Friday, April 21, 2017

Tiramisu Trifle

My husband and I recently went on an Anniversary trip to Paris! We indulged in crepes, cafe au lait, baguettes, cheese, charcuterie, and tiramisu! For his birthday he wanted a tiramisu 'cake' - so I made him one. I used this recipe and my trifle bowl to make it look less like a sheet cake. I think you could use 1 cup of coffee, instead of 2 cups. Also, I made this dessert the day before and it was so good and the ladyfingers were super soft! Bon apetit!

Tiramisu

- 2 eggs, separated yolks/whites
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 8 oz. mascapone cheese
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 cups of freshly brewed coffee that has been cooled
- 3 tbsp. Kahlua liquor
- package of ladyfingers
- Cocoa powder for dusting

1. Brew your coffee and place in fridge to cool.
2. Put your egg yolks in a medium bowl and your egg whites in a separate medium sized bowl.
3. Add the sugar to your egg yolks and beat with hand-held mixer until thick and light yellow in color.
4. Add your mascapone and beat until combined. Wash and dry your mixers.
5. In a separate bowl, beat your heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form and add gently to cheese mixture.
6. Wash and dry your mixers again and beat your egg whites until they form soft peaks and gently fold them into your cheese mixture.
7. Add the Kahlua to your coffee and dip each lady finger and place them on the bottom of your trifle bowl to fit. Add 1/3 of your cheese mixture to cover the lady fingers. Repeat this twice more ending with the cheese filling on the top.
8. Dust the top of your tiramisu with cocoa powder. Place in fridge to chill for at least 2 hours.

 Trifle Tiramisu

Tiramisu

Eiffel Tower in Paris!

 Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Enjoy!
Brittney

Monday, March 27, 2017

Palmer's Camping 4th Birthday Party

My little guy is 4 years old! I can't believe it - but sort of happy since 4 has got to be better than 3 1/2! To celebrate we had a birthday party at our house with a lot of kids and adults! Hot dogs, beans, mac and cheese, and cupcakes were on the menu - kid friendly fare! In our basement we created a 'tent' out of a mosquito net and Christmas lights with some LED balloons I found on Amazon. Each kid was given a flashlight and the freedom to have fun in our basement! It was a crazy but successful party! Below are the details on everything with links to make or buy what I used to make our 'camping' party a reality.

"Camp Palmer" made on a banner from Target with white crayon, tassel banner made with tissue paper with this DIY, gold "4" balloon from Amazon

My Aunt sent the cutest cookies for the party - they were a big hit!

 Made "eating," "camping," "hiking" signs out of construction paper

Made a campfire out of construction paper with "marshmallow" names

 S'mores in a cup: graham crackers, mini marshmallows and Hershey's chocolate

Campfire Cupcakes! Melted candy instructions here, toothpick with marshmallows and pretzel stick "logs"

 Mosquito net "tent," Christmas lights, felt banner, LED balloons

 Happy 4th Birthday, Palmer! 

Party Kids!

Enjoy!
Brittney

Friday, February 10, 2017

Valentine's Love Ding Dongs

If you have some time on your hands - make these amazingly delicious Valentine's Ding Dongs! They take a while but were worth it in the end. I have not had a piece of cake in over a month and these little guys gave me a headache - but were worth it! Happy Valentine's Day!

Cake Ingredients

- 1 oz. chocolate chopped (I used dark chocolate chips)
- 1/2 cup coffee, hot
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa, unsweetened
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Frosting

- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 egg white
- 1/8 c. corn syrup
- 1 tbsp. water
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- dash of salt

Ganache

- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp. butter, unsalted
- 6 oz. chocolate, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 13"x8" or an 8"x11" cake pan with cooking spray.
2. Melt 1 oz. of chocolate in hot coffee, mix completely.
3. In your Kitchenaide mixer beat your egg. Slowly add sugar, buttermilk, vanilla, coffee mixture, and vegetable oil.
4. In a medium bowl mix all your dry ingredients: flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add to wet mixture.
5. Pour batter into cake pan and cook for 30-35 minutes.
6. Meanwhile, make your frosting by combining all ingredients and whisking together with your whisk attachment on your Kitchenaid Mixer. Mix on high for 5 minutes until thickened. Place in a small sandwich bag and place in the refrigerator.
7. When cake is cooled completely, cut our hearts with a heart cookie cutter. With a knife, cut out a little piece of cake from the middle, you will pour frosting inside it.
8. Make your ganache by placing your chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Boil your cream and butter on the stovetop, quickly add to chocolate. Let cool for 5 minutes and stir chocolate and cream together.

Assemble Cakes

1. Place frosting in the middle of each cake.
2. Allow to chill for 10 minutes in the fridge.
3. Place ganache on top of each cake and spread thinly, place back in the fridge for 20 minutes.
4. Flip cakes over and repeat the ganache on the other side. Place back in the fridge for 20 minutes.
5. Snip a small hole in the corner of your frosting bag and pipe "Love" on your cakes. Keep in refrigerator until ready to eat!

 Cooled cake with heart cookie cutter

 Heart Cakes

 Hole cut our of cake middles and filled with frosting

 Cakes covered in ganache

 Cakes covered in ganache on other side and "love" icing

 Valentine's Ding Dong

Frosting in the middle

Enjoy!
Brittney


Thursday, February 9, 2017

French Onion Pot Roast

Looking for something to make that is hearty and easy on a cold day? Well this pot roast is amazing! It only takes about 10 minutes to prepare and then you let your oven do the rest. We are getting ready for some fun Valentine's Day activities, which I hope to share with you this weekend!

French Onion Pot Roast

- 2 lb. chuck roast
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 1/2 tbsp. oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 onions, sliced thinly
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 1/2 tsp. thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 3 tbsp. cornstarch
- 1/3 cup water

1. Pat down your roast and season with salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet and add your butter and oil. Once butter is crackling, sear the roast for 2-3 minutes on each side.
2. Remove roast to a plate.
3. Add a little more oil and add your onions. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
4. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Add your roast and all ingredients accept cornstarch/water to your dutch oven. Cover your dutch oven and place in oven. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
5. Remove meat from the oven. Mix your cornstarch and water together. Place your dutch oven on the stove top and heat to a simmer. Add your cornstarch mixture and allow gravy to thicken.
6. Serve with mashed potatoes or noodles.

Pot Roast in Gravy

Enjoy!
Brittney


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sugar Free New Year

Happy New Year! After a month of Christmas cookies and a relaxing week at St. Kitts in the West Indies, I felt like I needed to get ahold of my diet. I did a Sugar Free diet for the past week and a half and have noticed a difference! I feel better, I look slimmer and have really enjoyed eating healthy! I will include what I ate below - I found a daily diet on Pinterest that I referenced. I really stuck to only a few of the meal recommendations and just repeated them. I really have enjoyed this way of eating and plan to stick to it for now.

Breakfast - Smoothies! Green juice (bought Naked "Green Machine") or made an 8 oz. almond milk (unsweetened), 1 tbsp. cocoa powder (unsweetened) and 1 banana blended in a blender.

Lunch - 1) 1 cup spinach with 2 scrambled eggs and half an avocado sliced on top with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar dressing. 2) 2 pieces of bacon, half an avocado, sliced tomato in a tortilla. 3) 2-3 cups of vegetables with 1/2 cup of hummus.

Dinner - 1) Cabbage Detox Soup, recipe here. 2) Burrito bowl: brown rice, avocado, 1 tbsp. cheese, tomato, black beans and a squirt of hot sauce. 3) Tuna salad on a bed of spinach. 4) Grilled salmon with roasted cauliflower.

Snacks - Larabars, nuts/seeds, raw veggies with hummus.

*Dessert - Sugar Free Mug Cake: 1 banana, 1 egg, 1 tbsp. cocoa powder blended. Bake at 350 in a mug for 15-20 minutes.

 Spinach, scrambled eggs, avocado

 Burrito Bowl

Mug Cake

Enjoy!
Brittney