I Was Having A Bad Day So I Made A Cake.

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It was the most glorious cake. Everything I could wish for! I found the recipe on The Stay At Home Chef’s blog, and she has the most mouth-watering pictures. I also used her Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream recipe on the same page, and it was divine. This cake was rich. Decadent. It was easy to make, divine, and was plenty for a three layer cake.

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I gained two pounds that week, and it was so worth it. ❤ If you’re ever looking for the perfect chocolate cake, this is the one. Enjoy!

A Perfect Pie Crust

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You guys know I like to bake. A lot. And when it’s a gazillion degrees here in Vegas, I need to choose my projects carefully because the oven heats the entire house up and we die a hideous death.

But pie? It’s so worth it! Pies taste like summer and there are few things better. I have a recipe for an easy pie crust that is simple and delicious.

Ingredients 

  • 2½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • ¼ to ½ cups ice water

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Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

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Mix flour, salt, and sugar together in a large bowl. Cut in butter with knives until it’s about pea-sized. Add ice water to the ingredients, 1/4 cup at a time, until the dough forms a ball. (1/4 a cup is usually all I need. You don’t want to drown your dough.)

Separate dough into two balls. You’ll either have enough for two pies or a top and bottom crust for one pie.

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Roll out and place in your pie pan. Flute edges if you desire. Poke holes in the pie crust and pop in the oven. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes. This will give you a nice pie crust ready for filling.

If you want to bake the pie with the filling in it (an apple, cherry, or rhubarb pie, for example), then simply put your crust together, fill, and bake according to the directions for each individual pie. I used this crust for a rhubarb pie, and I’ll give the recipe later. It was delicious and really tasted like summer.

I hope you enjoy!

 

Miss Murder’s Easy Crock Pot Potato Soup Recipe

I thought we could all use something warm and gratifying today. So I’m going to share some comfort in a bowl.

There’s something soothing about washing and dicing potatoes and carrots. It feels like going back to a simpler time. This is also a wonderful meal if you’re on a budget, and it’s also a meal that begs to be shared with a neighbor. Add it into your weekly rotation and enjoy.

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You’ll make this in a crock pot, so it will take you fifteen minutes to peel, dice, and assemble the ingredients. Then you’ll walk away. It’s a perfect meal.

Miss Murder’s Easy Potato Soup

Ingredients:

Four Russet Potatoes

1 chopped onion

2 sliced carrots (or a handful of baby carrots)

4 cups chicken or vegetable broth

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Pepper to taste

1/4 cup flour

1 1/4 cup milk

Extra toppings like shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, chives, sour cream, etc.

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Peel and dice the potatoes, carrots, and onion. Put in the crock pot. Add the broth and spices. Cook on low for 6-8 hours/high for 3-6 hours, or until the potatoes are tender.

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When you have half an hour left of cook time, whisk the 1/4 cup of flour into the milk, add it to the soup, and stir. Cook for another half hour. Then either eat as-is, or mash the soup with a potato masher to smooth it out. You can also puree it in a blender for a finer texture.

Dish out and top with cheese and bacon bits, if you desire. Then comes the most important part: enjoy.

 

Jasmine Cranberry Cinnamon Rice Pudding

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You read it right. Comfort in a bowl.

Sweet, delicious, slightly tart, aromatic comfort in a beautiful bowl. Use your prettiest one for this.

You can easily lighten it up by using 2% or less milk, but why? You can also make it with any short-grained rice, but the jasmine is really what turns it from a treat into an experience. It has such a divine scent and taste. Be kind to yourself and don’t miss out on the flavor. 🙂

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups whole milk

1/3 cup dry jasmine rice

pinch of salt

1 egg

1/4 cup organic cane sugar (or brown sugar)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup dried cranberries

Directions

1. Bring milk, rice and salt to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the rice is tender, about 20-25 minutes, stirring frequently.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and sugar. Add egg/sugar mixture to the hot rice and milk mixture. Stir well until it thickens, anywhere from five to ten minutes. Mix in vanilla and cinnamon, pull off heat, and add cranberries. Let cool. Serve warm or chilled.

I hope you enjoy it. I wish we could all sit down and share a bowl together.

Maple Chocolate Bacon Cupcake Recipe

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Seriously. Bacon. Maple. Chocolate. Cupcakes. TOGETHER. They’re a tasty salty/sweet snack, and really easy to make! I found the recipe in the October 2013’s Family Journal Magazine. And man, are they worth a shot!

Maple Bacon Cupcakes

Cook a package of bacon until crispy.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners. Stir 1 ¾  cups flour, ¾ cup cocoa powder, 2 ¼ tsp baking powder, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Beat 2 sticks softened unsalted butter and 1 ¼ cups sugar together in a bowl. When well-mixed, beat in three eggs and 1 tsp maple extract.  Mix in the flour mixture and ¾ cup of milk.  Fold in about 10 sliced of chopped, crispy bacon. Fill each cupcake liner with the batter and bake for 21-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Melt 1 cup of milk chocolate chips in microwave. Beat 1 box (about two cups) of confectioner’s sugar, 2 sticks softened unsalted butter, and ¼ milk until smooth. Beat in 1 tsp maple extract and the melted chocolate.

Frost cupcakes and garnish with additional chopped bacon.

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There are a few changes I’d personally make to this recipe. One is that the cupcake itself is a little crumblier and drier than I’m used to. Of course, I live in the middle of the desert and it does affect baking. I’d use a cheap Betty Crocker or Pillsbury mix to make the cupcakes, because they tend to be really moist. Also, you can do without the bacon inside of the batter. Unless it’s cut fairly large, it’s difficult to taste. But don’t scrimp with the bacon on top! It’s delicious. And the icing is to die for. Having a bad day? Not anymore, friend. Enjoy.