Thursday, December 25, 2014

I felt very Housewifey-ish this Christmas. I also have some big news!

I realize my last post was around Halloween. I also realize that I am a bit late for a Christmas post. I have a explanation!! For the time I been MIA I have been working on getting a new camera. I did not want to take another food photo with my old camera so I made a promise to myself no new food blog post until I have the new camera. Plus with Christmas here I was busy buying and wrapping gifts which equals no cooking  going on in my world. Sad but true! I literally have not made one thing since October. 

Fast forward to about a week ago. My mother volunteered me to make and bring Mini Brownie Bites to the family Christmas Eve shindig on the flip side of that I was working my tail off to get my Christmas present to myself here on time before Christmas Eve! 

So what was the mystery gift? Oh just a Canon T3..you know not like I have not been eyeing it on Amazon for a whole year and annoying everyone with my camera envy talk or anything. I finally got it people! I finally got it! This camera is life changing and amazing! Just see the awesome depth of focus in my gift tag photo!



Anyhow not to put you in snooze mode with my big news let's get on with a blog post about food, shall we? About those Brownie Bites. I found some little cupcake\muffin pan liners in a holly design in the back of my closet so I decided to use them. Then got down to biznaz...



They were not anything spectacular. I made them from a box. The only "fancy" thing I did to them was put red and green M&M's in them because they were for the family Christmas Eve dinner. You can see I am not perfect when adding batter to a pan. LOL!




I baked according to what box said. Well wait no.. I take that back.. it said bake for 40 minutes. But these thing were so small 40 minutes would have disintegrated them. So i reduced it to 35 minutes and watched carefully and when I saw with my own eyes they were done I took them out even if the time was not up! 


As tiny as they were, they packed a big mouthful of yummyness! All you need is a box of Brownie mix, M&M's and pan liners and bake according to box but do remember to watch them they can burn quickly! Simple as that!  

Now.. while those were baking I whipped up a small batch of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bark. I was feeling housewifey-ish at that moment and I am not even married, below is the result of that feeling.





The top photos is before it set. How do I get it to set? I put it in the freezer till it's nice and hard! It happens pretty fast! The next photos are after it set. 




Yumm! Just look at the texture!!





I went a bit wild and added Marshmallows, broken up Graham Crackers and drizzles of more Chocolate plus nuts for crunch. To me it was like a S'mores Chocolate Bark and that is what I am calling it! 

I used a total of 2 and half cups of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, 1/2 cup of nuts, 6 Marshmallows cut up and broken up Graham Crackers.. I did not measure how much I used I just put them on. This is tweakable since I did a small batch. The more Chips you got melted the bigger the batch and so on! Don't forget to break them up or cut them after they are all done!

Wa-La! This post is now done! Stay tuned for more posts coming! 

Happy Baking!

Thursday, October 30, 2014



Wow! Time is just getting away from me! Tomorrow is Halloween already! I have quickly compiled some sweet treats that looked very interesting and yummy for Halloween because you don't need to have the same treats every year, just Candy Corn alone can get boring!! So let's get to it!

From the uber-tastic food blog The Slow Roasted Italian we have Candy Corn Oreo Cookies and Cream Fudge Bars and White Chocolate Ghost Cocktail Shooter! How cute is that Ghost Shooter??! Scroll down on that same page to find various other Halloween themed Shooters!





Found Candy Corn Chocolate Chip Cookies from Polkadots on Parade!



I am baker has a fabulous Caramel Cake with Apple Cider Whipped Cream that looked too good to not share with you all!

(Photo from  I am Baker)
Okay! Ya'll! Have a good Halloween! If I come across any other awesome Halloween treat recipes I will post them!





Thursday, October 9, 2014

Very easy Ham and Cheese Gnocchi by Kevin & Amanda

How do I start with this one? Well, originally some other recipe came flying through my news feed on Facebook and I believe I did feature it not to long ago. My Facebook news feed,that is mostly where I see all these awesome things to try and make. Naturally I clicked on the link that led me to Kevin & Amanda's awesome food blog. If you have not checked our their blog yet DO IT! You will not be disappointed. They have become my new favorite food blog, it's like a food bible to me. So anyhow moving on..How I found the Gnocchi recipe was simple, I nosed around for pasta and comfort food recipes. Low and behold I found the Ham and Cheese Gnocchi! Quickly skimming the ingredient list and directions I decided THAT night I'd make it, remember when I said I was stuck for a idea on a weeknight meal? 


It was super simple and super easy to make. I did exactly as Kevin & Amanda had laid out in the recipe, step by step! First process was to cook the Ham bits and Onions. I dropped by my local Albertsons and got already cut up Ham bits because I am stellar like that (and lazy when it comes to cutting up things things). The onions I did do by hand.. sorta. I cheated with the Zyliss chopper dice-y thingy I have. It is a awesome little tool!







So then the next process was the chicken broth and peas and heavy cream, the star of the show, the Gnocchi and then CHEESE








Did I use frozen like they had? Hell yeah I did!  I did say I followed the directions just like it was written! Although they used one skillet the whole way through, I wanted to be a rebel and use  ...wait for it... wait.. wait...a casserole dish to bake it! It ….roughly turned out the same. Not as pretty as their photo but hey looks are not everything. How did it taste? Damn good that's for sure! File this one under it's a winner! :)

Till next time!

Happy Thursday!




Tuesday, September 30, 2014

 



What is a Taco Tuesday with out Tacos!??!! Not a good one that's for sure! I have just the remedy for your Taco Tuesday. Three delicious, simple recipes for you to cook up at home.

First up:


( Photo Creme de la Crumb)


Yeeaaaahhhhh BABY!! Doesn't that look good!?? Oh and it is a 20 minute recipe. Oh Snap!


Second :


( Photo Creme de la Crumb)


This got my mouth watering and now has me craving Coconut and Shrimp!! Mostly just Coconut since I been on this Coconut craze lately!


Third:


( Photo by Kevin & Amanda)
If you like spice then this Taco recipe is for YOU!!!


Which Taco recipe will you be trying!?? :) I'd like all three thank you! LOL!

Happy Tuesday!

Thursday, September 18, 2014


You know how it goes. It's end of the day after working that 9-5 job, you are tired, the kids are hungry, your hubberpoodlecakes is too and you have ZERO idea of what to make for dinner! I was sorta in that same boat this week. Luckily I saw a post by Kevin & Amanda on a really quick, under 30 minutes, one skillet recipe! 

So what is this super simple recipe!?? Ham and Cheese Gnocchi!



 It's a pretty fast and simple meal! I have not made it yet, but I will! Maybe even tonight since,I, myself am stuck on what to make for dinner tonight. :) But I love Gnocchi though! It is easy to cook up and pairs well with just about any pasta sauce you can think of! After I saw that post it got me thinking as to what other Gnocchi recipes Kevin & Amanda are hiding in their blog! LOL! Well I found THIS one, Creamy Pesto with Bacon and Parmesan. Anything with the words Cream and or Bacon I immediately flock to and so here I am sharing this with you all in hopes that you will try it out!




Doesn't that look good!!!?? Mmmmm!! 

Alright! Well there you go! Two quick mid week meal ideas!

Happy Cooking,








P.S. That post on the OC Fair... It's coommingg!! I swear!!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The 411.

Oh my! Like I don't know which angle to start at! Do I go into all the recipes I been coming across with my top 5? Or Should I share with you the status of my OC Fair visit? I just don't know because there is literally a massive amount of info to put out. I may have to make two posts of info.

I am just gonna get right into it!

The this and that updates..

1st:
Status of the OC Fair visit. Yah I am getting there! Good thing I am not being paid to write this blog because i'd be fired from lack of not writing posts, haha! I just got through editing the photos. I had a whole folder on my computer of photos I had taken from various things in the last 2 months. 500 some photos to be exact and in that folder was my OC Fair photos. So with that said, I am getting to that post. I know I am Slow like a turtle, but eventually you will see it. I swear! :)

2nd:
I have not updated the blog with new and interesting recipes. I usually put a few out here and there when I find them. I am just a bit overwhelmed with all the blogs I follow, 9 of them I follow via email. They been putting out a vast array of yummy things, those 9 in email send me countless emails of their recipes it is hard to read them all every day and then chose a top 5 to share with you guys, my readers. One of them shows I got 68 emails of recipes to go through! So his time around here is how it's going to,I decided to just share the links of the blogs I follow and let you explore on your own and don't just not look at them otherwise you will be missing out on what they have to offer! But there is a catch, I am going to pick 1 recipe that sparked my interest from each blog for you to take a ganter at, I am calling it the featured recipe. You have to view it, I will come to your houses and make sure you view it! HA! J\k!

3rd:
 I am working on getting a better camera. This means better, sharper, snappier, jazzier..well okay maybe not snappier or jazzier ( if those are even words) photos of food. This “upgrade” is much needed. I have settled on a Canon EOS Rebel T2i. Now I just need to win the lottery....

4th:

If you have not visited the Facebook page of the this awesome food blog. You should do it now! I randomly share and post recipes from other blogs on the FB page. I do this every day and I am currently up to 26 likes. To me that is fantastic! Yay! Keep the support coming y'all! Oh! I have also pinned some things in Pinterest I plan to share eventually. I have no Pinterest button on this blog  because I have nothing worth pinning..not yet at least. Little by little this blog is evolving with social media.

5th:
I updated my blog profile photo. I got brave and took a photo of myself with my pin lanyard on at Disneyland, that would be the one with me not smiling and looking serious and yes if you noticed in my last profile photo I did get a hair cut!. Oooh La La!  I also been frequenting Disneyland a lot more this summer. Here is a few photos of ME at the park!!!



How damn cute is this picture!??! LOL!




The blogs I said I’d share and their featured recipes I have chosen:

1st Blog:
I wish I had never seen this blog and or it's featured recipe come through my feed on Facebook. But thanks to another blog I follow the recipe got shared and boom! In my news feed it showed up. I swear I heard angels singing when I saw it. 

The blog is Kevin and Amanda
The featured recipe...you might want to be sitting down for this one..I mean it because you will faint when you see what it is and I don't want you hurting yourself. *Taking deep breath*.. Okay here is the featured recipe I picked out  Cookies ‘N Cream Oreo Fudge Brownies.  The photo is below this paragraph, don't hate me for posting it!



2nd Blog:
Brown eyed Baker does some really interesting things. The recipe that caught my eye is for Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream . Really unique combo I guess. I, myself may have to try this!


3rd Blog:
Closet Cooking. Do I even dare post the featured recipe I have picked?!!? Yes I do dare! Here you go Strawberry Bruschetta with Bacon, Candied Pecans and Goat Cheese with a Balsamic Drizzle

4th Blog:
The Gunny sack. The featured recipe is self explanatory! Butterfinger Ooey Gooey Bars

5th Blog:
This is not a food recipe. But I can relate to the not liking of the main character in her post and got a chuckle out of it all (un)invited by I am Baker. She has some stellar recipes also, check them out too!

6th Blog:
Purple Foodie puts out some interesting things. The featured recipe no doubt is interesting and sounds delish,  Apricot and Rosemary Crumble 

7th Blog:
The Slow Roasted Italian. How does she find the time to come up with this stuff!?? Bacon Cheddar Beer Potatoes .



8th Blog:
This blog should be illegal to read. Christy Jordan's The Southern plate is beyond awesome. So is this recipe, Oven Baked Smore's 

9th Blog:
Last but not least. Two Peas & and their Pod and the featured recipe that is perfect for Breakfast, English Muffin Breakfast Pizzas


Booyah! Update done! See ya next time!

Happy link browsing,




Thursday, July 31, 2014

Mötley Crüe, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Buffet and a Spatula

Let's talk MUSIC!! 

You are probably wondering why I am bringing music into the mix when this is a food blog. Well it's like this, food and music go well together. There is no bull cookies about that. 
Food and music are the perfect marriage for the senses. Both are considered a form of art for some people,both satisfy your soul! What could be better then that!? When I cook I like to crank up my Spotify and yes I will admit I do dance around the kitchen with a spatula in hand.

I am never with out Mötley CrüePoison or some Jimmy Buffet while cooking! I find that having the music brings out the best in my cooking! 



Try adding some music to your cooking. Next time you are in the kitchen just crank that stereo up so loud the neighbors can hear it and just let your kitchen skills take flight! 


Happy Cooking!








P.s. I will have that post about the fair up soon! I swear!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


I have another new post for you all today,it is a short quick one!

The late Charles Bernard Shaw hit the nail on the head when he said "There is no sincerer love than the love of food". I cannot agree more and that is why I am sharing these three things today. I got the pleasure a week ago to sample some new offerings at California Adventure. Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Trio of Sliders and Risotto Bites, I could not resist. They were meant to be in my belly.

The first thing was a trio of Tri-Tip Sliders, Mojo Criollo with crispy Onions, Barbecue with tangy cole slaw and Arugula and Blue Cheese, all served on very yummy Brioche rolls.



 These were amazing! Between you,me and this blog...I could have eaten at least 6 more of those sliders...

The other thing I had was Chicken Lettuce wraps. OMG! This was a meal all in itself. It was a lot of food for one person! I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. The peanut sauce included on the side was a great compliment to the whole dish,it was thick and dip-able. This is another must eat at Disneyland Resort if you have a love of food like me!



The third thing, and I cannot even mention it without drooling but I will do my best..okay here it goes... Risotto Bites.Yeah Imagine Risotto...now imagine it with aged cheese and formed into a ball then deep fried and sprinkled with seasonings. You got those image?! If not I got a images for you...



Right about now I am going to guess you are saying " oh dear good GOD". That was about what I said when I saw these for the first time. Nine little balls of heavenly yummyness in a basket accompanied by Roasted Garlic Herb Aïoli and Marinara Sauce. Yeah you get nine. It was not enough. In fact I asked for a bucket of like 50, the server laughed at me and told me I was not the only one that requested there be more then just nine. I was also told they are super popular. 

So if you find yourself visiting Disneyland Resort this summer do not be afraid to sample some of the great offerings. I am not just a fan of the theme park, but a fan of their food also! Honestly people there is life outside the  "cookie cutter" theme park food of Corn Dogs and Turkey Legs and Churros at Disneyland Resort ( I won't lie those are good too). :)

Happy Wednesday!