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My blog details all the fantastic "pins" I've actually made! Enjoy!

Apple Cream Cheese Bundt Cake with Caramel Pecan Frosting November 5, 2012

This was probably the BEST cake I’ve ever made.  I will make this again and again and again.  Growing up, my mom made spice cake often.  It was a family favorite.  Well, this cake reminded me of souped up spice cake!  Don’t skip the pecan topping, it really made the cake!  This would be the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving.  It was great with a cup of coffee for breakfast, too!  🙂

 

Recipe http://www.jamhands.net/2012/09/apple-and-cream-cheese-bundt-cake-with.html

Time:  It took half the day to complete this cake.  As far as prep work, dicing up the apples was the most time-consuming part.  Other than that, the baking and cooling times were long, too.  It was worth it though!

Substitutions:  I baked mine for one hour.  The recipe says to let the cake cool for 15 minutes and then remove the cake from the pan.  I had to wait much longer (an hour) and I still ended up losing some of the cake.  Ugh!  Also, the recipe shows a thick white icing on top of the cake.  The icing actually attracted me to the recipe; however, my icing was more of a glaze.  It didn’t matter because it was so delicious!!!

 

Batter poured into pan. The white you see around the edge, is the “Bake Easy” spray I used to coat the pan.

I added the cream cheese mixture. As you can see, I couldn’t keep it an inch away from the sides as instructed in the recipe.

I added the remaining apple batter.

Baked!

Finished cake!

Ready to eat!

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Yellow Cake Homemade Cinnamon Rolls July 24, 2012

I just returned from a 10 day vacation in Florida.  I spent the time at my parent’s house with my kids, husband, siblings, niece, nephew, and parents.  My sister and I made these together; I thought that was cute considering I found the recipe from the Six Sisters’ website.  There is a lot of waiting time (for the dough to rise), but the recipe is rather simple and the results are heavenly!  The recipe yields 24 cinnamon rolls, (2) 9×13 pans.  It seems like a lot, but they were great leftover, too!  Next time, I’ll prepare the cinnamon rolls the night before, refrigerate, and take them out an hour before baking (to rise) and bake in the morning.  I’ll update this post once I try that out!

 

Dough – Ready to Rise

The Dough has Risen

The Dough Rolled Out – Not Exactly a Rectangle 🙂

Buttered and Sprinkled with Brown Sugar and Cinnamon

Rolled Up and Ready to Cut

Cinnamon Rolls Baked and Iced

Ready to Eat!

 

As you can see in my pictures above, I did not roll out the dough in a perfect rectangle.  I just quickly rolled it out.  Any tips on how to get a nice rectangle shape to the dough?  Thanks!

 

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878820554/

Recipehttp://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2012/07/cake-mix-cinnamon-rolls-recipe.html

Time:  10 minutes prep, 1.5-2 hours for the dough to rise, another 20 minutes prep, and 15 minutes bake time.

Substitutions:  The recipe yields 24 cinnamon rolls (12 in each pan).  We iced one of the pans with the cream cheese frosting when the rolls were still warm, so the icing would melt into the rolls.  We let the second pan cool completely and then iced them.  It was kind of an experiment to see which way tasted better.  I preferred the warm gooey cinnamon roll with melted icing, but they tasted great both ways!  🙂

 

 

Homemade Jello Fruit Snacks July 15, 2012

My girls love, love, love fruit snacks!  I saw this post for homemade jello fruit snacks and thought it would be fun for my girls and I to make together.  My 4-year-old helps me cook all the time, but this is the first time I let my 23 month old get into the action!  Molly really seemed to enjoy dumping the jello into the bowl and mixing!  Most of all, she enjoyed eating the fruit snacks.  This was a really fast recipe to make and fun, too!  The texture turned out to be fruit snack like and they tasted exactly like Jello (as expected).  I would be interested in making another homemade fruit snack recipe that isn’t Jello flavored.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of Jello; however, I don’t really like my fruit snacks tasting like Jello.  I will definitely make these for the girls again!

 

 

HOMEMADE JELLO FRUIT SNACKS (from Six Sisters’ Stuff)

 

Ingredients

1 (3 oz.) package Jello (pick any flavor)

2 (1/4 oz.) packages of unflavored gelatin

1/3 cup of water

 

Directions

1.) Dump your water into a small saucepan.

2.) Sprinkle the gelatin (unflavored and Jello) over the water.

3.)  Heat over medium heat and stir until dissolved.

4.)  Pour mixture into ice cube trays.

5.)  Wait 20 minutes for the fruit snacks to form.

6.)  Enjoy!

 

Recipe Link http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2012/06/homemade-jello-fruit-snacks-recipe.html

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878752068/

Time:  5 minute prep and 20 minute wait

Substitutions:  None

 

Red White and Blue Dipped Strawberries July 6, 2012

You’ve seen this recipe all over Pinterest.  Since I was making lemon-lime cookie dough truffles, I already had the vanilla candy coating melted.  Oh a whim, I pulled out some strawberries and sprinkles and finished off the vanilla candy coating.  I brought these to my family’s 4th of July BBQ.  They were a hit!

 

All you do is dip the strawberry in the melted candy coating (the coating sticks easier on dry strawberries).  Then, dip in sprinkles.  Once again, the sprinkles were my daughters job.  Place the strawberries on a wax lined cookie sheet to harden and store in the refrigerator.

 

 

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878683308/

Recipe:  I didn’t follow a recipe.  I just dipped strawberries in melted candy coating and then again in sprinkles.

Time:  5 minutes

 

– Lisa

 

Lemon-Lime (Key Lime) Sugar Cookie Truffles

My husband loves anything key lime.  We have tried it all including pie, cupcakes, and cookies.  I saw a pin on Pinterest for Key Lime truffles and knew I had to make them for my husband.   The recipe took a while to complete; however, the hands on time wasn’t too overwhelming.  I used a tube of Pillsbury cookie dough from the refrigerated section of my grocery store.  My daughter enjoyed helping with the sprinkles!  I’m happy to report that the key lime (aka lemon-lime sugar cookie) truffles turned out amazing.  Very sweet, but amazing!

 

 

Recipehttp://www.singforyoursupperblog.com/2010/07/06/lemon-lime-sugar-cookie-truffles/

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878683152/

Substitutions:  I made a few substitutions.  I used 1 block of cream cheese.  The recipe calls for 1 and 1/2 blocks, but I though that was too much.  Also, I used vanilla candy coating instead of white chocolate.

Time:  It’s hard to say because there were a few steps to this recipe.  I’d say a total of 40 minutes hands on time.  The cookie dough has to bake and cool and that took over an hour.

 

– Lisa

 

Cake Batter Pancakes June 30, 2012

I’ve been wanting to try out this recipe for a long time, but I never seemed to have cake mix on hand.  Well, I’m making cake batter rice krispie treats tomorrow (stay tuned), so I happened to have a box of yellow cake, so today is the day!

 

 

The girls really enjoyed these pancakes. My 22 month old pretty much just licked off the glaze.  My 4-year-old opted for syrup.  I have to say that I thought these were amazing; however, for breakfast, the glaze made them too sweet for breakfast.  I think these cake batter pancakes are great for a special occasion, but not for a routine breakfast.  We will make them again, possibly for my daughter’s birthday.  Also, these would be an awesome dessert.  I’m thinking warm pancakes, with vanilla ice cream on top with the whipped cream and cherry on top!

 

Cake Batter Pancake Batter

Cake Batter Pancakes – Cooking ‘Em Up (with a toddler pulling on my legs)

 

Here are a few notes about the recipe.  The recipe says it makes 12 pancakes and I came close with 14.  I used 1 cup of milk (the recipe calls for 1-2 cups) and I thought my pancakes were to thick; however, 1 cup was probably right for the recipe since I yielded close to 12 pancakes.  Next time, I will add more milk to get a thinner pancake.  My glaze turned out way to thick.  I added more milk until the consistency was just right.

 

Powdered Sugar Glaze

 

This recipe has inspired me to try other new pancake recipes.  Maybe I’ll try another next week!

 

Pinterest Pin: xxx

Recipe: http://www.howsweeteats.com/2011/01/cake-batter-pancakes/

Time:  30 minutes

Substitutions:  I added some whipped cream and a cherry on top!  Also, my glaze came out too thick, so I added more and more milk until it was just right!

 

– Lisa

 

Cake Batter Ice Cream Cupcakes June 2, 2012

These cupcakes were delicious.  I love ice cream cake so I couldn’t resist this recipe!  It really was a very easy recipe and very versatile.  You could change out any flavor cake or ice cream to dream up your most desired treat.  I may try the mint chocolate chip variety next time.   On my first batch, the cake filled my cupcake liners.  I put in too much batter!  1 Tablespoon is plenty.  I used whipping cream and sugar to whip up my own whipped cream.  I froze the entire cupcake (cake, ice cream, and whipped cream).  Enjoy!

 

 

Recipehttp://bubblynaturecreations.com/2012/04/ice-cream-cupcakes-and-project-party-weekend-link-up-here.html

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878457153/

 

– Lisa