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Posts made in May, 2015

Triple Threat Cookie Dip

Triple Threat Cookie Dip

on May 31, 2015 |

  It is super hot out here in Orlando and it’s only May! We are outside almost everyday in our pool and eating a heavy cake poolside isn’t always the easy answer to dessert. I wanted to make something that would feel “light”, but not necessarily light on flavor or sugar. I was looking for a fun combo that would pair well with fruit, but not your typical caramel or yogurt based dip. I had a bunch of individual packages of mini Nilla Wafers, Nutter Butter, and Oreo cookies laying around the house, left over from this school season. I figured these 3 cookies all wrapped up in some kind of a concoction, would not only be tasty, but would look kinda cool too (like a really good ice cream you would pick up in a parlor).     My Triple Threat Cookie Dip is so incredibly yummy and simple you will be in the winner’s circle when your friends and family dig in. It’s not an overly sweet dessert and my dip fast to assemble. You can even make a day ahead of time and place in the fridge. A tasty, sweet combination of Nilla Wafers, Nutter Butter, and Oreo cookies in a cool, creamy cream cheese based dip. If your not a big baker, then this is the dessert for you to WOW your crowd.         Let’s start baking (but not really)…        Triple Threat Cookie Dip Ingredients: 1 cup (8oz) cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 1 cup heavy cream 1 cup mini Nilla Wafers 1 cup mini Nutter Butters 1 cup mini Oreos Fruit for dipping Graham crackers for dipping           Directions: 1. In a mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. 2. Add in powdered sugar and beat until creamy. Scrap bowl sides and be sure its mixed thoroughly. 3. Mix in vanilla. 4. Put all cookies in mixer and mix into cream cheese combination until well mixed. Make sure to scrap the sides of bowl again.     5. Pour in heavy cream and mix on low until combined. 6. I like to add a handful of each kind...

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Bring The Cutest Bugs To Your Memorial Day Picnic!

Bring The Cutest Bugs To Your Memorial Day Picnic!

on May 21, 2015 |

    Memorial Day is upon us! Woohoo, super close to summer and NO school schedules. I always remember, while growing up in Chicago, going to the neighborhood’s Memorial day picnic. It is a fun day to get outside and celebrate those who have sacrificed so much for America. There are a lot of really cute desserts you can create to bring along with you to your picnics, but today, I will be teaching y’all cookie pops. Cookie pops are those thick-cut, sugar cookies you can buy and have delivered to someone special. You can also find yourself spending a pretty penny on one of those fancy, boutique cookie bouquets. Now don’t get me wrong, my daughters LOVE receiving these fun and yummy treat baskets. But after examining the cookies thoroughly, I was like “hey I can totally make these”. Plus, they would be a really fun project for the girls to get involved with. For most designed cookies, the baker uses royal icing to get a smooth finish. To make mine different and to avoid the long drying process of royal icing I decided to use Satin Ice fondant.     A lot of home bakers are intimidated by fondant, I was too. As y’all know, I am a self taught baker and I would watch all those different cake shows and be mesmerized by the incredible, decorated cakes featured. I often wondered, if I would be able to work with fondant because I have a ceramics background. I built up my confidence to purchase some Satin Ice fondant from my local cake supply store and surprisingly, I really enjoyed working with this stuff. There is a wonderful, marshmallowy, vanilla smell to the Satin Ice fondant-just think of edible modeling dough! There are some helpful hints located on the Satin Ice website, if you are looking for more than what I will offer you on this post. The other and bigger exciting news about this fondant post, is that I get to tell you about a fun, learning event that will take place in Orlando, Florida on September 18-20, 2015, The Americas Cake And Sugarcraft Fair. This is a great, 3 day event for all ages and family friendly. It...

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Do You Have Too Many Blueberries? Let’s Make Muffins! Blueberry Streusel Muffins.

Do You Have Too Many Blueberries? Let’s Make Muffins! Blueberry Streusel Muffins.

on May 19, 2015 |

    We ventured into the hot Florida sun this past Sunday morning, to pick our very own blueberries for the first time ever. Yup, I am 35 years old and have never ever been to a blueberry patch! Not quite sure why I have waited so long for this short and fun adventure, but I must say the girls and I had a blast. 5 pounds of fresh blueberries and 1 hour later, we were dirty, hot, and happy. I told the girls they better be ready for some blueberry overloaded desserts.     Yeh, y’all saw my epic muffin fail on Food Network’s Spring Baking Championship. The problem wasn’t that I didn’t know how to make incredible muffins, but rather, I couldn’t use any type of sugar besides honey. Yes, I have learned from the taping, how to bake with honey. It is similar to baking with corn syrup…you must bake low temperature and slow. Not to mention altering ingredients to make up for the added liquid…blah, blah, blah. I was so mad at myself on the show because I know how incredibly good my blueberry muffins are and how much everyone loves them.     This Blueberry Streusel Muffin recipe I will be sharing with you today, is my original recipe…NO HONEY!! So, you don’t have to worry whether or not the recipe will work or even taste good…IT WILL. My muffin recipe is moist, not overly sweet, and can use any fresh fruit (as long as the fruit is properly dried). I’ve been supplying my husband’s work and daughter’s teachers these muffins for years. I hope y’all love them as much as I do!     Do you know the muffin man, the muffin man, the muffin man? Well, I’m about to whip his muffin butt with this great recipe. Let’s start baking…       Blueberry Muffins Yields: 14 Large muffins   Ingredients: 3 cups all purpose flour 3 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 2/3 cup vegetable oil 1 & 1/2 cups granulated sugar 2 eggs 2/3 cup buttermilk 2 tsp pure vanilla extract 2 & 1/2 cups fresh blueberries, washed and dried well 2 lemons, zested   Streusel Topping Ingredients: 2/3 cup...

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The Brownies That Won Duff Goldman’s Heart! Raspberry Cream Cheese Espresso Brownies.

The Brownies That Won Duff Goldman’s Heart! Raspberry Cream Cheese Espresso Brownies.

on May 14, 2015 | 1 comment

      Ahhh, finally after many weeks of hiding out because I had to keep the zipper on my big mouth, I am finally able to talk about Food Network’s Spring Baking Championship episodes I was on! Woohoo. Ugh, you have NO idea how hard it is for me to keep a secret, especially when it involves baking, tv, and big celebrities. So there you have it, I made it through 3 of the 6 episodes of Spring Baking Championship on Food Network. Not bad for an amateur stay at home mommy baker. It seriously was an emotional roller coaster, up-down-all-around and I survived. I had a couple of fails for this competition, but I have also had some major YES moments.     For Mother’s day episode, I made Raspberry Cream Cheese Espresso Brownies with a coffee whipped cream, Yummo times 10!!!! And if you saw the show, then you know that Duff Goldman swooned for them. He stated: “Juliana’s got four kids, and I know she knows how to make brownies. Lorraine, Nancy and I all wanted her espresso brownies, and I was thinking we might have a new Pre-Heat winner on our hands. But, Juliana, if I criticize you, you cry. If I compliment you, you cry. Every time you cry I feel bad! Juliana is such a good baker, and Lorraine was right: Juliana needs to have more confidence. The worst thing is not when someone is too confident for their skill set, it’s when they have the skill set and don’t believe that they do. Juliana has the talent, no doubt. I’ve never even heard of Juliana’s trick using melted marshmallows to stabilize whipped cream. I love this show. I learn so much.” Read more at: http://blog.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/2015/05/spring-baking-championship-duff-goldmans-recap-of-episode-3/?oc=linkback. Wow, what a compliment. I have watched Duff Goldman and he has inspired me in the cake decorating field for 15 years. So when he had nothing but incredible things to say about my brownies, well, let’s just say I could’ve peed my pants 😉           If ya watched the Mother’s day episode then you watched my elimination. It was an incredible ride and I am so honored that I had the...

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