today, my dad, my niece, and I made Irish soda bread. There was a small mishap with the oven not heating up properly, but once it did, everything turned out well!

today, my dad, my niece, and I made Irish soda bread. There was a small mishap with the oven not heating up properly, but once it did, everything turned out well!

baked wonton ravioli. super easy, super tasty. (I did not make the dip, but I bet these would be great with a dip, though personally red pepper dip would not work for me.)

This afternoon, I made lasagna rollups for lunch for the week. They were really easy, especially since I’d boiled the noodles last Sunday and then froze them, so all I had to do today was defrost them and then mix up the cheese. Unlike the recipe from the Kitchn, I used ricotta (I feel like anyone who would put cottage cheese in something they called lasagna should probably not be trusted), shredded mozzarella, and parmesan, spread it on the noodles, and then rolled them up. I drizzled some sauce and some more mozzarella on top, and then baked them for twenty minutes at 350°F, but I forgot to take a picture of the finished product since I had to leave to catch a train, and now they’re wrapped and ready to be taken to work in the morning.

Anyway, they’re very easy and I’m betting they taste really good, too. Would make a cute pasta dinner, too, and usually a box of lasagna has like 25 noodles, so you could feed a bunch of people with them, and there’s less worry about cutting and serving than with actual lasagna.

This afternoon, I made lasagna rollups for lunch for the week. They were really easy, especially since I’d boiled the noodles last Sunday and then froze them, so all I had to do today was defrost them and then mix up the cheese. Unlike the recipe from the Kitchn, I used ricotta (I feel like anyone who would put cottage cheese in something they called lasagna should probably not be trusted), shredded mozzarella, and parmesan, spread it on the noodles, and then rolled them up. I drizzled some sauce and some more mozzarella on top, and then baked them for twenty minutes at 350°F, but I forgot to take a picture of the finished product since I had to leave to catch a train, and now they’re wrapped and ready to be taken to work in the morning.

Anyway, they’re very easy and I’m betting they taste really good, too. Would make a cute pasta dinner, too, and usually a box of lasagna has like 25 noodles, so you could feed a bunch of people with them, and there’s less worry about cutting and serving than with actual lasagna.

I made sour cream cinnamon rolls today. There were a couple of missteps, and they’re a little overcooked, but they taste good! Would make again.

Fig cookies. The last of the year (I forgot to take pictures of the first couple of batches and we ate them).

Fig cookies. The last of the year (I forgot to take pictures of the first couple of batches and we ate them).

home made ice cream sandwiches! (I made the cookies and the ice cream before I made the sandwiches - just plain vanilla ice cream and chocolate chip cookies.)

Last time, I did it on the hottest day of the year and didn’t let the ice cream freeze long enough. This time, after getting tips from food blogs, I froze the ice cream in a shallow tray and used a biscuit cutter to form disks of ice cream that fit the cookies perfectly. Tomorrow, I’ll bring them to my sister, since they are her long overdue birthday present.

The honey rolls I made for yesterday’s Thanksgiving dinner.

The honey rolls I made for yesterday’s Thanksgiving dinner.

fruity pie puffs

Can I just say that there’s no way those circles on that website are only 3” because my first batch were 3” (okay, technically 2 3/4” since I used my largest biscuit cutter) and nowhere near large enough to contain barely a teaspoon of filling, as you can see. I mean, they are still tasty, even though I baked instead of fried (15 minutes at 350F), but use something like a red plastic cup, which is also larger than 3” if you want these not to ooze all over. 

Anyway, other than that, they are really easy and taste good. Next time, maybe cinnamon sugar instead of plain.

fruity pie puffs

Can I just say that there’s no way those circles on that website are only 3” because my first batch were 3” (okay, technically 2 3/4” since I used my largest biscuit cutter) and nowhere near large enough to contain barely a teaspoon of filling, as you can see. I mean, they are still tasty, even though I baked instead of fried (15 minutes at 350F), but use something like a red plastic cup, which is also larger than 3” if you want these not to ooze all over.

Anyway, other than that, they are really easy and taste good. Next time, maybe cinnamon sugar instead of plain.

cream cheese chocolate chip cookies. Easy and tasty!
blueberry vanilla cream turnovers. Sadly, mine are lopsidedly rectangular rather than triangular like good turnovers should be. But they were really easy (I used Pillsbury puff pastry) and they smell good, so…I guess I can’t complain.

blueberry vanilla cream turnovers. Sadly, mine are lopsidedly rectangular rather than triangular like good turnovers should be. But they were really easy (I used Pillsbury puff pastry) and they smell good, so…I guess I can’t complain.

This evening, I made one hour skillet focaccia and not only was it just as easy as the recipe suggests, it’s just as delicious.

I made Cherry Cinnamon Sugar Roll-ups last night, though I actually made them with blueberries. they were really easy to make and taste good. Sorry about the terrible picture. Let’s pretend that flash glare is actually intentional ~lens flare~.

I made Cherry Cinnamon Sugar Roll-ups last night, though I actually made them with blueberries. they were really easy to make and taste good. Sorry about the terrible picture. Let’s pretend that flash glare is actually intentional ~lens flare~.

has anyone made lobster tails (the pastry, not the shellfish)? That was my nephew’s request in terms of a birthday baked good, and I’ve never made them and all I hear is that they are difficult to make. (And also, apparently, they are not the same as sfogliatelle? I thought they were. Oops?) Any tips, tricks, or recipes?

I didn’t make them for the beach, but since they’re so easy, I made them this morning: blondies. They’re nicely gooey in the center, too.

I didn’t make them for the beach, but since they’re so easy, I made them this morning: blondies. They’re nicely gooey in the center, too.

Today, I made Chocolate Kahlua pie. I used Oreos for the crust instead of chocolate wafers, but otherwise I mostly followed the directions. It’s really tasty, but very sweet. I might have to give some away.

Today, I made Chocolate Kahlua pie. I used Oreos for the crust instead of chocolate wafers, but otherwise I mostly followed the directions. It’s really tasty, but very sweet. I might have to give some away.