Jun 24, 2015

Moist Chocolate and Zucchini Protein Muffins

Use up all that extra zucchini from your garden by making these ultra moist and delicious Chocolate and Zucchini Protein Muffins. They are rich but still pretty good for you.

Notes: Next time we are going to try adding an extra 1/4 cup of protein powdered to this recipe to see how it turns out. That would bring the total amount of protein powder to 3/4 cup. If we try that I will update my notes with the results.

We had frozen zucchini we defrosted to use in this recipe. When it defrosted it let off a LOT of liquid so we discarded the majority of it. I'm going to make this recipe in the future using fresh zucchini to see if there is much of a difference in the end result. If you try fresh, please let me know your results. Enjoy!

Jun 19, 2015

Fruit Trifle with Banana Cream Topping

Take what might be an average fruit side dish and jazz it up with a delicious banana cream topping. This is a wonderful side dish for the summer. It is gorgeous and so, so very tasty. Enjoy!

Note: Be sure to pick up the five ounce package of instant banana cream pudding and not the three ounce.

Jun 17, 2015

Burgers with Zesty Cream Cheese Pimento Spread

One of the most popular recipes at our recent birthday party was this cream cheese pimento spread. It adds a ton of flavor to an already tasty grilled burger. I felt this would be equally as good on a grilled hot dog but I haven't tried that out yet. Enjoy!

Jun 15, 2015

Rhubarb Pineapple Pie

Forget strawberry and rhubarb. Pineapple and rhubarb are an outstanding combination and make up what is probably my favorite pie. Homemade pie dough is of course best, but premade dough that you can roll out yourself will work in a pinch. After the egg wash, don't forget to sprinkle the top of the pie with sugar before baking. Enjoy!

Jun 11, 2015

Angry Birds 6th Birthday Party + Menu

Jack turned 6 and requested an Angry Bird party. We had a small party at home which was a great relief to me and less stressful for everyone involved. The kids ran through the sprinklers while we grilled and later in the evening we had our dinner with cake and presents.

I thought I would try working with fondant for the first time so I ordered a chocolate cake with a chocolate  mousse filling from costco (delicious, by the way) and requested that they frost it and only pipe the edging and leave the rest of the cake blank.

I wasn't sure what all supplies I'd need for this but in the end, the essentials were a new x-acto knife, a wood imprint mold for the slingshot and blocks, a flat mat to use while cutting the fondant with exacto knife (I used the back of the imprint mold), a Wilton 12 icing color set, green and blue Color Mist Food Coloring for the grass and sky background, a set of round fondant cut outs, Wilton Candy Eyeballs and finally pre-made white fondant.

The fondant figures took about 6 hours start to finish. I pulled up images on Google for reference and I based the design from a cake I saw on Pinterest.

Menu: (Photos below, links will be added once the recipes are posted)

  • Banana Slush Punch
  • Burgers w/ Zesty Cream Cheese Pimento Spread
  • Grilled brats + hot dogs + chips
  • My Favorite Cheddar and Bacon Macaroni Salad
  • Fruit Trifle with Banana Cream Topping
  • Chocolate Cake w/ Chocolate Mousse Filling + Chocolate Buttercream Frosting (from Costco) w/ homemade fondant Angry Bird figures

All in all it was a low stress party that the kids enjoyed a ton and all the food turned out great. A big success in my book.