Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

I've always loved zucchini bread, it reminds me of my grandma who died when I was in 5th grade. My grandma was amazing in the kitchen and I wish I had her recipes, but unfortunately don't. So whenever I find a new zucchini bread recipe I try it out. I remember going into the garden with my grandma and picking the zucchini. Now my husband isn't a fan of zucchini, but this recipe smelled so great he had to try it and he loved it. Found this recipe on pinterest from the Cookies and Cups Blog, she drizzled a cream cheese/powdered sugar icing on top, but I decided to leave mine without it. I used my larger Williams Sonoma bread pan with a decorative bottom and this recipe took about an hour for me. Here is the link to her recipe, next time I will try it with the icing, but it was also amazing without it.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Apple Cranberry Cobbler

Work has gotten nuts so haven't been posting as much, hopefully once this month is over I will be cooking, baking and crafting more so I can post more recipes just in time for the holidays. I found this recipe on the chew and was perfect for dessert after the matzo ball soup I made. I love the cooler weather this time of year and making all those comforting foods.

Ingredients for the filling:
  • 5 peeled and chopped apples (use your favorite, I got some at the market grown in our area)
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • pinch salt
  • 8 tbsp butter
Ingredients for the topping:
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 pinches salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 350
  2. Toss together all ingredients for the cobbler filling
  3. In a separate bowl combine topping ingredients
  4. Put butter in baking dish and place in oven till butter is melted, then remove dish from oven
  5. Fill with cobbler filling and pour topping over top
  6. Bake 45-60 minutes (top with aluminum foil if starts to get too brown)
  7. Let cool slightly and enjoy

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Halloween Party Ideas

I started with one of my favorites - pinwheels. Took a 12x12 piece of scrapbook paper and cut it into 6x6 squares. I put a brad in the center to keep it together. I used a 3d glue dot to attach to the wood stick (so that I can use the sticks over for another party)

Next I wrapped up some small hershey bars to look like bats. I got the template from here http://www.skiptomylou.org/2010/10/27/mini-bat-candy-bar-covers/
I got a food safe pack of markers and made the face on a marshmallow, dipped pretzels in white chocolate and baked a brownie for the base. To keep it all together I used a lollipop stick. Found this idea here http://wantsandwishesdesign.blogspot.com/2011/10/eek-shriek-and-be-scary-halloween.html
Here they are getting packed up