This is why you’re fat

It’s actually the name of a website. We visit it often. Here it is. Before you progress any further into this post, please click on the “here” link so you can get an idea of where I’m coming from.

AJ desperately wants to get something to submit to this website. I told him that if he came up with something I would make it. My mistake. Here, is his idea.

  1. First, you take 2 slices of chocolate chip banana bread
  2. then, you smear one side with marshmallow cream and the other side with Nutella
  3. Then, you sandwich these together with banana slices in the middle.
  4. After which, you dunk the whole thing in yellow cake mix batter.
  5. Next, deep fry the sandwich, taking care to keep it together.
  6. When it cools, dip the whole thing in melted milk chocolate,
  7. and roll it in toasted almonds and coconut.
  8. serve with whip cream and a cherry on top.
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tooting my own horn

 

so, I made Tiramisu tonight for smallgroup with friends. It was amazing. You should try it. I got this recipe off of bhg.com but I made quite a few changes, so now it’s known as:

Pearl’s Amazing Double Chocolate Tiramisu

1.Make up a box mix of white cake mix. Only add one whole egg, 2 tablespoons of vanilla and the normal amount of oil and water. Beat until completely smooth (to make the cake a little heavier). Cook in square pan. Cook till toothpick comes out clean.

  • 1/4  cup brewed espresso or strong coffee
  • 1  8-ounce carton mascarpone cheese (I used reduced fat cream cheese)
  • 1  cup whipping cream
  • 1/4  cup powdered sugar (or more to taste)
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3  cup Kahlua
  •   Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons butter (not margarine or shortening)
  • cocoa powder for topping

Directions

1. Place the white chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high till melted in 30 second spurts. As soon as it is soft enough to spread, spread it as thinly as possible on wax paper on a cookie sheet. Repeat with the semi-sweet chips. Place wax paper in freezer till chocolate sets up and then peel away the wax paper and crackle the chocolate into bits and return to the freezer.

2. When the cake is cooled, cut in half-inch slices and line the bottom of an 8x8x2-inch baking pan with half of the cake, cutting to fit as necessary. Drizzle half of the espresso over the cake; set aside.

3. In a medium mixing bowl, beat together the mascarpone cheese, whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer just until stiff peaks form. Beat in the Kahlua until just combined. Spoon half of the mascarpone mixture over the cake, spreading evenly. Sprinkle half of the crackled chocolate over the mascarpone mixture. Top with another layer of cake. Layer with remaining espresso and mascarpone cheese mixture.

4.  Top with the other half of the crackled chocolate and sift cocoa powder over the top.

5. Cover and chill for 6 to 24 hours.

6. Fast for the rest of the week and train for that marathon.

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of Easter dresses, and bunnies and posers–not poseurs.

Things That Make Me Happy: unexpectedly finding a friend who has a hand-tame rabbit that I can sit next to Violet for her Easter pictures. Luckily, I also have a friend who has a daughter the same age, so that way we can help each other out with baby and bunny wrangling.

Ideas For a Cute Photo Shoot: Easter dresses on the babies. A whole carrot with the carrot greens still attached for the babies to feed the bunny. A sunny, dry day in the park would be perfect, but…this is Washington. Outdoor lighting would really be ideal though. Any ideas Ashley?

Today I made the best baking powder biscuits I have ever (ever) ever tasted.

make these as soon as you get up tomorrow morning. No “Iff’s” “ands” or “But’s”…well, maybe a bigger butt.

The Most Amazing Biscuits Ever*

2 cups all purpose flour

1 T sugar

1 t salt

3 t baking powder

1/2 cup cold butter

(optional) dash of dill/nutmeg/chipotle pepper powder/thyme/rosemary/etc. depending on what you are serving it with. I did dill and it was awesome.

3/4 cup cold water.

Heat oven to 450. Mix dry ingredients together. Cut in cold butter with a pastry cutter (no touching with hands) till butter bits are the size of bread crumbs–no bigger than a pinky fingernail. Pour cold water over the top and mix gently with fork–don’t over mix.  As soon as the dough is formed, place it on a flour-dusted counter top and roll or press till 1/2 inch thick. Use an inverted glass or a biscuit cutter to cut out the biscuits and place them on a baking tray. Take the remaining dough bits and gently gently gently press them into a 1/2 inch thick round and cut out remaining biscuits. Take the leftover bits and just bake them along with the biscuits for like…7-12 minutes ish (?) I just waited till they were lightly brown on top. serve hot.

*Disclaimer: these might not actually be the best biscuits you’ve ever had, because it might be that I am just better at this whole baking thing than you are.

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