Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Party Favor Idea

 Birthday Favor

( Binangkal )

I do love creating some party favor idea myself. As food enthusiast party food favor is way to go. I made this birthday favor for my friend Rachel, her little princess turned one couple weeks ago..So, I insisted to make this party favor for my fellow friends. As you know me I like to style my food, package them with CUTE stuff that you can easily find it at your home. The birthday theme is Disney princess, white and pink balloons and such more princess stuff. The birthday party was wonderful every one is just having FUN..:)
 I made this Binangkal ( sesame balls- as my hubby called it ) for the party treat, my friends loved them and so do I.. If you want to know the recipe for binangkal just click HERE very easy to make with few ingredients.. This is like an idea for party favor, I would say just be creative and you got perfect treat for your guest every time. Below is the procedure on how to make this cute party favor. Check it out.. (wink)

-Make sure to make the binangkal little smaller to fit on the mini cupcake cups.
-It is personalized party favor, so feel free to use your favorite treat.
-Be creative.. used your favorite color and theme for packaging.

Things you'll need:
12 pieces Binangkal
12 pieces mini cupcake cups
Clear plastic wrap
Colored napkin- I used orange 
Colored paper

 1.) Place the mini cupcake cups on the plate. Cut the colored napkin into little triangle and place it on the center on the cupcake cups. Then place your treat on the center;

2.) Cover it with using your cut off plastic wrap; make sure you wrapped every single part of the treats; Then using the plastic string tie the whole thing; slip the notes on the side and tie it one more time.

3.) Enjoy the party and don't forget to grab some party favor.:)

(Party favor ready for you to take home. Grab some!)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Chocolate Crinkles Recipe

Chocolate Crinkles Everyone

Chocolate is made by roasting and grinding cocoa beans. Unadulterated chocolate is called unsweetened chocolate, baking chocolate or bitter chocolate. Bittersweet, semisweet or sweet chocolate has been enhanced with different amounts of sugar, vanilla, or lecithin. Milk chocolate has added dry milk. White chocolate is not chocolate at all; it contains only cocoa butter from the cocoa bean with sugar and vanilla. ( source: http://www.food.com/library/chocolate-224 )
Are you chocolate lover? If YES! I got perfect sweet treat recipe for you! I'm also die hard chocolate lover and finding this perfect recipe is awesome. This chocolate crinkles cookies are combination of sweet,  fudge brownie texture and that powdered sugar is just a perfection to this cookie. I'm in-love with this cookies, they are simply delicious! This is actually one of the most popular cookies back while I was in thePhilippines and my most favorite!.. and now, baking it fresh in my oven is amazing!! It's not only it took me back to those fun memories but also It makes me happy sharing it to my love-ones. My inspiration behind this cookie is my friend Cherry, she found the recipe at ( Allrecipes.com- source ) So, here I am making my own chocolate crinkles..although I followed the recipe mentioned on the source I add 3/4 cup flour to the original recipe, for the reason that the cookie mixture is kinda wet and hard for me to form little balls.. and I can't wait for 4 hours waiting for the cookie to chill. The result is still good, you still have that brownie bite and the sugar just add the perfection to the cookies. You can either follow the recipe at (allrecipes.com) or my version, It doesn't matter they are both taste delicious. I actually gave some to my mother in-law ( Cheri ) and I received really good feedback about the cookies.. She loved them! Talking about my in-laws, We painted my kiddies room today. It was long and tiring process but we finished painting the two rooms and the result... Beautiful!  It truly transformed the boring room into interesting one. This is probably the reason why my arms little hurt..:) I should go to bed....zzzz
by the way, Don't forget to get the recipe and try it at home. This is truly one delicious dessert.. Let's start baking!:)

2 3/4 cups of flour
1 cup cocoa powder
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup confectioner sugar

1.) In medium bowl, mix together cocoa powder,sugar and oil. Beat the eggs one at time using electric mixer then stir vanilla extract.
2.) Combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir it into the cocoa mixture. Cover the dough and chill for 1-2 hours into the fridge.
3.) Preheat the oven 350 degrees. Line the cookie sheets with parchment paper. If it happened that your out of parchment paper, non stick spray will work just fine. That's what I used.:)
4.)Roll the dough into little balls about an inch, coat it with confectioner sugar and put into the prepared pan.
5.) Bake the chocolate crinkles for about 10-12 minutes. Serve hot or cold and Enjoy!!!:)

-I found it easier to roll all the cookies into tiny little balls, then roll everything into confectioner sugar. 
- Feel free to make this chocolate crinkles as big as you want, make sure to adjust the cooking process as well.
-Please be advice about the cooking time, sometimes its varies depending on the oven your using.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Crispy Fried Chicken Recipe

Crispy Fried Chicken Recipe

Crispy fried chicken is a standard dish in the Cantonese cuisine of southern China and Hong Kong.[1] The chicken is fried in such a way that the skin is extremely crunchy, but the white meat is relatively soft.
source: ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crispy_fried_chicken )

 I grew up eating fried chicken, this is one of my favorite food! It always makes me excited maybe because I don't ate it as often when I was little kid. I missed those days!!! I missed the chicken served at Jollibee-- popular fast food chain in the Philippines and some places here in the US. So, when cravings strike I decided to make my own version. How hard could it be to fry chicken? It's not that hard at all especially if your using deep fryer it makes the whole cooking process 10x faster, No deep fryer? worry no more a big pot and oil still as god as deep fryer. So, I was watching this cooking show (Food-network) and I found out that cornstarch is the key ingredients to make the fried chicken extra crispy.. Yay! you heard it right, I did tried it and it always work... This is like so perfect if your also missing the cripsy chicken served at Jollibee.. My kiddies loved them..!This is also perfect for like birthday party, family gathering and potluck party. C'mon try it at home. Below is the recipe:)
Hang out on my kitchen...:)


Chicken- I used (4) bone-in chicken breast
1 Cup Flour
1/4 Cup cornstarch
1 egg
1 Lemon
Salt and Pepper- to taste
Seasoning of your choice- optional
Chicken Gravy for sauce- optional
Oil - for frying

1.) Marinate the chicken with salt, pepper and lemon. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
2.) In large pan, heat 2 cups of oil or enough to cover the chicken when your frying. In this recipe I used deep fryer:)
4.) Meanwhile, In large bowl combine the flour, cornstarch and salt and pepper. In medium size bowl beat the egg and set aside;
5.)Take the marinated chicken one at a time, soak in egg mixture then in the flour mixture, make sure that you covered the whole part of the chicken the shake the chicken for some excess flour. Do it again until everything is done and ready for frying.
6.) Fry the chicken until golden brown 8-10 minutes for white meat and 13-15 minutes for dark meat.
7.) Serve hot with chicken gravy and rice. Enjoy!

- You can used combination of dark meat and white meat for this recipe.
-  The bigger the meat; the longer the cooking process, make sure that the chicken is cook properly before eating.
- Taste according to your preference and used your favorite seasoning.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Cupcake Basket Galore

Best Cupcake Basket

I got this cupcake basket 2 weeks ago after our Outer Banks vacation, from my generous mother in-law ( Cheri ) Yay! It was really nice basket that any baker lover would love to have. So happy and blessed to have it. The most exciting part about the basket is the cupcake key holder... I thought its pretty cool to have since I'm a cupcake lover..:) I'm thinking about making her something like breakfast muffin sometime soon as a return of her generosity. I'll be sharing the recipe here on my blog as well.
Aside from this awesome basket, I'm also sharing the most exciting news this month... We purchased our new home yesterday. It's official we owned the place from now on..The most exciting moment of our life,, the firm handshake and congratulations!!...:) I can't wait to put some personal touches and style to our new home, especially on the kitchen area where I spent most of my time...

Let's take a look what inside my cupcake basket..:)

Inside the basket:
Cupcake pot holder- 3 pieces
Cupcake kitchen towel- 2 pieces
cupcake spatula
cupcake cards
cupcake paper clips
cupcake candle
cupcake stickers
cupcake/ muffin silicon cups- 12 pieces
cupcake picture holder
cupcake wrapper
Bottle of dessert wine
cupcake magnets
cupcake key holder
12 Cupcake decorating set
cupcake sprinkles

 -Special Thanks!-
-To all the nicest people who helped us get through the whole process of buying our new home. Tara & John
-To Mom Cheri for everything.:)
-To my good friend Cherry for the cookies and watching the kids yesterday..:)

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