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Hello! I'm Munchkin Mommy and this is my nook in cyberspace where food takes center stage. I'm not an expert cook...but I am an expert eater. ;) What's on the menu? Mostly anything and everything about food: my kitchen triumphs and nightmares, restaurant explorations and discoveries, recipes, and so much more. Well, you'll find some non-food related entries as well. :D Feel free to hang out here and stay as long as you like. The cafe is open 24 hours! ;)

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And the Winner of the Totino’s Pizzeria Rolls Giveaway Is…

Posted By on May 19, 2013

… I’ll tell you in just a little bit. Don’t we all hate it when they do this kind of cliffhanger on tv? ;)

There were 16 beautiful people who joined the giveaway. I chose to go about the drawing of a winner the traditional way, that is, drawing the names out of a hat.  I wrote the names of the participants on a piece of paper. And then, I borrowed one of hubby’s prized caps, one that was autographed by F1 driver Fernando Alonso.

Into the hat the names went…

The winner was excitedly drawn by my daughter. Oh you have no idea how many times she reminded me about drawing a winner!

I guess I’m now ready to reveal the winner of the Totino’s Pizzeria Rolls Giveaway. The winner of a lovely tiled tray, the cute salt and pepper shaker set and (3) coupons for free Totino’s Pizzeria Rolls is…

Congratulations, Camille! I will be getting in touch with you so I can get the details that will be submitted to the giveaway sponsor/s. :)

Thanks to everyone who indulged me in this fun giveaway! You all rock! ‘Til the next giveaway!

Have a great great week ahead! *muah*

Blondies

Posted By on May 16, 2013

I had coffee with some of my dearest mommy friends this morning.  I brought them some post-Mother’s Day treats, too. Blondies! Blondies – brownies that are not brown because there’s no cocoa powder – are my favorite go-to treats to give. They are just so easy to make and they are oh so good! In fact, last Friday, I made blondies for “Sweet Treats Day” of  Teacher Appreciation Week. I used Chinese to-go boxes for packaging and each of my daughter’s teachers got one.

I baked the blondies in a 15″ x 10″ (?) jelly roll plan. Before I cut the baked product  into bite-sized pieces, it looked like one big slab of blondie. Yum! (Please excuse the red stains on my chopping board. I airbrushed a dragon cake on this baby. :) )

I was able to get 72 pieces out of that one big slab of blondie. Normally, I would drizzle melted chocolate on top of the blondies. But due to lack of time, I wasn’t able to. In not doing so, I saved my friends some extra calories! No harm done!

I love love these to-go boxes. I got them from a craft store. Underneath the boxes, it  says that they are not food safe. So I lined them all with wax paper. You can fit a good number of blondies in the regular-sized boxes.

I also had the smaller and cuter boxes. They can hold about 4 to 5 pieces.

I published the recipe for these blondies on this site years ago, in 2007. I’ll make it easier for you all and just republish the recipe. It is from the Hershey’s Classic Recipes book.

 

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups packed light brown sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, melted

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup (of each) semi-sweet chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, white (chocolate chips)

chocolate chip drizzle (recipe follows)

PROCEDURE:

1.  Heat oven to 350 degress F.  Grease 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1 inch jelly-roll pan.

2.  Stir together brown sugar and butter in large bowl; beat in eggs and vanilla until smooth.  Add flour and salt, beating just until blended; stir in chocolate, peanut butter and white chips.  Spread batter into prepared pan.

3.  Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  cool completely in pan or wire rack.  Cut into bars.  With tines of fork, drizzle chocolate chip drizzle randomly over bars.

*Makes 72 bars*

Chocolate Chip Drizzle – In small microwave-safe bowl, place 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1/4 teaspoon shortening (do not use butter, margarine, spread or oil).  Microwave at high (100%) 30 seconds to 1 minute; stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth.

I have not been using peanut butter chips for my blondies. I use 1 cup of white chips and 1 cup of semi-sweet chips.

Would you look at that! My second blog post in 3 days! And I even used a DSLR to take photos! I should keep this up for the next 21 days so blogging becomes second nature to me again. Ha!

Blessings, y’all!

PS: Join my give-away! It ends on Saturday. Go HERE for the details. ;)

Totino’s Pizzeria Rolls Give-away

Posted By on May 14, 2013

I am back! Again!  It’s a vicious cycle, that I realize. This might be the longest I’ve been away, so long that I’ve almost forgotten my log-in information. Ha!  I still cook and bake and decorate cakes. I still eat out…an awful lot, might I add! Once I get my groove back, this blog should be running like a well-oiled machine and I’ll be posting entries and sharing away like in the good old blogging days. *cross fingers*

So, to celebrate this blog’s rise from oblivion, I am having a give-away! Yay! I recently received a prize pack from General Mills and Totino’s through MyBlogSpark. Why? Because Totino’s has an all-new Pizzeria line! Keep reading…

Totino’s is introducing three new flavors of pizza snacks with their all-new Pizzeria line. The new Cheesy Garlic, Chicken Parmesan and Meatball Marinara are flavors everyone in your family will enjoy. Look for Totino’s® Pizzeria Rolls next time you’re in the freezer section of your local grocery store and bring home the Italian pizzeria taste kids and adults love. In just 60 seconds, you can’t get more Italian!

We’ve had the chance to sample the three new flavors and my family’s instant favorite was the Chicken Parmesan. It was a unanimous choice!

Like I said, I received a prize pack, which included the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(3) VIP coupons, so I can try each of the 3 new flavors FREE
4-tile wood handle tray with salt and pepper shaker set

Genera Mills and Totino’s want to give the exact same prize pack to (1) one lucky blog reader! Yeehaa! All you have to do is leave a comment to be included in the raffle. Be nice, ok?! The give-away will run until 11:59PM Central Time on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Unfortunately, the give-away is only open to US residents. You have to have a US address as our sponsors are unable to ship the package outside of the USA.

I will announce the winner on Sunday, May 19, 2013, in another blog entry. In drawing a winner, I will either use the traditional method of drawing the name out of a hat or use a randomizer, depending on the number of comments, which shouldn’t be too many. Hee hee. Fair enough?

For now, you can go and like Totino’s on Facebook. While there, grab a $0.40 off coupon for a box of Mexican Party Pizza.

Good luck! It’s mighty good to be back! :)

“Disclosure: The prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills and Totino’s through MyBlogSpark.”

Barney and Friends Birthday Cake

Posted By on May 31, 2012

I was going through the list of posts on this blog’s dashboard and found a draft for an entry, which I attempted to write in March.  It was about a cake that I made in September 2011. That’s just so flake-y, if you ask me! Hee hee. I don’t know if I have any more drafts waiting to finally get published. But here is one that will now actually get to see the light of day.

I made this Barney and Friends cake for the 2nd birthday of the daughter of dear friends of mine. My own daughter had a Barney and Friends cake for her 2nd birthday, which I ordered from Goldilocks.  Simpler times. *wink*

This was one of those days when stars related to cake decorating, if there are any, were in perfect alignment. I was in such a good mood when I was making this cake that I made not one, not two, but three fondant cake toppers. And boy were these heavy! I thought I was going to need a Howard Medical hospital cart-ish type of thing to carry the cake. Kidding!

I know for a fact that one figure took me more than an hour to make. I know, I know, too slow! But a lot of times, I get too obsessed about the little details. That should be a good thing, right? But there are deadlines.

Of these three figures, Baby Bop was my favorite. Just look at her! Please say she looked like the real thing. :)

I love making cakes for kids. This particular cake took me back in time when my daughter thought that a purple singing and talking dinosaur was the coolest thing on tv…he and Dora the Explorer! Simpler times.

Now, let me go see if there are other drafts to be unearthed.

Cheers, y’all! :)

No-Bake Cupcake Favors

Posted By on May 15, 2012

My daughter had her First Holy Communion over a week ago. I was not able to make a cake to commemorate the special day. I did, however, make “no-bake cupcakes” as token gifts for her friends who celebrated with us.

So they’re inedible. Hee hee. I got the idea after going through countless websites looking for First Communion party favors.  A lot of my daughter’s friends are older than she is. I did not want to give them another party bag with pencils, bubbles, stickers and candies. I thought a white washcloth would be a nice and at the same time symbolic favor. I topped the cupcakes with a lollipop.

Half of the materials I used for this no-baking project were already available to me here at home. I used scrapbooking paper for the cupcake liners. The curling ribbons were from my stash of gift wrapping supplies. The gift tags, I also printed myself. The only things I bought were the washcloths (from Costco) the Tootsie pops (from Target) and the cellophane bags (from Michael’s – Don’t ever forget to use a coupon at Michael’s!!).  I dare say the perceived value of the favors was greater than their actual cost. *wink*

Just like the cakes, cupcakes and goodies that come out of my kitchen, these inedible goodies were so much fun to make. Yes, yes…I have too much time in my hands. Not! :)

Cheers. y’all!