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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Peanut Butter Cookies

These are a nice quick treat for the kids and family.  They go together very quickly and are soooooooooooooooo yummy.  You can use either the smooth peanut butter or the chunky.  Hope you give them a try.
 375 degree 10-12 minutes


1 1/4 cups flour, sift or stir before measuring

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg

Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder; set aside. Cream shortening, peanut butter, and sugars; beat in vanilla and egg. Stir in flour mixture, blending well. Shape mixture into 3/4-inch balls; place on greased baking sheets. Flatten each cookie with the tines of a fork; dip fork in flour periodically to keep it from sticking to the peanut butter cookie dough.
Bake peanut butter cookies at 375° for about 10 to 12 minutes.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day and Remember to Take the Time to do ALL the things YOU Love.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Grandson's Communion

We just returned from our trip to see my grandson Jake make his First Communion.  We had so much fun, I really miss them.  Just wanted to share a few pictures I took while I was there.  I will post a new recipe this weekend.  I've been sick so it took me a couple of days to get these posted.  Hope you didn't all think I had abandoned my blog.
My oldest grandson Josh  graduated from High School in December but his ceremony will be this Sunday.  Next week I'll post some pictures from that happy occasion.

This is my son, daughter in law and my two grandchildren.  This was taken just before the Communion.
This is inside the church
Opening gifts
Lyndsey and her new puppy Bella
Monica, my daughter in law and Lyndsey going to a Mother/Daughter Tea, how cute they look.

 Jake getting a goat ready


 Hope you enjoyed the pictures.
Have a great day and Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the things YOU love.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Whip Cream Chocolate cupcakes

I made these for Mirna's 1st birthday celebration which was April 1st.  What a fun dinner we had.  As you can see by her face she loved them.

 This is a very easy recipe and it makes a wonderful moist cupcake.  I put chocolate ganache on the top....another YUM!


Chocolate Cupcakes:

1/2 cup (50 grams) Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 cup (240 ml) boiling hot water
1 1/3 cups (175 grams) all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Chocolate Fudge Frosting:
4 ounces (120 grams) unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
2/3 cup (150 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/3 cups (160 grams) confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar, sifted
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla
Fill each muffin cup about two-thirds full with batter and bake for about 16 - 20 minutes or until risen, springy to the touch, and a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean. (Do not over bake or the cupcakes will be dry.) Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Once the cupcakes have completely cooled, frost with icing.  When cool fill with whipped cream and then drizzle chocolate ganache over the top.  You can also spread frosting on the cupcakes with a small spatula or if piping, use a large Wilton 1M open star tip to make lovely swirls. These cupcakes are best the day they are made, but can be covered and stored for a few days.
If you want to do frosting...... 
Chocolate Frosting: Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until smooth and creamy (about 1 minute). Add the sugar and beat until it is light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the chocolate and beat on low speed until incorporated. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until frosting is smooth and glossy (about 2 -3 minutes).
Makes about 16 cupcakes.
I made these without the liners and made them in the large muffin pan.  When they were done I took them out and turned them upside down so they looked more like a care, filled them and drizzled the chocolate on top.
Give these a try you'll be glad you did.  Very, very good.  Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day and Remember to Find the Time to do all the Things YOU love.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


My daughter made these a couple of weeks ago.  These are wonderful.  I found this recipe here, she has some wonderful recipes to share so please take the time to look around.
1 package active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon of butter, melted
1 tablespoon of sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
vegetable oil

Mix the yeast with the warm water and let it sit for five minutes.
Combine the flour and salt.
Add the butter and sugar to the yeast/water mixture and then slowly add to the flour and salt.
Knead for two minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic. We use the Kitchen Aide Mixer for this.
Rise in a covered, greased bowl for one hour or until dough is doubled in size.
After dough has risen, punch it down, and on a floured surface, roll it out into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle.
Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut out 3 inch squares, and then cut squares on the diagonal into triangles.
Heat up three inches of oil in a big pot to 375 degrees.
Fry two triangles of dough at a time in the oil for one minute on each side. The dough should puff when it hits the oil.
Drain, and then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
Serve hot with honey.
Makes about 18 sopapillas, depending on how big you make them.
Thanks for stopping by.  Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the things YOU Love.

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