Tuesday, December 27, 2011

MERRY HOLIDAYS PANCAKES!

lets keep the holidays rolling shall we?
We had these lovely gems on Christmas morning/afternoon! They were a hit!




YOU NEED:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 large eggs
1-1/2 cups buttermilk (OR) you can 1-1/4 cup milk and add a little vinegar to it! same effect!
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons red food coloring
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips (doesn’t matter what kind you use)

HOW TO:
combine all dry ingredients in one bowl
then combine all wet ingredients in another
add wet ingredients into dry(careful not to over mix)
add chocolate chips! (as many as you'd like but be forwarned that batter is already chocolatey!
Then cook away on a griddle!!! 
AND ENJOY! 

some ate them plain, some with homemade raspberry preserves, and some with syrup! go crazy with your toppings! Whip cream woulda been nice but alas we did not plan this one out!! Delish anyway you eat them! 

XOXO

Sunday, December 25, 2011

oh, Christmas

Hot chocolate, cozy toques, Christmas lights, bows on puppies, more hot chocolate, 
traditional bro/sis pic, stockings!, FAMILY, afternoon naps, new slippers&pjs,
pretty table settings, turkey, card games.


Thank you for being on Sunday so we could feel the spirit and remember the true reason for this day.



You were good to us! See you again next year!

XOXO

Friday, December 23, 2011

its a Marshmallow world in the winter





HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOWS!
prepare yourself for a STICKY adventure

You'll need: 
1 cup confectioners sugar
3 1/2 envelopes unflavoured gelatin
1 cup cold water
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 tsp salt
2 large egg whites
1 tbsp vanilla ( you can use whatever flavouring you want! we used almond! it was great! even add some food coloring to add some more fun into it!)

How to:
oil bottom and side of a 9 by 13 by 2 inch rectangular metal baking pan and dust bottom and sides with some powdered sugar.
In bowl with electric mixer sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water
In sauce pan cook white sugar, corn syrup, 1/2 cup of cold water, and salt over low heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. 
Increase heat to bring mixture to a boil until candy thermometer reads 240 F.
Remove from heat and pour over gelatin mixture.
Beat mixture on high speed until white and thick.
In separate bowl beat egg whites until they hold stiff peaks. mix in flavouring.
add to sugar mixture and pour into prepared baking pan. spreading mixture with damp hands.
sift confectioners sugar over top and let sit uncovered for 3 - 24 hrs.

ENJOY IN A STEAMY CUP OF HOT CHOCO...or make a smore :)..i chose to go the choco route..since I have a slight obsession and all!




XOXO

Thursday, December 22, 2011

T is TREATS... mmmm



Traditional Christmas Treats that is!! In our home we have always since I can remember had homemade nuts n bolts and caramel nut popcorn! Over the last few years we have added into the joy with caramel and chocolate sauce! My dad and I spent all day slaving over the stove ( literally I spent hours standing at the stove stirring and stirring) the baking started at 9:30 and went until 3! What comes out of the hard work is scrumptious!!

Here is the recipe for the Popcorn. This one is special to us! It helps us feel like my grandma is just a little bit closer to us during the holidays, since she used to make this for my dad and his sibling every Christmas!

NANNYS CARAMEL POPCORN

You'll need: 3 quarts popped corn(plain)
1 1/2 cups Pecans
2/3 cup almonds (we use sliced almonds)
you can also add whatever nuts you like! we also put cashews in which are my fav!
1 1/3 cup white sugar
1 cup butter
1/2 cup white corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla
Parchment paper

How to: spread out parchment paper on to flat surface.
 pop corn and add nuts to it
melt butter sugar and corn syrup together on medium heat in sauce pan.( you want to be stirring this the entire time!)
as soon as it comes to a boil set a timer for 6 minutes and let boil while continuing to stir. 
When 6 minutes are up remove from heat and add 1 tsp vanilla.
Immediately pour over corn and nuts and stir! You need to work quickly because the sauce gets stiff quickly!
Spread out on parchment paper and let cool!!

Then eat it all up!!! It is fantastic!

XOXO

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

S is ?

Well folks S was supposed to be for SPARKLE buuuut unfortunate circumstances ruined my plans! ...(the stores didn't have what I needed..at all!...rude right?)

So instead I have a lovely little treat for you over at the wonderful pinkpistachio blog! She will teach you how to do the most amazing golden sparkle eye ever! Its delightful! So check it out!!

http://www.pinkpistachio.com/golden-eye/

isn't she fantastic?

Anyways ... S apparently also stand for snow which is exactly what we woke up to this morning! And a lot of it! Oh the joy!

XOXO

I is for IGLOO





Which is what I am pretty sure I live in! I have not been warm for days!! Bad news is...it hasn't even been that bad here in the great white north yet. Oy vey! Think we could just skip winter one year? just maybe?

XOXO

Monday, December 19, 2011

TODAY



I made the cutest most perfect mini muffins. I was very proud of them. They are the same cinnamon ones from a couple days ago. But they were better this time because, Simply. things.are.better.mini. Oh and yes, that is my baking hairstyle. cute right? Bring on all the Christmas baking!

XOXO

Saturday, December 17, 2011

R is for ROADTRIP


















My poor little tinny packed as packed could be!! I can't even believe how much stuff fit in that car!! At this moment I forgave her for knocking my Jambayummy all over the ground....I swear I'm over it guys!..And then theres me...greasy roadtriper! Who has not seen 6AM in a very very long time. It was a tough go this one was! but the roads were clear and it went by fast enough! But its official I'm home! Oh and the foot picture..let me explain... Tinnie doesn't have cruise (something I'll never get over)...soo my right knee gets a little on the sore side. lets just say I've mastered the technique of driving with my left foot while my right knee stretches on the dash. It's safe. I promise.

R also stand for roommates. Whom I already miss terribly. Now if only I could get all the people I love to just all live in one place! hmmph. Hawaii anyone? :) Its my only solution really!!







well I am off to have a good nights sleep in my bed...oh my bed... and just try to avoid the enormous pile of things (mostly clothes!) that is all over my bedroom floor... If I can't see it then it must not be there! Good night my dears!

xoxo

Friday, December 16, 2011

H is For HOME



"I’ll Be Home For Christmas!"

(Read in a sing song voice of course!)

Because I am headed home tomorrow bright and early!
It's been a day of packing and cleaning (which are my two least favorite things to do) anyways its been...joyous.. but I cannot wait to be home! 


Things  I miss about home:



  • My family of course!
  • Bella... my brother sent me a picture of her the other night and I got all teary and just wanted to cuddle her! She gives the best cuddles!
  • my bed. oh.my bed...
  • my shower!! ....you don't know what you got till you are forced to use something...gross..
  • The food network. the only channel that does not work on our TV here. ridic.
  • the fireplace. mmmm.
  • etc.etc. but those are the most important things!!





Theres no place like home, theres no place like home!
It's really to bad that doesn't work like it did in the Wizard of Oz. So rude.


Hoping you all get to be home with your lovelies these holidays!
xoxo

Thursday, December 15, 2011

C is for CINNAMON

   




Our house was all things cinnamon bright and early this morning! I found this recipe for delicious muffins earlier this week and they are scrumptious!!

CINNAMON YUMMY MUFFINS mmm... mmm..good!

What you need!:
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup oil 
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
For the yummies on top!:
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
How to put it all together!:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 muffin cups with muffin liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
  3. In small bowl whisk together oil, sugar, egg and milk.
  4. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups. Bake until muffin tops are a pale golden and springy to the touch, 22 to 24 minutes, rotating halfway through baking time.
  5. While the muffins are baking, combine sugar and cinnamon in a medium-sized bowl. Place melted butter in a small bowl. Once baked, shake muffins out immediately and while hot, dip in melted butter, then roll in sugar and cinnamon.
Makes: 12 muffins

Try them I promise you won't even be mad about it! They went super fast in this house...not like thats anything new!!

Also we had left over Cinnamon sugar soooo whats better in the early morning than some cinnamon toast all warm and buttery and sugary...lick your lips good!! Theres really nothing better that goes along with this than some steamy hot cocoa! Add a little cinnamon for some extra flavour!! 

MERRY 15th Day of Christmas!

XOXO

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

BLOG CHANGES!

I am currently in the process of jazzing up this blog! The new website link will be ...

www.tippeecanoe.com

because lets be serious here guys...thats my life! one little tippy canoe!! :)

look for the updates soon!!

Also! If you read this blog do me a HUGE favour and "follow" just sos I knows who is and how many people are reading this!! Thanks guuuys!

XOXO

Friday, December 9, 2011

Forever Grateful




One year ago..
You came into our lives
For only a short moment in time.
A blessing beyond measure
to be ours for eternity.
Never forgotten,
Always remembered.
You are our angel,
We love you..
Baby C




Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Merry Christmas Mr Scrooge...

So I've been feeling sort of Scroogelike today so I decided to hole up on the couch and watch Teen Mom2 reruns with Alexa all day. All while craving a Jamba Juice and trying to make myself motivated enough to go get one ( but its cold outside and all that nonsense )

Then Alexa had to go to class sooo since I'm all kinds of nice ( and it was a good reason to get what I wanted also!) I decided to drive her to class! So I put some real pants on, drove Alexa to class and went and got myself some Jamba. SUCCESS..... until .... I got out of the car and all the sudden Jambayummies was no longer in my hand but on the pavement... you know the saying "no use crying over spilled milk"... Its a lot harder not to cry over a spilled Jamba... Cue crocodile tears and an official MRS Scrooge

Anyways happy tuesday that was worse than a monday! Hope you got to enjoy all your hearts desires and they didn't end up on the floor or anything awesome like that!

XOXO

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Happy December 1st!

ITs the very first day of 25 days of Christmas!!

To celebrate I lit a very yummy gingerbread smelling candle! Its beginning to smell a lot like Christmas!!





Also whats more Christmasy than baking!!! NEW RECIPE!!

(FLOURLESS) Fudge chocolate chip cookies!




Ingredients
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened Hershey’s dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 to 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  • as many chocolate chips as you want!! like always i went overboard with these...but who would complain really!
How-To
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Set aside two baking sheets with silpat mats or parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar with cocoa powder and salt
  4. Whisk in the vanilla and egg whites starting with just two.
  5. Beat just until the batter is moistened. You’re looking for a brownie-like, thick and fudgy batter consistency. If it seems too thick, add another egg white– then a 4th one if it still seems too thick. Do not be alarmed by the weird texture of these it will work out!!
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Scoop the batter by the tablespoon full onto the prepared baking sheets. Leave enough space between each cookie for them to spread.
  8. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until the tops are glossy and lightly crackly
  9. Let the cookies cool on sheet and store in an air tight container....or do what our apartment does and gobble them all up right away! Its cool.





Enjoy!! And celebrate the 25 days of Christmas!!!

XOXO