This is the Easy Boston Cream Pie that we made for our Make Way For Ducklings study. It was one of the easiest recipes I found online. I had never made Boston Cream Pie before so I was impressed with how yummy and easy this recipe was. We all enjoyed it a lot!
Peppermint Meltaway Cookies November 15, 2012
I keep seeing these peppermint cookies on my Pinterest food board and really wanted an excuse to make them. It’s not Christmas yet, but who cares! Peppermint is good anytime, right? So I decided to try them out for our high school dgroup. Well, they weren’t that big of a hit with them. I guess most of them don’t dig peppermint. Chocolate yes, peppermint…apparently not.
Haddie really liked the dough but she didn’t like the cookies. The melt away cookies were quite dry. Not crispy or over cooked, but powdery dry. You definitely need a drink afterwards. I’m pretty sure that’s how they’re supposed to be, but I prefer soft chewy cookies instead. Also, I don’t think I like peppermint extract…it doesn’t taste like actual peppermint. It’s too strong. I ended up not using it in the frosting and instead I used vanilla extract. It was much better this way.
I also wonder what the cookies would have tasted like if they are made with cocoa powder to become chocolate peppermint cookies! Mmm…I Love chocolate and mint together!
Sweet Kugel November 8, 2012
I found this sweet kugel recipe on Pinterest when I was planning out our school for the Mrs. Katz and Tush FIAR row. Since the book is about a Jewish woman and Passover, we have made a number of Jewish recipes. This one was probably one of the best ones. We liked it better than the Apple Matzo Kugel. The texture wasn’t so squishy. Surprisingly the noodles didn’t get super soft. I liked the sweeter taste and the crunchy butter topping.
Haddie only tried a little bit and then spit it out (which is not allowed in our house!). I think she just prepared herself to not like it because it is different, even though she enjoyed helping to make it. Seth thought it was pretty good and a few of our youth group guys ate some. I actually had seconds on it. It’s probably not something I’d make again, but it was good.
The recipe did almost overflow my 9×13 pan. So be sure to put a cookie sheet underneath. And I left out the raisins because we aren’t fans. Also, I used an almond honey oat cereal because we didn’t have enough frosted flakes. I think it turned out even better with it.
Funfetti Cake Chex Mix November 7, 2012
When I found this on Pinterest, I knew I had to make it for my high school dgroup. They love the regular puppy chow Chex and I figured this would be a good change of pace.
My first attempt at it was a disaster. I tried to use white chocolate chips because that’s all I had. I attempted to melt them in the microwave but the more I tried to melt and stir them, the bigger of a hard chunk I got. I even tried to put them in the oven with the Chex to see if it would thin out that way. Yep, just ended up with white chocolate chunks and toasted Chex. So, that week the kids just munched on the Chex disaster.
The next week I broke down and got the actual almond bark from Walmart. And this time it worked wonderfully. I just used regular white cake mix and it was delicious. I tried to add sprinkles after the fact to get the funfetti effect, but the wouldn’t stick. So if you add sprinkles, I recommend adding before the cake mix and powdered sugar.
Apple Matzo Kugel November 6, 2012
We tried this apple matzo kugel for our second Jewish food experiment for school.
Haddie enjoyed crushing the crackers (we just used regular thin crackers because we didnt have any matzah crackers left).
One of our youth group girls, Kaylan, was over for the weekend, so she helped peel the apples:
I left out the cranberries because I didn’t have them but I’m also not a big fan.
It turned out alright. Haddie only ate a teeny bit and didnt seem to like it much. Kaylan didn’t like the consistency. I’ll admit, the consistency did weird me out a bit. It was similar to a bread pudding, which I’m not a big fan of either. But I did like it better after it had cooled more. If I made it again, I would mix cinnamon into the whole kugel, not just sprinkle it on top.
Strawberry Upside Down Cake June 23, 2012
When I saw this pic on pinterest I knew I had to make this recipe:
My dad came over this weekend and since his favorite cake is a pineapple upside down, I figured I’d give the strawberry one a try.
The cake was pretty easy to make. It was weird to mash strawberries though. I’m used to mashing potatoes or bananas, but not strawberries. I didn’t have any strawberry jello, so I ended up using the peach kind I had. I didn’t really taste the peach, but I sure it would have been even more strawberry-y and darker red with the right jello.
Here’s what the bottom looked like after baking (about 35 min of baking). The marshmallows made it expand a bit more than a regular cake.
Here’s the cake flipped:
It doesn’t look as beautiful as the recipe’s picture but it was super yummy and way worth splurging on my diet!
Lemon Bars with Coconut Crust June 5, 2012
I found this recipe on Pinterest, of course. I’ve never made lemon bars before and they’re not something that usually makes me too excited. But I liked the idea of the coconut crust. So I decided to give it a go.
I made it to bring to our church potluck, but I was disappointed to see only one gone afterwards. I guess they just didn’t look as appetizing as the chocolate desserts.
The bars were good even though I’m not a big fan of lemon. I did have a few compliments when I brought them to our young adult group. However, I still have half a pan of them left that I’m going to have to throw away now. But overall, this dessert was good and will be especially popular with lemon fans.
Also the recipe calls for toasted coconut. I had never made that, so I found easy directions online:
How to toast coconut
Valentine’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies March 17, 2012
We made these cookies during our school day on Valentine’s Day.
I found the original recipe on Pinterest:
And of course, I hadn’t looked at the recipe early enough beforehand to realize that it called for the Betty Crocker Peanut Butter cookie mix. I didn’t have time to run out and grab any, so I just used my tried and true peanut butter cookie recipe and added the dove heart chocolates instead of the hershey kisses.
M&M Cookies March 14, 2012
We’ve all had yummy M&M cookies, right? But I couldn’t remember the last time I had made any and I didn’t think I actually had a recipe. So, when I saw this recipe on Pinterest, I decided to give it a try for my high school group tonight. And I gotta say, YUM! These were sooooo good! And pretty easy of course. Although mine were a bit soft but hard to get off the cookie sheet. But that hasn’t stopped me from eating a number of them. Shhhh…don’t tell my diet…
On the way from church tonight, Haddie begged me to stop by Publix just so she could get the free cookie (she’s surely a Bourne through and through, huh? Between the sweets and the frugality). Well, I wasn’t going to go through all that hassle to go in just for a free cookie (think annoying carseat straps and 3 yr old). I debated offering to actually bake some cookies but I knew I already had a sink of dirty dishes, I’m trying to be healthier and it was already 7:45. Then I remembered that I had recently repinned this recipe I saw on Pinterest:
So, I glanced through the recipe to make sure it didn’t require too much work or cook time and then we made them. Of course since it took an hour to freeze, she didn’t get to try one yet, but I did and they’re really good (and they’re healthy!)! Also, her helping to cook something (well, dump the measuring cups into the food processor) and getting to eat a few chocolate chips seemed to satisfy her cookie craving.
The recipe only made 8 balls, so I’d probably double it the next time. I didn’t have any walnuts so I used pecans instead. I like pecans better anyways. And I used quick cooking oats instead of the raw it calls for. Also, I don’t buy agave nectar so I used honey.