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Brownie In A Mug

3 Apr

Have you ever had those nights where you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, but don’t want to go through the time and effort of making the whole cake? Well imagine coming across a pin that teaches you how to make a brownie in a mug! It’s the perfect single serving for a little self-indulgence, and takes less than two minutes in the microwave. Sounds too good to be true right?

If you like to bake, then you’ll find that the ingredients are probably always stalked in your kitchen. The prep-time is very quick, and the recipe does not call for any eggs. Just measure, mix, and pop it in the microwave.

brownie in mug

Not So Sweet

When I took my brownie out of the microwave, I was delighted with the results and couldn’t wait to taste it. Unfortunately, this single-serving treat did not live up to my expectations. The consistency was good and very fudgy (not sure if that’s a word but you get it), but the taste was far from sweet.

Perhaps it needed more sugar, or maybe some brown sugar, but it would have probably been more satisfying to just take 30 minutes a make a whole tray of brownies. Maybe you really shouldn’t take the easy way out… at least not when it comes to dessert.

But perhaps not all single-serving treats in a mug turn out as failures. I would love to hear about any desserts you’ve tried in a mug that have come out absolutely pinperfect.

brownie in mug with ice cream

At least the ice cream was yummy.

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Lasagna Roll Ups

28 Feb

Homemade Italian… Yum!

Who doesn’t like Italian food? Honestly, there are very few people who are not fans of the rich, flavorful, sometimes spicy cuisine. Unfortunately, for most of us, the fanciest our Italian cooking has every gotten is chicken alfredo or a lemon-butter sauce. Very few would attempt the laborious task of homemade lasagna.

But when I found this pin for lasagna roll ups, I just had to try! Instead of creating layers, you simply roll up each piece of lasagna and each roll is a perfect single serving. But don’t be fooled! This does NOT take away from the time-consuming aspect of making lasagna.

ImageI made the meat sauce from scratch. Grated the cheese and chopped the parsley for the cheese sauce. And carefully stirred the pasta as it boiled. Once everything was cooked and ready, I spread the cheese and sauce onto each noodle and rolled it up and placed it in the dish.

Personalize It

I only made a few alterations to the recipe I found on Pinterest. I added Italian sausage to the ground beef to give it some extra flavor (if you like spicy, use spicy Italian sausage). I also skipped out on running the ground beef through the food processor (just sounded weird & unnecessary to me).

I must say this dish was ABSOLUTELY pinperfect! Not to toot my own horn, but I’ve had homemade lasagna from actual Italian families, and this lasagna was pretty high up there. I must warn you though, this meal is not for your average Tuesday night dinner. I would save it for a more special occasion (unless Tuesday nights are your thing).

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Individual Lasagna Roll

Valentine’s Day Fail

17 Feb

Red Velvet Cake

Now that Valentine’s day has come & gone, some of you have memorable stories to share, while others might have had some “please tell me that was just a dream” moments. I personally had a little bit of both. Thankfully, it wasn’t too bad but still a little embarrassing, but the worst part had to be that Pinterest let me down.
I had found this scrumptious looking dessert that I thought would be both delicious and different. Red velvet cake, pudding, cool whip, and Oreos… what more could you ask for. However, this pin had no written instructions, it was all taught through pictures.  But even so, it looked pretty simple. And what I loved most was how the pudding soaks into the cake.

 Oops…Image

Well, let’s just say that didn’t exactly happen. There was not a drop of pudding soaking into that cake as Pinterest had promised. Perhaps next time I need to make the holes in the cake bigger, or the pudding a bit “runnier”. Maybe that’s why written instructions are so helpful.

Keeping it Simple…

Next time, I think I’ll just stick to chocolate-covered strawberries or cake made from scratch. But if you or someone you know has made this “pin-fail” a pinperfect treat, please share with us your secrets.