Tuesday, January 03, 2017

I've Always Been Partial to Gingers

It's been a tough year and a tough holiday season and now it's time for cookies.
I love that you can find both packaged and from scratch ingredients on sale after the holidays and it's worth a peek in the baking aisles and end cap displays.

Don't hate me because I'm ugly

I had a leftover package of Gingerbread cookie mix and was delighted with the results. Not only did it transform the place into an aromatic paradise but it got me back into cookie making mode. It's a good reminder that mixes only save you the effort of sifting together dry ingredients and hey, you can do that yourself.
I believe this was a Betty Crocker cookie mix which seems to be the most common of the pouch mixes. It was around $2 bucks at the grocery store although the same 17.5 oz pouch costs $13.79 on Amazon. You've really got to watch out for them.


Never had a batch of cookies gotten eaten so quickly and shared with so few

I even got to use some multi-colored sugar I wanted to try. No pictures of the results because at that point the smell was driving me insane and eleaving the house to deliver a few of the devil cookies didn't make them any less tempting when I got back. I swear I can smell them from this photo. And they smell goooood. But as you might expect regular the regular white sugar I used at first looked best.
On that note, here is a handy guide to sugar from Jamie at My Baking Addiction.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Claeys Root Beer Hard Candy

Sometimes the cheapest candy tastes the best, the exception being chocolate, the rule being licorice and hard candy. One of our taste testers found this bag of Claeys Root Beer candy at Dollar General and it's my new favorite root beer candy. Although now I'm thinking about root beer fudge.


If I look pathetic enough maybe she'll share

Claeys hard candy selections include five from my hard candy hit list: black licorice, anise, wild cherry, cinnamon and lemon drops. They also have fudge if you need to chomp into your candy without breaking off a tooth.



They're shaped like lemon drops


The Claeys drops are refreshing and tantalizing like the perfect soda fountain phosphate. They pack a root beer punch without being too sweet and have a soft crunchable coating that may turn into chewable left over slivers. Mmm, bag bottom bonus.



Well I smell something

Handsome Bob highly recommends them by smell alone. At least I think that's what he's smelling. The flavor stays with you leaving a pleasant, light taste on your tongue. It reminds me of a good soda and hints at fizz without being fizzy. Bobby Boy says it reminds him of Oliver's butt.



Why do you insist on taking photos of things I can't have?

They have 13g of sugar and 50 calories for three pieces and cost a dollar. Each piece is the size of an average lemon drop. A quick online search shows single 6 oz bags at Rau's Country Store for $1.39  and at Old Time Candy  for $2.19. Amazon is selling the same 6 oz bags for $4.65 as Ad-on items (really, Amazon?). 

Friday, August 05, 2016

Keep Your Ick On a Stick Just Give Me Charlie's Sausage Infer What You Will

 The Wisconsin State Fair started yesterday and it's time to gear up by looking at some of my fav photos from the Ghost of State Fair past.


From Charlie's Under the Sky Glider


The whipped jewel in the pastry crown, State Fair Cream Puffs


Thought the Rot on the roof was funny but caught this better choice for a smooch hunk senario




Having own affair with massive turkey leg. Very Roman



Yes, please



Note: Crazy Grazin' Day is this Tuesday, August 9. I promise if you follow the link, the first two items will be disturbing.





Thursday, July 21, 2016

Blueberry Pancakes

And this is how I like my berries, inside the pancake with a side of snout. Thank you Pine Cone truck stop and bakery full mammoth pastries and pancakes.



They asked if I wanted 2 or 3. Does that come with a new stomach?



We don't need no stinkin' compote




Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Cream Puff Season

Nobody puts a Wisconsin State Fair cream puff in the corner



                                                     Meanwhile...
The Wisconsin State Fair begins on August 4 and so does talk of Bacon popcorn balls, Banana Split Cheesecake Squares and PBR Beercicles (my Aunt Agnes is licking her lips wherever she is).




Have a Pine Cone cream puff if you dare

It took three of us to dare. Could have been more, I dropped the monstrosity off elsewhere.



Don't forget me, you're pal the eclair