Rehab Homemade Potato Chips

Rehab?? Yes because you will be totally addicted to these after the first bite!!

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Now the first time I made these my mandolin got the better of me…well of my pinky finger 😳😁 No worries after my trip to the ER I was assured that it will grow back 😊

Ok so that was a gross way to start off this food blog entry! I promise it gets all golden and crispy after this…the potatoes of course!!

I was making chicken wings and didn’t feel like doing my usual wedges so I thought chips would be the perfect partner to my wings. I was feeding my hubby, teenage girl and the monkeys, so I used 2 russet potatoes scrubbed and unpeeled. Setting the mandolin to 1/4″ I sliced my potatoes…always use the guard people!!!

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After slicing the potatoes I placed them in a bowl of cold water and heated up about an inch of peanut oil over medium heat. You can use vegetable oil or any other oil with a high smoke point…definitely not olive oil.

Now here comes the part requiring the cheapest brand of paper towel because you will use quite a bit. Laying the slices in a single layer on the paper towel and place another paper towel on top to get all the moisture off…oil and water are not friends!

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Carefully place the slices in your heated oil but don’t overcrowd the pan. Flip the slice over after about a minute or two. I like to wait until I see the edges curl under slightly and the colour just starts to golden. Fry the other side for about the same time.
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Remove the chips…see how they are no longer “slices” and have now been promoted to “chips”…and place in a large shallow bowl lined with, you guessed it, paper towel!

I season a little as I place batches in the bowl with some kosher salt.

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These are so good on their own or with a dip. You could also season with Cajun spice or a mixture of your own favourite to change it up. There wasn’t a chip left after dinner 😊

Until next time…keep it creative!

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S’mores Popcorn Balls

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I love having kids as an excuse a reason to make fun snacks I probably wouldn’t make just for myself…actually I would make these!

My eldest, Yasmeen, loves s’mores and a good friend of mine gave her a s’mores kit as a gift. Hmmmm probably should’ve taken a picture of that before I dismantled it 😳

I used the graham crackers and chocolate from the kit and used my own marshmallows (halal).

Using 10 cups of air popped popcorn, Yasmeen broke the graham crackers into pieces, and a cup of marshmallows, we tossed it all together in a greased roasting pan. Because we didn’t have mini marshmallows, we tore them into bite size pieces.

The rest of the 250g package of marshmallows went in a pan with a 1/4 cup of butter to melt over a medium-low heat until it was all smooth. Off the heat and in goes 1 tsp of vanilla.

As soon as the vanilla is blended, pour the marshmallow goop over the popcorn mixture and coat with a greased spatula.

At this point I started the double boiler and put the chocolate (2 oz) in to melt while Yasmeen and I shaped the popcorn into balls…about a 1/2 cup for each ball.

We placed the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Once the chocolate was melted, I drizzled the melted chocolate on each ball with a fork. Placing the tray in the fridge for about 10 minutes allowed the chocolate to set before turning the balls and doing the other side.

Wow! These were amazing! Perfect snack for a movie night ☺

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Until next time, keep it creative!

The Bachelorette Finale Cupcakes

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Who got the final rose???

With the much anticipated final episode of The Bachelorette on Monday night, the cousins planned a finale party. I offered to bring dessert of course!

I made chocolate cupcakes with a chocolate frosting. I dipped the edges in red decorations sugar to give it a little bling factor.

For the roses I used watermelon Fruit Taffy. I sprinkled some sugar on my rolling surface because taffy is super sticky. I rolled out the taffy into rectangles and using my pizza slicer I cut a strip about 1/4″. The rest I cut into squares.

Rolling the strip up and pinching the bottom created the centre of the rose. Then taking the squares and pinching the two bottom corners together, I created the petals. I just attached them around the centre of the rose. I had to do a little fanning out of the petals. Placing parchment paper on a baking sheet, I put the roses in the fridge…taffy and humidity is a bad combination!

The tootsie rolls I rolled out and again with me handy dandy pizza slicer I cut out leaves…making sure I scored them down the middle with my slicer. Tootsie rolls stand up a little better in the humidity…but just a little.

I attached two leaves to the bottom of each rose and kept it all in the fridge until I was ready to serve my cupcakes.

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I will warn you that if they’re left out for a while and it’s warm, you will have a taffy meltdown and the roses will slide right off your cupcakes!

As for The Bachelorette, I will keep those detailed opinions to myself; however, I believe my cupcakes were a hit which made up for the miss the finale ended up being!

Keep it creative!

Corn on the Cob Cupcakes

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I was so excited to finally put up my Baby Shower Gift blog entry because I had to wait until the Shower was done, that I didn’t get to post my fun BBQ dessert I made the day before!

Because I don’t believe in eating corn unless it’s popped, corn on the cob is NOT on my menu when I have a BBQ party! Any food that goes out looking the same way it went into your body serves absolutely no purpose 😳

So I made Corn on the Cob cupcakes! I baked up 24 vanilla cupcakes and frosted them with a cream cheese frosting.

Then working in batches of 3’s I put rows of jellybeans (combo of creamy white and yellow like peaches n’ cream corn). And the flavours of the jellybeans were Ah-maz-ing! Lemon for yellow and the creamy white was Banana Cream Pie! Yum!

Lining up the 3 cupcakes so that it looked like corn on the cob, I stuck corn holders on each of the end cupcakes.

Using yellow tootsie roll, I flattened it out into a rectangle and cut it in half. To make it look like it was melting, I pressed the edges a bit and placed my “pat of butter” on my “cob”.

They were the perfect BBQ dessert!

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Rub-a-Dub Baby Shower Gift

After getting all my washcloth/bib/sock cupcakes in a row, it was time to assemble the final gift. And because we decided to throw a BBQ at our house the day before, I was scrambling the morning of the Shower to get this puppy sheep together!

I took a piece of cardboard (from the box of the umbrella we bought the day before for our deck BBQ party) and covered it with tissue paper and made a border with the ribbon I used on the sock cupcakes. I love my hot glue gun!

I used a small cardboard piece , oh my I must be tired, piece of cardboard and folded it into a box for a pedestal to put the sheep on so the sheep’s head and arms were just over the bath supply basket. Pinning the hooded towel to the sheep’s ears, I draped the rest over the pedestal and around the bottom of the basket. Then I placed the cupcakes around and figured out how I wanted them before hot glue gunning the paper liners down. The ones without liners I just made sure were between the liner ones to secure them from moving around.

And here is what it looked like before the cellophane went on…

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In my chaos of getting the diaper bag ready, twins ready and looking for my keys 3 times 15 minutes before the Shower was to start (did I mention I had a 40 minute drive to the venue?!) I completely forgot to take a picture of the finished gift!!!

Anyhoozers, my cousin was absolutely glowing and the Shower was awesome and it was totally worth the minor freak outs 😊

Til next time keep it creative!

Update: My aunt took a picture of the Shower gift all wrapped up so here it is!

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Mmmm Cupcakes Part II

Okay so I didn’t have to wait for another sleepless night, although I’ve had plenty since the last blog entry!

So the second type of Baby Shower Cupcake is made with a bib, washcloth and the pipe cleaner-Pom Pom thingy from the first cupcake type I did (scroll down and you will see what I’m referring to).

First I took a bib and folded it like so

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The next part was a little tricky but in a few tries it can be done even if you’re not crafty 😊
Place a washcloth over your fist and poke it down the hole in your fist.

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Then start folding the corners into the hole but make sure it’s still poofy!

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Roll it up in the bib and secure the bib with a pin.

Play around with the washcloth until you get a nice poofy cupcake top. Then add the Pom Pom that’s hot glued to a piece of pipe cleaner – like the previous cupcake type- and there you have yet another type of Baby Shower Cupcake!

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With this one I didn’t put it in a liner because the bib had a edge on it that made it look like a liner…and it was too fat in a regular liner. However if you want it to go in a liner you could use a coffee filter and make it fit snugly with a ribbon!

I’ll post the finished gift when I get it all put together…keep it creative!

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Mmmm Cupcakes…No Eating These!

So another one of my cousins is having baby and the baby shower is coming up. I had already made the Diaper Motorcycle for my other cousin so I didn’t to repeat that…I wouldn’t want anyone to think its my “go-to” gift!

I think most people, especially in the family, know I love to make cupcakes and I love making my own gifts. Well the food is already taken care of so the creative juices are flowing once again. I had seen on the Internet cupcakes made from different baby items and I’ve always wanted to make them. Knock knock…that was opportunity at my crafty door! 🚪

I decided to do a Bath-time Theme because as a mom of twins I know how much this stuff gets used! Although my cousin is having one baby, she is in for a whole world of mess that washcloths and bibs will be her BFF faster than a newborn can spit up! 😳

They were so easy to assemble and looked so cute! I bought a 10 pack of washcloths, an 8 pack of baby socks (I know socks don’t have anything to do with the bath but I needed something smaller than a washcloth!), a 5 pack of bibs, and ribbon. I already had pipe cleaners and Pom Poms and my handy dandy glue gun.

Now I noticed as I perused the web that cupcakes using baby socks always used one sock per cupcake. Seriously I doubt my cousin is going to want to go on a search for matching socks…especially after all the unravelling I’ll be forcing her to do so she pack the washcloths, bibs and socks away! 😜

I kept the pairs together and just put them at opposite ends so the cuffed end wouldn’t be too thick.

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Then I rolled them up and secure them with clear tape.

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Next I folded the washcloth so it was a little thinner than the socks.

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Placing the socks at one end of the washcloth, I rolled them up and secure with clear tape.

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– I tried keeping my fingers out of the shot because they’re not pretty! C’mon people I’m a mom of a tween and twin two year olds and all their demands keep me out of the nail salon! Ahhhh I feel a little better now ☺

Using this cute ribbon I found, I wrapped up the cupcake and secured with a pin…that way all the layers would have a reinforced hold. Then placed it in a cupcake liner and got the pipe cleaner and Pom Pom ready for glue gunning.

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By folding the pipe cleaner in half and gluing the Pom Pom to the end with the wire exposed, it made it easier to put the “cherry on top” without risking any damage to the socks 😊

Voilà! Les petits gateaux!

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As for the bib and washcloth cupcakes I shall save that for another sleepless night 😩😩😩

Stay tuned in the next coming days for that step by step but as a teaser here’s what the finished product looks like 😊

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