Two Sides of A Coin

My husband and I wanted a place to share our projects...I do crafting (e.g. cards, sewing, etc...), household projects, and parties for kids. My husband makes toy trucks, household projects (e.g. closet redesign), and helps with party decorations and games. While he's a professional contractor, we do this for fun. We both cook, but I am more likely to try new and different recipes. We'll be trying out Pinterest items and reporting back.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Cinnamon Adult Apple Cider Ice Cream

My father-in-law is a huge ice cream fan - has to have a bowl every night.  So, I thought we would try something a little bit different, a little healthier.

So, from Pinterest, I found this recipe for Apple Cider Ice Cream.  Using my handy Kitchen Aid mixer with ice cream maker attachment, it was actually pretty simple and without a lot of "fancy" ingredients.  I, of course, tweaked the directions (see below for my version).

Cool and refreshing - Very apple-y (is that a word?).  I would suggest making it in the fall, as that seems the season for apple dishes.

Cinnamon Adult Apple Cider Sorbet

Makes 1 1/2 quarts


1 1/2 cups fresh apple cider
2/3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon whole cloves
5 whole cinnamon sticks
1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cups cranberry juice cocktail (make sure it's 100% juice)
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons dark rum or other alcohol


  1. Stir together apple cider, sugar, cloves and cinnamon sticks in saucepan. 
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat , stirring occasionally. 
  3. Simmer for about 15 minutes. 
  4. Remove from heat. 
  5. Remove cloves and cinnamon sticks with a slotted spoon; discard.
  6. Give it 10 minutes to cool.
  7. Add the above mentioned mixed ingredients to your ice cream maker attachment.
  8. Add in applesauce, cranberry and lemon juices and rum. 
  9. Let it run for 15 to 20 minutes - you'll be able to see if start to form up like ice cream.
  10. Enjoy! 
You can cover and refrigerate overnight. Freeze as directed in the instructions for your particular ice cream maker. We ate it right out of the ice cream maker.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bugles

Originally found on Pinterest... Here's the original post. We used essentially the same ingredients, just a different kind of chocolate and peanut butter.  We thought it was the perfect combo of sweet and salty.

  • 1 (7.5 oz) bag of Bugles
  • 2 bags of candy melting discs (we had leftovers from Halloween)
  • 1 cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2+ Tbsp of milk
  1. In a large bowl combine your peanut butter and powdered sugar. Add milk 1 Tbsp at a time until it's smooth. (I used 2 Tbsp)
  2. Beat until smooth.
  3. Using a piping bag or a ziplock with the edge snipped off pipe the peanut butter into the Bugle.
  4. Melt your chocolate in the microwave for 1 minute on 50% power, stir and repeat for 15 seconds until melted. Only melt about 1/4 of the chocolate at a time.  You will find that easier and won't have to rush through before the chocolate re-hardens.
  5. Swirl the peanut butter end of the Bugle into the melted chocolate and set on a wax paper lined baking sheet.
  6. When all are dipped put in freezer until set and ready to eat.
The original poster indicated she liked to eat these frozen, but we didn't try that. These are best if eaten the same day you make them.

We used three kinds of melting discs - brown and lime green milk chocolate and dark cocoa.  Gave some variety to the colors in the bowl.

These were a huge hit at the party we took them to.  We give them a 4 out of 5 stars, because honestly you have to be patient as it takes so much time to pipe the peanut butter in.  We did this together, so that helped.  By yourself, it would be too time consuming.  One piper, one swirler.  Enjoy.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Lemon Sandwich Cookies

I took two lemon desserts with me to "Friends-Giving" a few weekends ago. I made these first, but I was afraid that they wouldn't serve enough people. Beware - it only makes like 12 cookies - you have to use 2 cookies for each sandwich, so it takes lot of cookies!  I was surprised how few it made, but they were worth every second in the kitchen.

Inspired by this pin, this recipe comes from itty bitty kitchen.

Lemon Sandwich Cookies:
  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature (this is important!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • juice of one lemon
  1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
  2. In a large bowl cream the butter, salt and sugar until light and fluffy on a medium setting, roughly 3 minutes. Reduce the speed to low and  incorporate the vanilla and lemon zest, scraping down the sides as you go. Sift the flower and cornstarch into the mixture and beat on a low setting until just combined.
  3. Take small portions of the mixture and roll into balls, continue until you have 25-30 (I made mine quite large, I ended up with roughly 23) pieces. If you want them to be as even as possible, roll out the mixture until it forms a log then use a clean knife to section into 30 pieces.
  4. Place them on a baking tray lined with wax paper, gently press on each piece with a fork until it has left an imprint. You can also press on them gently with your fingers, if you do not wish to leave an imprint.  (I used the criss-cross look like a peanut butter cookie because I thought they were cute.)
  5. Bake for 20 minutes. let them cool completely.
  6. For the filling beat the sugar, butter and lemon juice on a medium setting until incorporated. Keep adding sugar until you get a thicker consistency - you don't want the filling to squish out all over, but rather support the top cookie.
  7. Use the back of a spoon, or a knife to ice one side of the cookie then sandwich them together. Try to find two which are similar sizes.  The biscuits can be kept for up to 5 days in an air tight container.

All I can say is WOW - these were awesome.  A 5 out of 5.  Totally worth every minute.  I loved them and so did others.  I hope you do, too!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Chicken Parm Bake - My Way

Inspire by this pin... by the Food Wishes blogger  .  I didn't like having to watch the video to get all the directions.  But, I like the idea of a healthy, baked version of Chicken Parmesan.  I did downsize the recipe, so it wouldn't be so much food - we're only feeding two at our house most of the time.


2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
hot red pepper flakes, to taste 
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts 
1 can tomato sauce
oregano (a few tsps)
basil (a few tsps)
thyme leaves (one tsp, as DH is not a fan)
8 oz mozzarella, shredded
4 oz Parmesan, grated
1 (5-oz) package garlic croutons (Used Arnold brand)


  1. Prepare the 9x9 pan by pouring the olive oil into the bottom and then coat it with garlic and hot red pepper flakes.
  2. Put the chicken breasts on top.
  3. Pour can of tomato sauce on top. Season with basil, oregano, and thyme leaves.
  4. Add about 1/2 the cheese.
  5. Add the croutons.
  6. Put the other 1/2 of the cheese.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

I'll be honest - I didn't really measure most of the ingredients, just added what I thought looked like enough to cover the chicken breasts.  So, the ingredient list is not exact.  Use what you like.   NOTE: My chicken finished after 30 minutes (plus resting for 10 - do not underestimate the resting period which will allow the chicken to cook more). Your cooking time may be up to an hour depending on the size, shape, and temperature of your chicken. Please use a meat thermometer to check doneness (155 degree F.)   We gave this dish a 4 out of 5.  We both enjoyed it.  Hope you do, too.