Delicious Recipes

I love to bake and cook.. you could say that it is a passion of mine. I began baking in 2009 when trying to quit smoking. I through all of my extra energy into baking cookies, cakes, and other foods. Since then it has turned to other foods like classic dinner recipes, Irish food, slightly more gourmet recipes, and other desserts. I figure I would post some of my favorite pictures and recipes. Some of the recipes will be linked to an outside source where I originally got the idea for the recipe.
This was so delicious. I did blend it before adding the Orzo, because my family doesn't like chunks of tomato or onion. It made it smoother and hid the ingredients. 
This was Abbie's favorite recipe. It was yummy. I made a belt out of aluminum foil to keep the shape of the shells. 

I liked it but the family didn't think it was seasoned enough. 
The fried sage was so amazing... it was crispy and flavorful. 
Throw Together Apple Pie

1.Store bought crust on bottom. Peel, core and slice a bag of apples
2.Drizzle with just a little honey
3.Just a little Vanilla... a few drops. Then add a sprinkle of Kosher salt to bring out the sweet flavors.
4.Put two small handfuls of sugar sprinkled on top... probably about 1 1/5 cups
5. Sprinkle just a little brown sugar on top.. It looks like a lot but it really was just a large pinch.
6. Sprinkle desired amount of Ground Cinnamon on top
7. Strategically place 2 tbsp of butter around on the pie. None too close to the edges.
8. Make a simple eggwash out of one egg and a little water. Scramble to mix it and carefully spoon a very little on the pie crust and spread around until you have a thin layer. Place one of the apple peels on in a pattern you prefer. Cut out little parts of the crust to allow ventilation.
9. Bake in a preheated oven at 425 for 15-20 mins. You want it to be slightly more golden brown then this. You can spoon some more egg wash on it also. After it is light golden brown loosely cover with aluminum foil and change temperature of oven to 350. Bake another 30-45 mins.
Triple chocolate cake with whipped topping, raspberries, and strawberries
To make you make and bake cake mix as directed. I always add a little cinnamon, vanilla, and kosher salt to the chocolate box mix because it makes it taste homemade. Let cakes cool completely. Layer a cake with cool whip, raspberries, and strawberries. Continue through the parts. Warning... the heat of the kitchen and the cakes can make the cool whip begin to melt. You might have to thow it into the fridge for a bit. 
Minnie Mouse Center Piece and cupcakes... 

Things you need to make the Minnie mouse cake:
Rice Krispies ingredients: Bag of marshmallows, butter, rice krispies cereal,  a large pot, and a greased spoon.
Cupcake recipe: Box of cake mix, eggs, oil, water, cupcake pan, Cupcake paper, can of strawberry frosting, can of vanilla frosting. 
Design recipe: Large greased bowl, parchment paper, fondant, marshmallows, rolling pin, black food coloring paint, black food coloring, new child's paint brushes, and cherry kool-aid (or red food coloring).

I started by making the rice krispies and had a greased bowl ready to fill for the head. I also layer some out flat about an inch or two wide and used the cups to cut out ears. and I made the shape of a bow. I let them cool but would pack it tighter with my hands. (Kind of like packing a snow ball).
 I frosted all the pieces with a thin layer to help the fondant stick. 
 Follow the directions on the fondant. I bought it in the craft aisle at Walmart. You have to knead it and roll it out. There is plenty. 

Place the ears on the head and place the sheet of rolled out fondant onto the head carefully. Then smooth and make sure any extra is cut off. 
 Then I used the black food coloring paint, also found in the craft aisle of Walmart, to paint the outside of it. I didn't have any red food coloring so I used a packet of cherry kool-aid and a little bit of water in a cup to make a thick paste and painted the bow. Then decorated the bow with the black food coloring paint. 
 To make the cupcakes I painted black dots on the pink cupcakes. To make the Minnie cupcakes I just mixed the black food coloring into the vanilla icing and then iced them. I took a few large marshmallows and cut them into thin strips and placed two on each to make ears. I then painted the ears.  I took a little of the left over fondant and cut it into a large strip and then divided it into little squares and squeezed the center to make the bow shape. Finally I painted them with the Kool-aid and decorated with the black food coloring paint. 

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