Friday, July 30, 2010

Silly Sweets

If you're reading this blog, chances are, like me, you have a sweet tooth. I love sweets whether it's cookies, cakes, or candies.
I often stop in my local bulk store. I can't help it, it actually on my way home between the subway and my house. Plus, they sometimes have cool Star Wars stuff there, like my R2-D2 bobble head.

I stopped in there yesterday to see if they had gotten in anything new and I came across a few things that I thought were both crazy and funny.

First off, I was pretty excited to find these:

Yes, coconut flavoured M&M's come in brown, white and green and have cute little palm trees and flowers on them. Also, check out Yellow failing at being a peeping tom!

How funny is that?
You know what's really great about these? They're really good. They have all the flavour of a Bounty bar, without any of the pesky shredded coconut getting stuck in your teeth! These may be a new favourite of mine from now on.

The other awesome, hilarious thing I found was this:

Twilight Sweethearts. Now I love any type of conversation hearts that you can find. I love picking them out of the pile and reading them all before devouring them. Sometimes you find really funny ones that you can't pass up, like the infamous "beet me" or "give me stuff" so when I saw these I just couldn't pass them up.

The Bite of Sour... the Kiss of Sweet!
Taste the Sour to Sweet Eclipse.

Did these people even know what they were talking about? It's like they got a panel of 12 year old girls to come up with slogans and flavour names.

Tangerine Tangle, Boyenberry Bite, Midnight Melon and Jacob Black Cherry
Is it me, or does one of those names seem off to you?

You know, I might actually save them and use them on cuypcakes or something. Or I might just open the box one night and giggle to myself as I devour them, hoping to find some really awesome ones that say bite me or something to that extent. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Star Wars Aprons

I was just emailing a friend and I wanted to send him a picture of the new messenger bag that I got in the mail yesterday from So I head back on over to the website to get the link, but what I saw when I got there changed everything!
Are you ready for this?


Now don't get me wrong, I love my Star Wars apron that came with my cookie cutter set,

but it's not nearly as exciting as these beauties!

Now I can finally bake wearing Princes Leia's slave bikini and not worry about getting my sexy midriff covered in flour!

Or I can bake a nice dark chocolate cake that would make an sith lord happy.

The baking is strong with this one!

These are available for pre-order at for $24.99 USD and ship at the beginning of August.

Oh and for anyone interested in the bag I ordered, it looks like this! YAY!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Star Wars Facebook'd BBQ

My friends and I at Star Wars Facebook'd (check it out, you know you want to) recently got together and had a kick ass BBQ.
When this was being planned, I volunteered to bring the dessert. I was pretty stoked at the time, since I had just gotten my Star Wars cookie cutters.

So the BBQ happened this past Saturday and I spend 2 days getting everything baked for it. I made sugar cookies, cupcakes and cinnamon buns. Man, what a lot of effort, but the results were well worth it.

For the cupcakes, I used a boxed cake mix (I haven't found a good recipe to try yet and I was under time constraints)


I'm quite happy with how they turned out. The Jawas are a little funny, but adorable the Yodas are .

I just LOVE the Admiral Ackbars (Or as I've been calling him, Admiral Snack-bar)

On to the sugar cookies! This is where I had the most fun! I used the same recipe as I did from the last batch.
These, I think anyway, turned out much better then last time.

These tasty Greedo treats won't shoot first :P

How about some Death Stars? I made the indent using a measuring spoon.


Darth Vader's are hard to ice, that's all I'm saying

It's a SNACK!

Thirty of us went out after her. Four of us came back. I'd be with them, only... after I lost my leg I just couldn't ride any more... until I heal. - Cliegg Lars (This cookie lost it's leg, so it made sense to make it a Cliegg) Oh, and Boba Fett

Princess Leias!!! So cute!

Just look at those Curvy Princess Buns (snicker)

The best part was that everyone loved them! YAY!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Back Porch Dining - Lasagne and Butterfly/Dragonfly Cupcakes

I was recently back in my home town, visiting my family. We decided that it would be fun to get everyone together and have a back porch meal. Basically having dinner around the plastic table my parents have set up on the back porch.
Since my mother was still recovering from her surgery, I put forward my services to make the meal or at least most of it. My mother insisted on at least making the salad.
I on the other hand was in charge of making lasagna for the main course and Chocolate cupcakes for dessert.
I actually started with the cupcakes first. Now I know I usually would show you how I made the cupcakes, but I opted for using a box mix, which is pretty straight forward. But while the cupcakes baked, I started working on the decorations.
I have this great cupcake book kicking around called Hello, Cupcake and it's filled with all sorts of cute ideas. Including chocolate melt butterflies.
Since my niece was coming, I thought that making them would be a cute idea.
Here's what I was aiming for:

Now mine didn't turn out quite so pretty, but I gave it my best shot and had fun, and that's what counts, right? I mean I started this blog so that I could learn from my mistakes and I always do.
Making them seemed simple enough, but I'll leave that up to you to decide for yourselves.

Cupcake mix
Eggs and oil for mix (amount of each may vary)
Icing (from scratch or can)
Chocolate melting wafers
Alternate coloured melting wafers

My mom was missing the top pot to her double boiler, so I make-shifted one and used a ceramic bowl. I poured water into the bottom of the pot and then placed the bowl in over top. I then threw in my chocolate melting wafers and turned the burner on low.

Soon enough the wafers started to melt. I stirred them with a small rubber scrapper to help with the melting process and to suss out any wafers that hadn't melted yet.

It didn't take long for them to be fully melted.

Once it was done, I poured it into a sandwich bag and cut the tip off to create a make-shift piping bag.

*Note: This is a great way to ice cupcakes and cookies when using multiple icing colours, not so much for melting wafers. The bag didn't melt, but it was almost too hot to hold and it did hurt my hand with extended exposure. When I try this again, I will for sure use a piping bag instead.

I quickly (because of the burning) piped the outlines of the butterflies and dragonflies onto parchment paper.

The Dragonflies turned out a little better. It was easier to hold as the chocolate started to cool.

Next, I did the same thing with both pink and purple melting wafers.

Once melted, I opted for pouring these instead of piping them.

As they were cooling, I iced the cupcakes. Then I peeled the butter/dragonflies off the parchment paper and placed them on top of the cupcakes.

Aren't they pretty? Sort of?

My mom and I also dipped some strawberries in the left over melts

Now, onto the lasagna
I stole this simple recipe from a friend of mine. She makes the best lasagna, but makes it all by hand. I don't have time to ground my own beef or make my own ricotta, so I just buy it from the store
I also would usually put ground beef in the sauce, but since my sister prefers to be a vegetarian most of the time, I opted to leave it out

Spaghetti sauce (homemade or bottled)
ricotta cheese
mozzarella cheese
goat cheese
pre-made soft pasta sheets

I put a little bit of the sauce in the bottom of the dish first, so that the pasta doesn't stick to the bottom. Oil the sheets of pasta lightly. Place ricotta, mozzarella and goat cheese on pasta sheet, covering half.

Next roll the sheet up starting at the cheese end, as if you were making manicotti, and place in the pre-sauced dish.

Top with more sauce and extra mozzarella cheese. Follow the directions on the pasta package for temperature and time.

Enjoy. We certainly did :)