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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

blueberry muffins

I have been on the look out for a healthier muffin recipe that I could make for breakfast for my kiddos and came across a whole wheat strawberry muffin recipe on pinterest, find it here. I thought I would take a shot at it Saturday morning before the kids got up. Well, my little girl was already wide awake so I enlisted her services to stir as I added ingredients to the mixing bowl. She did a fantastic job!  

This was a last minute decision so the first issue I ran into was the small, insignificant fact that I didn't have strawberries or strawberry yogurt. Hmm. I had to improvise with what I had so I made blueberry muffins, which turned out wonderful. I will say, while I think they are delicious because I do not particularly like sweet muffins, Husband did think they were a little bland.

Whole Wheat Strawberry Blueberry Muffins
INGREDIENTS:
1 cup of all-purpose flour
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs
5 ounces blueberry yogurt ( my little container was 5 oz and it worked fine)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons melted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla (I added more because i love vanilla)
3/4 cup of small frozen blueberries


DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 400*. Line muffin pan with wrappers and slightly grease.
2. in a large bowl combine both cups of flour, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Stir until well mixed. 
3. In another bowl whisk eggs, yogurt, vanilla, brown sugar, and butter. 
4. Combine both bowls together and stir until combined. 
5. Fold in blueberries. 
6. Scoop batter into muffin tray. 
7. Bake for 12-15 minutes.  

Enjoy!  I froze the rest so we will have them ready to go in a pinch in the future! 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Mickey & Minnie Themed 1st Birthday Party

My two turned one in January and I am just now getting around to posting this. I baked up a storm the Saturday before their party making both cupcakes and cookies. It started very simple, I thought to myself, "I want a minnie and mickey themed party and I will make some easy cupcakes with yummy frosting topped with mickey shaped sprinkles."  I found some mickey shaped sprinkles at a baking shop near me and had to buy them! 

And then I went crazy and spent way too much time in the kitchen making cookies and cupcakes, but they turned out adorable if I don't say so myself!  I used the mickey cookie cutter to make all the  mickeys and minnies and then hand cut and shaped each minnie bow for the cookies. I also made all the fondant pieces for the ears and bows. 






I ordered a bunch of signs off of Etsy and spent hours cutting out all the individual pieces, but they added so much to the party! I just loved them! My husband made the birthday invitations (which I do not have a picture of), the food signs, and the sign on the front door!I love that I got to re-use my holiday wreath.   I bought three plain condiment bottles and drew a mickey head on each one. I loved that little addition!






5/13/14 Update: I was contacted by a sweet lady from 1stWishes who is on the look out for great children's birthday parties. She let me know that my mickey and minnie mouse cookies were chosen to receive a Fabulous 1st badge!  That is so exciting!  

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Poinsettias & Christmas Trees

Hi World!  I am back, it may be fleeting, but I am here for now!  I feel like I have been away forever, when in reality it's only been a year.  Wow, a whole year!  I have taken a mild hiatus because Husband and I have been up to our elbows in babies, diapers, and laundry the past year. My two little ones will be one in a month!  Baby Girl is beautiful with strawberry hair and bright blue eyes; she is too smart for her own good and gets into everything, but is easily forgiven with a quick look at her toothy smile!  Baby Boy has dark hair and brownish green eyes, just like his mama, with a bashfully shy smile and has been trademarked by his "zombie" crawl.  Life is finally settling down and I wanted to practice baking again before their first birthday!

I dabbled with some fondant and made some cookies, but frosted them in a different, easier way. In about 2 hours I had 36 poinsettias and 36 Christmas Trees baked, frosted, and my kitchen cleaned. It worked out well and was a great way to make my way back in.  These are my regular sugar cookies with buttercream frosting. I made them to hand out to my awesome, amazing neighbors all over my neighborhood. I packaged up 10 little boxes of cookies and gave them out. These are some of my favorite cookies and I just love them with the buttercream.  If only they were a bit more sturdy and could be wrapped and given out as favors!  

I forgot how much I like baking until I was rolling out my dough and flour was, inevitably, all over me!  The oven was heating and it was a cool night, so it felt nice and the house smelled like warm sugar cookies.  






Saturday, January 26, 2013

Temporarily Not Taking Cookie Orders

I am sorry for my blogging absence the past couple of months.  Husband and I found out in June that we were pregnant and then a few weeks later found out it was twins.  I haven't been baking the past couple of months and with newborn twins  at home, I have decided to close up shop for now.  

I apologize for any inconvenience!

*Christine *



Friday, September 28, 2012

Barktoberfest


* 2012, 10th Annual Barktoberfest *
Saturday, September 29th 9:30a- 2 pm at Old Settlers Park

This is a wonderful event to help raise money and to help to save innocent pet lives and to find orphans a forever home!

What can you expect? Fun, games, food, cake walks, moonwalks, face painting, arts & crafts, a 3k walk and a dog costume contest!

Come out! Bring your dog! Support the SPCA!!


These are the cookies I made for tomorrow's bake sale! 



These cookies were made for last year and the year before! 



Sunday, August 19, 2012

Engagement Ring Cake

My sister and one of my best friends got engaged on Friday night and he really was able to surprise her!  After the engagement they come up to my parent's house where we were all able to help celebrate! In honor of the her engagement, I made a chocolate cake shaped into a ring with a big 'ole diamond on top!  The diamond was covered in edible glitter, but the picture really just doesn't do it any justice!  
Congratulations you two!!



Saturday, June 30, 2012

Whoopie Pies

I actually made these for a Memorial Day pool party, but these are also perfect for the 4th of July!  Here's the link on how to make them.  This time I used white cake mixes and dyed one red and one blue!  I used butter cream frosting, but cream cheese frosting would be just as delicious!  




Happy 4th of July!  

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Scrub Cake

I made this chocolate and butter cream cake for my sister's nursing school graduation party.  



Monday, May 21, 2012

Nursing Scrub Graduation Cookies

More scrub cookies for a UT Nursing School graduation party!
Congratulations Megan!!



Thank you for your business, Dotti!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Scrub Cookies

Two dozen scrub cookies, with a mini longhorn on each, for a UT Nursing School graduation party! 
Congratulations Stephanie!! 





Thank you for your business, Cheryl and Stephanie!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Baby Shower Cookies

I made these cookies for Brandie's baby shower on Saturday.  It was so much fun and I am so excited to meet little Brooklyn. 




Monday, March 19, 2012

Sunflower Cupcakes

These cupcakes were made to go with the cookies from the previous post.  They are chocolate and chocolate cupcakes and 12 of them are topped off with a 1" sunflower cookie! I LOVED how the sunflower cookies turned out and I know I will be making them again soon! 




Lingerie Shower & Bachelorette Cookie Favors

I  made a dozen cookies as favors to be handed out to the guests that attended a lingerie shower!  They are decorated to match the party theme, purple, yellow, and sunflowers!  I just love making these corset and nighty cookies; there are so many possibilities and colors to choose from!  


The individual sunflowers are cupcake toppers - see next post! 





Friday, March 2, 2012

Texas Independence Day




Today is the day Texas celebrates our independence from Mexico through the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836.  This document allowed Mexican Texans to officially break free from Mexico, creating the Republic of Texas.  


In honor of today I decided to make a patriotic, Texas flag cake! It is a single layer vanilla cake topped with my favorite cream cheese frosting!  Yum!




  



Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine Cupcakes

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  These are chocolate cupcakes that Husband  and I took to work for our co-workers! 





Monday, February 13, 2012

Cherry Blossom, Love Bird Cake

I have a picture of a Cherry Blossom tree hanging in our guest bathroom and I just love it and I have always wanted to make some cookies like it.  Well, I have never gotten around to it and then I decided I would make a cake with the said Cherry Blossom tree.  


I  am not a big "V-Day" person.  I like the history of Valentine secretly marrying the young men to their sweethearts (sadly he was later martyred for it).  That's where it ends; Husband and I do not buy into the hype. No dinner date, no dressing up, no gifts (usually,) no flowers, and no candy (unless I buy it for this blog).  However, I love pink and red and who doesn't like hearts?  So, I do make a lot of Valentine treats!


So here was the cake I made for our dessert! A Cherry Blossom tree with two little love birds!  









Friday, February 10, 2012

Red Velvet White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Need something manly to give your significant other for Valentine's Day?! Okay, nothing given on V-day is manly, but it's still better!  I having been trying to think of a fun dessert to make for Husband! I have made him girly hearts in the past, as well as Whooppie pies, but I wanted something different.  So I settled on these cookies.  Most of the time everything I make is from scratch so when I have the opportunity to use a cake box and not pull out all the materials and dirty every bowl, measuring cup, and spoon in my kitchen - I am all over that! 



Red Velvet White Chocolate Chunk Cookies
INGREDIENTS:
1 Red Velvet Cake Box Mix
1 cup flour
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 egg
2 cups white chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350*. In a small bowl, mix butter until light and fluffy and then add the egg.  Once combined slowly add the flour and cake mix and mix until well combined.  Drop spoonfuls on a cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. You should have about 24 cookies!  


Enjoy, these are absolutely delicious!!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Valentine Conversation Hearts Cookies

I decided to make some simple, Valentine cookies.  I divided the dough into quarters and dyed each quarter a different color, then rolled and cut out the hearts like normal.  These are really cute, easy, and fun to make!  Enjoy!