Friday, September 30, 2011

New cupcake flavors for fall

With October just around the corner that means leaves will be changing, spice smells will be in the air and I will be making fall cupcakes, breads, cakes and more!  Exciting flavors to come are Pumpkin with cream cheese frosting, Gingerbread with a spice butter cream frosting and a caramel apple with caramel cream cheese frosting.  My mouth is watering as I am typing this :)

I will be making some this weekend so make sure you check back in the middle of the week for the pictures and recipes.  I promise it will be worth your time!

Happy baking
The Culinary Chic

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Applesauce Pumpkin Bread

I am wanting Fall and Winter to be here so I am hoping if I make this bread, I will wake up one morning and find that the leaves have changed and there is snow on the ground....*sigh* wishfull thinking on my end I know.  One can dream cant I?

This is a very moist, fall flavor bread.  Very easy to make too

Applesauce Pumpkin Bread

2/3 cup butter
2 1/2 cup sugar
4 eggs
2 cups applesauce
1 cup pumpkin
3 1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup apple juice
1/2 cup nuts

In a bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg, whisk together and set aside.  Mix butter and sugar until light in color.  Add eggs, one at a time, scraping down bowl after each addition.  Add applesauce and pumpkin.  Mix well. Alternate apple juice and flour mixture.  Mix just until blended.  Stir nuts in by hand.  Spread in loaf pans and bake 350 for 1 hour or until done

Reed and Raquels sealing

After 3 years of marriage my niece and her hubby have decided to get sealed in the Temple.  She asked me to make cupcakes for the reception that they are having.  She wanted Red Velvet and Chocolate cupcakes with Cream cheese frosting.  Reception turned out to be beautiful :)

And the frosting begins 150 cupcakes

150 frosted cupcakes

Red Velvet with Sprinkles

Chocolate with Cream Cheese frosting no sprinkles

Red Velvet with Cream Cheese frosting no sprinkles

Set up at the reception



Thank you Reed and Raquel for giving me the oppertunity to make these for your special day.  Love you both!

Shredded chicken Tacos

I have made this chicken recipe and used it many different ways.  I have used it in Navajo tacos, regular tacos and taco salads.  It is yummy stuff :)

Chicken ~ I use one of the family packs of chicken
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/2 medium green pepper, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon garlic ~ either powder or chopped
4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 cups salsa ~ mild, medium or hot depending on your taste
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 small can tomato sauce

Boil chicken, let cool then shred.  Saute onion and pepper until onion is clear.  Add chicken, cook for 10 minutes.  Add salsa, spices and tomato sauce, let simmer until warmed through.
Serve with either Navajo taco bread, taco shells or in a taco salad.  When I do the tacos or Navajo tacos, I will drain and rinse a can of pinto beans.  I also use sour cream, olives, guacamole, lettuce, onions, tomatoes and shredded cheese.


I have been a bad blogger :( I am so sorry to my loyal blogheads that follow me.  Things have been CRAZY around my house!  On the 7th of September my mom feel down her stairs and broke her foot in 2 places so I have been helping her a lot.  In May, my daughter Makayla started getting migraines with auras.  She has had a headache since the Tuesday after Labor day and ended up in the hospital last Thursday to Friday getting "migraine cocktails" every 2 hours to help get rid of her headache.  THEN as if that wasn't enough, Christian ended up in the ER over the weekend with blood sugars over 1000 (no that's not a typo). 

So needless to say, I have been a very BAD blogger.  But not to fear my friends, I have been typing up my recipes so when I do get the chance, like now, all I have to do is publish them.  Woohoo! 

With out further ado....I am going to stop typing this blog and post some recipes :)

Happy cooking

Love you all!!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Bake Sale

For those of you who my son, Christian, is type 1 and has been for 5 years.  He was diagnosed when he was 11 and he is now 16.  Each year around this time the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) has a walk around the Scera Park in Orem.  I write a walk letter for him and ask for donations that we give the the JDRF in the hopes that someday soon they will find a cure for this horrible disease and other families wont have to go through what we go through and what Christian goes through each and every day. 

This year I decided to do something different and do a bake sale.  I have a friend that is the Shoe Fairy and I teamed up with her and her monthly fundraising yard sales that she has.  I made 15 dozen cupcakes and sold them for 1$ each.  I made a pretty good profit to donate this year.  I am so glad that I teamed up with her. 

I did get a few comments from people about doing cupcakes for something that has to do with diabetes.  I would have to explain to them that Christian has type 1 which is different from type 2.  With type 1, you control it with shots not with diet and exercise like you do with type 2.  I told them that Christian could have sugar sometimes but when he did have sugar, he would have to take a shot because his body didn't produce the insulin like other people because his pancreas has stopped working. 

Pumpkin with cream cheese frosting

Vanilla bean with strawberry butter cream

Chocolate cake with mint butter cream

Coconut cake with coconut frosting topped with shredded coconut

German Chocolate

Chocolate cake with peanut butter cream cheese

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

I have not forgot about you my dear blogging friends

Things have been crazy around here with school starting then I had my neices Temple sealing reception to make cupcakes for.  THEN to top everything off I have had computer problems and have not been able to blog.  This weekend I am doing my bake sale.  So I wont be blogging for a bit then either.  But I do promise you that I have been making lots of yummy things and once my life calms down the beginning of next week, I will post everything for you :)