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Monday, October 15, 2012

Henry's Baptism

Well, since Henry was born in June, I have had very little time for baking and decorating.  I've been able to do a few small things, but nothing too impressive.

For Henry's Baptism, I was determined to make the cake, and I wanted to make cookies too.  I saw an adorable Dove design by Bridget at Bake at 350.  She is an amazing decorator, and have some wonderful designs (and book that I hope I get for Christmas... wink, wink).

The cookies are a wonderful chocolate recipe, and it's such a simple design I was able to do them after the baby went to bed one night.

Poor lighting... they are white, not the gray/blue they look here.

For the cake, I wanted to do something fall-ish, since I won't get many chances to do another cake this fall.  Really, other than the wording, nothing specifically makes this a Baptism cake.

The flavor is Pumpkin Spice, with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing.  I decorated it with gum paste leaves, and got to use some of the techniques I learned in my decorating class last year.

Overall, I am very happy with it.  I can't wait, as Henry grows, to not only have more opportunities to bake, but time as well!

Brownie Cupcakes

For the last 2 years, I haven't been able to make a cake for my mom's birthday.  Last year, I had horrible morning sickness, and couldn't eat, let alone bake.  This year, Henry's Baptism was the following weekend, and since I was making the cake for that, I didn't have time to do a second cake.

For an impromptu birthday treat, I decided to make brownies, but rather than cut them the ho-hum boring way, I used my favorite cupcake cookie cutter!  Then I made some frosting (I always have butter and confectioner's sugar ready) and frosted the top of the "cupcake".

Nothing fancy, but a little something special for the woman who, 27 years later, still takes care of me like no one else.

Love you, Mama!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Blueberry Zucchini Bread

I haven't done much baking since Henry came into the world... just can't find the time!  While Dan was on vacation, we made our first trip with Henry to Maine!  While there, we got some real Maine blueberries... the good ones, the little, sweet ones!  

So, the blueberries came home with me, and I wanted to do something different with them (we're usually just big fans of blueberry pancakes in our house).  I also had a gigantic zucchini from the farm stand.  I thought, hmm... I bet Zucchini bread with blueberries would be good.  And you know what, it was!  Lol.  I search for a recipe, and there were a few, but none quite what I wanted.  So I took my favorite Zucchini bread recipe, made a few small changes, and added the berries.  It was a hit.  Kids ate it, not realizing there were veggies in it (though technically, zucchini is a fruit, but whatever!).  Even my dad, who "doesn't like zucchini" liked it... granted, he thought it was pumpkin bread because of the spices.  

        (No picture.... I've been too busy taking pictures of my little man to take pictures of food!)

Blueberry Zucchini Bread

3 eggs
1 and 1/4 cups sugar 
2 cups finely shredded zucchini (drained) 
1/2 cup vegetable oil 
1/2 cup applesauce (or you can just use a whole cup oil if you want)
2 teaspoons vanilla 
3 cups flour 
1 teaspoon salt 
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1 teaspoon baking powder 
2 teaspoons cinnamon 
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 
1/4 teaspoon clove 
1 cup blueberries

1. Preheat oven to 325 and grease two 9 x 5 bread pans, or one bundt pan. 

**Just a note about using the Bundt pan... make sure you grease it REALLY well.  I use Crisco to make sure I get a good release.  This time, however, I was a little hasty when trying to get the bread out, and ripped it.  Make sure you let it cool before trying to release the bread, since the warm bread is more likely to break apart.

2. Beat eggs until foamy and then stir in sugar, zucchini, oil and vanilla. 

3. Combine dry ingredients (reserving 2 tablespoons of flour) and spices and gradually add to wet ingredients.

4. In a bowl, add the reserved flour to the blueberries (this keeps them from sinking to the bottom of the batter), and fold into the batter. 

5. Pour into prepared pan(s). 

6. Bake for 60 to 80 minutes or until center tests done.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Bad-Bad Blogger

These are the first cookies I have made since Christmas.  Well, that's a lie, I did make a ton of chocolate hearts to bring to the Pine Street Inn's dinner for the Homeless Women for Valentine's Day, but those weren't decorated, just drizzled in chocolate.

With this pregnancy, I have developed AWFUL carpal tunnel syndrome.  I've had it on and off for years, and usually a few weeks wearing a brace can set me straight, but with the swelling that comes with pregnancy, both hands/wrists can't do much.  So, decorating cookies is hard these days.

But when my little friend was turning 6, and her Mommy asked if I could make her come cookies, I really wanted to. I've baby sat here since she was a baby, and now I can't believe she is 6!  I'm sure my baby will be 6 before I know it, too!!!

My awesome husband even helped me with decorating these. It takes a real man to roll up his sleeves and take a bottle of royal icing in Hot Pink! I took a picture, but he would kill me if I posted it, so that will just be for my enjoyment :-p

These were not what I had imagined when I first came up with the idea, but in the end, I think they came out pretty cute!

Love the swirly N

Nina loves her American Girl, so this is my take on their Logo.
The cupcakes on the right where also wrapped up as favors
for the kids. 

Saturday, December 10, 2011


Well, it looks like the last time I actually posted anything was in September.  Sorry, folks!

 I'm 99% sure that everyone reading this knows me in real life, but just in case, the reason for my delayed update is that my husband and I are expecting our first baby, and the first few months were very, very rough on me.  I couldn't really eat, let alone bake, so it's been months since I pulled out my cookie pans.

But feeling a whole lot better these days, and with Christmas right around the corner, I'm here with a couple things I've done.

It's hard to tell, but the little ones have sprinkles on the white parts.

Love the "garland"!

Well, that's all for now.  I should have a few more things to post before Christmas, but I'm still taking it slower these days.