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Saturday, September 29, 2012

banana peanut butter fudge swirl frozen custard (or otherwise known as 2 ingredient ice cream)

so... i have a delightful treat for you all... a rich and luscious frozen dessert that is as simple to make as it is amazing to eat... frozen banana cream custard with peanut butter and homemade hot fudge sauce... and the kicker... NO ICE CREAM MAKER NEEDED... are you hooked yet?!?
so here's the list of the main ingredients:
14ozs. (1 can) of sweetened condensed milk
1 pint of heavy cream, whipped into medium stiff peaks
1 package of instant pudding mix, any flavor you fancy... i chose banana
*and any mix ins you want... i went with peanut butter and some homemade hot fudge i had made the day prior... honestly, you can mix in just about anything... go crazy, get creative, be happy!
now here's the break down...

 1. empty one can of sweetened condensed milk to a large mixing bowl
 2. using a hand mixer, blend in 1 package of instant pudding mix
 3. fold in the pint of the heavy cream which was previously transformed into billowy whipped cream
 4. now the mix ins... i used little buttons of peanut butter, and some ribbons of fudge... thanks to the recipe found over at kevin and amanda's blog... so happy for their stellar ideas :)
5. slightly blend in the mix ins... place into a container and freeze for at least 24 hours, and resist the urge to splurge before it's ready!!
now you have it folks... creamy, thick and oh so decadent frozen custard like ice cream... i wouldn't exactly call it ice cream, because it has a thicker consistency... and let me warn you, it is RICH... i could hardly finish my bowl... but it was hard to put the spoon down... my thighs won't be too appreciative...

 there's nothing wrong with a little more fudge, is there... says the fatty...

 well... enjoy your weekend... and if you're feeling fancy... get off your butt and in the kitchen... you won't regret making this dish!!
and as always... happy baking :)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Avast ye scallywags!!

well shiver me timbers!!
happy national talk like a pirate day!!
to mark this occassion (which i was made aware of by my mom this morning... thanks mom!!), i made my little buccaneers some adorable swashbuckeling cupcakes...
enjoy you landlubbers!!!
and here is my happy little band of pirates... love these two faces!!
happy baking me heartys!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

banana chocolate chip cake and some other stuff

i feel like i'm in a bit of a funk lately... kinda like i'm suffering from a slight motivation problem... which is not a good thing when the hubby's away and the kids want to play...
i know for the most part it's because i am not feeling that well, blah blah blah... lingering health issues, blah blah blah... but i'm not going to bore you with that...
what i will do instead is share with you a quick and super easy recipe for banana bread... and right now on this chilly grey day, it's the perfect thing to warm you up a bit, not to mention it will make your house smell ahhhmazing!!
banana chocolate chip cake:
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cups of sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter, melted and cooled
1 1/2 cup of smashed bananas
2 lrg. eggs
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
1/2 cup of chocolate chips

1. preheat the oven to 350, and grease and flour a 8x8 cake pan (you can actually make them into muffins too)
2. in a medium bowl, sift and combine all the dry ingredients
3. make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and add all the wet ingredients plus the chocolate chips
4. incorporate the ingredients together, but don't overmix
5. spread the batter into the pan, and bake 30-35 minutes or do the ol' toothpick trick

in other news... i'm working on a fun giveaway for you all... i'm busy putting it together... but i promise it will be something fun :) so stay tuned!!
on a side note... my littlest guy started pre-k... it just blows my mind to think about it... he really likes school so far, even though he sometimes acts like he's too cool for it... honestly, this kid thinks he's a real bad ass... it makes me laugh
enjoy this cozy up weather... and as always... happy baking!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

an end of summer camping trip, back to school cupcakes and getting ready to say good-bye

hey everyone... well... summer's over... boo... but, on the other hand that means fall is upon us... we are just getting back into the swing of things, back to days with normal schedules... the past few weeks have been wonderful up here... we had an amazing time camping up north of us in an area called "rangeley, maine"... it was beautiful... it was the perfect place to introduce the boys to camping... we camped on one of the lakes, right on the beach (well, lake front beach)... it was gorgeous, and peaceful, and it was the perfect way to end our summer vacation... here are a few pictures...
 a beautiful view from the front of the canoe... look how calm and beautiful the water was...
my two little men
 our beach front campsite... on beautiful cupsuptic lake...
happy jack :)
 ben all prepared to go out in the canoe... with style :)
a moooooooose!! we were so excited we finally got to see one!!
 small falls... so pretty...
 a quick family portrait... it took us like 10 times to get it this good...

now... it's back to school time... look at my handsome 2nd grader...he was so stoked for his first day!
i made him a yummy treat for when he got back from school... yummy apple pie cupcakes

 mmm, mmm... delicious... vanilla cake, filled with homemade apple pie filling, topped with cinnamon cream cheese frosting, a little of the cinnamon, brown sugar and butter mixture from the filling, and a dash of cinnamon sugar... (by the way, i love my new tablecloth, thanks homegoods)

and now it's time to get ready to ship the hubby out to sea... luckily this trip for him is just about a month and a half... i'm not at all stressed this time around, but i know the boys are feeling a bit sad about it, i mean, what kid wouldn't miss their daddy... at least school will be keeping the boys busy, and me as well... and it's coming on fall time, my favorite time of year... so, i'll make sure the house is all comfy and cozy... and that the time is enjoyable for them when daddy is gone...

saying good-bye is always tough, and although we might not want to be in the situation we are in, we know in our hearts, in the long run it is whats best for the family... i never knew how strong i was until the hubby started leaving and i was all by myself with no family around with 2 kids to raise... i always thought of myself as a tough chick, hey, i'm from the mean streets of staten island (HA!), but the strength you get from knowing you are raising your kids alone, and raising them damn good is a whole new feeling...i'm proud of the woman, mother, and wife i have become... but and believe me, i have it easy... there are plenty of other women out there with their hubby gone for months upon months, some even years at a time... my heart goes out to them, along with the utmost respect...
love you hubby... be safe out there...

well that's that... until next time...