Friday, December 6, 2013

12 Days of Christmas yummies and treats : Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate & Butterscotch Chips

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Day 3 my 3 of Christmas yummies and treats. This recipe originally calls for the use of 1 cup of butter , instead I used coconut oil. I have used coconut oil as a substitute in baking before and I must say does not compromise the quality of your recipe. These delicious oatmeal cookies , also calls for 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of firmly packed brown sugar.  I decreased the sugars into 1 cup ( 1/2 cup of white and 1/2 cup of brown) . The butterscotch and white chocolate chips adds extra sweetness already.


1 cup Coconut oil ( or butter )
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 cups old fashioned style oatmeal ( uncooked)


Preheat oven to 375

I have prepared the dry ingredients ( flour , cinnamon, baking soda and salt) few days ago.

Combine the flour , baking soda , cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Set aside

Cream coconut oil and sugars until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla.

I don't know what was I thinking. I was using a small bowl, so i had to do a switcheroo into a bigger mixing bowl.

Beat the flour mixture thoroughly into the creamed mixture.
Scoop or drop rounded teaspoonful of the dough onto a lined baking sheet.
bake 10-12 minutes.

Easy right?

Happy Baking! 

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

12 Days of Christmas yummies & treats : Peanut Butter Bundt Cake

     It's  DAY 2 of our 12 Days of Christmas yummies and treats and who doesn't like peanut butter. Hubby likes anything peanut butter. The first time I made this , I used creamy peanut butter. This time I tried the crunchy kind. Both are good, the crunchy kind gave the cake extra nuttiness and a little texture.

     I do get a lot of questions on how am I able to cook from scratch and bake often. As for any moms, it takes preparation. A day of prepping , like how I do my batch cooking with pantry staples ( Homemade Pantry Staples , I do a batch prepping of baking mixes. It would usually takes me less than an hour BUT it saves you time in the long run.

   I put the mixes in a Ziploc bag , write down the additional ingredients needed on my baking day and usually the instructions ( brain farts happen you know..) I store the bags in the fridge. Not only that it saves you time , it saves you money as well.


1 cup butter
2 cups sugar ( I reduced mine to 1 cup) , can use splenda
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter , creamy or crunchy
5 eggs (room temperature)
1 tbsp vanilla
3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup low fat milk


Preheat oven to 325

Grease and sprinkle flour ( lightly) into a large bundt pan . I used Crisco shortening to grease my pan. Grease all the creases.

In a large bowl , mix all all of these ingredients -- flour, baking powder and soda , salt. Set aside.

 In a separate bowl , cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the brown sugar and peanut butter ( continue mixing at a medium speed) . Add the eggs , one at a time until one egg is incorporated with the mixture. Add vanilla.

Add the dry ingredients ( flour mixture) and the milk to the cream mixture ( butter , peanut butter, sugar and egg mixture). ADD THE dry ingredients alternately with milk -- starting and ending with the dry ingredients.

Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan. Bake for about 1 hr. ( 1 hr and 10 minutes at the most) .

Check if it's done using the toothpick trick. If it comes out clean , it is done.

Remove from the oven and let it cool. remove from the pan and frost or dust with powdered sugar if desired.

For chocolate frosting:

Melt about 1 cup  of chocolate chips , 30 seconds interval.  At a medium speed , cream 1/2 cup pf butter ( i only used 1/4) , 1 cup of powdered sugar and milk -- just enough mil to reach your desired consistency. You can also add a cup of butter id you like. Just pour over the top of the cake.

Happy baking!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

12 Days of Christmas yummies and treats : Peppermint Candy Hearts

 Are you all ready and decorated for Christmas ? We just picked up a tree last Sunday and Big sister asked me where are all the gifts. Confused, I asked her why. Well our sweet pea thought that the tree comes automatically with gifts. Just too cute and funny . Wouldn't it be nice though?  I am so bad with last minute shopping sometimes. Every year , I want to get my gift shopping done before December 1. But I always end up buying a few more...few days before Christmas. I just love strolling and looking at all the goodies that you only see during Christmas time.

For day one of 12 days of Christmas yummies and treats , I made this super easy sweet treat. No bake and can be done in less than an hour. If you know me , I am always about keeping things simple in the kitchen!


32 small peppermint candy canes , unwrapped.
1 1/2 - 2 cups vanilla flavored candy melts , use whatever color you want :) ( Can use almond bark)


Line cookie sheet with parchment paper , arrange candy canes in groups of two ( like a heart shape).

Microwave the candy melts in 30 seconds interval , mix halfway through melting. It should be smooth.

Pipe the melted candy coating into the center of the hearts , fill all spaces.

Sprinkle away :)

Let it cool for about 30 minutes. or 10 minutes when place in the fridge.

isn't it easy?

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Monday, December 2, 2013

DIY Veggietales Inspired Cake ( Bob the tomato) with Fondant.

    Both of our girls loves to watch Veggietales. Most specially  Big Sister, she turned 4 yrs old last November. When they say kids grow up so fast , they're not kidding! Hubby and I wanted to do something special for her. When she woke up we filled our front room with red balloons. Though we didn't had a party but we still made a loving effort to celebrate her day. She is our eldest, she made us a family, so all the best for our girl.

   It took a lot of thinking on whether should I brave on making her a Bob the tomato cake ( it's her favorite character) or should i just order her one or just a plain round cake would do. I know how much she loves.. I MEAN REALLY LOVES veggietales so I decided, what the hay..I can do it! I am not a professional baker , the cake is not perfect. It has some cracks and creases but it is special , her momma made it for her and her reaction upon seeing the cake is PRICELESS.

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1 box of chocolate cake mix and the ingredients  needed to make it.
8 ounces miniature marshmallows (4 cups not packed, or half of a 16-ounce bag)
1 pound powdered sugar (4 cups), plus extra for dusting
2 tbsp water
red and green food coloring
Wilton Black decorating Icing


Bake your cake. I made two round cakes. Let it cool , set aside. 
Place the marshmallows and the 2 tbsp of  water in a  microwave-safe bowl. Microwave  for 1 minute, until the marshmallows are puffy and expanded.

Stir the marshmallows using a  rubber spatula until they are melted and smooth. If you see unmelted marshmallow pieces , return the bowl in the microwave for about 30 secs just until the marshmallows are  smooth.  There should be no lumps.

  Add the powdered sugar to the melted marshmallow. Stir until well incorporated and it becomes impossible to stir anymore. Dust a wooden chop board or counter top with powdered sugar. Place your marshmallow mixture onto your prepared work surface. It will be sticky! and that's okay.. Dust your hands with powdered sugar and knead the fondant mixture like it's nobody's business. Knead like what you would do to a bread dough. Knead until it is smooth and not sticky anymore.

You may add more powdered sugar until it is not sticky anymore. Don't add too much, it will make your fondant stiff. At this point , I separated 5 balls from the mixture . It will be the two eyeballs , the nose , the mouth and his hair.  I added red food coloring on one of the small fondant mixture ( for the nose) and green on one of the fondant mixture ( for the hair). Shape the green fondant into small triangles. And the rest will just be white.

Flatten the remaining fondant mixture into  around disc ( it will be Bob's face) , add the red food coloring at the center of the disc  and fold the sides over on itself . You will see streaks, just continue working on the mixture until it is uniform in color.

 You can now roll it out , (not so thin..I did this twice and could not transfer it to my cake ) and transfer the rolled fondant onto your cake.

Smooth it and dust off excess powdered sugar on top.  Trim the fondant as well.

 Attach the eyes , nose , mouth and hair.

Using the Wilton black decorating Icing , carefully pipe the black part of bob's eyes.

Far from perfect but we loved the cake. Lucy's smile is precious!

sorry Bob , we have to eat you!

Big sister and her momma!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Homemade Bean and Bacon Soup

Ti's the season for soups and stews. A bowl of comforting warm soup , is not just very filling but also budget friendly and much healthier than store bought canned soups. You can easily adjust all the ingredients , add or bypass some , eliminate or abate sodium ..just making it your "own" . I used to love the canned bean and bacon soup , until we made this.  I don't think you will ever come back to canned bean and bacon soup again. Ever.

6 strips of bacon , crushed.
1 large c carrots
2 stalks celery
4 chopped garlic cloves
1 medium onion
3 cups of Northern beans ( cheaper and healthier if homemade) or 2 15  oz cans
2 tbsp chopped parsely
Salt and pepper to taste

Chop all the celery , carrots, onion and garlic. Cook the bacon until crisp , transfer to paper towel lined plate. Reserved about 1-2 tbsp of the bacon drippings.

Bacon ..makes everything good doesn't it?

 In a large saucepan , using the bacon drippings. saute the carrots for about 4-5 minutes. Add the celery , onion and lastly the garlic. Add the bacon , then the beans with 2 cups pf water. bring to a boil , cover and simmer for 10 minutes on low heat.

               Mashed the beans partially to thicken the soup. Sit in parsely. Add salt and pepper to taste.

that easy right?

Serve with crackers or french bread.

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