~ love in the morning ~

i <3 cinnamon rolls!

To make an extra special breakfast treat, without much effort, I tried these heart-shaped cinnamon rolls. You can do the same with canned rolls or homemade. My family was delighted.

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Birthday Cat Cake

Our family is often on the look-out for fun food ideas. We recently made a pound cake for a friend’s birthday. But how to dress it up? After all, you can really frost a pound cake. Here is the result: a fitting cat for one of our favorite cat lovers!

Birthday Cat CakeThe dear little face is fashioned after our friend’s cat, but you can adapt this idea to nearly animal.

Eddi made the front and back images of the head and secured them to a skewer, cut for the proper length. She repeated this to have a tail coming up from the opposite end of the cake. FUN!

Image by Eddi.

Hearty Oat Round

I love this bread. Seriously. It stirs together quickly and is always so moist and perfect. I love it with soup, especially one with a lighter broth. Last night we enjoyed it with Cheeseburger Potato Soup. Mmmmmmmmmmm!
Hearty Oat Round

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 2 additional tablespoons of oats, for the top

Combine flours, oats, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add egg, milk and oil, stirring gently by hand. When batter is just moistened, spread into greased baking dish. I prefer a 10 inch round. Sprinkle oats on top.

Bake 40-45 minutes at 350F. Allow to cool 5 minutes before slicing.

A note on substitutions:I have had success in using skim, 2% and whole milks, half and half, and soy milk. I have also used egg substitute without compromising texture or flavor.

Best. Yellow. Cake. Ever.

 

 

 

In truth, I don’t love yellow cake. Unless it’s robed in chocolate. Chocolate frosting – dark chocolate! Or chocolate sauce. Or… something other than white frosting. That said, we made this recently, and the rest of our family dubbed it the

Best. Yellow. Cake. Ever.

 

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 10 tablespoon butter

Grease 9×13 baking dish. Preheat oven to 350F.

Beat eggs on high for 5 minutes.

Gradually add sugar. Beat until fluffy. Beat in vanilla.

In a separate bowl, mix flour and baking powder. Gradually add to batter, stirring slowly and gently.

In a small sauce pan, heat milk and butter, just until butter has melted. Gradually add to batter, stirring slowly just until combined.

Pour into the baking dish. The batter is thick. Bake for 30-35, until toothpick comes out with small crumbs.

 

Happy Birthday!

Our family just celebrated a birthday, and Eddi wanted to try her hand at decorating the cake. 🙂

Using small chocolates and and a Toblerone, she constructed an igloo and a snow covered hill!

Using some (freshly washed!) plastic animals and lots of white frosting, she created a fun winter scene! There’s a bunny in an igloo, and penguins playing on a “hill”. She made animal tracks and piles of snowballs. She even covered the penguins with bits of snow. Too cute!

Too Yummy For Words!

This was inspired by a cupcake, but I can’t imagine that would make it any better. Mmmmmm!

A tender, moist sugar cookie (from scratch), topped with cream cheese frosting, strawberry slice and a blueberry.

My daughter requested them instead of cake for her birthday!

Seriously, amazing.

Hard Baked Eggs?

So, I can’t really take credit for this idea, but it’s so neat and creative, I have to share it! 🙂

As an easy alternative to hard boiled eggs, we tried hard BAKED eggs. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Place the eggs in the oven, directly on the rack. It is suggested that you put a baking sheet under the eggs (on a rack below them), just in case they should get broken. I have had a couple crack, but the insides were adequately baked and there was no leaking.

After 30 minutes, remove them with tongs and immerse them in cold water. The brown spots are a normal result of the baking process. The cold water bath minimizes or eliminates them.

After they have cooled, you can keep them in a container in the fridge, using as needed. It makes a super easy protein for breakfast! I am told this provides easy peeling, even with the freshest of eggs!

P.S. – We have tried this with duck eggs successfully too!

Cutie Pie!

To make this pumpkin pie extra fun, we covered the edges with leaves made of pie crust dough. In the center, we placed a squirrel and acorn (also of crust dough) in the center.

Science Experiment. Eh-hem.

In our recent study of rocks, we learned about the different types, layers and so forth. We decided to try this recipe to illustrate that. It had layers, including cookie, nuts, caramel and chocolate. Can’t go wrong, right? Eh-hem.

Cookie Base
We heated the white sugar until it was carmelized. Fascinating to watch!
The end result is not as distinct as I would have liked, but it was fun.

The finished product was nearly impossible to cut, chewy enough to pull teeth, with way too little chocolate! So, definitely not a recipe we’ll repeat, but we sure had fun!