Happy Easter! This was an Easter Cookie basket I completed for a client. I love the way this turned out. The 3-D eggs were fun to design and decorate. When I first started decorating cookies a couple of years I really loved doing it and then it turned into “I don’t think I like doing cookies” and for whatever reason, this Christmas it turned back to “I love decorating cookies” and now this year I’ve started a home business selling my creations! LOL Who says women can’t change their minds. It has been fun also to observe my progress and improvements in technique in cookie decorating. I look back at some of my first cookies I decorated and almost cringe seeing them being “Pinned” on Pinterest and I almost want to delete that post! I’ll leave it, it’s good to see progress and improvement.
I’m happy to see Spring finally arriving … green grass, daffodils, trees budding and blooming … it is so uplifting. Enjoy your Spring and your Easter!
Is it as good as it looks? Yes, it sure is! This is yet another recipe that you can use Vietnamese Cinnamon in. When I purchased my Vietnamese Cinnamon at Amazon and it came in a 1 lb bag I thought I’ll never use up all this cinnamon. Amazingly enough I am using it up and it is so, so good. This cake is fantastic in the morning with a cup of freshly brewed coffee, or for that matter, any time of the day. Bake and ENJOY!
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup white sugar
||Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Grease a 10-inch bundt pan.
||Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Add eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Mix in vanilla.
||Combine flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Pour flour mixture into batter alternately with the sour cream, mixing until just incorporated. Fold in walnuts, mixing just enough to evenly combine. Pour half the batter into the prepared pan.
||Mix the remaining 1/4 cup of white sugar with the cinnamon.
||Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the batter in the pan. Drop remaining cake batter in heaping spoonfuls over filling, covering it as best you can.
||Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes. Lower heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake for an additional 40 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.Source: Allrecipes.com
The recipe called for fettuccine, but I think penne pasta works nicely, catching the sauce in the middle. This is right up there with my favorite pasta recipes. ENJOY!
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- ½ pound bacon chopped (about 8 slices)
- 1 ½ cups sliced mushrooms (Baby Bella)
- 1 cup diced onions
- 4 cloves chopped garlic
- 1/8 cup sherry
- 1 ¼ cups half and half
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 pound penne pasta
- In a large sauté pan over medium high heat, combine 1 tablespoon each of olive oil and butter until melted and frothy.
- Working in two batches, add in chicken and brown on all sides, about 5 minutes per batch. Do not over cook. Remove chicken to a flat plate to cool and stop the cooking process.
- Place the bacon in the same pan and cook until it is crispy. Remove bacon to paper towels, chop and reserve.
- Drain off all bacon fat but reserve two tablespoons,half of which gets used in next step.
- Put one tablespoon of bacon fat in the same pan and sauté mushrooms for 2-3 minutes or until they just start to give up their liquid. Remove from pan and set aside along with all of the pan drippings.
- Add the second tablespoon of bacon fat back into the pan and sauté onions and garlic until the onions are translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
- Add mushrooms and their liquid back into the pan with the onions, add the sherry and cook for one minute scraping any bits from the bottom.
- Add in half and half, sour cream, salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and parmesan cheese. As mixture starts to bubble, reduce heat to medium and simmer 2 more minutes. The mixture will begin to thicken.
- Cook penne pasta according to package directions. When draining reserve one cup of pasta water.
- Add cooked chicken and bacon back to sauce and stir.
- Add cooked penne and cook over low to medium heat for 1-2 minutes to blend flavors. If the dish is too thick, add a little pasta water until desired consistency is achieved.
Slightly adapted from: http://www.afamilyfeast.com
I just completed these cookies for Tommy’s 3rd Birthday. These are one of my favorite cookies I’ve made; so much fun and adorable!
The evening I made this I didn’t get to eat until after 11:00 p.m.! Have you ever had any kitchen accidents that sent you the emergency room? I never had any kitchen accidents prior to this. It was a fluke accident … I was reaching up for a glass bowl, it slipped out my hands and landed on the granite and my reaction was to reach for it and it all happened so quickly before I knew it I had sliced the side of my hand open. 4 stitches and 3 hours later I was finally home and hungry!!
This was really good and a nice change from my usual pulled pork recipe, but I would only make 1/2 of the sauce next time; it makes way too much sauce. Be safe in the kitchen and ENJOY!
- 5 pounds pork shoulder/butt, bone in
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Dash of cayenne
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1 cup hoisin sauce
- 1 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons garlic, chopped
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- splash of sesame oil
Mix all dry rub ingredients together. Pat dry the pork. Sprinkle the rub mixture over the entire pork shoulder, rub into the meat. Sprinkle with soy sauce and also rub it in. Refrigerate overnight.
Remove pork from fridge 15 minutes prior to cooking. Cook pork shoulder st 275 degrees covered in oven until internal temperature is 180 degrees, about 5 hours.
Remove from oven and let sit covered for 15 minutes and then shred with two forks. Serve on buns with sauce and coleslaw on top.
Asia BBQ Sauce – Directions
Combine all ingredients in a pan and bring to a slow boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 1/2 hour or until thickened.
Asian Cole Slaw
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon lime zest
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- ½ jalapeno (seeds removed) diced
- 1 small cabbage, halved, cored and sliced
- 1½ cups grated carrots
- 6 scallions, chopped
- ½ cup cilantro, chopped
- Combine rice vinegar, sugar, ginger, sesame oil, vegetable oil, lime zest, lime juice, soy sauce and jalapeno. Mix well.
- In a large bowl toss together cabbage, carrots, scallions, and cilantro. Pour dressing onto mix and stir to combine. Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes to allow flavors to blend together.
Asian Coleslaw Source: avocadopesto.com
I had fun making these cookies for a little 2 year old’s Birthday Party – 45 cookies. Minnie Mouse was the theme for this party, ha, ha, as if that isn’t obvious. It was also fun designing the customized bag toppers.
I’ve been a busy baker! It seems I have gone from the Pasta Princess to the Cookie Queen! I started a business from my home “Sugar Cher’s Cookies” and have been selling my cookies and have had quite a few orders these past couple of months, leaving me with not much time for anything else. I will be slowing down as the weather turns nicer as I will need to devote time to my garden and enjoying the outdoors. I had fun creating these flower and butterfly cookies. ENJOY!