EMT Cookies

I am so proud of my guy!

He was recently offered a job with a private EMT company after about 2 years of hard work in school! Though he’s got more training ahead of him before he can start the job for real, I decided to throw him a little celebration at a local bar to let him know how proud we all are of him.

In preparation, I decided to make some sugar cookies. I had found multiple cute designs online for EMTs and nurses and wanted to make them. Of course, we all know that my art skills are lacking so, they din’t come out as well as the pictures but I was still happy with them!

I used mostly circular cookie cutters (how cute are the ones above?!) and cut some hearts out as well.

Once cooled, I frosted the circular cookies with a white base coat and the hearts with a red base coat.

After the first layer of frosting had dried, I got to decorating the details. I was most proud of the heart cookies that I decorated with a heart rhythm.

The other designs were definitely more sloppy and required more artistic ability than I had but I still thought they were fun and they were definitely yummy!

Sweetly,

Simona

Banana Crumb Muffins

Ohhhh my gosh, y’all. 

I have been locked out of my website…. once again! Obviously, I am not a tech master but things keep going haywire without me lifting a finger. Anyway, I finally got it fixed and I am back! I’m going to keep it simple tonight with these Banana Crumb Muffins but there are a lot more goodies to come!

They were made exactly as regular banana muffins would be except for the crumble and glaze/sauce.

I poured the batter into a greased muffin tin and made the crumble by combining flour, brown sugar and peanut butter.

Once combined, I sprinkled the batter in the tins with it and then placed the muffins in the oven.

While the muffins baked, I made the glaze which consisted of melted white chocolate and milk – easy!

The muffins came out golden brown and smelling of banana and peanut butter.

I let them cool for as long as I could and then drizzled the white chocolate glaze on top.

Since I am not the biggest fan of bananas, I thought that the crumble and glaze added a nice distraction, if you will, from the banana flavors. I would definitely make these again!

Sweetly,

Simona

Chocolate Crunch Bars

I think we all know that I loooove 3 ingredient recipes.

So, I was super happy to come across this one that only included Rice Krispies cereal, melted chocolate and flakey salt.

All I had to do was melt the chocolate (1 1/2 bags of chocolate chips) and mix in the Rice Krispies (2 1/2 cups).

I poured the mixture into a baking pan lined with parchment paper.

I placed the baking dish into the fridge for about an hour until the mixture hardened and set. Once it was ready, I sprinkled some of them with flaky salt (although I didn’t sprinkle them all because I didn’t think it would need that flavor).

The consistency was just like a Nestle Crunch Bar and was perfectly sweet. The ones that did have salt on them were good but I didn’t think it was a needed ingredient.

Will definitely make these again!

Sweetly,

Simona

Jade’s 4th Birthday Cake

Today is Jade’s 4th birthday so, a doggie birthday cake was in order! 

I started by combining the egg, peanut butter, vanilla and honey in a bowl.

To the liquid mixture, I added the shredded carrots then folded in the whole wheat flour.

I poured the cake batter into the greased pan and let it bake for about 30 minutes. While the cake baked, I made the frosting because no cake is complete without frosting, even doggie cake.

The frosting was a simple mixture of plain greek yogurt and honey.

When the cake came out, it was smelling good! Jade thought so too 🙂

Once the cake had cooled completely, I frosted it and of course, added a little topping for our special birthday girl!

I did try a piece of this cake, and for what it was, it was good! The frosting definitely added a nice touch. I’d say that Jade was a big fan too, judging from the speed at which she licked off the frosting and chowed down!

 

Happy Birthday baby girl!

Sweetly,

Simona

One Hour Bread

Ward just had his birthday so I figured it was a perfect time to bake bread for the first time! 

I even used his favorite butter, Kerrygold, in the recipe.

Thanks to Ayesha Curry’s cookbook, The Seasoned Life, I was able to take baby steps into the bread making process. It was so easy an came out so well – I am so happy to have this in my arsenal now.

I prepped for the bread by greasing a bread pan with olive oil.

I then mixed the flour, salt, sugar, yeast, and warm water with the paddle attachment.

I switched to the dough hook and added the cubed butter then combined for about 5 minutes.

I then placed the dough in an oiled bowl and covered it with saran wrap for 15 minutes.

After the 15 minutes, I removed the dough from the bowl and placed it on a lightly floured surface. I split it in two and rolled each to 12 inches then braided them.

I placed the braided dough into the prepared pan and then brushed it with egg.

 I placed the bread in the oven and let it bake for about 30 minutes. When it came out, it was beautifully golden brown and I let it rest for 5 minutes in the pan.

I removed it from the pan and was so happily amazed that I had actually made this! I mean, wow! I never thought that my first time making bread would go so well. I know that I didn’t make my own started and that this took a fraction of the amount of time that most breads take but, like I said, baby steps!

Like the recipe said, the bread was dense with a chewier inside but man was it good! I could definitely see making this again and again and slathering butter and jam all over it. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Sweetly,

Simona