Sometimes I look at recipes and get excited for different reasons. Sometimes I get momentarily excited and then disappointed. Like the time I had bought extra large eggs to use in an Ina Garten recipe and realized I could make one of her cakes…only to see that she used an entire can of Hershey’s syrup in it (I didn’t even know it came in a can?). This recipe was both interesting and exciting from the pictures, but as I started to think of ways I could make it okay for the Chiplet, well. Yeah, I couldn’t. So, look at this as a great recipe that I will likely never make again unless he outgrows his dairy allergy. Oh well. Make it yourself and enjoy it.
Lately I’ve been making lots of pasta dishes that I throw together in a skillet. It is an easy way to make some interesting flavors in a quick way, and I can pull out the food for the Chiplet before I add any dairy ingredients or any nuts. They have been hits for lunch, dinner, and in leftover form. For leftovers, I often add extra of an ingredient if I think we need more (like more vegetables or protein) and heat it up in a skillet. Adding a bit of oil or butter along with potentially some broth or extra seasoning helps make the leftovers seem fresh and new.
I haven’t been making as many new savory dishes recently, but have been making new baking recipes to try out. After making the World Peace cookies that I just shared, I made other cookie recipes, including this bar you see below.
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!
When I made these, Fall had just started. I wanted to make a new dessert since we had just finished the last one. As I was flipping through, I remembered liking the spice cupcakes I had made from this Food Network pamphlet, and decided to try a different recipe from it. I saw Chocolate Marshmallow cupcakes and was excited. Then, I changed some of the ingredients a bit, added graham crackers to turn them into proper s’mores and was very happy with the result. These turned out much better than my previous attempts at recipes like this.
They say that girls are sugar and spice and everything nice. I think boys are also full of all of that good stuff. Well, these cupcakes have all of that, and not for a little girl. For my little boy. That’s right. He is no longer a baby, but today is a little boy. Sigh. Today’s post is to celebrate his birthday. I have filled this month so far with many chocolatey recipes in honor of his first birthday. Here is another one that I hope to make for him when he is a bit older.
I know, I am all about the make-ahead recipes this week! First beef stew, and now this. Well, again, it works well for a girl who can’t handle much cooking or baking for long stretches of time. This is a “dump in one bowl” recipe (mostly) and I have never EVER had such easy cupcakes to spoon out. I mean, seriously, who doesn’t make a mess pouring cupcake batter into muffin cups? So hard for me. Each time I try to come up with a better plan, and it never works. Well, this batter was so easy to portion out. I will probably keep the recipe just for that reason.
And for how wonderfully domed the cupcakes came out. Each one was perfect! It made me feel like a master, which is just awesome.