Tuesday, January 31, 2017

My Cooking Hasn't Been Fancy

Since the beginning of January 2017 I haven't been posting much because I really haven't been cooking as much. 
Working 40 plus hours and winter weather has kept me viewing Netflix, or DVR recordings of cooking shows more than I have been in the kitchen.
Dinner - Deli Chicken
Twice a week, dinner has been fried chicken from the store deli, rotisserie chicken from the store deli, and canned veggies. Not real exciting fare.
Pasta, Pasta, Pasta
Next has been a lot of pasta with homemade white sauces. The hubby has a stomach issue that is keeping him from eating most tomato based pasta sauces. See? Nothing real exciting. Certainly not post worthy. I have already posted about making a basic white sauce.
Click Here for the white sauce recipe.
Roast in a Crockpot
 My crockpot has been getting a workout making pork roast and chuck roast that is served with the thickened broth. Again, nothing real exciting or post worthy.
Homemade Pizza
Pizza has also been served quite a bit lately and I have already posted about how to make homemade pizza,
Click Here for the update and recipe link
Future Posts
My youngest grandson is turning one in February and I am making a rubber duck smash cake. Watch for the pictures and step by step photos. Also, tricolor, Valentine cookies for the grandkids are going to be baking in a week or two.
So keep looking through my recipes and cooking up some homemade happiness on a plate!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Rosette Birthday Cake

Cake mix strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting. 10" bottom layer and 4.5" top layer
Cake Pan Hack
Use a removeable, 1.5 quart crockpot to bake a 4.5 inch cake layer. Grease and flour the inside of the small crockpot insert, pour in about an inch and a half of batter, and bake for about 20 - 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few crumbs clinging to it.
Wilton 1 tip created large rosettes. Small open star tip for small red flowers. Small leaf tip for the leaves. #5 writing tip for writing. 

Bottom and top layers are split and filled with cream cheese frosting.

Princess coach was made using the mold shown below and melted vanilla bark. The gold is from Wilton color mist, an edible spray. 
Melted vanilla bark held a round toothpick onto the back of the molded candy carriage.