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Monday, September 20, 2010

Candied Marshmallows

Yesterday we celebrated my daughter's 5th birthday.  One of the items I put in the favor bags was candied marshmallows made into lollipops.  I saw these in a candy shop and thought they'd be pretty easy to make. In fact, I didn't even do a trial, I just whipped them up on Friday!  Here's what you need to make them: Jet puffed marshmallows (go for the real stuff, not store brand), Wilton candy melts, sprinkles or decorating sugar, lollipop sticks, small clear bags, ribbon and wax paper.

1. Push the lollipop sticks all the way into the marshmallows and lay on wax paper.
2. Melt the wafers in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring between until melted.
3. Dip each marshmallow into the melted candy and then smooth the edges (I used a knife).
4. Immediately dip into your choice of decoration.
5. Lay on wax paper.
6. Once they are completely dry you can put the clear bag over the marshmallow and tie ribbon.

Easy, cute and yummy!

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Social Media Revolution

Interesting video. Hadn't really given much thought to social media taking over as much as it has. Seems like it will be here a least according to this...

Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing

One of my favorite things to do is bake.  Everyone that knows me knows this about me.  I always bring the baked goods to any type of event.  However, when it comes to my kids' parties I always order a cake from a professional cake lady.  My daughter will be 5 (sigh) in a couple weeks.  I had this idea that I'd teach myself how to make a fantastic professional looking cupcake for her super fun birthday party.  She could really care less what the cupcakes look like.  I on the other hand do!  I have been watching different techniques on "how to frost a cupcake"on you tube.  The first one I watched was from a bakery in Seattle.  Mine didn't turn out nearly as pretty as the ones at the bakery.  Then I came across a video by Jenny Steffens.  She has a video on making the perfect cupcake and how to decorate them.  I followed her recipe for the cake but for the icing I found a recipe for Sprinkles Buttercream icing and it's really good so I used it!

I sifted the powered sugar so there wouldn't be any lumps.

I added some blue coloring but it looks green.

Not bad for my first try.  
This is the best one out of 24 though. :)  I think I should have cut a little more off the tip of the bag.
They are delicious!

Recipe for Sprinkles Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

1 cup butter, softened
3 1/2 cups powered sugar
1 tsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt

1. In a bowl, combine butter, sugar and salt.  Beat until blended.
2. Add milk and vanilla and beat for an additional 3-5 minutes or until smooth and creamy.

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Pork Canitas Tacos

This recipe is too yummy to not pass along.  My sweet friend (who just started a new home blog) shared this over the summer and I finally got around to making it the other night.  This is so easy to make.  All you need is a crock pot and the ingredients!  I must say that since I'm a stay-at-home mom it was torture smelling this cook all day.  As soon as the hubs came through the door we were all ready to eat.


1 1/2 lb pork shoulder (Boston Butt), cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
1 teaspoon salt
2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 large onion, cut into 4 pieces
2 garlic cloves
1 avocado - sliced
Fresh cilantro
Corn tortillas
**Toss pork in bowl of slow cooker with salt, pepper, oregano and cumin.  Place onion pieces and garlic cloves on top of pork.  Cover and cook on low setting for 6 hrs or until meat is very tender and fallling apart.
Discard onion and garlic pieces.
Using fingers, shred pork.
Serve pork, wrapped in warm tortillas, top with avocado slices, cilantro and tomatillo salsa.
Use lime wedges to garnish!

*I didn't cut the meat up, I left it all one piece when I placed it in the crock pot.

After I put all the spices on the meat I thought it looked strange because there wasn't any liquid in the crock pot so I reread the instructions but that's what it says.  I kept checking throughout the day and I noticed the bowl was filling with liquid as it cooked!  The meat was so tender.  It makes great leftovers as well.  What a nice change from your regular hamburger taco meat.

All dressed and ready to cook! (I forgot to buy an onion so I used minced onion)

Extra delicious with corn tortillas but I forgot to take a pic as we were eating too quickly!!

Enjoy :)