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I spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking, baking and cleaning. Most the time I feel like I am reenacting an episode of "I Love Lucy." So, I decided to start blogging about all my mishaps and share some good recipes along the way.

19 November 2014

Ants on a Log

  Ants on a log is a snack made by spreading peanut butter on celery and placing raisins or chocolate  chips on top. The snack name was first used in the 1950s.     
  • Ants on vacation: Without "ants", or no raisins
  • Ants on a Slip 'n Slide: Add honey on top of the peanut butter before adding raisins



11 November 2014

Opps, Pedro did it again

My friend Pedro decided to venture out into the baking world and it didn't go so well.  He was making flan when he messed up the caramel sauce. He used brown sugar instead of sugar and it was a disaster.  The caramel was stiff and there was no saving it.  He texted me right again with threats of throwing all of it in the garbage.  I texted him off the BAKING CLIFF, with an easy solution.  I told him to turn his flan into Cream Brulee.  If that makes any sense?  So instead of baking the flan with the caramel sauce his just baked the custard.  After letting it sit for maybe a half hour, (we should have waited longer but we didn't have all night). He sprinkled maybe 2 tablespoons of WHITE sugar evenly on top of the custard.  He put it back in the oven and broiled the sugar, it maybe took 2 to 3 minutes.  You can't take your eyes off it because it can burn.  You will have to turn it a couple time to get all the sugar to melt.
He brought some to my house to share and it was DELICIOUS!  My whole family loved it.
 I have never liked flan but I will use this recipe, skip the caramel sauce & do the burnt sugar on top.
 
Recipe courtesy of   
Ingredients
Directions
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
In a bowl, beat together the evaporated milk, condensed milk, vanilla extract, egg whites, and whole eggs. Set aside. In a medium saute pan on medium heat, heat the sugar until syrup-like and brown in color, about 8 to 10 minutes. Keep stirring the sugar as it can burn easily. Pour the melted sugar caramel into a 9 by 13-inch baking dish, coating around the bottom and sides. Pour in the milk mixture. Place the entire baking dish in a larger dish filled halfway up the smaller baking dish with water, but be sure not to let any water spill into the flan mixture. Cover with foil. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the custard is set. Cook's Note: Insert a knife into the center, and if it comes out clean, it is fully cooked.
Let the custard cool 2 hours before serving.
 
 

04 November 2014

2014 Third Annual Cookie Exchange

 


There are 6 ways to earn raffle tickets
1. Be on time
2. Bring your ornament
3. Bring 3 dozen cookies
4. Dress festive
5. Out of town guest
6. Bring a bottle of cheer or appetizer 
7.
 
Sign up Sheet 
 
Katie ~   Appetizer
Rhonda ~  artichoke dip   
Carol ~ deviled eggs


 
For some idea's from Martha Stewarts.  click here 

Jeans and Jewels

I had the best time at this years school fund raiser, "Jeans and Jewels."   We had the option of decorating a table to reserve seats for our friends.  The auction was October 24th so I choose Halloween decorations.  We ended winning "Best and Most Creative."
  This is my first win, I am the Queen of Second Place. 





02 November 2014

Katie's Turkey Napkin Rings

Katie did it again! 
 I just love everything she creates, I wish we were related so I could get an invite to one of her GREAT holiday dinners.

Natalie's Pumpkin Pretzels

Natalie made these cute Pumpkins with pretzels.  I was looking for the directions to share with you and came across a recipe that called for white chocolate instead of frosting.  If you want to make these with white chocolate click here for the recipe.  The only thing I would do different is just buy Wilton's  candy melts that are already orange.   
 
 

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