Showing posts with label Treat of the Day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Treat of the Day. Show all posts

Sunday, December 04, 2011

What's Today's Treat of the Day

You may have noticed that I stopped blogging about the treats of the day. That is because I have been working hard to create a new blog dedicated solely to the treat of the day. I think this homemaker blog and my treat blog have separate audiences, so I felt it was best to separate the two early.  

Have no fear, there will still be food related posts on this blog. I still plan to do my food challenges with my sister on here as well as food tutorials. 

Here is the link to my new blog: What's Today's Treat

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Treats of the Day for Week Ending Nov 18

Brownie Bites dipped in Mint Chocoalte
I used a basic brownie mix and a brownie pop mold. When they cooled down I melted some Hershey's Mint Chocolate Chips and dipped the tops of it in the melted chocolate. I then topped it some green sprinkles for a minty appearance. 

Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Toffee Chips
I had made some toffee chip cookies earlier and they stuck to my cookie sheet. I was brave and decided to try Chocolate Toffee Chips, which I had much better results. These cookies are delicious and they didn't stick to my cookie sheet!

White Cupcakes with Vanilla Creme Filling and Caramel Icing
I made these cupcakes that I filled with a homemade vanilla custard. I tried to add some whoppers to the custard, but I don't think it really got much of that flavor. I then iced it with caramel icing and drizzled chocolate on top. These were super yummy!

Hot Buttery Yumm Chex Mix
I decided to make a chex mix this week because my family likes to snack on chex cereal every once in awhile. I tried the Hot Buttered Yum Chex Mix recipe on the Chex website. Personally I thought this was great, but for whatever reason nobody else has been eating this. Perhaps because there is still yummy cupcakes left.

Since it is Friday, I thought I'd make something easy. So I tried a recipe from the cookbook that came with my bread maker. This gingerbread recipe is a quick bread recipe that worked out nicely in my bread maker. I think next time I might double the recipe because the loaf of bread it made was very small.
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Friday, November 04, 2011

Treats of the Week Ending Nov 4th

Please leave a comment below to tell me if you prefer this format of showing a week's worth of treats of the day, or do you prefer to see them individually with a break down of how I made them.

Millionaires Shortbread
This should be called the diet killer. It is a layer of shortbread cookie with a thick gooey caramel layer which is topped with milk chocolate. 

Toffee Chip Cookie
This cookie is very good, but I am not sure I'd make it again. The recipe came on the back of the Toffee Bits bag of chips I bought at the commissary. My problem with these cookies is it was hard to get off the cookie sheet. Once the toffee warmed up it stuck to the pan. I tried parchment paper, but it didn't help. I guess maybe a silpat would have done the trick.

Cinnamon and Chocolate Dunkers
My friend told me that the Pizza Hut in the states has these chocolate dunkers and challenged me to make them. After looking it up I figured out how to duplicate them, but having never tried them I can't say I got it for sure. My son recommended that I make one cinnamon, which would be good dunked in a white glaze icing.

Popcorn Balls
I make these around Halloween time every year. I don't know why, its a lot like Christmas cookies. They have nothing to do with Halloween, except that I make them this time of year.

Strawberry Angel Food Cake
I saw on Pinterest a good recipe for Lemon Bars which just mixes a can of lemon pie filling with an angel food cake mix. I didn't have lemon pie filling, so I tried strawberry pie filling. It turned out very nice, esp topped with some cool whip.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Treats of the Week: Witches Hats, Cupcakes, Swiss Roll, Sundaes, and White Chocolate Ghosts

I decided to consolidate the treat of the day posts to a once a week entry. It seemed silly to just post a picture and a few every day.

Chocolate Swiss Roll
My friend said it looked like the side of a skull, but I was really just going for the dark color of the chocolate roll contrasting with the the orange colored cool whip.

Monster Sundae
I made some delicious homemade ice cream that was honeycomb flavored. Then I made some waffle cones. It reminded me of the Happy Ending Sundaes I used to get at Friendly's as a kid.

White Chocolate Ghosts
This was a last minute treat. I got caught up with other things during the day so when I looked at the time I realized I only had 20 minutes to make something. I decided to make some white chocolate ghosts and they turned out pretty cute.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Witches Hats
This was probably the favorite treat of the day this week. I put the cookie dough in a jelly roll pan (i.e. a cookie sheet with a lip), and then I cut out the hats with a cool Wilton grippy cookie cutter. I used to collect them, but I gave them all to my sister after my older kids got too big for shaped sandwiches.

Chocolate Smores Cupcakes and Sponge Cupcakes
Ok, not Halloween themed, but Neil had a bake sale I needed to make 20 cupcakes for and this was what I came up with. The Chocolate Smores Cupcakes are chocolate cake that I dug a hole out of the center and shoved a huge marshmallow. Then I topped it with vanilla icing and then I dipped it in graham cracker crumbs and put a hershey bar square on top. The sponge cake cupcakes are filled with a rich chocolate ganache and topped with a caramel flavored marshmallow icing.

If you guys prefer, I can go back to doing it daily where I post pics of what I used to make the treats. Just let me know.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Treat of the Day - Death by Minions Cake Ball

I went on a big cleaning spree today, so I made some little minions to help me out. Unfortunately they just sat there staring at me with their big eyes and goofy smiles. 

To make these I took left over chocolate pound cake, mixed it with some icing. Just enough to make it all stick. Roll it into balls and put in the fridge for a few hours until they firm up. When you are ready you can dip them in melted chocolate, or as I did ganache. To decorate I used chocolate jimmies for hair, mini marshmallows cut in half for eyes, and I cut strips of fruit by the foot for the mouth.

To be honest this was a bit of a death by chocolate taste, so perhaps next time I would make them with a white cake next time.
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Treat of the Day - Homemade Candy Corn

I have a bag of individually wrapped candy corn in our mud room waiting for Halloween. The whole family loves candy corn, but we can only get it at the base that is 2 hours away. We picked some up for trick-or-treaters, but I forgot to get some for ourselves. I've thought of opening the bag and using some of the candy corn for decorations for my treat of the day, but I knew that the rest of the bag would slowly disappear if I did that. So, the next best thing is homemade candy corn. I got the recipe from Alton Brown on the Food Network's website
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Frankenstein Petit fours

So I had bit of fun today with these treats. I started off with chocolate pound cake. I cut it up into chunks, and put it in a yellow cake bater that I dyed orange. From there I cut the cake up into cubes. I then took white chocolate dyed green and spread that on the cake cubes, which was a bit challenging. Then I decorated it with white chocolate for eyes and chocolate jimmies for the stitched mouth look. 

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Jack-O-Lantern Cookies

I was in the mood to make something with a jack-o-lantern theme today. 

I thought cookies would be fun, but I didn't want flat sugar cookies. So I decided to make cake mix cookies where you add a stick of butter and two eggs to your favorite cake mix. In this case I also added some orange food coloring. The cookies turned out perfect, they were nice and fluffy which gave them an almost dome shape. To make the faces, I took the last remaining writing chocolate. If you recall I just mixed some chocolate chips with a bit of oil to make it smooth enough to write.
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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Treat of the Day - Spider Web Cookies

I was flipping through my recipe cards and came across this spider web cookie. It was actually junk mail from several years ago trying to get me to sign up for some cookie recipe card of the month club or something. The recipe said to do smaller individual cookies, but I remembered when I made them a few years ago they just fell apart in your hand. The cookies are good, but the delivery system was not. 

I decided to make a giant spider web this time, and it turned out great. The kids just pull off a section at a time to eat them. To make the spider I used a peanut butter M&M and I reheated my chocolate from yesterday. I drew all the legs and eyes with a toothpick because I was too lazy to put it in a piping bag for such small details. 

Since I don't have any packaging to show you, I thought I'd type up the recipe for you in case you want to duplicate it. I tried to find it online, but I guess with the invention of high speed internet this company no longer found a market for cookie recipe cards (yes it was that long ago lol). 

1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
1 cup powdered sugar
2 1/4 cup flour
1 egg
1 tbsp lemon or orange zest

M&Ms and chocolate for decoration

Cream the butter and sugar together until it is smooth and creamy. Then add the flour, egg, and zest. You will then need to fill a piping bag (or zip lock with a hole cut out at the corner) and pipe the design. The way I did it was make an X and then an additional line. Then connect the ends in a drooping line, and if you have enough room do the drooping line in the middle of the web. 

As I mentioned before the M&M is the spider and the chocolate you use to decorate the spider...and if you are lazy you can pull it off with a tooth pick.

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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Treat of the Day - Brownie Graveyard

There is a bunch of different brownie graveyards floating around on the internet, but here is my version. Alright, when I say "my version" it really means this is how I came up with it given the random food floating around my house.

I made brownies...duh, and the graves are ginger snaps that I cut off the side. I used a steak knife and it worked well. I thought a small serrated edge would do the job just right. Then I took some chocolate chips and melted them down and used that for the writing. The trick here is to add a little bit of oil to it so it is smooth and won't get stuck in your piping bag (or ziplock with a pin-hole punch at the bottom).  To get the dirt effect, honestly I had this on hand. I think I made it awhile ago by putting some chocolate chunks in the food processor for a few seconds. That helps give it that rough look.
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Monday, October 03, 2011

Treat of the Day - Ghost Bite Size Cakes

I've been waiting for October, so I can start making some Halloween treats. I see so many good ideas, but without a big Halloween party to plan there is no reason to make any of them. So I decided for October I'd make the Treat of the Day to have a Halloween theme!

I made these with a British cake mix, that would be the box that says Greens on it. Their box cake has a different texture which I thought would be better for making these. I have a brownie pops mold which I used to bake the mini cakes. 

Next to cover the cake I melted half a bag of white chocolate chips with 1 1/2 tbsp-ish (ok honestly I didn't measure) of corn syrup. This makes a chocolate clay which can be done with almost any kind of "chips" that you find in the baking isle. Once it has melted stir it really good and let it cool. Since I knew I was going to need these rolled out, I divided the white chocolate clay into 8 balls (the number of ghosts I was making). Once they cooled I flatted them with a tortilla press and laid them onto of the bite size cakes.

Finally to give it the details, I used mini chocolate chips for eyes. In order to get them to stick I made a thick paste from powdered sugar and water. I then used some extra chocolate chips to melt down and paint on the mouths. I have a paint brush just for food! I am not sure if you can see it very well, but I took the back of a 1/8 teaspoon and made an impression on the white chocolate. This gives it more of a mouth effect and tells you where to paint the chocolate in.
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Friday, September 30, 2011

Treat of the Day- Blueberry Donut Holes

I have a large supply of muffin mix in my house because they were on sale at the commissary and I had a good coupon. At first I thought of making blueberry muffins, but that seems so traditional. I try to think outside the box when coming up with the treat of the day ideas. So instead of baking it, I fried the muffin mix in dough balls that I formed with a cookie scoop. I must say if you duplicate this be careful because the oil tends to splash.

Here is Misty showing you the inside of her muffin ball.

To modify the standard muffin mix to be better suited for frying, 
I used half the milk the pouch asks for and I added an egg.
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Treat of the Day - Peanut Butter Muffins with Chocolate Chips

I have been trying to find a fun way to use this muffin mix I've had for awhile. I got it from a British grocery store, which we found out has a different idea on how baked goods should taste. I didn't want to make the muffins because I knew they'd wouldn't be good, but I thought if I mixed it with some peanut butter cookie mix it would be alright. I must say it turned out just how I'd hoped. 

On a side note, I find it funny that if you buy a box mix of anything here in the UK that requires a muffin tin they include muffin cups in the box. That is just one of the interesting cultural differences lol.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Treat of the Day - Smores Cups

Today's treat of the day was inspired by something I found on Pinterest, an awesome website that you can browse pics on the internet. I saw these smores cups and had to try them myself. They are delicious! If you are curious how to make these, the Texas Cottage Blog was the source the yummy pic I found on Pinterest.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Treat of the Day - Fudge Icing Cupcakes

After the failure at my fudge yesterday, I thought I would try and
 make something out of it. My idea was to create fudge icing.

I cut up the fudge into chunks.

I added the fudge chunks with the cream into a double boiler.

I melted it all down.

Then I took some more whipping cream, that I whipped up really good, 
and added the melted fudge and cream mixture.

The end result was pretty good. Since I had no real recipe to go by, I was impressed with the end result. I think we all agreed it would be the perfect icing for brownies. Personally I was hoping that it would be nice stiff icing that I could pipe into a mountain on top of the cupcakes, but that didn't happen. The cupcakes were still delicious, and it probably is best that it didn't pipe because it might have been a bit too much that way.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Treat of the Day - Chocolate Fudge

The past couple of days I've been in the mood for fudge. I couldn't figure out why, but then I realized the kids have been dog sitting for some friends of ours recently. Back in Georgia I had a sweet dog sitting gig where my friend paid me in fudge! Oh the yummy flavors she would bring back to us.... 

I must admit, this is not how I hoped my fudge would turn out. I like the creamy type of fudge and this is more of the sugary type. It is a bit too dark for my tastes as well, so I'm certain the family will find so too. I will say that fudge lovers all have their own idea of what the perfect fudge is, so for some this maybe great. For me it is not :( Don't be surprised if you see more fudge treats on here periodically as I try and find a great fudge recipe that makes fudge the way I like. Personally I can't wait until the commissary starts selling canned pumpkin so I can try some pumpkin fudge!

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Treat of the Day - Cinnamon Sugar Palm Leaves

Something about the start of fall makes me crave cinnamon and sugar treats. Perhaps it is the thought of apple season starting that gets me in the mood for cinnamon goodness.

To make these treats all you need to do is get some pastry puff dough and cinnamon sugar. I cheat and buy the cinnamon and sugar premixed. Just roll out the dough into a large rectangle, sprinkle the cinnamon sugar all over the rectangle, and then roll up both the side edges at the same time. You will now have a log of dough. Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour. Cut into slices and bake at 350 for 20 mins, flipping them over half way through.
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Easy Apple Fritters

My sister taught me to make these yummy deep fried triangles. She makes them with yummy meat fillings, but I decided to fill these with yummy sweet fillings. These apple fritters are super easy, and I am going to walk you through the process. 

You start with some tortillas cut into quarters, bisquick 
mixed with a little bit of water, and apple pie filling. 

With the point of the tortilla quarter facing up, smear some bisquick mix on one side.

Roll the tortilla in a cone shape. The bisquick acts as glue to hold it all together.

Fill the tortilla cone with apple pie filling.

A little dab of bisquick mix on the top acts as glue to so you can fold the top flap down.

Now all you need to do is deep fat fry these triangles until they are golden brown. Make sure you flip them half way through so they get fried on both sides. Once they come out of the fryer put on a tray lined with paper towels to soak up excess grease. Then sprinkle with some cinnamon and sugar.

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