains to spread our Uncles Ashes, turned into a spur of the moment week long vacation exploring the outdoors. We had a wonderful time but I am sooooo very glad to be home. So needless to say I […]

Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wanted to wish each of you a wonderful holiday. I hope it is filled with love, laughter, family and of course…. good food!!! I leave you with a few more family photos! My cute kids. Me and the Hubby! Me and my sister And more sillyness!! Good night to all and to all a […]

Marshmallow Snowmen

Another Holiday classic that you can do with your kids in under 2 minutes(cause we all know thats how long their attention spans are anyways!)Since there is no snow here in Tampa, I resort to making Marshmallow Snowmen. Fills the void ya know! MARSHMALLOW SNOWMEN 3 large marshmallows 3 toothpicks Edible Black and Orange markers(can […]

Sugar Cookies (a.k.a Hell)

Disclaimer—-If you get offended by curse words stop here!!!! And don’t judge me for my awful piping skills! If you do, I will hunt you down and beat you with my wooden spoon! Sooooo, I thought I get in the Christmas Spirit and make Fancy Decorated Sugar Cookies. With all of my baking adventures, I […]

Coupon winners

Will the lucky winners please email me you address? Random Integer GeneratorHere are your random numbers:11512Timestamp: 2008-12-13 14:02:14 UTC Elizabeth said…Hahah…too funny!elizabeth.chavis@gmail.com #5 mikky said…i really hope to see you in daytime soon… bet you were great… oh, btw, your hubby really knows how to make his game room shine… the leg lamp does the […]

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Daring Bakers..Tuiles

Oh my goodness. I almost forgot to post these! I am running on my 28th hour today. Preparing for the Super Bowl party has gotten the best of me. 84 banana breads baked and now on to the cookies!!!! Aggggg..Grrrrrr..I soooo need a double oven(or 3 or 4)!!!

On to the challenge.
This month’s challenge is brought to us by Karen of Bake My Day and Zorra of 1x umruehren bitte aka Kochtopf. They have chosen Tuiles from The Chocolate Book by Angélique Schmeink and Nougatine and Chocolate Tuiles from Michel Roux.

These are my take on the Crème de Pirouline cookie! You know those highly addictive little tubular cookies that are ohhh so yummy to dip in coffee!!?? I just shaped them into a rectangle using a stencil I cut from a box. Then mixed a bit of the batter with some cocoa to achieve the brown color and piped the lines on before baking. I rolled them around a pencil and let cool.
Then I whipped up a mixture of dark chocolate and Nutella and piped it into the cookies!!!
Lip smakin good people!

My husbands idea to cut them into bite size pieces! He is a cleaver one!

A tuile cup with chocolate ice cream.


Recipe:Yields: 20 small butterflies/6 large (butterflies are just an example)

Preparation time batter 10 minutes, waiting time 30 minutes, baking time: 5-10 minutes per batch
65 grams / ¼ cup / 2.3 ounces softened butter (not melted but soft)
60 grams / ½ cup / 2.1 ounces sifted confectioner’s sugar
1 sachet vanilla sugar (7 grams or substitute with a dash of vanilla extract)
2 large egg whites (slightly whisked with a fork)
65 grams / 1/2 cup / 2.1/4 ounces sifted all purpose flour
1 table spoon cocoa powder/or food coloring of choice
Butter/spray to grease baking sheet
Oven: 180C / 350F
Using a hand whisk or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle (low speed) and cream butter, sugar and vanilla to a paste. Keep stirring while you gradually add the egg whites. Continue to add the flour in small batches and stir to achieve a homogeneous and smooth batter/paste. Be careful to not overmix.Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm up. (This batter will keep in the fridge for up to a week, take it out 30 minutes before you plan to use it).
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease with either butter/spray and chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes. This will help spread the batter more easily if using a stencil/cardboard template such as the butterfly. Press the stencil on the bakingsheet and use an off sided spatula to spread batter. Leave some room in between your shapes. Mix a small part of the batter with the cocoa and a few drops of warm water until evenly colored. Use this colored batter in a paper piping bag and proceed to pipe decorations on the wings and body of the butterfly.
Bake butterflies in a preheated oven (180C/350F) for about 5-10 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown. Immediately release from bakingsheet and proceed to shape/bend the cookies in the desired shape. These cookies have to be shaped when still warm, you might want to bake a small amount at a time or maybe put them in the oven to warm them up again. (Haven’t tried that). Or: place a bakingsheet toward the front of the warm oven, leaving the door half open. The warmth will keep the cookies malleable.
If you don’t want to do stencil shapes, you might want to transfer the batter into a piping bag fitted with a small plain tip. Pipe the desired shapes and bake. Shape immediately after baking using for instance a rolling pin, a broom handle, cups, cones….

There are honest people left in the world

Well my computer if finally back home with a brand new motherboard and processor. I don’t know what either one of those things are, but my computer works. Yeah.
I have a non food related story to tell you all.

About 4 years ago my house was burglarized. Meaningless things were stolen like computers and DVD players. However non replaceable things were taken as well. Like ALL of my jewelry, jewelry that I had had all of my life..my first “diamond” ring that I got from my first love in 5th grade, my grandmothers High School graduation ring, my Graduation ring, family heirlooms pieces, pricey watches, etc. Overall about $25,000 worth of jewelry in 3 separate jewelry boxes. Not to mention, my best friend Bobbi was keeping her jewelry box at my house because her house was being remodeled and she knew it would be safe at my house. Well that was gone as well.
Today I get a letter in the mail saying someone might have found a class ring that belonged to me based on the name engraved inside. I was hesitant to call because I thought it might be a scam of some sort. but I called anyway.
A man with a heavy Southern accent picked up the phone. He said he uses a metal detector on the beach all the time and he always finds gold that people have dropped at the beach. I described my ring to him and it was a match! He said he has had the ring in his possession for a couple of years but has never found a name match. I just recently added my maiden name to my facebook account. He said he was looking through some scrap gold he has found over the years and he decided to see if he could locate the name on the ring again. He went to Facebook, typed in the name on the inside of the ring again and FOUND ME!
Pretty darn cool huh?
How do you repay someone for such kindness?

Computer broke!

Ok, my new computer BROKE. Broke like have to send it back to HP broke! Damn it.
&^*%(insert your favorite 4 letter cuse word)
I am going to be like a Princess without her Prince, a cowboy with out his horse, and egg without its bacon, boobs with out their bra. So you get it, I am going to be lost for about 2 weeks. No blogging, no photos, and limited email. So please forgive my absence on all of your fine blogs and returning any comments will be impossible.
Sniffle sniffle. Hmm sitting on the couch without my laptop just isn’t going to be the same!

I will bum other peoples computers(like I am now..steeling my sisters internet access) to possibly get on line..
See you soon!

Baking for the Super Bowl..yes the Actual Super Bowl

Nooooo I am not talking about for a Super Bowl party at my house. I am talking about a Huge Vip Party for FAMOUS people! I was contacted by a company who is hosting a party for the
Professionsal Sports Wives association. Ok people, I am talking about some BIG names..here I go with some name dropping….

Dylan Lauren, daughter of Ralph Lauren

Cooke & Magic Johnson (Majic Johnson..are you KIDDING..no!!!!Majic freeking Johnson!)

Actress, Eva Longoria and Tony Parker (Desperate Housewife..Hungry Housewife..I am sure we will be BFF’s!)

MLB, Kurt & Shonda Schilling, Boston Red Sox (my step dad is gonna freak w/ this one)

NASCAR’s Tony Stewart; Pat and Joe Gibbs (my dad was freaking over Tony Stewart)

Patricia and Emmitt Smith

Reggie Bush and actress, Kim Kardashian (cant wait to see what she is wearing!)

Tony Romo and actress, Jessica Simpson … ( maybe she can cut me a deal on some of her shoes or even some off her Hair-Do Hair extensions!!LOl)

and thats just a few of the names
Ok…pick your jaw off the ground.
I was flabbergasted and honored when they contacted me.

I am going to make some mini banana bread loaves, mini red velvet cupcakes and my semi famous chocolate chip cookies!!!!

I will try to get as many photos for you as I can without seeming like a crazed stalker.
FUN FUN FUN!!!! Waaaaahhhhhoooooo!

OMG..what am I going to wear???????????????????????????????????

Garlic TIP

Have I been living under the baking rock?
When I need to get the skins off my garlic, I just smash the clove with the sides of a large chef knife and then pick it apart, welllllll………………

my sister just called me with this tip her friend Denise told her…

Put your garlic in a Tupperware container(separate the bulbs from one another), put a lid on it and “SHAKE THE HELL OUT OF IT” for about 20 or so seconds.
Me being the skeptic, I was out to prove them wrong.
I try the so called new trick.
And DAMN it, they were right!!!! The skins were totally removed.
Ok, so maybe you already new this new found trickery, smarty pants!

Fruit Roll Up winners

You snooze you loose.
I have no choice to do the drawing about 20 minutes early. I was up till 1:30 last night, so needless to say I am having trouble keeping my peepers open!

Here are your random numbers:29
Timestamp: 2009-01-10 02:35:31 UTC

Katrina said…
I have four boys and they would LOVE this!Happy New Year!

Congrats Katrina…please email me your email address!!

Caramelized Onions..and VERY EXCITING news

MMMM…Caramelized onions, sweet like candy. Ok, so maybe not candy, cause I know I don’t crave caramelized onions when I am P.M.S ‘ing. But they are sweet as far as onions go. I used to have an aversion to cooking them. I suppose I burned them one too many times. They require pot stalking. Its kind hard to stalk a pot with 2 young kids. You know moms, while cooking we are pulled in every direction. You get the, “Mom, I need help”, “Mom, shes looking at me”, Mom, I spilled my juice”, Mom, come wipe my butt”(ya, I still have young kids that need my help in the bathroom..oh the joys of parenthood!!!) Ok, so you get the point. They need constant attention.

caramelized onionsSo just stick them in the oven, trust me, they require much less stalking!


I soooo swear this is not a pile of earth worms I dug up from the back yard!!!


CARAMELIZED ONIONS

Preheat oven to 425
Thinly slice your desired amount of onions( I always use Vidalia Onions)
Coat lightly with vegetable oil
Season with salt and pepper
In a dutch oven fitted with a lid, bake for around 1 hour, or until desired color is reached
Make sure you stir them every 15 minutes so they don’t burn( yes you still have to attend to the pot, but not as much)

Now a little toot tooting of my own horn!!

About a month ago I was asked to be a food contributor for Creative Loafing. They are a very cool urban magazine printed in Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Charlotte, Sarasota, Chicago and Washington D.C and also have a great website. Fun Fun Fun. They did a little article on me as well. Click here.

Also another BIG thing. I was chosen by the St Petersburg Times(the largest newspaper in Florida) as Someone to watch in 2009. You can see the article here. You have to scroll to the 3rd photo( yes, thats me doing my best James Bond 007 pose) and click on caption if you would like to read about it. Too cool huh?

I possibly have 2 more neat things in the works, so stay tuned.
I never in a MILLION years thought that my blog would bring me new ventures, but I am so very excited to see where it takes me!!!!!

Last but not least..a Huge Shout out to the Ladies of Where’s My Damn Answer, they passed along the “I love Your Blog Award” to me a few weeks back. And I thank them all so very much.

Have you seen there blog? No? Please Please Please check it out. They are funny, raw and real!!
I am sorry to spew about my self..but all the excitement was killing me!

I’m back…with a kid friendly giveaway

Phew….that was a long break. What started out as a planned 3 day trip to the Smokey mountains to spread our Uncles Ashes, turned into a spur of the moment week long vacation exploring the outdoors. We had a wonderful time but I am sooooo very glad to be home. So needless to say I am horrible behind on all things blogging. Instead of stressing about missing all of your new posts and all my comments, I am going to start from today! I do appreciate all of your comments on my last few posts, I just don’t have time to return them. Y’all understand, right? Well, I love sharing my life with you all, so her a just a few of my over 300 photos I took while we were away. I will be back in a few days with some yummy food. But until then here is a fun giveaway……………..


Do your kiddos like Fruit Roll Ups? I know mine do. Well Fruit Roll Ups is doing something so very cool. You can go online to http://www.myfruitrollups.com/ and customize your own fruit roll up for your kids. With customizable My Fruit Roll-Ups you can create one-of-a-kind,personalized messages and designs that help to make birthdays, holidays,or any occasion just a little more special. The My Fruit Roll-Ups site has more than 400 graphics to choose from, or you can even upload your own photo, artwork or logo to make a treat that is truly customized.

The cost is normally $29.99 for 30 Roll Ups, but if you win my contest you can get a code and design your own for free. Just leave a comment on this post and on Friday Jan 9th at 10 pm est, I will choose a random winner. I will then email you your code to get your free customized Fruit Roll Ups. Your kids will love you for it. Hell, even if you don’t have kids, you can make some cute ones for yourself!

Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wanted to wish each of you a wonderful holiday. I hope it is filled with love, laughter, family and of course…. good food!!!

I leave you with a few more family photos!

My cute kids.

Me and the Hubby!

Me and my sister

And more sillyness!!

Good night to all and to all a good night!!!

Marshmallow Snowmen

marshmallow snowmen Another Holiday classic that you can do with your kids in under 2 minutes(cause we all know thats how long their attention spans are anyways!)
Since there is no snow here in Tampa, I resort to making Marshmallow Snowmen. Fills the void ya know!

MARSHMALLOW SNOWMEN
3 large marshmallows
3 toothpicks
Edible Black and Orange markers(can find them at the craft store) or Black and Orange Tube writing frosting
2 small thin pretzel sticks
1 Sheet rolled fruit snack(such as a Fruit Roll Up) cut into a 1/4-1/2 inch long strip
1 Hershey’s Kiss
Place 1 toothpick in the center on 1 marshmallow.
Place a marshmallow on the top of that toothpick.
Place a second toothpick through the center of the second marshmallow.
Place the 3rd marshmallow on top of the second.
Using the markers or the frosting, draw on two black eyes and 3 black buttons and a mouth. Using the orange marker or frosting draw on a nose.
Place the pretzels in sides of the middle marshmallow for the arms.
Drape the Fruit Roll up around the neck and arms of the snowman for a “scarf”
Place the 3rd toothpick through the middle of the top marshmallow and poke the Hershey Kiss on top to serve as his hat.
FUN FUN FUN

Sugar Cookies (a.k.a Hell)

christmas sugar cookies Disclaimer—-If you get offended by curse words stop here!!!! And don’t judge me for my awful piping skills! If you do, I will hunt you down and beat you with my wooden spoon!

Sooooo, I thought I get in the Christmas Spirit and make Fancy Decorated Sugar Cookies.
With all of my baking adventures, I have never made decorated cookies or worked with cut out cookies. Hmmmmm, wonder why?

I see this post and this post over at Our Best Bites, and I was inspired. She gives a wonderful tutorial on both the cookie making and the glazing. And her cookies are adorable. Check them out.
Ok so enough being nice. As I am still a little bitter! Making the dough was a cinch. Throw everything in my KA mixer and in 2 minutes its done and into the fridge to chill.
Geeze..this is easy peasy. Holiday Cheer and Joy is flowing!!!
8 pm. This is when the first pain in the assness begins. The dough was too hard to roll. So I let it sit out for a bit so I could roll it. Ditzo me left it out for toooo long and it got too soft to roll. DAMN IT! Back in the fridge. The my daughter proceeds to blow across the floured counter top. And now it is snowing flour in my kitchen. Oh, Happy days!(can you sense my sarcasm??)
After the second blast of fridgid air from the fridge I get the rolling and cutting down pat. Ohh, yeah, I am so doing this! I get all my cookies baked.(a double batch I might add, what the hell was I thinking??!!) I mix up the glaze and decide I want all white snowflakes. I love the look of white on white cookies. I also do all white Christmas lights. My husband wants colored on the tree, I want all white, I give puppy dog eyes, so we compromise and do all white!!! LOL
As I sit here reliving my piping hell and nursing my sore wrist, I vow never to make this many decorated sugar cookies, EVER AGAIN!
I piped the outline, let it dry. I glazed the center(which I now call the glaze, “self Leveling concrete”, cause that it what it reminds me of. Let that dry, then pipe all the freekin decorations. All those damn snowflakes. I know that a 6 MONTH old could probably do a better job at piping.
But it is 12:15 am.(do you recall I started at EIGHT!! Over 4 hours to make cookies!!HUH) What do you want from me at 12:15 am! Let me tell you, there was NO MORE HOLIDAY CHEER flowing in my house. I am now traumatized from these cookies! Don’t get me wrong they taste amazing. I just bit off more than I could chew. What else is new???

And at 12:15..I was sooo absurdly sick of my piping bag. I said screw it, and just painted on luster dust and called it a night.

Sugar Cookies

1 C real butter
1 C sugar 1 egg
1 1/2 t almond extract (you could use vanilla too)
3 C flour
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy- about 2 minutes. Add in eggs and extract and mix to incorporate.
In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt and whisk to combine. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until completely combined.
Shape the dough into 2 flat disks and wrap in waxed paper and place in the fridge to chill for 1-2 hours.
When you’re ready to roll out dough lightly sprinkle flour onto your work surface and roll out dough with a rolling pin.
Cut to your desired shape
Bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes.
Remove onto cooling racks when you’re done and let cool completely.
Decorate as you like.
I doubled the above recipe. But I couldnt even tell you how many they made. Cause I didnt count. Again..I was flustered!
Glacé Icing
1lb powdered sugar (about 3 3/4 C)
1/4 C + 2T C whole milk (low-fat actually works, but use whole if you can)
1/4 C + 2T light Corn Syrup
1 t extract (I use almond because I use almond in my sugar cookies)
With a whisk, combine sugar and milk until smooth . Then stir in corn syrup and extract.You will use this same recipe for both glazing and piping. The way it is right now is the consistency you need it for glazing. Nice and thin.
To prepare the icing for piping, you just add more powdered sugar. You can’t really mess it up because if it’s too thick you just add more milk and if it’s to thin, you add more powdered sugar.
It is ready for piping when it gets difficult to whisk.
Want to see what I WATED and wished my cookies to look like???Nice and fancy and all professional looking. Click here.
I saw Sweet and Saucys post after my 4 1/4 hours of cookie hell. Talk about wanting to crawl under a rock!

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Elizabeth said…
Hahah…too funny!elizabeth.chavis@gmail.com

#5 mikky said…
i really hope to see you in daytime soon… bet you were great… oh, btw, your hubby really knows how to make his game room shine… the leg lamp does the trick… lol… 🙂

#12 Kimmie said…
Are there any plants in the game room? Maybe you can pull a Mrs. Parker and “water the plant” (aka ‘accidentally’ break the lamp) 😛