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Monday, April 28th, 2008
4:45 pm
Hello! :)

I swear, it's not that I purposely forgot about this journal. Seriously. I just got lazy after posting it over at the new place, I never came around to reposting it over here. Oops. I'm sorry.

So... to get caught up, please visit my blog - Something Sweet! :D
Thursday, September 20th, 2007
7:47 pm
Pomegranate Chocolate Cupcakes

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I was watching Iron Chef the other night, and it was Battle Boar. Which totally doesn't interest me, because that's on the List of Animals I Won't Eat. But one thing that caught my attention was the marinade that either Bobby Flay or the contender used: maple syrup and pomegranate. I instantly turned to Dave and said, "What do you think of pomegranate cupcakes? Is it possible?" He shrugged and switched it back to the baseball game during the commercial. LOL

I started searching, to see if anyone else had the same thought, and had some luck. On the POM Juice website, they had a recipe.

Once mixed, the batter was very... soupy, for lack of a better word. I was half convinced it'd be a failure like the Carrot Cupcakes of last weekend. (Which we shall not speak of again LOL) Thankfully, they turned out very well, and I am Happy. :)

(Oh, and I halved their recipe, just in case it wasn't a winner LOL)

edited to add: I can't believe I forgot to mention the taste! I'm glad that I didn't cut the pomegranate juice down to half a cup. I think it keeps a good balance between the chocolate and the fruit taste. It's very yummy, I'm quite pleased with it. :)
7:44 pm
Marbled Peanut Butter Brownies

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In my quest last... whatever day it was that I made the blondies, I came across this recipe, but didn't have any cream cheese. This is what I first thought of for Myriam's Browniebabe of the Month contest. I didn't think it'd happen, so I just entered the blondies. But, yay, there was time enough, so after I post this, I'll be sending another email to Myriam. :)

These came out surprisingly well. My previous marbling experiences usually wound up... over-marbled, so I'm quite pleased with these. The peanut butter taste isn't too overwhelming, and it's a good balance between peanut butter and chocolate. I asked Dave if he wanted to bring some into work tomorrow, and his words were, "These aren't going to work. They're staying here!" Which made me happy, of course. I'll sneak some to my guinea pigs at work, though.
7:42 pm
Cinnamon Blondies

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I admit, it took me a while to come up with these. It wasn't until I went digging through the "pile o' morsels" that this clicked into my head. I'm not the biggest fan of Hershey's Cinnamon Chips, at least pre-baked, but they worked out really well in these. In fact, the flavor seems like it should be in something bread-y or muffin-y. Definitely not in bar form. Which is what I think is so great about these. Oh, and they're "guinea pig approved", too. I should make them a logo or something. :)

Anyways, I like these. Much better than the ginger blondies I previously made. These can be just a snack, or heated up and topped with ice cream. Ooh, a cinnamon ice cream would go perfectly! *covets* ;)

These are also for Myriam's Browniebabe of the Month event. :)

Psst... I'm finally adding the stuff I've made since, well, July/August. Hence the posts in a row. :)
7:40 pm
Double Peanut Butter Bars

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On Monday night, I said - quite randomly - to Dave, "I feel like making something with peanut butter."

He looked at me and asked, "Who are you?"

I'm sure I've mentioned on here before, my love/hate relationship with peanut butter. Some days, we're friends, I'll go straight for the jar. Other days, just the scent is enough to turn my stomach. So I don't blame him for asking me that question. Besides, it was funny.

I found these on the Hershey website, in search of something peanut butter-y yet simple. It had been a long day, and while I wanted to bake, I wanted something that required little to no thinking. Voila, this recipe worked out perfect.

They taste like any other peanut butter bar, but I feel like they hardened up pretty quickly, even with being in the air-tight container. After Tuesday night, I haven't had a single bit. Other people have, with no complaint. *shrug* Maybe I'm just weird? LOL (No need to answer that one!)
Thursday, August 2nd, 2007
8:24 pm
Peanut Butter Cupcakes

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I think this is my fourth attempt at a peanut butter cupcake. They've come out either too heavy, too oily, or just plain not good enough. I'm still obsessing over Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, and am currently hinting at my mom to buy it for me. ;)

So, these aren't fully vegan, since I didn't have any soy milk left. And the frosting isn't from the book at all, since I was lacking in ingredients. So I took one off of my recipe webpage. Oh, yeah, have I mentioned that? Gypsy Kitchen is my recipe website; not updated nearly enough, but it's there nonetheless. :)

But, yeah. I finally have a pb cupcake recipe that works! Woohoo! Fourth try's the charm, right? ;)
8:21 pm
Sexy Low-Fat Vanilla Cupcakes

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I think every blog and its mother has posted a cupcake recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. With that, I simply had to get my hands on the book and give it a try. The library finally got in stock yesterday.

I tried this one first because I didn't really have to get any ingredients that I didn't already have. That, and hey, when a cupcake intro says "there's no way in freakin' hell you're putting down those cupcakes", how can a girl possibly resist?

And the taste? Oh my goodness. This is my official vanilla cupcake recipe. Hands down. I used the icing/decorating suggestion that they made, for the most part. I did half raspberries, half plums, but the plum pics didn't work out. They had to be quickly refrigerated so that they wouldn't fall off. Probably should've patted them dry a bit after chopping, hmm? Oh well. I had one and 'twas yummy. :)

Edited to add: Yeah, I've been forgetting to update this, hence the onslaught. :)
8:19 pm
Vanilla Cheesecake with Mixed Berry Sauce

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Last week, we acquired about ten pounds of plums. Which made me start thinking, of course, of what I could make with them. I mentioned the idea of cheesecake, and Dave said he could make a sauce to go over it. Alright, sounds like a plan.

But then he didn't feel like cutting them up, so we used a bag of frozen mixed berries that have been needing to get some use. *shrug* Still yummy, but I've still got a ton of plums!

I wanted to do a white cheesecake, but without the white chocolate. Sometimes the white chocolate is just too sweet, and I didn't want to risk not eating any of the cheesecake! As an added surprise, after pressing in the crust, I added some crushed Daim chocolates. (For those who haven't been enlightened yet, Daim is a Swedish chocolate... toffee enrobed in milk chocolate. Very yummy. Ikea sells them) :)

Oh, and I'll give proper credit: Dave took the picture. He also found the 'close up' option on the camera, for use on things less than a certain amount away. Hmm. I never knew that existed. At least that means there's hope for my photography skills! ;)
Friday, June 29th, 2007
4:02 pm
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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All hail the Baking Gods, as the curse has been lifted! *bows down*

Yes, folks, you read it right. I baked today and it didn't turn out horribly below standard!

I went with one the simplest recipes I knew, just putting it into bar form, since it'd be faster. Plus I'm sending out a box to my parents tomorrow, and know they'll appreciate home-baked stuff.

Did what I could for a picture, as my batteries need to be recharged after last weekend's wedding, so... it's not as pretty as it could be.

Oh. And from the corner piece that's missing? Very yum. And I'm not a big brownie/cookie-edge fan either. I used dark chocolate chips since those were the first found, and it definitely adds to it. :)
Friday, June 22nd, 2007
5:02 pm
Strawberry-Filled Lemon Cupcakes
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When I first saw these over at Coconut & Lime, I knew I simply HAD to try them. The first attempt last week... well, we won't talk about those.

But THIS batch! Oh wow. I really wish my camera batteries hadn't died. By the time it's charged, they could very well be gone. My guinea pigs taste-testers at work (Henelyne, Johanna, Greg, Ella) loved them. And ya know what? Dave's even eaten a few. I'm down to three of them left in the fridge, from the original dozen I made on Wednesday night. So I guess that's a good sign. :D

Again, no picture because the camera batteries pooped out. Next time because I WILL be making these again.

Current Mood: bouncy
Sunday, June 17th, 2007
10:44 pm
Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

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There's a girl that I work with, Darlene, that has to be one of the sweetest people I've ever met. Her birthday is tomorrow, so of course I had to make something. This was on my 'to try' list, and figured it'd be easy to transport and be a hit, since, hey, it's basically a chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Current Mood: creative
Thursday, June 14th, 2007
5:56 pm
Apple Spice Bars

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These were made on Day Four of the Baking Frenzy. I would've continued, but I'm not allowed to bake when it's over 80 degrees in the apartment. *pout* (This is the girl who made two cheesecakes on the hottest day in July last year)

I'm not sure exactly what called me to this recipe. Oh, yeah. I had an apple in the fridge. Which, upon cutting, I discovered that it had been there longer than I thought. Oops. Well, the batter was all together, I couldn't just abandon ship. So I ran to the store and bought some apples. Crisis averted.

I like these. I'm always a fan of cinnamon-spicey, apple, reminds-you-of-home foods, and these totally fit all three categories. Although I think next time I'll add a bit of nutmeg and more cinnamon. I like a bit more of a kick.
5:55 pm
Lemon Raspberry Bars

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While on the phone with my mom yesterday, it came to me that I've never made anything with lemon. (Well, short of what is now referred to as the 'lemon burgers' that Dave and I made two summers ago... but that is so the fault of the recipe! Long story) So I started searching for lemon bars, preferably one with some raspberry or strawberry. Unfortunately, after copying down the recipe, I didn't save the website. Oops.

I had some concerns, though... A) there wasn't much lemon 'filling', and B) it didn't look pretty when I pulled it out of the oven! So I sprinkled some powdered sugar, and let it cool. For the night. Since it was late. This morning I tried a quick corner, and thought, 'Eh. Not another recipe I don't like!', and went off to work. Tried it again this afternoon, after scraping off some of the sugar, and it was much better. Not sure if I'd make this exact one again, but maybe.

Oh, but people at work loved them. They're all gone now. :)
Friday, June 8th, 2007
5:18 pm
Ginger Blondies

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Baking fiend these days, aren't I? LOL Actually, no, I keep dreaming of baked goods and feel compelled to make them, that's what it really is.

And it works out that Myriam of Browniebabe of the Month said we could enter two recipes. :D

So, the inspiration for this one came from a dream this morning. I used my normal blondie recipe, but it took some time to figure out how much ginger to use. Thank the Baking Gods that I toned it down from the original thought of a tablespoon! There are two teaspoons in my batch, but the next time around (and, trust me, there will be), I'll use just 1½. I like ginger, but not THAT much!

They're very soft and moist, a very pretty golden color. I have a feeling most of these will go to work with me on Sunday.

Current Mood: happy
Thursday, June 7th, 2007
5:12 pm
World Peace Cookies

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So I'm finally hopping on the bandwagon, one would guess. But, no, I have a much more interesting story than that.

Two nights ago, I was in a whole lotta pain. The type that even Vicodin wasn't touching. Needless to say, I didn't get much sleep. But at one point, I dreamed. I dreamed of making these cookies.

Now, since I first heard/read of them, when Baking: From My Home To Yours came out, I've wanted to make these cookies. But I was secretly intimidated by them. I don't know why, maybe because everyone was making them, and I was afraid of being a total flop.

Anyways, I remembered this dream yesterday afternoon, and instantly went to work. It was a very un-me sort of thing to do. Not the spur-of-the-moment baking, that's nothing new, but the facing the fears head-on thing. I'm more of a planner.

So I started. I had specifically bought the sea salt a while ago for this, so I was set. Between the splitting of the dough and the rolling it into a log, I thought I'd never get the dough out from under my fingernails. LOL

However, my elementary-school math skills are obviously rusty, because I thought a centimeter was a bit smaller than what it actually is. Oops. So my cookies, while yummy, are a bit thin. Dave calls them wafers. But that does explain why I had 49 cookies, not the 36 as the book says. :)

I brought half the batch with me to work today, and I had people coming back for seconds and thirds. Darlene, who requested the recipe, said, "These give me such an endorphin-rush!" Which I thought was cute.

(I'm typing up the recipe now, using the book instead of what I copied from another food blog, and I'm noticing some differences... the butter amount, for one. And the thickness of the cookies. No wonder mine are so thin! I'm definitely going to have to make these again! They'll be prettier then!)

Current Mood: content
Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
4:40 pm
Cinnamon Bread

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Worry not! I haven't been kidnapped by muffin-obsessed aliens! :D Dave and I went to Reno over the weekend for a bowling tournament that he was in, thus no baking this past Friday.

But I was in the mood last night for something for breakfast, and wound up finding this recipe on Allrecipes. I altered it slightly (cutting down on the oil, and upping the applesauce. I put what I did in the recipe posted). If I make it again, I'll definitely add more spices to it. It's moist and yummy as it is, but I'd like just a little bit more kick. After all, mornings can be rough, and sometimes we all need a kick to get started. ;)

Oh, and at first, I kinda questioned the whole vanilla pudding powder in there, but once mixed - even when still just dry ingredients - it smells so good. It adds almost a smoothness to the flavor, which was a very pleasant surprise.

Current Mood: chipper
Saturday, May 19th, 2007
8:55 pm
Blackberry Brownies

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Another entry for the Browniebabe of the Month blog event. :)

Again, a trip to Whole Foods inspired me. Organic blackberries for $1.99. Which made the wheels start turning. :)

I used one of my stand-by brownie recipes (I have two... one for the big pan, one for the smaller pan), so despite the oddness of the directions, I do know for a fact that it's a good thing. The berries make it super moist. I almost feel like it should be served with whipped or ice cream, maybe with some drizzled melted blackberry jam or something, making it more of a fancy dessert rather than a lunchbox treat sort of thing, ya know?

But yes, very yum. The berries provide a nice tartness against the chocolate. And hey, there's antioxidants in there, too! :D
Saturday, May 12th, 2007
1:09 pm
Cocoa Ginger Spice Muffins

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Yes, in my never-ending quest of a breakfast that keeps me full until lunchtime... muffins again. I found these on the Hershey's website, but I altered them a bit, since I'm not a big fan of chocolate chips in my muffins. They don't seem quite so... muffiny then. Also, less molasses, too, since I didn't have a whole cup. Oops.

In the last third of putting these together, I discovered that I only had one egg left. Which meant a walk over to Whole Foods (because, come on, cage-free organic eggs for $1.99? You can't go wrong!), while hoping what was in the bowl wouldn't go all crazy while I was gone. The recipe is different, I thought, what with the order in which ingredients go into the bowl. Tried 'em last night, shortly out of the oven, and was disappointed. Tried again this morning, for breakfast, and they improved. Thankfully. :)

Current Mood: sore
1:07 pm
Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

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(I forgot to post this last weekend - oops!)

I went to bed last night planning making some kind of "new" and "fancier than normal" cookie. Woke up this morning planning on making Dorie Greenspan's Buttery Jam Cookies. And then I came across a peanut butter cookie recipe.

I have an on-again/off-again relationship with peanut butter. Some days, I can easily eat it straight out of the jar. Other days, just the scent is enough to turn me away. Right now is obviously a good time in the pb affair.

I found these in an old issue of Everyday Food, and they sounded yummy and looked pretty (much more so than my picture!). Plus Dave loves peanut butter, so I know they'll go over well and I won't eat the whole batch myself!

They're VERY peanut butter-y which is quite okay right now. I used Nestle's milk chocolate/peanut butter swirled morsels instead of the plain chocolate. Gonna go grab another one now, I think. :)

Current Mood: sore
Friday, April 27th, 2007
5:52 pm
Goji Brownies

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I came across Once Upon A Tart's Browniebabe of the Month blog event rather on accident. To be quite honest, I don't know how I got there, but I'm glad I did. Because, hey, how can you go wrong with brownies?

Somehow it got into my head that I would walk over to Whole Foods today, since they sell Vosges Chocolate at a slightly better price than the actual Vosges stores do. I didn't know exactly what I'd get to work with, but I knew it'd be fabulous.

I went with their Goji bar, since it was a milk chocolate, therefore I wouldn't eat these all by myself (Dave doesn't like dark chocolate *gasp*). The bar is 41% cacao, with goji berries and pink Himalayan salt. You taste the chocolate first, very smooth, and then as it melts, you pick up on the berry flavors, with a slight salty kick. Different, but yummy.

I couldn't resist and tried one after about 45 minutes. Warm, gooey deliciousness. The berry flavor is a bit 'quieter', but it's definitely there still. Very yummy. Worth the extra money for the chocolate ;)

Current Mood: pleased
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