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Mar 132013
 

A few weekends ago some friends invited us over for dinner.  Since they were providing the main dish I told them I would bring dessert.  I scoured Pinterest and came up with 2 options, Oreo cake and Nutella cookies.  We bought 2 containers of Nutella at Costco so I decided the cookies were in.  And well, you know I also baking cake!  I ran to the grocery and picked up what I needed for Oreo cake and when I got home I started baking.

The cake was pretty easy overall.  I just used a box cake mix and the filling wasn’t tough to make.  I used chocolate frosting instead of making chocolate sauce and it turned out fine.  I think next time I make this I would scoop out one of the cake layers and make more of a filled cake.  The reason being, the filling was a little runny so my cake didn’t look quite as nice as my inspiration pic.  Overall I think it was a good first effort.  I took the leftovers to work and everyone loved it so it will be added to the list. 🙂

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Matt loves Nutella, as does our friend, so I figured I would throw those together too, just for good measure.  They were super simple to make and tasted delicious   We were a little surprised that they were more brownie like than cookie like.  So they were a denser more heavy cookie.

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Then my dad asked for an apple pie for his birthday last weekend.  He was in luck since mom gave me an apple slicer, corer for Valentine’s day.  This made quick work of peeling the apples.  🙂  Anyway, I threw together a homemade apple pie using  the same recipe from Thanksgiving.  The recipe is pretty simple including the homemade crust.  From what I’ve been told it is “the best apple pie I’ve ever had!”  Woo hooo!  I wouldn’t actually know what my apple pie tasted like since we met mom and dad for dinner on Saturday and handed it to them as we left.  I am really glad it turned out well though.  I might have to make another one soon.  Just because.

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~k

 

Aug 272012
 

I know I’ve said this before but I really do! I found a recipe for crusty bread on pinterest last week. Matt and I love bread but he really loves crusty bread. We’re talking 3 ingredients, about 2 minute prep time, and 12 – 18 hours of waiting. The most time consuming part is waiting for my pan to heat up in the oven.

Yesterday we ran to Costco and Matt saw a package of yeast while we were there. That was the only (and most important) ingredient I was missing. We picked it up and when we got home I mixed everything together. I was a little over zealous and made the dough early so mines been sitting for about 24 hours, oh well. If it flops I’ll try again. It’s too easy not to try and if it’s good I will be pleased.

I am a little disappointed with our weekend trip to the new West Elm store in Southpoint. They didn’t have the bed I was looking for in the store. Now I am on the hunt for something else. We aren’t trying to break the bank and I want something we can use with different furniture when we decide to buy a set. I’ve found a couple of options but Matt said he doesn’t know about buying something we can’t see. For the price I want to spend that’s just not going to happen…..

~k

Feb 242012
 

Just a quick update on the pound cake I made last night.  I got the recipe from one of my fav blog’s Dear Baby.  Click the link for directions.  Anyway I took about half of this to work today and everyone LOVED it!  I think this was definitely a success considering it was my first pound cake. 🙂

Not bad.  {I may have had a slight issue with the greasing/flouring of the pan.}

~k

Feb 232012
 

Currently there is a pound cake sitting on the counter cooling.  Honestly I’m not sure I’ve ever really had pound cake but I came across a recipe the other day {and if it really is delicious I will share} and I thought to myself, hmmm I should make this.  As you know I LOVE to bake.  I’m not sure why since following directions is really a pain point for me.  Maybe I just like sweets or maybe I feel like baking takes a little extra skill.  😉

I made some delicious strawberry cupcakes for Valentine’s day.  I found a great recipe on Pinterest.  Use one strawberry cake mix and add one can of Diet 7 Up.  You skip all the other stuff and just add the soda.  It was super weird because the mix kind of foams up.  I will say the cupcakes were amazing and super light.  If you use a light cake mix it will make your cupcakes low cal.  Of course then you add icing and you blow that out of the water but hey it’s dessert right?

Oh and just one more thing I must say.  If your Kichenaid looks like this you are CLEARLY not using it correctly.  Mine looked like it got flour bombed after I made the pound cake.

~k