Monday, April 30, 2012

Cinnamon Roll Cake

I love cinnamon rolls. The fact that I don't live near a Cinnabon is both a blessing and a curse. It's sad because I can't have their deliciousness. It's a blessing because have you ever seen a Cinnabon? They're usually bigger than my head.

I made this cake in December and tried it again over the weekend. I think it's amazing. The Husband thinks it's amazing. However, I should warn you about something. The absolute best part of this cake is the gooey center. You will have to fight people to eat it like civilized humans and not try and cut out the center.

I love the cinnamon swirls. Right after the oven.
Cinnamon Roll Cake
3 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 c. milk
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. butter, melted

1 c. butter, softened
1 c. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. flour
1 Tbsp. cinnamon

2 c. powdered sugar
5 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix everything except for the butter. Slowly stir in the melted butter and pour into a greased 9x13 pan. For the topping, mix all the ingredients together until well combined. Drop evenly over the batter and swirl with a knife. Bake at 350 for 28-32 minutes. For glaze, mix all ingredients together and spread over cake.

The picture doesn't do it justice. I am not a photographer so it is not the cake's fault if it's deliciousness isn't translated.


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Golden Mac and Cheese

Does anyone else think about Friends when they hear mac and cheese? It was Joey's failed television series about a robot. It was pretty awful so hopefully your mac and cheese isn't.

I don't remember where I got this recipe from. It was one of many I have stuffed in a binder with a bunch of other printed off recipes (see why Pinterest is amazing?) I wanted to try it for a long time and decided yesterday was the perfect day. The Husband got home from the road and said he wanted something warm and cheesy.

Before putting it in the oven
Golden Mac and Cheese
1 (8 ounce) package elbow macaroni
2 cups milk
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon onion salt
2 (10 ounce) blocks sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
1 cup soft plain breadcrumbs
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain well. Set aside.

Place milk, flour, and onion salt in a quart jar; cover tightly, and shake vigorously 1 minute.

Stir together flour mixture, 3 1/2 cups of cheese, and macaroni.

Pour macaroni mixture into a lightly greased 13x9 baking dish.

Sprinkle evenly with breadcrumbs and remaining 1 cup of cheese; drizzle evenly with melted butter.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until golden brown.

Finished product
Instead of a quart jar, I used a giant Ziploc bag to shake things up. I went to the store looking for onion salt and couldn't find any. I even asked for help looking for it and nada so I used onion powder. Also, I didn't shred two blocks of cheese (who has time for that!?), I just bought it already shredded.

It was really tasty and The Husband loved it. I will definitely make it again except I might add chicken or something.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Blog Giveaway! Kitchen Disasters (closed)

I remember one snowy day my senior year of high school, I decided to cook some biscuits. I turned on the oven and got everything ready. After a few minutes, The Husband (then The Boyfriend) said he smelled something weird. I opened the oven and to my horror there was a plastic spatula melting to the oven rack. I grabbed an oven mitt but the spatula was gooey and it was like a long string of cheese.

Sadly that is not the worst part of the story. Somehow, I really don't know how, the spatula caught on fire. This is the part of the story that shows how resourceful I am and why I'm great to have around in an emergency. Instead of panicking, I ran outside into the snow and dropped what was left of the spatula. I put a little snow on it and it was over. However, my parents were very curious as to why there was half a burnt spatula in the driveway. I think the better question is why was there a spatula in the oven.

I was so cool in high school
Now to the giveaway. I want you to tell me your worst kitchen disaster. Everyone seems to have one no matter how little experience they have. The winner will receive a $25 Target gift card because who doesn't love Target?  Rules are as follows:

1. Must be a public follower of Stepford Wife in Training. The option is on the right side and all you need is to enter your email address. I promise it doesn't send you emails.

2. In the comments section of this post, tell me your worst kitchen disaster story.

Isn't that super easy? Contest will close at 11:59 p.m. on May 6th.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Pudding Cookies

Pinterest came at the perfect time in my life. I was done with school, had no job, and a desire to perfect my domestic goddess skills. It is so great to have access to so many recipes and ideas. I can find like ten ways to cook a chicken breast in less than ten seconds. True, I could Google recipes but then I have to print or write it down. Too complicated.

Last week, I got really bored. The Husband travels for work so boredom is a regular in my apartment. Anyway, I found a recipe for pudding cookies on Pinterest and decided to give them a try. Recipe source   here.

Pudding Cookies
4 1/2 c. all purpose-flour
2 t. baking soda
1 1/2 c butter, softened
1 1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
1/2 c. white sugar
2 (3.4 oz.) pkgs. instant vanilla pudding
4 eggs, room temperature
2 t. vanilla extract
4 c. add-ins (chocolate chips, nuts, candy, etc.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together flour and baking soda in separate bowl and set aside; in a large bowl, cream butter, brown and white sugar. Beat in pudding mix until well blended. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. When smooth, slowly add in the flour mixture. Finally, add the "fillers". Bake for 8-12 minutes.

The vanilla pudding mix really gives the cookies a great flavor. I used chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. It makes quite a few cookies (I made almost seventy cookies) but they are so delicious. I baked mine for 9 minutes because I like them to be super chewy.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Wannabe Stepford Wife

Hello all!

Welcome to my blog. I decided I wanted a way to keep track of my new housewife adventures. I graduated college last May and moved to Colorado in June. Since I have not found a job yet, I have decided to start doing things I never had time to do when I was too worried about homework, tuition costs, and work.

I realize most of these are home related but it's where I have been lacking in the past. I am an educated woman who wants to learn what it takes to be a Stepford Wife. Basically, the best of both worlds.

Here are some of the things I want to work on:

- Cooking: I never had time to cook before. I have recently gotten really into it and my greatest accomplishment thus far was the seafood enchiladas I made on Easter Sunday

- Baking: Is there anything that makes a house a home faster than something baking in the oven? No, I don't think there is. I have baked cookies, cupcakes, and had a small fiasco with lemon bars (damn the high altitude!).

- Sewing: I want to be the mom that makes her daughter's dance costumes and can make her own maxi dress in an emergency. My one attempt at sewing was in seventh grade (I'm WAY past seventh grade) and I sewed my sleeve to the machine. Fail.

- Running: This is probably the hardest one of all. I have NEVER been a runner. I played sports in high school but have never wanted to just run. However, I realized that most people that run view it as a hobby instead of exercise. My attempts so far have been pitiful, but I'm hoping keeping track will help me.  I would love to be able to do a half-marathon in the next year.

That's my intro. I will post some recipes some time this week.