It’s officially summer this week, woohoo! As you can see we’ve got a slightly updated banner for summer to celebrate :)
I have to share with you what happened to me yesterday although anyone who has spent any amount of time here won’t be surprised when I tell you I had ANOTHER baking mishap. Seriously!
It all started when I saw on my in-real life friend Angie’s blog these beautiful cake pops she had made with her new cake pop maker:
Are those not stunning? I tried making cake pops last year using the regular way and they were a terrible flop. It just didn’t make sense to me to make a cake and then crumble it all up in order to get cake balls. Way too much work for me! So when I saw that Angie recommended this cake pop maker because you simply make the batter and pour it in eliminating the crumbling of the cake process altogether, I couldn’t help but run out and buy one for myself. I’m nothing if not a copycat.
I got it home, whipped up my cake mix (from a box) and ended up with these:
Ummm those do not look like balls to me, good grief! Turns out you can’t use a cake mix (and no it doesn’t tell you that in the instructions, I read them twice!). Nope you have to make your cake from scratch (using recipes provided). Darn. So since it was Father’s Day my daughter and I persevered and came up with these beautiful babies:
Now that’s better! Here let me give you a better picture of the difference:
One of these is not like the other.
Unfortunately the painful saga doesn’t end there though because these balls needed some type of icing. How hard can it be to melt some candy chocolate melts anyway? Don’t answer that.
I only had white candy melts, so I thought I could just add some food coloring to it to change colors. Ummm, wrong again. Apparently when you do that it becomes so thick not even shortening can rescue it. Blah!
There was no dunking it in the chocolate, oh no it was more like clump it on and hope for the best. Then we tried again with another batch of the white and I’m sorry but there has just got to be an easier way to do this.
So after icing a few of them we gave up (the chocolate makes them way to sweet for me anyway) and ate them plain instead. Why do I continue to torture myself this way? Anyone know a better (read easier) way to frost the balls? Help! A directional video would be good, who’s up for the challenge? lol
At least I managed to put together a yummy dinner for my man:
The winner from my menu last week was the Taco Biscuit Bake. I know it’s not exactly diet friendly but gosh was it ever easy to throw together and I think it would be great for a potluck as well. You never want to bring anything low fat to a potluck, trust me I know! :)
Menu Plan Resource:
6 Simple Strategies for Pleasing the Whole Family at Dinnertime ~ @ Raise Healthy Eaters
My Weekly Menu Plan:
I’ve got a hectic week this week with swim lessons right at dinnertime so I’m breaking out the slow cooker to help me out.
Monday: Pizza Quesadillas
Tuesday: Slow Cooker Creamy Black Bean Salsa Chicken served over rice
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Short Ribs served with perogies and corn
Thursday: Leftover buffet
Friday: Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatloaf served with green salad
Saturday: Zucchini Sausage Pasta
Sunday: YOYO (you’re on your own!)
I hope you have a fun filled organized week ahead, with NO recipe disasters :)
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