Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Decorated Onesie Bumble Bee Cookies


I adore these cookies.  ...sigh...  Aren't they so sweet?  I made these for a friend's baby shower and I  wanted to share them with all of you!  I iced them with white royal icing and then I made the bee design with yellow and black royal icing.  I'm in love with the little bees.  I'm starting to get that itch to decorate again, but I don't think I will go back to elaborate cakes.  Cookies and cupcakes perhaps.  Hmmmm....maybe.

In other news, we have a new addition to our family, much to my husband's horror.  Her name is Suki. 

WHO can resist this face??  She is absolutely precious. My other three cats get a little annoyed with her sometimes, but I think they have welcomed her into their pack.

Next week is the last week of school for my big 3rd grader.  He is more than excited to say the least.  I'm getting excited for the afternoon Florida thunderstorms, lazy evenings watching movies together and knowing there is no school the next morning. 

And cookie baking.  Lots of cookie baking!


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Coming Out Of Hiding

Obviously I haven't posted on this blog for two years.  Wowza!  What in the heck have I been up to?  For about a year I had my own cake decorating business.  I was doing okay, but not making enough money to make a living.  In my household, we need two incomes.  I also became very burnt out with cake decorating.  I did everything by myself.  People don't realize all the work it entails to make a decorated cake.  I have not decorated a cake since I closed my little business.  It sounds kind of sad doesn't it?

I got a job working as a receptionist in a very nice office with very nice people.  How many of us can say that?  I do feel lucky.  I have been there over a year now.  I mean if you have to work outside of your home, it should be someplace you don't hate to go to every day right?

I lost 30 pounds.  I gained 30 pounds back.  THAT's depressing!  lol  I will forever be working on that.

Shortly after I started working at my current job, I started a new blog.  I had my own domain, I took fancy schmancy pictures and I came up with my own recipes for mostly sinful sweets.  When I look back to when I first started blogging on this blog, things have changed so much.  I started blogging because I found Tuesdays with Dorie.  At the time my youngest son was just a little guy.  Now he is 8!  I was home with him at the time so I was baking a lot.  I would also post things I cooked or baked from other people's blogs, cookbooks I had, or recipes I had forever and never made. 

When I decided to start up a new blog with my own domain, I discovered that things had changed a lot.  If your blog is going to be popular, you have to have a super cool theme. Your pictures have to look professional with pretty props and backdrops. There is no more of just sharing other people's recipes.  You make your own!  That was a challenge for me.  I'm a good baker and cook, but I never made up my own recipes.  I did learn to do that, but I really didn't enjoy what I was doing.  I sure do admire the other bloggers who come up with some fabulous ideas, but that isn't me.  So....gone was that blog.

I have a new hobby that I've been enjoying.  I've really gotten into the vintage/retro scene.  By that, I mean I have collected an obscene amount of Vintage Pyrex!  SO fun!

I decided to open a little Etsy Store to see how it pans out.  I have sold one thing so far.  Yesterday I hit Goodwill, Salvation Army and another cool thrift store I like.  I found some awesome things.  Can't wait to list 'em!  My favorite pattern is the green "Spring Blossom".  It's close to my heart because my mom had those in our house when I was growing up. 
I might be sticking around.  I might be making some awesome recipes from cookbooks and the internet and sharing them here with mediocre pictures!  And I MIGHT join another online cooking/baking group.  Who knows?


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Aunt Sue's Pound Cake from Southern Plate

I had yet to find a pound cake recipe that I was impressed with; until yesterday!  I recently checked out "Southern Plate" by Christy Jordan from the library.  I am definitely going to purchase this book.  I love ALL of the recipes and the stories that go with them.

This recipe was really easy to put together.  I love that you can put it in a cold oven and then turn it on and forget about it for an hour and a half.  Then what comes out is magical!  The crust on the top of the cake is delicious.  I highly recommend this recipe AND the cookbook.

Aunt Sue's Pound Cake

6 eggs
1 cup (2 sticks) butter 
3 cups sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.  Grease and flour a tube pan and set out the eggs and butter to come to room temperature.

2.  In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until smooth.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 1 minute after each addition. 

3.   Sift the flour and add it to the creamed mixture alternately with the whipping cream.  Mix until fully incorporated.  Stir in the vanilla.

4.  Pour into the tube pan and place in a cold oven.  Turn the oven to 300 degrees and bake for 80 to 90 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool completely before removing from the pan.


Monday, June 17, 2013

Peach Cobbler For Cookin' With The Deens


This week's recipe for Cookin' With The Deens was Peach Cobbler.  I chose the recipe this week.  I love crisps, crumbles and cobblers; especially with a little ice cream on top when it's warm.  Yum!!

We decided to start our summer bucket list with one of the Star Wars movies last night, so this was our dessert while we watched.  Padme is so pretty.  Don't you think so?

I opted for frozen peaches for this recipe but I think next time I will use fresh.  My peaches weren't as ripe as I like them, so they weren't that soft.  Overall though, the recipe was great!

If you would like to see what Cookin' With The Deens is all about, take a visit to the site.  It's lots of fun!

Peach Cobbler

5 cups sliced fresh or frozen peaches; unpeeled, thawed and drained if frozen.

3 tablespoons plus 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar

1 tablespoon plus 1 cup all purpose flour

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2.  Toss together peaches, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 tablespoon flour, lemon juice and cinnamon.  Spoon into a 2 qt. dish and bake for 10 minutes.

3.  Meanwhile, whisk together remaining flour, baking powder and salt.  Cut in the butter until it resembles coarse meal.  Stir in 1/4 cup boiling water just until dough comes together.

4.  Spoon dollops of dough over baked peaches.  Bake 25 minutes until bubbling and golden brown.  Cool slightly before serving.


Vanilla Biscotti for Food Around the World




This month's theme for Food Around the World is Italy.  I thought biscotti would be a good choice for an Italian recipe.  I've been wanting to make a dessert that goes well with coffee.  Lately, I've been in a coffee mood; especially in the afternoon when I get the yawns.

I chose this recipe from King Arthur Flour.  It seemed simple and looked really good.  It was not hard to make at all.  I wanted to jazz mine up a little, so I dipped them in some white chocolate and used some grey and pink sprinkles.  Did you know that pink is my favorite color?  It is.

I loved this recipe.  It's nothing too fancy, but it goes great with my coffee!    If you would like to join in on the fun of Food Around the World, take a visit to the site.  Kelly from "What's Cookin' Kelly" runs the group.

Vanilla Biscotti

6 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla exract
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease the biscotti pan. (I used a cookie sheet and just shaped the dough with my fingers) 

2.  In a medium-sized bowl, beat the butter, sugar, salt, vanilla, and baking powder until the mixture is smooth and creamy.  Beat in the eggs; the batter may look slightly curdled.  Add the flour using the low speed of your mixer, stirring until smooth; the dough will be sticky.

3.  Scoop the dough into the prepared biscotti pan (cookie sheet), shaping it into a rough log and leaving about 3/4" bare around the edges of the pan.  The dough should be mounded in the center.

4.  Bake the dough for 25-30 minutes, until it's golden brown all over.  Remove it from the oven, and allow it to cool in the pan for 30 minutes.  Remove from the pan.  Using a spray bottle filled with water, lightly but thoroughly spritz the log, making sure to cover the sides as well as the top. (I skipped this step and it was fine)  Wait 5 minutes before slicing.  Softening the crust just this little bit will make slicing the biscotti much easier.  Use a serrated knife to cut diagonal 1/2" to 3/4" slices.

5.  Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees.

6.  Set the biscotti on edge on a large baking sheet; there's no need to grease the pan.  Return the biscotti to the oven, and bake them for 25 to 30 minutes, till they feel very dry and are beginning to turn golden.  They'll still feel a tiny bit moist in the center, if you break one in half; but they'll continue to dry out as they cool.  Remove the biscotti from the oven, and transfer them to a rack to cool.


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Summer Bucket List 2013

I am seriously stealing this idea from my friend Kelly over at "What's Cooking Kelly".  She posted her summer bucket list on her FB page and I loved the idea.  My list won't be as fun but I'm going to give it a try! I also stole a few ideas from my friend over at "A Spoonful Of Everything".  Love her blog...

Last week I started a new job so I will be working full-time.  I'm missing doing things with my kids but I decided I will make the best of it and squeeze things in on the evenings and weekends.  That's the way to do it!  Making lemonade out of lemons, right?

Here goes.....

The Wendt/Weisel Summer Bucket List 2013

1.  Make ice-cream.
2.  Go bowling.
3.  Make chocolate gravy.
4.  Go to Sugar Sands Park.
5.  Go On A Nature Scavenger Hunt.
6.  Make donuts.
7.  Go To The Pool.
8.  Go On A Picnic.
9.  Fly Paper Airplanes.
10. Watch A Sunset.
11. Go To A Water Park.
12. Do A Family Car Wash.
13. Make S'mores.
14. Go See Superman.
15. Watch All Of The Harry Potters.
16. Take Zoey To A Dog Park.
17. Take Zoey to The Promenade.
18. Watch All The Star Wars.
19. Make Sweet Tea.
20. Start Walking Every Day.

Well, it's a start!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

BBQ Meat Loaf Minis


When I saw this recipe in the April/May 2013 issue of Taste of Home, I knew I wanted to make it.  I LOVE meatloaf.  Most of the time I make Paula's recipe, but these looked so cute and delicious!

I couldn't believe how easy this recipe was.  It only has a couple of ingredients, but it's full of flavor.  My kids and I loved this recipe.  I will definitely be making this again and again.

BBQ Meat Loaf Minis

1 lb ground beef

1 6 oz package of stuffing mix (I used Stove top)

1 cup water

2 tablespoons of hickory smoke-flavored barbecue sauce.

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1.  Combine the stuffing mix, water and BBQ sauce.  Mix in the ground beef. 

2.  Place 1/3 cup into each of the 12 ungreased muffin cups.

3.  Bake at 375 degrees, uncovered, 18-22 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160 degrees.

4.  Sprinkle tops with the cheese; bake 2-4 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

5.  Serve with additional BBQ sauce.