Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
What to make on Cupcake Monday when the cupboards are bare and no time to go grocery shopping????
I may not be Sandra Dee but I can sure whip up a tasty semi-homemade desert.
mix brownie according to package adding baking soda and baking powder to mixture
puree 3/4 of the frozen cherries in the blender then add to brownie mix
finely chop up a cup of chocolate chunks and add to brownie mix
fill cupcake liner 3/4 full and add on whole cherrie in the center of each batter filled cup
bake for 20-23 minutes
let cool on rack , eat plain or top with frosting
I topped them with leftover marshmallow fluff cream cheese frosting you can find the recipe at NieNieCuisine .
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I've done a little internet research and have found some important days to mark on your calendars:
*October 18 - National Chocolate Cupcake Day
Monday, November 9, 2009
*1 package Duncan Hines Angel Food cake mix
*1 jar of Marshmallow FLUFF(not jet puff)
mix cake batter according to package then pour evenly into 24 cupcakes
follow preheat instructions on package , then bake cupcakes for 18-22 minutes or until they have light golden color on top
cool cupcakes upside down on cool rack
using a large injector or pastry bag insert into the top of the cooled cupcakes , leaving about a quart size dowel of Fluff on top of the cupcake. The fluff will spread so do not over fill.
Now, it's to enjoy your fairy cakes as we call them!
The thought of all you can eat cupcakes for the kids birthday party was great but making them was a different story.
Hurricane Ida moved into the Gulf of Mexico and was heading straight for us. I was happy we were going to be able to sleep in, but sad I wasn't going to be able to ride Sophia to school today on the Madsen today.
I was thinking about IDA when alI sorts of thoughts started to fill me head, what if the power goes out? What will we eat ? Our pantry has only 3 cans of beans and 15 lbs of sugar, the fridge was empty too!. So I loaded up my reusable grocery bags in the back of the cargo bike and off I went to the supermarket before the rains came. The wind was blowing, a skirt might not have been the best choice with an impending hurricane looming, but I was glad to have arrived home only minutes before the first down pour. Yea! The pantry's stocked and the kids are playing quietly, it won't last.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
WASH BRUSH FLOSS and... LIGHTS OUT.
I'm so excited to talk about saving energy because now I get to brag a bit on my kids... each month they get so excited when the water and electric bill arrive, screaming HOW MUCH? HOW MUCH? The bill is conformation that all their hard work turning of the lights and fans, making sure not to leave the water running when they brush their teeth and unplugging the toast after they use it REALLY does make a difference!
Okay here's it is..... October's energy cost Total $166.04
The break down: Electric bill $112.34 and Water Bill #1 $10.14(sprinkler system whether it's used or not) and Water bill #2 $43.56( for the house, sewer and trash pick-up).
Lucy and Sophia have low wattage lamps hanging on their beds to read at night, before they use to leave the bathroom light on all night, only to have used it to read for an hour, a easy to reach reading light can save $$$
well not for me but Mr. M doesn't like it much.
I keep the air conditioner at 81-83 degrees , my theory is that if it's 96 outside 83 feels great! We got used to it after a few weeks , who needs to be fully dressed at home anyways? We also added extra cellulose insulation to the attic and caulked the exterior of the house, being a new house not much else was need.
Water conservation is key too. Bathe when necessary and flush if you must. The kids also wash their hands and brush their teeth at the same time to reduce the water use. The fun part of conserving water is when the sprinkler system turns ons it's time for the swimsuits, I'd hate to see all that water being used on just the grass.
We also have all Energy Star Appliances my favorite is the Fisher and Paykel dishdrawers , we also the French door fridge in cabinet depths so it uses less energy and the LG front loader washer.
I won't use natural gas, where we live it's 50% more than most of the country, I guess we pay to look at oil rigs. If we had natural gas the monthly bill energy would be at least $100 dollars more.
Finally.... I had this awesome dream the other night, I dreamt we had solar panels installed on the roof, Oh a girl can dream can't she?
Thursday, November 5, 2009
I have the compost bin in easy reach for all the kids and they really seem to enjoy using it.
Our composting bucket is from World Market
It's so cute! I leave it sitting on the counter near the sink. the bin comes in white with a silver handle and lid with a charcoal filter. It's emptied once or twice a week and the charcoal filter really works we never smell a thing . The bin is made out of ceramic so just toss in the dishwasher to clean.
Yes, composting really is fun!!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I'm reusing this photo of my sweet Emily when I caught her climbing for some goodies in the pantry at our old house a few years ago, some things never change and I have since placed a step stool in the pantry.
Starting tomorrow I'll be blogging for the next week about the 4 R's. I was so proud of my family this month, our electricity and water bill were the lowest yet (stop by on Friday for more about our energy savings) and it took 18 days to fill up out 10 gallon kitchen trash bag and I could help but smile when Mr. M asked our 5 year old son if he wanted cereal for breakfast and the response was "is it organic?" .
I am a very proud Mommy!
Monday, November 2, 2009
I almost couldn't wait a whole week to make these delicious cupcakes
Makes 24 cupcakes
prep time 30 minutes
one package of golden double stuff oreos
2 - 80z packages philly cream cheese at room temperature
2 eggs at room temperature
2/3 cup of granulated sugar
10-15 0z of canned 100% pumpkin filling
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- Place cupcake liners into the tray adding one cookie into each cup , then crumble the remaining cookies in a bag , put aside.
-Beat cream cheese and sugar with hand mixer until smooth then mix in the eggs and pumpkin until well blended, folding in the crushed cookies with a spatula.
-Even distribute the cheesecake filling in the cups making sure the cookie is completely covered.
Place into 300 degree oven
Bake for 22 minutes or until set
-Let cool on cooling rack then place in fridge for 4 hours or until you can't take waiting any longer to taste your creamy, sugar delights!
I have to bake with the oven lights on, so the kids can run into the kitchen every 2 minutes and yell DONE!!