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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Back to School Roundup

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Click the links below to view our School Themed step-by-step treat tutorials and recipes perfect for Back to School! Give them a try, and be sure to share a picture on our Facebook page, or email a photo to MyCreation@dollhousebakeshoppe.com!


Treat Tutorials





 
 


"Apple For The Teacher" Hand Pies, Frosted and Stuffed With PB&J










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Graduation:









Give them a try, and be sure to share a picture on our Facebook wall, or email a photo to MyCreation@dollhousebakeshoppe.com to have your recreation featured in our Fan Photo album!

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Do-over moments

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Has there ever been a time when you wish you could turn the clock back and re-do it the right way from the start? I call these my do-over moments. I think I have these moments a little too often than not in the kitchen, especially when I am excited about trying a new recipe or tasting my newest creation. Even the smallest things make me wish I had more do-over moments. Like wishing I could have a do-over moment and choose to soak my piping tips in warm water, instead of just throwing them in the sink to later have to deal with scrubbing the stuck on icing in the tiny crevasses of the tip.



Do-over moments in the kitchen happen to be ever so common for many other people too, so Frigidaire has come up with a solution for one of them... the dish do-over moments. "The Frigidaire Gallery™Dishwasher gets dishes fully cleaned the first time, so there are no dish do-overs. Nearly half of adults admit to re-washing and/or re-drying dishes after the dishwasher cycle has been completed. To prevent dishwasher do-overs, Frigidaire® is stepping in with its new Gallery® Dishwasher featuring the OrbitCleanTM Wash Arm, ensuring dishes are cleaned right the first time."

My do-over moments don't stop at the dishes though. How about wishing I had just let the butter come to room temperature before adding it to the recipe, instead of trying to microwave it soft, but accidentally melting it to the point of no return? Or rushing through the recipe instead of taking the time to sift the dry ingredients, and ending up with dry cocoa powder clumps in your cupcakes.




Or how about not using an oven thermometer to make sure you oven is properly calibrated and scortching your cake right before the party!



And I can't even count the times I have forgotten to grease or line the pan before pouring in the batter out of excitement to get it in the oven, only to end up trying to pry it away from the pan, crumbling as I try and remove it.



How about cooking your egg whites over too high of a heat and accidentally cooking them into scrambled eggs instead of smooth meringue? Do-over please!



What kind of do-over moments have you had in the kitchen? Share your stories in the comments below!

-Lindsay Ann          
 

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

DIY Toothpick Engraved Chocolate Bar Father's Day Plaques

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My Do-It-Yourself hand engraved chocolate bars are a perfect, quick and simple Father's Day treat!  I have used my DIY engraved chocolate bars for Thanksgiving and the Holidays but the idea originated when I created my chalkboards. I loved my original DIY chocolate bar engraving technique so much that I just had to re-create them for every Holiday and special occasion! They are really great activity for kids to create their own illustrations or message to give to Dad for Father's Day.


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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

DIY Toothpick Engraved Chocolate Bar Graduation Plaques

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My Do-It-Yourself hand engraved chocolate bars are a perfect, quick and simple treat to say "Congratulations!"  I have used my DIY engraved chocolate bars for Thanksgiving and the Holidays but the idea originated when I created my chalkboards. I loved my original DIY chocolate bar engraving technique so much that I just had to re-create them for every Holiday and special occasion! They are really great activity for kids to create their own illustrations or message to give to this years grads to celebrate their sweet accomplishments!


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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Customizable "Dad" Cookie Pops for Father's Day (LollyPapas)

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I first came up with using Nilla Wafers to create my "people pops" when I introduced my Girl Scout Cookie Pops tutorial. Simple cookie pops made of Nilla Wafers sandwiched together with melted chocolate, decorated with sprinkle eyes and candy hair. I took the idea to the next level by adding a marshmallow in between the cookies with my Pilgrim Cookie Pops for Thanksgiving (which is optional but creates a delish s'mores inspired treat). When I was contacted by Family Fun magazine to create a "Dad" version of my cookie pops I was so excited to really take them to the next level! In this version I created different skin colors by coating the cookies in cocoa powder and added a FREE printable coloring page with a variety of Father's Day shirt templates to cut, color, and tape on to the stick to complete the look. The possibilities are endless, so get creative and create a customizable pop for your "Pop" this Father's Day!



Check out my "LollyPapas" idea in the June/July 2012 issue of Family Fun Magazine! You can find my pops, recreated by their real live test family, on the last page as the featured "Treat of the Month"! Always so exciting to see my name published along side my ideas... even if it is in the fine print ;)


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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Quaker Soft Baked Bars

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This post brought to you by Quaker Oats. All opinions are 100% mine.

There's a new snack bar by Quaker that combines decadent flavors with the nutrients to help fuel you any time of the day. The nutritious yet delicious Quaker Soft Baked Bar is great for breakfast on the go, an afternoon pick me up or a guilt free dessert. This new wholesome food is made with real fruits and nuts that you can even warm up in the microwave for a bakery style treat! They come in two new flavors, Banana Nut Bread made with real bananas and almonds, and Cinnamon Pecan Bread with crunchy pecans, chewy raisins, and cinnamon flavor in a delicious bar.

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The cinnamon pecan bread bar would definitely be my favorite because I am a huge cinnamon fan! I would love to pop a couple of these in the toaster for my best friend and I as a healthy breakfast snack alternative to a warm cinnamon roll. These bars are packed with tasty ingredients and key nutrients to help provide fuel to start your day with only 140 calories and loaded with 5g of Fiber, 6g of Protein and an excellent source of 5 B-Vitamins so they would be the perfect morning treat to give us a boost of energy before a morning workout without the guilt of indulging.
 

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Monday, June 4, 2012

2012 Ice Cream Cupcake Contest

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I am so excited to announce that I have been given the honor of being one of the judges in the Cupcake Project's 5th annual Ice Cream Cupcake Contest



All month long I'll be checking out your best ice cream cupcake entries. After June 30, 2012 the entry period will be closed and I will be posting my TOP 3 FAVORITE ICE CREAM CUPCAKES! I will be judging on perceived deliciousness, creativity, and presentation - in that order of importance. So, get creative and come up with your best ice cream/cupcake combination for a chance to WIN a $250 gift certificate to your favorite cooking/baking supply store OR one of the three entry prizes that will randomly be given away to three lucky participants!

Click here and check out the official rules and entry form!

Good luck!
Lindsay Ann           

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Free back to school/graduation/teacher appreciation, pencil gift/treat tag printables

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Check out these cute FREE printables from Tricia Rennea. They would make an adorable personalized tag to tie on to one of my school themed treats! Simply print, write your message, punch a hole in the corner and tie onto your treat bag with ribbon for a great back to school, graduation or teacher appreciation gift!         

 

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Tootsie Roll Graduation Cupcake Toppers

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These cute little graduation cupcake toppers are 100% edible and delicious. I made them out for chocolate and fruit flavored tootsie rolls for a festive graduation treat. They are really simple to make and can be used to top any kind of cupcake, cake, or sweet treat! Even customize them to fit your school colors by using different types of fruit chew candy.



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