Monday, February 27, 2012

Healthy Egg Salad

My dad and I are huge fans of egg salad, so when I saw a recipe for egg salad with Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise I knew I had to try it.  My dad wasn't too convinced but still tried it and even liked it. You really can't tell there's yogurt instead of mayo.

I usually only make my egg salad with eggs, mayo, salt and pepper. The recipe I found had a few more ingredients and I branched out.  I never measure when I make egg salad but I'll put them here in case you don't know where to start.

What you need: 
6 eggs
1/4 cup 2% Greek yogurt
1/2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
1/2 Tbsp Classic Mustard
1 Dill Pickle Spear (I love them in egg salad although not many people do)
Pepper and Salt

Monday, February 13, 2012

Buttermilk Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

For my Valentine's Day Soiree I decided to make heart shaped Buttermilk cupcakes and Nutella frosting.  So many of my pins on pinterest were helpful tips for making them, and I will definitely be using these tips for all my cupcakes in the future.

First here's the recipe for the cupcakes and the frosting originally from Krissy's Creations.

Buttermilk Cupcakes
What you need:

4 Eggs
2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
1 ¼ cups Buttermilk
3 cups Cake Flour
2 cups Sugar
3 ½ teaspoons Baking Powder
½ teaspoon Salt
1 cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter, softened

Nutella Frosting
What you need:

1 ½ cups (3 Sticks) Unsalted Butter (Softened)
3 cups Confectioners Sugar
1/8 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
1 cup Nutella

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line 2-3 cupcake pans with baking cups.  This recipe made a little bit more than 24 cupcakes, so you should have a third cupcake pan ready.

2.  In a small bowl whisk together the eggs, vanilla extract, and buttermilk.  Put it to the side for later.

3.  In a large bowl mix together the cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Add the butter and beat until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.  Add the egg mixture in 3 additions.  

4.  Put the batter in the cake liners, being careful not to fill them more than half full. It rises a lot and will overflow if its 2/3 full like normal cupcakes. 

5.  Place the cupcakes in the middle rack of the oven and bake until a toothpick inserted into a few cupcakes comes out clean. The original post said 25 minutes but with the high altitude of Colorado 20 minutes was enough.   

6.  While the cupcakes are baking, make the nutella buttercream.  Cream the butter in the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, about 5 minutes.  

7.  Add the confectioners sugar and salt and mix until the sugar is fully incorporated.  Add the vanilla and whisk until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 5 minutes, scraping the edges of the bowl.  

8.  Then add the nutella.  Beat until the nutella is fully incorporated and the buttercream is light and fluffy again.

Another Blogger had an ingenious idea for getting the batter into the cake liners so I had to try it. 

After the batter is ready,  put it in a Ziploc bag and cut the corner, like a make shift frosting bag. Since my mom was in the kitchen with my I had her hold the Ziploc bag but it could also work by lining a bowl or large cup with it. That way it has support. 

Then it's easy from there filling up the liners. I saved SO much time!

I found another Pin to make heart shaped cupcakes and decided to give it a try. All you do is put a marble on the outside of the cupcake liner in each tin.  You can also try rolling aluminum foil instead. 

I do't think my marbles were big enough though because my cupcakes didn't look like hearts. 

I followed the same idea with the cup to hold the bag for the frosting. Again such a time saver I will always do this.  

Monday, February 6, 2012

Paper Heart Wreath

Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday just because everything is covered in hearts and PINK! Two of my favorite things.

So I decided to spend my Snow Day creating a paper heart wreath.  The original idea was from The Hybrid Chick.

I changed the directions just a little, like I always do :)

What you need: 
Two sided paper, at least 8 1/2 X 11, in pretty prints
     (I used 12 X 12 Scrapbook paper)
Glue dots or other strong adhesive
Ruler and scissors or paper cutter

Cut each paper into 2 inch strips. (Mine are 2 1/2" wide because I cut around the designs on one of my sheets)

Fold each strip in half. 
Add two or three glue dots to the outside of one of the strips.  
Then fold the the two end of the strip in to form a heart shape. 

After all the hearts are made put 2 glue dots one side of a heart and attach it to another.

Then I slid the ribbon between the two glue dots between two of the hearts. Once the end was on the inside of the wreath I tied a knot to hold it in place.  

I slid the other end of the ribbon between two hearts so there were three hearts in between the ribbon. 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Another Paper Heart Garland

This week I decided to continue my heart decoration theme for my upcoming Pre-Valentines party. It's another simple project that requires little explanation. The original idea came from Happy Clippings.

I used 12" by 12" cardstock paper, cut into 3/4" strips

Fold each strip in half

Then fold the two ends in towards the middle and either staple or glue them together.

For the next heart make sure one side of the strip is on the outside of the first heart and the other end of the strip goes through the heart. Then staple the ends together as before. 

Continue until the garland reaches your desired length. I copied the original poster and I am using it as a chandelier decoration. 

The original post also used two pieces of paper so the outside of each heart was a different color/ design. Just make sure the outside strip is longer than the inside one.