Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Little Mrs Bakenstein (or E. Bakenstein)

My husband told me that this year I can only bake twice a month.  I agreed because we are trying to decrease our sugar consumption.  I promised in fact.  Then I turned around and made these...

Lets get a closer look.

MONKEY MUFFINS!!! (Click for recipe.)

They were really incredible.  My husband tried to eat the whole thing by himself but I refused to let him enjoy all of the delish-iocity by himself!  

I got the recipe from my best friend Ree...you know The Pioneer Woman.  Okay, maybe best friend isn't quite "keeping it real".  I am more like a blog stalker, but we (she and I) visit with each other several times a day.  We (she and I) hang out for hours upon hours figuring out which of her recipes I will make next.

With that said.  This week I tried these recipes from The Pioneer Woman arsenal of awesomeness!

This is INDEED the best chocolate sheet cake I have ever eaten in my LIFE.  It is all from scratch which is right up my alley, it is pretty simple to make.  Its gone, and no I never got around to giving it away.  (Dont judge me.)  Next time I will make this in my Bundt pan and drizzle the chocolate frosting over it.  It will be easier to store and prettier.  YOU MUST MAKE THIS!

I do not know what I did wrong but my melts were not fabulous.  They were below average.  My husband thought they were good, but I NEVER strive for just good.  I need him to use an adjective that is fun, exciting,  along the lines of FANTASTIC.  I did not get that response.  I only at one, and then my appetite for the day was gone.  Try them if you want, I hope yours come out as good as Ree's look!

This was so-so.  My baked spaghetti is better and I would rather spend 30 minutes making something great than 16 making something that is just average.  I made it Thursday and it is still in the fridge.  We did not even fool with the left overs.  And we have NO PROBLEM with eating food over and over again until it is gone.  In fact we have ordered pizza twice since I made this, I may break it out tonight.  I think the fact that I did not add meat is what made it different.  Please try it and tell me if I am off and you thought it was really easy and great.  

Just to let you know I also made Banana Nut Muffins yesterday.  They had a cream cheese swirl going on.  

I have baked three times and it is not even the 15th yet.  I have broken my promise and I feel terrible.  I am however not going to beat myself up about it.  The muffins do not count because they were a necessity!  I am not going to throw away bananas that are rotting!  I just can't!

Lets pause for a moment of silence.

I picked up this Smart Bacon.  Should not be called "Smart Bacon"...it tasted dumb.  It was literally like eating a shoe box.  I mean, what I would think a shoe box would taste like, because I have never actually eaten a shoe box before.

Say NO to smart bacon.  I would rather just omit bacon like things from my life than settle for this horrible substitute.  

With that said my list for the week is coming along wonderfully!  I'm glad that I am setting small goals for myself to attain.  I'm no good at achieving long term goals, short attention span!

Stay safe in the snow!!


  1. I'm trying to get down to baking once i get an oven, hopefully within this year so recipes like these i will squirrel away and hope i get to bake them soon! Thank you!

  2. OMG, those are so cute! I've never seen such tiny money bread. :) I could never regulate the baking, we just don't eat everything we make. It's like my therapy. :)

  3. Those look delicious. I may have to try making them one day. My husband and I are trying to watch what we eat, but it's so hard. Food has never been an issue, but I guess at almost 25 years our bodies are changing! Though, when I do bake, I give A LOT of it away. Free dessert makes me very popular at my hubby's work :)