Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Blueberry pie, with what was SUPPOSED to be a nice, smooth topcrust. I am never using that pie crust recipe again. Ever.

Monday, June 29, 2009

One of my favorite chocolate cake recipes. Super-simple, nice and light, not too rich but still sticky-moist.. delicious. I only wish I could've showed you the inside.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New Kitten

This is Mr. Tonks (he's a Tonkinese stray that I rescued)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes for John's Dad for Father's Day. I stole the recipe from Ricky.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Steamed Edamame. I LOVE it!

What, doesn't everyone have one of these lying around in their fridge? lol.. Three tiers with three layers of yellow cake filled with almond custard filling and pineapple custard filling. The only thing missing is cake jewelry, which I'll add tomorrow and probably post another pic.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Birdie babies!

And a really long story.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Lavender Mint Shortbread Cookies

Lavender Mint Shortbread Cookies: mint and lavender from my garden, honey from my cousin's bees.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Grilled Grean Beans

The joys of summer grilling! John made hamburgers with Everglade Seasoning (the best burger spice EVER!) and I made grilled green beans to use up some of the beans I grew. (Green beans, olive oil, creole seasoning, red and green peppers, wrapped in foil and grilled)

We grilled Salmon and asparagus tonight, but I was too hungry to take photos!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Homemade marshmallows! (recipe and more photos at lisacampagna.blogspot.com, and the recipe is also in the comments right here.)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Along came a spider

and built a really big web by our back door.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Screwdriver Cake

1 package yellow cake mix (no pudding in the mix variety)
1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding
3/4 cup orange juice (double strength from concentrate)
1/2 cup vodka
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs

1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice (double strength from concentrate) plus 1 tablespoon vodka

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray Bundt pan with Baker's Joy.

Combine cake mix, pudding mix, vodka, 3/4 cup orange juice, oil and eggs. Beat until smooth, and pour into Bundt pan.

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into middle of cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan, then turn out onto cooling rack. Glaze with orange glaze.

Orange glaze: Mix confectioners sugar with 2 tablespoons orange juice and 1 tablespoon of vodka.
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Thursday, June 11, 2009

My Strawberry Plants. I do miss being in Florida for all of the strawberry festival deliciousness!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Orange Bars

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (190 g)
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp orange zest (about 1/2 large orange)
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter, chilled and cut into pieces

Orange Topping
3 large eggs, room temperature
3/4 cups sugar
6 tbsp sour cream (90 g)
3 tbsp all purpose flour (22 g)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup orange juice plus 1/8 cup (made from concentrate with 1/2 H2O called for)
1 tbsp orange zest (about a whole large orange)

Preheat oven to 350F.

Mix the flour, sugar orange zest and salt in a medium bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until you get a crumbly mixture with
pea sized pieces of butter remaining. Press evenly into your pan, Baker's Edge or a 9 x 13 and bake for 15-20 minutes, the corners
should just be turning golden brown.

For the topping, mix the remaining ingredients until smooth. When the crust comes out of the oven, pour in the orange topping
and bake for about 25 minutes. The topping should be set and just turning brown at the corners.
Cool completely on a wire rack and sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.

Makes 16 large bars.
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Thursday, June 4, 2009