More birthday cupcakes…

12 02 2010

We celebrated more birthdays today for some stuffed animal friends. Bean got these cupcakes for her birthday and they are such a fun set. (Thank you, Auntie!) She loves to bake and decorate them! And, she always wears the oven mitt when moving the cupcake pan around. Certainly a lot easier than making cupcakes or candies for all of Bean’s friends!

Coffee Cookery and The Coffee Shop

14 01 2010

Been thinking a lot about coffee today. My friend had given me “The Coffee Cookbook,” but I haven’t made any recipes from it yet. I was going to post the link to the book, but it doesn’t seem to be available online. If you’re curious, you could probably ask about it at a Dunn Bros. Coffee Shop or go to Coffee Kids: Grounds for Hope organization and find something else to get your coffee fix (the books’ proceeds support Coffee Kids). I want to try the chocolate lava muffins recipe very soon. Maybe for Valentine’s Day?

I also discovered a fun blog called The Coffee Shop. I’m looking forward to hearing about her coffee adventures. Her blog has a giveaway for a starbucks card through Saturday, so be sure to visit soon.

Fall Sugar Cookies

18 11 2009

Bean is always asking to make sugar cookies. I don’t mind since I love eating them too! We recently made a plate of cookies for meme & pepe’s anniversary party. They have two white cats that love to chase squirrels and leaves. Most of the squirrels look a little too happy to me!

We added some pumpkin pie spice to the sugar cookie dough that gave them a nice fall flavor. The icing is made with Wilton meringue powder which dries rock-hard, but gives a nice finished sheen to the cookie.


Where are the Biscotti?

8 05 2009

I can’t find my biscotti recipe and I have been wanting to make them for over a week now. Since my cravings are now a full-force obsession, I’m determined to find a new favorite before shelling out mega-bucks for the store bought variety. (Hmm, I do have some $ on my starbucks card from my birthday though…
I’ve discovered that King Arthur Flour has several biscotti recipes to choose from. I might as well start at the beginning with American-Style Vanilla Biscotti since I only have two eggs to work with anyhow and they sound fairly simple. Wish me luck!

Update 5/9: See the results of my biscotti adventure here.

Oatmeal Bread and Sourdough in Alaska

19 06 2008

I tried my hand yet again at making bread yesterday by trying the recipe for Oatmeal Molasses Bread found at  The bread came out tasting a little too yeasty, but overall was very good.  I think part of the problem was that I didn’t read the directions closely enough and put the bread into bake before letting it rise a second time.  Maybe next time I’ll try less yeast and more rising time… My two year old didn’t seem to mind a bit!  He scarfed down his PB&J and asked for more! 

Every time I make bread I think to myself “why don’t I make this more often?”  I find the hardest part is getting started.  The recipe above was pretty easy.  I don’t own a bread machine, I didn’t even use a mixer.  So, reinspired, I forge ahead yet again into bread making.  This weekend’s project is getting a sourdough starter started 🙂 

Sourdough is a big thing in Alaska. The fact that it’s so versitile might inspire me to create a lot more homemade staples (ie the obvious bread, pancakes instead of eggo type waffles, etc). 

Just for fun I looked up ‘sourdough in Alaska’ and here are a few things I found… the Sourdough Mining Company  (we’ve been here- they have the most wonderful World Famous Korn Fritters!!); the Sourdough Visitor’s Lodge; Sourdough Campground; Sourdough Bed and Breakfast; Sourdough Tours; and the list goes on!!

Wikpedia also has some great information on the chemistry and history of sourdough.