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Random Thoughts

I know that Kiss Treatment was supposed to be about food but unfortunately I don’t have the time or money to post something about food constantly. So I’m going to change it up a bit. I will still post things about food but some posts are simply going to be ‘random thoughts’ that I have at any given time.

For example – with Mother’s Day being just yesterday – I’ve been thinking about my relationships, with my mother and my children. So that’s what I’m going to write about today.

My relationship with my mother has always been…..touchy….I think that’s probably the best word to describe it. I am the middle child and only girl. I know my mother loves me but there have been times that it wasn’t always easy to tell. The problem is that there are many ways that I know I am like my mother and ways that I am completely different. But that is a thought and discussion for another time and date I think. Although perhaps if you take some of my thoughts about my own kids and transfer them to my mom; I think you may understand my conclusions about my own mother.

Now on to my thoughts about my own kids…….

Have you ever been accused of loving or treating one child differently than another? I have many times. And if I am brutally honest with myself – it’s true. I do love my kids differently. That doesn’t mean I love one more or less than the other. They are different people with different needs and wants. There will be different expectations for each throughout their lives and I hope that I have prepared each for that. I hope that as they grow older that they are able to handle the challenges that life will throw at them with their head held high even when there are tears in their eyes.

I’m not sure how clear my thoughts truly are but I will simply close with this simple thought.

I love you mom

I love you Ty

I love you Brieanna

Each with the same fierceness yet each differently.

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I’m Back ;)

Hi everyone! Sorry I’ve been absent for so long. 😦 Life has been a little crazy and add in ADD and somethings sadly get set aside. Or rather to be more honest I spaced and haven’t done any posts. But I’m still here and trying to figure out how to set my time management and do more posts.

On another note. A friend of mine is thinking about setting up a log of her own an I’ve invited her to try a few posts here to see if it’s what she would truly like to do. So show her some love once I figure out how to get her all set 😉

 

Bye for now

Krista ❤

Devilishly Good Chocolate Cake

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This weekend was Mr. Picky’s birthday weekend so what Mr. Picky wants Mr. Picky gets. And he wanted Chocolate Cake with Chocolate frosting. Now for him a simple Devils Food cake out of the box would work just fine but I wanted to play and I got this great cookbook at  a flea market a few weeks ago. 

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So I started flipping pages and here was what I made for Mr. Picky today 🙂

Now the recipe says to make it in a Bundt pan but I used 2 – 9 in pans because I wanted a double layer cake. It also says to use the Chocolate Pan Frosting  but again maverick that I am (um yeah ok LOL) I used my own Chocolate Butter-cream Frosting.

Another side note – The recipe looks longer than it is difficult. Ms. Anne Byrn definitely spells it out step by step so even the most inexperienced baker can make anything in her book.

Devilishly Good Chocolate Cake (as found on page 202)

1 square (1 ounce) unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped

1/2 cup water

1 package (18.25 ounces) plain devil’s food cake mix

1 package (3.9 ounces) chocolate instant pudding mix

4 large eggs

3/4 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup vegetable oil, such as canola, corn, safflower, soybean, or sunflower

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1. Palace a rack in the canter or the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly mist a 12 cup Bundt pan with Vegetable oil spray, then dust with flour (or use cake baking spray like I did). Shake out excess flour. Set the pan aside.

2. Place the chocolate and water in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, until the chocolate is melted, 3 to 4 minutes. (Again I deviated a little and did this step in the microwave at 30 second intervals. It took about 1 minute 10 seconds to melt the chocolate.)

3. Place the cake mix, pudding, mix, eggs, buttermilk, oil, and Vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Fold in the melted chocolate. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat 2 to 3 more, scraping the sides down again if needed. The batter should look thick and well combined. Pour the batter into prepared pan, smoothing it out with the rubber spatula. Place the pan in the oven.

4. Bake the cake until it springs back when lightly pressed with your finger and just starts to pull away from the sides of the pan, 40 to 45 minutes.(Again I used 2 – 9 in pans and baking took about 30 minutes)  Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes. Run a long sharp knife around the edge of the cake and invert it onto a rack to complete cooling, 20 minutes more.

5. Prepare frosting of your choice and frost. A side note if your in a hurry or simply don’t care for frosting you can simply sprinkle about 1/4 cup powdered sugar over the cake.

 

Chocolate Butter-Cream Frosting

2 sticks (1 cup) Salted Butter

1 bag (2 pounds) Confectioners (Powdered) Sugar

2/3 cup Unsweetened Coco Powder

2 teaspoons Vanilla

enough water (or milk your choice) to make it creamy

In you mixer cream butter about 2 or 3 minutes. Add sugar SLOWLY, you may need to add a couple tablespoons water. Add the Coco Powder again SLOWLY, again a  couple tablespoons water will be needed or it will be to thick. Add Vanilla and beat for a few minutes more to be sure it is fully incorporated. Don’t worry you really can’t over beat this frosting. 

Buttery Pretzel Bites

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This last weekend we had a UFC party here at my house. We all had a blast and you know I had to make a few goodies for people to munch on 😉 So I made pretzel bites, Gooey Ham Sliders and Cheese Cake! The Pretzel Bites were by far everyone’s favorite treat – I’m lucky I was able to get a picture of them!

The recipe I use is from AllRecies: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/buttery-soft-pretzels/ but when the recipe calls for pretzels to be shaped I roll them out and cut them into bites sized pieces. 

 

  • 4 teaspoons active dry yeast

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup white sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1/2 cup baking soda

  • 4 cups hot water

  • 1/4 cup kosher salt, for topping

 

Directions

  1. In a small bowl (I use a glass measuring cup), dissolve yeast and 1 tsp sugar in 1 1/4 C warm water. give this 5 to 10 minutes to Bloom
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt. Make a well in the center; add the oil and yeast mixture. Mix and form into a dough. If the mixture is dry, add one or two more tablespoons of water (I do this in with my Kitchen Aide then I knead by hand) Knead the dough until smooth, about 7 to 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Grease 2 baking sheets.
  4. In a large bowl, dissolve baking soda in 4 cups hot water; set aside. When risen, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope and twist into a pretzel shape (this is where I deviate and create my little bites by rolling out and cutting into bite sized pieces). Once all of the dough is shaped, dip each pretzel into the baking soda-hot water solution and place pretzels on baking sheets. Sprinkle with kosher salt.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until browned, about 7 or 8 minutes.

Honey Teriyaki Chicken

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Dinner in my house is always a challenge due to Mr. Picky, aka my loving fiance.  I am constantly saying he has the pallet of a 5 year old, but I’m pretty sure I know some 5 year olds that will eat more than him!  I tend to buy in bulk when there is a sale so I don’t have to pay full price later.  This is how I became really tired of baked chicken breast.  We are not always the most inventive at the end of the day so I started looking for some chicken recipes that Mr. Picky will try.  Luckily I have found a winner with this recipe from http://www.frugalitygal.com/.  Honey, teriyaki, chicken.  Yep, he will eat this!  This is where I got the recipe.    http://www.frugalitygal.com/2013/09/honey-teriyaki-chicken-recipe.html#_a5y_p=1258963

  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken tenders (I had roughly 3.5lbs of chicken)

  • 1/3 cup honey (I used 1 cup of local honey)

  • 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce (I used 1 cup)

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (3 TBSP low sodium soy sauce)

  • 1 tbsp minced garlic (I didn’t have fresh garlic so I just used about 2 TBSP garlic powder)

  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper (2 Tsp black pepper)

  • 1/4 tsp. Salt (1/2 tsp salt)

  • 2 tbsp. sesame seeds (I didn’t use these because I didn’t have them)

This is where I veered off the path of her directions.  I mixed all of this in a large bowl with a fork, sorry, I don’t touch raw chicken if I don’t have to!  My mother cut the chicken for me since my bum hand doesn’t allow for me to do that sort of thing.  Anyway, I put it in the fridge covered for 2 hours and then cooked it in a saucepan while my rice cooked away in the rice maker.  Once the sauce thickened I turned off the heat and let it stand for 5 min to thicken some more and then served over rice.  This was seriously delicious!   Oh how I love easy recipes !

Lynn

Hi everyone!

Yeah! I got my Christmas present early! Mr. Picky got me a KitchenAide! Hooray! I’m so excited! 🙂 yesterday I made sugar cookies with the Breezy girl (my daughter 🙂 ). She had to finish baking when I had to leave for work (and what do I find when I get home today? Unbanked cookies in the fridge LOL). Anywho I’ll post pics next of the cookies I make this weekend (did I mention I’ve been invited to a cookie bake/exchange this weekend 🙂 ). So I’ll be sure and take lots of pics 😉 and share!

Until next time
Krista ❤

Time to get to know the crazy one! 😁

Hi all!  I am the other half of this new adventure.  My name is Lynn and Krista is my cousin/sister/bestest friend ever!  I am living in Iowa with my amazing fiancé, mom, and assorted pets.  

I have recently discovered that I LOVE to bake, breads, cakes, and cookies are my usual experiments.  So far I’ve made quite a few people(oddly enough I don’t eat most of what I make) happy with my care packages! 

I have also found that due to the very expensive life we all seem to lead that learning to make homemade cleansers and detergents is the way to go!  

I’m hoping to be able to share my recipes for everything I’m working on complete with pictures(crossing my fingers!) just as soon as I can.