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  1. Weekend Reading-Recipe Edition

    July 23, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    I discovered this week. They call themselves a visual potluck. A few of my pictures have been accepted for publication on their site. It is a fun place to discover new and interesting recipes, especially for all you Pinners out there.

    These cookies look amazing. I love that they are a toffee cookie without a lick of toffee in them. Cooking is just simplified chemistry.

    Sriracha has a cult-like following. These wings may make me join said cult.

    If my brother’s girlfriend learns how to make these, he will marry her. The boy, who used to get a jar of Claussen pickles in his Christmas stocking every year, simply could not resist. (Just to be clear, she doesn’t need to learn how to make these, but homemade pickles wouldn’t hurt.)

    I really need the Kitchen Fairy to gift me with an ice cream maker. Kitchen Fairy, my list can be found here.

    Ceviche is one of my favorite summer treats. It is the antithesis of what most Americans think of as Mexican food. Light, crisp, and full of fresh veggies and seafood.

    Asparagus Cheese Tarts, a perfect Meatless Monday meal, no? Also, have you ever seen asparagus in a garden? Freaky looking stuff, man.

    Go forth and eat, friends!


  2. Mexican Snickerdoodles

    June 9, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    El Snicker? Snickerdoodleito? Let’s not butcher the Spanish language, mmkay. We’ll just call them Mexican Snickerdoodles.

    They are chocolatey with a hint of cinnamon and cayenne. They have a soft interior with the crunchy outer layer of a traditional snickerdoodle. They are excellent, and I mean excellent, with a glass of cold milk.

    You should definitely make these. Maybe this weekend?

    Here’s what you need:

    sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda, cream of tartar, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper

    A note about cream of tartar. In this recipe, it activates the baking soda and allows it to leaven the cookies. It is not to be confused with tartar sauce. If you are about 10 years old and making snickerdoodles for the first time, you might want to call your mom to ask if you can use tartar sauce because you couldn’t find the cream of tartar. Not that I would know anything about that…

    Your first step is to combine the sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla until the mixture is creamy and smooth.

    Then, add the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa, baking soda, cream of tartar, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and salt.

    Yep, it’s a one bowl recipe! You’re welcome.

    Mix until combined.

    If you have a dough scoop, scoop the dough into about 1 inch balls. If you don’t have a dough scoop, make the dough into one inch balls. Then, go buy yourself a dough scoop because it will change your cookie/muffin/waffle making life.

    Sorry,this picture is fuzzy. I was trying to catch the last light of the day and keep the dog from snagging a scoop of cookie dough. It happens.

    In his dreams…

    Put each scoop into a cup (I like to use a coffee mug) with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Swirl the cup around so the dough ball is coated with the cinnamon and sugar goodness.

    Place the dough balls on a baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees.

    When you take them out of the oven, let them cool on the sheet for one minute before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

    Then, pour yourself a glass of milk and enjoy.


    Mexican Snickerdoodles
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    1. 1 1/2 cups of sugar
    2. 1 cup (2 sticks) of butter
    3. 2 eggs
    4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
    5. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    6. 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    7. 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
    8. 1 teaspoon baking soda
    9. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    10. 1 small pinch of cayenne pepper
    11. 1/4 teaspoon salt
    12. 1/4 cup of sugar
    13. 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
    1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
    2. Mix sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla.
    3. Then, stir in flour, cocoa, cream of tartar, baking soda, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and salt.
    4. Form the dough into 1 inch balls.
    5. Mix 1/4 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Coat each dough ball with the mixture. Place on an ungreased (or use a Silpat) cookie sheet.
    6. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Cool 1 minute on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
    Freckles and Sunshine

  3. Weekend Reading

    March 4, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    This picture has nothing to do with this post. It's just gratuitous baby cuteness. I'd say that it won't happen often, but I'm her mother so.....

    Currently, I make nearly all of Olivia’s food. I hope when she is ready for these, I still have the time and energy.

    I’m reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. It’s a French novel translated into English. I’m generally a fast reader. I’ve been reading this for a month now. Have you read it? What did you think?

    I’m thinking this would make a fantastic hostess gift, but I’m going to make it for myself and my morning coffee first. Yum!

    It is going to take super human restraint for my husband to resist this. I curse you, Steve Jobs……actually, I love you and I want one too!

    Do you have a family purpose statement? If you do, I’d love to hear about it.

    I made Nutella cookies yesterday. They were okay. Then I sprinkled a pinch of kosher salt on the top. Oh. My. Goodness.

    Great giveaway on LuBirdBaby from the Restyle store on Etsy. I heart Etsy.

    One lapsed Mormon’s take on the Brandon Davies drama.

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