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Fancy melons, to get fruit into kids.

In Dessert, fruit on July 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm

The secret to getting veg into kids is soup, and the secret to getting fruit is the freezer. This is an alternative to the frozen banana.

Half a melon (or a box of the cubed kind)

1 cup yogurt (whole, low fat or non, they all work)

1/2 bag frozen raspberries (cheaper than fresh)

a couple of dashes of honey.

a blender

ice pop molds

First puree raspberry with a little honey, set aside.

Puree down the melon with the yogurt, (you can add some milk to get the machine going) add a little honey if its not sweet enough

Starting with the melon mixture layer the ice pops with melon and raspberry, Take a skewer and run up and down the sides for the swirl look.

They should be frozen in around 5 hours.

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Day old Donuts meet Bread Pudding

In Chocolate, Dessert on June 16, 2010 at 6:59 pm

4 to 5 donuts, any kind will work really.
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/3 cup coconut

Tear up the donuts and place in an mid sized oven safe pan, top with chocolate chips, and then cocnut.
mix together eggs and milk and van. (I shake it up in a jar)
Pour on the donuts,
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

Added bonus some donuts’ glaze will create almost a caramel
If your not a coconut and chocolate fan you can sub them out for raisins and nuts, with a touch of cinnamon.

Easy Fresh Strawberry Pie

In Dessert on May 13, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Takes just a couple minutes to assemble.

Whip 2 containers mascarpone with 1/3 cup powdered sugar and 1 tsp vanilla.Clean and cut the stems off a carton of strawberries. Fill a store bought graham cracker crust with mascarpone, top with strawberries, placed cut side down.

Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

In Chocolate, Dessert on May 4, 2009 at 11:40 pm

1 1/3 cup flour

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 brown sugar

1/2 cup butter

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp baking soda

3 tbsp honey

1 egg

1 cup chocolate chips

1/4 tsp salt

Mix the sugars and butter, add egg, van., and honey. Add remaining ingredients. Now for the great secrete to really good cookies, put the dough in the fridge for a couple of days. Bring them back up to room temp before baking (unuless you like thick cookies) and bake at 400 for 7 minutes.

These suckers burn quickly, take the 7 minutes seriously, more than 9 minutes and youll be busy scraping bottoms.

I lika a lotta Lime Cheesecake

In Dessert on April 24, 2009 at 6:36 pm

The improvement of key lime pie is key lime cheesecake.

1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs

4 Tbsp. butter, melted

1 cup  sugar

3− 8oz. pkgs cream cheese, softened

2 tsp. vanilla

1/3 cup fresh lime juice (about 4 limes)

1 tsp lime zest

3 eggs

whipped cream

Preheat oven to 350*. Coat all the crumbs with butter  in a bowl.  Press the crumbs onto the bottom and half way up the sides of a springform pan. (If you dont have a springform, you can try a cheesecake pie.) Bake crust for 5 mins.and set aside. In large bowl mix cream cheese, remaining sugar and vanilla. Add the lime juice and eggs and beat till smooth and creamy. Bang the filling on the counter to disturb neighbors and get air bubbles out. Pour filling into crust. Bake for 60 mins. if you have a habit of grand canyon cheesecakes, there are all sorts of tricks to help avoid them, none of which work. The best solution follows.

You’re looking for a light brown it’s done. Remove from oven and allow to cool till room temperature. Put into fridge. When chilled, remove the pan sides and cut.

If you have a grand canyon down the middle top with whipped cream.

Zombie Style Rice Krispy Easter Eggs – Kid Friendly and No Dyes on grout, hands, countertops, floor, sink, sponges, mop, kids, husband, cat…

In Dessert on April 9, 2009 at 5:24 pm

You could make your own Rice Krispy Treats, but if youre making only a few, its Zombie code to buy them premade.

1 box individually wrapped Rice Krispy Treats

1 small box Trix cereal (you can get the small 1 serving each 8 small box combo thing)

Separate colored cereal pieces and crush them. Reshape treats into egg shapes, dip into crumbles you want the egg to be, you can use more than one color to create patterns. Youre Done! Clean up is a matter of vaccuming.

Zombie Monkey’s Bread Pudding – A two part dessert for the social zombie

In Dessert on April 8, 2009 at 12:29 am

Night 1- Act Like a Monkey

Monkey Bread

2 tubes biscuit dough

2 tbsps cinnamon

1/3 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

half a stick butter

Mix sugars and cinnamon together in a bowl. Cut all the biscuits into fourths. Roll up each fourth of a biscuit and roll it in the sugar mix. Fill a bundt pan with sugared balls. Melt the butter and remaining sugar together, pour on top of the biscuits. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Its best served warm, people pick it apart and eat with their hands as all good monkeys.

Night 2 – Put the Zombie into the Monkey

Left over monkey bread

Some milk

an egg or two

Cut the Monkey bread up into 1 in cubes. Put into a small oven proof dish. Mix egg and milk together, and pour on the bread, bake at 350 for 20 minutes. The sugar turns into a slightly spicy caramel, oh yes.

Pavlova meets Zombies

In Dessert on April 7, 2009 at 6:13 pm

I love this dessert, but making a meringue is just not a regular zombie activity. Buying meringues, thats the zombie version.

Trader Joes tub of vanilla meringues
1 bag frozen strawberrys, defrosted, drained and chopped
2 cups sweetened whipped cream (can be from a can)

Well you can make this into a parfait, if you like a lot, but if youre going for the classy look, get out the small dessert bowls.
In a large bowl combine cream, most of the strawberrys and crumbled meringues. Scoop out small roundish amounts put into bowls, top with remaining berrys.

Sundays and Furniture

In Dessert, fruit on March 1, 2009 at 10:55 pm

We spent the entire weekend dealing with the new sideboard, from empting the old one (half of which is becoming the new telephone console, so we also emptied the old telephone console) to restocking, spring cleaning, and trying to logically rearrange our kitchen and dinning room. It sounds like a lot and honestly, it wasnt that labor intensive.  Though my grandmother managed to get on my nerves again. She came to help, which is almost immpossible for her to do, in reality her favorite grandson who lives with her was out of town, doing his uncharacteristic survival training, and she was lonely and wanted to hang out with us. She drove me nuts saying that we needed men around to help us move furniture, while the two other females in the room were moving it all. Meanwhile her favorite grandson, I suppose one of the absent men she was talking about, once refused to change the water cooler’s bottle “cause it would hurt his back”, which left it to me, his younger female cousin to do it, like i do on a regular basis. Needless to say there was a lot of eye rolling going on that day.

I ended up baking a quick cake on Sunday, as a reward of all the work we had put into the last few days. I wasnt a box cake fan till I came across this recipe. But I love moist cake and this holds a huge amount of moisture.

Apricot cake

1 box of lemon cake mix

1 can apricot juice

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup oil

4 eggs

Mix it all together, and pour it into a greased bundt, bake at 350 for an hour. Cover while still warm with lemon glaze.

Lemon glaze is just a mix of lemon juice and powdered sugar, Start off with like a cup of sugar and take it easy with the lemon juice, cause a little bit goes a long way.

Better than Sex Cake for Discussing a Zombie Love Affair

In Dessert on February 12, 2009 at 10:00 pm

i box Trader Joe’s Madagascar Vanilla Box Cake, make according to instructions

1 small can crushed pineapple in juice

2 individual vanilla pudding cups

1 cup whipped cream, with a tablespoon of powered sugar

1/3 cup of coconut flakes, toasted til golden brown

Place cake on pedestal, top with pineapple and allow it to soak for an hour, top with pudding, then whipped cream, and toasted coconut. Taste and discuss.