Saturday, March 19, 2011

For the love of "Cookbooks"

What inspires you to cook or bake. For me it's my cookbooks. I have so many cookbooks I would hate to part with any of them. Why-because like any sentimental object they hold something special for me. I can remember where I got each one and from whom and why. Strange I know but that's the way I am. :) The best place (I think) to pick up unique books are at tag sales. You never know what you might find.

Thought I'd share some of my favorites with you.

I tend to like older cookbooks not only for there nostalgia but for the simplicity of the recipes  (not all the time but most of the time).

My favorite go to books is "The Fannie Farmer Cookbook". This book was given to me at Christmas time by a very good friend. 
If I'm looking for something quick I know I can find it in this book. I like the way the pages are laid out. Simple and direct instructions. This book covers just about everything. No pictures in this one but you don't need them. Funny-my husband will only look at a cookbook if it has colorful pictures, it's what sparks his interest I suppose. Which is why my next choice is his favorite!

 "The Good Housekeeping Cookbook" is retro 70's all the way. This book has great color illustrations in the beginning which is always nice to see what you're making "should" look like. It too runs a variety of recipes-from liver pate to wedding cake making it's all in here.
Oh- this book was going to get tossed out at a tag sale. Couldn't see it go in the garbage so I took her home ;)

This "Betty Crocker" Cookbook came from my husbands Aunt. This 1961 cookbook has some unique qualities. I like the fact that the first pictures are are women at the "Betty Crocker" test kitchen wearing lovely yellow calf length dresses with very stylish late 50's hairdo's. In Classic Crocker style each section has a tab separator. But what is unique about this one is that on the page separator it not only lists what is in that section but has time saving tips and a meal planner. 

Well that is it of my random musings for the day-Enjoy

Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patricks Day Cupacakes

Many Thanks to "My Cake for giving me the idea for these cupcakes.They were fun to make-wish they looked like yours ha! Practice Practice.

I have never used edible marker before. Definatley will have to try them on other projects.

The little pots of gold are made with molded chocolate.

Okay so I went a little crazy with the puffy clouds-:)
Happy Saint Patrick's Day to all.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tidy Mom Giveaway

Wanted to share a site I began following a few weeks ago. Tidy Mom ( is a great site for Moms looking for organizing ideas and who enjoy baking and crafting.
This week she is promoting a Pillsbury Giveaway. Click this link and check it out.:)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

 I've seen these "Cookies and Cream" cupcakes on a few blogs lately so I thought I'd give these yummy looking treats a go.
I decided to put a whole cookie in the bottom of the muffin cup. Some have a top taken off with the cream side up. After eating one I see why the a top is taken off.  Its a smooth bite all the way through the cupcake. Also you could put crushed cookies into the batter-I didn't because I thought it might be too much cookie. But I'm sure they would be just as tasty.
I should of taken the paper off but I was in a hurry-you get the picture :)

I whipped up American style butter cream  with crushed up Oreo's and placed a mini Oreo on top. I think these would do good at school bake sale. What kids can pass up an Oreo...not me..

All you need is your favorite cake batter
1 Package of Oreo's
1 Package of Mini Oreo's if you want to use as a garnish
Your favorite frosting-good to go..

Raspberry Cake

Raspberry Cake

Little Minis

Little Minis

Chocolate Valentine Cupcakes

Chocolate Valentine Cupcakes