Friday, February 21, 2014

Caramel Corn That Makes You Go CRAAAAZY

I love this caramel corn so much, I ate a whole bowl of it yesterday, and I didn't even realize it. This is so good and so easy. The hardest part?

Having to wait for it to cool down.

This recipe is awesome because you become a domestic goddess, you are making your own caramel. Read that again, You. Are. Making. Your. Own. Caramel. Enough said.

Bubbly, yummy caramel. Easy peasy 

The beautiful process

Golden caramel corn

Beautiful caramel getting ready to cover popcorn. Yummmmm

Baked Caramel Corn: 
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup (light)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 quarts popped popcorn (24 cups)

Pop your popcorn and set it aside.
Preheat oven at 250' F
In a saucepan on the stove top, carefully melt butter so it does not burn. After butter is melted add brown sugar, corn syrup, salt.
Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Let boil without stirring for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in baking soda.

Pour over popcorn, already popped and in a pan.

Bake at 250 F for 45 min, stirring every 15minutes.

Remove from pan & break apart immediately.
Cool on parchment paper.
Original recipe here

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Fool Proof Bread Recipe (I GUARANTEE IT)

Making bread is something I've always wanted to be pro at. I mean, how cool do you sound if you say "Oh yeah, I make my own bread." Which basically translates into "I'm FREAKING Martha Stewart, don't mess, k?"

Last year, Hubby bought me my very own bread maker, because I pretty much thought that in order to be a good wife, I needed to know how to make bread. There were a lot of highs and lows when making bread. I mean, it's such an investment--3 HOURS. And if it doesn't turn out, well, sorry. You just wasted 3 hours of your life...waiting.

What a BEAUT
So, I present to you, a fool proof version of white bread. Trust me guys, this one's tried and tested. I made one Sunday night, and yesterday night--both with fantastic results. The bread is SO good, that it's hard to just not eat it with honey and butter. We made sandwiches with this bread. I HIGHLY recommend purchasing a bread cutter, or you end up with squished bread (#yeahme).

Fool Proof White Bread Recipe 
1 cup warm water
2 Tablespoons white sugar
1 package (.25 oz) yeast
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt

Put in bread maker. (It works well in express settings too!) Press start.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

When the Going Gets Tough...Make 10 MINUTE CINNAMON ROLL PANCAKES

Lately, I've been having a rough time. It's kind of hard to describe. Nothing's wrong per say, but I just feel in a funk.

Yesterday, I came home, and absolutely didn't want to do anything but bake and watch Heroes (man I obsessed with that show).

I saw this recipe from Recipe Girl for these gooey, ooooooey, amazing pancakes. Once I saw them, I KNEW I had to make them.

However, I only had about 20 min before the hubbs came back. Yes, I wanted to eat them before he came home (sometimes I'm selfish like that).

I scurried around the kitchen, and made some dang good pancakes that only took about 10 minutes. Which, when you are in a pinch, it's perfect! The recipe was halved, since I was the only one eating, and it can easily be doubled for two.

10 Minute Cinnamon Roll Pancakes (for 1)

Cinnamon Filling:

  • 2 Tablespoons butter (melted) 
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 Tablespoon ground cinnamon 
Cream Cheese Glaze: 
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 oz of cream cheese (room temp) 
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Krusteaz pancake mix (just add water). Yes, I cheated, and it was soooo good. 

For cinnamon filling: 
Stir together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Mix until smooth. Scoop filling into small zip baggie. 

For glaze: 
Heat up the butter until it is melted. Whisk in the cream cheese until smooth. Then mix powdered sugar and add in vanilla extract. Set aside. 

Cook the Pancakes: 
Heat a large skillet over medium heat and spray with nonstick spray. Use a 1/3 cup to measure pancake batter to the pan. Use the bottom of the scoop to spread the pancake batter on the pan. 

Then snip the corner of the cinnamon filling bag and squeeze the filling into the open corner. Once the pancake begins to form bubbles, add the filling. (It doesn't have to be in a fancy swirl!) Cook the pancake for 2-3 min. Then gently flip over and cook for another 2-3 min. 

Serve pancakes topped with cream cheese glaze. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

An an Effort to Expand My Horizons

In an effort to become cool, I've been taking coding classes, take a look at what I can do!

Code It Forward