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Thursday, February 14, 2013

happy valentine's day!

just wanted to pop in
& wish all of you a
happy valentine's day!


i couldn't ask for a sweeter valentine this year!

xoxo, kristin

Sunday, February 10, 2013

mangia mondays 101: s'mores cupcakes update!

hey there!
welcome to
a blog hop i co-host each week
with my sweet friend
lisa from shine your light.

this week, i revamped my
s'mores cupcakes

for the cupcakes:
2/3 C all-purpose flour
2 1/2 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 C + 3 TBS unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3/4 C + 2 TBS sugar
3 lg eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. preheat oven to 350 f. line a standard 12-cup muffin pan.

2. in a bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. place the chocolate and butter in a large heatproof bowl set over (but not touching) simmering water in a saucepan; stir frequently until melted and smooth, about 5 minutes. remove the bowl from the saucepan; let the mixture cool to room temperature, 10-15 minutes.

3. stir the sugar into the chocolate mixture until combined. stir in the eggs one at a time, beating until combined after each addition, and then beat in the vanilla. gently fold in the flour mixture just until no traces of flour remain; do not overmix.

4. divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full. bake until toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out with only a few crumbs attached, 22-24 minutes. let the cupcakes cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. transfer the cupcakes to the wire rack and let cool completely, about 1 hour.

5. frost the cupcakes & garnish with s'more sticks.

for the marshmallow frosting:
2 lg egg whites
1 C sugar
6 TBS water
1 TBS light corn syrup
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
pinch of salt
1 C miniature marshmallows
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. in a large heatproof bowl, combine the egg whites, sugar, water, corn syrup, cream of tartar, and salt. set the bowl over (but not touching) simmering water in a saucepan and heat the mixture, whisking constantly, until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is very warm to the touch, about 2 minutes. remove the bowl from the saucepan. using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the mixture until it is very warm and soft (but not dry) peaks form, about 2 minutes. reduce the mixer to low and add the marshmallows and vanilla. continue beating until the marshmallows are melted and the frosting is completely smooth, about 2 minutes more. use right away.

for s'more sticks:
3 graham crackers, broken into fourths
1/2 C dark chocolate chips, melted
mallow bits, for sprinkling

1. line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. dip the end of a graham cracker into the chocolate. set on the baking sheet and sprinkle with mallow bits. repeat with remaining graham crackers.

3. place tray in freezer to set chocolate for 5-10 minutes. remove & use as garnish.


now it's your turn -
link up those recipes & food posts!

how mangia mondays work:
. add a link to your recipe or food post & visit some others who have linked up before you .
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. thanks for not linking up to giveaways or items you're selling .
. help spread the word about mangia mondays by sharing this post with others .

until next time,
dowlings out!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

my, how she's grown!

in 1 week i will be
a quarter of a century.
that is
N-U-T-S.

this past year has been incredible.
i was blessed with the most gorgeous baby
in the entire universe.

i don't post nearly enough pictures of her here.
so today, i'm going hog-wild...
because it's my blog & i can.
;)








she's so amazing.
being a mommie is pretty much the best thing ever.



i'm pretty sure the hubs loves being a daddy, too.


she's already a little foodie.
so excited to try new things
& feed herself.




i'm in love.
i can't wait to watch this little spitfire grow up.

thanks for letting me indulge!
xoxo, kristin


Sunday, February 3, 2013

mangia mondays 100: double chocolate cookies

howdy friends!
welcome to
a blog hop i co-host each week
with the wonderful
lisa from shine your light!

i've been working really hard
to change the way we eat here in the dowling house.
but sometimes, a girl just has to indulge!

this week, i'm sharing
double chocolate cookies

--for the cookies--
1 1/2 C flour
1/2 C unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 stick of butter, softened
1 C sugar
1 egg
1 TBS vanilla extract

--for the icing--
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 C sweetened condensed milk
1 TBS vanilla extract
2 TBS instant espresso dissolved in 2 TBS hot water

1. preheat oven to 350 f. line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. sift together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda & powder. set aside.

3. cream together the butter & sugar until light & fluffy. add the egg & vanilla. beat well.

4. gradually add the dry ingredients, mixing just to combine.

5. using a tablespoon (or smaller cookie scoop), scoop dough & round into (approx.) 1" balls. place on prepared cookie sheet. slightly flatten cookies with the palm of your hand & bake 10 minutes.

6. remove to a wire rack to cool.

--to prepare icing--

1. use a double boiler to melt chocolate chips.

2. add sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and espresso. use a whisk to combine.
*if the icing is too thick, use a little more hot water to thin*

3. use a spoon to ice the cookies. 


these cookies are PERFECTION.
especially when i have a hankerin' for chocolate!

now it's your turn -
link up those recipes & food posts!

how mangia mondays work:
. add a link to your recipe or food post & visit some others who have linked up before you .
. link back to mangia mondays anywhere on your blog .
. thanks for not linking up to giveaways or items you're selling .
. help spread the word about mangia mondays by sharing this post with others .

until next time,
dowlings out!




Monday, January 28, 2013

mangia mondays

argh!
i've been a very bad blogger.
it seems like life is just moving WAY too fast
& there are far too many things going on right now.

little miss charlotte has learned to sit up by herself,
wave, pull herself up to a standing position, can easily
navigate around objects while holding on, and can even stand
(very wobbily) on her own for a few seconds at a time.

on top of taking care of my sweet baby,
i've been working out like crazy,
going to school,
participating in a baking competition
(i got 2nd place for in-house... state competition is in march),
and trying to keep it all together.
i've been cooking every single night,
so it's not like i don't cook anymore...
i just don't take pictures.
UGH!

i promise to be better.
and stay on top of it.
but, i'm not going to lie...
it's HARD.
who knew?
hahahaha!!!

anyway...
enough of that.
here's the linky for mangia mondays!
please link up all of your goodies!
i love looking at them each week
& get inspired by everything you guys create.
you're amazing... all of you!

-kristin