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Happy Birthday to My Mommy!

tomorrow is my mom’s birthday, and just wanted to let all you know that she will be having so much fun tomorrow and wanted to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to her in a special way! And this is the way!  I made a wonderful skillet cake for her (look past in my blog, and you will see the original post for it!), and it looks so good! So Happy birthday mommy! And everyone sing happy birthday to her!

PS… My birthday is next Thursday, but I’m not allowed to speak of it untill my moms birthday is over! I will tell you my menu for my party on Thursday! But all I will say now is that, well, don’t get jealous that I probably haven’t invited you, but I will be making Death By Chocolate cake for my guests!!!!! Ahh, I cannot wait! Read the rest of this entry

Ahh!!! The Joys of Home made Cookies ‘n’ Cream Ice Cream!

Oh my word you guys!  This stuff is out of this world!  Home made ice cream is the best kind of ice cream that anyone can have, and I know that you know, and if you don’t then, well,shame on you!! Just Kiddin’!  And anyways, to make it BETTER than it already is, you make Cookies ‘n’ Cream ice cream and you will find yourself having more ice cream than you usually have.  I know because I just had like 5 scoops of it and my mom did too and she’s usually the one having like a scoop or two! But it is so good.  Let me explain about how I got something to make ice cream!  Last week we went to my grandpa’s house to give him something for Fathers Day, and once we left my mom mentioned that she wanted an ice cream maker for her birthday, and my Grammie (who is the best supporter I have for my cooking career because she always buys me stuff that involve something to cook, and she took me to a cooking class  and gave me a Kitchen Aid… and I could go ON AND ON about her about I don’t have time!) told us to stay there for a second and she went inside and brought out the churner that fits on my Kitchen Aid and said it doesn’t fit her new one, so I got an ice cream churner to fit my Kitchen Aid… and there you go!  I can now make ice cream all the time… whenever I want!!!!! YAY!  It was so cool!  I love her too much for words and I always will!  She’s amazing and it’s great to have a relative who is a chef and can talk cooking with me. And other stuff that’s not really important!

So the way to make this is you get some half and half and you heat that up in a medium saucepan and then after that you set it aside and then in the amazing Kitchen Aid you mix 8 eggs yolks and a cup of sugar and then after that you put the half and half in it, and then mix it a little more, and then you put it in a large bowl and put some heavy whipping cream (that’s what I used, but you can use regular whipping cream too… whatever you want!) and vanilla extract and mix that up and then you put that mixture in the refrigerator for 8 hours (yes a long time… but don’t rush it).  Then when that is done, you put the churner attachment on your Kitchen Aid, and then put your mixture in it and churn it for 20 minutes on low-speed, until it gets pretty thick.  For Cookies ‘n’ Cream ice cream (and I recommend cookies ‘n’ cream, because, well, it’s good and that’s all I can say!!!!) after like 18 minutes of churning you put maybe 20 crushed up Oreo cookies in and mix it up, but you have to do it REALLY quick!  And there you have it! The best ice cream you will EVER TASTE! ENJOY! Bon Appetite!

PS… seriously, you gotta make this!!!!

My First OWN recipe!!!

Tonight I made my own recipe! It was so cool! My mom took out some frozen  chicken wings, and they thawed and then I put them in a casserole dish.  First I tossed them in salt and pepper and then I tossed them in bar-b-q seasoning (and you can use as much of this as you want… just eyeball it whenever you think it’s enough for your tiny taste buds!), and then you toss it in a few dashes of hot sauce and come bar-b-q sauce! It was AMAZING!!!!

Mashed Baked (taters!)

Hey y’all. I’m Paula… no, I’m Dana Carroll. I wish I was Paula Deen.  Actually not, but I wish I could cook like Paula!  But anyways… this completes my night of Paula Deen cooking.  I made a wonderful recipe called Mashed Baked.  What I did was boil hash browns (cubes or strings… what ever you want) for about 3 to 4 minutes and then I put them in with one package of instant herb and butter mashed potato.  And of course me and Paula’s favorite… some butter!  I mixed that all together, then I put 2 cups of boiling water in with all that and mixed it together, and then the hash browns just started to mash and I didn’t think that would happen but it did and it was SO AWESOME!!! Then once that was all mixed up I put it in a casserole dish and then cooked it for about 35  minutes and then when it had about 5 minutes left I put canned french fried onions on top and then browned them to crisp them up. Oh my goodness they were out of this world delicious!  I was blown away. They were gone in about 5 hours!  My brother and dad and I had more than half the dish at once and then my mom came home and ate the rest! I’m sorry, but they were so good, that I never got a picture, but you know what you can do, is make them your self and see what they look like in real life! They were so good and yummy y’all. They are by far the best dang taters I’ve had in my life!  So, quote Paula Deen “Best dishes from my kitchen to yurs!” unquote!

Chocolate Molten Lava Cake!

Oh yeah! I think that title speaks for it self!!! Oh my goodness. Okay, who has had lava cake before? Well I never did and I was so amazed at how it tasted. It was like, the richest piece of chocolate I have ever had. I am so serious.  Yep, this is my favorite dessert recipe yet. Okay, I have one confession. And I know, this is the best part of a LAVA cake, but I over cooked them the tiniest bit and it’s not oozey, so that really cramped my style, yo!!!! But still, they were really good, anyways.  And another thing that I absolutely loved about these was that they were so easy!!! I melted some bitter-sweet chocolate and some semi-sweet and butter and then added sugar and flour and eggs… just the normal.  Kinda like a brownie, but not exactly. And then when they were in the oven, the smell started to come out, and it smelled like heaven! Oh my, I don’t have anything else to say… just, this recipe is definitely a keeper! Enjoy!

ps… this is another Paula Deen recipe. One more to go!

Grandmother Pauls Fried Chicken

Oh boy y’all!!! This was an AHHMAZING recipe!!!! Tonight was my Paula Deen night (which I will blog about the other stuff too… of course).  I had watched some of her videos last night and one of them was called “My Grandmothers Table” and she made her grandmas fried chicken, and it looked completely out of this world, so today I went on the internet and looked up the recipe and made it… because I could not resist. Oh my gosh… I am speechless and I am just searching for words to describe this. Well, for the first thing I guess I can tell you how I made it. Okay, so I had to put it in the fridge for two hours with salt and pepper on it. This was a whole chicken cut into pieces, and my chicken was giant… which I don’t recommend a giant chicken because it took forever to cook. Especially the breasts… so try to find a small chicken. Not too small though. Then like you make normal chicken, you soak it in egg, then cover it in flour and cook it in lots of oil…. lots and lots of oil! Then the special secret you do with this is you cover the chicken with a lid. Paula said that this was her grandmothers secret to her special chicken… to cover it with a lid. You say… “Now how does that change the chicken?” Well, I don’t know that either! But then I fried it and it was done and I ate it and I don’t know how it came out so good! But it was really good and I highly recommend you making it. Go on foodnetwork.com and look up Paula Deen and then look up fried chicken. It was so good!

Happy Memorial Day!

I know! Memorial Day was yesterday, but I couldn’t blog yesterday because I was having a supper fun cookout with my church at Bethel Park. It was a blast! I enjoyed every minute of it. Evey year our Hispanic church goes to Bethel Park. All the hispanic people and the ones who help. Like cooking, playing music for the services and everyone who participates in it. So all of us went and we had lots of fun. We played games, got wet, played volleyball, and rode boats. I love Memorial Day because it brings people together!!! I know, I sound so… umm… well, you might know what I mean! I just like having fun with my friends and just being able to hang out. And it forces me to get outside and run around!!!!
I want to say thanks to all the people who serve our country, and keep us alive and free. God Bless this country! Let’s be thankful for all the blessings that each and every one of us receive! God Bless all the people who serve.
Thank you! To everyone who loves me!