Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Tree 2010


The tree is up and our home smells of a fresh Christmas Tree.



As soon as we got home we began to set up our tree.


Our cat, Haylee, crawled into an empty ornament box and made herself at home.


We also got a small rosemary tree. We let our daughter decorate it herself and this is what she came up with.



So here it is. Our tree is glittery and sparkly. I don't think we can have enough ornaments. We like to pile them on and I am always looking for more each Christmas season to add to our collection. There is a slight touch of blue on some of the ornaments. Our outside lights are all blue.
Merry Christmas!






I am linking this to Fingerprints on the Fridge where you can Feature Yourself on Fridays!

http://www.fingerprintsonthefridge.com/

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Tree Farm

Our family tradition consists of going to the Christmas Tree Farm each year the on the day after Thanksgiving, otherwise known as "Black Friday." While others are on a mission to get holiday deals, we go to the Christmas Tree Farm located in Santee to pick out a freshly cut tree.




There are several different kinds of trees to chose from. A lady is there who makes fresh wreaths and swags and the smell is wonderful. Montgomery Field is located next to the tree farm and small private airplanes are skimming above as they get ready to land. Back to the trees.....which one do you chose?




This is it, this is the tree we are taking home this year.


We stop and see the goose and sheep before we go. They are both very vocal animals that are at the tree farm each year. The sheep loves to have people pet him. In fact, he leans against the thin fence with all of his weight when you begin to pet him. It is precious.



We enjoy putting our tree up right away. We go home immediately after picking our tree to decorate.

When are you putting up your tree?



Monday, November 22, 2010

Making Whipped Hot Chocolate

I found this delightful recipe on AllRecipes.com
It is called "Whipped Hot Chocolate" and it is very rich.




In the photo above, I heated the hot chocolate and made the whipped cream. I am ready to blend the two together. I was so excited about this recipe and I wish I didn't some across it because I have been developing my own lattes and I have been indulging into some really creamy and calorie loaded drinks as of late. I couldn't help myself with this recipe because there was no photo and I was eager to give this recipe a face and it was hot chocolate mixed with homemade whipped cream.




I used my Aerolatte frother to mix the hot chocolate and whipped cream together. It worked really well! As you can see in the final photos, it gave it a nice frothy layer.


I reserved a little of the whipped cream for the top.



Here is it, ready to enjoy!


Here is the link to the recipe:


http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Whipped-Hot-Chocolate/Detail.aspx



I shared this with Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays, a blog party, which can be found here:

http://www.blessedwithgrace.net/category/tempt-my-tummy-tuesday/


Scrappin Out Of The Box


We lived in Iowa for one year during 2006 before moving back to San Diego in April/May 2007. I made great friends with my neighbor, Jennifer. She is amazing with scrapbooking and recently began a blog. I wanted to pass along the link to her blog for those who may be interested!

http://scrappinoutoftheboxdbq.blogspot.com/

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Welcome to the Sweet Sunday Blog Party!






Welcome to another edition of Sweet Sunday. Sweet Sunday is a blog party which you can link up using Mr. Linky below and share something sweet or baked. Please make sure you provide a link back to this post in your post so others who visit your blog can find Sweet Sunday and enjoy seeing what others have made or want to share. This will also help us expand Sweet Sunday and eventually we will have numerous participants.

Here is something that I made this week. It is a Whipped Hot Chocolate. In fact, I made this about 10 minutes ago and it is a divine recipe. The recipe can be found on AllRecipes.com and you will see the photo above on the recipe page as I was the first person to review and photograph the recipe. You don't know what you missing until you try this hot chocolate. Here is a direct link to the recipe:

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Whipped-Hot-Chocolate/Detail.aspx


You can also check me out on my YouTube Channel:



Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Autumn Apple Tart


I have fallen head over heels for this Autumn Apple Tart. Want to know how bad it is? I made one last night, about 24 hours ago, and 3/4 of the tart is gone. No.....no one helped me. I ate it. I had it for a snack last night, another slice for breakfast, lunch, dinner....you get the idea.



This recipe can be found on AllRecipes.com
It is called the Autumn Apple Tart. I added some apple pie spice to the crust dough as I was preparing it. I got this container of apple spice spice from The Calico Bean Market for .54 cents. Yep.....just .54 cents. They have a website which you can order from. The crust is great, but I highly recommend adding some spice to it to give it greater flavor.




I squeezed some fresh lemon juice over the apples and sprinkled some ground cinnamon on top before adding the topping.


Don't forget to drizzle it with caramel sauce. I add another sprinlke of cinnamon on top just before serving.




This is an impressive dessert that would be a great addition to the Thanksgiving dessert table.

Here is the link for the recipe:


http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Autumn-Apple-Tart/Detail.aspx

You can also follow me on YouTube here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/MakingSweetCreations
Don't forget to join us on Sunday for the "Sweet Sunday" Blog party. You can link up one of your sweet posts to share. I hope that this eventually grows and becomes a place where others like me who love desserts can view others dessert and baking based posts.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

How I Love This Aqua Blue




I just received my new blender yesterday. I am completely in love with this color. Both pieces are from the Kitchen Aid Martha Stewart Collection. Kitchen Aid calls this color "aqua."
I recently purchased the mixer because I came across a brand new one at the Navy Exchange and this is an exclusive color that is no longer available and very hard to find.



I found the matching blender at Overstock.com
This was my first purchase with Overstock.com and I am very pleased. I ordered this on Friday and it was at my doorstep on Tuesday.....amazing! Shipping was only $1.00
I haven't used this beauty yet, but I am thinking I may need to make a smoothie tomorrow.
You can also follow my YouTube Channel here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/MakingSweetCreations

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pumpkin Spice Truffles

I just can't get enough pumpkin spice this year. This morning I created my own Pumpkin Spice Truffles. I started with a basic ganache, added some canned pumpkin, Godiva Pumpkin Spice coffee, and lots of spices such as cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.


After everything was whisked smooth, I let it cool to room temperature and transferred to the fridge for a few hours to get cool and firm. I removed the truffle mixture from the fridge and used a cookie scoop to remove some truffle from the bowl. I dropped the scoop into my hands and very quickly rolled them into balls and placed on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. The truffle mixture melts quickly in the hands so you have to work fast. I placed the cookie sheet full of truffle balls in the freezer to firm up while I prepared the chocolate.


I am a fan of tempering chocolate. For me, it took a lot of trial and error practice to be able to temper chocolate. For my Pumpkin Spice Truffles today, I opted to use Ghiradelli 60% cocoa chocolate chips. I tempered by warming up to 115 degrees, cooling to 84 degrees and then warming to 86 degrees.





This is my end result. No need to refrigerate the chocolate to set. They dried within two minutes or less after dipping and have a nice crisp snap to the chocolate shell when sliced or when you sink your teeth into one of these sweeties. I piped some white chocolate on some, other without the white chocolate, and a few of them I rolled into dark cocoa powder and cinnamon when I ran out of chocolate.




I haven't had time to write up the recipe yet. I still may need to make these one more time and try tweaking the ingredients before I share.

You can also follow me through my YouTube Channel here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/MakingSweetCreations

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Welcome To Sweet Sunday Blog Party!




Welcome to another edition of Sweet Sunday. Sweet Sunday is a blog party which you can link up using Mr. Linky below and share something sweet or baked. Please make sure you provide a link back to this post in your post so others who visit your blog can find Sweet Sunday and enjoy seeing what others have made or want to share. This will also help us expand Sweet Sunday and eventually we will have numerous participants.

Above is a photo of my Fall Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie that I whipped up last night. You can find the entire recipe in the post below this one.

You can also check me out on my YouTube Channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/MakingSweetCreations



Saturday, November 13, 2010

Fall Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie


Fall Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie
Created by: MySweetCreations
Enjoy this fall spiced homemade pumpkin ice cream and graham cracker crust. You can top this with anyway you prefer. I have had tried this with chocolate and caramel sauces with whipped cream and chopped Reese’s Cup on top. You can keep it simple with whipped cream piped on, caramel sauce, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Ice Cream:

1 ½ Cups Heavy Cream
½ Cup Milk
½ Cup Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 Cup Canned Pumpkin
1 ¼ Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
½ Teaspoon Nutmeg
¼ Teaspoon Ground Ginger
¼ Teaspoon Allspice
¾ Cup Powdered Sugar

Crust:

1 ½ Cups Graham Crackers, finely crushed
3 Tablespoons Butter, melted
2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Topping:

1 Cup Whipped Cream
Caramel Sauce (optional)
Chocolate Sauce (optional)
Reeses Cups, chopped (optional)
Cinnamon (optional)


1.) Crush graham crackers until they are fine. Melt butter and mix the graham crackers and butter together until moistened. Add cinnamon and transfer into a springform pan. Pat the crust mixture firmly into the bottom of the pan. Bake 5 minutes and remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before using.

2.) Whisk together ice cream ingredients until well blended. Pour into ice cream maker and make according to directions of your maker. Once the ice cream is finished, remove from maker and transfer into a mixing bowl to mix in powdered sugar.

3.) Once the crust has completely cooled and the ice cream is finished, pour the ice cream mixture over the graham cracker crust in the springform pan. Freeze for 4 or more hours before serving.

**You can top this with anyway you prefer. I have had tried this with chocolate and caramel sauces with whipped cream and chopped Reese’s Cup on top. You can keep it simple with whipped cream piped on, caramel sauce, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. **

I will post photos tomorrow!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Need to vent for a moment


I really need to take a moment to vent if you don't mind. This probably shouldn't bother me, but it does. I submitted my Milky Way Cupcake Icing to AllRecipes.com
If you are familiar with the site, you know that you can write a review and rate the recipes. Of course, there are always people out there who change the recipe, fail to measure and then give you a bad rating and there other people who rate a recipe according to their taste buds. Those things are a given and every recipe is going to receive some mediocre reviews.
My Milky Way Cupcake Icing had a few of those mediocre or bad reviews, but the majority of people liked the recipe so far. I monitor the ratings and reviews of my recipe on AllRecipes.com and I noticed that TODAY, someone went to all of my bad reviews and intentionally clicked on them as "helpful." The reviews that are voted the most helpful are on the front page with the recipe. I went from having one bad review on the front page to having them all on the front page in one day.
This really upsets me because when people look at this recipe, they will scroll down and see all of these unhelpful 3/5 star ratings. It upsets me there are adults, mean trolls out there who take pleasure in ruining something like this for their pleasure. My review for my own recipe offers some advice and is quite helpful and was rated the most helpful until today when it was knocked down as whoever is out there rating the bad reviews and bumping those up to make me look bad and knocking truly helpful reviews off the front page.
Don't tell me that it shouldn't bother me because it does. I contacted AllRecipes.com about the intentional sabotage of the recipe and I am waiting to hear back from them about the matter. Thank you for allowing me to vent.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Welcome to the Sweet Sunday Blog Party!




Welcome to another edition of Sweet Sunday. Sweet Sunday is a blog party which you can link up using Mr. Linky below and share something sweet or baked. Please make sure you provide a link back to this post in your post so others who visit your blog can find Sweet Sunday and enjoy seeing what others have made or want to share. This will also help us expand Sweet Sunday and eventually we will have numerous participants.
Above is a photo of a Whipped Cream Cake which I baked in a bundt pan and drizzled Vanilla Glaze over the top. On the side, I made my own homemade Lemon Poppyseed Ice Cream. Here are the links to the recipe I used:

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Whipped-Cream-Cake-II/Detail.aspx


You can also find on my YouTube Channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/MakingSweetCreations



Friday, November 5, 2010

Kitchen Gadgets at Bed, Bath, and Beyond

Comes explore with me as I share with you some neat items I found while shopping at Bed, Bath, and Beyond today. I honestly haven't been to Bed, Bath, and Beyond in a couple of years. I went there on a mission today because I knew they carried the Aerolatte milk frother which is pictured above.
I have been wanting one of these since I have been making my own lattes at home lately. They had a stainless steel model as well as a cow patterned model. I think maybe some might think the cow pattern it cute, but I grew up on a farm....yes......with cows, pigs, corn fields, and John Deere tractors. I am from Iowa afterall and isn't that what you think of when you think of Iowa? I picked the stainless steel one.





My only purchase was the Aerolatte, but I came across some interesting contraptions and I wanted to share them with you. What do you think of this batter dispenser? Would you spend $14.99 for this? I think it is cool, but I would likely not spend my money on it although it is tempting. You can control the amount of batter that comes out which would be good for pancakes or filling your cupcake pan.





There was also this cupcake plunger. I use my apple corer to remove the center of my cupcakes and I didn't know there was an actual official contraption out there for this purpose. If you want to put a yummy filling in the center of your cupcake you may need one of these.....or you could just use your apple corer like I do.


My four year old daughter who loves to bake took this photo of me in Bed, Bath, and Beyond.



Finally, I saw these pie crust shields which are made of silicone. You place these silicone pieces over your pie crust to protect it from browning too much. I am thinking a lot of these pie crust shields will be selling from now until the end of the year with all of these baking holidays approaching.

Next to the pie crust shields is whipped cream container although I must tell you it costs a whopping $49.95! This container is similar to those that Starbucks uses to dispense their fresh whipped cream. I would love to have one of these. Someday.

You can also find me on YouTube here:


http://www.youtube.com/user/MakingSweetCreations

You can also find me on AllRecipes.com where I have many photos and a blog as well here:

http://allrecipes.com/Cook/13777775/Profile.aspx





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