Friday, February 28, 2014

Commercial Break

I have to admit that I rarely watch daytime TV. I have one of the morning shows on, sort of as background information (or noise) as i try to pry my eyes open and go about my morning chores.

But I also admit that with the Olympics on the past few weeks, my TV has had a daytime work-out the likes of which it’s never seen. And I’ve had my eyes opened by more than just coffee.

I grew up in the early days of Saturday Night Live. One of the funniest parts of that show was when they did parodies of commercials. You watched and tried to make sense of what you were seeing until it just got so absurd you finally realized that it wasn’t a commercial at al, it was the show and you had been punked. Those were so much fun.

Then there’s the Super Bowl commercials. Some of them were heartwarming, some funny and many were well worth seeing. I loved talking about favorites for days afterwards at dinner. Also so much fun.

And then there were the commercials I’d been seeing with the TV on so much over the last few weeks. At first I thought I had time traveled back to the early days of SNL but no, these things were real.

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When i stopped laughing, I realized what a service these ads have done for me. I have been forewarned. I will never be buying:

*diet pills that may cause bloating. Ummm, one of us is missing the point. And I don’t think it’s me.
*medication that helps block allergies so I can “live a better life”, but can’t drive while taking it. I don’t know how bad you think my life is, but sitting in my house is actually not a better life.
*toilet paper that makes you enjoy going. Enjoy going? Again I have to say that I don’t know how bad you think my life is but “going” isn’t the highlight of my day no matter what toilet paper I use.
*slippers with a dust mop on the bottom. Sorry, I’ll take a pass. I will not be picking up dirt while I walk.
*any food item that looks meal sized on TV but that I’ve seen in the store and know the package is only big enough to hold a bite. Where did the rest of it go? That’s OK, I’ll just make my own.


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Favorite Cacciatore

*any service that tries to scare me into purchasing it by telling me that if I don't I'll be body-slammed by a lowland gorilla.
*any and all medication for constipation. Hey, I’ve got kids, I know exactly how to get rid of constipation pretty cheaply. It’s called fast food.
*pick your price insurance? I was so hopeful. I actually looked into it. I went to their website and I picked my price. Apparently they don’t like “free” as much as I do.
*stain remover that “may not remove all stains”.  I’m a little confused, this is like Russian Roulette? Pay your money and take your chances?
*anything at all that can cause rash, hives, swelling of the lips tongue or throat, stomach pain, leg cramps, vomiting, perforation of the bowels, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, tumors, back pain, numbness, blurred vision, ringing in the ears or death.
*any car that, in order to find it, I have to run through town following a blue line.
*any product where the commercial says “prices start at”. Duh, I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck yesterday. I know that “prices start at” is code for "you'll pay at least double".


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Favorite Cacciatore
(stove top or crock pot)
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients:
3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
1 can stewed tomatoes
3 roma tomatoes, chopped
½ cup vegetable broth
½ cup white wine
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp oregano
¾  tsp red pepper flakes
1 large onion, sliced
1 red pepper, sliced
8 oz mushrooms, quartered
3 oz jar of green olives, drained
7 oz jar quartered artichoke hearts, drained
OPT: serve over tricolored rotini
 
Directions, crock pot:
*Spray crockpot with cooking spray.
*Mix stewed tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, vegetable broth, wine, garlic and seasonings together in the crock pot.
*Add in the chicken, onion, red pepper and mushrooms.
*Cook on low for about 7 hours. Mix the ingredients around a few times if possible.
* Add green olives and artichokes. Cook another hour.
NOTE: Crockpot sizes and heat levels differ, you may need to adjust heat level or times a little to work with your slow cooker.
 
Directions, stove top:
*In a large pot, bring stewed tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, vegetable broth, wine, garlic and seasonings to a boil.
*Reduce heat and add the onion, red pepper, mushrooms and chicken. Simmer for 45 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked.
*Add in the green olives and artichokes. Cook 15 minutes more.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I Smell Smoke

I smell smoke. It’s not fire. In fact, it seems as though it’s not anything at all.

This past summer, when I finally realized that my son was never going to give me my car back, I sent my husband and son out to buy me another one. So off they went to the dealership and they did, in fact, buy me a car. We would be moving our other son into college soon so they found me a pre-owned SUV that they both liked and that met my needs. I brought it home that day.

The very first time I got into that car I smelled smoke. It’s very subtle but I’m convinced that the previous owner was a smoker. Neither my husband nor High School Senior smelled it then nor have they smelled it since.

The next time I smelled smoke I was, ummmm, well, indisposed. I was so distressed picturing the firemen coming and finding me with my pants down. . . literally. I’ve got to tell you, I’ve never been so happy to find my house wasn’t on fire than I was that day.

When it happened again I was sitting on the couch in my living room. As before, it was subtle but it was there. I jumped off of the couch and went to find both of my resident trouble makers teenagers. Neither one had anything combustible going on. OK, this is just strange.

Liar, liar, pants on fire? No, that’s not a real thing.

And then I panicked. OMG, dinner is burning. Ran down to the kitchen but the Post Roast was in the Crockpot minding its own business and cooking away.

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Crockpot Pot Roast

At some point I realized that it seems to happen randomly and in different places. Apparently the whole world suddenly smells like smoke.

So I googled it. Big mistake. It seems that it’s possible that this can happen at my . . .  gulp . . . age. Seriously? I mean I found a way to get some of those other  . . . changes. . . to work in my favor but I just don’t know where to go with this one.

I’m realizing that I can no longer mention it to my family. Like the boy who cried wolf, by the 10th time I went running through the house yelling “where’s the fire", they’ve all stopped listening to me. In fact, I’ve started to notice them stopping all conversation when I enter the room and I’m afraid they’re making other living arrangements for their in-house wackadoodle.

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I smell smoke. It bothers me. A lot. But I’m trying really hard to ignore it. I keep telling myself that where there’s smoke there’s not always fire.

But if you ever happen to see me sitting on my couch pretending I’m neither having hot flashes nor smelling smoke and there happen to really be flames dancing around behind me, could you give me a “heads up?”


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Crockpot Pot Roast
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients:
4 # brisket or bottom round roast
2 packages frozen chopped onion
1 chopped green pepper
1 cup water
1 package dry onion soup mix
1 tsp beef bouillon
Salt
Pepper
Garlic powder
Paprika
8 oz sliced mushrooms
3 potatoes, peeled and sliced
 
Directions:
*Season the beef by sprinkling with salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder. In a hot pan, seer the meat on all sides. Remove from pan.
*Lower the heat and add the water, onion soup mix and bouillon. Scrape up the bits from the bottom of the pan as the soup mix and bouillon dissolve.
*Put the onions and pepper into the crockpot. Add the liquid from the pan and mix together. Add the meat and turn crockpot on to high.
*Cook 2 hours. Turn meat and cook 1 more hour. Turn the crockpot down to low.
*Cook 3 more hours. Remove the meat and slice, against the grain. Put the meat back into the crockpot. Add the mushrooms and potatoes. Submerge as much of the beef, mushrooms and potatoes in the sauce as possible. Cook another 1 1/2 hours or until the potatoes are fork tender.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Fly on the Wall, Feb 2014

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 12 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

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I set up the coffee pot and timer before I go to bed. That way, while hubs is showering, the coffee’s brewing. He takes a to-go cup and drinks it on the way to work. He has a favorite cup, one that’s easiest to sip from in the car and I put that one out for him most days. One day he came home with a different cup.
Me: What are you doing with that cup, didn’t you find the one I left out for you?
Hubs: Yes, but it tasted like soap so I took this one.
Me (looking in the dishwasher): So where’s the other one?
Hubs: I put it back in the cabinet.
Well, OK then . . .

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College Boy was home for a month and started the last semester of his freshman year in the middle of last month. About 5 days before returning to school he finally signed up for a 5th class.
As he was leaving to go back the day before his classes started, I asked if he was ready to start his classes on Monday. He never asked me to pay for his books and I wanted to be sure he had ordered them. Nope, he had not.

And he took the trash bag he had stuffed all of his clothes into and walked out the door.

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College boy is back at scho0l for three days when he calls on a Thursday afternoon and asks me to come pick him up. That was my first clue that something was wrong. My second clue? I get to his dorm and he shuffles out to the car with a barf bag in each hand.

Food poisoning. Of epic proportions. I’m glad he’s one of the few who made it home to be sick in private. He’s also one of the lucky ones able to stay out of the hospital.

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So poor College Boy is home and quite sick from the food poisoning. Unfortunately every time he falls asleep the school Food Service people call him with more questions.

Eventually when he starts feeling better I ask when it hit. He tells me at 11 pm the night before. I ask if he made it down the hall to the dorm bathroom when he started getting sick.

Apparently he used the trash basket in his room. And he was so sick when I picked him up that he just left it in his room. I’m thinking he owes his roommate a HUGE apology. And nose plugs. And a year’s supply of air freshener.

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After 5 days at home, College Boy went back to school the following Monday evening. He really was much better but I wasn’t sure he quite had his appetite back. After he left I went into my pantry and realized that I had nothing to worry about, both an unopened bag of Tostitos and and unopened jar of salsa were missing. Yup, he’s good to go.


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Rolled Stuffed Chicken


Hubs comes back from a business meeting with a roll of toilet paper. I kid you not, a roll of toilet paper. A supply company was giving them away.
Apparently it’s made from unbleached, recycled fibers and is so green that even the electricity used to manufacture it was produced using wind energy. This stuff is supposed to be the Cadillac of Toilet Paper.
I’ll let you know.

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On Super Bowl Sunday, hubs and High School Senior go out to run a few errands. For whatever reason they decide to take my car and that’s fine with me, I’m getting snacks ready in the kitchen.

I’m in the middle of a recipe and I’m out of an ingredient. I just hate when this happens, but I throw a coat and boots on and go into the laundry room to grab my keys from the hook.

Turns out hubs took his keys, son took his keys, and they both took my keys.

So I do have two cars here. Just no keys.


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Super Bowl Sunday, a day when family and friends watch a game together while drinking and pigging out.

Unfortunately my family and I were never in the same place at the same time all day. Since the Patriots weren’t playing, I really didn’t have any interest in the game. So I’d be off in the kitchen during the game and come running back to the TV for commercials.
And the family was glued to the game and off running to the kitchen during the commercials.

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Just before the game starts, I'm sitting with College Boy and I look up and see a beautiful majestic bird on the TV. 
 Me: Oh wow, did you see that beautiful eagle?
Son (rolling his eyes): Ah, yeah Mom, pretty sure that was a Sea Hawk.
Duh.



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During the game a commercial came on with Bruce Willis telling us all to look around the room at our loved ones and give them a hug.

Me: Come here, I have to hug you.
College Boy: No, I'm good.
Me: But Bruce Willis said I have to hug you.
College Boy: If Bruce Willis told you to jump off a bridge, would you? How many times have I told you not to give in to peer pressure?


Now click on the links below for a peek into some other homes:





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Rolled Stuffed Chicken
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Printable Recipe
 
NOTE: Whenever I stuff and roast a turkey or chicken I freeze whatever stuffing is left over to make this recipe. If you tend to not have stuffing left over, you can double your stuffing recipe just to have some left over for this dinner.
 
Ingredients:
4 boneless skinless chicken breast pieces, cut in half
Salt
Pepper
Garlic powder
Cooked stuffing
1 (8 oz) bottle of French or Russian Salad dressing
 
Directions:
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 X 11 baking dish.
*Pound the chicken breasts until flat and of even thickness.
*Sprinkle each side of each breast with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
*Put approximately 1 heaping TBSP stuffing in the center of each breast.
*Roll the breast around the stuffing, secure with toothpicks and put into prepared baking dish. You can put any additional stuffing into the center of the dish.
*Pour salad dressing over the chicken breasts. Cover with foil and bake for one hour.
*Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

No One Gives Me Muffins

One of the many things I loved about having little ones was reading to and with them. I’m a reader and when I had kids, it provided the opportunity to not only share the children’s books that I grew up with, but to explore the ever changing world of fairy tales and children’s books that had come along since my days as a child. When College Boy was 3, he knew Where The Wild Things Are so well that I’d read to him and he’d turn the pages at the right times. And High School Senior and I just loved Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. I think I can still recite that one. Love You Forever? I never did make it through that one without tears.

Some books you can relate to and some just make you smile. If You Give A Moose A Muffin was one that was given to the boys by my Mom and, although not relatable of course, always made us smile. I mean, our house backs up to woods so we do have a lot of wildlife in our backyard, but no mooses (hmmm, that’s not right) meese (nope, not that either). Well, whatever they are, we don’t have any.

So as much as I love the story, no muffins are given out willy-nilly around here.

BUT:

If you give a Mom a polar vortex, she’s gonna want to try to keep her family warm.

And if she just can’t get her family warm, she may want to build a fire in the fireplace.

And if she’s going to build a fire, she’s going to expect you to provide some firewood.

And if you don’t have any firewood, she’s going to point to the dead trees in the woods out back and send you out to chop them down.


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Now if you can’t chop them down because you do not have a saw, she’s going to send you to the store.

And if you’re going to the store, you’ll have to shovel the driveway.

And if you shovel and find there’s ice under the snow, you’ll have to spread some sand.

And once the driveway’s sanded, you’re going to have to start the car.

And if the car doesn’t start, you’re going to have to walk.


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When walking to the store you will need to wear your gloves. 

And if your gloves are wet from clearing the driveway, you’ll have to dry them off.

And if they’re also dirty from sanding the driveway, she won’t let you put them into the dryer with the clean clothes.

If you can’t put them in the clothes dryer, you’ll try to warm them in the oven.

And if you turn the oven on to warm your gloves?

She just might bake a muffin.


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Maple Glazed Mandarin Poppy Muffins


Baking Signature


Maple Glazed Mandarin Poppy Muffins
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients:
1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
¾ cup milk
¼ cup orange juice
1 egg
3 TBSP maple syrup
2 cups flour
½ tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
¼ cup poppy seeds
2 mandarin oranges, peeled and chopped (make sure there are no seeds)
1/3 cup powdered sugar
2 TBSP maple syrup
 
Directions:
*Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place 12 cupcake papers into muffin tins or grease the tins well.
*In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter. Mix in the sugar, then the milk, ¼ cup of juice, egg, and 3 TBSP maple syrup.
*Mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated. Mix in the orange pieces last.
*Fill muffin tins and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until the centers spring back to the touch.
*Remove from tins and cool.
*Mix the powdered sugar with the 2 TBSP maple syrup. Drizzle over the muffins.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Use Your Words, Valentine Version

Today’s post is a monthly writing challenge. If you’re new here, this is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

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At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they use them.
I’m usting: Cupid ~ Tylenol ~ breaking ~ bent out of shape ~ caterpillar ~ pole
They were submitted by: The Bergham's Life Chronicles

There’s more than one Cupid. Did you know that? Well think about it. One day a year to do your true work? There’s just no way. You see, Cupid is actually a last name. Each one has their own first name. The story I’m telling today is about poor little Stupid Cupid.

The way it works is this: in the early morning hours of February 14th, each Cupid secures his loin cloth, grabs his bow and joins all his cousins standing in two different lines. In the first he receives his assignment in the form of a picture. Cupids are not given names and locations, just a picture. They have sharply honed Cupid-instincts that lead them where they need to go, and all day to do it. In the second line he takes possession of one single magic arrow.

Now Stupid got his name exactly as you’d think, he earned it. Year after year on that one special day he’s received his assignment, double checked the fit of his attire (things were bad enough, he could not chance a wardrobe malfunction), and headed out. And year after year one thing or another stood in his way. But this was his year, he knew it. This was the year he’d change his name, he even had one picked out: he’d be Qupid Cupid. Perfect.

Tirelessly, endlessly he searched for his mark. He hovered over houses, schools, libraries and office buildings. Towards the middle of the day he could feel he was honing in and followed his Cupid-instincts to a bakery.

Turns out that was not his Cupid-instincts he was following after all. More like his tummy.

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Strawberry Cream Cookie Cups & Parfait

As dusk came, then evening and finally night time, Cupid knew he was running out of time. His heart was breaking. Hovering around aimlessly on tired wings he suddenly felt something he had never experienced before. He was in the right place, he just knew it.

“Hmmm” he thought upon entering, “Men’s Club, I wonder what that could be.” He looked around and immediately shut his eyes. “No, no, no, no, no” he repeated to himself over and over again. “This cannot be right”. Clearly, yet again, it wasn’t his Cupid-instincts he was following.

And then he looked up. Straight ahead of him was a stage and on that stage a pole. Wrapped around that pole like a caterpillar was exactly the woman he was seeking.

He carefully removed his arrow and aimed it with precision. His heart swelled. This was the moment he was born for. Cupid would be Stupid no more.

He took a breath in, steadied his hand, and just as his beautiful target twirled, released his precious arrow. Which promptly hit the pole and bent out of shape.

"Guess I’m in the right place after all”, he thought. “I’m gonna need a good strong drink. And Tylenol”.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all who take the time to read Baking In A Tornado. I hope your Cupid isn’t Stupid. Unless you like them that way.

Links to other Use Your Words posts:


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Strawberry Cream Cookie Cups & Parfait
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients, cookie cup:
1 stick butter, softened                               
1 stick margarine, softened                          
1 ½ cups brown sugar                              
1 tsp vanilla                                              
1 egg                                                       
1 ¾ cups flour                                            
¼ cup baking cocoa
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
Ingredients, filling:
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup strawberry syrup
1 can Evaporated Milk
1 package instant white chocolate pudding mix
¼ cup strawberry syrup
Ingredients, Parfait:
Whipped cream
Crushed oreos
 
Directions, cookie cup:
*Cream together butter, margarine, brown sugar and vanilla. Beat in the egg.
*Mix in the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
*Refrigerate for one hour up to a day.
*Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease 24 muffin cups.
*Take approx. 2 TBSP of cookie dough and flatten with the palms of your hands. Place into each muffin cup and gently pat down into the cup and up the sides (if it gets sticky, wet your fingers).
*Bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely in the muffin tin for 10 minutes, then gently tamp the center partially down with your fingers or the bottom of a wooden spoon. Cool completely, run a knife around the sides and remove.
Directions, filling:
*Wisk the Evaporated Milk, pudding mix, and Strawberry Syrup until completely combined.
*Beat the heavy cream until soft peaks hold. Add 1/3 cup strawberry syrup and continue beating until stiff peaks hold.
*Gently fold the pudding mixture into the whipped cream.
*Pipe or spoon the mixture into the cookie cups.
*Refrigerate until set before serving and store the leftovers in the refrigerator.
Directions, Parfait:
*In a glass cup, layer a handful of crushed oreos, approximately 1/3 cup of strawberry filling, approximately ¼ cup whipped cream. Continue to layer, ending with the whipped cream.
*Refrigerate until serving.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Fudge

Today’s post is February’s submission to our monthly theme posts.

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If you’re new here, this is how it works: there are a group of bloggers participating in this monthly project. Every month one of us picks a theme and each of us will post a recipe based on that month’s theme. All the recipes will be featured on my Facebook page so be sure to check there daily.
January’s theme was Dippin' through January 
February’s theme is Love and Food.
Today it’s my turn.

If you’re a regular reader here you already know that I’m not an expert, just a mom who bakes to relieve stress, takes crappy pictures to prove it, and blogs to spare my personal FB friends from having to see all these food pictures. OK, so now we’re all up to date.

My point is that I’m very limited in what I’m capable of in terms of participating in these monthly projects. I don’t know how to do candy and don’t even have a candy thermometer. But I can do fudge. So that’s what I did. With my own little spin on it, of course.


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Dark Chocolate Raspberry Fudge

This fudge takes almost no time to make, but be sure to leave plenty of time for it to set and harden in he fridge. I added Chocolate Cake Vodka to the dark chocolate layers and Chambord to the raspberry layer. These are optional and easily just left out for a child-friendly version. I also used a heart shaped cookie cutter to make it perfect for Valentine’s Day.

As always, if you make one of my recipes, please feel free to take a picture of it and post it on my Facebook page. And be sure to check out the other Love and Food recipes that I’ll be featuring there. Six have already posted, 2 more are coming on the dates below:

2/4 Crumbs in my Mustachio’s Limoncello Cream Dream Cake
2/5 Tampa Cake Girl’s Nutella Frangelico Love Cheesecake
2/6 Hun . . . what’s for dinner?’s Cherry Blossom Chocolates
2/7 Lemony Thyme’s Cookie Cutter Chocolate Bark

2/10 Moore or Less Cooking’s Chocolate Pound Cake with a Chocolate Glaze
2/11 my Dark Chocolate Raspberry Fudge
2/12 The Rowdy Baker's Chocolate Covered Cherry Pie
2/13 Cooking from a SAHM's Sex and Candy Cake


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Dark Chocolate Raspberry Fudge
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients:
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk, divided
2 cups dark chocolate chips
Dash of salt
1 tsp vanilla
OPT: 2 TBSP Chocolate Cake Vodka
1 cup white chocolate chips
½ tsp raspberry extract
OPT: 2 tsp Chambord
OPT: 3 drops red food coloring
 
Directions:
* Line a 8 X 11 inch pan with plastic wrap and grease lightly.
* Put ½ cup of sweetened condensed milk and 1 cup white chocolate chips into a small sauce pan and set aside.
* Put the rest of the sweetened condensed milk, the dark chocolate chips and the dash of salt into a medium sauce pan and heat on medium low while stirring until melted and smooth.
*Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Stir in the vodka if using.
*Pour about half of this mixture into your prepared pan. Spread as evenly as you can and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Leave the rest of the chocolate mixture at room temperature.
*While the first layer is starting to set, heat the white chocolate chips and condensed milk mixture like you did the first. Once smooth, remove from heat and stir in the raspberry extract. Add the Chambord and/or food coloring if using.
*Gently layer this mixture on top of the chocolate layer and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
*When you’re ready to add the top layer, if it’s no longer of a spreadable consistency, heat and stir on very low heat until it is. Spread over the top of the raspberry layer. It’s OK if it doesn’t spread all the way to the edges or if the colors swirl together a little.
* Refrigerate for at least 1 ½ hours.
Remove the fudge from the pan. You can either cut into squares or, if you’re making hearts, lightly grease a heart shaped cookie cutter. Cut heart shapes, greasing the cutter between each one.
*With what’s left of the fudge, form into a rectangle (colors will run together). Refrigerate again then cut into squares. Store in refrigerator.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Secret Subject Swap: Cupid

Welcome to another Secret Subject Swap. This week 15 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

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My subject is Cupid has hit your favorite celeb with an arrow. Who is it and why? It was submitted by The Momisodes. Here goes:

There are actually a lot of people who I think need . . . something . . . in their lives. And although many of these people are already married, it seems pretty evident that they either need more love or just to be hit in the a$$ with an arrow . . . I really don’t know which.

For instance, I’d love to see an arrow hit:

The “Real Housewives” of Everywhere and Anywhere: perhaps you’d spend less time on TV trying to impress yourselves with your wealth and popularity if you had more love in your life.

Duck Dynasty Dickhead: I hope Cupid hits you with a dart. And I hope it makes you understand that love is a good thing, judgement is not.

North’s (poor thing) Baby Daddy: You say you’re in love but feigning sex on a motorcycle with your Baby Mama in a video shared publicly is not  love.

Teen mom who had plastic surgery and made a sex movie in order to support her daughter: seriously, I don’t even know where to start. But I hope you fall in love and gain some self-respect in the process.

Food show and cookbook star who used a racial slur and claimed not to mean it: I don’t know what your intent was, but some things should just never be said. Hope Cupid helps you to kiss (or eat) more and speak less.


Pineapple Coconut Cake Butterscotch Drizzle - Baking In A Tornado
Pineapple Coconut Cake with Butterscotch Drizzle

Speidi who said in a magazine interview “we made and spent at least 10 million dollars. The thing is, we heard that the planet was going to end in 2012. We thought, “we have got to spend this money before the asteroid hits”:  Cupid’s gonna need an extra thick arrow for you. He may need to dip it in anti-stupid serum.

Tila, who posted on her FB page: “I never said I hated anyone, but just because I feel sympathy, compassion and forgiveness for others such as Hitler means I am now a monster? All for trying to open your eyes to the truth that Hitler was NOT as bad as he was painted out to be?” Not sure if Cupid can do anything about a brain implant, but it’s worth a try.

Alec {{shakes head}}, Alec {{shakes head}}, Alec {{shakes head and rolls eyes}}.

Nancy NotSoGraceful: do you ever watch your own show? You say you want to present facts and make a difference? Anyone who disagrees with you, you publicly ridicule them and cut their microphone. I don’t know who you think you are but get over yourself.

Rob CanadianMayor: I honestly didn’t know whether to include you or not. Truthfully, if you change your ways I’ll have so much less to laugh at.

Drew and Jonathan FixEmAndSellEm: you can only get hit with a love arrow when I’m around. You can improve my home any day {{wink, wink}}.

Who I’m giving a pass to:
Justin and Miley: honestly, you’re both young and trying to find yourselves and I get it. Do that, in whatever (legal) ways you need to, before settling down.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:



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Pineapple Coconut Cake with Butterscotch Drizzle
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients:
1 box yellow cake mix
1 box coconut cream instant pudding mix
4 eggs
½ cup water
½ cup oil
1 tsp pineapple extract
1 (8oz) can pineapple drained, chopped
2 sticks butter, softened
1 tsp pineapple extract
2 – 4 TBSP heavy cream
3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butterscotch baking chips
2 TBSP heavy cream
½ cup toasted coconut
 
Directions:
*Grease and flour a Bunt pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
* Beat cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, water, oil and pineapple extract for 2 minutes. Mix in the pineapple.
*Pour into bunt pan, spread to even out the dough. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until center of the top springs back to the touch.
*Cool for 10 minutes, remove from pan and cool completely.
*Beat the butter and the extract for a few seconds. Add in the powdered sugar. Beat very gently on low speed until it starts to come together.
*Add 2 TBSP heavy cream. Beat. Add heavy cream one TBSP at a time, beating after each addition until the frosting is of spreading consistency.
*Spread frosting on cooled cake. I didn’t spread it all the way to the bottom on mine.
*Put butterscotch baking chips into microwave safe bowl and microwave for one minute. Stir. Add the cream. Stir again.
*Microwave at 10 second intervals and stir until all of the baking chips melt.
*Transfer to a plastic bag, cut the tip and pipe the butterscotch over the cake.
*Garnish with toasted coconut.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Versatile Enchilada Pockets

I love meals that are easily adaptable to my family’s tastes. The truth is, I adjust recipes all the time to my family’s preferences. But this is a recipe that I continued to change as my kids grew and increased the number of foods they would eat. The other thing I love about this recipe is that I can easily change it up each time I make it. I’ve also sometimes made half the recipe with beef and half with chicken. See why I call it versatile?


Versatile Enchilada Pockets Ingredients  - Baking In A Tornado


I cook the meat with taco seasoning. You can buy a packet but I just make my own. Drain the meat, cool it slightly and mix in the other filling ingredients. You can get really creative with the filling ingredients and cater to your family’s preferences.

Then set a little of the filling aside and divide out the rest of the filling amongst your tortillas. Then simply roll up into a packet (see picture below) and bake.



Versatile Enchilada Pockets Ingredients  - Baking In A Tornado


I chose sour cream, salsa and avocado strips to top mine. What would you choose?


Versatile Enchilada Pockets - Baking In A Tornado


Baking Signature


Versatile Enchilada Pockets
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients: makes 10
8 (8 inch) tortillas, your choice of flour, or any flavor
1 # ground beef or boneless skinless chicken cut into strips
1 packet of purchased or 2 ½ TBSP of your own taco seasoning blend
1 cup Salsa, your choice of brand and heat level
                ~plus another 1/2 cup of salsa for bottom
1 cup Onion Dip (can substitute sour cream)
2 TBSP dried minced onions
1 cup shredded cheese, your choice of cheddar, jack, pepper jack or a mix
                ~plus another 1/4 cup of cheese for the top
Optional Ingredients:
Diced green chilis
1/2 can refried beans
Chopped tomatoes
Canned (drained) mushrooms
cilantro
 
Serve with suggestions:
My homemade Pico de Gallo
Sour Cream
Salsa
Guacamole or Avocado strips
 
Directions:
*In a frying pan, cook the ground beef or chicken with the taco seasoning until meat is completely cooked. Cool. Drain if necessary.
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 X 13 (or larger if you have it) pan with no-stick spray.
*Mix the meat with the salsa, dip, minced onions, cheese and any of the optional ingredients you choose.
*Mix 1/2 cup salsa with 1/2 cup of water and put into the bottom of the pan.
*Lay out the tortillas on your counter.
*Take approximately ¼ of the filling out and set it aside.
*Divide the rest of the filling and put into the center of each tortilla.
*Fold both sides over to the center, then fold the top down to the center and roll the tortilla over onto the bottom. (See picture above).
*Place the tortillas into the pan.
*Cover them with the reserved filling, then sprinkle with the ¼ cup of cheese.
*Cover with tin foil. Bake for 45 minutes or until hot.