Friday, July 4, 2014

Black Raspberry Pie Revisited

So I made another black raspberry pie. Still not crazy about the seeds, but the young'uns love the pie.


Thought I'd get fancy this time and try a lattice top.  I totally screwed it up, but you can't tell unless you look closely.


This time I added a little cinnamon to the fruit mixture.  I also took my potato masher to it.  But just a little.  I left lots of whole berries in the mix.


Aaand pie:


Do you like the paper plate? I know we've had discussions in the past about how classy this blog is. I just like to reinforce the issue every now and then.

Well, that's all for now.
Enjoy!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Black Raspberries and Cream Bundt Cake

It's black raspberry season again!!


Aren't they lovely?  I've spent the last few years encouraging our neighbor's black raspberry bushes to move into our yard.  I've been moderately successful. However, this year, my neighbors told me they were having trouble getting to the back of the raspberry patch, so I was welcome to take whatever I could reach.  My generous neighbors did not take into account the fact that I am nearly six feet tall and have the reach of a WNBA player. ;-)

So anyhoo, I've got lots of berries this year.  I may make a few jars of jam later, but the first thing I did was make two of these lovely Raspberry and Cream Bundt Cakes.


Here's a quick how-to:

Cream butter and sugar:


Until it's light and fluffy:


Add the eggs, milk and vanilla:


Stir in the flour:


Dump in the raspberries:


Fold in gently:


Grease and flour a bundt pan (I had some sticking with greasing alone):


Pop it in the oven for 55-60 minutes:


Pull it out and we have cake!


Chock-full of beautiful black raspberries!


Seriously, check that out:


Gorgeous.  And yummy.  You should make one.  Recipe found here. I added a little lemon emulsion to the batter, but that's the only change I made.  Had I not been lazy, I would have added some lemon zest.  Maybe next time.

Ooh, here's an idea!  Use half regular raspberries, half blueberries and have a red, white and blue bundt cake for your Fourth of July cookout!  It's too late for me, but you should try it and let me know how it comes out!

Well, that's all for now.
Enjoy!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Patriotic Cookies - Operation Cookie Takeover 3

Operation Cookie Takeover struck again!


Here was my offering this time around. I sent a total of 2 dozen, and I totally stole most of the ideas off the internet. But it was for a good cause, right?

Oh yeah, OCT finally got a website!  Because I refuse to Facebook that makes me happy!

www.operationcookietakeover.sammiebssweets.com

Pop on over and either submit a soldier or volunteer to make cookies for next time. :-)


Hubby insisted on the 'Merica cookies.


They suit our sense of humor.

It was my first shot at piping bunting.  I imagine I could have found a tutorial online, but I didn't.  I'll just have to practice and get it right.


Saw the dog tag cookies from last OCT, and had to make my own version. I really like these.

Well, that's all for today.
Enjoy!




Monday, June 16, 2014

Ninja Bridal Shower Cookies!

Yes, ninja bridal shower cookies.


I lost my camera again.  But I took the iPhone outside to try to get better pictures.  I failed.  But the cookies came out cute.  And they're gluten free!


It was my mom's idea to put the little rings on the bride ninjas.  I never would have thought of that.

Anyhoo, that's all for now.

Enjoy!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Blue and Gold Graduation Cake

Here's a cake I made for a friend's daughter who is celebrating her high school graduation!

I take terrible pictures!


Anyhoo, it's a topsy turvy cake and I took the picture from the wrong angle so it just looks weird.  And somehow I left a dent in the front.  AND I took the picture before I added the bows on the yellow ribbons.  I rock!

Well, that's all for now.
Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Superhero Birthday Cake

Hi there!  I'm back.  Blogging has taken a back seat to real life lately.  Sorry about that.

Anyhoo, here's a cake I made for a friend's nephew's third birthday.  She e-mailed me a picture of the cake she wanted, so I have no idea where the original inspiration came from, but it's an adorable cake.


My sister-in-law disapproves of this cake.  You see, Superman and Batman are DC Comics, and your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is Marvel. Apparently they're not supposed to fraternize. But since the Avengers didn't invite Spider-Man to the party, he can hang out with Superman and Batman on my cake.

Do you like the capes?  I thought the capes were such a cute idea!  (Sorry, Edna.)


And the very, very best thing about this cake?  I didn't take these pictures! My friend sent them to me from the party.  Now there's a good friend.  The pictures I took sucked. I blame the really bad light in my mustard yellow kitchen.  ick.

Well, that's all for now.
Enjoy!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Donut Cookies

Just some quick cookies made to look like iced donuts.


Gave me an excuse to use some sprinkles.

That's all for now.

Enjoy!