Archive for June 2009

Oreo Delight

June 23, 2009
Yummy Oreo Delight

Yummy Oreo Delight

I found this recipe on  the Make Life Delicious blog.  When I was going through my saved recipes I noticed that everything I saved was chocolate and peanut butter, which is one of my favorite combination but I decided to keep looking for something different. This sounded good, and I was able to adapt it so that it was better for my grandfather who has diabetes (after all this was for fathers day)

Ingredients

35 – 40 oreos

6 tbsp melted butter

8 oz cream cheese, softened ( I used reduced fat )

1/4 c. sugar

2 tbsp cold milk

12 oz cool whip. thawed ( I used sugar free)

3 1/4 c milk

2 small pkg Jello chocolate instant pudding ( I used sugar free)

Directions

process cookies in food processor until crumbs form. ( I don’t have a food processor, so I used a nut chopper, it worked really well… the magic number is 6 cookies)

oreo crumbs

oreo crumbs

As Tim Gunn would say "make it work" so I did

As Tim Gunn would say "make it work" so I did

Mix in melted butter and then press into the bottom of a 9 by 13 pan. Refrigerate

crust

crust

Whisk cream cheese, suagr and 2 tbsp milk until blended, fold in 1 1/4 c cool whip.

cream cheese mixture

cream cheese mixture

Spread over crust

Beat pudding and 3 1/4 cup milk with whisk for 2 min. pour over cream cheese layer.

( I added some left over crushed oreos on top)

pudding layer

pudding layer

Let stand in fridge to thicken for 5 mins

Cover with rest of the cool whip and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. ( I added more crushed oreos on top to make it look pretty)

the finished product.

the finished product.

the layers are pretty

the layers are pretty

My family really liked this, and I felt good eating it because it was relatively healthy. It was quoted as being “refreshing.”

This is definitely a new go to for desserts. A great summer treat!

My Parents are GREAT

June 21, 2009

I have 2 recipes to post, and I promise they will make it on here soon. But I wanted to give my Mommy and Daddy a little shout out, Yesterday June 20th was their 28th wedding anniversary.  28 years, and that doesn’t count the many many years they dated. I love them both very much and in a time when people don’t put in the work to make marriages work, I am very proud that my parents have made it. They may not be perfect, but they are perfect for each other. (and they made me, which is pretty perfect… HA) I love you both! Here is to another 28 and more!

Soccer Cookie Cake

June 7, 2009

One of my favorite school age kids from the Bee was my director’s daughter. She spent many afternoons in my classroom playing with the babies and hiding from her brother.

Her mom asked me to make her 12th birthday cake, and I was happy to do so.  We talked about what she wanted, and Dawn told me she would want a cookie cake and she likes soccer, so a soccer cookie cake seemed perfect.

I was planning the cake this week and I discovered one thing, I still stink a geometry. I tried to hand draw it, but it just didn’t work out. It looked deformed. So I found a picture on the Internet I liked, blew it up on the printer and used it a guide. I decided to try a new technique to use piping gel to transfer the lines on the cake. It worked, but I missed one step that may have made it a little easier.

All in all I am very happy with this cake, I can’t wait to see Nicki’s face.

the cookie cake
the cookie cake
The guide
The guide
piping gel untinted
piping gel untinted
tinted pink
tinted pink
tracing the guide
tracing the guide

Here is where I missed the step, I think I should have used Pam on the wax paper to make the gel come off a little better, but things worked out.

ready to put on the cake
ready to put on the cake

rubbing the gel on the cake
rubbing the gel on the cake

the outline in gel
the outline in gel
filling in the pentagons
filling in the pentagons
filled in and smoothed out
filled in and smoothed out
filled in cake
filled in cake

Then I put it in the fridge and let the icing harden so I could smooth it out and make it look nicer, then I re-outlined the lines, added a border and wrote on it. My writing still needs practice, but I will get there. I did the border first so it was harder to write, I know better, I am dumb.

smoothed and outlined

smoothed and outlined

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finished soccer cookie cake

finished soccer cookie cake

I was surprised how quickly this cake came together, the outlining and filling in took about an hour ( I watched the Brian Williams thing on NBC of the White House)  Finishing it took about 30 mins – smoothing, re-outlining, border and writing. I really like the cake. It is really cute.

I have to show you how I work. Since my kitchenaid mixer is at Matt’s apartment I do all my work here. The kitchen has these spot lights that make the kitchen so HOT it makes the icing really hard to work with, so I don’t work in there. The dining room table is too high to work, so I use the coffee table, it is perfect height to sit and work. I took picture of the mess I make of the living room. I can’t wait til the new place 😀

taking over

taking over

I promise it is sanitary and clean

I promise it is sanitary and clean

Matt played Mario Kart while I worked

Matt played Mario Kart while I worked