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Cupcakes For Everyone

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Miss L has been going to town with her cupcake maker. She has enjoyed having her own small kitchen appliances and the cupcake maker has been lots of fun.

She has made cupcakes several time. We have enjoyed them as a family and she has given them to others. She even designed a desert based off of the cupcakes that didn’t taste quite like she expected them to. (You know – when you forget to check if there is molasses in the cupboard and have to make a substitution that didn’t quite work? What do you do? You add ice cream!)

Her cupcake creations have benefited her in a number of ways –

  • She has kept herself from boredom by creating in the kitchen.
  • She has brought smiles to many people’s faces with her cupcakes.
  • She has learned adjustments on the fly and how to modify recipes.
  • She has learned independence in the kitchen (and to check for ingredients before starting).
  • She has learned to clean up more thoroughly and to be more careful in her cooking.
  • She has learned to read a recipe and how to measure ingredients.

These are just a few of the ways that learning to cook benefits her. Learning to cook, no matter what it is they are cooking, is a skill all children need to learn. And for her to tackle it in this way is great. She is thrilled to be able to bring treats to others. And it is all of her own doing.

What has been created in your kitchen lately?

Blessings,
At Home.

Chocolate Treats

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Most people enjoy chocolate and making chocolate treats is fun. Miss L bought a chocolate making kit a few weeks ago and has been enjoying it. Kitchen messes are fun when they are chocolate!

The chocolate melter is great for kids because while it does get hot, it doesn’t get so hot that it burns. This tempers the chocolate just right and makes it possible to dip into or pour. She has mostly used almond bark for the chocolate to melt. It is less expensive than the chocolate candy disks that can be bought and it goes a lot farther.

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Miss L has made several creations with her chocolate kit. She has dipped pretzel rods. She has dipped them and added an M&M to each one, as well. (That was fun.) She has used the mold that came with the kit to make shaped chocolates. She created a chocolate fondue that we dipped things into (including some of the cupcakes she had made). She has made a bunch of chocolate covered nuts. (These were my favorites!)

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Independence in the kitchen is a great thing and these kits that she purchased have allowed her to take large leaps in that direction.

Blessings,
At Home.

Spiral Cookies

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Miss J loves cookbooks. She takes after me in this regard. I enjoy reading cookbooks and looking at all the beautiful creations. Recently, she checked out several cookbooks from the library. One of them was a cookbook on holiday cookies. She found several recipes to try and when the opportunity came up to bake cookies for a church youth group function, she jumped for joy. Almost literally!

The cookies she chose were a fun spiral cookie. It turned out to be a fairly basic sugar cookie recipe. After making the dough, she colored it three different colors. Well, two – she left one the original whitish dough color. She made the others pink and purple. Totally girly, isn’t it? But cute.

She refrigerated that for a bit and then she rolled them out and stacked them. Pressing them down with a rolling pin, she got her layers to stick together. Then, she created a rolled up log with all three colors and stuck it in the fridge overnight. The next day, they were ready to cut and bake.

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I did the slicing for her so that the cookies were thin enough to bake properly. She placed each slice on the baking tray and sprinkled pink sugar over them. Then she put them in the over and set the timer.

The cookies were perfect and were gobbled up at the youth devo. Several people complimented her on the cookies and told her what a good job she did. I was really proud to be able to say that she made them. I really didn’t help much; I supervised.

If I am not careful, these girls will take over the kitchen! Of course, that is a good thing, isn’t it?

Blessings,
At Home.

Cinnamon Sugar Nuts ~ recipe

Cinnamon Sugar Nuts Recipe

These are not your typical sugar coated or candy coated nuts, just so you know. They have a hint of cinnamon and a hint of sweet but they are not covered with a thick sugar coating. It would be easy enough to add more sugar if you are looking for that sweeter flavor. We, however, really like the flavor and hint of cinnamon sugar that this recipe gives. We came up with it when we were looking at a spiced nuts recipe and it just didn’t sound good to Miss L. She wanted a sweet recipe. So, we used the base of the other (butter with a few teaspoons of various spices) and made up our own recipe. It is yummy and boy does the house smell terrific!

Cinnamon Sugar Nuts

Ingredients:

4 T butter or margarine
1 t vanilla
4 T brown sugar
1 T cinnamon
4 C nuts (we used 2 cups pecan halves and 2 cups whole almonds)

Directions:

Heat oven to 325 degrees.

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. When melted, turn to low. Add vanilla, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Mix well and allow to simmer for just a few minutes over low heat. Pour over nuts in a large mixing bowl and stir until all nuts are well coated

In a baking pan, place the nuts in a single layer. Toast for 10 minutes in the over. Turn out and shift around. Return to oven for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Sugar Nuts

Blessings,
At Home.

 

Jan Karon’s Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader ~ Book Club

 

Book club:Ladybug Daydrams and At Home where life happensYears ago, I read the Mitford book series and really enjoyed getting to know the down-home characters who lived a small-town life full of the small-town joys often found in books. In fact, so much of the appeal was that it portrayed life so accurately – the joy, the hope. the hardship, the friendship, the neighbors, the help. the disagreements, the holding onto hurt and the innate ability to forgive. Neighbors become friends, and so do those who you just aren’t sure about. Yes, it is somewhat idyllic – what with the gorgeous setting and all – but it was such a joy to read those books.

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I found the same enjoyment reading through Jan Karon’s Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader. If you have read much of the series at all, you know food plays a large role in the interactions of the people in the books. So Jan Karon took those interactions and placed them in this Kitchen Reader alongside the recipes for the foods that are part of the story.

You will read an excerpt from one of the books in the series and then it is followed by the recipes for the food that was mentioned. It might be one recipe and it might be four. There are lots of yummy looking recipes (such as Esther Bolick’s Orange Marmalade Cake) and some that I can dream about but would never dream of making (Cynthis’a Leg of Lamb).

There are plenty that I am going to try including Cynthia’s Toasted Pecans, anything that features new potatoes (there are tons of these and they all look good), Cynthia’s Glazed Rosemary Onion, and Father Tim’s Christmas Morning Casserole.

Throughout there are sprinkled little statements that Jan Karon writes about things that she wants to share thought on: aprons, dishwashing, her spice cabinet, kitchens, the last meals of different people, and more. Everything is interesting and well-written. This was a cookbook that I enjoyed reading.

Blessings,
At Home.

My co-host, Wendy from Ladybug Daydreams, is hoping to post about an interesting she has read this month. For the next couple of months, we are going to each share about what we read. So head over to Wendy’s blog to see what she read this month.

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Snickerdoodles – wheat-free cookies recipe

I have always enjoyed making cookies. It has been one of my favorite things to bake since I can remember. Snickerdoodles is one of my favorite cookies. When the wheat went out the window, do did cookies – for while. Thankfully, a decent substitute for flour has been developed in our home and we are able to use it to make yummy cookies again.

I do take the sugar content down significantly. And the flour substitutions change depending on what we have in the cabinet. But today’s cookies are  GOOD! So, I am sharing the recipe as it came about today. Tomorrow’s may be different. 🙂

Snickerdoodles wheat-free

SNICKERDOODLES – wheat-free

1 1/4 C almond flour
1/2 C coconut flour
1/2 C flaxseed meal
1/2 C garbanzo bean flour
1 1/2 t xantham gum
1 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
2 t cream of tartar

1/2 C butter, softened
1/2 C coconut oil (okay if liquid)
2 eggs
1 scant C sugar (can add up to 1 1/2 C if desired but I am trying to keep these a bit less sweet so I put in closer to 3/4 C)

3 T sugar
3 T cinnamon

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix the dry ingredients, keeping back the small amount of sugar and cinnamon for rolling. Put the butter, oil, and sugar in a mixer and cream. Add eggs and mix well. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients a spoonful at a time, mixing well.

Mix the 3 T sugar and 3 T cinnamon together in a shallow bowl or plate with a small rim. Using a spoon or a small scoop, make 1 inch balls of dough, roll them in the cinnamon sugar, and place on baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake for 13 minutes. Let cookies sit for about 3 minutes on the baking sheet before removing them to a towel or cooling rack to finish cooling.

Makes approximately 5 dozen cookies.

Snickerdoodles

Blessings,
At Home.

Blueberry Muffins ~ wheat free recipe

This is really just a variation on the strawberry cupcake recipe that I shared last week. It is just a yummy. Just as filling, And just as good for breakfast. I was rather happy when we had several to bring home from the pot luck we took them to. I guess people thought they didn’t look quite as appetizing for dessert as those cakes and pies and cookies with all the icing on top. That’s okay – I had breakfast for a few days. (I also had a moment of sadness when I had to throw one away that had sat in the refrigerator too long after getting shoved to the back and hidden behind something.)

So, the main recipe and the changes we made to if are found back in the Strawberry Cupcakes recipe post. What did I do to that for the blueberry ones? I’m glad you asked. 🙂

Subbed in blueberries for strawberries. That’s it. Truly. I used the same measurement and I did not smash the blueberries. I liked having that burst of juiciness when I bit into a big blueberry hidden inside.

blueberry muffins wheat free

So the recipe looks like this –

  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries (use whole or crush in the blender)

We just mixed all the wet ingredients together, except for the strawberries. We then added the dry. After it was well combined, we added the strawberries. Mix it and then put it in either greased muffin tins or cupcake papers and bake at 375 degrees for 25 – 35 minutes.  When they are cooked, you can insert a toothpick and it will come out clean. Cool and enjoy.

So, another wheat free recipe to add to your arsenal of yummy things when you are going wheat free or gluten free. Or just wanting to add in some healthier options. Enjoy!

Blessings,
At Home.

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