Wednesday, October 9, 2013


So when I was looking for a zucchini bread recipe I was talking to one of my friends and she reminded me of chocolate zucchini cupcakes I made 4 years ago...............seriously, 4 years?!?!?! They must have been good if she still remembered them so it was time to go searching for the recipe again. I found it but I had notes written next to it and could not remember exactly which ones I used so I went back to the comments section.  I made them for work but didn't tell people at first they had zucchini in them because I wanted to make sure that they liked them and were not predjuiced from the ouset. 

I love this frosting recipe - I elieve I had to make more than one batch...........Can't remember. 


(Adapted from allrecipes)



- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

- In a large bowl, beat eggs with sugar for about 10 minutes or until thickened and pale. Blend oil and cooled chocolate into the beaten egg mixture. Add vanilla.
- In a small bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir flour mixture into egg mixture until just blended. Stir in zucchini and chopped nuts. Using an ice-cream scoop, spoon batter into 24 paper-lined or greased muffin cups, filling the cups 2/3 full.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until fork or toothpick inserted in a cupcake's center comes out clean. Let cool in pans on rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pans; let cool completely.


2 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
6 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons evaporated milk (I used regular milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


- In a medium bowl, sift together the confectioners' sugar and cocoa, and set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream butter until smooth, then gradually beat in sugar mixture alternately with evaporated milk. Blend in vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. If necessary, adjust consistency with more milk or sugar. ( I used more milk)

Monday, October 7, 2013

OMG WAVEY DELICIOUSNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay this seriously might be my new favorite recipe and is so easy...............Seriously, I cannot make it anymore because I just cannot stop eating it, it has zucchini in it so it is healthy right?!?! I have also made this as gifts for people and little kids love it.  I have made it with and without the walnuts and it works well both times.  I need to cook it for about an extra 5-10 minutes. 

If you buy 2 medium sized zucchinis you can get about 3 cups so enough for 2 recipes but I have also bought some big ones that could be good enough for 1.

So one of the reasons why I  love allrecipes is for the comments section.  There was a good alternative for pumpkin pie spice which I used; I did everything but the nutmeg. 
Pumpkin Pie Spice: 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1/8 tsp allspice and 1/8 tsp nutmeg.

Bottom Layer

Chocolate Layer

(Source: Allrecipes) - Makes 1 Loaf


Saturday, October 5, 2013


Wow so yeah New Year Resolutions were a bust! My iPhone is pretty ridiculous because it is all pictures of things I have baked but haven't posted! I think I got backed up and a little overwhelmed but time to get back on track!!! (I don't think anyone reads this blog so I don't think anyone missed me!) I have posted these recipes before but here are some oldies but goodies I have recently made:

At a goodbye party for our lifeguard with a
(about 1 1/2 times the peanut butter)
Some Ring Cookies for a Jewelery Party

Summer Sugar Cookies for a Crab fest BBQ
(I think I have definitely improved over the past year)


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Best Baked Eggplant Parmesan

As I repeatedly have said (to probably myself since I don't think anyone reads this) I am not a cook, a baker yes but a cook no. I think part of the issue is that I live by myself and will eat everything.  My favorite thing in the entire world is eggplant parmesan and I honestly found the best recipe.  Since I love to eat and could eat the entire thing I modified the recipe for a smaller pan; I also took out some ingredients because honestly, I am lazy. I sometimes don't use all of the spices but I do use Progresso Italian breadcrumbs and they are fantastic.


Breaded and Ready For The Oven

All Layered

Just Out Of The Oven


(Modified from: Martha Stewart)


Olive oil, for baking sheets - I use spray
2 large eggs
3/4 cup plain dry breadcrumbs (I just dump a bunch in a bowl)
3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan, plus 2 tablespoons for topping ( I omit this)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 large eggplant or 2 medium ones - sliced into rounds (I love the skin - recipe calls for peeled)
1 24 ounce jar of sauce (not a huge sauce person but works well for me)
1 bag of shredded cheese - I found an awesome mozzerela/parmesan blend


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush 2 baking sheets with oil; set aside. In a wide, shallow bowl, whisk together eggs and 2 tablespoons water. In another bowl, combine breadcrumbs, 3/4 cup Parmesan, oregano, and basil; season with salt and pepper.

2. Dip eggplant slices in egg mixture, letting excess drip off, then dredge in breadcrumb mixture, coating well; place on baking sheets. Bake until golden brown on bottom, 20 to 25 minutes. Turn slices; continue baking until browned on other side, 20 to 25 minutes more. Remove from oven; raise oven heat to 400 degrees.

3. I use a square 8x8 glass pyrex pan. I am not a huge sauce person - so I put a little bit on the bottom and then layer with eggplant; I don't leave any space so will cut some pieces of eggplant into half to fill up spaces. Sprinkle some cheese and keep repeating. I usually get about 3 layers.

4. Bake until sauce is bubbling and cheese is melted, 15 to 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Thursday, February 28, 2013


On Superbowl Sunday, to go with the Red Velvet Cupcakes I made Oreo Truffle Footballs. They looked like footballs until I got tired and just started dunking them in chocolate without a care in the world (and eyes half shut). I made some royal icing 9and 1/3 of the recipe) to make some "laces" for the footballs.  These came out bigger than I thought they were going to be so instead of going on the cupcakes I just put them in a bowl.  I am not really an Oreo fan; however, these were AMAZING and a huge hit so definitely will be made again!

(Source: Kraft)



- Crush 9 of the cookies to fine crumbs in food processor (I used a blender and did it in batches); reserve for later use. (Cookies can also be finely crushed in a resealable plastic bag using a rolling pin.) Crush remaining 36 cookies to fine crumbs; place in medium bowl. (Don't need to seperate them if making footballs)
- Add cream cheese; mix until well blended. Roll cookie mixture into 42 balls, about 1-inch in diameter.
-  I melted the chocolate in the microwave in batches; a mug was super helpful for diping the balls in chocolate. Place on wax paper-covered baking sheet. (Any leftover chocolate can be stored at room temperature for another use.) Sprinkle with reserved cookie crumbs.
 - Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Store leftover truffles, covered, in refrigerator.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Mini Happiness!!!

So Santa got me the Wilton Mini Donut Pan Set and I was trying to find reasons when and why to use it - even coming up with the idea of hosting a brunch to use it.  However, I also just joined the masses and got on pinterest, and this is the first the recipe I looked up.   I am definitely going to be using these pans again and I liked this recipe.  I really liked that these donuts are baked.  Anyone have any good donut recipes?

(Source: Real Mom Kitchen)


1 3/4 cups cake flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 Tbsp canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 Tbsp butter
2 tsp. corn syrup


- In large mixing bowl, whisk together cake flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder and salt. You want to get rid of any lumps of flour.
 - Add buttermilk, eggs, oil and vanilla to the dry ingredients and mix gently until just combined. 

-  You can place the batter into a ziploc freezer bag and snip a small piece off the corner of the bag to create a pipping bag or just use a pipping bag OR just use 1 tablespoon of batter
 - Spray your donut pan with a light coat of non-stick cooking spray. Carefully pour about 1 tablespoon of batter

- Cook the donuts for 6 minutes in the donut maker. Repeat this process until all the batter is used up.
- Place the glaze ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 20 second intervals, stirring after each one until the ingredients are all melted and combined well. This will take about 3 – 20 second intervals.
- Dip top half of donuts in glaze and place on a baking sheet to allow glaze to set. Sprinkle with sprinkles if desired right after dipping.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Fancy Sounding Frosting!

Way back in November I made these cookies; they were delicious, super soft and albeit a little bit sugary (even for me).  I would definitely make these again but a little goes along way with these.  They were huge hits. I also learned that penuche frosting is just another, fancier, way of saying brown sugar frosting :)

(Source: Allrecipes)




- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
 - In a large bowl, cream together shortening, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and white sugar. Mix in pumpkin, egg, and vanilla. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt; mix into the creamed mixture. Stir in walnuts. Drop dough by heaping spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool on wire racks.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the 3 tablespoons butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute, or until slightly thickened. Cool slightly, then stir in the milk, and beat until smooth. Gradually stir in 2 cups confectioners' sugar until frosting has reached desired consistency. Spread on cooled cookies.