Sunday, November 29, 2009

Gift Ideas for Christmas

  • chocolate dipped peppermint sticks
  • herbed bread
  • sugar cookies
  • chocolate dipped candied orange peels
These are a few of the ideas Audrey is working on for her family and friends.

Bread Machine part deux

Audrey made bread in the machine again today. She wanted to work on christmas gifts but since she has been out of town many of the items needed have yet to be purchased. So she decided to work on her skills putting the items in the the bread machine. We had her hold the containers with both hands and try to place the ingredients directly in the tub. After some practice she will be able to do this without spilling. This is a picture of her watching the bread cook.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Audrey took the holiday off from cooking so she could enjoy family and celebrate her birthday. A great time was had by all and Audrey got a kitchen from Nana and Papa, some play food from Aunt Jeannie and Uncle Zach, puzzles from Aunt C, and a back pack from George. She is really enjoying her cooking, whether it be pretend or real so my job as her mom has been to organize her toys for maximum play and to locate a cookbook for her. I have just started my search so I will report on my findings soon. Until then we will continue to work on the recipes we have and hope that we do not make too big of a mess in the kitchen. Audrey's real birthday is December 3rd so we will have some cup cakes to make for her party this week. Other than that our menu is not set. I think we might start using the crock pot now that danya and papa are moving out this week. Family Fun is a good place for children focused ideas and Allrecipes is a great place for meals.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Sand Art Brownies

This idea comes from Taste of Home. It was fairly easy to complete but we did have a little trouble getting all of the ingredients in the quart size jar. We are also going to look for a canning funnel to help get everything in without spilling.
Sand Art Brownie Mix
1 cup plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup white or vanilla chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans

In a small bowl mix flour and salt. In a quart jar layer flour mixture, brown sugar, sugar, cocoa, chips and pecans. Cover and store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months. Yield 1 batch.

To make brownies:

3 eggs
2/3 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract

In a large bowl whisk eggs, oil, and vanilla. Add brownie mix, stir until blended. Spread into a greased 9-inch square baking dish. bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Apple Butter (sauce)

Audrey took the day off but her mother is making slow cooker apple sauce from Cooking Light. Here is the recipe:
Overnight Apple Butter (or apple sauce if you do not sieve it)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup apple cider
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp ground mace
10 apples, peeled, cored, and cut into large chunks (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • Combine all ingredients in a 5-quart electric slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 10 hours or until apples are very tender.
  • Place a large fine-mesh sieve over a bowl, spoon one-third of apple mixture into sieve using the back of a spoon or ladle. Discard pulp. Repeat procedure with remaining apple mixture. Return apple mixture to cooker. Cook, uncovered, on HIGH 1 1/2 hours or until mixture is thick, stirring occasionally. Spoon into a bowl, cover and chill up to one week. Yield: 4 cups (serving size 1/4 cup).

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Fruits of labor

Sugar Cookies

In the Dec issue of Real Simple there is a recipe for sugar cookies and the many things to make with it. Audrey decided to give it a try. Her finished product will not be out for several weeks as she is making them for gifts.


And here is the recipe:
Basic Sugar Cookie Dough
Hands on time: 25 minutes (more if you are prepping for little hands to help)
Total time: 1 hour, 25 minutes (includes chilling)
2 1/2 cups flour plus more for shaping
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter at room tempurature
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
  • In a large bowl , whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the egg and beat until fluffy, about two minutes. Beat in the vanilla.
  • With the mixer on low, gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated (the dough will be stiff). Shape into a disk and refrigerate, wrapped, for at least 1 hour and up to 3 days (we are freezing for later use).

Friday, November 20, 2009

Finished product: Bread Machine Baking

We learned a few things:
  • Audrey is not good with placing ingredients in the pan
  • She has trouble associating with the final product
  • Have the item finish cooking before bedtime

See got to see it before bed time

Bread Machine Baking

A short tutorial in pictures...
Getting ready
Grabbing first ingredients

Adding to mixer
She got most of it

Now to wait...

Audrey Rose

We will begin shortly. But first we need a picture. This is Audrey.

Age 2 1/2 years