Topsy Turvy Cake Pan

Have you ever wanted to make a topsy turvy cake?  You know, that cool looking cake that looks like it may tip over if you touch it?!  The kind that you only see on shows on TLC and Food Network?! 

I have to admit I am not the Ace of Cakes or even a Cake Boss, but I bet these pans would help me become one, maybe.

Individual Pie Slice Boxes

These individual pie boxes would make great favors for any occasion or just a good reason to give a slice of pie away.   I really like the simplicity of the packaging and the pop of color from the bakers twine.

I found these boxes on Etsy and petitmoulin is where you can get the kit from. 

The kit comes with:

24 pie-shaped boxes
24 wooden forks from France
8 large sheets of parchment paper for lining (you’ll need 6, but an extra couple are included for good measure)
14 yards of traditional red/white bakers twine

I’m not having a party anytime soon, but I think I’m going to buy the kit just to have it.  You never know when you may have to give away slices of pie.

[obsession]: turquoise and red

There is just something vibrant and happy when turquoise and red are combined.  I just absolutely love the two colors together.  I have the accent pillows on my couch to prove it.  I am thinking of even having this color combo for my “theme” this Christmas.

(image source: bedroom, scarf, bowls & vases, flowers)

(image credits: tablescape, candy, kitchen, buttons)

Double Chocolate Chip Scones

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One thing I love about scones is that it gives me an excuse to eat a cookie for breakfast, not like I need an excuse.  Anyone who knows me knows that I am the first one to admit eating a piece of cake for breakfast and I say it with pride.

I’ve never made scones before, but I’ve eaten my fair share.  Honestly, the only place I’ve ever had them was from Starbuck’s, isn’t that sad?! I decided, what the heck, let me try to make some.  They were much easier than I expected and pretty damn tasty.  Give me a cup of coffee and a scone and I can start my day.

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Double Chocolate Chip Scones

very slightly adapted from: all recipes

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen and cut into pieces
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup milk chocolate ships
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large egg

Directions:

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a food processor, pulse together the flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Once the flour mixture is well mixed add the butter pieces and chocolate chips and pulse.

In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until smooth.

Add sour cream mixture into flour mixture and process until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.)

Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7- to 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp. of sugar. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles; place on a cookie sheet (preferably lined with parchment paper), about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.

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Fall Pumpkins

Is anyone as excited as I am for Fall? Fall has got to be my favorite season and then Winter. I am just not a hot weathered kind of gal.  Summer here in Joplin has been too hot for me.  One cool thing about living here is actually having “seasons”.  The leaves change color here and it truly feels like Autumn.  I can’t wait!  Don’t get me wrong, I’d take a California Summer any day!

With Fall comes pumpkins, so here are some cool “out of the box” ideas for your Fall pumpkins.  My favorite are the fanged pumpkins, oh and the painted ones, oh and the lace one…actually all of them are my favorite.  I just love them all!

(image sources: mini pumpkins, candy corn pumpkins)
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(image sources: lace pumpkins, painted pumpkins)

[book club]: before i go to sleep

I love to read and one thing I find after I read a book is that I want to talk about it with someone.  I try to talk to my husband about the book and since he is not much of a reader he can’t really relate to what I’m talking about.  Maybe if I was talking accounting or numbers then he would relate, but that’s not the case.

About a year ago, I was invited to join a book club.  It was actually my first book club I have ever been a part of and I immediately loved the ladies that were in the group.  They are a fun group of women!  Plus, to me there’s nothing better than wine, food, books and great discussions.

I thought that I would share with my readers what books we are currently reading or have just discussed.

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My book club meeting was last night and our discussion was on the book Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson.  All I can say is that I could not put this book down and I read it within 24 hours.  Yes, it was that good!  It was a psychological thriller and a page turner.

Have you or anyone else you know read this book?  If so, what were your thoughts on it?

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Want to know what book we are reading next? Our next book for book club is Room by Emma Donoghue.  I read this book about a year ago and recommended we read it for book club.

Banana Cream Pie

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It seems that every time I buy bananas they do not get eaten.  Granted, I buy a big bunch of bananas and my daughter is the only person in the house that eats them, I still expect all 20 6 bananas to be gone.

IMG_8316Luckily, there are lots of things to make with bananas, like a banana cream pie with an Oreo cookie crust.

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Yes, yum is the word to describe this pie!  Especially because it’s topped with fresh whipped cream and shaved white chocolate.

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Banana Cream Pie

very slightly adapted from: baking illustrated

Ingredients:

Oreo cookie crust:
about 16 Oreos
2 tbl. butter, melted and cooled

Filling:

2 medium bananas, sliced
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/8 tsp. salt
5 large egg yolks, slightly beaten
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tbl. butter

Directions:

Make the crust:
Using a food process, pulse the Oreo cookies until fine. Place the cookie crumbs into a bowl, drizzle the melted butter over the top and using your hands combine the butter and cookies.

Place the crumbs in a 9 inch pie pan and press evenly into the sides and bottom of the pan. Refrigerate the crust for about 20 minutes to firm the crust. Bake for about 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

Make the filling:

Whisk the sugar, cornstarch and salt together in a medium saucepan. Add the yolks, then gradually whisk in the milk and evaporated milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently at first, then constantly as the mixtures starts to thicken and begins to simmer, about 8-10 minutes. Once the mixture simmers continue to cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat; whisk in the butter and vanilla.

Pour the filling in to a shallow pan. Put plastic wrap directly on the surface of the filling; cool until warm, 20 to 30 minutes. Pour half of the filling into the cooled pie shell. Layer the bananas on top of the filling and pour on the other half of the filling. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for about 3 hours.

Serve with fresh whipped cream.

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My daughter took the leftover banana slices and leftover filling and made it into a snack.  What a smart girl!

[obsession]: Chevron Print

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Homemade Scratch Off Tickets

Head over to ArtMind to learn how to make a   homemade scratch off ticket.  I’ve always wanted to learn how to make these.  They would be great as party favors, save the dates and invitations. 

 

 

 

Egg Cupcakes

How cool is this?

Yes, you are seeing that right, it’s a cake baked in an egg shell.  I love it!!

Cupcake Project is the genius behind this creation and I have to give it a try.

Want to try it for yourself?  Click here for the full tutorial.