With my husband's affinity for beer, he found a website selling Stout Brownies. With a baker in the house, of course we weren't going to purchase stout brownies so I scoured the internet and finally found a recipe for stout brownies topped with Butterscotch Ale ganache.
I'm not a fan of dark beers, or beer flavored anything. But, these brownies are to die for!!! I don't like cakey brownies so these are perfect. I wouldn't even call them brownies-it is more of a butterscotch ale topped fudge. I cannot stop eating them and encourage you all to make them.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
For whatever reason I have been against the 'Cupcake Pop' fad...until I saw this cute idea on www.bakerella.com. My husband and I were having a BBQ and I took it upon myself to make it a summery-themed BBQ (despite the cold weather in southern California!). After making the pops I stuck them in a pink sand toy filled with sand and stuck it in the middle of the table to use as a centerpiece.
The cupcake filling was a lemon cake with strawberry cream cheese.
The cupcake filling was a lemon cake with strawberry cream cheese.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Similar to my previous post about the cards, I am doing the same with some good food I've been eating- either homemade or eating at unique places
Taylor and I went to the Food Truck Festival in LA County... we tried many trucks but the Grilled Cheese Truck is what I was most looking forward to! I got the stacked- Pulled Pork, Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese...yup you heard me!
Moving to California has made me aware of many new twists on food..like this one- Shaved Ice with Condensed Milk, I was scared to try it, but it wasn't too bad. Bubble gum, peach, and strawberry shaved ice...they also had a bunch of toppings you could put on there, including mochi balls
Flight of Beers at Side Door Pub
Brewery Tour at Stone Brewery
Serendipity in Las Vegas has unique food and gives free Chocolate Sundaes!
Eating a scone while doing school work at the Tranquil Tea Lounge in Fullerton. A vast variety of teas, great sandwhiches, and even greater scones! This was a passion fruit scone, but I've also had the white chocolate lavendar scone which I highly recommend!
Awhile back I made these cool rainbow layered cupcakes for my little brother and sister. The flavors aren't unique but the colors are!
Then decided to re-create this favorite for a class project, add polka-dot cupcake lines, purple frosting and some pearl accents
Picture supplied by one of my peers who is always taking beatutiful pictures around campus and always captures the treats I bring into class!
Marble cupcakes with marble cream cheese frosting
Chocolate-chip cookies with brownies in the middle
These are my husband's favorite- chocolate cookie with a marshmallow and covered with chocolate ganache.
Per my husband's suggestion, I added pretzels to this new match to create a sweet and savory combination
Cupcake in a jar to thank a child who participated in a homework assignment I needed to complete. He talks about this everytime I see him!
St. Patrick's Day Cupcake/Treat for my husband as soon as he returned home from deployment.
Chocolate Stout cupcake filled with chocolate stout ganache and topped with Bailey's Irish Creme Frosting...just call it a car bomb cupcake!
Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcake with Lemon Frosting, Red Sanding Sugar and accented with a Strawberry Heart Marshmallow!
Packed-up and ready to bring to class!
Mini vanilla cupcakes topped with meringue and covered in chocolate-ganache
Again, Brittney taking pictures of my treats in class!
Layered Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache and Meringue Frosting between the layers and topped with Pink Whipped Meringue Frosting
Take-home gifts for my guests: Double Chocolate-chip pancakes in a jar!
Pumpkin Bread Bowl filled with Artichoke-Spinach Dip
'Bone' Pizza Bites
Christmas Cookie Spread..I learned this from my mom- baking and baking and baking tons of cookies during the holidays with enough to share with neighbors! Oreo truffles coated in white chocolate; Italian Cookies; Chocolate Espresso Snocaps; Almond Crescents; Banana Bread with Maple Brown Butter Frosting; and Chocolate Rice Krispies with Nutella Frosting
A favorite time of day for my husband and I-- cooking dinner together! Greek pork ontop of a bed of Greek Quinoa
Peach Topped Pork with a Lime-Basil Cou-cous
Spiced-rubbed Pork with a side of Corn and Quinoa
One of my favorite dinners- baked potato, steak and corn
Sweet Strawberries topped with Mascarpone Limoncello Cream and a side of Orange-Mascarpone Breakfast Rolls
Strawberry Pankcaes with a Maple-Brown Sugar Butter
Another Greek Dinner...Greek Marinated Pork, Greek Quinoa (Quinoa with Avocado, Tomato and Feta) prepared to stuff pita with tzatiki sauce and feta
I've wanted to create a blog publishing the cards I've made for at least a year now. Unfortunately grad school...a.k.a. my life, seems to take priority above just about everything. Making cards and baking are two of my hobbies I use as an escape and stress reliever. My pile of cards has grown and my recipe box has expanded, but nothing was published to a blog..until now. Below are some of my favorite cards I have made in the past year or two that I would like to share. Some I made at StampinUp classes, others I have created on my own, adapted from many different stampin blogs I've visited. I do believe it is important to leave credit when it is due, but unfortunately I can't remember where I got ideas for everything. And, like I said, all my ideas-- be it crafts or food, are usually a compilation of a number of other people's creations. Again, I will not post extensive details about the cards but if you have a question just ask!
50th Birthday Card
Baby Girl Dresser
Baby Boy Dresser
These girls are too cute, I had to use them for something
My favorite color scheme- yellows, pinks and oranges
The penguin rolls across the card- it is weighted by a penny to help it move
Crystal Effects used on the Purple Flower
A Father's Day card
To go with Taylor (my husband) fish themed christmas presents, I made him a Goldfish Ornament card...except our wonderful cat, Guinness, tore the card open to eat the Goldfish..more on him, later
My nephew's 1-year Birthday Card, a picture of him from our wedding
'Kiss' Stamp Technique with my favorite stamp- the Medallion
You can even use foil in card making
A Treat Box filled with Chocolate Chip Cookies- I made for my neighbors when I moved in
When I left my old job, my co-workers wanted copies of some of my recipes, so I made a box to put the recipe cards in
Brayer backgroud and Embossed Grass
Thanksgiving Card with Embossed Leaves and sponged with fall colors