Bound and determined to make cupcakes for a friend’s fundraiser, I went at it full-bore. If I do not see another cupcake for at least a year, I will be fine.
5 more days to go and I get a day off after working what will be 19 days. What possessed me to think I needed to do some baking yesterday is way beyond my comprehension. Luckily, at least one of the recipes turned out!
I was really thinking I was too tired to even attempt to make this as I was on day 13 straight out of 19 that I have to work before I get a day off. And even though I was probably correct, I made it anyways. And it turned out wonderful. (And we also are not going to discuss the other recipe I thought I could get made that did not turn out so well).
I don’t know why it is that whenever I am in a hurry, the whole entire world around me and everyone in it slows down. To. A. Crawl. Due to my tiredness (yep, that’s it) I failed to check and make sure I had enough powdered sugar to make a double batch before I began melting the peanut butter and butter together. Oh well, I will quick run up to the pharmacy on the corner and get a bag of powdered sugar.
Pouring rain, traffic crawling, and I get out of my car in the parking lot and am walking behind a person who is 105 years old, with a walker. That I can’t get around. Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore the elderly, and think they can teach us so much and love to listen to their stories. But I was tired, and that extra-large Monster I drank didn’t seem to be working. So 10 minutes later when I get into the store and a point where I can make a quick cut to the right, I spend a ridiculous amount of time staring at the food aisle which very obviously has NO powdered sugar.
And I stare some more. Looking behind other food items for that bag of powdered sugar that I just know they have. Contemplating where is the next nearest place I can go.
So back in the car, and off to the dollar store. A girl can hope, right? Nope. They have every type of sugar and fake sugar you can imagine, except powdered sugar. So I am left with no choice, knowing my peanut butter/butter melted mixture is waiting on me.
I go a few doors down to my least favorite grocery store. Walk in, grab the sugar, check myself out, and am literally back in my car in less than 5 minutes. Hmmm, why didn’t I do that in the 1st place? That’s right, because that store is always soooo slow.
So batch #1 is peanut butter with white chocolate chips, and batch #2 is peanut butter with chunks of Mr. Goodbars mixed in for good measure. Nothing beats chocolate and peanut butter together.
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This cold weather has put me in a mood for baking, which is normally so unlike me, this early into the “holiday” season. With the oh-so-many varieties of Jet-Puffed Marshmallows out this time of year, I couldn’t resist buying up a few bags 🙂 Fruit-flavored (and shaped), stackable plain or chocolate brownie flavor, the classic toasted coconut, and even gingerbread and pumpkin spice! These also make a great healthy, low-fat snack right out of the bag (always use caution with young children and marshmallows of any shape or size, a very dangerous and very real choking hazard!)
I bought some canned biscuit dough, rolled it out, tucked in a couple chocolate brownie marshmallows, and sealed them shut. After they were baked, according to package directions on the biscuits, I put a touch of butter and sprinkled some sugar on them. This is not necessary though as these are a yummy, pillow-filled sweetness all by themselves.
You know what marshmallows do in the microwave, right? Well, they do that in the oven as well. So make sure your edges are sealed, sealed, sealed. I probably should have taken pictures of my first batch that expanded and leaked all over the place 🙂 Put down a piece of parchment paper on your baking sheet for easy clean-up if they leak. My kids loved the leakers as much as the ones that held their pillow shape.
Since when is pie easy? At least making it, that is. Just typing that had me thinking “Where did this saying come from?” Hence Google, and apparently it first appeared in print in The Newport Mercury, in 1887. There’s your history lesson for the day, wasn’t that easy?
I am no longer a huge baker of desserts, or anything else for that matter, except for the couple months at the end of the year when I desire for my house to smell like the house I grew up in during the Fall/Winter Holidays; cookies, chocolate, spices, and homemade pies.
So I figured I could certainly spare 5 minutes to whip up this dessert I came across, on Facebook I am sure. 2 ingredients, how could it get any easier, right? An angel food cake mix that requires only water be added, and a can of any type of pie filling you desire. I used pineapple this time, but I also have another cake mix and can of apple pie filling, which I will be drizzling with caramel after I make it.
Mix them together, and put it in a lightly greased 9×13 pan at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes (Sorry, I was multi-tasking and not paying 100% attention to the time). I would suggest give it 20 minutes, then open the oven door every 5 minutes until it has a nice golden color on top 🙂 As a note, this will fluff up pretty good the longer it sets before it gets in the oven, and even more when it’s baking. Mine was above the edge of the pan when I took it out (without over-flowing) but as it cooled it did sink a little bit back down which allowed me to put the cover on the pan without issues.
It was delicious, and likely would have been even better with some whipped cream. And an added bonus? Virtually fat free, especially if you get sugar free pie filling.