Thursday, April 30, 2015

Cinco De Mayo sombrero cookies



 sugar cookie mix, I used a store bought pouch of mix. 
tablespoon flour
stick of butter, softened
large egg
gel food color (red, blue, yellow, and green)
 White cookie frosting 
Decorating Decors nonpareils
Pearl cupcake gems
2/3 
cup m&m's ( you could use whatever candy you like here) 

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 325ºF.
  • Mix cookie mix with flour, butter and egg.
  • Divide dough into four equal parts. Color one part red, one yellow, one blue and one green.
  • Divide each colored dough into 8 equal pieces, about a tablespoon each. Roll into balls.
  • Press half of the dough balls into the cavities in the whoopie pie pan. (You'll want to fill 4 cavities per color, and may have to bake the cookies in two batches.)
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown around the edges.
  • Increase oven temperature to 350ºF.
  • Press remaining dough balls into individual cavities in brownie pop silicone molds, making 4 hat crowns of each color.
  • Use your finger to create a well in the center of each dough ball. Press the dough up the sides of the mold, up to the fill line, about 1/4 inch from the top of the mold.
  • Freeze molds for 10 minutes, then bake for 14 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and use the handle of a wooden spoon to reshape the well in the cookies.
  • Return to the oven for 4-8 minutes until cookies are baked through. Reshape if needed. Allow to cool completely, then remove from mold.
  • Pipe a line of cookie icing around the base of each cookie crown. Sprinkle on some non-pareils. Allow to dry.
  • Turn cookie crowns upside down, fill with m&m's, pipe some icing around the top edge, and press a round cookie brim onto the cookie crown to create the sombrero. Turn cookies right side up to decorate.
  • Use icing and sugar pearls to decorate the edges of the hat brims.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Apple Cider Donuts

Thinking of Fall and had to post this from this past year these were so yummy! We love donuts in case you haven't noticed! :)
Add apple cider to the dough for these homemade doughnuts, then sprinkle the doughnuts with cinnamon and sugar for a flavor that will remind you of autumn.
About 15 doughnuts and 15 holes (serving size: 1 doughnut and 1 hole)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 
  • large eggs plus 1 large egg yolk 
  • 6 cups vegetable oil, for frying

Preparation

Cook Time: 
Prep Time: 
  1. 1. Line baking sheet with parchment. Line a large plate with paper towels. In a paper bag, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 Tbsp. cinnamon; shake to mix well. Set aside.
  2. 2. Bring cider to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cider has reduced to 1/2 cup, about 20 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.
  3. 3. In a large bowl, whisk baking powder, salt, 1 cup flour and remaining sugar and cinnamon until well combined. In a small bowl, whisk butter, eggs, yolk and cooled cider until well combined. Add cider mixture to flour mixture; whisk until smooth. Add remaining 2 1/2 cups flour and mix until just combined. Dough will be slightly sticky. Refrigerate 10 minutes.
  4. 4. Pour oil into a large pot and attach a candy thermometer to side (thermometer should not touch bottom of pot). Heat oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 375ºF, watching and adjusting as needed to keep oil from overheating.
  5. 5. Turn dough out onto a well-floured countertop and coat fingertips with flour. Pat dough out to 1/2-inch thickness. Using a doughnut cutter or 2 round cookie cutters (one large and one small), cut out doughnuts and holes. Transfer both to lined baking sheet. Gather scraps and re-pat dough, cutting as many doughnuts as possible.
  6. 6. Working in batches, carefully slide doughnuts into hot oil. After about 1 minute, doughnuts will rise to surface and begin to brown. At that point, turn over and fry 1 1/2 minutes longer. Transfer to lined plate to drain. Bring oil back to 375ºF before frying another batch. When doughnuts have cooled for 1 minute, add to bag with cinnamon sugar and toss to coat. Remove to a clean plate and serve.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

biscuit donuts

Ingredients

  • Peanut oil (for frying or whatever other oil you would like if theirs an allergy)
  • ground cinnamon and sugar
  • strawberry jam or any kind of fruit you like 
  • 2 cans biscuits

Directions

Heat oil in a large pot or fryer to 350 degrees F.

In a shallow bowl, stir together the ground cinnamon and sugar and set aside. 

Lay out the biscuits on a cutting board and with a small cookie cut out a hole from the middle of each biscuit. I left about half whole for filling and I just like the light airiness of the whole donut.  Fry them in the oil until golden and then flip with tongs to fry the other side. You can even fry the donut holes. Drain on paper towels and then toss in the cinnamon-sugar. For the ones left whole I used a zip lock bag to put the strawberry jam in and poked a hole in the side of one of the donuts and squeeze the jam inside. I made these for Andy and his dad and step mom an they loved the filled donuts best. Make sure you serve these right away they are only good while hot!! i got the idea from my Grandpa he used to make these every morning for us grand kids growing up. I came up with the filled donut over the years trying new things! I hope you enjoy! 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

asking bridesmaids....

I love that Pinterest had been created and anything and everything you want ideas or inspiration in can be found on Pinterest! I've started getting ideas for our wedding and came across the cutest thing on asking your bridesmaids to stand up with you on your wedding day! I knew I wanted to do something personal and make my girls feel like I really want them to be there and value them so I saw bigger boxes that they can open and have little gifts. you can use whatever you want! here is what I did: 
for this first one this is for my maid of honor my sister Heather ;) I did a mini margarita, a champagne flute I added lips too, a bridesmaid tank from Victoria secret, body lotion, mini tiaras I found at hobby lobby ( I love them!! they were napkin rings!) MOH pin from craft store, ring pop ( I left in the bag for sanitation reasons since Im mailing a few of mine), small bag of Carmel corn, sand dollar we found on the beach in Ocean Shore, WA,  mints from little white bridal shop, minted lip gloss from Victoria secret, diamonds in the floral section of craft store, and my favorite Disney character Ariel sanitizer s from the dollar store!! ;) the other bridesmaids will be the same just have bridesmaid things instead of MOH ;) 
 since one of my bridesmaids is under age I found these sparkling apple juices at the store and just added tinfoil to the too to make it look like champagne. I will give these to my flower girls too! 
My cat Daphne loved the mini tiaras I hope my girls do too! ;) 

coast to coast vacation!

Thank you to all my followers, I'm sorry I haven't blogged in awhile. Alot has happened this year. In Janurary, I did my first half marathon Tinkerbell half marathon in Anaheim, Ca. Then in February we went to southwest Florida and 
we spent time with my parents at their home. We had a blast seeing the area and going to the beach relaxing and visiting. of course it wasn't enough time but we had to head over to Orlando for my second half marathon and Andy had booked a day at Discovery Cove. We booked our Orlando hotel through bass pro true green and it was a really nice hotel. Once we got to discovery cove I found out that Andy booked the dolphin swim package and sea venture. I was really excited to spend the day there! we started with sea venture, they have a group of about 8 people out in underwater helmets with a tube for oxygen as they lower you into the water. once in the water your helmet is dry but your chin is resting in the water kind of a weird feeling and almost felt alittle over whelming but the scuba instructors kept us calm once everyone was in the water we started the tour. we swam with sharks and sting rays in the end we were able to hold starfish and sea urchins and then they gave us romain lettuce to feed the fish and sting rays that was so neat. after we finished our sea venture we went to have breakfast everything is included in your day adventure at Discovery cove which was great and we didn't have to keep goin to our locker for money. the alcohol drinks were also included in the price. after breakfast it was time for our dolphin swim. that was one of the best experiences ever we got to wade in waist deep water assisting in training the dolphins and feeding them. we also got to kiss the dolphins and feel them up close. we learned you can tell the dolphins apart with there dorsal fin. once we were finished with the warm up training we went into the deeper water to do a few more tricks before holding on to the dolphins fin and going for a ride. the dolphin is so powerful moving through the water and making it feel like it was nothing pulling us along. this was one of my dreams and Andy surprised me by planning it! then after we finished and they told everyone to get out they asked Andy and I to stay in the water for more training so they had me feed Velma and then she swam over to the other trainers and came back with a buoy. once she got close enough to me the trainer said to grab it and as I did I read "will you marry me?" and Andy was on his knee in the water. it was so sweet and was my all time dream to be proposed to with the dolphin!!  we then posed for pictures in the water with the dolphin and came out to a huge group of people clapping and congratulating us it was so neat! then the rest of the day we spent scuba diving with more sting rays bigger than we were and floating in the lazy river. the next day we went to Disney world had alot of fun riding the rides and for the first time ever I rode Dumbo ;) we wanted to eat at the new beauty and the beast restaurant but the wait was too long and we didn't know to make reservations. the next day was my race Disney princess half marathon! it was so much fun waiting in my heat hearing the other people go and the fireworks going on at the start of each heat. the fairy god mother sent us off on our magical journey in the early morning runnin through Disney world the best part was running through the castle! I was so proud of myself for finishing both races although for the princess race I lost my bib along the way still was a magical experience. great way to end our trip just wish we could have been closer to my parents so theycould have came and watched me do my race, to spend alittle bit more time with them, and show them all my bling: my ring and medals ;) Also, since i did two half marathons in the same calendar year, one in CA and the other in FL I got a special coast to coast medal! 


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

spiked cider

As most of you know fall is my favorite time of year and what better than sitting outside on a porch swing admiring the pretty colors. This is my favorite fall drink. You can do it hot or cold which ever you prefer. I put it in my favorite Rainforest cup, lights up on the bottom. I always say party in a cup, lol when i have a drink in it ;)

Recipe:
Apple cider (we used a local brand)
Fireball cinnemon whisky

Since I like it cold in the fall months, we keep the whiskey in the freezer and I poured 2 shots in the bottom of my glass and mixed in the cider. :) If you want it warm just keep over a sauce pan and you could add in mulled spices perfect for Halloween festivities or corn mazes.




Tuesday, October 2, 2012

candy corn nails

Candy corn is one of my favorite candies from fall and I came across these cute nails on pinterest so I thought I'd try and make them myself. The picture is posted before I touched up cuticles with nail polish remover :D.


All you need for these nails is yellow, orange, white polish and glitter or clear coat. I started by painting the whole nail yellow. Then in the middle of the nail I did orange to the finger tip. I then used the white on the tips. I painted over the top a clear glitter top coat. Then take a q-tip with nail polish removed along the edges to clean up the nails. :)