Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Paula's Party Punch

This is a yummy punch I made for my sister's bridal shower. It was sooo much fun planning out all of the food for this special occassion! My sister laughs at me bc once she got married, I was sad bc I missed all of the party planning! :) It is a recipe from one of my favs, Paula Dean!! :) She is my go to gal anytime I need a recipe that is delicious and calories don't matter! ;) I just had to make the mold the night before. I used a bundt pan to make the mold. Then, just before using it you will need to dip it in warm water to loosen it enough for it to unmold from the pan. Here's the link for the punch! http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/fruit-punch-recipe/index.html NOTE: ( I cut the sugar in half for the simple syrup and I also added blueberries for color! )

Monday, March 29, 2010

Emm Emm Eclairs!!

I made these eclairs for my mother-in-law's birthday. It was the first time I made them but I have to say they were not difficult to make. They were a bit time consuming but the taste was worth the time! One of the most time consuming parts of the recipe was the time my VERY PATIENT husband and I spent in Michaels trying to figure out what size tip to use on the pastry bag!! The recipe does not specify, which caused a problem for a pastry bag virgin like myself! :) Thank God my husband has internet access on his phone, bc we ended up downloading several youtube videos to find out what sort of tip to use. Eventally we found a video of someone using the coupler piece which is the piece that you attach the actual tip to. So in summary... Don't use a tip on these eclairs, just use the plastic ring (coupler), and always carry a phone with internet access for emergencies such as these! :) BTW, I used the large size coupler. Here's a link for the recipe! Enjoy! http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gale-gand/chocolate-eclairs-recipe/index.html

If you love it Do it!!

So I had a thought the other day while having lunch with Todd (my husband) . The thought was to start a blog about one of the things I LOVE doing, which is cooking! A little about me...My name is Melanie, I am 33 years old (geesh I am getting old!! sigh...). I have been married for almost 13 years to the love of my life, Todd. :) We have a dog, Brockton who is a 7 year old boxer and we love him like he is our child! ;) I am second grade teacher, and have been for going on 10 years. I love my job as a teacher but what I love even more is cooking!!! I started to enjoy cooking when my husband and I were dating and I realized how much he LOVED to eat. Not only does he love to eat but he loves to talk about what he eats and really analyze it. :) Over time I really grew to love finding recipes and cooking them for everyone! Today when I sit and plan out out meals for the week I always look for at least one or two new recipes to try. So with this blog I hope to share some of my favs and maybe not so favs with all of you! I hope you visit regularly to find some new recipes for you to try in your own kitchen! :)