Baking

The most delicious pumpkin bars EVER!

These are the most delicious pumpkin bars that I have ever made and tasted. This recipe belongs to Paula Deen. I’ve made it many times. They are always a hit. I’ve made them as pumpkin bars, which is the original Paula Deen recipe and I’ve also made them as cupcakes. Click here to view the original recipe by Paula Deen. I used this recipe to enter a Halloween cupcake contest last year and I won!

For Paula Deen’s pumpkin bars, you will need the following ingredients:
4 eggs
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
15-ounce can pumpkin
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

1. Using an electric mixer at medium speed, combine the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until light and fluffy.

2. Stir together the flour (don’t forget to sift the flour, very important!), baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda.

3. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix at low speed until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth.

4. Fill the batter in a  9.5 x 13.5 x 2 inch pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Let it completely cool before frosting.

Today, I am grateful for Octobers, pumpkins, and love.

pumpkin love instagram 2012

Goodbye October, Hello November!

My Gratitude Journal

It’s all the rage DIY fluffy slime

I guess fluffy slime is all the rage right now. My son requested to make fluffy slime after watching a few youtubers make it. We went to the store to buy some saline solution, glue and shaving cream. We already had the baking soda and food dye. Unfortunately, the store was out of glue so we had to go to Office Depot. We found the glue and amazingly, there was also a recipe for fluffy slime along with saline solution and baking soda for sale. I guess it’s a popular thing.

Here are the ingredients for fluffy slime.

INGREDIENTS:
Washable glue such as Elmer’s school glue
Foam shaving cream
Saline Solution
Baking Soda
Food dye

INSTRUCTIONS
-Add ½ cup of glue into a bowl. We bought a 7.625 fl. oz. of glue and it ended up being half of the bottle.
-Add color  by putting in a few drops of food dye. Stir to mix in the color.
-Add approximately 4 cups of shaving cream into bowl. We didn’t do an exact measurement. We mostly eyeballed it.
-Stir in ¼ teaspoon of baking soda.
-Add 1 tablespoon of  saline solution and mix. Mix thoroughly and then knead the mixture. This is the magic part and when it starts turning into slime.

The slime will get a bit sticky but as you keep working with it and kneading it, it becomes less sticky. To take it out of the bowl, we put a little bit of oil in our hands (coconut oil but you can use any oil) so that it would stick less to our hands.

And ta-da, you have fluffy slime! Josh liked making it so much that he made another batch by himself. My favorite part is adding the saline solution, mixing and watching the magic happen.

A fun DIY to do with your kids.

 

Baking

Beach ball cupcakes: Pinterest Fail or not?

Ah, Pinterest. So many great DIY ideas. They make it look so easy. Here’s a short story of what I consider a Pinterest fail. Ok, maybe not so much of a fail, but my cake and cupcakes certainly did not turn out like the picture on Pinterest.

I love to bake. However, I’m not too good in the decorating department. When I frost cupcakes, they look sloppy. I just don’t have that magic touch. Maybe I’m a perfectionist when it comes to these things. Or maybe I don’t have the right tools. I didn’t use a tip on my decorating bags for frosting these cupcakes.  I had one that I’ve used a few times, but I lost it. I thought that I would do okay without one. I found out later that you need to use a tip for greater control of the frosting. Lesson learned. So onto my story.

I don’t have a dome cake mold but I found out that you can use a glass bowl. If it says Pyrex on the bottom of the bowl then it is oven safe. I had 4 sizes to choose from and I chose the smallest one. I greased up my Pyrex glass bowl very well so that the cake would slip out easily. In total, I baked the small cake for 26 minutes.

Small dome baked cake

Baking the dome cake in a small Pyrex bowl worked out great! The cake slipped out easily. I leveled the bottom of the cake so that it would be even.

I let the cakes cool. While they cooled, I prepared the frosting. I used about 7 to 8 drops of food coloring for each of the colors which were red, blue and yellow. I wanted the colors to be bright.

Beach ball cake for the birthday boy
48 beach ball colored cupcakes

As you can see the frosting came out pretty sloppy. But then again, I’ve never been good at frosting cupcakes. Practice makes perfect. Next time I will make sure to use a frosting tip for better control. I think the blue, red and yellow colors came out nice. If I knew how to frost cakes so that they are smooth, then the little beach ball cake would have looked better. I was told that they looked great, but I know I could have done better. I must say, they tasted delicious!

The 2 year old birthday boy blowing his cake

The birthday boy made the cupcakes look so much better!