Sunday, July 25, 2010

Chocolate Loaf Cake Quest and results!

Who knew I had such picky peanut butter cookie testers? After much tweaking, we arrived at our ultimate cookie - using Adam's peanut butter (Aaron's request), brown sugar (mine stipulation), and plenty of chopped peanuts (in honor of my Dad, who must have chopped nuts). These are truly awesome cookies.

But I can't share the recipe with you. How else can I get you to come to my bakery someday? But, I promise to do a cookbook later. Just not now.

And now, on to the next week of testing. This week - Chocolate loaf cake. Honestly, I'm going to be making friends with new neighbors, dropping these off. Just hope they don't hold it against me that I've taken a few slices out of it first!

Now I just have a boatload of peanut butter cookies to get rid of. Good thing I'm feeding the missionaries tonight!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Peanut Butter Cookie Quest

And so it begins - the recipe testing and tweaking and more testing. This week is the Peanut Butter cookie showdown. I've got about seven recipes I want to try so I can build my ultimate. The problem - I can't taste test these, so I'm going to have to rely on Aaron (and Laurel's) judgment.

For me, they have to have peanuts in them. And they can't be too sweet. A little chewy would be nice. And lots of peanut flavor - most just don't have enough in my book.

Wish me luck! I'll let you know how it goes!

P.S. The reason I can't taste test them is that when I eat peanuts, I get big gross canker sores in my mouth that don't go away for a while and it makes me miserable. So, no peanuts for me. It sucks. Because I love Snickers. And Reese's. And Butterfingers.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

What I've been up to lately

  • Reading - lots of reading for school - Charlotte's Web, Winnie the Pooh, Wind in the Willows, Tom Sawyer, Treasure Island, and now The Jungle Book
  • Cutting - rotary and scissors - stuff for quilts and doll dresses for Laurel's birthday/Christmas this year
  • Recipe tweaking - working on the bakery menu and our ultimates
  • Celebrating nine years with my sweetie!
That's pretty much it. No picture, sorry. I'll photograph the doll clothes once they are sewn. I'm planning to do as much as possible during the break between quarters. And I have to sew Laurel's Halloween costume then too. Ugh! But it's awesome!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Where have I been?

Oh, at school. And stuff.

But I'm putting on my apron and heating up the house (even more, thank you Seattle heat-wave) because I'm entering another recipe contest.

More on that later. But I'm entering three recipes. Because I love the sound of all three.

Pictures to come as I polish them off. Not personally. I would never eat it all myself. Well, maybe a bit, but shhhhh. Don't tell Aaron. He thinks I share everything with the neighbors!
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