Table for Two in The Pink Paradise

I have been thoroughly enjoying the Pink Paradise this year – as usual.  And while she hasn’t actually seen the pavement yet, she has come in quite handy.  I love to spend time in her reading, napping, and hosting cozy dinner’s.  This table for two is my idea of a perfect picnic.  No bugs, a nice summer breeze coming in through the window, keeping undercover in case of rain, and of course electric if we need it.

Sometimes I wonder if I should sell her and move on to my next project, while other times I think that is an insanely a dumb idea.  Especially after enjoying a nice dinner and playing cards in her like we did tonight.  If I  do decide to rehab another camper I’ve already made up my mind that I’ll pick a completely different theme, different colors, and select one that has a little more lounging around space.  

If you were going to restore a camper what would you want it to look like?

Test Kitchen–Yellow Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting

I recently had to make a birthday cake to take to a celebration so I went looking for a yummy recipe.  And as I’ve said before, it’s photo’s that help convince me if I will or won’t make a recipe.  And that my friends is why I love Pinterest.  So many pictures, so many recipes, so many creative people! 

Once I found a convincing picture with a recipe that I was happy with, I pinned it on my Party! board went to work. 

I did make a couple modifications to this recipe.  I used margarine in the cake since I was nearly out of butter – I saved the butter for the frosting.   I also used skim milk instead of whole milk, and added an extra teaspoon of vanilla to the batter for good measure. 

I made a 6” double layer cake and 6 cupcakes from this recipe.  I baked the cupcakes for about 11 minutes, and the cake for about 26 minutes.

And how did this cake recipe fare in my book?  The cake was delicious and received a lot of compliments, but it was a bit heavier than I had expected.  I would have preferred a lighter version.  The frosting was perfect because the cream cheese helped cut the sweetness that you’d find in a typical buttercream frosting.

 

So, are you like me?  Do you need a picture of a recipe to convince you to try it?

Tuxedo Brownies – You Just Might Have Seen These Before

 

Years ago when I started blogging I made one of our favorite treats and shared it here on my blog.  But since The Joy of Caking was literally unheard of back then, this recipe didn’t get near enough the attention it deserved.   Yes, these mini brownie cups filled with a delectable white chocolate and cream cheese filling are delicious and absolutely deserve a re-visit.  For my original post, I modified the  recipe slightly by making a chocolate, not white chocolate filling.  But as you can see, I filled this batch with the white chocolate filling.  Oh, so good!

I can’t take the credit for this recipe.  As I indicated in my original post, the recipe came from the Pampered Chef Celebrate Family, Friends & Great Food Cookbook. You can get the recipe by visiting my original post by following the link highlighted above.

I am sharing these brownies at a 4th of July celebration that we have been invited to and I’m sure they won’t last long!

And just in case someone doesn’t want one of these chocolaty little morsels, I also made white cupcakes using heavy cream and frosted them with white chocolate pudding frosting.

Which of these two desserts would you choose?

One Bowl Cinnamon Coffee Cake

I know my blog posts are getting farther apart these days but please hang in there.  I haven’t forgot you!

This weekend I was looking at coffee cakes lined up on a shelf at my local grocery store and I was so tempted to buy one to satisfy my never-ending sweet tooth.  But I knew better.  I knew a store-bought coffee cake wasn’t going to stand up to a moist, tender crumb, cinnamon coffee cake that I could produce in my very own kitchen.  I was certain that buying one would be a waste of my money and only yield disappointment.   Instead, I dug out my mixing bowl and did the right thing, I made my own from scratch.  And let me tell you, no disappointments here!

This cake is so simple to make.  And you all know how simple I like to keep my baking.  One bowl recipes suite me just fine.  The order of the ingredients is exactly how I added them to the one bowl I used to make this cake.  Also, I mixed by hand; not electric mixer.  So go ahead, give this recipe a try.

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 egg

1 c. granulated sugar

1/2 c. vegetable oil

1/2 c. sour cream

1/4 c. heavy cream

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Filling/Topping

1/4 c. granulated sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 7×11 glass baking pan using non-stick cooking spray.

Put all of the ingredients (except the filling/topping ingredients) in a large bowl and mix by hand until everything is combined.  This batter will be stiff.  Mix the filling/topping ingredients in a separate bowl and set aside.

Pour 3/4 the batter into the prepared pan.  Sprinkle half of the cinnamon and sugar mixture on top.  Add remaining batter on top, and swirl a butter knife through the mixture several times.  Top with remaining cinnamon and sugar filling/topping and bake for 25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center.

I bet this cake would be delicious with a raspberry filling too.  What do you think?

Finger Licking Good Garlic Parmesan Knots–So Easy!

I have found the most delicious and the easiest recipe for garlic knots ever!  When I saw this recipe posted by Georgia from the blog The Comfort of Cooking I knew it was a keeper.  Georgia is one of my favorite bloggers.  Her recipes are useful and are usually easy to make, and you can always bet they are delicious.  I go to her site when I need inspiration. 

Now, I’m telling you these knots are great, and boy did they inspire me! They are delicious served as appetizers, with a big bowl of pasta, or with grilled chicken and a Greek salad like the one I had for dinner last night.  The best part about this recipe, nearly all of the work has been done for you.  You simply need a can of buttermilk biscuits.  I used an off brand, but did buy the jumbo size biscuits.  I think I paid a total of $1.19 for the can.  A small price for such a huge hit!

I adapted Georgia’s recipe ever so slightly to accommodate my tastes. 

Finger Licking Garlic Parmesan Knots

1 can of jumbo biscuits

3 tbsp. butter, melted

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/8 tsp. Italian seasoning

a pinch of dried parsley

1/2 tsp. parmesan cheese

a pinch of salt

Grease a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a small dish, add melted butter and seasonings; mix ingredients until blended.

Roll each biscuit into a rope about 6” long and tie each one into a knot.  Brush each knot with about half of the butter mixture and bake until light golden brown (about 10 -12 minutes).  Remove the baking sheet from the oven and brush each knot with the remaining butter and serve.

If you like flaky rolls loaded with garlic and parmesan flavor, and you like no fuss and inexpensive, then these knots are calling your name.