Saturday, May 23, 2015

3D Printing

I'm pretty sure the first time I saw something made with 3D printing was on Project Runway/Lifetime. Justin LeBlanc was a contestant and for his fashion week runway show he made some jewelry with a 3D printer. If you go HERE you can see some of his jewelry and clothing creations.

My son is learning to use a 3D printer in 8th grade tech class. Here is what he created.
A Lego. How great is that? He did such an amazing job I thought I would share.

PS. My nails look great. Love that color. :)


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Baseball Season

My son has been playing baseball for 5 years. Over the 5 years he never really loved it. This season he seems so into it, which makes it so much fun for us to watch and listen to his game recap. I have missed some games over the years because I work nights and weekends. #workingmom :( 
I do my best to run to the games and catch as many innings as I can.
Here's to a great season.

I made him a baseball cake for his 8th birthday.


2nd Base


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

It has been a while since I baked for work. I should have baked over the winter more. That is what winter is for, right? Baking to keep the house warm. Maybe I was too tired to bake after all of the snow shoveling this winter.

I found a recipe that I decided to try. A rich, chewy, chocolatey, peanut butter brownie. I baked a batch along with a batch of mint chocolate chip cookies, packed them up and 

 My mother was over when I was packing them up and she said, "Leave at least one here." I did. And I ended taking a couple of the left overs home too, my son Loved them. :)
took them into work.

Well, I guess they were a hit. :)
They only thing is that no matter how hard I thought I pressed the toppings into the mixture a lot of it ended up in the pan while I was cutting them. Although, I didn't hear any complaints. I would say this recipe was tested and was a huge success.

1 box brownie mix (I used family size 9x13)
2/3 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
2 2/3 cup powdered sugar
2-4 Tbsp milk (to make it spreadable)
1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
6 Tbsp butter
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup Reese's mini's chopped

Pre-heat oven to 350F degrees
Make brownins as directed on the box, cool for at least 1 hour. (Until the bottom of the pan is cool to the touch)

With an electric mixer add together 2/3 cup butter, peanut butter, powdered sugar and milk. Beat until smooth.

In a microwave safe bowl combine chocolate chips and 6 Tablespoons of butter. Microwave in :30 intervals until the chocolate chips and butter are melted, stir until smooth. Let cool for about 10 mintues.

Spread the peanut butter mixture over the brownies.

Spread the chocolate mixture over the peanut butter.
Pour and press the chopped Reese's minis and the peanut butter chips over the top. 
Refrigerate the pan until it is set.
Cut and serve.

original recipe here

Enjoy, Michelle

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Apple Pie Roll-ups, Review

Do you ever actually make/do things that you pin on Pinterest? 
I have tried recipes, craft ideas, remodel help and decorating suggestions.
This is one recipe that I pinned a while ago. I can't remember the exact site I found it on. As you know I like to try different baking recipes and see how they come out. 
For the most part I have really liked everything that I have tried from Pinterest. (I did have a donut fail that I think I found on Pinterest too.)

Anyway, this recipe is not going to get rave reviews. The apple roll-ups weren't challenging to make, just a little time consuming with cutting all of the apples.
The roll-ups tasted pretty good while they warm. When they cooled down they were just so crispy and hard no one in the family really cared for them. Sorry.
Recipe not provided for this one.

 They look so good.

Apples cut into small pieces.

Place the mixture in the wonton wrapper.

Wrap, I think probably some butter on top.  Bake

Looks Good :)

If you are interested in this type of recipe you could probably just look it up on Pinerest and give it a try.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Pumpkin Donuts

I made these for for one day and left them for the morning crew. They rarely get to taste my baked goods. They tasted great. A bit fragile so I cut them in half so they were easier to handle.


1 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour (measure 2 cups remove 2 Tbsp)
1 3/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin puree
1 tsp vanilla extract


1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 18 doughnut wells

In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger for 20 seconds, set aside. 
In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together granulated sugar and brown sugar until well combined.
Add canola oil, eggs, pumpkin puree and vanilla extract and using an electric hand mixer, blend until mixture is well blended. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and mix with electric mixer until well combined. Spoon or pipe batter into doughnut wells, filling each about 3/4 full (a scant 1/4 cup in each).
Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 13 - 16 minutes. Cool doughnuts slightly. 
Mix together 1/3 cup sugar and 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon until well combined. 
I held the donuts in my hand and sprinkled the topping mixture over the donuts, flip to do both sides
Place on wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container. 

~I thought the donuts were very fragile. I ended up cutting them in half, because I was afraid they would break if some were to try to pick one up. :) 


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dining Room

When we moved into our house 8 years ago there was so much that we just had to change. We liked the house layout and the yard and realized that we could always update the interior. The updates began and never really ended. We are always changing things. We finally arrived to the third stage of the dining room remodel. Is it the last stage? Who knows. I love changing things.

 This is what the dining room looked like with the previous owners furnishings, wallpaper and carpet with out any padding. Hard as a rock. Who would put carpeting in and not include a pad? 
And that wallpaper WHAT?

 After I peeled off the wallpaper, I painted it two shades of green.  I painted the moldings and window casings white and we changed the carpet and the shades.

This is the most recent photo. We got new windows, no wood on the windows just the floor. We got rid of the carpet and got these beautiful hardwood floors. 
We also changed out the light fixture. Love it.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Snickerdoodle with a Twist

Snickerdoodles are a favorite of many and so is chocolate. I was going to make snickerdoodles for work one day. I forgot the recipe had to chill for 1 to 2 hours. I didn't have that kind of time. I did end up making chocolate chip cookies with a new product from Nestle.

It is their milk chocolate chips with peanut butter filling. I just used the recipe from the bag. They were OK, everyone at work loved them. The peanut butter leaked out a bit and the dough kinda spread out a little when baking.
Anyway, I put my snickerdoodle dough in the fridge to save for another day.
I decided to dip the snickerdoodle dough in the mini chips then the sugar-cinnamon mixture.
The result, so good. Chocolate really makes everything just at little tastier. Enjoy.


1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 cup butter chilled and sliced into tablespoons
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
mini chocolate chips


In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups sugar, the sliced butter and eggs.  Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until light and fluffy. About 3 minutes.  Add flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, nutmeg and salt.  Beat at low speed until soft dough forms.

Cover with plastic wrap. Chill 1 to 2 hours, or until firm.

Heat oven, to 375F.  In small bowl, combine cinnamon and remaining 2 Tablespoons sugar.  Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Press into the mini chocolate chips. Roll balls in cinnamon mixture.  Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown.

Let cool for 1-3 minutes before removing from cookie sheets.  Cool completely before storing.


recipe from here

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