Friday, June 11, 2010

Need a Change

I am thinking about doing a little updating on the way this blog looks. I new banner picture maybe or even using a new template. Just wondering if you have any suggestions out there?

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Lemon Cookies

I volunteered to make a dessert for Karen's bridal shower and decided on making some cookies. My first choice was going to be the chocolate mint chip cookies I made a while back but since Kath was making her super yummy brownies I wanted something that wasn't chocolate.

I decided on making two different
biscotti and Lemon Cake Cookies. Someone I worked with gave me a REALLY good recipe for the lemon cake cookies but I didn't have the time to make that version. The reason why I did not have the time is because I need to bake after the kids go to sleep. I am not sure if any of you have this problem but I can't really bake with my kids around. The reason being is because Jacob will ask me every 5 it ready...can I have some...what are you making...can I have it ready and this will go on the whole entire time.

Easy Lemon Cookies

1 (18.25 ounce) package lemon cake mix

2 eggs

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon lemon extract

1/3 cup confectioners' sugar for decoration

1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

2) Pour cake mix into a large bowl. Stir in eggs, oil, and lemon extract until well blended. Drop teaspoonfuls of dough into a bowl of confectioners' sugar. Roll them around until they're lightly covered. Once sugared, put them on an ungreased cookie sheet.

3)Bake for 6 to 9 minutes in the preheated oven. The bottoms will be light brown, and the insides chewy.

Review: I really did not know what the expect from these cookies but I was pleasantly surprised. They came out great and really something that is easy to make...5 ingredients and you don't have to break out your mixer! If you go on and look at their pictures the cookies have more sugar on them. I am not really sure why my sugar disappeared. I might try rolling them in coarse or granulated sugar the next time I make these cookies. This one is a keeper for sure!

Friday, June 4, 2010

DIY Frozen Coffee Drink

Not sure if I have mentioned this before but one of the things I want to do this summer is figure out how to make really good iced coffee at home. I know it isn't really that much money to go out and get some but after a while it does add up. So in my search of ideas on how to achieve my ice coffee I came across a frozen type recipe as of course I had to try it out.

Frozen Coffee Drink

Savory Sweet Life

1.5 cups of crushed iced

2-1 ounce shots of espresso *read below using coffee as a substitute

3/4 cup of milk

3 tbl. of sugar (more or less depending on preference)

*If you don’t have an espresso machine, use 3/4 cup of double strength (strong) coffee mixed with 1/2 cup of milk and increased crushed iced amount by 1/4 cup.

Blend all the ingredients except the whipped cream in a blender for 30-45 seconds. Pour into a tall glass and top off with whipped cream and garnish with chocolate syrup. Best served with a straw. Enjoy!

Review: OH MY GOODNESS!!! I have been making some double strength coffee in the morning so I can have iced coffee in the afternoons (one thing I have learned from reading all the recipes for iced coffee). I decided that yesterday I would try this recipe out instead of just having iced coffee. It came out perfect the first time I made it which was a relief since I tried a different one a couple of weeks ago and it was horrible. I really think the success was due to having the ice crushed before you put it in the blender or before you add the rest of the stuff. I can't wait to try it flavored next time.


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