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Today We are Celebrating Peanuts !?!?!?!

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 |

OK!

I am totally confused, and for those of you that know me beyond this Blog…that may not come as a big surprise, however…I remain confused!  Putting aside my own ability to recognize I too have my moments, I am taking a moment to Celebrate the one thing I honestly cannot stand.  I cannot stand the Texture, the Flavour, the smell…again the texture.  I cannot stand the media hype reflecting on allergies…when in reality while it is fine to protect a small child, once they grow up and venture forth into the arena known as high school…no one will hold their hand anymore…..but I digress!  I said we are Celebrating!  Celebrating….NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER DAY!

Bakers like Paula Deen, Cooks like Gordon Ramsey …mmmmmmmmmmm…Gordon Ramsey…wait!!! I’m digressing yet again….back to task!….are celebrated for their culinary confections, and today is No different!  However, the rest of the World is caught up and we are bombarded with Books, Bake Sales, Photos, Recipes all containing the Celebrated Peanut Butter.  Kitchen everywhere, including my own are alive with the smell of roasted peanuts and choclate confections, appeasing the taste buds of those that love it.  My children crave the stuff (where, oh where did I go wrong?).  Weekly the Grocery list is filled with the request for not only one, not two…but Three different types of peanut butter!  One likes creamy, One prefers Chunky, and one lo and behold prefers Extra Creamy (Thanks Kraft!)…and each week they embrace their little jar of giggles, and smile as they request I make this cookie, or that cookie.  Waiting patiently while my face grimaces at the mere idea of putting my hand, or long spoon into the jar that will present to me as *shuddering* gross.  I’m sorry, I apologize to the wonderful creator of this most nasty treat…lol…but yeah…the whole thing just turns me off.  The Love for my children however overrides my desire to flee, as I spread the divinity on whatever treat they have chosen.  The fact I have to put my hands IN the batter….oh my Lord…Don’t get me started at the howls of laughter as I pledge them all into the nursing home with me!…I have sat and watch as a friends daughter devoured a jar of peanut butter with nothing more than mere spoon…the look of shock on my face as she looked and said “WHAT!?!?!?!”….*shudder *….NO taste buds….they have to be blind right?

 

So….today we will Celebrate Peanut Butter, and I will share a recipe that I got a few years ago from my Cooks Illustrated…and then you too can go out and embrace the inner kid in you and make your treat…but…if that one days comes where you look in the jar, and are suddenly turned off by the mere idea of putting your knife into the oily substance staring back at you….It’s not my fault!

 

ChocPB

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into 4
2 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
3/4 cup all-purpose  flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
12 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

For the Peanut Butter Frosting:

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup of creamy peanut butter
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon heavy cream
Mini Peanut Butter Cups, for topping  if desired

To make the cupcakes: preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. Set aside.

Place butter, chocolate and cocoa powder in a medium heatproof bowl. Microwave in 30 second spurts on 50% power, stirring in between, until the butter and chocolate are melted and the mixture is smooth. (Alternatively, you could do this step in a double boiler.) Set the mixture aside to cool until it is warm to the touch.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Whisk the eggs in a medium bowl to combine, then add the sugar, vanilla and salt and continue whisking until fully incorporated. Add the cooled chocolate mixture to the bowl and whisk to combine. Sift one-third of the flour mixture into the bowl and whisk gently to combine. Add the Greek yogurt or sour cream and whisk to combine. Finally, sift the the rest of the flour mixture into the bowl and whisk until everything is well combined. The cupcake batter will be thick.

Place a spoonful of cupcake batter on the bottom of each cupcake liner. Place a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup on top of the batter. Cover the peanut butter cups with remaining batter, filling each about 2/3 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcakes comes out clean, about 18-20 minutes. Remove the pan to a wire rack and let the cupcakes cool for a few minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.

While the cupcakes are cooling, make the peanut butter butter cream frosting. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and peanut butter until creamy. On low speed, add in powdered sugar. Mix until combined and add the heavy cream. Mix until frosting is fluffy. You can play around with the amounts of powdered sugar and heavy cream to get the exact texture and consistency that you want.

Frost cooled cupcakes with the peanut butter frosting and top each cupcake with a mini peanut butter cup, if desired.

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Somewhere, at this very moment a teenager is ‘starving’ …

Posted by on Feb 27, 2013 |

I sit here today, pondering the age old question that has plagued mothers and fathers for generations before me.  How many times in a day, a week, a month even, do we as parents listen to the forever grating  “MOM! There is nothing to eat!….I’m starving!”   As you walk into the warmest room in the house – the kitchen. the smells from the pantry over take you as you witness, once again, the child with whom you have bonded, laughed, cried and conversed with countless times at the table, in the car…hanging onto the pantry door, sullen as they stare into the mass amounts of snack foods, nuts, crackers, ramen noodles and baked goods at the ready.  You look the child in the eye and admonish with “Are you serious?”…
My children over the past 25 years have had this discussion with me no less than three times a week…given that I have 5 girls, 52 weeks, 25 years 3 times a week…Good Lord, how terrible am I?… I have allowed my children to ‘starve’ no less than 19,500 times all together.  I am a terrible mother.  Me, the mom who owns a baking company and there is baked goods available almost daily….Myself, who diligently shops each week, counting coupons and savings, and I, who has rose to the occasion yet again to find the pantry not only stocked, but to be met by the sullen dazed look of a teenage girl who is in actuality is  asking me to make her dinner….because after all she is ‘starrrrrving!”
 I chuckle to myself as we begin another old age game of “what would you like dear?”….they growl at me if I say to them “I don’t care…”, yet I am to be attuned to the fact that this child who throughout the day has had breakfast, lunch, two snacks, and countless other grab from friends is ‘starving’.   Please….They haven’t a clue!  Menu planning for the week aside, I inform the latest despondent creature who is sure to shrivel to nothing at any moment, that dinner will be ready momentarily…and please if they could set the table. This is met with an exasperated sigh… occasionally a whine if the vocal party currently happens to be 15 (we seem to have outgrown the ever grating “Oh my gawd mother!”, and just as I picked out her burial suit too!) and dinner miraculously appears from the oven and is ready to be dished and placed on the table.  Never caring if the meal took hours of prep time, or if the items may be fresh or frozen…children dig in with a voraciousness that bemoans the manners previously taught.  Among various choruses of  “Elbows off the table NOW”…”Pass the pepper please”…”don’t saw your meat please”….the child begins to share her adventures of laughter, embarrassment and anguish at the latest elementary drama….which, is then met with even more enticing drama from the high school junior.   Laughter ensues, giggles are shared, and the meal is enjoyed while discussing what we learned that day.  For 45 minutes we come together and laugh at life lessons learned, who hates who, who is this weeks winner of “I can’t believe she said that…” and I as the negligent mother hear out of the mouths of babes….”Thanks Mom, dinner was good.”
My child, who not an hour earlier was sure to perish to nothing is satisfied once more. Well  satisfied for at least for the next 90 minutes, as we will inevitably begin the “Mom, can I have…?” game, and fruit will be sought….lol.  These are my children.  The little me’s who are not afraid to share their day; not afraid to let me know that I have failed them in insuring their immediate needs are met, when they had to wait five minutes for dinner to be put on the table; these creatures of kindness and good who will one day be calling me, and saying “Oh my Lord Mom, I cannot fill this child!”…I will laugh and say “It’s fun, isn’t it?”
Looking for something Quick n Easy for them After school?  This recipe is easy to prepare, easy to Clean up, and crowd pleasing!
Ingredients
1/3 c   Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 c   planko crumbs
1 tbs. Herb & Garlic Seasoning
1-1/2 lb.  chicken tenders or boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips

HEAT oven to 400°F.

ADD cheese to coating mix in shaker bag. Moisten chicken with water; gently shake off excess. Add 2 or 3 chicken tenders to shaker bag; shake until evenly coated. Place on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Repeat with remaining chicken. Discard shaker bag and any remaining coating mixture.

BAKE 12 to 14 min. or until chicken is done.

 

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Welcome to the NeonMamo!

Posted by on Apr 17, 2012 | 0 comments

Hello Blogging World! Thank you for taking the time out of your day to visit with me.

My name is ….well I answer to a lot of names in all reality :). I am Shellie, a Sister, a Daughter,  an ExWife, Mom, Mamo, and currently am the Cupcake lady…I’ve even been the Pizza Lady when I used to be involved with a franchise.   I am new to this, blogging…but I have read many.  I have people ask me all the time “How do you?…”   I wish you could teach me…” so I thought ‘Why not!?!?!’

It’s my turn to venture into the foray of social media, the world wide web has opened up so many possibilities, and that is one thing I believe whole heartily  “The Possibilities are Endless”.  I hope to share some of those possibilities with you.  I hope you wish to share what you have learned, or feel free to ask questions if I’ve been vague.  We are all here to share, care and educate one another.  I will share with their permission, things I have learned, lessons taught and I will allow you to embrace with me the fun of going off the beaten path for the absolute divine recipe for buttercream icing!   I am all about the buttercream <3 !

You will get to share with me the day to day experiences with my children, my wonderful ‘best friend’ also known as my granddaughter…and yes I am too young to be  a grandma, but life happens and you embrace it with all your heart, because as I have learned you will miss out on the greatest freedom there is.  The Freedom to love a child, be it a natural born child or someone you have taken in. I am one of those women…the one with the home who has ‘everyone’s child hanging here, be it playtime, sleepover, custody or access…I have done it all, I continue to do it all…sometimes I’ve failed, sometimes I’ve succeeded, but I believe in having an Open Door policy.  My ear is always open, my heart is too…and because of that, sometimes I’ve learned some things along the way.

Occasionally I will share stories of life lessons learned with my family, and the laughter shared.  I hope you enjoy this journey, and Thank you for sharing it with me!

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