Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day Supper

We celebrated Valentine's Day at home with a candlelit supper...very simple.

My husband and I ate Stouffer's Lasagna...a tradition since before we were married (the lasagna part...not necessarily the Stouffer's part!).  I made meatloaf and mashed potatoes for T...his favorites...since he's allergic to tomato-based foods.

For dessert, we made s'mores...with heart-shaped marshmallows!

~So fun!!

At the end of an evening full of festivities, T was tuckered out!

<3  Lots of love!  <3

Friday, February 8, 2013

Snowy Mountain Peaks

This afternoon, I baked some Snowy Peaks cupcakes.  I thought they would be a delicious winter treat.  Mmmm!  Ü

Here is the recipe (as I revised it*), in case you want to bake some Snowy Peaks, too.  :)

Snowy Peaks

1 box white cake mix, plus ingredients to prepare mix
4 egg whites, at room temperature
6 tablespoons sugar

Preheat oven to 350
°F.  Line 10 jumbo muffin cups with paper baking cups.  Prepare cake mix according to directions on box.  Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling two-thirds full.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.  Cool in pan 10 minutes.  Remove to wire rack; cool completely.

Increase oven temperature to 375
°F.  Beat egg whites in medium bowl with electric mixer at high speed until soft peaks form.  Gradually add sugar, beating until stiff peaks form.  Pipe or spread meringue on each cupcake.

Place cupcakes on a baking tray.  Bake 5 minutes or until peaks of meringue are golden.

Makes 10 jumbo cupcakes

source of inspiration (*I did not follow the recipe exactly):  Publications International, Ltd. Cupcakes & Fun Stuff, Vol. 3, No. 41

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Winter Sleigh Ride

I don't know if sleigh riding qualifies as a winter sport (the Bento Blog Network theme this week)...but if not, we can pretend, right?  It's definitely a winter activity, and that's good enough for me!  :)

This was T's lunch today.

  • sleigh = peanut butter and jelly sandwich with colored sugar, sprinkles, and jumbo sprinkles to decorate
  • Hello Kitty = peanut butter and jelly sandwich with jimmies and sprinkles to decorate  (The bow is two heart-shaped savory crackers with colored sugar and a jumbo snowflake sprinkle.)
  • snow = popcorn
  • snow-covered evergreen tree = Little Debbie cake (from my freezer!)

I used the sleigh cutter to cut off the bottom of the Hello Kitty bread to make it appear that she is riding in the sleigh.

The Hello Kitty toy is from a Happy Meal...not recently!

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