Ingredient App!

I’ve been thinking of ideas for a cool app that could be useful to bakers and anyone who enjoys cooking. My two best ideas were a grocery locator that have the ingredients you need in stock for a specific recipe and an app that can find a recipe for you based on the contents of your fridge. I decided the recipe app was better for me and my blog followers! Most of us have sugar, butter and chocolate in our pantry, but we’re just not sure what would be a good way to cook them together.

The main components this app would contain is first a stage where you input the contents of your fridge and pantry that you would like to cook with. Next it would take you to recipes on the internet that can be made with these ingredients. I’d like for the app to be partnered with Pinterest food and drink so that the app would go directly to popular recipes on Pinterest with the ingredients inputted. There would also be a screen that would help you find friends that also use the app and what recipes they have created using the app. Another function is a gps locator of others in your area that use the app as well, so you can friend them and see their recipes as well.

I’ve created a few screen shots of what the app would look like. Leave comments and let me know what you think about this app idea!!!

First screen in iIngredient where you input fridge content

First screen in iIngredient where you input fridge content

This screen is integrated with Pinterest to find the recipes with your indregients

This screen is integrated with Pinterest to find the recipes with your ingredients

This is the screen to find friends using this app too

This is the screen to find friends using this app too

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Hocus Pocus Buns

Photo from eatatallies.com

Hocus Pocus is my most favorite Halloween movie of all time! I love the name of these treats, and I always make a point to make them sometime around Halloween although they’re good any time of the year! These are a super easy dessert that you can make quickly with any dinner. I hope you love them as much as I do!

INGREDIENTS:

  • Cinnamon Sugar mix
  • Melted Butter
  • 10 Large Marshmallows
  • 1 Roll of Crescent Rolls

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Put the cinnamon sugar mix into and melted butter in 2 small bowls.
  2. Dip a marshmallow into the butter and then into the mix. Do this to each marshmallow.
  3. Heat the oven according to the cresent roll instructions.
  4. Roll each marshmallow into a crescent roll and place onto a non-stick pan.
  5. Cook them accroding to the cresent roll instructions.
  6. When they are done let cool.

When you bite into the bun, the marshmallow is gone! HOCUS POCUS! Poof they’re gone! How fun right?! This is a great dessert to cook with kids too. ENJOY!

With Sugar,

Monica

Birthday Cake Pops

Photo by Monica Iglesias

Photo by Monica Iglesias

It was my one of my best friends 21st birthday the other day so I decided to make her some birthday cake pops. Cake pops have been a new trend in baking within the last few months, so I thought I’s try them out! (Please ignore the Halloween colors on the popsicle sticks…they were the only ones I could find.)

INGREDIENTS:

  • Cake box mix (usually calls for 3 eggs as well, but depends on the box)
  • Frosting of your choice
  • 30 popsicle sticks
  • Sprinkles

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cook the cake according to the box instructions
  2. After the cake is done baking and cooled, take the cake out of the pan and put into a bowl. Using a fork, mash the cake until it is into crumbs.
  3. Mix 1 cup of frosting to the cake crumbs. This should make the cake crumbs stick together better.
  4. Using a tablespoon, roll crumbs into balls and place on a pan with non-stick foil or wax paper on top.
  5. Heat a little frosting and put on the ends of the popsicle sticks. Place them into the balls. This helps the sticks stay in the pops better.
  6. Place the pan with the pops in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  7. After at least 30 minutes, heat more frosting and roll each cake pop into the frosting until fully covered or desired. After each pop, quickly add the sprinkles.
  8. Now they should be done and ready to serve!! Place leftovers in fridge.

Enjoy these wonderful treats! The great thing about cake pops is about 4-5 is equivalent to 1 cupcake. So don’t feel bad for eating multiple! For a full video on creating these cake pops watch here.

With Sugar,

Monica

Cookies Gone Wrong

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I wanted to post this because frankly I found it hilarious when it happened. Honestly, how hard is it to make prepackaged cookies?! Well, sometimes we get a little too distracted.

The Story:

One day my friend was over at my house and brought the prepackaged Nestle Tollhouse cookies for after we eat diner. She asked me to turn on the toaster oven and put the cookies on a sheet while she was busy putting together the main course. After, she put the cookies in the oven but forgot to put a timer on. We talked and joked around while we waiting for the cookies to be done baking. About 20 minutes go by, and light bulb goes off in my head and I say, “Um, how are the cookies not done yet?” We run to the oven to find the cookies burnt to a crisp, and all we could do was laugh our head off.

Sometimes when you’re baking things are not going to be perfect. We’re only human, shit happens. But don’t be turned down to baking and cooking just because you made a mistake one time! Keep on making yummy goods!

For a good laugh, check out the site Cake Wrecks for tragic cake fails.

With Love,

Monica

Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats

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In honor of the fall season I decided I wanted to make something with pumpkin spice in the ingredients. I searched on Pinterest for ideas but putting pumpkin spice in the search bar. Things that came up in my search were cupcakes and the like, but rice krispie treats stood out to me. They were super easy to make and basically just like original krispie treats! Give them a try, and I promise you wont be disappointed!!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 10 oz bag of marshmallows
  • 1 box of pumpkin spice instant pudding mix
  • 5 cups of rice krispie cereal
  • 1 cup white chocolate, melted

Instructions

Line a 9 inch pan with foil. Grease the foil with butter. Set aside.

Put butter in the pan and warm in pan until melted.

Add the marshmallows. Stir constantly until fully melted.

Next, add the pumpkin spice pudding mix and stir until fully mixing into the marshmallows.

Now, take the pan off the heat and slowly fold the rice krispie cereal into the marshmallow mix.

Put the mix into the pan and press firmly into the pan with your hands. Lastly, you are going to heat the white chocolate and spread on the top of the treats. If you like sprinkles to add some color you would want to immediately add sprinkles after spreading the chocolate on top.

TRY IT AT HOME NOW!

To search more dessert recipes go to Pinterest and go to the food/drink category.

With Sugar,

Monica