Thursday, April 26, 2012

Cookie pizza

First of all bring the kids in for this one!! Unless you are making it for a party and in that case you can make yours much prettier using patterns the one you are about to see was done by a 4 year old.

Second its ok to do girl math on this one. I mean yes its a giant cookie but its covered with fruit so its not all bad!!

Ok its simple bake a giant cookie cover in your favorite cream cheese and top with fruit!

Pack of sugar cookie dough 
About 4-5 kinds of fruits sliced thin
8 oz of flavored cream cheese -Mine was half blueberry half plain. I combined what I had  

Preheat oven to 350. Slice dough into 1/2 in slices and place on a round cookie sheet or pizza pan covered in parchment paper. Press the circles together. For this I would dip your hands in some flour to control the stickiness. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

 once out let cool then cover with  cream cheese. Its just like frosting a cake, and decorate. Like I said there is many ways to make this pretty or just let kids have fun

 (I promise no toes touched my cookie )

 Why do you want a picture of me eating Amy?? Is the question I was getting.
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Monday, April 23, 2012

Mother Daughter tea/beauty day

So I have always been told I have a big heart. Weather its kids or animals I want to help. I usually think everything happens for a reason. At my current job I care for 2 cute as could be kids. That's been the last almost 4 years of my life. But one of these little boys is extra special, he has down syndrome and let me say he is not that different from any other 5 year old really just has a couple extra appointments a week.

See so cute!! But this isn't about him really or even about boys at all. Its about mothers and daughters. He brought a great place in to my life. Gigi's play house is where I volunteer thanks to this little guy and his family. I recently hosted a mother daughter tea party!

So when throwing a party I highly suggest pinterest!!! These are just a few things I found. 
(I wanted to try this but its not watermelon season yet)

Here are my cute tea cups that I filled with fruit. They got so many compliments and and are actually really easy to make! 
And of course I had to make cupcakes!!!! So I made my favorite Chocolate cupcakes from Glorious treats. For frosting I took my favorite cream cheese frosting and added a couple table spoons of strawberry preserves. This might make it a little thin so just thicken back up with some confectioners sugar. 

Besides yummy treats we had beauty time!! Hair stylist and make up artists volunteered their time along with another great organization of young girls called pollished girlz..can you guess what they did... here are some pictures from our fun day!!

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Twix time

I have fond memory of going to the grocery store with my mom as a child and asking if I could get a treat. I mean really what child wants to go to the grocery store we should be rewarded for going without a fight. Well my mom usually said yes and I would get the usual Snickers, Starbursts, or my favorite TWIX.  Now years later I know how much my mom has always hated grocery shopping and therefore I think she should have been getting herself chocolate all those times. But I was a child and didn't pay enough attention and I am sure plenty of treats were home without my knowledge. 

A month or so ago my best friend over at MorningNooNight got this idea of making homemade Snickers from that we occasionally talked about what other candy bars could be made at home when I came across Twix on pinterest. I originally pinned it for her but her blogging and baking schedule had been booked haha. So I kept looking at them waiting for when I would have time. And this was Easter weekend and our childless household deserved a treat while everyone was hunting eggs! I mean again adults need treats too!

Shortbread Layer
~ 1 cup Salted butter
~1 cup confectioners sugar
~2 Teaspoons Vanilla 
~2Cups flour

Caramel Layer
~2 cups caramel in pieces (I used the individually wrapped ones as I would for caramel apples)
~3 Tablespoons heavy cream

Chocolate Layer
~3 Cups chopped milk or dark chocolate
~1 Tablespoon vegetable shortening 
  1. For the crust: Preheat your oven to 300°F. Spray a 9 x 13 pan lightly with cooking spray, or line with parchment, and set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, beat together the butter, sugar and vanilla. Add the flour. At first the mixture may seem dry, but will come together as you continue to beat at medium speed.
3.Take the dough and press it evenly into the pan. Lightly flouring yourhands will help with any sticking.
4. Prick the crust all over with a fork. The holes will allow steam to escape and the crust will bake evenly with fewer bubbles.
5.Bake the crust until it’s lightly golden brown on top and the edges are deeper golden brown, about 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately run a knife around the edges to loosen the crust. Set it aside to cool completely.
6.For the caramel layer:Melt the caramel and cream over low heat in a small saucepan. Pour the caramel over the cooled crust and set in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill and firm up.
After it cooled i chose to cut into strips and dip
7. For the chocolate layer: Melt the milk or dark chocolate slowly in a double boiler or over very low heat. If it seems very thick, add a tablespoon of shortening to thin it. Pour evenly over the chilled caramel layer and spread to cover all of the caramel. Return to the fridge until the chocolate is well set. Cut into 2 x 2 squares to serve. It’s best to store these bars in the refrigerator. But to eat I like letting mine get to room temp
8. These bars can also be cut and dipped in milk chocolate to resemble Twix  bars. After the caramel layer has chilled firm, cut down the length of the pan, splitting the bars into two long, narrow bars. Then cut each long strip into “fingers”.

9.Dip the chilled bars into melted chocolate and place on parchment paper to set for several hours.

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