Happy Valentines Day!

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Just sending warm wishes to all my readers and passerbys.

My husband and I personally don’t celebrate Valentines. Aside from my oldest doing a Valentines exchange at school, there is no celebration.

I will be on my second day of dipping Strawberries at work for the masses to buy their sweethearts or eat with a glass of champagne on their own.

I would honestly recommend purchasing your own fondue pot and melting chocolate yourself. Or you can use a bowl and microwave your chocolate (but you would need to eat/use it pretty quickly)

If you are single this could be something fun to do with friends. If you want to impress a sweetheart, it can be a fun and a sexy activity rolled into one. And you can dip more than Strawberries. Small cake bites, other fruits like bananas, oranges, grapes, melon, kiwi, marshmallows, pretzels, chips. You name it it can usually be dipped and taste pretty decent. Forget all the fancy dinner reservations and stay home for dessert.

Rather than spend a whole lot of money for half a dozen to 1 dozen strawberries already dipped try DIY.

Again, Happy Valentines Day!

 

If you’d like some light reading about the holiday check out these interesting facts and their source websites:

According to History.com: Valentines Day may have originally been called Lupercalia a pagan celebration History of Valentines Day

Further information about Lupercalia: Lupercalia’s name derives from the Roman God Lupercus the God of Fertility. Lupercalia, the Real St Valentine’s Day

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Crock-pot/Slow Cooker December

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Howdy followers and readers. Or should I say Merry Christmas. It’s that time of year again! Lights, music, Mall Santa‘s, of course awesome recipes. I decided this month, since I have a lot on my plate to preview some of my favorite crock-pot/slow cooker recipes. If you are like me, you have relatives arriving in a week, with several other Christmas events in the community you must also be prepared for. So let’s commence Operation Crock-pot/Slow Cooker December. With some other recipes thrown in there for kicks.

 

A lot can be had with that pot you plug into the wall. And with little to zero prep. If you don’t have a crock-pot, these recipes can be adapted to be slow cooked on the stove or in the oven. Don’t you worry your pretty little head. You will truly love these recipes. You will believe the kitchen Elves came in while you weren’t looking and made a gourmet meal.

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Just a hint: but that bag is the best thing ever. Requires little to no cleanup for you. Hence why Crock-Pot/Slow Cooker Recipes are so awesome.

 

Prepared to be awed. Check out my next post: Crock-pot Pot Roast!

I will be making a category solely for Crock-pot/Slow Cooker Recipes just for your ease and comfort.

If you have any requests in mind, please email me or comment here.

bbalthaser23@gmail.com (I welcome the Spam lol)

 

 

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Minis

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Yup Pumpkin, again!

Are you sick of it yet?

Well, I have never added pumpkin to cheesecake before. I have made different variation of the cheesecake bite, with chocolate, mint chocolate etc. However, not a puree..

Well it really was too easy.

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First of all with cheesecake anything, your ingredients should be at room temperature so they come together like they should. If one item is too cold you may have liquid chasing the cheese around the bowl. Not Kidding. Had it happen. Cream you cream cheese alone before adding anything else, just as you would butter, add each item one by one. After all ingredients are adding, Whip well.

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Make sure you use liners in the your cupcake tins.

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Bake for 15 minutes, allow to cool. Refrigerate for best eating results.

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I didn’t add any spices, but I plan to top it with Whip cream and a dash of pumpkin spice.

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I will be placing this in ziplock bags and freeze until Thanksgiving. Allow to thaw and top with whip cream and cinnamon or cocoa powder.

My first batch I left in just a few minutes over, so they browned a bit.

Let me know how yours turns out!

 

That Spice Cake from Halloween

So I did a how-to for the “spice cake” cupcakes I failed to a give a proper homage to right before Halloween. Only thing I did this time was put it in a bundt pan..With sore results when it came out of the pan like this…stuck to the pan…As you can tell I am not a perfect baker, no one is. Things happen, so prepare for anything.

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and before that I broke my Villeroy and Boch Platter….

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I suggest just doing the cupcakes…

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Original Recipe: Grandma’s Spice Cake:

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Separate your eggs at the beginning…It’s much easier if you have that done, and don’t rush it. Make sure not to get any yolk in your whites, it can be difficult to get your Whites to whip if there is  a little bit of yolk in it.

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Cream your butter, add sugar and whip well, add in the egg and cream together til fluffy and light in color

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Butter Whipped

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Added Sugar and Whipped

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Adding Yokes

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You will add the milk and flour Alternately. You batter will be thick. Mix until incorporated.

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Pour into a separate bowl, and clean your mixing bowl.1471171_10201954450039146_250852783_n 1470014_10201954449879142_1023723054_n

When you whip egg whites you don’t want anything to drop into your egg white mixture, because it can cause the egg whites not to whip. Hence the warning about the yolks as well. The reason we are adding a meringue to the batter is to aerate it, will make this cake super moist and fluffy.

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The sugar added while it is bubbly at the beginning will stabilize your egg whites. (a fail safe so to speak)

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Put in prepared pan, Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. As you saw mine didn’t pop out of the pan as I wanted, but that does not mean yours wont.  If you do cupcakes, use liners.

Top with a Maple or Molasses Flavored Butter cream (the cupcakes) I would do a simple drizzled icing for the bundt.

This is a very aromatic cake, but is perfect for this time of year. Accompany this with coffee or tea.

Hope you enjoy this recipe.