Thursday, December 6, 2007
And how does one counteract the effects of the Navman, you ask?
Cake! Cookies! Muffins! Brownies!
Here are two more of my FAVORITE Things, both of which were Christmas presents.
The first is 101 Things to do with a Cake Mix - a book full of recipes that have a box of cake mix as the main ingredient. My copy is well loved and used...I am even using it tonight! When I use it tonight I will be using ingredients that I have on hand and just need to use - have that in your pantry? I do.
I even used it the other day when I had a chocolate craving and found the perfect recipe for Death by Chocolate Cake. Here's the recipe for a tasting of what the book has to offer:
Death By Chocolate Cake
3/4 Cup Sour Cream
1/2 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Oil
1 Chocolate Cake Mix
1 Small box instant chocolate pudding
1 Cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350*
Beat sour cream, eggs, water and oil together in a large bowl until thoroughly mixed. Add cake mix and pudding mix. Stir in chocolate chips. Place batter in greased and floured bundt pan.
Bake 45-55 minutes, or until a fork inserted into cake comes out clean.
While still hot invert cake onto a serving platter. When cool, sift powdered sugar over the top of cake.
*I had this with Cool Whip and it tasted like a Hostess Cupcake. Yum!
My second Favorite Thing ties in with baking and also just general cooking. It's my Kitchenaid Stand Mixer - courtesy of Matt a couple of years ago. Ever since I got this baby I can't imagine my kitchen without it. It helps me quickly bake cakes, cookies, brownies, shreds cheese, mashes potatoes...the uses go on and on.
OK, so one favorite thing is very affordable, the other is an investment. Both definitely worthwhile in my book.