Ah-mazing Chocolate Skor Cookie Dough Truffles!

I discovered this recipe a few Christmases ago and made them for gifts for family. Ever since they have been a staple for baking at my house.  These truffles look very pretty in a clear bag with ribbon around it as a gift just make sure that they stay cool as they could melt.

Here is the recipe:

1/2 C butter, softened
3/4 C brown sugar, packed
2 1/4 C flour
1  -14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 t vanilla
1/2 C Skor Chips
2   -12 oz bags semi sweet chocolate chips (I used 1 bag of chocolate and bitter chocolate squares. plus 1/2 bag of Reeses peanut butter chips)
1/4 C  reeses peanut butter chips
1 T shortening, divided
1. Cream your butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy.
2. Add the flour, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla and mix well.
3. Stir in the Skor chips
4. Shape into 1 inch balls and place on a sprayed cookie sheet. Cover with saran wrap and freeze for 1-2 hours. (1 hour worked for me)
5. In a bowl on the stove melt the peanut butter chips.
Add about 2 t of shortening to the chocolate and stir to incorporate.
6. Dip each frozen cookie dough ball into the combination of Chocolate chips and Reese peanut butter chips that are melted and then place on wax paper.
7. Melt the Reeses peanut butter chips in the microwave and add 1 t shortening. Stir it well and then drizzle it over the tops of the truffles.
7. Put the truffles back in the fridge to set for about 15 minutes.
Bon Appetit!

So bad but so good spagetti :)

Every once in a while I have a craving for spagetti and usually it’s with an unhealthyish sauce.

This recipe is quick, delicious and dangerous.

Ingredients:

2 garlic cloves minced

Half onion diced

1 celery stalk diced

3 or 4 mushrooms

1/2 green pepper chopped

1 cup of spinach 

1/2 cup frozen peas

1 cup chicken or vegetable stock (bouillon cube added to water)

1/2 cup milk or cream

1/3 block cream cheese

Shredded cheese such as parmasean or mozzarella 

Salt and pepper to taste

Add first 4 ingredients to pan with olive oil 

Cook for a few minutes til onions are clear. 

Add stock and other veggies. 

Add milk and cream cheese and simmer. 

I like chunks of cream cheese in mine but if you prefer you can stir it until it’s just creamy.

Make your choice of pasta.

Add the cheese, salt and pepper and enjoy with a glass of wine and a good movie 🙂

Note: all the ingredients can be altered. If you would like more or less of anything you can and it would taste just as good. You can also add shrimp or chicken to it as well.



Italian Roasted Garlic Bread

On a snowy Sunday afternoon I decided to go out of my comfort zone and try to bake bread.  I found recipe that looked fairly easy: Italian Bread

And decided to kick it up a notch and roast garlic to put into the dough.  It did turn out fairly good (hopefully I didn’t annoy the people downstairs with the pungent garlic smell)  Boiled some vinegar and water to try to take away some of the garlic.  I think it worked quite well. 

 It was definitely a success in my house as I finished baking it an hour ago and as I am typing this there is about half a loaf left (it made 2 loaves) and a very happy husband. 🙂





Chocolately Brownies!

Felt like baking and wanted something gooey and chocolately.  This recipe is quick and delicious.

Fry’s Cocoa Brownie Recipe:

Ingredients


  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup fry’s cocoa
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

How to make it


  • Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt in small bowl.
  • Melt butter in a large saucepan. Remove from heat. Stir in cocoa.
  • Blend in sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
  • Blend in dry ingredients.
  • Pour batter into greased baking pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until done. Cool.



ENJOY!!!

The Challenge of Cinnamon Buns…

I LOVE cinnamon buns but I hate how long it takes to make them… its not the bake time that’s annoying its the waiting for the dough to rise before rolling it our and putting it in the oven.  It takes less time for my husband and I to consume them then it does to make them.  They are so delicious.  While the recipe is called “Make Ahead” and you can actually prepare them the night before, they start smelling so good that we can’t wait.

Here is the recipe:

MAKE AHEAD CINNAMON BUNS:

Dough

4 cups 

White Flour

⅓ cup  granulated sugar
1 tsp   salt
2 packages   (2 ¼ tsp/11 mL each) instant yeast
1 cup   milk, warm
⅓ cup   butter
egg

Topping

1 cup   packed brown sugar
½ cup   butter
¼ cup   corn syrup
1 cup   halved pecans almonds

Filling

2 tbsp   butter
¾ cup   chopped pecans or almonds
¼ cup   packed brown sugar
1 ½ tsp   cinnamon
  1. Dough: Combine 2 cups (500 mL) flour, sugar, salt and yeast in large bowl. Add milk, butter and egg. Beat 1 minute. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
  2. Knead dough on floured board for 5 minutes. Place in greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 ¼ hours.
  3. Topping: Bring brown sugar and butter to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in syrup. Pour into 13″ x 9″ (33 x 23 cm) pan. Sprinkle pecan halves on top.
  4. Punch down dough. Roll out into 15″ x 10″ (37 x 25 cm) rectangle. Spread with butter.
  5. Filling: Combine pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over dough. Starting at long side, roll up tightly, pinching seam to seal. Cut into 15 pieces. Place in pan. Cover tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 12 to 48 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  7. Bake uncovered in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden. Let stand 3 minutes in pan, then invert onto serving platter




While they may not look perfect… they taste delicious and will make anyone’s day a little brighter.

Super saver

I love the thrill of finding a bargain. It is so satisfying to look at the bottom of the receipt and see in bold numbers the amount you saved. I think about all the things I can buy with the money I have left over. Thats another blog post. Todays post is about frugal shopping, finding things that are half off and almost expired.  The other day I saw all these fruits and veggies that said they were almost expired or looked not quite in there prime. I bought them and decided to fill my freezer. It took about a half hour to prep the food and freeze them.  I bought a big bag of lemons and chopped them different ways so when I need a slice of lemon for my rum and coke I have one or if I want to make lemon cake. The onions come in handy for stir frys and grilled cheese sandwhiches.  The bags of shredded cabbage, brocoli abd carrot are great for stir frys, borscht or any soup. There are many other things you can find and prep which will save you $$. Spinach, meats, berries are just a few other foods that if you find a great deal you can stock up and save.





Cake challenge..accepted

For a few months I worked in a bakery where my main jobs were to wash dishes, help customers and occasionally bake cookies… Sounds glamorous, I know. My brother just turned 25 so I decided to try to make a fancy cake like I watched my manager do so many times.  I had a couple challenges that I had to overcome while baking it. 

– ran out of icing after the top (I put quite a bit of icing between the two layers) 

– the cakes got stuck in the pans and some of the bottom cake came off

– the cake was crumbly came came apart when I was icing the cake

So I improvised. I melted some chocolate chips and glued on chocolate bark which I had made yesterday.  

I then put some of the melted chocolate in a plastic bag and cut the corner off and wrote on the cake.

Although I had a couple challenges, I am quite impressed with how the cake actually turned out.

I look forward to improving my baking skills and eventually making really fancy cakes.



Life is like a new cup and chocolate chip cookies

2015 has been a challenging and exciting year. I have quit a job, agreed to start a new one, took 3 weeks and packed up everything we could into a truck and a car (which we towed) said goodbye to family and friends and moved halfway across the country. Started a new job then found a place to live. Once we moved in, had a rocky start with people downstairs (which we are still adjusting too) and now 6 weeks into my job I am finally starting to relax and get back to my old hobbies (baking). Today after work I was able to bake something that I love doing but I haven’t had the time and/or energy to do for a while. And then I enjoyed a cookie and tea using my brand new (surprise!) polka dot cup. Who knew the dollar store would carry such cute cups 🙂 anyway I have included the recipe which I borrowed from Betty Crocker:

Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Prep Time 1 hr 5 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 5 min
  • Servings 42

Ingredients

1 1/2
cups packed brown sugar
1
cup butter or margarine, softened
1
teaspoon vanilla
1
egg
2
cups quick-cooking oats
1 1/2
cups all-purpose or unbleached flour
1
teaspoon baking soda
1/4
teaspoon salt
1
cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 oz)
1
cup chopped nuts, if desired

Meatloaf, meatloaf, meatloaf

Just before I went off to college my mom made me a recipe book filled with all my favourite mom recipes. The most used one is called “no touch” meatloaf because I hated touching any meat in fear of making myself sick. I have outgrown that fear but I haven’t outgrown the recipe. It works well with ground beef or venison and I’m sure it would work with any other ground meat (turkey, pork, chicken, moose) This recipe is quick and tasty.

Ingredients:

1 lb ground meat

1/2 package onion soup mix

1/2 cup quick oats 

1 egg, beaten

1 minced garlic clove or 1/2 tsp garlic powder or garlic plus

Directions:

Slit package of meat with knife and slide meat into large bowl.  Add all ingredients and mash together with potato masher until well mixed.  Spoon into loaf pan and press down making a ‘ditch’ in the middle. Bake at 350 degrees F until done (about 40 mins) Pour off excess grease around edges (watch it’s hot)

Mix 1 cup ketchup and 1/2 cup brown sugar together and pour into ditch of meatloaf. Bake another 10-15 mins. Let sit 10 mins before slicing (or it may look like my piece did) 

Enjoy!



P.s sorry about the amateur photos. Its really tasty I promise!