Monday, January 31, 2011

Playing with Fondant

My friend Whitney and I are hosting a baby shower for a friend next month and are attempting to copy a cake we saw. Only thing is the cake is covered in fondant and neither of us have ever covered an entire cake with it. Whitney makes beautiful cakes and has used fondant made by Wilton for accents on her cakes. The stuff doesn't taste bad, but it's not our fav so we decided to make our own fondant. We used Wilton's recipe for marshmallow fondant and it turned out great! Here are a few photos of the finished product. This is not the design for the baby shower, but just a simple concept we came up with since we were doing a trial run. 

Isn't Bailey dog cute?

Someone really wanted some cake!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Mad Hungry Enchiladas

A few weeks ago Martha Stewart had a guest on her show named Lucinda (can't remember her last name). Lucinda hosts a cooking show on Hallmark Channel called Mad Hungry. Of course I googled it because I love cooking and thought I would browse through her recipes. 

I came upon a recipe for chicken enchiladas that looked good and even had a video on how to make the dish. SCORE! After watching the video and reading the ingredients and directions I thought I would give this a try, but make it as easy as possible. 

How do you make it easy? 
De-bone a store bought roast chicken (Costco sells a huge one for $4.99!!!!!), and you will have chicken left over for another meal!

Dump store bought tomatillo into a skillet and heat (make sure and buy 2-3 jars to yield approximately 3 cups).

One by one dip the corn tortillas in the salsa, fill with chicken, roll, and lay seam side down in a casserole dish.

Now that all tortillas are filled cover with the tomatillo and crumble queso fresco on top. 

I "prep" dinner during nap time, so I assembled the entire dish and refridgerated until dinnertime. When it's time to eat, bake for 15-20 minutes on 375 degrees and dinner is served!

Make it even healthier with a salad and you've got a complete meal!

How easy was that?????

I made the dish again yesterday and decided to fill the enchilidas with sauteed mushrooms, squash, and zucchini and it was just as good, if not better! This recipe is a keeper and you should make it too!

Here's a link to Mad Hungry Blog. Watch the video, and if you have more time on your hands than I do make the chicken and tomatillo from scratch! 

Happy Cooking!

Friday, January 28, 2011


Feather hair extentions are all the rage at the gym I go to. Lucky for me a girl that lives in my neighborhood (who also goes to my gym) is doing the feather extentions. Yesterday my friend and I went over there to put some in our hair, and today I took Taylor and put one in her hair. It's soooo cute! There's no glue, heat, or sewing, so it's totally not a big deal. 

See how cute!?!

Good thing she doesn't realize it's in there!

Peanut Butter Cups

Did you ever think you could make homemade peanut butter cups? Well I did and it was super easy and super delicious. I saw this post on Eat Drink Pretty over the holidays and wanted to try it and never did for one reason or the other. When my friend had a birthday last week I decided to make them as a special treat for her and they were fabulous! 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Cookies for Kate

A good friend of mine gave birth a few weeks ago and with the holidays in full motion I never had time to take dinner to the house. I finally made it over there last Monday and I HAD to make something sweet to go along with dinner since baby Kate is just so sweet herself. I opted for sugar cookies because they are easy to eat with one hand while holding baby with the other. Here's how they turned out.

I obviously still need more practice decorating cookies. But practice makes perfect!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Hot Mess

You can imagine the look on my face when I walked in to get Taylor up from her nap and saw this.....

I took this photo back in December and never posted it for one reason or the other, but scrolling though my photo album today I remembered how funny it was!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Happy New Year

After a long and wonderful Christmas in Houston,

and lots of presents

we made it back to Austin just in time for New Year's Eve

Daddy burn't a hole in Taylor's jacket

And we were asleep by 10:30.