A New Post? Whaaaaaa?!

So, it seems to me that I’ve been gone for a quick minute….almost. I’ve been so busy with school and work I haven’t had time to update my blog, BUTTTTTT I have been on Pinterest.

That could only mean one thing….come find me and follow me. I have over 15 thousand pins (I can safely admit I have a problem) and over 42 thousand followers. I have lots of cooking/baking boards as well as drink boards because every one loves a good beverage now and again. Plus there’s lots of other things I love!

Click the following link to check out my pinterest. If you have a pinterest you want me to check out comment below with the link. Also leave your personal pinterest and I’ll follow you 🙂

Nicole’s Pinterst 🙂 

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S’mores Dip

S'mores Dip

Now, I love s’mores more than anything (well, maybe not anything, but I do loooooove it). Courtesy of What Megan’s Making here is her recipe for s’mores dip. Make sure you check out her site as well as the recipe below:

Ingredients:

1 14oz can sweetened Condensed Milk
1 1/2 cups Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup marshmallow cream
Graham Crackers, for serving
Directions:

In a small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and condensed milk on High 1 – 2 minutes, stirring about every 30 seconds, until chips are melted. Mix well. Pour into 9-inch glass pie pan, spreading evenly. Drop marshmallow creme by tablespoonfuls randomly over chocolate mixture. Microwave on High about 30 seconds or until marshmallow creme is softened. Immediately make several swirls through marshmallow and chocolate, creating a marbled appearance. Serve immediately with graham crackers for dipping.

S'mores Dip

Enjoy! xo

Happy Belated National Devil’s Food Cake Day!

(Okay, for those who actually care yesterday, the 19th, was actually National Devil’s Food Cake Day. But I love cake, so I don’t care!)

Devil's Food Cake

In lieu of  Devil’s Food Cake day, here’s a recipe from The Skinny Chef. Make sure you check out their site as well as the recipe below:

Serves 10

Ingredients

1 cups “white” whole wheat flour, plus flour for dusting pan
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
1 cup low-fat 1% buttermilk
1 cup strong brewed coffee, chilled
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
non-fat cooking spray

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Coat a 9-inch cake or spring-form pan with non-stick spray. Dust with flour; shake off excess. Over a large mixing bowl, sift both types of flour, cocoa powder and baking soda. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, whisk the brown sugar, buttermilk, coffee, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla. Gradually whisk in the flour mixture until just combined.
  • Pour the batter into the pan. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm or cool completely before icing with chocolate sour cream icing

Enjoy! xo

Food Tattoos? Sure, Why Not …

I don’t know about you guys, but I think tattoos are pretty awesome. Although, I don’t have any, I have big plans in the future to get some (once I grow a pair that is). I was looking on Check Out My Ink and came across some tattoos of cupcakes and other meals (I guess you could say) and I had to share them with all of you:

Cup cakes

part of my food sleeve(sour patch kids)

Sour Patch Kids, of course.

part of my food sleeve(cherry cheese cake)

Cherry Cheesecake

part of my food sleeve(sushi)

Sushi

part of my food sleeve(tacos, broccoli, and spaghetti and meatballs)

Broccoli, Tacos, Spaghetti

monkeyproink's tattoo #81

Blue Moon Ice Cream

Alright, so I have to say I don’t think I’d be ballsy enough to get any of those. I think if I were to get any food related tattoos it’d be a cupcake or maybe a pickle… but not both. Would you get any?

One Day I’ll Win The Lottery …

I’ve decided that once I win the lottery (that is once I start buying a lottery ticket) I’m going to insane with all my money … insane in my kitchen.

I’d live in a house like this:

Wrap around porch

But also have a second house like this:

Dream house

Where my kitchen would look like this:

love

And have this as the back splash behind the stove:

kitchen, chalkboard paint

My kitchen would be filled with these:

Kitchen Aid

Kitchen Aid mixer Kitchen Aid mixer Kitchen Aid mixer

(This one is my absolute favorite since I LOVE purple)

Make perfect muffins, round pancakes, and more without all the mess. Just add batter and press down top. Guides help you measure out the right amount, every time! Ideal for cookies and crepes, too, top-rack dishwasher-safe plastic dispenser features easy-to- read wrap-around measurement guides; holds about 2 1⁄2" cups of batter (a standard muffin mix) $17.98

Decorating Pen Set $10

Wow.

Honestly, my wish list could go on and on … but I’ll end it right here. If you could have your dream kitchen; what would you want in it?

Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

Oh glorious day! It’s one of my favorite days of the year (besides my birthday and Christmas of course)! Here is a recipe for Paula Deen’s Three Chocolate Cookie. Check out her site and enjoy the cookies!

Servings: 3 dozen
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 12 min
Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3   large eggs
1 3/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1   (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate morsels
1 cup milk chocolate morsels
3   (1-ounce) squares bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup almond brickle chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease baking sheets.

With an electric mixer, beat butter and shortening at medium speed until creamy; gradually add sugars, beating until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, beating well.

In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Stir in chocolate morsels and almond brickle chips. Drop cookies by 1/4 cupfuls about 3-inches apart onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for 11 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let cool for 2 minutes on baking sheets. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Three Chocolate Cookies

Enjoy! xo

Margarita Cupcakes: Shot Glass Included

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Margarita Cupcakes, who knew? Since tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo I thought I’d post a few more fun recipes I’ve discovered and came across. I’m not a big Cinco de Mayo celebrating for a number of reason: I do not enjoy Spanish food even though I’m Puerto Rican and I don’t drink…so it’s kind of like another day in my book. Anyways, back to the recipe. I saw one of my friends made these cupcakes for a party she’s going to tomorrow and she had a lot of fun making them. Check out Recipe Girl’s website for step-by-step instructions that include pictures as well as other recipes.

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Cinco de Mayo Piñata Cookies

Cinco de Mayo pinata sugar cookies

Since tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, I thought I’d share this with all of you. While on Pinterest I came across this super cool cookie recipe. This recipe comes from She Knows and they give you the step by step instructions on how to make these cookies. It does involve it set overnight, but still…look how cool they look. Check out their site and the recipe below:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Mini M&M candies
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar (frosting)
  • 2 teaspoons milk (frosting)
Directions:

1. Make The Dough: Cream sugars with butter. Beat in eggs. Add oil. Combine dry ingredients together, and then gradually add them to the mixture. Mix in vanilla and almond extract.

2. Color the dough: Split dough into five, even-sized balls and one smaller ball (this will be the black one). Add food coloring to each of the dough balls until desired color is achieved. Gel food coloring gives you more intense colors than liquid.
3. Layer the dough: Use a container the same approximate width of your donkey/burro piñata cookie cutter, and line it with plastic food wrap. Split all of your colored dough balls in half (except the black) and begin layering the dough in the container, starting with the black dough on the bottom. Alternate the colors so that you end up with two layers of each color by the time you’re done.
4. Wait: Cover the layered dough and freeze for four hours or overnight. This is the perfect time to conserve your creative juices for what lies ahead.

5. Bake the cookies: Remove the dough from the container and unwrap from the plastic. Cut slices, approximately 1/4-inch wide. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake them at 350 degrees F for 12 minutes.
6. Cut the cookies: Immediately after you take them out of the oven, use your burro piñata cookie cutter to cut the cookie shapes. Working in sets of three, be sure to cut two burro piñata cookies in one direction and one burro piñata cookie in the opposite direction. (Just flip your cookie cutter over.) That way, when you go to assemble them, the finished cookie will look “pretty” on both sides — because the baked, bottom sides will be hidden.
7. Create the hidden pocket: For the middle cookies in each set, cut off the ears and legs, and cut out the center where the M&Ms will go. I used a small square cutter, and made three cuts to get a narrow rectangle. Try to work quickly, because as the cookies cool, they are more likely to crumble or break. Let them cool on the baking sheet before you move them and remove the excess, outer cookie.
8. Assemble the pinata cookie: To assemble, take the first piñata cookie and lay it upside down so that the baked bottom is facing up. Outline the center of the piñata body with a “frosting glue” mixture of milk and powdered sugar. (I used 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and two teaspoons of milk. If you put it inside a Ziploc bag and cut off a tiny tip of the bag’s corner, you can pipe it onto the cookie easily.) Put the middle cookie on top of the frosting glue and add the M&Ms to the open center. Put another outline of frosting glue on the middle cookie and place the opposite-cut piñata cookie on top (so that the pretty side is facing out). Let these sit and harden for at least 30 minutes before you stand them upright.9. Show off your cookie and enjoy!

Final product: pinata sugar cookie!Opened pinata cookie

Nacho Cupcakes!

Oh hey there WordPress! It’s been awhile since I posted, so I thought why not start off with a bang (again). Nacho Cupcakes…who knew. One afternoon, I was just hanging out on Pinterest (which all of you should follow me) and came across this recipe. This particular recipe comes from Sweet Simple Stuff that gives you the step-by-step instruction on how to make this oh so delicious cupcakes. So, hurry and go check out their site for the recipe! Enjoy!