Topic-Changing Thursdays: The Chiplet is 10 Months Old!

Let me start by saying I spent much of this last month feeling anxious about the Chiplet. I know every kid is different but it is hard not to compare the brothers, or even with the milestones you see online. But, thankfully, I am feeling a bit better about things and the Chiplet is exactly the same level of happy that he has been his whole life.

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Mixed Bag Mondays: Cookies and More

Here we are today with some recipes that I honestly can’t even remember where all of them came from. So, it’s a good chance to show some fails. The successes I tend to remember better, so that’s good for everyone.

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German Chocolate Wedding Cake

A friend was getting married and she was doing a smaller celebration, but had invited me to be a witness. I wasn’t sure if she was going to have a cake, but I knew her favorite cake flavor and I wanted to make one for them, even if they were also having additional cake. So, I had this plan but didn’t tell her since I wanted it to be a surprise. I had also thought of incorporating these brownies somehow since they are one of her favorite treats but I didn’t think it would work well as a cake layer. I bought a box for the cake and it was a bit larger than I intended so I had to make a cake to match. I went from making “maybe a 3 layer 6 inch cake” to a 4 layer 8 inch cake with lots of frosting.

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Cookies and Cream Cake

After teasing this a bit a few days ago, here I bring to you a cake recipe. Today is special because it is the first day I drop off the Fudgelet for preschool and LEAVE HIM for 2.5 hours. I know it’s silly to be sad about this when it is only 3 days a week and not even a whole day. Plus I still have the Chiplet at home, but I am pretty sure there might be tears. I am hoping he will be fine and not miss me at all, but I know I will miss him. I even miss him when K takes him out for stuff. He has been my sidekick for 4 years and now my spot as his favorite adult female might get usurped by some fun teachers. If I can manage it, I will make some chocolate chip cookies for when he comes home, just like my mom did every year for our first day of school.

Which has nothing to do with this cake…

This is a whole different kind of cookie.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: The Fudgelet’s 4th Birthday Cake….s

Did you read the title? If you did then you can see that I made multiple cakes for the Fudgelet this year. We made rainbow cupcakes for his actual birthday and then his birthday party was a few weeks later. Since his birthday is so close to K’s birthday, we just made a small batch of cupcakes and then made a big cake for K this year (some years I do a smaller cake for K). And I knew the Fudgelet would get more cake at his party.

Let’s start with the cupcakes!

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Grilled Chicken Thighs with Strawberry BBQ Sauce

We are fans of grilled chicken, but sometimes I want to mix it up a bit with different flavors. Originally this recipe sounded great with blackberries. But, when we went to the store, blackberries were pricey and lackluster. Meanwhile, the strawberries were super cheap and delicious looking, so I decided to do a swap. Sure enough, it worked out well!
The Fudgelet actually helped me put everything in for the sauce.
The sauce made the house smell really good as it cooked. 
Directions for Grilled Chicken Thighs with Strawberry BBQ Sauce
Adapted from the Food Network Magazine
BBQ Sauce
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped
  • 12 ounces dark beer
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1.5 cups chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon ground chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon instant coffee
  • 1 Tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin

In a large pot, combine all of the ingredients and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 2 hours. Puree the sauce with a blender, food processor, or an immersion blender then strain.

Grilled Chicken Thighs

  • 1 Tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
  • About 1.5-2 pounds Chicken thighs (I used boneless, skinless ones)
  • Vegetable oil

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Pasta with Sausage, Kale, and Walnut Gremolata

This was a recipe that had foods I wasn’t sure my family would like, all put together. The Fudgelet is sometimes funny about lemon, and he hasn’t had much in the way of nuts. Then K doesn’t enjoy kale. At all. But, I also want to make sure that the Fudgelet gets a variety of foods since even if K or I don’t like something, he might. I have tried cooking regular kale for K before, but never this type and I thought it might be better for him since part of his issue with kale is the curly texture. This is smoother and seemed closer to spinach.

What do you think they thought?

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