Happy Birthday Adrian

Today is Adrian’s birthday.  He is ornery sometimes. So I think I should be ornery to him.

I’ll ask Mark to make something to blow up a cake; just a little explosion.  I will make a crocodile cake with red Bavarian cream in it.  When Adrian blows out his candles, it will explode and red Bavarian cream will fly everywhere!

We better eat this cake outside, or Adrian will have a big mess to clean up when I go to soccer practice!

Happy Birthday Adrian.  I love you lots and lots!


Just for fun, I have been trying new truffle recipes.  I am out of good chocolate, so I can not make any more candy till we get some.

These truffles are peanut butter M&M, hazelnut/nutella, date/almond, and pretzel.  I mixed marshmallows and peanuts with the leftover chocolate.  My favorites were the hazelnut and the pretzel truffles.

I am still looking for fun new truffle recipes and plan to experiment creating more of my own recipes.


National Popcorn Day!

IMG_9537.PopcornToday is National Popcorn day!  So we made popcorn for a snack and shared some with our closest neighbors.

Here is the recipe if you want to try some too. If you don’t like really sweet popcorn, half the sugar and spices, we like it with lots of flavor.

3 quarts popped popcorn
1/3 cup butter, unsalted is our preference
1/2 cup sugar
+/- 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon or favorite cinnamon based spice mix
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
Use 3/4 cup unpopped kernels to make 3 quarts of popped corn. Butter a large cookie sheet. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.Melt butter, sugar, cinnamon and salt in small saucepan over medium heat heat. Cook until sugar dissolves and mixture is bubbly.Carefully pour over popcorn and bake for 15 minutes, stirring once during baking and again during cooling.

Cinnamon Sticky Roll

IMG_9533.Cinnamon RollI was experimenting with cinnamon sticky rolls.  I was trying to make a three pound one because my Uncle Dave shared about a place that makes cinnamon rolls that heavy.

IMG_9529.Cinnamon RollI like the caramel sticky roll topping better than frosting, so I tried that instead. It is not quite heavy enough, but it is close!The roll is really good, but next time, I think I will try more cinnamon and experiment a little more.

Short Bread

Today is National short bread day.shortbreadIf you like shortbread, here is a great recipe from the Joy of Cooking Cookbook!

Cream 1 cup butter.  Mix together 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and a dash salt.  Blend dry ingredients into butter.  Pat into ungreased pie pan and press edges down. Pierce with a fork every so often.  Bake 25-30 minutes.  Cut while warm.