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March 22, 2010

Cooking Together

So... The Hubby is off work every Friday. We were watching Food Network while eating lunch. We thought the recipes they were making sounded SO good. We ran to the store, and a couple hours later...
We made Empanadas, Chicken stuffed potato balls and Fire and Ice sauce. YUMMY! And so fun to cook with the Hubby! I LOVED IT! I can't wait to find another recipe he will get excited about, so we can cook together again!

March 18, 2010

St. Patrick's Day

The Leprechaun didn't do any pranks. I only did one meal for the holiday. And of course, like I said, the Rainbow Cupcakes. I got this "Taste A Rainbow" recipe from Family Fun.

Here are my six colors. I didn't follow the food coloring guide from Family Fun. I used Wilton Gels instead of the liquid. My red was a liquid, and it turned out pink. I even added extra. But the other colors came out VERY vibrant. I was pleased.

Here is a look at the layers. This was tedious work. My back was sore, and it took a lot longer than I had expected. One big cake in a Spring form pan would have been better. Layering 16 cupcakes was too long.

Here's a look at the cupcakes when they came out of the oven. Cool Red color on top, despite the pink batter.

Now... taking them out of their paper liner was a trick! I only ended up with about 7 cupcakes that had flat bottoms. I almost think that you need spray the liners with non-stick spray. And some of the liners bunched. So they left creases in the cupcake. See two pictures above for an example. You can see the gap between the liner and the cupcake pan. Anyway... those ones were harder because of the way the cake baked around the bunched part. Too much? Sorry, let's move on...

Here's the finished product. I added the green sugar, because I was on a green kick. Go figure! Note the ones that were decorated upside down. The tops were flat enough to hold the cupcakes up. It made for a fun twist to this fun dessert!

Here's one of the cupcakes cut in half. So you can see what the middles look like. This is a fun recipe! We gave some to friends. One of them said their girls enjoyed the colors and wants these for her birthday party. This would be a fun treat ANYTIME of the year!
So the meal I made was far from Irish. But it was GREEN!
Spinach Ravioli with Pesto Sauce. Sorry nothing too fancy as far as cooking directions. Frozen Ravioli, that I boiled. Then fried in Olive Oil for about five minutes. Covered with Pesto from a jar, and warmed on Low/ Medium for a few minutes, until the Pesto was heated.

Green Jell-O with Gold Coins (Bananas)

Green- Green Salad
Leaf Lettuce, Broccoli, Sweet Peas, & Green Apples

Green Kool-Aid
And that was our St. Patrick's Day. What did you do? Share your ideas, and I will give you a Pampered Chef Cookbook! Leave a comment with an idea and a way to contact you. You don't have to know me, or live by me. I know how to use the Post Office! Thanks in advance for sharing.

March 17, 2010

What a DEAL!!

I was at WinCo this morning. They have their Betty Crocker Cake mixes and Tub frosting on sale. The cake mixes are only $0.78 and select varieties of the frosting are $0.98. PLUS the coupons!! If you have coupons from the ads, or printed on-line that's great. But the Milk Chocolate and the Vanilla frosting have a SAVE $0.25 NOW coupon right on the packaging!! WOW!!! Saved my coupons for the frosting that didn't have the coupons. This is especially exciting today, because I am making these, from Family Fun:

Don't they look so fun?! I will post pictures of our finished product. But for now... go get some cake mix and frosting! Don't forget your coupons!