Monday, December 13, 2010
Red Velvet Brownies
1 4oz. bittersweet chocolate baking bar, chopped
3/4 c. butter
2 c. sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 1oz. bottle red liquid food coloring
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1 t. vanilla
small batch cream cheese frosting
white chocolate curls to garnish
Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottom and sides of 9" square pan with foil, allowing 2-3 inches to extend over sides. Grease foil.
Microwave chocolate and butter in a large microwave safe bowl at high 1 1/2 - 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30 second intervals. Whisk in sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, whisking just until blended after each addition. Stir in flour, and next 4 ingredients. Pour mixture into prepared pan.
Bake at 350° for 44 to 48 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely on a wire rack. (about 2 hours)
Lift brownies from pan, using foil sides as handles; gently remove foil. Spread small batch cream cheese frosting on top of Brownies, and cut into 16 squares. Garnish with chocolate curls.
Small-Batch Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8oz. package cream cheese frosting
3 T. butter softened
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/8 t. salt
1 t. vanilla extract
Beat cream cheese and butter together until creamy, gradually add powdered sugar and salt, beating until blended , stir in vanilla.
Hope you enjoy them...I know I will :)
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Our house is smelling so wonderful tonight! I have lots of sweet treats baking tonight for our dinner with my mom's side of the family tomorrow! This year we will be going to my Granny Ree's house and to Wesley's mom's house on Sunday for another Thanksgiving celebration. So that means lots, and LOTS of great food to eat!! We are very blessed in our family with some very wonderful cooks, over eating is a huge problem when we get together! Which can be a good thing sometimes.
So in honor of Thanksgiving what are you most thankful for this year??? Here is my top 10 list....
1. Wesley~his love, support, endless faith, strength, & kindness
2. Brody & Marak~ their love for us and each other, sweetness, stubborn, onry, & kindness. For their timing, they came when I needed them most and didn't even know it.
3. My family~immediate, distant, and even in-laws!
4. My courageous mother~ her strength, faith, wisdom, dependability, love, & her ability to move mountains with her prayers.
5. Blessings~ For all of the unexpected ones we have received.
6. Acceptance~ The ability to accept things I have no control over and the strength to move past.
7. 25 years~ The time I had getting to know one of the most wonderful men on the planet...my grandfather.
8. 2 in 2~ having 2 boys in 2 years
9. Chocolate- It's just a daily necessity
10.Timeouts!~ Like Chocolate it is a daily necessity with a 2 year old and a 1 year old. :)
Hope you all have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
For some reason I just love this photo, it pretty much sums up how my week went. In case you are wondering in the buckets is frosting and fondant. In the walmart sacks is cake mix, and all of the rest of the stuff on the table would be cake boards, cake sketches, and other misc. cake things.
This is the full view of Danielle's cake. Turned out pretty good, it even survived the way down from the house. The wedding was about an hour away from our house at a Lake. This cake was Vanilla with Buttercream frosting. Classic Wedding cake!
Sunday, October 3, 2010
So going with her made the game even better. The game is held at the cotton bowl while the Texas state fair is going on. So when you get there you can ride the rides, eat the fair food, and enjoy the great game. The game was awesome we stayed ahead the whole game which is always nice. We almost gave it up in the end with the two fumbles, but then our SOONER magic came into play and we recovered it. Thank goodness!! All in all it was a great day!
Thursday, September 30, 2010
The cakes have picked up so much. Next week I have a baby shower cake, wedding cake, grooms cake, and a birthday cake...oops make that two birthday cakes. So it will be busy and the little boys will be excited to taste test the cake batter and the frosting. And I will get to anxiously await hearing Brody say... "Mom this is really good birthday party!" As he is licking cake batter off of the whippers. He says it every time I make cake, and I just love hearing it! I have started a website for the cake business, if you would like to check it out you can go to http://www.katycakes.org/. I am also thinking about opening an account on etsy.com and selling fondant cupcake toppers. Does any of you use etsy to sell anything on it? Or have even heard of etsy?
Well now that I am staying home be looking forward to much more smelly boy stories, and some baking too!!
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
These are the stars that were on top of the cake, I had this pink color and some in a maroon color, they looked fantastic on top of the cake.
This one is probably one of my favorites, mostly because I just LOVE the little girl I made this for. This was for my little cousin Jaycie, she is by far one of the cutest little girls I have ever seen, and so are her two sisters. This also was one of the easier cakes I have made which is really nice. I actually got to eat this one, and it was so yummy!! I made it out of one of my favorite cakes for kids parties. It was party chip cake, and in the middle I spread a layer of icing, a layer of sprinkles, then another layer of icing. It was YUMMY!!! Wish you all could have tried it.
This next one is some cupcakes I made for a friend who was having a pool party. She had about 7 different birthdays she was celebrating at the pool party so I thought the flowers and fish made for a good pool party that was celebrating both girls and boys.
Hope you have enjoyed the cakes, I am sure there will be more to come!
In March I started a new journey, one day while sitting at my desk at work, feeling very upset with situations at work and missing my kids. I was having that daily tug of war with work and kids. I noticed I had this huge feeling in my heart that I was not doing what I was supposed to be doing with my life. I just felt that my place in the world was much needed somewhere else, like at home with my boys. So I started to think of ways that I could make this happen, the most obvious was to just ask my work I if could work from home, I thought it would be possible since another lady at work does the same thing.....but when I asked they turned it down. I was so bummed out. I really love what I do at work, which I NEVER thought those words would ever come out of my mouth when I started there. When I started I was into fashion and marketing not the oil field. But as time went on and I grew up I realized that I do love it. I love getting to help people, and I love that my opinion is valued by some of the most important men in one of the largest oil companies in the world, and that those men who I normally do not help on a daily business see me and think I have no clue what I am talking about because I look too prissy, but after a few min they realize that I can run circles around them. It is a great feeling, when you have their trust an confidence in an industry that not too long ago women were not allowed to work in. Okay so back to the journey.... I started looking into ways that we could afford for me to stay home, and I came up with doing medical billing from home. So I started taking a class and trained on how to do it. Now that I have passed the class and have started to look for work... I am realizing that it is VERY hard to get work, because most doctor's offices want to hire someone who has been in the field for over 2 years. And to make it more stressful, my last day of work is September 24th, which is crazy because I am not one of those irresponsible people who quit a job without something lined out, and the events of how that happened would take forever to explain, but that is how the cards were delt. So that leaves me very soon to be without a job, and nothing lined out. So it has got me to thinking again....I know....it is very dangerous when that happens. But I was thinking, what am I doing? Am I really going to enjoy this as much as what I do now? Staying home with the boys would be amazing, but I still have that feeling deep down that I am not doing what I am supposed to do...then it came to me. My calling is food. It is my passion. Whether it is cakes, making outstanding dinners, or some pioneer woman cinnamon rolls, I love it...all of it, no matter how many dirty dishes are piled up in the sink when I am done. So after Sept. 24 you will find me at home with my crazy little boys making some wonderful food for anyone who wants to buy it. So Katycakes is in full force, along with some other cooking adventures maybe some catering? Maybe a lunch service for large offices?? I will keep you all posted. Pray this goes well, and my husband doesn't divorce me for putting us through financial ruin, if this doesn't work out!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I don't have much time, but I just wanted to share one of the projects I have been working on. This was a birthday cake for a friends little boy's birthday. He like most kids between the ages of 2 and 5 Love Toy Story. This cake is similar to the cake I made for my son Brody's birthday back in January, see here. I think this one turned out way better. I love the little wooden fence at the bottom and the moon on top that Buzz is standing on. SO CUTE! This one was easier to make too, maybe because I am getting better with fondant, or maybe because I have kind of already made this one before...not sure why...but I am okay with easier!
The birthday party was held at the Omniplex, and what a neat place to have a party. So much to see and do there. Brody would have loved it there, had he gone. He was at the lake with his dad. So Marak and I went, Marak had a blast, but I think he would have liked it a lot more if he was a bit older.
Hope you enjoy my latest creation!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
This is part of our little island. I love how pretty and calm it looks here. It really wasn't the water was up a LOT higher than normal.
We tried to get close to the dam, but they had the road blocked off from people like us who want to take a picture. :)
We finally came back home and we didn't have a lot of damage...luckily! We will be replacing some wood flooring and part of a wall. It could have been a lot worse, and we are just thankful that everyone is okay.
Friday, June 4, 2010
I just have to share a funny story about the kids.....Last night we had to do our grocery shopping, and I didn't want to wait on Wes so the boys and I went after work. We stopped off at Mc Donalds for a treat for the boys (which was the first time ever to take them there.....I am not a fan of McDonalds and hate for the kids to eat it) but Brody saw the big M in the sky and asked for french fries. Then it was off to Sams, then to Target. While at Target the boys were starting to get tired and we were just about threw with our shopping when we had to get the bread. So I hand Brody the loaf and tell him to hold on to it, and DON"T squish it! So he says, "okay momma" in his super cute little voice. We ran into the nicest man in the bread aisle who commented on the boys and how it looked like I have my hands full with them (they were going bonkers by this point) so then we finished our shopping and headed off to the check out lanes. We saw the man again at the check out lane, he ended up behind us in line. So we chit chatted some more as I unloaded the groceries out of the cart with the help of Brody who was standing in the basket. That is when I saw our loaf of bread.... I guess Brody had gotten tired of sitting on the hard cart bottom, and decided to use the loaf of bread as a cushion! When I saw it I started laughing so hard, that poor man looked at me like I was crazy! So I lifted up the bread so he could see that it was flatter than a pancake. The nice man sprinted back to the bread aisle and exchanged it for us... but I could not stop laughing.... I laughed, and laughed all the way home. And even when I think about how flat that bread was today, I can't stop chuckling!!!
Friday, May 21, 2010
Tonight we did one of my favorite things...Family Night. Now that the boys are a bit older I like to do something together as a family. Usually Family night occurs right before Wes has to work out of town. It's a good way to send him off, and it gives the boys something fun to do with their dad. So tonight we decided to take the boys out for pizza. It is hard to go out to eat with the boys, there are limited places we can go because Brody is such a picky eater. So we usually have to go somewhere where we can get pizza (and that has to look just so so or he won't eat it) or somewhere where he can get chicky fries (chicken & french fries). We have LOTS of issues with Brody and food so you never know if or what he will eat. So he normally determines where we go.
Brody saw his dad putting the "fake" Parmesan cheese on his pizza, and he had to do it too. He liked it so much that he had to sprinkle it on every time he went to take a bite. He even started to pour it on his hand and lick it off. Which really surprised me because the kid likes his food very bland, or it has to have sugar poured all over it before he will eat it. I am afraid he gets the sugar thing from me. He was just born to be that way, while I was pregnant with him, I kid you not the only things I wanted to eat were chocolate, sugar, french fries, and cheeseburgers. I had to have chocolate every day!!
After we got done eating we had to do some grocery shopping. Out of everything in the store Marak latched onto this bottle of coke and wouldn't let it down. He even had to have it with him in the car, and play with it before he went to bed. Nothing like cheap entertainment :) It was a great night, great way to spend it before Wes is out of town. Now the kids are passed out and Wes is packing...that's right I said packing. He is even doing some last minute laundry so that he can pack it too!!! Men! When will they ever be prepared??
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Here he is looking all sweet and innocent in his favorite tie.
Don't let the picture fool you, on this night he was no angel. He got in trouble for pushing his brother down for the millionth time. So I took away his toy (buzz light year), which made him start to scream and cry like a crazy man. So I told him to go lay down on the couch until he could contain himself. So he decided to march himself to the couch, lay down and yell SHUT UP!! SHUT UP!!.
Did you hear that, that sound was my heart breaking. So I very calmly went over to him and marched him to his room where he had to lay down in bed for about 10 min (when he stopped crying), then had a long, very LONG talk with him on why we can't say mean things like shut up. So in my long speech, I told him that he hurt mommy's feelings. His response was " I kiss, it!! Sorry momma!!"
So needless to say I am very irritated with kids movies, why do they put material in it that isn't appropriate for children to say or do?? If they are going to put adult material in it, then they need to say that it is for adults and not for children.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I was on my way home and stuck in traffic, when another tornado decided to start forming over my car! You always know when there is a tornado is about to happen because, it is a hard feeling to describe but the air is so funky and creepy. Kind of a thick, heavy, still feeling. As I left work, the air had that feeling in it. When I got about half way home it started raining and hailing, then all of the sudden it stopped and the wind came to a halt. That is when you know you are in trouble. Then all of the sudden the tree's on one side were blowing in one direction and the tree's on the other side of the car were blowing the opposite way, so I looked up and saw the clouds above me starting to circle. The tornado, even thou it had not touched down yet was pulling water from the lake and dumping it on the highway. I can not even begin to tell you how creepy and scary it was. Finally traffic started to move and by the time I got to the corner by my house it had landed on the ground (about 2 mi. from where I live) Thankfully it was headed in the opposite direction and the kiddo's were already in the neighbor's cellar. When I got home I realized that another tornado was headed straight for my parents house and the worry set in. It was a long night, some people were not so lucky as we were, please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
This is a photo of the tornado that landed between Yukon and Mustang. You can't tell from the photo but it was about a mile or more in length. There is something so scary but so beautiful about these.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
When I got to work on Monday AT said that the cake was a HUGE hit!! The cake was for her mother-in-law, who loved it. I was so thrilled to hear it was a success. She also ordered the cupcakes below with the pink flowers on them (see here)
The cupcakes were one of my favorites. They were sugar cookie cake with cream cheese frosting, they are absolutely divine!!
My mother gave me this quick fix meal a few years ago and ever since then, we have been eating it for dinner quite a bit.
The ingredient list is short and simple (which is another thing I love)
1 box pasta noodles (any type of small noodle works)
2 Cans diced tomatoes
2 lbs. ground beef
1/4 c. chopped onion
2 cloves garlic
Put in oven at 350° for about 20 min. Just long enough to melt the cheese. (I also added some fresh Parm. you can't go wrong with cheese at our house)
And then enjoy!! It is so yummy, I hope you can enjoy it too!
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
This is a photo of my little helpers in action. Marak is to small still to sit on the counter, and if he wasn't able to see what was going on he would stand at my feet holding onto my legs and cry until he was held up so he could see. And since he weighs a TON, he gets in the high chair.
And in case you were wondering this is what happens when your 2 year old loves helping and decides to help crack an egg! It was funny we all smiled and laughed. After that Brody didn't want to crack anymore eggs, the slimy egg creeped him out!
Saturday, April 17, 2010
My friends and I got together and planned out our meal for Shelley, with the help of her little sister Kelsey. Kristen made some very yummy brownies for desert, Amber made a yummy looking pasta salad, and I made calzones.
I used the Jiffy pizza crust mix because I was short on time, I usually try to make my own. With the boys being so small and needy I have been having to make some short cuts when cooking. I like the jiffy mix because it taste pretty close to being homemade. I decided to make her a supreme and a pepperoni & sausage. For the cheese I used fresh mozzarella, parmesan, asiago, provolone, & romano.
This is a trick I learned when I was selling pampered chef. If you have whole olives you can slice them quickly & easily by putting them in an egg slicer.
Here is what they look like when they are all chopped up. Doesn't that look easy? I love things that save some time. (and things you can do one handed, I am usually holding a kiddo while cooking)
This is what all of the veggies looked like when they were all chopped up and ready. I had green & red bell peppers, black olives, red onion, green onions, and garlic. I made WAY to much so for the rest of the week we used it in sandwiches, and omlets, it was SO good!
Here is all of the filling on the dough. After I made these I was watching Giada at home on the food network and she made some too, but on hers she used egg wash to seal them. I wish I would have thought of that while I was making mine, it would have made sealing them much easier, and nothing would have leaked out. Guess I will have to do it next time.
They are looking a little messy here, and not quite as cute as Giada's but they were still good.
And here they are all finished. I wrapped them in foil, and put them in a cute large bowl to take them to Shelley. Later she said that they really enjoyed their food from all of us. I know that she was probably relived that she didn't have to cook. Wouldn't it be nice if people brought you dinner every night once you had kids. That would be so much easier. But then your kiddo's would never get to experience your yummy home cooking.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
This is Jaycie she is on the 4 & 5 year old team. I think her whole team is all 4 years old. The game was 20 - 1 and our sweet little Jaycie made the only goal for her team!! We were so proud of her! She did such an amazing job. The other team had to have a 5 year old on their team because this one little girl (the one who scored all 20 points) towered over all of the kids and anytime she got the ball it was going in. It really wasn't fair! But our little Jaycie stepped up and put us on the board and we could have been happier about the game!
While the game was going on Marak sat in the wagon and played with Jaycies big sis Jadynn and her little sis Jenna. I love it when the boys play with the girls, they are all so cute. It reminds me of when I was little and I played with their dad Johnny. Johnny is about 10 years older than me, but when I was little I just loved playing with him, and he always took time out to play with me. He was so sweet, just like his girls are.
This is a photo of the gang! Too bad Brody wasn't there, he LOVES the little girls. What a great day at the soccer field such nice weather. What a beautiful day. After the game we went to see the new baby. I will continue on about it in the next post.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Brody LOVES Toy Story and so for his birthday he got lots of toy story stuff...including this cute little dog from the movie!
This is by far Brody's favorite toy. He got it for his birthday this year from his Nana. At the party he wouldn't put it down, he had to hold it while blowing out his candles and even when he ate his cake. Since his birthday back in January he has to take it everywhere and even has to sleep with it. We play with slinky dog and he goes everywhere with us.
Hopefully this little dog will be the only dog he will ever want....but I doubt it. I am sure like most kids he will come home one day and beg for a dog, but I hope not. It is really hard to say no to that cute little face.
Monday, April 5, 2010
5-6 Frozen chicken breast
1 pkg. taco seasoning
1 can rotel
Mix the rotel and the taco seasoning, pour over frozen chicken (while in the crock pot) turn crock pot on low, and walk away.
My low setting is 10 hrs. so I normally set and and leave for work, then when I come home I take a fork and stir it together, then you have the best chicken fajita mixture. You can put it on chips, tortillas, pitas, or anything else you can think of. My friend Deana from work gave me this recipe about a 3 months ago and I think we have had it about 4 maybe 5 times since. My husband loves it. Tonight I had mine on a pita with pinto beans, black olives, sour cream, cheese, rotel cheese dip (because you can't have enough cheese), and mango salsa. You talk about yummy! Wes had pretty much the same thing but he put his on chips, and so did my neighbor Zoeanne. She came over to drop off the boys and smelt the yummy goodness so she had dinner with us.
Here is what it looked like in the crock pot, after I stirred it with a fork. It looks kind of icky here, but I promise it isn't.
This is everything we used to make our yummy mexi-goodness. This cheese is my favorite, it is made by Tillamook (it is actual real cheese, not the processed kind in the stores) I highly suggest the real cheese in anything you make, it makes a huge difference. The salsa is also one of my favorites, Newmans he just makes the best stuff.
And here is what my plate looked like, I poured the rotel cheese dip on top with the mango salsa. As Rachael Ray would say "yummo"
Hope you try it, if so let me know I would love to hear how you liked it.