Monday, March 30, 2009

Cake Decorating

Oh, I'm so excited!  I am finally going to be taking a cake decorating class!  While in Michael's last week, I saw that they were offering the classes 1/2 off for the month of April.  I contemplated about doing one and while talking with Dan yesterday, he said that I should do it.  We were at Michael's yesterday and I know that he got annoyed with me for not asking about it while we were there, but I told him that I would call today while at work.

So I did make that phone call.  And, sadly, the class is full for that store.  But, not one to always take no for an answer, I called the new Michael's that's a little bit further from our house, but is probably not well known because they just opened within the past 4 months or so, and the class isn't full.  I signed up for it over the phone and I just have to go in and pay for the course this week.  Oh, I'm so excited.  I get to try something that I've been wanting to do for a while.  I can't wait to see how it turns out.  

Friday, March 27, 2009

Peanut Butter Mini Jumbos

Why do we name things what we name them? Well, these almost speak for themselves. They're mini because I used my mini scoop and jumbo because they pack a lot stuff in them. I love the fact that they're made with peanut butter. Most recipes use mini M&M's, but I couldn't find any at the grocery store, but I found something even better: mini Reese's Pieces. The more peanut butter the better, at least that's what I say. Oh, and most recipes also use chocolate chips, but I didn't feel like it this time.

So, this is my version, I suppose.

1 1/2 c peanut butter
1/2 c butter, softened
1 c sugar
1 c packed brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 1/2 c quick-cooking oats
2 tsp baking soda
1 c mini Reese's pieces
1 c M&Ms

1. In a large bowl (or a Kitchen Aid stand mixer if you're cool like me), cream peanut butter, butter, and sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine oats and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in candies.

2. Using your fabulous cookie scoop (the smaller the better because you get more cookies that way), drop cookies onto cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-14, depending on how big they are and how soft you like your cookies. Remove the wire racks.

3. Share with all of your coworkers and friends.