Am I the only one that goes to macaroni grill and gets like 4 loaves of bread!? Ha I reeally hope not. I’m not going to lie, the first time I tried their bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar it was the most interesting concept I had ever heard of. Granted I was much younger and had a sheltered food life. Ha but now as a foodie… I challenged myself to make my own πŸ™‚

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Flavor…. Amazing.
But the recipe wasn’t exactly my favorite. When IΒ  got to the flour…. It said 2 3/4 cups to 4 cups.
Personally, I like exact. So for my first batch I threw all 4 cups in. It could be better … So I plan on playing with the recipe a little more and once it’s perfect I will have an updated post so all of you can try it πŸ™‚

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crazy for caramel

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okay so lets be honest here… im kind of addicted to caramel.

i try to stay away, but truth is.. its my weakness. so i finally made a tiny investment and bought myself a wonderful little candy mold from hobby lobby! πŸ™‚

its adorable if i may say so myself, and quite inexpensive when you add on a 40% off coupon! πŸ™‚

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caramel is super easy to make and doesnt take much time, and with a silicone mold theres hardly any mess.

For this occasion i used Martha Stewarts recipe.. minus the salt

 

Classic Caramel Candies

INGREDIENTS

  • Vegetable oil, for baking sheet
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 1/4 cups light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pureΒ vanillaΒ extract

DIRECTIONS

  1. STEP 1

    Lightly brush bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch rimmed baking sheet with oil. Line with parchment, leaving a 2-inch overhang on long sides; lightly brush parchment with oil.

  2. STEP 2

    Bring cream, sugar, butter, and corn syrup to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium-high; cook, stirring occasionally, until caramel reaches 248 degrees on a candy thermometer, about 15 minutes.

  3. STEP 3

    Immediately remove caramel from heat, and stir in salt andvanilla. Pour caramel onto baking sheet, and let stand, uncovered, at room temperature at least 8 hours and up to 1 day.

  4. STEP 4

    Lifting by parchment overhang, transfer caramel to a large cutting board. Cut into 3/4-by-1 1/4-inch pieces; wrap each piece in waxed paper or cellophane.

SOURCE

Martha Stewart Living, December 2012

then i decided to play around and add some chocolate.. because why not? πŸ™‚

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New year new me?

Hello and happy new year!
Any new years resolutions?
I have two πŸ™‚
1. Bake once a week and blog about it!:)
2. Get healthy and get fit so I don’t look like I eat everything I bake! Haha

So today… I didn’t exactly bake.. but my little sister made ramen for me and I took pictures as she did.. and it was delish!!!

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We started out with chicken broth and this stuff^^
*forgive me I don’t know what everything is called.

Then we added  noodles, some carrots, soy sauce, pepper, sugar and cayenne

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As it came to a boil we threw in an egg and scrambled it all up!

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Then we ate our delicious ramen!

Granola

My first tome having granola that I really liked was last Christmas. It wa delicious! I’ve had granola before… But not like this. This was amazing! Cherry almond granola. My mom’s friend Linda brought us a big bag and I basically ate the whole thing. I’ve been obsessing over it since and I finally got the recipe!

4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups sweetened, shredded coconut
2 cups sliced almonds
1 1/2 cups dried cherries, chopped
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup good honey
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/cherry-almond-and-cinnamon-granola-recipe/index.html?oc=linkback

One problem… I didn’t have all the dried fruit that’s supposed to go in it… But next time I make it I will definitely have the dried cherries. Yumm

preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

So here I started with granola chopped almonds and coconut πŸ™‚ *this is also where i would have tossed in the cherries!

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Then I whisked up some honey and vegetable oil
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I then poured the liquid over the granola mixture stirred and into the oven it goes! bake for 25-30 min until golden brown. pull our and let cool until ready to eat!

I wrapped mine up and added it to a late Christmas gift πŸ™‚
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