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Chocolate Chip & Raspberry Cake

My mom told me about a girl named Sally a while back.  This girl had a blog called Sally’s Baking Addiction.  My mom loves to bake, so naturally when she found this blog filled with delicious, sweet treat recipes, she was quite endeared to Sally.  When my mom first discovered the blog, Sally was a regular gal who worked a regular job and happened to love to bake.  Now, Sally’s blog has been discovered by a few more bakers and she no longer works a regular job, but instead has a cook book that has been published and solely blogs about her baking addiction.  One could assume that she must be a pretty good baker… So I decided to test out one of her recipes for myself.

She’s pretty good.  I needed a cake recipe for my sister-in-law’s birthday and I found this Raspberry Chocolate Chip Layer Cake recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction.  It looked delicious – chocolate and fruit?  The best of both worlds!  It was really straight forward to make and Sally has photos on her blog of the recipe through the process, so I was able to double-check that everything was looking correct more-or-less while I baked.  The hardest part for me was cutting the bottom layer’s top off to make it even.  I’m convinced I have crooked eyes when it comes to doing things symmetrically!  Other than that, it turned out beautifully (I think it did, at least!) and it satisfied my sweet taste buds perfectly.  And the raspberries intermixed almost make you feel like you’re being somewhat healthy.  😉

You just need a side of dairy with this cake and you’ve got an awesome dessert!  And by “side of dairy” I mean you either need a big, cold glass of milk or a bowl of ice cream!Raspberry Chocolate Chip Layer Cake

 

Peanut Butter Christmas Kiss Cookies

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Normally this recipe calls for plain ol’ milk chocolate Hershey’s kisses and the cookie dough ball is rolled in sugar, but if that’s what this cookie recipe called for, then it wouldn’t be a Peanut Butter Christmas Kiss Cookie, now would it?

So, our cast of ingredients are down below, everyone say “hello” to them.

ingredientscookieOne cup of sugar, one cup of peanut butter, a bag of Hershey’s Kisses Mint Candy (Peppermint Flavor), Christmas sprinkles and one large egg.  They’re a small, but mighty crew of ingredients!

I love this recipe because it’s so delicious.  I have nothing but fond memories of Peanut Butter Kiss cookies, and it’s so simple to make them!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.

Put the sugar, peanut butter and egg inside of a mixing bowl.  Mix until combined.

Have sprinkle options (if you have options available, but options are more fun, so you really should have options!)

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Then, roll dough into about 1 inch balls.  Pick your sprinkles and roll away until the dough is coated in sprinkles!

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Then place them in the oven for 10 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let cool for a minute or two.  After that, press a Hershey’s Kiss into the middle of the cookie.  Don’t make the mistake that I did and put the Hershey’s Kiss into the oven immediately after you take the cookies out…the kiss will, I repeat it will (and does) melt.  Totally and completely melts.

And so, now that you know my embarrassing story, if you do as I say and not as I do, you’ll have some cute and tasty Peanut Butter Christmas Kiss Cookies on your hands!  And in your belly. 😉

cookiesfinalThese cookies are perfect for neighbor gifts, teachers gifts, you…or Santa!  Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Christmas sprinkles
  • Hershey’s Kisses Mint Candy (Peppermint Flavor)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit
  2. Combine peanut butter, sugar and egg
  3. Form 1 inch balls and roll in Christmas sprinkles until cookie dough is covered in sprinkles
  4. Bake for 10 minutes
  5. Let cool for 1-2 minutes.  Place Hershey’s Kiss in center of cookie

Wedding Wednesday: RSVP Etiquette

Only 17 days left until August 4th!!!

We are officially at less than 3 weeks.  Which is crazy.  Sometimes I have to go through the next 3 weekends in my head and say, “Ok Bri, this weekend you have a bachelorette party for Stace to go to, and then the following weekend you & Phil are getting the house all settled & put together, and then the weekend after that…YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED!”  I have a conversation like that with myself…at least twice a day.  It’s not that I forget my wedding date, it just seems surreal how close it is!

But anyway…wedding is soon.  Check.  Now, today I’m going to discuss RSVP etiquette.  Nothing that I’m about to say is rocket science, it’s just plain & simple, things that you should do & should not do when responding to a wedding invitation.  Some of the examples that I give are things that I’ve seen on my response cards, and others are stories that other brides have told me that they saw on their response cards.  Ok, here we go!

DO

  • Put your name on the line where it says “M” followed by a line.   That is the spot for you to put the names of the guests that are attending.  I have heard stories from quite a few brides who received response cards back in the mail where 2 people said they were attending…but they forgot to write their names down!  So which 2 people out of the guest list of 400 are coming?!
  • Put your full names on that line.  In other words, don’t put “Mr. & Mrs. Flores” because there’s always a possibility that you’re not the only “Mr. & Mrs. Flores” invited to the wedding.  Also, put everyone’s full name.  Such as “Mr. Ernest S. Flores & Mrs. Sharmae Flores.”  If you just put “Mr. & Mrs. Ernest S. Flores” there’s a chance that the bride doesn’t know your spouses name & therefore won’t know what to put on your seating assignment.
  • Put the number of guests attending the wedding next to the little area that says “Will Attend,” “Accepts,” “With Pleasure” whatever.  Don’t just check it…put a number.  If you cannot attend, then check marks or x’s are acceptable.

DON’T

  • Invite someone who isn’t invited.  Look at whose name(s) are on the invitation.  For example, if it says, “Mr. & Mrs. Ernest S. Flores & Family” then guess what…the whole family can come!  If it says, “Mr. & Mrs. Ernest S. Flores” then only the 2 people named are invited.  If it says, “Mr. & Mrs. Ernest S. Flores & Austin Flores,” then only those 3 are invited.  Austin does not have a guest allotted for him.  If the invitation were to say, “Mr. Austin Flores & Guest” then Austin may bring a guest.  Again, if your name is not on the invitation, you are not invited to the wedding.
  • Invite yourself to a wedding.  If you think that you were supposed to be invited to a wedding, say that the bride or groom is family & you are certain that you’ll be invited to the wedding, but you didn’t get an invitation.  Do not go over to Cousin Suzie’s house & add your name on their RSVP card.  It is possible that the engaged couple forgot to send you an invitation and fully meant to invite you.  In that case, call the bride or groom…or one of their parents & ask if you were invited.  To which you, wait for your own invitation or give a verbal response.

Simple, right?  I don’t even know if these are official rules of response etiquette, but I’ve experience enough of these & heard enough stories from other brides to know that for every wedding, almost every single one of these rules is broken, and if everyone could just follow these simple do’s & don’ts, there wouldn’t be so much turmoil in a bride’s life when it came to the guest list!

On another note, one of my bridesmaids/best friends from high school, and myself baked over 180 peanut butter balls & mini cheesecake bites this past weekend for the dessert bar that we’ll have at the wedding.  We sample both items, and by the end of our baking time, our feet were hurting, as were our stomachs from eating way too many sweet treats!  But we’re glad to report back to you, that both items taste exceptionally delicious!

Renae & I modeling our tasty “Belko Buckeyes” aka the peanut butter balls

That’s all I’ve got for today…happy Wedding Wednesday everyone!

The Pioneer Woman Strikes Again

The Pioneer Woman hit my kitchen last night.  And also my waistline.  No matter, it’s worth every pound added to my body.

I was feeling sweet, so I checked out the “Desserts” section of  http://thepioneerwoman.com.  As I scrolled through all of the possible desserts I think I could be heard saying “Mmmm,” “Yum,” “OHHH!”   I think you get the picture, yes?  It could also be described as too-much-deliciousness-for-your-own-good.  Disclaimer:  If you’re seriously trying to lose weight, keep AWAY from the desserts section.  Actually, maybe you should avoid her “Cooking” section all together for a while.  But if you’re like me and this sounds familiar, “My jeans don’t fit!  I’m not eating for a year…did someone just say chocolate?” then Pioneer Woman away!

I decided to keep it simple last night, so I went to cookies.  My eyes came across the words, “Monster Cookies.”  Can I get a “yes, please!” from anyone?  You gonna likeeee these.  Ok here’s the link to the recipe:  http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/09/monster-cookies/  and let’s begin!

Really, these are glorified chocolate chip cookies.  I mean, they’ve got rice krispies, chocolate chips, oats, M & M’s and peanut butter chips in ’em!  How can you go wrong?  Oh, and if you’re a nut lover, the recipe calls for pecans.  But me no like nuts.  So my version is nut-less.

Yummy cookie dough (Pre-everything monstrous)

Rawrrr Cookie Monster

Such cute little monster cookies

Yum!!

I tasted 1…or 2.  Maybe even 2 and a half, but I had to.  I had to make absolutely sure that the Monster Cookies were delicious.  And they were.  Because I had 2 more today 🙂

One problem that I did face though, is my cookies almost always (unless my baking has been blessed that day) come out flat.  I want puffy cookies!  Any suggestions out there?  I’d be glad to hear them!