Thursday, December 27, 2012

Gotta Love Peanut Butter

My mom's favorite Christmas cookie is the Reese Peanut Butter Cookie. She e-mailed me the recipe and I assume that meant she wanted me to make them. It was pretty simple. I mixed a can of sweetened condensed milk, peanut butter, and flour. I then had to roll it into balls, which was a sticky mess. After that, I pushed a Reese cup into each of the balls, and shoved them in the oven. A few broke, but they turned out really good. My mom liked them!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Blog Giveaway

One of the goals for my blog is to increase the number of followers I have. You can see my list of followers on the right hand side of my blog. In order to increase the number of followers I have I am going to have a blog giveaway.

The other day when I was at the used book store, I saw a very affordable copy of a wonderful cookbook: The Kids' Holiday Baking Book by Rosemary Black.  It is in great condition and the recipes in it are delicious and super fun to make.

I'm going to give this book away to someone from my followers list, so if you want to be included in the giveaway make sure to become a follower. In mid January, I will place all of my followers in the contest and draw one person to win this special book. If you are a follower and don't want to be included please let me know and I'll be sure to keep your name out of the hat.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Powdered Sugar Is Evil

I remembered a bakery that we used to have in town, and they sold these wonderful tasting peanut butter balls. I really wanted to make some, so I searched the internet for the recipe. I got out all of the ingredients and put them in a bowl. It got too thick to stir really quick. When I was finally satisfied that it was mixed properly, I moved over to the pan covered in powdered sugar.

I began rolling the mixture into balls and rolling them around in the powdered sugar. Several of them crumbled when I rolled them, and I was really starting to get annoyed. Plus, powdered sugar does not stay where it is supposed to. Most of it was in the pan but a lot of it was on my clothes, the counter, the floor, my face, etc.

I finally got them rolled into slightly nice looking balls, and served them to my family. Everyone loved them! I stuck the remaining ones in the freezer to have for another day.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Enough Cheese?

I love my aunt's Potato soup! So I found the recipe in my mom's recipe book and decided to make it. I got out the carrots, potatoes, cheese, butter, salt, etc. Before I began, I had to dice all of the vegetables. The carrots were the hardest. Once I finally got those diced, my hand hurt and I still had the potatoes and the onion to do. I was glad when I was finished and I had a bowl of diced carrots, a bowl of diced potatoes, and a bowl of diced onion. One thing is for sure, I am wearing goggles next time I dice an onion.

Next, I had to saute the butter and onion. After, texting my mother, who was at work, and asking her what saute meant, I was doing pretty well. I added the rest of the ingredients as time went on. When it came time to dissolve the chicken bouillon cubes in water, I filled a bowl with water and dropped them in. The recipe could have mentioned that the water had to be warm for the cubes to dissolve. I threw them in the soup and hoped for the best.

The last thing was to add the Velveeta cheese. The side note said to use about half of the pack, but I am a cheese fanatic, so I used about three quarters. Once the soup was finished, I dished it into bowls and served it to myself and my grandmother. It was really cheesy and good. All in all, it was a success.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Everybody Loves Bacon

This is way more appetizing than it looks. It is Cheddar Bacon dip. I got bored and found this recipe online. I mixed bacon bits, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and ranch dressing mix into a bowl, and refrigerated it for 24 hours. It was really good and easy to make.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Pineapple Everywhere!

For my next cooking adventure, I decided to try and make a pina colada cake. One of my friends brought that to school as their Spanish project and I really liked it. I went online and looked for a recipe and got annoyed immediately. There were so many different recipes and none of them looked like the one my friend made. Finally I found one that sounded good and looked easy enough to make. I wrote down all the ingredients, and my mom and I went to the store and got them. The only thing we couldn't find was cream of coconut. To be honest, neither of us had ever even heard of cream of coconut, so we substituted with a can of coconut milk.

When it came time to make it, I got out all of the ingredients. I made a lot of substitutions. It called for one can of pineapple rings and one can of crushed pineapple. I had two cans of crushed pineapple. It wasn't as aesthetically pleasing, but it worked. I used white cake mix. The recipe I was using called for yellow, but a lot of the other recipes I looked at said white and I thought the white was better. Lastly, it called for two tubs of cool whip. One was plenty. I even had some to spare.

To make the cake, the recipe said to drain the pineapple and use it in replacement of water. If you have ever tried to drain crushed pineapple in a small straining lid, I know your pain. There was crushed pineapple everywhere!  Next, I poured half of the batter in a pan. I then had to spread the crushed pineapple over the batter evenly. I eventually used my hands to make it more even, again crushed pineapple everywhere. I then poured the rest of the batter over it and put it in the oven.

While that was baking, I made the frosting. I mixed the cool whip, coconut milk, and yes, more crushed pineapple. Then I decided to add in my own ingredient, maraschino cherry juice. I love maraschino cherries! It made the frosting a little runny, but it was good and it made a pretty pink color. When the cake was baked and frosted, I sprinkled shredded coconut over the top and maraschino cherries. My family tried it and my mom loved it. It didn't taste like my friend's did, but it was still really good.

Monday, December 10, 2012

A Day of Potatoes


So after my Spanish project, which I made an A+ on by the way, I decided to try my hand at cooking again. I was looking through some of my mom's recipe books when I came upon "Twice-Baked Potatoes".  I had heard my mom say how good they were and that they were hard to make. I was up for a challenge. So I went in the kitchen and started getting out the ingredients. 

The ingredients were considerably easier to find this time, and I knew that there were always potatoes in our house...except when I am about to make some. I looked in the potato bag and groaned. There were about seven little potatoes and one big one. I was hoping to make about six big ones, but I had to work with what I had. I washed them, wrapped them in foil, and threw them in the oven. That was the easy part.

An hour later, I got the baked potatoes out. The recipe said to wait ten minutes for them to cool before working with them. Well, ten minutes wasn't enough. I tried pulling the foil off of one and quickly let go of it. I grabbed a potholder and pulled off the rest of the foil. The potato was steaming and I knew the others would be the same. I used the potholder on all of them and it worked out okay.

Next, I had to scoop out the potatoes and make little bowls out of them. That was not easy! I took the bigger one first and got a big spoon. The potato almost broke several times and finally I realized how much easier it would be if I was using a littler spoon. I had gotten through about four when one really broke on me. I put it in the pan anyway. When I was finally done with that, I looked at my 'potato bowls' as I had deemed them and they didn't look too bad. Once I had made the filling, I put it in the potatoes and put them back in the oven. When they were done, I put slices of cheese on them and they looked pretty good. (Even the broken one.) My mom, grandma, and grandpa really liked them. Mission accomplished. 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Another Spanish Project?

 Hello. My name is Bailey. Last week my Spanish teacher announced that we were going to do another project. My first thought was "Great, I have to get a poster board and do a bunch of research and it's all going to be in a language I don't understand.", but I was surprised when she said that we were all to prepare a Mexican dish. Now, I don't have a whole lot of experience in the kitchen besides helping my mom and making toast. Although I do remember a baking cookies phase when I was younger, but I think that was mostly just a big mess. Anyway, I got out my mother's cookbook and got out her Bean and Cheese Enchilada recipe and got to work.

I went in the kitchen and pulled out all of the stuff I would need. That was easier said than done. I opened the sour cream bowl and it looked like cottage cheese. After showing it an extreme look of horror for a moment, I ran to my mom with it and asked her what happened to it. She said it was just frozen and that it was fine to use. Next, I went in the pantry and looked for enchilada sauce. I found two cans, one had a dent in it that was the size of Texas and they were different brands, but I used them anyway. The last thing I got out was an industrial size can of black olives. If you know me, you know that I am an olive fiend. Not being able to find our metal can opener, I got out the flimsy plastic one. Well, that was a mistake. I opened the can about an inch before the thing got stuck and wouldn't even come off the can. After yanking it off and finding the metal one, I continued with my cooking.

Finally after a mild tortilla burn and enchilada sauce flying everywhere, my enchiladas were done and I was really proud of them. Now, and I can't believe I'm saying this, I really like cooking. So here is my blog. I am Bailey, a Frustrated Teen Cook.