Inspired by the movie, 'Julie and Julia', I have decided to start a cooking blog.
Where do I begin? From a woman who is a blessed wife, mom, daughter, sister, auntie and friend, what can I actually do to inspire my sense of taste among the ones I love the most? Especially with one of the biggest blessings...my husband is an amazing 'gourmet' chef in our home. What would cause me to want to start something like this? Well, I must say, being around people like my husband and my best friend, Holly, they enjoy cooking so much, they make it look fun and so delicious. They make what use to seem like a major task, look like a get away from the bland to the delightfully tasty parts of life.
This journey has begun as I opened up a surprise package from a dear friend in Iowa on Christmas Eve. Again, I must say, Holly loves to bake and cook; and every meal is exquisite and performed with great excellence. As I opened my surprise package, there it was. The source of my inspiration. She created a small cook book...a small cook book just for some of her close friends and family. The title, "Only the Easiest, Quickest and Best Recipes" From Holly's Kitchen To Yours.
Also inside the package was a fun beginner's cooking kit for none other than my fun, creative and my source of inspiration...my daughter. The kit was filled with a wisk, miniature muffin pan, miniature cupcake liners, a small spatula, wooden spoon and apron. O so adorable, and beyond fun. This kit has inspired the creativity already on the inside of my adorable daughter, in which I am reminded all over again, that I get to be her mom.
All in all, today I baked pumpkin bars, and made my own frosting...for the first time successfully!!! Now that's exciting...
My daughter used every one of her important tools from her kit and here are a couple of photographs to prove it....enjoy, salivate and be inspired to inspire your taste buds, as we have in our home this fun, memorable evening!
The big sheet are the pumpkin bars I made...
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray your jelly roll pan (see image below) with Cooking Spray.
Here's your grocery list:
* 1 small can pumpkin
* 2 cups sugar
* 1 cup vegetable oil
* 4 eggs
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
*1/2 teaspoon salt
Mix all ingredients just til blended; don't beat too long or bars will turn out chewy. Bake in Jelly roll pan at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
(Jelly Roll Pan)
For homemade frosting:
* 2 pound package of powdered sugar
* 1 stick butter, softened (microwave for a few seconds)
* 8 ounces cream cheese, softened (microwave for a few seconds)
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat together and spread on cooled bars...you can cut after it has been frosted.