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Puppy Treats and Sparkling Jello

As a part of my baking expedition, I finally pulled out a do it yourself cookie treat kit that I had found at Petsmart on sale for 1 Dollar. It was a must buy. I have been wanting make my own puppy treats for a while and the only ones that I had really made where the pupsicles a few months ago. The dogs really loved them, but they weren’t really appropriate for the middle of Nemo. 

Anyways, I started mixing them up and all that is really in the batter is Whole Wheat Flour, Rolled Oats, Baking soda, Salt, Peanut Meal, Cornmeal and Powdered Eggs. Then you add in water and canola oil. Really simple and really easy to duplicate. I haven’t attempted to duplicate this yet, but you better believe it’s going to happen. And when it does…there will be different flavors 🙂

I cut them into these cute little doggie bones in hopes that people wouldn’t think that I was making them some oatmeal cookies or something. BUT..that didn’t stop Brent from taking a little bite out of them. He said they tasted like Nerd Cookies….which is what we call Bridget’s Gluten Free Cookies. If you couldn’t tell, we haven’t really found an option for Bridget that doesn’t taste all dried out.

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They were standing at my feet the whole time I was making them. Bacon and Oreo could definitely tell that I was making something for them.

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Cuties.

When that finished up, I started on a little project for the peoples. Sparkling Jello. Initially, I was looking for some club soda to make this and Maggie was cleaning up the house. We called my sister Colleen who was at the grocery store with my dad picking up the groceries for the week, and asked for some club soda and Maggie needed paper towels.

When my dad walked in the door, he asked “Do I even want to know what the dogs did to the carpet?!” Say What?!

In translation from Colleen to my dad, she included…club soda and paper towels and there’s something on the carpet. Allowing for a small freak out the whole drive home for them.

NOPE, just yummy Sparkling Jello.

Sparkling Jello

 

Sparkling Jello Ingredients:

1 Pack of Jello Water
Club Soda

 

To make the directions REALLY easy. All you do is follow the directions on the package and for the step in which you add 1 Cup or 2 Cups of cold water, you substitute cold club soda. You should be refrigerating the jello for 15 minutes between when you add the hot water and when you add the cold water. Some packages say you should and some don’t. Chilling the boiling water before you had the cold club soda helps preserve the carbonation.

Adding the club soda in really does make it dance a bit on your tongue. It really dresses up the jello and makes it something a little more exciting. Not that jello isn’t amazing already!!

 

How have you taken something ordinary and made it more unique??

Blueberry Chocolate Cake with Blueberry Buttercream Frosting

Sunday night was also my Dad’s birthday and birthdays are kind of a big deal in our family. There are a few unique things that I think make a birthday in this house a bit different than what you might see elsewhere.

  • There are usually 7 of us, and now with Brent there are 8. So, it’s loud. Picture the stereotypical Italian family getting together and multiply that by 6 girls. Seriously loud.
  • Dinner is all out. The birthday person gets to pick what they what for dinner and that is what is whipped up. This time was a seafood pasta.
  • When singing Happy Birthday, sing as loud and as out of key as possible. Ear splitting high notes, piercing notes and anything else you can make your voice do. This is usually when the dogs run away in terror. If we have company, they think it’s weird at first then they join in with something we’ve never heard before. We all think it’s hilarious.
  • When picking out a card, it NEEDS to pop up. If it doesn’t pop up, put it down and find another. If you can find one that sings AND pops up, you probably have a winner. There is a competition for the best card and strangely enough, we have never shown up with the same card. Only every once in a while from year to year. Those immediately lose. Sorry.
  • Have fun. Obviously.

For my Dad’s birthday, I decided that I would make the cake and his favorite thing in the world is blueberry. So I decided to make a blueberry cake. Originally it was going to be a Blueberry Lemon Cake, but he didn’t really like that idea. He wanted chocolate. Chocolate it is.

Chocolate Blueberry Cake

 

 

Ingredients:

1 Cup Flour 1 Cup Sugar
6 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder 3/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
3/4 Cup Water 1/2 Cup Blueberries, melted
1 Egg

 

Frosting Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Butter, softened 4 1/2 Cups Confectioner’s Sugar
1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla 3 Tablepsoon Milk
1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries, thawed and drained

 

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, stir the dry ingredients. Then, with a blender, blend the blueberries, egg and water.

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2. Whisk the wet ingredients in with the dry. Be careful not to over mix the batter.

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3. Bake in a greased round 8 inch pan at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. I made two of them in order to stack them for the cake.

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For the Frosting:

1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until it is light and fluffy. Then gradually add in the confectioner’s sugar. Lastly, mix in the blueberries, and milk. Use the milk to get the consistency that you would like.

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Easy! When the cake is completely cooled, COMPLETELY cooled. You can start frosting it. Just know that it needs to be stored in a chilled area because the frosting is made of butter.

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I was struggling a little bit with the icing of it. But that’s a skill that I will pick up eventually 🙂

We all sat down for dinner and Maggie gave us a mini wine lesson on the two that she had picked out for dinner.

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We sat down and had some seafood pasta with a delicious red sauce.

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As we were sitting down, I grabbed one of the naked rigatoni still sitting in the strainer just to munch on. I was talking at the same time, and decided to goof around a little bit, so I blew through the rigatoni…IT WHISTLED! I felt like a five year old that just discovered the best thing ever! Why I never realized this when I was younger, I have no idea. I know I would have driven my mom nuts if I did figure it out earlier.

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So fun! You just have to pinch the sides of it a little bit to restrict the air flow and it will make this loud, high pitched whistling noise. 🙂

 

After dinner, the cake came out and I was honestly a bit nervous about how it was going to go over. I have never made one of a birthday cakes and this one was a bit different in itself. I don’t know if you noticed…it has NO OIL. There is no butter, no canola oil, no nothing. The icing obviously has butter but the cake itself. Nada. It’s a healthy chocolate cake. YUP.

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But it was delicious! The cake itself was really rich. The chocolate flavor really came through in it. The blueberries were also really apparent in the frosting. Big hit!

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It was even better the second day. The blueberry flavor came out a lot more the second day.

When cake was finished and we were starting to clean up, my dad brought over the wish bone that I had been waiting to dry out for a few days. Brent and I broke it and I guesssssss my wish won’t come true. MER.

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Happy Birthday!!

Do you have any weird traditions in your family??

 

Simple Maple Cookies

Hello from Naples!! Yesterday afternoon Brent and I packed up the puppies and headed down to Naples for the weekend to celebrate an early Christmas with his family. Last night we ate dinner at Miller’s Ale House in Naples and I think I might still be full. WOOF.

But to top off my baking day yesterday, I made a second dozen of cookies that came out really nicely. They are a Simple Maple Cookie. It takes only 15 minutes to bake and 5 minutes to mix up. Can’t get any easier than that. They also have a very light and simple flavor, which I love. Sometimes you just don’t want that huge chocolate  chip cookie and you just want a little something sweet. THESE WOULD BE IT. A little no guilt cookie 🙂

Maple Cookies

Ingredients:

1 Stick of Butter                                        1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar

1 Egg                                                            1 1/2 Cups Flour

2 Tablepsoon Maple Syrup

Directions:

1. In a medium sized bowl, beat the butter and the sugar together.

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2. Then add in the flour and the maple syrup.

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3. Bake the cookies at 350 degrees on a nonstick surface for

15 minutes. I used tin foil but you can also use parchment paper or just spray the pan.

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They were incredibly easy to make and you absolutely have all the ingredients just sitting around your kitchen. PERFECT for trying to chip away at everything sitting in the cabinets!

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I brought these cookies and the Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Granola Bars to share with everyone.

Merry Early Christmas!!