Peppermint Yummies

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I know I promised I would get back on blogging track after Christmas. Well, it is after Christmas. Just not as timely as I expected myself to be. The sad thing is I should have  posted this before Christmas because it happened before Christmas, it is Christmas related, and you might of could have used these things I found out.

Now that I have admitted once again that I am a complete and total slacker, I will also admit that none of the ideas in this blogpost actually came from me. I’m a fraudulent slacker. I’ve never denied my love of Pinterest, and that is where I found all of this goodness.

Christmas was approaching and because I can’t cook, I have to take a baked good to parties. I found super cute peppermint cupcakes here. I decided they seemed easy enough and cheap enough for me to make. I got to work.

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You know the cupcakes will taste good if the batter tastes good! The batter was yummy! Raw eggs are totally fine to eat. (I did try to make a gluten free version and that was a disaster. It did not taste yummy at all.)

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I separated the batter and put red food coloring in one half. My batter is not quite as liquid as in the original tutorial. I’m not sure if I did something wrong, but I made more than one batch and had the same consistency every time. After this I swirled the colors together.

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They came out looking like this. So pretty!

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I crushed up candy canes. I took them out of the wrapper, put them in a ziplock bag, wrapped a towel around the bag, and took a hammer to them. This kind of makes a mess. That is what the towel is for. Candy canes crush easier than peppermints.

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I used the directions for peppermint buttercream icing that were in the original tutorial and then sprinkled my peppermint pieces on top. I like cold cupcakes, so I kept mine in the refrigerator, but it made the icing kind of hard. They were best if I set them out for about 30 minutes before eating them.

I was taking these goodies to a party so I needed a good way to display them. I used this tutorial, but there are plenty on Pinterest.

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I put all my peppermints on a wax paper lined pan, and put them in the oven. They melt fast. Be careful.

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This tray is very fragile. I broke mine, but I wasn’t planning on eating it so I used hot glue and felt to put it back together. You could barely see the crack. I put the tray on top of a gold plastic charger.

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Here they are at the party. I probably won’t make a peppermint tray again. It was time consuming, the wax paper stuck to the bottom, it broke, and it turned into a sticky mess by the end of the night. But it did look pretty.

I like peppermint so I would probably eat these any time of the year, but I know most people would associate this goodie with Christmas time. Until the next blog (whenever that may be)…I hope you have some sweet treats, sweet dreams, and a sweet life!

Nom, Nom…COOKIES

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I didn’t make these today. It was actually a little while ago. These cookies were seriously delicious.

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I had gotten the ingredients one time when I thought I would make these, but I didn’t. So on a boring day I decided to make them. This is the recipe for Toffee-Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies. I did mess up the recipe a little bit though. And by mess up, I mean I didn’t quite follow the directions because I’m not great at that, but they turned out fine anyways. I accidentally used 1/3 cup of confectioner’s sugar instead of 1/4. Also, I couldn’t find toffee chips at the store so I used heath bars and just crumbled them it. It made the cookies extra chocolate-y and extra yummy. It didn’t take quite 12-14 minutes in my oven.

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All tied up in packages ready to deliver to friends and family. Everyone approved! You should make some someday (and share with me if you would like).

100 Year Anniversary

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Today is the 100th anniversary of the church I attend. Technically yesterday marked 100 years, but today is for celebrating. I am proud to say that I have spent just over 1/4th of that time with them (my entire life). There is a special church service today, and in true southern church going fashion we are having a pot-luck lunch after the service. I of course wanted to contribute and be apart of this, but unfortunately, like I’ve mentioned before, I am really bad at cooking food. So, I baked for dessert. I followed the recipe here…Easy Lemon Cookies. They were in fact very easy to make. They are pretty delish if you like lemon!

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Valentine’s Day Mini Pies

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I don’t really hate Valentine’s Day, but I always pretend that I do. I think there are some really cute Valentine’s stuff around. Some people just go a little overboard on the love fest. Here are some mini nutella/strawberry pies for you today, and they have hearts so they will be for Valentine’s day. I found multiple mini nutella pie pops on Pinterest, but this is my twist. I’ve made them a few times since the “snow-apocalypse” has started.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy ingredients were nutella, strawberry preserves, and gluten-free pie crust dough.

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I rolled out the dough and used a cup to make circles.

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I put nutella and strawberry preserves on top of the dough.

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I added a top dough piece with a heart cut out. I pressed the edges together and then used a fork to seal them shut. I baked them on 350 for about 15 minutes.

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They were super yummy!

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY EVERYONE!!!!!!