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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Pastel Candy Thanksgiving Turkeys in Donuts



Turkey day is coming up this week in the US so that means I attempted cute turkey treats - again!


I found the most fun candy corn this year - pastel fruit cremes!  I loved the colors and knew I needed to do some fun treats with them so scooped up a bag and promptly forgot about it.


But luckily my kiddo found them and asked to try them.  

If you don't like regular candy corn - then you might like these.  Very fruity - still sweet but not like traditional candy corn.  I also had some white Lindor chocolates that someone gave me which I thought I could use for the turkey bodies (and I love it when I don't have to go buy more stuff for an idea!)


The pastel colors are so pretty!


And since I needed them to sit on top of something - I went with donuts.  Baked sweet potato donuts with cranberry glaze, which I thought was perfect for Thanksgiving.  Recipe linked for the donuts and the cranberry glaze is just some cranberry jelly mixed with a little milk and powdered sugar until you get a nice glaze-y consistency.


The rest of the turkey is a skittle chocolate, dab of yellow melted candy melt for beak, red sprinkle for waddler, and black edible marker for eyes.  Candy corn feathers are attached with white melted chocolate.


The turkeys are perched in little donut nests.  Do turkeys sit in nests? Well maybe not but they do look pretty cute all nestled in!


Well are the turkeys cute? Can you make a cute turkey? 

Thanksgiving is my fav holiday because it has all my fav foods.  Turkey, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie - all my comfort foods on one plate!  I will definitely be indulging this week! What's your favorite Turkey Day food? And let me know if you think this year's turkeys are cute!

Here are some of my past turkey attempts! Which is your fav??
















Sunday, November 5, 2017

Star Wars - The Last Jedi Chewbacca & the Porgs No Bake Cookies


Can we talk about the next Star Wars movie coming out this December? 

The Last Jedi opens on December 15th!


And have you seen the newest creature that is debuting? They are called Porgs and seem to be a cross between a puffin and a penguin.  Are they not the cutest?? I mean listen to them squawk:



Well as far as I can tell from the trailers they live on the island that Luke has been hiding out on but in the clip they are hanging with Chewbacca.


Of course I had to make some little porg cookies!


These are no bake and start from Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies.   Use regular sized ones for Chewy and Milano minis for the porgs.


Chewbacca is decorated with melted chocolate, candy coated sunflower seeds for eyes, and vanilla tootsie roll (decorated with brown edible writing pen and tinted vanilla candy melts) for his cross body belt.

Porgs are decorated with vanilla and chocolate candy melts (tint some gray/mustard), black round sprinkles for eyes, and black candy melts for nose and mouth.

These came together pretty quickly especially since no baking is required.


Well are you also pro-porg??!

Only 39 days until we see them on the big screen AND only 49 days until the Christmas holiday - in case you are interested!

Thanks for swinging by and have a great week!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Creepy Clown (Pennywise from It) Madeleine Cookies


Hey ALL! It's almost Halloween so what better way to celebrate then with some creepy clown cookies??!


Well more specifically, these are Pennywise the Clown from It! I've always been a Stephen King fan and I'm loving his movie/book revival.  And the new Pennywise is pretty creepy:


I made him out of madeleine cookies - although he does look a bit like a spookier version of Ronald McDonald!


I love my madeleine pan and I've used it a million times. They are the perfect blend of cookie and cake.


Bake up a batch and then decorate with melted vanilla candy melts, red candy melts (for mouth and hair), white sprinkles for teeth, red heart sprinkle for nose, and white ball sprinkles for eyes (color them with yellow food writer)


Red detail on the face is made with painting red food gel color on with the paint brush for food or you can use a red food writer.  

Add a straw to make them into cookie pops!


OR plop them into Halloween cupcake wrappers to look like Pennywise is peeking out at you.  


My one kiddo that hates clowns won't even look at these so assuming that means they are pretty creepy for this Halloween! Are you a clown lover or hater??

Happy Almost Halloween!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Let's Play Ball - Filled Red, White & Blue Baseball Cupcakes!


Holy crow I haven't posted or baked in a LONG time! 

And you know what? That's OK.  Totally OK! 

For the longest time I was putting pressure on myself to post at least weekly.  For anyone that follows along, you know that I have 3 kiddos (10 year old twins and now a 13 year old - A TEENAGER holy cow!) and I work out of the house full time.  This blog and baking/creating edible treats has always been an outlet for me.  A way to relieve stress and do something that was just for me and unrelated to my day job.  That said it was becoming more of another "to do" on my ever growing to do list.  

Just more of my type A personality showing its ridiculous head in the form of "Michelle you know you haven't posted anything really unique in forever so you must be losing the creativeness that people always compliment you on so you know get on with it even though you have kids that want to spend time with you and but they don't know about the ins and outs of the world yet which is a mess and really scary right now so you better model perfect human behavior and empathy but also you have a day job that actually pays you money and health benefits and you have a new boss so you better show what you can do at work and maybe start volunteering at a soup kitchen because you know your life is good and you should be giving back but your tired and over scheduled already but that's no excuse and you also need to spend some 1:1 quality time with you husband of 20+ years because you're both always tired and only complain or talk about schedules and kids and stuff keeps breaking down in the house oh and your daughter has a heart transplant and even though she's perfect and doing great is she going to have a normal life and will she have side effects from the plethora of meds she takes everyday and you spend $600 at Costco every 2 weeks but that's cool because at least you only have to physically buy toilet paper every 3 months" and then after thinking that or very similar everyday for a year your tell yourself to take a moment to breath (really BREATH) and to stop anything that doesn't have to get done and that's OK.  

It's totally OK.

SO.....I did!  And guess what?? Life went on.  I didn't make or bake anything ALL summer.  No stress on myself for not posting or baking and it was nice and actually a relief.  

Now work is still stressful and the kids are back in school (also a stressful) but now I miss the baking/creating.  So that means it must be time to go back! And I did tonite!

In all transparency these filled baseball cupcakes are from the June.  (LOLZ) And that's OK!


I made them for my kiddo's end of little league season in June.  I knew I wanted to do baseball cupcakes but with a little something extra inside.

Take out the center of your fav baked cupcake and then fill with buttercream.


I used red, white, and blue tinted vanilla buttercream to layer inside the homemade vanilla cupcakes.  Add first color with a squirt of buttercream and follow with the other colors layered on top of each other.


Totally optional as the baseball stitches work just as well on their own.


But the layered filling is very fun for 4th of July or for your favorite baseball fan.

We're huge Yankee fans here and they're doing pretty well this season so we're hoping for October baseball this year! Might need to make these fun filled cupcakes again!


So what did you do this summer?!! Are you ready for all that is pumpkin spice? I am!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Game of Thrones - Lyanna Stark Blue Winter Rose Cupcakes & Shade of the Evening Tea


Winter is coming back July 16th peeps! Meaning the Season 7 start of Game of Thrones - the long running HBO series based on the Songs of Fire and Ice books by George R.R. Martin.  

So in anticipation - more Game of Thrones cupcakes!


And I think you really have to be a book and series fan to get these.  They are support for Team Stark aka The Starks of Winterfell - the original family and cast from the beginning that have been separated since the first season.  They can never fully get back together since some have already been killed off the show.  That's just how the books go and you can't get attached to any one character - we all learned that early on! BUT I am still routing for the Starks!

House Stark clockwise - Catelyn and Ned Stark (mom and dad), Jon Snow (a "bastard of Ned's), Robb Stark (oldest), Rickon (youngest), Bran Stark, Arya Stark, Sansa Stark

These cupcakes are actually for Ned's sister Lyanna Stark who died mysteriously earlier before the books and series even start but we get clues to what's happened and why along the way via flashbacks.  Not to give any spoilers but we know she plays a big part for one of the kids which they seemed to reveal at the end of Season 6.  

One of the things the books go into more detail about is her love of and association with blue winter roses that grow only in the North so I wanted to make my version of them - in cupcake form of course!

The pale blue color is all natural and comes from dried butterfly pea flowers.  Steep them in some milk and you get a really pretty pastel blue color.  (This is my fav way to tint stuff blue these days!)


My go to method for piping roses or flowers are with some Russian piping tips I got awhile back.  To add a little contrasting color - grey - which also happens to be the go to color of House Stark - add some to the middle of the blue icing. 


Wrap the icing up in some plastic wrap, cut the end off, then insert into a piping bag with the tip and pipe to get some 2 toned easy roses.


If you steep the dried flowers in some water for awhile you also get some neat darker blue/aqua tea which I thought would be cool to go along with the blue rose cupcakes.  

Actually in the books they talk about a drink called Shade of the Evening - which is said to be very blue and if you drink enough can give magical powers.  It's often drunk by warlocks and said to turn their lips blue.  I love these books and the detail within!


The frosting color came out very light to almost gray which seemed perfect for the Winterfell clan since their sigil is a grey direwolf (basically giant wolves) and works well since they are from the North which is cold and wintery most of the time.


Oh and the cupcake flavor is lemon which is one of Sansa Stark's favorite flavs since she apparently loves lemon cakes.  Don't judge that I know so much minutia about GoT - I've read the books a bunch of times since we are still waiting for the next book - Winds of Winter, waiting since 2011! 
(Come of George!)


One of the catch phrases of the Stark's is that "Winter is coming" meaning that a very long and cold winter like no other is around the corner.  They've been saying it since Season 1, but it looks like in Season 7 they are right and Winter - and the anticipated clash of Winter and Fire may finally be happening - at least that's what I hope!

And speaking of fire and ice - I added a little "fire" inside some of the Lyanna Stark winter themed cupcakes.  The HBO show has bypassed the book now and last season they did some revealing about Jon Snow's real parents.  Again don't want to spoil anything but let's just say the Starks of the North are very wintery and another prominent family - House Targaryen - are more hot and fiery.  One of the main characters Daenerys Targaryen is marching back to Westeros with her dragons.  Her brother Rhaegar died before the books start (like Lyanna) and there *might* be something about he and Lyanna that gets revealed this season so I thought these cupcakes kinda summed that up.


Or you can just go with the plain lemon cupcake - either way these are Game of Throny and fun!


And Winter is almost here! Only 7 more sleeps - I can't wait!

Winter is Here

Anyway, if you don't watch or haven't read the books this is all probably meaningless to you - but I hope you at least like the cupcakes! I used a different frosting - a flour frosting which was so light and fluffy and a homemade lemon cupcake.  I think all the Stark's would approve!

Are you as excited for the return of GoT as me? If yes leave me a comment with your fav GoT clan or character! There's so many to choose from!


Game of Thrones - Blue Rose Cupcakes 

Ingredients

Flour Frosting adapted from Serious Eats
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup butter softened at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of dried butterfly pea flowers
  • Black food colorant (optional)
Lemon Cupcakes adapted from Life, Love and Sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup  milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • Mix of red/orange/yellow candy coated sunflower seeds and sprinkles for inside cupcakes (optional)
Instructions

Frosting:
  1. Steep milk and dried flowers over low heat until milk is tinted light blue.  Remove from heat and remove flowers.
  2. In a new sauce pan, whisk together flour and sugar. Whisk in tinted milk. Place saucepan over low heat and bring to a boil, whisking continuously, then cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Pour the pudding onto a clean heatproof plate or shallow container. Immediately cover it with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic wrap directly against the mixture's surface.
  3. In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk or paddle, or in a mixing bowl if using a handheld mixer, beat the butter until smooth and fluffy and lightened in color, about 2 minutes. Add the cooled flour mixture one tablespoon at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla and salt and beat until frosting looks thick, smooth, and creamy, about 3 minutes.
  4. Remove about 3/4 cup and tint with drop of black food color to get gray color.
  5. Spread blue icing 1/2 inch thick into rectangle shape on plastic wrap.  Spread a line of gray icing down center.  Wrap up icing into a log and snip the end off.  Insert into piping bag with the Russian flower piping tip.  Pipe flowers onto cupcakes.  Here is a great video tutorial.
Cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F 
  2. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to a large mixer bowl and combine. 
  3. Add the milk, vegetable oil, lemon extract and eggs to a medium sized bowl and combine.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat until combined.
  5. Slowly add the water to the batter and mix on low speed until well combined. 
  6. Fill the cupcake liners about half way and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Once cooled remove some of the middle of the cupcakes and fill with red/orange/yellow candies (optional).
  8. Pipe roses with blue/gray frosting.
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