April 17, 2014

Cake Fails and How to Recover

Here's a Happy Easter cake for you, isn't she pretty?!

This is really a sweet little cake born from the wreckage of a massive cake fail. I fixed it with a little glue...
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April 10, 2014

Quick Stir Fried Rice: Leftover Lovin'

I have this problem. One week I'm on a total roll, rocking the dinner meal plan like nobody's business. Then the next week ...month...I can't pull together more than a pot of mac & cheese. What's with that? Sometimes dinner has to be all about reinvention, and that's when leftovers are lovely.

We love Chinese takeout in this house, but there are always leftovers and they always always go to waste. I have a thing about food waste, but I have an even bigger thing about being too lazy to cook...

March 25, 2014

No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Pudding Pie

Two things have been happening over here lately.
  1. I've been hugely inspired (and feeling a little inadequate) by a whole bunch of super talented bloggers posting tasty treats that make me drool.
  2. I've been eating Girl Scout cookies for breakfast...(and lunch) for the past month.
So to take care of both of these problems at the same time, I made this...

March 11, 2014

Do-Si-Dos Caramel Peanut Butter Cheesecake

A great big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my bestie Suzie Q-Zie (this one's for you)!!

So I've been dreaming up this recipe for such a long time. Maybe it's because I've been surrounded by cases of Girl Scout cookies for weeks. Maybe it's because the Internet has been saturated with Girl Scout cookie re-makes for months. Maybe it's just because I wanted to celebrate finding my cheesecake recipe after having been lost for over a year. Whatever the subconscious reason, I'm so glad I made this irresistible cake for you.

March 4, 2014

Mac & Cheese Fritters

So we've been naughty over at the Sweet Oven. Fried mac & cheese fritters are completely unnecessary, it's the truth. But goodness, they're so tasty! We really don't eat food like this all the time, I swear. These were for a special occasion when I was challenged to create a recipe using Kraft Mac & Cheese or Cracker Barrel Cheese. The other recipe I made using the sharp cheddar created some delightful, far more reasonable, crackers. These..well there's no excuse for them!

February 11, 2014

Why I'm Donating My Post to Help Feed South African Schoolchildren

Well it's really rather straight forward...I'm donating my post today to help kids eat. Ok, so here's a little peek into the world of me; one of my top pet peeves = food waste. I volunteer at my daughter's school for lunch duty once a week. Fridays, as in many schools across our country, means pizza day for us. When I first saw the lunch plate I thought it was a joke. Each plate contained one slice of take-out pizza and 3 baby carrots....3! The proportions didn't add up, but as I watched the children, one by one, throw out all three baby carrots eagerly awaiting dessert, I understood. The school can't afford to waste money on things the kids will throw out, I get it. Every week I feel like I'm pleading with the kids to eat the carrots - just one, come on! My child is no different, the amount of food she wastes gives me anxiety, but I have an idea. My thought (nothing groundbreaking here) is to make lunch fun. So today I'm mixing things up a bit with sandwich-less lunches.

Ooo, here's a fun story: When my oldest daughter was in preschool, I dabbled in Bento Box lunches. They were a huge hit, especially with the teachers. So the director of the preschool asked me to do a class for interested parents...it was awkward. End of fun story. Throwing some meat, cheese, and tomatoes onto cute toothpicks is the easiest way to mix things up. My daughter used to love them so much...until she got in trouble for playing with the toothpicks after lunch at school one day - then we took a little hiatus. Today I'm surprising her with a toothpick revival - fruit skewers and breadless sandwich skewers. Isn't that a cute lunch?!

So as I was on my waste-not campaign a couple of weeks ago, I saw a few posters on Pinterest condemning food bloggers for doing what they do instead of caring about people who don't have food. That hurt me...I mean, I generally don't take things personally - but ouch!

Fast forward to last week when I saw a post on g+ about Feed South Africa partnering with The Lunchbox Fund to help raise $5000 to help feed 100 children a meal a day for one year. You know, this is a huge undertaking, but with the help of some really amazing food bloggers spreading the word and getting everyone to chip in, it's not unobtainable! Together we can make this happen. My family is skipping our weekly takeout pizza order this week and putting that money to this cause. Care to join me? (psst, the answer is totally yes...right?!) 

If you're totally awesome and want to hang out with the cool kids then go here to donate now! P.S., you're still awesome if you can't donate.

And here's my sandwich-less lunch for today...it makes me happy mostly - but it's really tasty too!

Still on the fence? Did you know that lack of food can diminish concentration, erode willpower, and strip away a child's potential? Compound that with prevalence of HIV/AIDS or the trauma of losing parents and loved ones, without food, a child's attendance and performance at school is severely jeopardized. Let's make a difference, even if it's just a few dollars, even if you have to maybe skip the coffee line tomorrow morning (just sayin').

Ok, go be cool - I'm on my way right now.

February 6, 2014

Oreo Truffles: Fast & Easy Valentine's Treat

I'm sure none of us are strangers to Oreo Truffles. I first made these about 4 years ago when my oldest was in pre-school. They're the easiest sweet treat to make...ever. Think Cake Pops, only easier (man, don't get me started) and faster...and minus the whole pop part.

These are perfect for the last minute type of a person (me) who doesn't have the time or the desire to bake. Throw one in a cute cupcake liner filled with muddy buddy mix and you have an adorable class treat that looks way more impressive than it actually is.