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Oreo Sunflower Cupcakes with Bubble Bees June 28, 2009

These cupcakes will impress any company you have and get them thinking you spent a great deal of time on them.  But in reality, frosting these cupcakes doesn’t take very long at all.

Adorable Flower Cupcakes

Bubble bees and regular sized Oreos adorn the large sized cupcakes while mini Oreos top the mini cupcakes.

Mini Cupcakes

Ingredients:

Cupcakes:

  • Bake as directed according to the box. Makes about 24 large cupcakes or about 48 mini cupcakes.
  • 24 regular sized Oreo cookies or 48 mini Oreo cookies.

Frosting:

  • ½ cup of green frosting
  • 1 cup yellow frosting

Directions for Frosting:

  • Frost cooled cupcakes with a thin layer of green frosting.
  • To help center each flower, take one Oreo and lightly press it into the frosting just enough to make an impression. Remove the cookie.
  • Using either a leaf tip or star tip, start the frosting of each petal just inside the rim of the cookie impression. Make the length of each petal as desired.
  • Twist each cookie apart removing one of the cookie sides.  Place the remaining cooking and filling on top of frosted cupcake.

Hint:

  • Clustering 2 to 3 mini cookies together to make a small bouquet of flowers adds a nice touch to the over all finished cupcakes.
  • These cupcakes can be made a day in advance.  Keep in a tightly sealed container so that the cookies don’t become to moist.

Directions for Bubble Bees:

  • I highly suggest using your sister’s highly talented clay creation making niece to make the bubble bees, as I did.  But if you don’t have one then follow the instructions below.
  • Make 8 ounces (half a can) of gum paste according to the directions.
  • Remove about an ounce from mixture for the white stripes and antenna.
  • Color the remaining gum paste with yellow food coloring.
  • Using the yellow paste, roll 24 small heads and 24 bodies.
  • In the smaller head balls, poke long blue sprinkles into each head for eyes.  Role a small amount of white paste and curve it for the antennas. Attach by poking a small hole in to the head with a toothpick, then placing the antenna in each hole.
  • Take the remaining white paste, spread it out into a thin layer.  Place two strips on each of the bodies for stripes. Trim as needed.
  • Attach the heads to the bodies with a small amount of frosting.
  • Attach the bubble bee to the cupcake with a small amount of frosting.

Enjoy!

 

Traveling half way around the world to eat this again??? May 5, 2009

Filed under: Dinner,Themed Post,Travel — christinedel @ 9:48 pm

So here I am back in California for the next two months from my temporary home in Japan.  We are visiting my family and introducing our 4 month old to them for the first time.  But what I really want is to eat all the food I miss oh so dearly.   So my brother and his wife decide to take my hubby and I to dinner.

AND WHERE DID THEY HAVE THE BRIGHT IDEA TO TAKE US????????

To their favorite restaurant of course!!

And this is what we ate…

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and…

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YES THAT’S RIGHT JAPANESE FOOD.

Rolls, rolls, and more rolls, edamame, tempura, and garlic fries.

But hey I love ’em and so I gladly eat the food I can get back home.

At least it was good.

 

Tortilla- Cooked over the open flame. April 23, 2009

Filed under: Themed Post,Travel — christinedel @ 1:00 pm
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OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!!  Do you even really realize how good one of those tastes?  Well, you might if you only get to have one every few months I like do.  I get to right now because I am back in California introducing our four month old to our families for the first time.  While doing this, we get to eat at all our favorite places and the ones we miss oh so much.  I just can’t wait until I get to eat fresh never-before-frozen chicken, ah yummy.   But for now I will revel in the fact that I just had an awesomely fantastic cooked tortilla over the open gas range.

Oh the simple pleasureful flavors in life.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast Mini Bites March 16, 2009

Filed under: Breakfast,Holiday,Themed Post — christinedel @ 10:44 pm
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These was one of the easiest versions of quiche that I have made.  Also, so cute using a three leaf clover to cut out the biscuit dough and using it as the cup.  It fluffs up nice and still keeps the shape.  I might use a larger cookie cutter next time so to make a bigger and cuter clover.  Until next year…

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Rating out of three stars: 3 stars

Serves 1 Ready in 15 minutes

You can make this on a lager scale using crescent roll dough or any other refrigerated dinner roll dough.

Ingredients:

  • Two eggs
  • 5 piece biscuit tube
  • Any veggies you see fit.
  • Zucchini, about 4 inches sliced and quartered
  • mushroom, 4 small ones chopped
  • carrot, about 4 inches sliced and cut into 8ths
  • garlic, as much minced as you want
  • cucumber, about 4 inches sliced and quartered
  • slash of heaving whipping cream or milk

Directions:

  1. Pre heat oven to the cooking degree of the dough.
  2. Grease the mini cupcake pan.
  3. Separate the biscuits, smash them, and cut using a 3 inch clover cookie cutter.  Smash the dough again making it bigger if needed.  Place each finished clover shaped dough into a mini cupcake well.
  4. Mix all of your ingredients together.
  5. Use a ¼ measuring cup, fill each dough well about half full.
  6. Cook about 7 minutes or until the eggs are cooked through.
  7. Enjoy!

Comments:

Use this cookie cutter idea for other holidays year round.


 

The Kid versus The Pea March 14, 2009

Filed under: Kids,Themed Post — christinedel @ 2:14 am
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Why children have an aversion to green things on their plate I don’t know.  But what I do know is I have that same aversion to green things on my plate.  Maybe its the color that is just not that appealing or it’s just a mental block.  As none of you know, I have a three month old now.  Not to long ago I had a dream I was trying to teach her to eat peas.   As with most kids, she didn’t want to eat them either.  So I was trying and trying to get her to eat them.  I was telling her they were good, healthy, and yummy.  She just didn’t bite.  Then my dream took a twist.

The two of us were sitting across from each other at the dining room table.  She had a bowl of peas and I had a bowl too.  I was teaching her to pick them up with her index finger and thumb.  Somehow thinking fine tuning her fine motor skills would help her to like them.  I would put the green thing in my mouth and say yummy.  But it just didn’t taste like peas.  She would look at me and analyze what was going on.  I would do it again and still no pea taste.  She would stare and not believe that peas tasted good.  Then I would take a spoon full and eat them.  Still making yummy sounds.  Eventually, she caved and started eating her peas and enjoying them too.  Then I finally realized I wasn’t eating peas I was eating green M&Ms.

How awesome is that?  I am totally going to do that to her when she gets older.  I will have green M&Ms on my plate and she will have peas.  She will be none the wiser.  Hopefully my husband will want chocolate with his dinners too.

 

New Meal Month March! Year 3 February 27, 2009

Filed under: Themed Post — christinedel @ 2:06 pm

New Meal Month March is fast approaching.  Soon strange new meals will be eaten, rated, tweaked, and filed in a homemade cookbook.

The Why: Why eat the same meals all year long when you can go crazy trying new recipes?

The Goal: To create as many new meals as possible in one month.

The Ratings: On a scale of 1 through 3 stars, 1 star- I’ll starve before I eat that again, 2 stars- it’s decent,  if you make it again I would eat it, and three stars- heck yeah I can eat that everyday.  Occasionally, there will be a 4 star meal but its rare.  We also use fractions to help bump up the ratings.

The Tweaking: This is were each family member gets to suggest their likes/dislikes, improvements, any changes, and potential side dishes.  These notes are written directly on the recipe page itself.

The Result: New fabulous meals added to your family’s personalized cookbook. Our cookbook is simply a three ring binder with the recipes in plastic sleeves.  Not glamours I know but hey all our recipes are in one easy to find easy to read book, complete with dividers even.  Got to thank my sister for that great idea.