Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Candy Corn Cake

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Hello, hello!  Here is one more quick Halloweenish post before the big day.  And yes, I'm still using up that opened bag of candy corn.  I saw the directions for this cake in a Land O'Lakes Fall Favorites magazine.  Is anyone else weak when it comes to those recipe magazines near the check out at the grocery store?  I cannot resist!

Anyway...I thought the cake was super cute and just perfect for my hubby's birthday last weekend.
 


I made a strawberry cake, as that's one of my husband's favorites, but you can put this treat together with any cake.  You just need to bake a cake in a 9 x 13" pan.  It's so simple to make and put together.

1.  Line the bottom of a 9 x 13" pan with parchment or wax paper.  Grease the pan before you line the bottom and then grease the paper.  Bake your favorite cake in the prepared pan.  Let it cool completely.  At this point, I removed my cake from the pan, left the paper on and wrapped the whole thing in plastic wrap.  I put it in the freezer for about an hour.  I wanted it to be easy to cut without falling apart or getting crumbs everywhere.  Make sense?
2.  While the cake is chilling, make your favorite buttercream.
3.  Get your cold cake and remove the paper and plastic wrap.  Lay it on a cutting board and cut a triangle from the corners of one short side to a point in the middle on the other short side.  You should have two triangles on each side after you cut it.  They'll be a little thinner than the first triangle, and that's good.  You want to be able to combine the thinner triangles into one triangle to top the first one.
4.  Lay the larger triangle on a cake board and frost the top.  Put the two thinner triangles on top and trim if necessary.  I used some frosting to "glue" the two thin triangles together.
5.  Frost the whole cake and decorate with white, yellow and orange sparkling sugar or sprinkles.  Decorate the bottom of the cake with candy corn.

Easy-peasy!
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a very Happy Halloween!

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookie Truffles

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Truffles, folks. They are bad news. Bad news for zippers and buttons. I've graduated to granny stretchy waist pants, so I'm not too worried. Just consider yourself warned, these truffles are sooo bad, bad, bad, BAD! And by bad, I'm mean so freakin' good, you won't care that you've eaten 29 of them and still want more.


By now, I think that all of America has tried a Cookies and Cream/Oreo truffle.  If you haven't, you need to get on that right away.  I mean it, click here and then go straight to your kitchen and make them.  There are tons of recipes for these little nuggets of bliss, all of them basically the same and so easy.  This is how it goes:
Crushed Oreos + Cream Cheese x Dipping Chocolate = Tears of Happiness 

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Truffles are the same concept.  I saw them on Cookies and Cups a very long time ago and I've just finally made them.  I'm kicking myself for not making them sooner...and for eating 29 of them and still wanting more.  




Chocolate Chip Cookie Truffles
Source:  Cookies and Cups

1.  Using a food processor, crush one 12 oz. package of chocolate chip cookies (Chips Ahoy, matey!) until finely ground. You can also arm a small child with a rolling pin and a plastic bag filled with the cookies.  That's fun for everyone.
2.  Dump the cookie crumbs into a large bowl and add 4 oz. softened cream cheese.
3.  Stir, stir and stir some more until the mixture is very well combined.
4.  Roll the mixture into 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Chill the little balls for just a bit, maybe an hour.  (You can get between 25-30 balls.)
5.  Melt some dipping chocolate and start dipping.

That's it!


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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Menu Plan Monday #8

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Hello!  We are finally enjoying consistently cooler temperatures here in the Dallas area.  Ya.  Hoooo!  Going to the pumpkin patch and sweating in 90 degree heat just doesn't put one (me!) in a Fallish mood. 

We went to the Dallas Arboretum last week and it was so lovely!  Although I seriously regretted suggesting (strongly) a long-sleeve shirt for my boy.  He usually runs a little cold, and hello, cute skeleton rib cage on the front!  Perfect for Halloween-ish pics.  He was hot...and let me know about it every 39 seconds.  Mom fail.



My littles were exhausted after playing, exploring and walking all day.  They barely argued during the car ride home.  They just didn't have the strength to go all in.  I'll take what I can get!

Anyway, I have a menu plan ready for this week that involves some tasty cool weather comfort food.


 Monday
My lovely aunt is in town from Nebraska, so we are gathering at my house for dinner.  I've got an especially yummy menu planned.
Garlic Broccoli
 Old Fashion Bread Pudding

Tuesday
Cornbread Muffins

Wednesday
Sloppy Joes
Mama King's Creamy Corn

Thursday
Leftover Frenzie!

Friday

Saturday
Kitchen is closed!


There you have it!  Everyone have a great week.  Thanks for stopping by!

Linked to Menu Plan Monday at Org Junkie

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Go Rangers!

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It's all about the Texas Rangers here, folks.  Nevermind that I am not a fan of sports, any sports, I'm still excited about our Rangers.  Contradictions...it's what I do.  Anyway, Go Rangers!

Now, go have a cupcake.  You deserve one.

That is all.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Candy Corn

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I had a revelation.  A revelation about myself.  It was profound and it involved Candy Corn

I have several friends that celebrate the fact that candy corn arrives on the store shelves this time of year.  They dance and happily declare their love for this seasonal treat.  I always feel left out...I want to like candy corn.  I do.  I don't know why I want to like it.  That's a mystery still, it wasn't part of my revelation.

Anyway, I tried the candy corn, again, just yesterday.  And.  EWWWWWWW!  It's nasty stuff.  I give up, I just give up.  Candy corn is now permanently shelved in my mind with the likes of soda and chewing gum.  It's done.  It's on the nasty shelf...in my mind. 

So!  I'm giving up on candy corn, but I can still be friends with Candy Corn Lovers.  They'll still accept me, I think.  I can't do the happy-dance with them when we spot a bag of candy corn, but that's not a terribly big deal...dancing really isn't my thing.

I also discovered that candy corn can have a useful purpose in my life. It can be used to adorn the top of a cupcake.  A Halloween cupcake!  Yeeeeahhh. 



That's how I plan to use candy corn from now on!  What about you?  Are you on team Candy Corn or not so much?  Either way, you can find happiness with cupcakes.  It's true!  Go make some.  I used my favorite Perfect Party Cake and vanilla buttercream for these cupcakes. 

Thanks for stopping by!


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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fun Farm Cake

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Hi friends!  Just a quick post today to show you a super cute cake for a child's birthday.  I got the request to do this cake rather last minute, which worked out great because I didn't have time to fret and worry about it.  I just had to jump in and make it happen. 

I was really thrilled with the way it turned out and it was SO MUCH fun to decorate.  Really!  It's a fantastic cake for a farm/barnyard themed birthday party. 

I followed the directions from Family Fun and it came together quite easily.  It was time consuming, but not at all difficult.  Give it a try!



 


Of course you have to have farm animal cupcakes to go with a farm cake!  So sorry about the dark, dismal photos.  I was seriously out of daylight and quickly snapping pics.  I had to get started on clean up...can you say monumental mess?!  Just keepin' it real for you! 


Have a great day!  Thanks so much for stopping by.
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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Menu Plan Monday #7

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I'm getting ready for another busy week around my house.  Relative to some of my kids' friends, we don't have THAT busy of a schedule, but then again, I don't like to leave the house.  My son practices Jiu-Jitsu twice a week and my daughter goes to gymnastics class once a week.  Between traveling to those classes, getting homework done and baking orders filled...it's seems way crazy to me.  Last week, I had no menu plan.  Epic tragedy.  Not this week, I'm ready!  I've got my menu plan and my grocery list ready a whole eight hours early.  Yay, me!

Here's what we're having this week.

Sunday
Grilled Steak
Broccoli

Monday
Sweet Potatoes
Rice

Tuesday
BLT Chicken Panini's (with leftover Cranberry Chicken)
Creamy Tomato Soup

Wednesday

Thursday
Pita Chips
Fruit Salad

Friday & Saturday
We already have plans for dinner out!  Yippee!


Everyone have a great week!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  :)

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