7.30.2013

Chocolate Malt Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes:
(makes about 34 cupcakes) 
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa (sifted)
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1. Line cupcake tins and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
2. In a small bowl, stir flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
3. Sift cocoa into a medium size bowl. Pour in the cup of hot water, and whisk until completely dissolved.
4. Add buttermilk, then add sugar, and whisk until combined. Add eggs, oil, and vanilla. Mix again.
5. Take flour mixture and whisk into wet mixture. Stir in heavy cream until evenly mixed in. 
6. Pour batter into cupcake tins, and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. 
7. Let cupcakes cool completely.

For the frosting: 
(enough for about 20 cupcakes) I doubled the recipe below to make sure I had enough frosting
Recipe from: yourcupofcake.com

- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 - 3  cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup malted milk powder  (We used Ovaltine "Classic Malt" as a substitute)
- Whopper candies (optional) 

1. Beat butter and cream cheese for about 2 minutes. Then add vanilla extract.
2. Add cocoa powder, then slowly add powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached.
        If it gets too thick, add about a teaspoon of milk. If it gets too thin, add a little more powdered sugar.
3. Frost cupcakes and add a Whopper to the top :)


LOL.. Dad is such a good sport ;)

7.25.2013

Doritos Crusted Chicken Strips

Recipe from: sixsistersstuff.com
Ingredients: 
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 (11.5 oz) bag of Doritos, Nacho Cheese flavor  
- 2 cups flour
- 4 egg whites
- 1/2 Tablespoon of garlic salt 

Directions:
1. Cut chicken into strips. (The size just depends on how many you want)
2. Crush the Doritos chips. (Use a food processor if you have one. We don't, so we just made a 
         small hole in the bag, to get the air out, and then used a rolling pin to crush the chips into 
         tiny pieces.)
3. Mix flour and salt in one bowl. Whisk the eggs in another bowl. 
4. Set up bowls in order: chicken, flour/salt mixture, whisked eggs, and lastly, Doritos. 
5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
6. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and set next to the Doritos bowl. 
7. Lift one chicken strip, or a couple, and place them in the flour. Make sure they are evenly coated.
8. Lift chicken out of flour and shake off any excess. 
9. Place them in the eggs, again make sure they're evenly coated. 
10. Remove from the egg bowl, and place them in the Doritos, making sure they're evenly coated.
11. Place completed chicken strips on the cookie sheet.
12. Repeat with remaining chicken strips.
13. Bake in the oven for about 17-20 minutes. 

I made my husband do the actual dipping.. he had to wash his hands a few times :p He said it was worth it though because these were so yummy! 


7.23.2013

Cookies N' Cream Cupcakes

You should probably know I'm kind of a picky eater... And I'm not a big fan of anything "crunchy" in my cupcakes. Because of this I always just use a "basic" cupcake and then play with the frosting. For any chocolate cupcakes I make, I stick with the same recipe, and I've shared that below :) They are so moist, and stay that way for a few days, everybody loves them! 

Chocolate cupcakes:
(makes about 34 cupcakes) 
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa (sifted)
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1. Line cupcake tins and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
2. In a small bowl, stir flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
3. Sift cocoa into a medium size bowl. Pour in the cup of hot water, and whisk until completely dissolved.
4. Add buttermilk, then add sugar, and whisk until combined. Add eggs, oil, and vanilla. Mix again.
5. Take flour mixture and whisk into wet mixture. Stir in heavy cream until evenly mixed in. 
6. Pour batter into cupcake tins, and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. 
7. Let cupcakes cool completely.

For the frosting: 
(enough for about 24 cupcakes)
Recipe from: yourcupofcake.com

- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 - 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 finely crushed Oreos 
                   (I crushed the oreos, then sifted them so I didn't have chunks of cookie in the frosting)

1. Beat butter and cream cheese for about 2 minutes. Then add vanilla extract.
2. Slowly add powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached.
                           If it gets too thick, add about a teaspoon of milk.
3. Gently stir in the crushed oreos.
4. Frost cupcakes and top with an oreo! (Or half of an oreo like we did) 


7.18.2013

Rolo Stuffed Ritz Crackers

You will need: Rolos and Ritz Crackers

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. Place ritz crackers face down on the parchment paper and top each cracker with a Rolo candy.
3. Bake in oven for 3-4 minutes, but keep an eye on them. This will soften the rolos but not melt them.
4. Remove from oven and immediately top with a second ritz cracker.
5. Let cool and enjoy! :)

Super easy snack!  


7.16.2013

Single Serving Rice Krispie Treats!

recipe from: number-2-pencil.com

I know, I know... Another recipe with rice krispie treats? Last one for awhile, I promise :) And this one is the easiest one yet! It's so easy that I'm going to have to make sure I don't keep the ingredients in the house all the time or it could be very dangerous ;) Each serving is about 300 calories. Even better idea, share it with someone and it's around 150 calories and so yummy! :) 

- 1/2 Tablespoon butter
- 4 large marshmallows
- 1 cup rice krispie cereal

1. Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl (about 20 seconds)
2. Add 4 marshmallows and microwave for about 25 more seconds. 
           (marshmallows will puff up a bit, they'll deflate once you take them out)
3. Stir melted butter and marshmallows together.
4. Mix in 1 cup of rice krispie cereal and stir until well coated.

I even took some inspiration from my strawberry shortcake rice krispies :)

7.11.2013

What's In A Bag?

If you really knew me you'd know I hate carrying around a purse. It just gets in the way, and I'm usually with my Husband anyway so I just take my phone. I did think it might be fun to give a glimpse of what's in my purse on a road trip though! :) Last weekend we were in Southern Utah to spend some time with family over the 4th of July. Here's what I took with me :)

Ipad: My dad gave me his old one when he got a new one and I LOVE it. I would be lost without it now ;) 
// Iphone 5 // Camera & Camera Case: I have a love/hate with this camera.. most of the time it just irritates me. I still take it with me though!

Beats by Dre headphones // Wallet // Glasses & Case // Blog Planner

Make up bag: Wet wipes you never know when these will come in handy! // Face wipes I seriously love these things, and they'll make you feel so much better after a long road trip! // Advil // Lotion // Neutrogena Sunscreen // Mini First Aid Kit // Hair ties // Bobby Pins

This is a first aid kit I got at Target in the travel section, and it only cost me a buck. Just some band-aids, guaze, and cleansing wipes. Perfect for any little scrapes along the way! 

7.09.2013

Almond Poppy Seed Muffins

recipe from: yummyhealthyeasy.com

Lately I've been looking for something to eat for breakfast.. Sometimes yogurt and granola just doesn't cut it :P These muffins are so delicious, and a lot easier to make than I thought. They even passed the taste test of my dad, a former coffee shop owner who used to make his own muffins! . 

Ingredients: 
- 1 3/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons poppy seed
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup canola oil 
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line muffin tin with cupcake/muffin liners.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and poppy seeds.
3. In another bowl, combine beaten egg, milk, oil, and almond extract.
4. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just moisten. 
5. Spoon batter into muffin liners (about 2/3 full). Bake 15-20 minutes. 



7.08.2013

The Purple Filter: 4th of July Weekend

Life through my eyes... 

This weekend we went to St. George to spend some time with family.. My uncle and grandma live there, and my mom, stepdad & little sister drove up from Salt Lake to see us too. So here are a few snapshots of a few things we did.. Most of which are things we don't have here or can't buy here ;)

Breakfast with Dad at Ihop! 

Stopping at Great Harvest.. the best bread ever! // Pier 49 Pizza.. I love it :)  // My operator's commission for playing bingo with my mom and stepdad! 

Snow cones each day! The thing we miss thee most when we're not in Utah! ;) 

7.02.2013

S'mores Rice Krispie Treats


I know I've been on a bit of a rice krispie treat kick lately.. but I can't help it! They're so yummy and it's been fun to play with different kinds :) These are the perfect ones for the upcoming 4th of July holiday!

- 6 cups rice krispie cereal
- 1 (10 oz) bag mini marshmallows
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 cup crushed graham cracker pieces
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips

1. Line 9x13 baking pan with wax paper, or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, mix rice krispie cereal and graham cracker pieces. Set aside. 
3. Melt butter in large, non-stick, saucepan over medium heat. 
4. Stir in marshmallows, and keep stirring constantly until melted.
5. Remove from heat and gently stir in cereal/graham cracker mix. Mix well.
6. Gently fold in chocolate chips. (I think next time we'll make sure they come out of the fridge so they don't melt so fast)
7. Pour into prepped 9x13 baking pan, and press evenly.
8. Let cool and cut into squares.