"make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you,
so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."

--1 thessalonians 4: 11-12

Monday, November 7, 2011

a kitchenaid party

the night we moved into our new house,
my pear colored kitchenaid mixer was 
sitting on the dining room table.

apparently they're good conversation pieces...
 because somehow it came up that
kyle and my mom both had one,
and the next thing i knew, those two were planning a 
"kitchenaid party".
i wasn't quite sure what that entailed, but i was game.

lo and behold, two-ish weeks later, 
it came to fruition.








we congregated in my mom's big kitchen one sunday afternoon,
and immersed ourselves in a flurry of flour, sugar, apples, pumpkin and chocolate.
it was heaven, i tell you.
perfect for fall, 
and with all of those mixers, things went fast.
i am ready for round two, 
but that might have to wait until 
our annual christmas baking marathon.
i don't want to wait,
but i don't want my waistline to make me look like
just because my baby is 1 tomorrow,
that i am expecting again...
because i'm not.
and that, folks, is a record.
i could eat to that.

 wanna try these for yourself?
believe me, you do.
here are the recipes:

moist apple cake
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup natural applesauce
4 cups (2lbs) diced apples (i used granny smith)
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg

1. preheat oven to 350. in a large bowl, combine sugar, applesauce and diced apples. mix in eggs and nuts.

2. in another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. add to apple/egg mixture and stir until combined. pour into a greased 13x9 baking dish. sprinkle lightly with additional sugar if desired. bake for 1 hr.

pumpkin spice bars

1 pkg spice cake mix.
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1 tbls vanilla
1 8oz pkg cream, softened
1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin, unsweetened
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chopped white chocolate
1 tbsp butter, melted
1/3 cup uncooked regular oats
powdered sugar (optional)

1.Preheat oven to 350. Combine first 4 ingredients, mixing well with a fork. Reserve 1 cup crumbs for streusel topping. Press remaining crumbs into a lightly greased 13x9 pain.

2. Bake at 350 for 13-15 minutes or until puffy and set. Cool in pan on a wire rack 20 minutes.

3. Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer 30 seconds or until creamy. Add brown suger, pumpkin, egg, and 1 tsp vanilla; beat until well blended. Pour filling over baked crust.

4. Stir white chocolate, 1 tbls melted butter, and oats into reserved 1 cup streusel. Sprinkle over filling.

5. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until edges begin to grown and center is set. Cool completely in pain on a wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired. Cut into bars. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

molten chocolate cookies
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
3 large egg whites
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon corn starch
1/4 teaspoon salt

1. preheat oven to 350, spray 2 large baking sheets.

2. melt 1 cup of the chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave.

3. beat egg whites til stiff peaks form; gradually beat in 1 cup of powdered sugar.

4. whisk 1 cup sugar, cocoa, cornstarch in a bowl; beat into meringue.

5. add in chocolate & remaining chocolate chips; roll into balls.

6. bake for 10 min.


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