Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Awesome-Tasting Food!! // pancakes

In case you didn't know, today is National Pancake Day. Well, it is IHOP's Pancake Day and thanks to the you can go there and get a FREE short stack of pancakes. Now, some people say National Pancake Day was last week (Feb 21st) but IHOP says it is today, so I'm stickin' with that. Anyway, who cares? Anytime is a good time for pancakes!

For those of you who aren't going to IHOP, I've got a pancake recipe for you. (Imagine that)


Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted 

  1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot. Makes 8 servings      
  3. Top with whatever suits your fancy including: syrup, fresh berries, a fried egg, sausage patties, or even chocolate chips (we save those for waffles, but somebody might like them.)

And since I'm already talking about pancakes I thought I'd add a few more photos of them. These things can sure look pretty!





I think the pancake shots are the cutest!

 I'm not sure how National Pancake Day got started. If anyone knows I'd love to hear about it.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

6. pinning again

Here is my Pinterest round-up of this week. I got some really good ones, at least I think so.
Also linking-up this post with The Vintage Apple again.

1) The cutest wedding photo I've seen all week!!


2) A healthy cake milkshake that sounds (and looks) awesome. Right now cake sounds good as long as it isn't in the cake form. :)    Here is a link to the recipe.


3) New favorite boots this week. I "need" the so bad! ...maybe not really, but they sure look nice.


4) Liking everything about this outfit. How could you not?


5) Such a beautiful hair clip.


6) Chocolate Chip Strusel Bread


7) This looks so much fun (except isn't she freezing?!?!)


8) I thought the telephone looked adorable in this card. What do you think?


9) I love little cuties in hats. so sweet!


10) And of course I have to end with some latte art. This person did a really good job.


Let's hear it. Which was your favorite?


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Awesome-Tasting Food!! // cheesy garlic biscuits

It's Tuesday again and time for a new recipe for you to try. These Cheesy Garlic Biscuits are really good. And I know that because we made the at our Valentine's Banquet a couple weeks ago. Be prepared for a different taste when you bite into it. I thought it would taste more like a roll because when they came out of the oven they kinda looked like one. The name says biscuits so I don't know what I was thinking. weird. What does the trick for these biscuits is all the garlic and cheese. Now I know you can't wait to make them. :)

 If you'd like to read about the banquet you can do that here. 

 Cheesy Garlic Biscuits

  • 4 cups baking mix
  • 3 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried parsley

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the baking mix, cheese, and water. Mix until dough is firm. Using a small scoop, place dough on the prepared pan.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown.
  4. Combine the melted butter, garlic powder, salt, onion powder and parsley. Brush over baked biscuits immediately upon removing from oven. 

 See, I told you they're easy and they taste good. What did you think of them??


Monday, February 20, 2012

Valentine's Banquet

Every year my church does a Valentine's Banquet for the married couples. I thought you all might find it interesting to see.  

And for everyones information, all the photos in this post were taken by Elaine. If you'd like to see more of her work click here

All the young people in the church get to help pull the banquet off. It is super fun and there are cool people to work with.

 Addy and Julia supposedly ironing.  Yes, we can have fun and work at the same time!

 One of our projects included making table numbers. Let me rephrase that, they were FANCY table numbers...

...that took a long time to make. But they did look pretty.

The finished product. What do you think?

Many, many teacups

The banquet style (or you could say theme) was fancy and vintage-ish. Having to come up with decorations at the last minute made for some interesting decorating.

I love the white chair covers!

A lot of cooking and baking was going on as you can imagine. 

The shortbread was amazing!! I don't really remember having shortbread before.

Part of our lunch. Probably the biggest order TacoBell has had in a long time. 

The fun begins when the banquet starts. Us young people get to work as waitresses, clear the tables, or put food on plates, etc.  My favorite job is arranging food on the plates. Sadly, I don't have a photo of what most of it looked like.

"decorating" the dessert

Very pretty. Actually, I would just skip the cake and go for the freshly made whipped cream!! That stuff was great!!

Taking group photos, except not everyone made it. Everyone was great this year and I had blast!

Clean-up time, which is still party time.  

That concludes my banquet post. Hoped you enjoyed it. Now I've got to get busy... See ya!


Friday, February 17, 2012

top five...

I had a really awesome week and thought I'd share my top 5 favorites.

1. Kansas beat K-state on Monday. It was a really fun game to watch. Normally, I like k-state too, but when both teams play each other I'm KU all the way!!
Some of us went over to my Grandma and Grandpa's house to watch the game with them. My Grandma felt bad that none of us were cheering for k-state, so she decided she would. I think she really just likes their colors.  :)


2. Our church Valentine's Banquet last Friday.  More on that later...hopefully. :)  But I will say that it was a ton of fun!!

3. Watching my niece, Yoanna, on Skype. She has really changed since I saw her last. This is an interesting photo, but I thought she looked cute laughing.

4. I had an great flute lesson on Thursday. My teacher is really, really good.

5. And I have been enjoying my new keychain, which actually works really well. I was kinda surprised I liked it. Here is the post about it.

There you have it, this is I thought was awesome this week. And while I'm at it, I'm going to link-up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk.

You all have an good rest of your Friday!!


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

5. my favorite pins

Want to see my favorite pins of this week? Keep looking and then give me your opinion.

Also, I'm linking up with The Vintage Apple for Oh, How Pinteresting!

1. Brussels, Belgium is where I'm going next. (I wish)


2. Really like the way this menu board was put together.


3. Lime Green heels!!!!!! super cute!!


4. Coffee beans + on a cup = awesome!


5. While we're on the coffee subject, I really want to try this cake.


6. A fun wedding pose (and cool picture)


7. I need to remember this quote...


8. This stairway reminds me of a regency era movie. I think they would be so pretty to have in my house.


So, which is your favorite?

You all have a super cool Wednesday!! Oh, and leave me links so I can see your pins too.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Awesome-Tasting Food!! // cake pops

I think everybody is crazy about cake pops right now so of course I have to try them, right?  Cake pops are sooo cute!! They're also very easy to make. Another thing is, supposedly this is the Starbucks cake pop recipe. Who knows...

So, go ahead and try your hand at making these adorable sweets.

Cake Pops

9-by-13-inch Vanilla Cake for Cupcake Pops
2 cups Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting
1 package chocolate coating bark
1 package white coating bark or pink candy melts
Sprinkles, for garnish


1. Crumble cake in a bowl with your hands (or with a food processor). Crumble until really fine. Now add your frosting and blend together, using a spoon, until the batter comes together in a big ball.
2.Roll mixture into 1 1/4- to 1 1/2-inch balls; transfer to prepared baking sheet. Cover with parchment-paper-lined aluminum foil. Transfer to refrigerator until chilled, about 2 hours or to a freezer for about 10 minutes.
3.Meanwhile, melt chocolate in a bowl. Line another baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Remove cake balls from freezer and dip the bottom of each cupcake into the chocolate; transfer, bottom-side up, to prepared baking sheet. To make cake pops, insert a lollipop stick into the bottom of each cake ball. Let chocolate set, 15 to 20 minutes.
4.Melt white chocolate or pink candy melts in a bowl set over (but not touching) simmering water. Dip the tops of the cupcakes into the chocolate and place right-side up on prepared baking sheet or stick lollipop sticks into a Styrofoam square. Place a candy-coated chocolate in the center of each and top with sprinkles. Let dry completely.

I thought I'd include some ideas on how to decorate your pops. Have fun!





Enjoy your cake pops!!

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