Saturday, January 7, 2012

Sweet Result

Last night was the final session of our book, Bridges on the Journey.  It is the bible study I am doing with my family.  These last few months of taking this journey closer to God with my family has been incredible.  I have learned so much about the beautiful hearts of the women in my family and their desire to know God more.  I am excited that they all want to continue growing in God with me!  

It was also my cousin's birthday two days ago.  One of her favorite things is Starbucks Birthday Cake Pops so I attempted to sort of duplicate those as a little celebration for her last night.  As you can see, I didn't even attempt to make them perfectly round as Starbucks has them.  I'm sure they tasted just as good.  If anyone has tips on how to get them perfectly round without the cake splitting in two and falling off, please enlighten me.  I had the worst time EVER attempting these for the Harry Potter Party (as you can see, they cracked).  I also made some mini cupcakes with buttercream icing.  I put various toppings on them such as cookies n' cream crumbles, marshmallows w/ chocolate sauce, fresh blueberries and strawberry preserve with a fresh strawberry on top (my favorite).  

Friday, January 6, 2012

The Week of Soups!

Normally, James hates eating soup for dinner.  He says it's not a real meal.  The only way I've gotten us to eat soup three times this week is because we are both fighting off a pretty nasty cold.  The first soup I made was my Authentic Pittsburgh-Style Italian Wedding Soup, I put the recipe up on The Lofty Cook.  I am so excited that I got to make this recipe, it tastes just like home.  If you've never been to Pittsburgh, you probably don't know that Wedding soup is sort of a staple soup at every restaurant.  It is almost always on the menu.  Unfortunately, down here it is not.  The only place that I have seen/had wedding soup is the Italian restaurant across the street from us called Dominic's and it is NOTHING like what I grew up with.  Anyway, after this cold came I decided I would finally try my hand at making the wedding soup I know and love.  The only problem is that Publix doesn't sell the right pasta!  So, the recipe has the closest thing to Acini di Pepe that I could find.

Tonight, I am making Jenn G's famous Tortellini Soup!!! James and I are both pretty excited about that because it's so delicious.

I am also going to be attempting the infamous cake pops for the second time in celebration of Savannah's birthday.  Let's hope my strategy pays off this time.