Posts Tagged ‘kid food’

School Birthday Treats

February 4, 2011

It sure is hard to believe Girlie is as old as she is.  Time sure does go by fast anymore!!!  But at any rate…aren’t they cute???   Don’t they look like an ice cream sundae? Got the idea from bakerella.  She does some really cute things, but most are too complicated for me…but they are fun to look at.

You start with the cupcake part.  Any flavor.  I was going to use strawberry, but none at the store.  I got a white cake mix and added strawberry flavoring and a bit of red food coloring.  Fill the cups about half full instead of the usual 2/3.  You gotta have room to hold the rest.

Then you make ganache ….chocolate of course while you are wating for the cakes to cool a bit.  I am getting really lazy any more.  I heat up the cream in my 8 cup glass measuring cup in the microwave.  Stir in the chocolate chips and there ya go.  It also makes it easy to fill the cupcakes.  The more the better.  After all it is chocolate.

Then make basic buttercream frosting.  Pipe it on so it looks like whipped cream.  I used a 2C tip, but any flower tip will do.  Sprinkle the sprinkles on after you frost each one, or they won’t stick!!

Then plunk a round red candy on top.  They didn’t have any jawbreakers or fire balls at the store, so I used some kind of sour something or other.  That ought to pucker them kids up….LOL

You do end up with a ton, so be prepared for that.  Of course I had tooooo much frosting and ganache.  Oh well, I am sure I can find a use for it.

They all got delivered to the Mrs. Hess’ fourth grade class this morning in one piece.  Along with the gob of frosting on my shoe that I didn’t notice I slopped.  Big Sigh………..

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School Treats

December 16, 2009

With the temps being as warm as they have been, its a wonder we have snow at all.  Just the right snow for the girls to make a snowman yesterday after school.  I showed them once last year how to make the big snowballs for snowman bodies and they remembered.  Now if I could just get math and reading to stick like that.

If you remember at Halloween time, we had a tad bit of a catastrophe with the treats for school.  I promised to make treats for Gdaughter #1 for her Christmas party.  Well, thank you once again Paula Deen.  And yes, I will keep them out of reach of my Honey.

PEPPERMINT PINWHEELS

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring
  • Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough
  • Special equipment: 24 lollipop sticks

Directions

Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder and set aside.

Cream butter and sugar together in another large bowl. Add egg and beat until incorporated. Add the vanilla and peppermint extract. Gradually add the dry mixture, beating until combined. Remove half of the mixture from the bowl. Add food coloring, beating until fully combined. In waxed paper, roll out dough to form a large rectangle, about 1/4-inch thick. Repeat this step with the other half of uncolored dough with no food coloring. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

Tear out 1 sheet of waxed or parchment paper. Sprinkle the surface of the paper with powdered sugar to prevent sticking. Very carefully, slide the red dough on top of the white dough. Trim edges if uneven and patch if necessary. Roll dough into a log, creating a swirl effect. Place the dough back in the refrigerator and let chill for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Slice the dough into 1/2-inch slices and place on a parchment lined sheet tray about 1-inch apart. Place lollipop stick about 1-inch through the flat side of the dough. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.

They look cute before baking, but don’t think that you are going to get size large cookies like were shown on the show.  Buy the short sticks because if you buy the large ones, you will be cutting them in half like it did.  I also had to cut the slices about 3/4 of an inch because I was having trouble getting the sticks in without tearing the cookie.  I also didn’t chill the dough as much.  After coloring the dough, I rolled one color out between 2 pieces of wax paper and then put the other color on top, covered with wax paper as rolled it out on top of the other dough.  I removed the wax paper and rolled them together and then chilled for probably about 4 hours.

They looked cute right out of the oven and smelled soooo…well, pepperminty. And they looked great all wrapped up and ready for the party on Friday….and hey, it was only Tuesday nite.  What’s up with that.  Sooooo unlike me.

First Cookout 2009

May 16, 2009

What an absolutely beautiful day we had.  I promised the kids if the weather was good, we would have a cookout.  Damn, either the wood is  hard as hell or I can’t chop wood any more.  But got enough of it done to get the fire going on the first try.  Don’t expect that again.

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Of course the menu consists of hot dogs.

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And it takes such concentration.  But then we get s’mores.

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And everyone has their own way to cook marshmallows.

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Bubba’s favorite.

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Of course I lost track of how many marshmallows were consumed.  But we had a great time.  I did get to the Farmers Market this morning and I was surprisingly impressed.  Got heirloom tomatoes.  More on them later, but here is a pic.  I think they are really pretty plants and very healthy looking.

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Last ten laps of the All Star Race.  Grabbin a beer.  It’s fixin to get serious.  A million bucks……DUH.

Homemade Kid Food

May 7, 2009

Wow!!!  Has the wind blown today.  I have been gritting my teeth all day now.  Suppose to calm down about 9 or so tonite.  Sure hope so.   But even with all the wind I managed to get the back yard….all but the bocce court…mowed.

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So now bothe the front and the back are clean, neat and tidy.  Now come on rain…or hurry up and fill the ditch.

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Decided to try chicken tenders tonite.  Girlie loves them and they would work just great for MIL, who was working today and who knows when she would be home. 

CHICKEN TENDERS

2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast..or do it yourself and save a buck

1 cup flour

3 beaten eggs

2 cups panko..Japanese bread crumbs

1 tsp lemon pepper

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp Penzeys Black and Red Sprinkle

Slice chicken into strips.  If partially frozen easier to cut.  Then set up breading station with 3 pie plates.  Flour in one, beaten eggs in two and panko with spices in the last.  Flour, eggs and bread each strip.

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Fry until crispy and enjoy. 

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Girlie wanted fruit salad and I wanted ice cream.  We got both.

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SEMI SWEET CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM

4 oz semi sweet chocolate

1 cup milk

2 large eggs

1 cup sugar

1 cup heavy cream

1 tsp vanilla

1 pinch of salt

Melt chocolate over hot water in a double boiler.  Add milk and whisk until smooth.  Remove from heat and cool.  Whisk eggs until light and fluffy, then add sugar slowly until thick.  Add cream, vanilla and salt and whisk.  Pour chocolate mixture in and whisk to blend.  Chill.  Follow your ice cream makers instructions from there.

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Sorry no pictures of the done deal.  We were in too much of a hurry.  Maybe next time.

Rain Rain and more Rain

April 28, 2009

It’s rained off and on all day.  We did get some sun in the afternoon, but clouded up again and in between rain storms.   At least it’s been a slow steady rain that soaks in and does some good.  Sorry I didn’t post last night.  Too lazy.

Had pork enchiladas. Used the remainder of the pulled pork.  And you wondered why I didn’t put brown sugar in the rub.  There was a method to my madness.  If nothing else, we got two great meals and a couple of lunches out of that one roast.  Can’t complain.

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STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM

1 quart of fresh strawberries

1/4 cup water

1 cup sugar

Combine in sauce pan and cook until soft.  Drain and cool.  When cool add:

4 oz sour cream

1 pint heavy cream

1 tsp vanilla

2 tsp lemon juice

Combine and blend with immersion blender or in regular blender.  Chill until cold and then follow directions of your ice cream freezer.

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Girlie wanted pancakes and sausages for dinner tonite.  Hows this for dinner??

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Sloppy Joes

March 9, 2009

No….I am not an over achiever.  Granddaughter #1 and I had craving for Sloppy Joes and with no Manwhich in the pantry, what else do you do????

Sloppy Joes Homemade

1 lb lean ground beef

1 lb ground turkey

1 medium onion, finely diced, about a cup

1 large chopped pepper (green, red ,yellow,orange) about 1 1/2 cups

2 tbsp chili powder

1 tsp salt

1 clove chopped garlic

3  8oz cans tomato paste

2 tbsp dijon mustard

2 tbsp white vinegar

Brown beef and onion then add turkey and peppers.  After turkey is cooked add chili powder and stir to coat meat.  Then add remaining ingredients and simmer for about and hour.  Serve on hamburger buns or favorite rolls.

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Friday Nite Pizza

March 6, 2009

Friday nites usually mean grandkids and pizza.  I have been getting awfully tired of the cardboard pizza from the store, so decided to make it from scratch…well, sorta scratch….I used dough in the exploding roll.  Next time I will make my own dough.  So I made pizza sauce which was tomato sauce from the can, minced garlic and Penzeys pizza seasoning.  Then chopped lots of veggies….some kids like and some went only on my pizza.

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Shredded cheese and pulled out the salami.  I put corn meal on the baking sheet so the crust wouldn’t stick.  Prebaked the dough for a few.  Then added what everybody wanted.

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Theirs.

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Mine.  Back in the oven till cheese melts and the crust is crispy.  And this is what ya get.

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Along with clean plates after dinner.

Supper of Sliders

February 5, 2009

Had three of the seven grand kids last night.  These are so easy to fix and adult bit size as well as kid size. 

Just season the meat as you would for regular size hamburgers.  For me its salt, pepper and worchestshire sauce.  Size the patties to fit your buns.  I use whatever small diner roll is on the day old rack.  Fry, bbq or Traeger to suit your taste.  Add cheese or not.For kids its American cheese and ketchup.  Adults are more fun…..Chipolte mayo and jack……the combos are endless.

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Headed to cake decorating class tonite.  No time to practice this week so it ought to be interesting.