And The Mom Of the Year Award Goes To…

…NOT ME!

Remember doing yarn dolls in school, or with your grandma as a kid? I can’t be the only one who thought these were easy and fun right? Well with that mentality I decided to introduce this craft to my daughter. She is 5. She is always wanting to do art projects and do anything that requires scissors or glue, so I thought this would be fun.

After doing all the work myself (she wasn’t about to wrap the yarn around a book 100 times). She said, and I quote “Let’s pretend I can’t count that high and you do it ok?” See the smarts I have to deal with? The result was what I expected…

…her reaction, WAS NOT! She hated it, she found it creepy and weird. She didn’t want to hold it for the pictures and then began to criticize all the things wrong with it and telling me what needed to be added to it before she would even consider keeping it.

So much for that. #momfail

Me Ooohh My it’s a Chocolate Pie!

Not too long ago I was asked to bring a dessert to a dinner and I find that to be a huge compliment. I’m starting to find that people trust me with the whole “baked goods” side of cooking. I love it so much.

I wanted to pick something rich and easy that was a no-bake recipe because we were going to be needing our ovens for practically everything else.

I found this recipe online. I was a little bummed there weren’t any pictures. I’m like a child. I need pictures to keep me interested and engaged. Nonetheless, this recipe did not disappoint. It’s for a Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Oreo Pie. Go ahead, start drooling. Don’t you wish you could just reach through screen and eat this? I do, because, mine is definitely gone now.

This crust is literally just crushed up Oreo cookies and melted butter. Um yah! I kinda just wanted to rest my head on this like a little chocolate pillow from heaven.

I was worried about making caramel again because of my last fiasco with it. This time though it went smoothly and the consistency was perfect. Slow clap for me for not messing it up.

Doesn’t this look so tasty? It was. It is. It was a huge hit and because it is so rich there was plenty to go around because a tiny sliver of a piece was plenty. And that crust?! Oh my goodness!

 

This photo isn’t the best but is the only chance I had to snap what the inside of the pie looked like before it was devoured. The caramel started oozing just slightly as the pie sat longer at room temperature. And if you ask me, that was a welcomed accident 🙂 try this recipe. It whips up in a flash and is basically a no fuss recipe. You’ll love it and be crowned the queen of the kitchen, at least for the night! Enjoy!

Again, HERE is where I found the recipe.

not to judge the cookies by its…icing?

  

The theme for this very small batch of sugar cookies was “Some of Her Favorite Things” for a friends birthday this weekend. I will say it is the least time and attention I have given the cookies and it totally bummed me out. If I’m going to take the time to make sugar cookies shouldn’t each one be given the attention to details it deserves? Yes, I’m talking about food ha ha. Be that as it may, I did like the color palette of these. And those “hairy” things in the middle? Those are supposed to be her little Yorkshire Terriers 😬 Oh well, they still taste great. Happy birthday to my friend! 

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting and Chocolate Ganache

When my mom was in town a couple weeks ago we wanted to celebrate her 50th birthday while she was here and all she asked for was a chocolate mayonnaise cake. Well, that, and to eat at an authentic British pub (she’s London obsessed, don’t ask).

I knew exactly where I wanted to go to get the perfect recipe. My favorite blogger and one I have been following the longest is Mara from M loves M.

Years ago Mara posted a delicious looking chocolate mayonnaise cake and I knew I had to try it.

  Here is a trick I love, putting bread on top of the cake while it cools keeps the cake from drying out. You’re welcome.

    I dusted my cake pans with flour for the first two and this is how they turned out.

  Notice how on this third cake it is a dark rich chocolate brown color? I decided to dust the cake pan with cocoa powder instead and boy was it a great choice. I just wish I would have thought of it earlier. It looks so much more esthetically pleasing (yes, I care about that) and it added a great flavor to the already tasty cake.

  I added the buttercream for the crumb coat.

    This frosting was a joke to work with. I tried making two recipes I found into one. One thing I learned (the hard way) was that making homemade caramel sauce in a new climate is no easy task. Basically I failed miserably and threw a little bit of this and that into the frosting until it tasted acceptable.

  Even the color of this frosting is unknown to me haha.

           I added an easy chocolate ganache on top with a sprinkle of sea salt.

This cake, even with my bizarre attempt of a salted caramel frosting, ended up being rich, very moist and very delicious. It got rave reviews.

I am sorry I don’t have a recipe for the frosting but once again here is the cake recipe.

Try it out and let me know what you thought!

Enjoy

Oven Baked Carrots

Are you needing a side dish or vegetable dish for this coming Easter dinner? Well I have a fool proof recipe anyone can make that tastes delicious and really fancy! 

I’m going to make this recipe sound impossibly easy, because, it is. 

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees

Take about 6-8 carrots (depending on size) and give them a good rinse. Don’t worry about peeling them as long as they’re clean, you’re fine. Cut them in relatively equal lengths for even baking. Toss them in olive oil until they are all lightly coated and spread on a baking sheet. Give a generous shaking of spices of choice. I chose cracked black pepper, coarse sea salt, some garlic powder and dried thyme. Easy as that. 

Bake at 400 degrees for about 40-45 minutes. Check at 35 minutes in case your oven runs hot. 

 Serve immediately. Serves approx. 4