Due to my new change in eating habits, there has not been a lot of baking happening in the Johnson household recently. And honestly that has been okay, since my husband doesn't *love* cakey things and my waistline could certainly stand to do without... I tend to enjoy what he doesn't eat- eek!
But with the 4th of July and this glorious time to celebrate our country's freedom, I have had the opportunity to bake!
Pinterest has quickly become my new obsession. Using this wonderful tool, I have finished the art in the nursery, planned food for our church's Christmas event, and come up with a lot of fun household projects! (Actually, I might be the only person who thinks they are fun.. Brian, who does the physical labor, might not agree :) )
I have also found some delicious recipes for a baking extravaganza!
Last night, we had so much fun at a swim party with our Sunday School class. Since it was later in the evening, we just brought desserts and enjoyed a little bit of cooler air. I found this recipe and was dying to try it out. Who doesn't love smores!?
They flew off the plate! My husband, the same one who doesn't really like baked goods, enjoyed at least 3, and that was a much smaller number than many of the guys at the party. I am talking a seriously tasty treat.
My next project is Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Buttercream from Smells Like Home. Since I haven't actually baked these yet, I will warn you that the ingredients are kind of expensive and I am fully expecting a hot mess from the food coloring, but I believe in my heart that it will be well worth the money and messiness! My mom used to make Red Velvet Cake every year for Valentine's Day and often my birthday. I *love* it and can't wait to whip up this variation!
Finally, I needed a non-chocolate treat for the non-chocolate fans, so I went to an old faithful. When I was a senior at Auburn, the band did a fundraiser and created cookbooks with favorite recipes of different band members. Since then, I have gone to that cookbook a million times for some of my favorite recipes! One of those recipes is Cake Mix Cookies. *YUM!* They are SUPER easy and take no time at all! The best part is that you can use different cake mixes to create different flavors.
Cake Mix Cookies
1 box of cake mix (I used Strawberry this time, but Funfetti is delish too)
1/2 c. vegetable oil
Mix ingredients and spoon into greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350* for 10 to 12 minutes. When cookies have cooled, top with icing (either homemade or store bought!)
Happy 4th of July everyone!
Praise the Lord for our freedom and our great country!