Cin-tastic!

Remember when I mentioned I was making Cinnamon Roll Bars from here: http://blissfulwhimsy.blogspot.ca/2012/03/cinnamon-roll-cookie-bars.html. Well, it was a terrible mistake. They were amazing to say the least, and I couldn’t stop eating them. Dense, chewy, sweet and they cut into beautiful squares (great for giving as gifts, so pretty!) I did add more cinnamon, and for the icing I had to add additional icing sugar and milk to make enough icing/glaze to cover the whole pan.

Make them if you dare!!

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Sweet Rewards

Today we have done nothing but sit on the potty, walk around the potty, throw the potty, refuse the potty, and change both big girl undies and pants. The girls and I welcomed lunch and nap time with open arms. C2 needed a good sleep and Mama needed sugar. 

I have this cousin (married in, but truly feels like a sis) who loves to bake just as much as I do (yes, the truth). She shares some pretty tasty, never fail recipes so when I received this recipe http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/07/blueberry-crumb-bars I knew I had to try it asap. Like always it was amazing (and surprisingly not too sweet), just what I needed with my afternoon coffee and a good reward for lil Miss’ for all her efforts this morning when she wakes up. Thanks Caroline!!!!!

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Biscuits

Found this recipe on Pinterest (food.com). With soup must come biscuits or buns. I was out of eggs and my butter was in the fridge cold so I searched for a specific recipe and came up with this. Yet another Pinterest win. They were flaky and light. I think the key is not handling them too much.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt (I used 1/2)
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2/3 cup milk
  1. Mix dry ingredients.
  2. Put oil in measuring cup and add milk. Do not stir.
  3. Add to dry ingredients.
  4. Mix lightly to moisten ingredients and knead gently to form ball.
  5. Flour board and roll out 1/2 inch thick, I always use an upside down wine glass to cut my biscuits (Newfie thing?)
  6. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 350 for 20 minutes.
  7. Devour with butter 🙂

Rainy Saturday

I love a random rainy Saturday with no plans. Today I stayed in my jammies until 1pm. Daddy and C1 went for a bike ride while C2 and I napped, I cleaned out closets, did some laundry, turned our living room floor into sea of blankets and pillows and we had a family movie afternoon (Daddy may have nodded off) complete with cuddles and a picnic. We played in the leaves and made fall soup (with leaves and mud of course). I want to call it a lazy day, but I can’t really as we did get quite a lot accomplished. I love days like today. It was a calm before the storm………..cause let’s face it, things are going to get hectic in the near future.

I have been spending a bit of time cuddled up at nights with my tablet surfing Pinterest. We tried a few recipes out this weekend, and, like most, they came out awesome. We made these pork-chops for supper: http://completerecipes.com/Pork-Chops-Yum-Yum.html

And made this for dessert:

http://http://www.canadianliving.com/food/baking_and_desserts/canadas_best_carrot_cake_with_cream_cheese_icing.php

we omitted the pineapple and nuts and added raisins and it was amazing!!!

A bath, play wrestle, stories and a tuck in later and here I am………..feet up in a quiet house. Daddio and I have set 10pm as the adult bedtime!

It sure is nice to have a quiet house and free time…………..but that is highly over-rated…….I’d like a baby now please 🙂

 

 

Mmmmm

Remember how I mentioned I was craving chocolate cake? C1 randomly suggested that we bake a cake for dessert tonight. I think he could sense my desire for chocolate! I was raised on big Sunday family dinners and we try to do the same around here. Sunday means a hearty sit down meal including, of course, dessert. So tonight we made this : http://www.hellmanns.com/recipes/detail/35904/1/chocolate-mayonnaise-cake

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C1 helped me mix, ice and decorate (and he did ask for the centre where all the sprinkles ended up) while C2 did nothing but stick her fingers in the icing bowl (we still permitted her to have a taste of the final product)

While the oven was on and hot I also made a tray of zucchini banana bars. I’ve made this recipe before and it is delish! This time I opted out of the glaze as my intention was to cut into squares and freeze for C1’s lunch (which is only a few short weeks may I add!!) . Trust me when I say that it is MUCH better WITH the glaze. Just adds that extra “umph”.

I have the recipe Pinned as its a go-to when I have zucchini in the house……….http://www.shugarysweets.com/2014/08/zucchini-banana-bars

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 and I will confess that the taste corner has grown a bit since this picture was taken.

Baked goods + pregnant mama = trouble!

 

 

 

 

“Energy Bites” a.k.a. healthy snack

These “Energy Bites” as Pinterest calls them, have suddenly become the rage. Funny thing is that I have been making them for years. An old Weight Watchers no-bake cookie recipe (flat…no trendy ball required) They are yummy, easy, travel well, kiddies love them and you can really throw anything you want in them as long as there is something sticky to keep them together 🙂

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1 c rolled oats

1 c shredded coconut

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 c ground flaxseed

1/2 c mini chocolate chips, chopped apricots or prunes, raisins, mini m&m’s (whatever you want)

1/2 c peanut butter (I prefer natural but it really doesn’t work with these, you need the regular stuff)

1/3 c honey

Mix together. Chill for 30 minutes, roll into balls. Mmmmmm!

Pumpkin Loaf

I love pumpkin. I love loaves. The rest is history. I try new pumpkin loaf recipes all the time. I’ve had a few flops (see January 22nd post – it doesn’t even LOOK tasty) My TWO top favorite recipes (I can’t believe I am giving these up! ha)

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Loaf

Filling:

1 pkg cream cheese

1/2 cup sugar

1 tbsp flour

1 egg

1 tbsp finely grated orange peel

Bread:

1 2/3 flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon/ground cloves/salt

1/4 tsp ginger/nutmeg

1 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 c vegetable oil

2 eggs

1 1/2 c sugar

Bake at 350. It makes two loaves. I use parchment paper to line the tins.

Combine filling ingredients. Combine all bread ingredients EXCEPT pumpkin. Stir it in at the end. Then pour 1/2 the bread batter into both tins.  Spoon filling mixture on top of each and then pour the remaining bread batter over filling mixture. Bake for an hour or until tooth pick comes out clean.

Ridiculously delicious.

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Copy Cat Starbucks Low Fat Pumpkin Loaf

1 1/2 c  Flour

1/2 tsp  Cinnamon

1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Baking Powder

1/4 tsp Ground Cloves

1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg

1 1/2 c Sugar

1/2 c Fat Free VanillaYogurt

3 Egg Whites

1 c Canned Pumpkin

Mix wet ingredients. Mix dry ingredients. Fold together and spoon into 1 greased or parchment lined loaf pan.

It is low-fat (and you CAN tell) it has a chewy texture, but is very yummy and you may feel a little less guilty about going back for seconds with this one.

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I didn’t 🙂