These are a few of the things I made while I was on my "break"...
1) Crispy Peanut Buttter Eyeballs! I took these to work for Halloween and everyone went nuts! They turned out GREAT! I used my Gramma's Christmas cookie recipe for the cookie, which basically consists of butter, rice crispies and peanut butter. You roll all of those together into a ball, put in the freezer to harden and then dip them in "candy coating" (I think it's called Candi Kwik or something) and put them back in the freezer to harden. I then used the remaining candy coating and added blue food coloring for the iris and a chocolate chip that I had taken the point off of as the pupil. Once those were dry I used a little paint brush dipped in red food coloring for the bloodshot effect. They not only tasted great...they looked great!
2) Maple Pumpkin Pie! I followed this recipe for the pie and then used the Fall "pie crust cutters" from Williams Sanoma for a decorative edge! I brought it to Thanksgiving dinner and everyone raved about it and I must say, it looked very impressive! I think they were raving more about the look than the taste. It tasted great...but I wasn't overly impressed.
3) Candy Cane Cheesecake! I made this for Christmas, and forgot to take a picture of it so I'll post the one from the site. Mine looked almost identical on Christmas Eve...but on Christmas morning...it did not. Hint...the crushed candy canes will dissolve if you decorate the sides the night before. I guess this is a "do right before serving" kind of thing. So, I woke up to find that all the crushed candy had turned into a red gel/goo on the bottom of the cake carrier. *sniff* My family didn't seem to care...they ate every single bite and I must say, they loved it. I'll definitely make this again next year!
I honestly can't remember much else I made. I know I made a low-fat Orange Cream cake which was really good and some low fat blueberry brownies that SUCKED.
I promise I'll try to do better...but I'm not going to be able to do a weekly post. It's just not going to happen. lol.