Thursday, July 7, 2011

I recently made a birthday cake for my friends son (he is also Adrianne's close friend). His birthday party was a Cars 2 theme. The cake was a chocolate cake from scratch with a strawberry filling covered in butter cream and marshmallow fondant. I asked what my friend wanted on the outside of the cake and she suggested putting mater on top and we are so glad she did since mater was the star of the show!

These pictures are almost the end result. I still needed to brush away some of the powder sugar on top (it helps the fondant not stick to the counter when rolling it out)
The world on the back of the cake.
The cars 2 logo on the front

Breakfast Monte Cristos is one of my favorite websites for cooking ideas. Awhile ago I came across this recipe on her website and I knew Peter would love it (I am not an egg fan). They are easy to make and Peter loved it.

*Makes 2 sandwiches

2 eggs
1/4 c. maple syrup
1/4 c. milk
1/4 tsp. vanilla
4 slices of bread (thick, whole-wheat bread works great)
cream cheese
2-3 slices deli black forest ham
2 eggs, fried (middles poked and spread out so the eggs lay flat)
2 slices Swiss cheese
powdered sugar
Raspberry Jam (or any jam you like)

Mix eggs, maple syrup, milk, and vanilla together with a fork and pour in a shallow dish. Spread a good amount of cream cheese on each slice of ham (if you have a large slice of ham you may want to fold it over). Add the cream cheese-covered ham, a fried egg, and a slice of Swiss cheese to one slice of bread and top with another slice of bread making a sandwich. Dip each sandwich in the egg mixture and turn over so the the entire outside of the sandwich is coated in the egg mixture. Cook on a griddle or in a frying pan (as if you were making French toast). Carefully flip the sandwich when the first side becomes nice and brown (again, like French toast). When both sides of the sandwich are brown and slightly crispy, remove from heat and sprinkle each sandwich with powdered sugar. Cut into halves or fourths and serve with raspberry jam.

Lemon Burst Cookie recipe

Awhile ago my husband told me that he was craving lemon cookies. I had no idea what he was talking about since all I have ever had are lemon bars. So, I looked up a recipe and decided to try it out and I must say that they are amazing. I would say they are now probably one of my favorite cookies and they are very easy to make!
Lemon Burst Cookies
1 (18.25-ounce) package lemon cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
Zest of 2 lemons
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
½ teaspoon lemon extract
1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
2. Pour cake mix into a large bowl. Stir in eggs, oil, lemon zest, lemon juice and lemon extract until well blended.
3. Place confectioner’s sugar in a bowl.
4. Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and roll in confectioner’s sugar until lightly coated and place on baking sheet.
5. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2-3 minutes on the cookie sheet and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

I got this recipe from HERE