What I’ve Been Baking Lately.

Basically I need a post to show the pictures of the things I’ve been making so I can pin them from Pinterest. HA! I’m so fancy. And real. #tryingtobecoolonsocialmedia

SO HERE:

high school reunion cookies

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60th birthday cupcakesIMG_7131

IMG_7124    and cake

 IMG_7036   1st birthday smash cake!

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bridal shower cookies

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4th cookiesIMG_6978

IMG_6942cake pops

vegan cake for my cousinIMG_6941

IMG_6940the cake for everyone else at his bday party

grama’s chocolate birthday cake!

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stay tuned for more! i’ve been busy!!!

cookies for BF moms!!!

Since the birth of my first daughter,

The term BF refers to “breastfeeding”, 

I feel like a cow,

hmmm. When I was in high school, my brother (who was also in high school but 2 years behind me, and was an avid runner, and very thin, and tall–not at all what I am but that’s another story–) anyways he was running a race and won! My aunt, who was there for the race, said “that’s what his body is made for.”

I thought for a second, knowing my lack of athletic ability.. and asked, “what’s my body made for?”

Her joking response: “making babies.”

I laughed and thought to myself yuuuppp. These child bearing hips won’t go to waste I’m sure.

I had forgotten about this story until I was married and pregnant with my first daughter, Bette. Not only was I super fertile (ahem) but I was able to breastfeed no problem!  I would feed her and then still pump another 10 oz!! If you’re a pumping mom you’ll know what this means.

SO– naturally this time around (my daughter Vera was born 5/15/15) I have the same cow-like abilities! haha. I’m actually loving it though because it saves me money, helps me shed the baby weight, and it’s bonding time for us.

yea yea yea, what about the cookies?!?!?!

OK so I went to a store in my town that services moms that are breastfeeding–awesome store: Care Connection. In the store they had these pre-packaged cookies and cookie mix that were “milk cookies” for BF moms to eat to help keep their milk supply up. They were yummy! But pricey. What made them so special? Brewer’s yeast. Haven’t you heard that old wives tale about how moms are encouraged to have a beer to stimulate milk production? Yeast. Beer. Yeast is in beer. I get it.

Being the thrifty mama I am, I knew I could make them myself without spending $16 on a mix that yields a dozen cookies.

AND I DID AND THEY’RE AMAZING!!!!

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Here’s the original recipe I found and then tweaked for myself: how sweet eats

LACTATION COOKIES. (the name sounds gross but they are flippin amazing. even men and non BF women will love them!)

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups AP flour
5 tablespoons brewers yeast–I found this at a brewing supply store.
3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons coconut oil
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips

optional but recommended: 1 cup sliced almonds

Preheat the oven the 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, yeast, flaxseed, baking powder, soda, cinnamon and salt.

Beat the butter and coconut oil until creamy. Add in the sugar and beat until fluffy, about 4 to 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl if needed. Add in the egg and egg yolk, beating until combined, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add in the vanilla extract and beat until combined again. Gradually add in the dry ingredients, beating until just combined and mixed. Stir in the chocolate chips/nuts with a spatula until they are evenly dispersed.

Scoop the dough into 1-inch rounds (I used an ice cream scoop so they are fairly uniform in size but they came out kinda big so I’d go with a smaller ice cream scoop next time) and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until the bottoms are just golden. Let cool completely before storing in a sealed container.

F-ing amazing I tell you. Try them! Let me know how they come out!

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wow.

so it’s been what? 7 months? sheesh. I actually forgot my login information on this website! I’m embarrassed. I’ve let you down.

no, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. I’ve been taking advantage of the time with my growing daughter and husband. I can’t believe how fast she’s growing and really how fast the time goes! <sigh>

also this is happening: (again)

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baby #2! Can’t believe it! SHE is due in 3 weeks and I’m going to largely blame her for my lack of commitment to this blog, as well : )

I have been baking still! Cookie are mostly my main jam now:

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football cookies

Still obsessed with cookie cutters and creating the cutest cookies  :-)

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shark cupcake tutorial

I made these super cute and super easy shark fin cupcakes for a friend’s birthday party!

shark cupcakes

shark cupcakes

shark cupcakes

 

Here’s how to make them:

start with a plain baked cupcake: (I made this vanilla recipe)

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Frost the cupcake blue

shark cupcake tutorial

then add the fin! done!

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to make the fins I just cut them out of black construction paper (i’m a teacher. i have school supplies everywhere)

and then taped them to a toothpick

shark fins

shark fins

 

shark cupcakesso easy! so cute! perfect for a beach/pool party!

lemon ice cream bars (yea more lemon. i like lemon!)

guess you probably figured out that lemon is one of my favorite flavors. I came across this recipe while reading a magazine…..

lemon ice cream bar recipe

it looked easy enough so  I made them–and they were DELISH!

here’s the recipe: from Better Homes and Gardens

Lemon Bar Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon finely shredded lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 quart container vanilla ice cream
1recipe Lemon Curd or 1 10-ounce jar (1 cup) lemon curd plus 1 tablespoon finely shredded lemon peel
 Crushed lemon candies (optional)
Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x9x2-inch baking pan with foil; set aside. ( I used an 8×8 square pan)

In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, lemon peel, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour.

Pat half of the dough into the prepared pan. SPRAY YOUR SPOON WITH PAM! otherwise it will stick and make you very angry

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Bake for 12 minutes or until browned. Use foil to lift cookie from pan and cool on a wire rack. Cool pan. Repeat with remaining dough.

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Soften ice cream by placing it in a very large bowl and stirring until creamy. Add lemon curd; fold gently to swirl.

To assemble: peel foil away from cookie squares. Line the 9x9x2-inch pan with plastic wrap. Place one baked cookie square in the pan. Spread with ice cream mixture. Top with remaining cookie square.

Cover and freeze at least 4 hours or until firm. Cut into squares. Roll sides in crushed candy, if desired. Wrap individually and freeze to store.

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(don’t you love my tablecloth???)

lemon ice cream bars

lemon ice cream bars

lemon ice cream bars

so easy! so light! so easy!

my love of lemon curd

yea baby. if you’ve had homemade lemon curd you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t–then you really need to make this.

(photo courtesy of glorious treats)

Don’t be intimidated by the eggs! You CAN make this!

I usually follow Martha Stewart’s recipe

and this is what hers always looks like

Lemon Curd

and what mine does:

lemon curd

(i improvised an ice bath)

I used it recently in a cake for my Aunt J’s 40th Birthday!

The inside of the cake looked just like Martha’s  I swear! I forgot to take pics of the night though so this is all I’ve got😦

Here are some more desserts from the night:

aunt j cake

I’m super obsessed with rosette cakes right now.

pb choco cupcakes

peanut butter chocolate minis!

pb choco minis

40th bday cake

yuuuuummmmm. so seriously–give it a try!!! you’ll be eating it with a spoon!