Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Food creations!

We have an annual Halloween Family Get Together. This year I made the dessert. I made dark chocolate cupcakes with whipped cream icing. I also made brownie pumpkin bites. The bites are usually with cream cheese and these are but I added pumpkin to it. The decorated graham house was made in my class. I roasted a butternut squash and made cupcakes with chocolate chips & pecans and dusted the tops with cinnamon.

Dinner for Dave and I: breaded porkchops, lemon green beans, and saffron rice.
The dark chocolate cake with buttercream icing was my final cake decorating class project.

Recipe for BUTTERNUT SQUASH MUFFINS courtesy of Michele Herndon:
1 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. margarine/butter/butter crisco, your choice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
1-1/2 c. flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. ginger powder
you can use any of the below to make your muffin of choice...
1 c. mashed banana-cinnamon and clove only
1 c. chopped apple-all spices
1-1/2 c. grated zucchini-all spices
1 c. pumpkin/squash-all spices

Cream butter and sugar in large bowl. Add vanilla and egg. Add dry ingredients. Mix. Add fruit. Mix well. Pour into greased loaf pan or muffin tins. I use paper liners for muffins. Bake.
This makes about 12 muffins.

"Jennydoll Notes"

Some of my newest "Jennydoll Notes"...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


This is my third class project that samples some more of my new decorating skills.
Clown figures, teddy bears, and flowers. I really like the clowns with the bow ties!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

"Jennydoll" Cafe Cake

Here's a photo of my first project from my Cake Decorating Class. Turned out pretty good, I think! Dark Chocolate cake with Buttercream Icing. Yummy!

(this is for icing the cake and you will have some leftover)
2 lb. powdered sugar
1/2. c milk
1 tsp. butter flavoring
1-1/2 c crisco shortening
2 tsp. clear vanilla
dash of salt

Place most of the powered sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the liquid ingredients and start mixing on low speed. Add the shortening a little at a time; continue mixing at low speed. Add the remaining powered sugar and mix at medium speed until smooth and creamy.

*The above recipe will give you pure white icing. I use butter crisco so I eliminate the butter flavoring and substitute another flavor if I choose. I also use real vanilla, which is brown. This does affect the color of the icing and makes it an ivory color.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

"Maple" Pumpkin Cupcakes

These were made for "The Maple Family Reunion".
The ones on the right were the ones I took and are topped with homemade chocolate icing and little maple leaf candies that I also made. The ones on the left were my practice ones topped with a Maple icing that didn't turn out the way I wanted it to. They were too messy to travel so we ate them at home. ;-)

FOR THE RECIPE, see my Halloween post called "Food Creations".

Sunday Afternoon Dinner

Sunday afternoon dinner of fresh lemon green beans, creamy chicken and wild rice casserole, garlic toast and fresh garden salad. Ooh, don't forget the lemonade!

~courtesy of my cousin~

3 boxes Uncle Ben's Wild Rice (original) or substitute 3 c. long grain white rice
1 stick of butter
2-3 c. veggie or chicken broth thickened with flour
1 quart half & half (I use fat free)

Cook rice according to box directions in a large stock pot. Once it is finished, combine butter, rice, half & half and stir until butter is melted. In separate pan bring broth to a boil and add flour water paste to broth until it thickens like a gravy. Add to the rice mixture until it is a creamy consistancy. Not like a soup!

This makes A LOT! It does freeze well!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

These are a variation of the "regular" Cinnamon Roll. I found a recipe online and tweeked it a bit to my liking. The pumpkin is a great change of pace.
A great fall breakfast treat! Lovely orange hue! :-)

"Jennydoll Notes"

This is a new grouping of "Jennydoll Notes and Note-tations".
Pic 1 & 2 = Holiday Invitations sold in sets of 10 with different designs.
Pic 3 = Notecards with different colored birds
Pic 1 = Set of ten with the same design birthday invites
Pic 2 = Set of six party invitations
Pic 3 = Set of four BBQ invitations

Mocha Cupcakes w/ Irish Creme Filling

I made these for my mother. These were the dessert for a Girls' Night.
They are homemade mocha cupcakes with whipped cream icing, chocolate sprinkles, and handmade dark chocolate swirl candies. There was an Irish Cream filling inside.
These look like little coffee drinks with steam escaping. They were yummy!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Chocolate Covered Cake & Icing

I first tried these little yummies at a ladies church event. I was given the recipe and thought it would be so easy. Not as easy as I thought! So, this was my first attempt...
...and as they may not look as pretty as they should; they were still delicious! Next time, I will use a higher quality melting chocolate and let the cake prep longer.

You use a box cake mix of your choice and a can of icing of your choice. Make the cake and let it cool completely. Crumble it completely and mix with the icing. Roll into balls and freeze for two hours. Dip in your choice of chocolate.

"Jennydoll Ribbon Ties"

These are a few photos of "Jennydoll Ribbon Ties". I think these are so airy and summery!

The top three photos were taken by Greg Herndon.
His web/blog site is: http://www.gregherndon.blogspot.com/
Be sure to check out his work!

Matching tops for these sisters!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Chocolate Angel Food Cake

Fabulous Chocolate Angel Food Cake with fresh strawberries.
I made this on request from my brother. My first homemade angel food cake.

Summer "Jennydoll" Creations

This is the 2009 Summer "Jennydoll" Creations. If you like something please let me know!