Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Nutella Famine

If you had looked in my pantry a few days ago you would have thought I was preparing for a Nutella famine. Why does my pantry have over 3 jars of Nutella? I know the stuff is yummy, but 3 jars!?!? I think that is border line needing to attend a help class. Now, if we have a famine of Nutella you will all know where to turn...except for the fact that I am down to 1 jar of Nutella due to a super yummy recipe I found at the blog Buns In My Oven.
I absolutely love the recipes that come out of this blog. Karly is incredibly funny and extremely talented. Take some time to stop by her blog and look around. You will not be disappointed!!

I was scrolling through her most recent posts and found a recipe for Nutella Swirled Banana Bread. Eureka!! I absolutely LOVE Banana Bread. It just seems like a comfort food to me. So...Banana Bread + Nutella=a combination one should not ignore.
I am pretty much an expert on this recipe now. I made 18 mini loaves and 1 regular sized loaf in one weekend! And no...I am not now hoarding Nutella Swirled Banana Bread in my pantry/freezer. In fact, I didn't even get to keep a loaf of it!!


Nutella Swirled Banana Bread

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 60 min
(40-45 min if making mini loaves)
Total Time: 1 hour, 10 min

--1 stick of butter
--3/4 c. of white sugar
--2 eggs
--1 tsp. vanilla extract
--1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
--1 tsp. baking soda
--1 tsp. cinnamon
--1/2 tsp. salt
--1 c. mashed bananas
--1/2 c.sour cream
--1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)
--1/2 c. Nutella (microwave for at least 15 min to soften)

Instructions:1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x5 loaf pan

2. Cream together the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Stir together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add to the butter mixture and mix well. Fold in the bananas, sour cream, and nuts until just combined.

3. Pour half the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Drop spoonfuls of the Nutella over the top of the batter. Cover with the remaining batter. Use a knife to swirl the batter around in the loaf pan.

4. Bake for 60 min or until baked through.

You won't be disappointed with this twist on Banana Bread!!!
**with my third batch I added some chocolate chips to the batter. Made it super chocolatey which is fine with me!!**

(Sorry no pictures. I was a little busy baking and I forgot about the taking) :)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Frosting that will change your life!

My friend Candice was kind enough to have a birthday a few weeks back. So...I called another friend, we put our heads together, and came up with a semi surprise birthday party! (semi because Candice is pretty hard to pull surprises on) We got the girls together for a pizza and movie night...which turned into a pizza, movie, and royal wedding extravaganza. You put nine girls together the night before the royal wedding, watch a love story, and it is only natural to spend a couple hours looking at pictures, watching videos, and discussing every aspect of the upcoming moment of bliss. Come on! We got to watch a fairytale occur the next day. :)

All week long I knew that I was supposed to make the birthday dessert, but I have to admit to not even thinking about it until Wednesday night...after church...on my way home. I did a quick mental inventory of what we had in the pantry/fridge, thrown together with a few flavors I now Candice loves, and I came up Chocolate Oreo Bliss Cake. The cake and the filling were great! However, the frosting is what captured my heart!

The entire cake is super simple to make!


Cake: This part is so difficult :)
1 box of Chocolate cake mix
(I made it with a German Chocolate cake mix)

1 8oz brick of cream cheese
1 pkg of oreos

Fluffy Boiled Frosting:
1 1/4 cups sugar 3 egg whites, at room temp
1/8 tsp cream of tartar 1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp of salt
6 tbsp water

Making the yumminess:
Bake the cake in either two round pans. You can work on the other items while the cake is baking.

Crush oreos in a ziploc until they are small chunks, but not a fine powder.
Blend the cream cheese and the oreos together and set aside.

Once the cake has cooled slice off the rounded top a cake to make a flat surface. That cake will be the one on the bottom.

Spread the cream cheese mixture over the bottom layer all the way out to the edge.
It does not have to look perfect since the frosting will cover it up completely. However, you want the filling to be at the edge so the cake does not break. Set the top layer on.

It is now time to make the best part of the cake!!!
1.Use a 1 quart sauce pan over med heat. Heat together, sugar, cream of tartar, salt, and water to boiling. Check the temperature with a candy thermometer until it reaches 260 degrees F. If you don't have a candy thermometer heat the syrup until a small amount, dropped in cold water, forms a hard ball.
2. In another bowl mix, at high speed, egg whites until soft peaks form.
3. Pour syrup slowly into the egg whites while blending. Add vanilla and continue to blend until stiff peaks are formed.

Spread the frosting all over the cake and down the sides. The entire cake will disappear in these fluffy goodness! You can either chill the cake or go ahead and serve.
(I think it tastes better after being chilled for a little bit.)

The frosting is incredibly easy to "mold" you can make all sorts of neat designs on the top or the sides with it.

Lick the spatula...and the bowl for me! Yeah, it is that good!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Carry the Light

My church just finished Missions Conference on Sunday. This is always a special time for me and it goes by too quickly. I love hearing about the various mission fields and seeing the many needs. My suitcases always try to come out of the closet and pack themselves. One of these days they'll finally get their wish!! I can't wait to be the one sharing my ministry and field. (Lord Willing) For now I can work in my mission field in the States and pray/support the ones who are on the field.

I wish I had a video from the Sunday AM service when we do the Parade of Nations. All the teens bring in the flags of the countries where my church has missionaries. Pastor Pittman reads the name of each missionary with each flag. It is quite impressive and touching. I believe Temples have missionaries in 90+ countries, but there are so many more places for laborers to go. We also have 10 families from our church on the field/on deputation. It is so exciting to be a part of this growing ministry!

Here is a video from the PM service. I love how they blend the children, teen, and adult choirs. All 4 missionaries came in behind the flag of their country. Pastor and several other men all gather around and pray for them and the ministries they are involved in. Hope you enjoy!

We also have an International Dinner after the PM service. I think we had over 40 countries represented this year. There is some good food going down at this event. I worked with three of my friends to put together a Greek table. I'll be sharing the yummy recipes in future posts. I absolutely love the food!


Friday, March 11, 2011

Hang It Up!

I. am. in. LOVE!!!! Yes, I admit it. I know some of y'all have been wondering if you'd ever hear me say those words! I'm even willing to shout it from the housetops! Cause I am in LOVE with jewelry! That's right friends, I love that sparkly, glitzy stuff! It makes my heart melt, puts butterflies in my tummy, and brings me a lot of happiness. (or something like that)
Somewhere along the college way I realized that jewelry was more amazing than purses. So...my purse collection shrunk and my jewelry collection...well...it put on a few lbs. :) However, I have a SMALL upright jewelry box. Ya know the kind that sits on top of a dresser and has four drawers. I loved it when I first got it and it worked perfectly. It is so full now that I lose stuff in it.

The little drawers were crammed so full that I eventually discovered that I owned two pairs of the same earrings. (Apparently, I really liked those earrings) A good friend of mine was the recipient of the 2nd pair since I didn't really need both sets. (She had to pry it out of my fingers...but we won't go there j/k)

I came across this idea for an earring holder on a blog many months ago. I wish I knew which blog I saw it on so I could give due credit, but I have no clue. This earring holder is easy to make, can be personalized, and makes a great gift for the jewelry fanatic.

Earring Holder:
Picture frame (size of frame depends on how big you want it to be)
Fabric (lace, mesh, organza, etc. Anything that's easy to hang earrings through)
Hot glue gun
4 Wood cubes
Flowers, sparkles, embellishments

1. Lay the picture frame on the fabric and cut the fabric around the edges of the frame.

2. Place a line of glue along the middle of the frame edge. Place the fabric on the hot glue. Roll a pencil over the glue and fabric to secure the seal. As you glue the remaining 3 sides down pull the fabric to make it taut. You do not want any sagging or looseness to the fabric. Repeat this process on all four sides.

Trim off any excess fabric after all 4 sides are glued on.

3.Glue 1 wooden block to each corner. These blocks give room for the backs of the earrings. I did not put these blocks on the first one I made. Every time I took an earring off 3-4 more earrings would go flying off as well. (which is pretty annoying)

4. Cut your ribbon to the length desired and glue to the back of the frame. Make sure you glue it so the pretty side of the ribbon is touching the back of the frame. This will ensure the ribbon looks right when hanging up. I always hot glue the ribbon to the frame and then place some added reinforcement on top of the ribbon.

5. Now it is time to work on the front of the frame. You can decorate this side however you like. I normally add ribbon and flowers to it. I put sparkles on one for a teenager. Here are some ideas:
-I added hooks to the bottom of mine to hold necklaces. However, they are very difficult to screw in. You'll want to drill a tiny hole first and then screw in the hook. Otherwise you will give up after doing half of them. (I cleverly cut that out of my picture--well, kinda cut it out) :) -

-This purple one is mine. Mine originally had blue lace, no wooden blocks on the back, and several other mistakes. So when I found the silver netting for my friends I decided to re-do mine. I love the 2nd one so much!
I made the flower out of 2 different synthetic flowers that I pulled apart and reassembled. I hot glued the ribbon to the frame-

-This one is for a friend of mine-

-I made the flower out of ribbon-

-A little bit of sparkle never hurt anyone-

These earring holders make great gifts and are so easy to make.
Hope you enjoyed today's blog!


Thursday, March 3, 2011

I'm back!!

Sorry to have fallen off the planet y'all. Life has been kinda crazy and I am not in the habit of blogging. Things seem to be calming down which is so nice. However, it is the calm before the storm with Missions Conference right around the corner. I am super, super excited about it conference this year since I have finally signed up for Camp BIMI. Camp BIMI is a training program for people desiring to go on the mission field. I finally feel like things are starting to move for that dream. It is a slow process, but the Lord has the best timing!

I have been cooking a few things and making a few crafts in the last few weeks. I even pulled out my sewing machine to start working on some skirts for me and gifts for friends. I've made an adorable gift for a friend of mine, but will not be able to post anything till after her birthday! All that to say I have not completely fallen off the wagon. One night I made 2 carrot cakes, 1 quiche, 1 chocolate cake, 1 batch of nariyal burfi (an Indian dessert), and a cobbler (don't have a clue what kind it was because I threw away the box and it doesn't taste like any fruit in particular)!!

One night I was craving cookies, chocolate, sugar, etc. Ok..ok..I crave that every night, but I gave in to the craving one night. I looked in my pantry and realized I was out of chocolate chips which puts a damper on having chocolate chip cookies. I was also exhausted so I wanted it to be easy!! I saw that I still had 2 bags of Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie mix and a fridge full of frosting. All a girl has to do is throw in some sprinkles and life is good...very good!

Frosted Sugar Cookies

1 bag of sugar cookie mix
1 tub of frosting

1. Bake the cookies per the instructions on the mix/recipe.
2. After cookies have slightly cooled frost them with frosting of your choice. (which of course will be chocolate!!)
3. Apply sprinkles to the freshly frosted cookies.
I found that I could only frost a few at a time before the frosting started to harden and the sprinkles wouldn't really stick.

Eat the whole batch or at least half the batch while watching a chick flick.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Too simple to be this good...

So...blog post #2 and I've already broken an unwritten blogging "rule" (Section 34 page 12 Rule #...Just kidding!) An amazing blogger at confessionsofacookbookqueen.blogspot.com told me that it is important to blog often. I thought it wouldn't be difficult since I am always making something yummy or finding some interesting place. Yeah...so far...not so good. I ended up baking 3 different times this weekend and remembered to take photos once. I even had a mini road trip with some friends and the camera never emerged from my purse! Oh, I also re-decorated my apartment for winter and forgot to take pictures of the things I made. (Does it count if I kept telling myself to take pictures?) I am hoping to get the blogging mindset ingrained (soon) so I can be more consistent with my posts. Just be patient with me and I'll get the hang of it soon. However, the recipe that we'll be talking about today is worth the wait.

We all have a few quirks and some of us have more than others. They are the things that make us different and add a little bit of pizazz to your personality! At least I tell myself that since I have so many quirks. One of my quirks is what season certain foods should be eaten. For instance...Pumpkin rolls have a definite "season" to be made in. I only want to eat/make pumpkin roll in the fall and at Christmas. The idea of eating one in the spring is not appealing to me. There is an amazing lemon, feta, chicken bake (I'll have to make that for you sometime)I absolutely love, but I only want it in the summer. I'm sure you get my point. Apple pie is another item that I believe(d) belongs(ed) in the summer/fall. That belief was shot down when I came across a recipe for a Chocolate and Caramel Apple Pie Galette. I could pretty much eat the whole thing and feel no regret for not sharing it. However, I would regret it when I met my treadmill the next day!

I found the recipe at http://picky-palate.com. This website has become a resource for my weekly recipe searches. Without further ado here is the recipe that will revolutionize Apple pie. The best part is how incredibly EASY it is to make!

Chocolate and Caramel Apple Pie Galette

3 Tablespoons butter
2 apples of choice peeled and diced (Granny Smith work great)
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 roll pie dough
5-10 Rolo chocolate caramels, unwrapped and quartered (depends on how much caramely goodness you want)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Melt butter in a med. saucepan over med. heat. When the butter is melted add diced apples, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook and stir occasionally for 5 minutes or until softened.

Roll out pie dough and pour cooked apples in center of dough. Leave a 1 1/2 inch border around edges. Top with quartered Rolo’s then take edges of pie dough and fold over to create a pleated edge.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until pie edges are golden brown. Remove and let cool.
*I prefer it warm*

If you are going to transfer it to a plate wait for it to cool completely or bake it on a cookie sheet with no sides. It can be very difficult to remove while warm. (been there...done that) :)

Happy Cooking!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Slacker no more!

Hey! My name is Jaime Land and I am in LOVE with cooking!! Ask my friends and they will tell you that I am "slightly" obsessed with it. I don't dream in color, I dream in recipes and crafts!!! You can read more about me (if you are so inclined) on the sidebar of my blog. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog!

I am new to the blogging world, but have been contemplating starting one for several months. A good friend of mine has been encouraging me in this endeavor, but I found every excuse under the sun to put it off. However, New Years came...which caused me to start thinking about what I wanted to accomplish in 2011...which made me think about my half finished blog (and my pile of half-finished crafts)...which made me decide to give this a try. *gulp* (My teacher friends might read this and be appalled at my horrible punctuation! So...no judging ladies) :) I put blogging at the top of my Resolution/To Do list. I was going to get around to it... honest...at some point...it could happen!!! However, I actually received a wake up call yesterday which caused me to take the plunge(no time like the present, I guess)

The wake-up call occurred when I posted a recipe on my (previously mentioned) friend's wall. Several other people saw the recipe and decided to make it. In fact, my Mom called me and asked me where to find Nutella (which was one of the ingredients)because my Dad had heard about them. It suddenly occurred to me that there were other people who would like to try new recipes too without the hassle of searching for it. Today's entry is going to be the recipe that provided my much needed motivation. I found the recipe at the amazing, adorable blog http://www.whipperberry.com!! Heather is extremely talented in so many areas. I love reading her blog!

Might as well plan on a stop at the grocery store today, you are going to want these!! Trust me! I made them last night and am already dreaming about making them again! Oh, I'll take pictures, if possible, next time I make something! Bear with the newbie!

Nutella Puffs

Ingredients needed:

-Marshmallow Crème
-1 box of Frozen Puff Pastry
-One Egg

First, you will need to thaw the puff pastry. Once thawed, unfold and cut each sheet into four squares.

Put a spoonful of Nutella and marshmallow crème in the middle of the puff pastry.

Fold the square into a triangle and crimp the edges of the pastry with a fork.

Brush the pastry with an egg wash {one egg, beaten} and sprinkle with a little bit of sugar.

Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes or until the pastry is lightly browned.

Take out of oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes and then ENJOY!!
***I like them best served hot***

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