Blogging-moving on?

So heres the thing, I did this blog for my intro to computers class for school, and now that school is allmost out (2 more days)  I have a choice, to keep going on with my blog or to end it.  It was suprisingly, a lot more fun than I thought.  At first I was hesitant to start this blog because when I thought of a blogger, I thought of a sad, lonely person who had nothing better to do with their lives. Now that I have really seen and interacted with the blogging world, I realize that blogs are completely different than I percieved them to obe.  The blogs aren’t just people whining about their lives, they have so much inforamtion on just about any topic imaginable: gaming, music, baking, sports.  I never realized that a lot of the news and information that I get off the web are from blogs.  These people are so dedicated and really love what they do.  Some of the blogs are talking about really important and eyeopening stories going on around the world. 

SO, being a blogger was way different than I thought.  I still don’t think of myself as a blogger because I did, like one post a week, but still, it was really fun.  Even when I got just one view that day, I was so happy because it meant that someone actually wanted to read what I was writing.  WHen I found out that that view was from my teacher on the other hand, checking to see if I did the required number of posts, it dampened my spirits a little.  It is such a rewarding experience and you never know if your blog will become the next big thing!

So I am sad to say that I will be discontinuing my blog-or at least not post stories regularly.  But you never know-I may come back! :)

As for blogs in my field, there are so many great ones to choose from!  I mean there are so many dedicated bakers, sharing their recipes with the public.  It is so cool.  I look at their blogs and think about how much time it must take for them to regularly bake and write about it. I don’t have that time…But they do and you should definetly read about it. 

I think that baking blogs are going to gain popularity becasue it is so much easier to go on the internet to find the specific recipe you want than looking through a magazine or looking on the TV.  Also on blogs, readers make comments that are always very helpful for new readers.  Often the comments praise the dish, which shows the reader it is a hit, or the comments make the dish a miss.  Either way, the comments really help and you cannot find real person reviews that often in magazines and on TV. 

I love baking and will definetly continue to look on blogs for great, easy recipes.  For any of my fans-don’t worry, I may come back!

June 9, 2009 at 6:41 pm Leave a comment

The PERFECT icecream Sundae!

candyMaking an icream sundae may seem easy enough, but there are a couple of key indgredients that can make it perfect!  I love icecream sundaes and think they are so much fun to make.  I love making them really pretty and fun to look at, as well as making them taste good.

First, the 3 MAIN ingredients that you have to have for the sundae are: 3 different (or same) flavors of icecream.  This is going to be the base of your sundae.

Scoop the icecream into 3 scoops and line up on the bottom of you bowl . 

Next, slice a banana down the middle so you have three slivers and line on either side of the icream.

Put a dollop of whipped cream right in the middle.

Sprinkle nuts, chocolate chips, caramel squares, or any other candy you like on the sundae.

Drizzle with your favorite sauce like caramel or chocolate.

Now is the final step, the best part that magically turns  your bowl of icecream into a real SUNDAE………

THE CHERRY ON TOP! (or two if you’d like :))

Now you have a perfect sundae, but here is a list of some icreams were voted the top 10 icecreams that you might want to try in your sundae:

  1. Chocolate
  2. Vanilla
  3. Cookie Dough
  4. Cookies N Cream
  5. Strawberry
  6. Rocky Road
  7. Mint
  8. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  9. Lemon
  10. Pistachio

My favorite is Hagen Daz Dulce de Leche!  IT is rich french vanilla icecream with swirls of caramel!  It is so rich and delicious!  This is a great icecream for anyone who isn’t a huge fan of chocolate.

June 9, 2009 at 6:10 pm Leave a comment

Greeeeat Frosting

Thick Vanilla Frosting

 

1 cup shortening
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
4 tablespoons milk

 

Beat together shortening and vanilla for 30 seconds medium speed with an electric mixer.

Add 2 cups of powdered sugar a bit at a time while beating.

Then add 2 tablespoons milk.

Slowly add in the rest of the powdered sugar and the rest of the milk until you get the right thickness for your frosting.

Add different colored sprinkles or food coloring if you’d like to add some color! 

This is the perfect frosting to top any desert-my favorite are mini vanilla cupcakes :P  This recipe is so quick adn easy.  My 7 year old cousin made it by herself, and it was delicious.  So I tried it and I fell in love.

Chocolate Butter Frosting

 

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup milk
2 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecans are nice)

 

Heat butter, cocoa, and milk and bring to a boil.

Add powdered sugar and beat until nice and smooth.

Add chopped nuts and stir.

This is great frosting for the holidays-it is perfect for christmas cupcakes or any other occasion!

Quick and Easy Powdered Sugar Icing

2 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons milk

 

Mix the powdered sugar with the vanilla and milk.

Then add more milk a bit at a time until it is thin enough to drizzle over a cake.

Once you’ve iced your cake, it’s best to let it stand for one or two hours.

 I love this frosting on lemon cookies-it makes them very sweet.

To make chocolate icing, add two tablespoons cocoa powder when you mix the powdered sugar and follow the rest of the recipe above.

June 8, 2009 at 6:34 pm Leave a comment

Home-Made Popsicles :P

Who doesn’t like popsicles in the summer when its boiling outside???  These homemade popsicles are super easy and fun, and you can add whatever twist you want!

First, pick out your favorite juice/drink, I like Gatorade and Lemonade. 

Next, get out an icecube tray, or if you have one, a popsicle tray. ice_cube_tray

Pour the liquid into each of the slots of the tray and let sit for 1 minute.

Stick them in the freezer for 15-30 minutes, or until half frozen.

Take them out and insert a toothpick for the little ice cube trays for the popsicle stick.

Stick them back in the freezer until they are completely frozen and there youy have it, easy, homemade popsicles :)

These are really easy to make and are actually a no brainer.   So relax and enjoy :)

June 8, 2009 at 6:27 pm 1 comment

Lemon Bars

These lemon bars are a great way to sweeten up your summer.  I was making these this weekend and suprisingly, it wasn’t that hard.  The recipe is pretty simple and the end result was fantastic. 

First,

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
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  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 lemons, juiced

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. In a medium bowl, blend together softened butter, 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup sugar. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 inch pan.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm and golden. In another bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/12 cups sugar and 1/4 cup flour. Whisk in the eggs and lemon juice. Pour over the baked crust.
  4. Bake for an additional 20 minutes in the preheated oven. The bars will firm up as they cool. For a festive tray, make another pan using limes instead of lemons and adding a drop of green food coloring to give a very pale green. After both pans have cooled, cut into uniform 2 inch squares and arrange in a checker board fashion.
  5. Dust with powdered sugar to make them extra sweet (thats the way i like it :)

These lemon bars were delicious but I added powder sugar on top, because the original recipe was not sweet enough.  I think that they came out great, but they were a little messy.  I shared them with my stepsister and her friend and they thought they were awesome!  This was a recipe that I did just for fun :)

June 8, 2009 at 6:15 pm Leave a comment

Super Sugar Cookies

Who doesn’t like sugar cookies? They are so delicious! Just thinking about them makes my stomach growl! This recipe for sugar cookies is easy and I have added a little berry twist. So here we go!

Makes around four dozen

Ingredients:cookies

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 375 F and stir together flour, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside bowl.

2. I a large bowl cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla.

3. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.

4. Roll dough into little teaspoon size balls and press thumb in center to make an indent. Put a raspberry or jelly in the middle to make a berry jelly cookie or leave as is.

5. Pop in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden

I love these berry cookies-raspberries on top are the best. After they come out of the oven, the raspberries turn to jelly! YUM


June 2, 2009 at 6:16 pm Leave a comment

Graduation Cupcakes!

Graduation is just around the corner, and for some, it is right on your doorstep!  What better to celebrate then to bake an easy, fun, and festive batch of cupcakes!  And guess what???  Simplicity is back for spring so don’t break your back making extravagant cupcakes-unless you want to! 

 

This is a very simple recipe that requires almost no talent in the baking field.  That means no experience is needed!  So get ready, get set, BAKE!

 

Makes 20-25 cupcakes

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup butter, softened (leave out at room temperature)
  • ¾ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (optional)

 

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line muffin cups with muffin papers (make the muffin papers their school colors!) 
  2. Put butter and sugar in mixer and beat until light and fluffy (if you don’t own a mixer, beat by hand-it is harder).  Beat in eggs one at a time.
  3. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl and add it into the original bowl (flour, sugar + egg bowl) alternating with milk.  Beat well and add Vanilla 
  4. Fill up cupcake pans ½-2/3 full and pop into the oven for 20 minutes. 
  5. Let the cupcakes cool in the pans then decorate with the frosting of your choice!

Have fun baking these…it might relieve a little stress from finals!cupcake1

June 1, 2009 at 4:06 pm 5 comments

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