Saturday, December 31, 2011

Your Favorites of 2011

Happy New Year!

With the year coming to an end I knew I wanted to put together a list of my favorite recipes in 2011.  Since I started Krissy's Creations in April, it really would be my favorite recipes ever since the beginning of this blog.  But then I started thinking, I already have a page on my blog with my favorite recipes {If you haven't seen it, you can find it at the top of my blog on the toolbar, or click here}. 

So I thought it would be fun to show you the most popular recipes on Krissy's Creations.  Below are the Top 10 blog posts from 2011 - Starting with #1.  Enjoy your favorites!

Baked Doughnuts
Homemade Peppermint Patties
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes
Roses Cake

Strawberry Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting
Vanilla Bean Buttermilk Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting
Fourth of July Cake
Pumpkin Eggnog Bread Pudding
Lavender Macarons

Have a wonderful New Years weekend!  See you in 2012 :)

Friday, December 30, 2011

Strawberry Chocolate Cupcakes

How was your year in 2011?  What were the important highlights that you will remember forever?  As for me, 2011 was quite a year.  In April, my husband and I packed up our home and moved across country for Steve’s baseball season.  It was his second year playing Professional Baseball and we made a big decision that I would follow him during the season.  This means bringing all my clothes, baking and cooking supplies, food styling props, and much {much!} more on the road for 6 months.

We started our journey from our home in San Diego and drove to Florida.  Then we drove up to Brooklyn, New York and spent the remaining part of the season there.  In September, we drove all the way back home, making it our second cross-country trip.  Traveling with my husband during the season isn’t the easiest thing – it takes a lot of organization, planning, and patience – but it’s completely worth it to see my husband fulfill his dream.

Also in April, I started this wonderful blog that I love oh-so-much.  It started out as something small to do while I was at home and Steve was at the baseball field.  But now it is much more than I could have ever thought of.  It is more to me than just a hobby.  It is a true passion – A passion to share my love for baking and cooking with others.   

Before I started this blog I knew I loved food but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with this love.  But now I know.  My dreams are endless.  I want to write that cookbook.  I want to have that baking show.  I want to make a difference in the food community.  It will happen.  I just have to be patient and continue to do what I know best – bake, cook, photograph, write, blog.

These are some of the major highlights that happened for me this year.  When I look back at 2011 these will be the first things that pop into my mind.  Good things.  Happy thoughts :).

Before you take time and look back at your year, I want to show you my last recipe post for 2011 – Strawberry Chocolate Cupcakes.  I picked this recipe for a few reasons:
1)   I love cupcakes.  Love. Love. Love.  They are my favorite dessert to make.
2)   This is my favorite chocolate cake recipe.  It’s moist, light, and incredible versatile.  It goes with all flavors and balances out any type of frosting.
3)   This is a variation of my favorite buttercream {which you see a lot here on the blog}.  It’s a basic buttercream that I just adore.  It’s smooth, creamy, and perfectly sweet. 
4)   Strawberry is one of my husbands favorite flavors.  When I’m asking him what type of jelly he wants on his PB&J, its always strawberry.  If I have a tray of desserts in front of him and some have strawberry in it, he will always choose those.  When I ask what fruit to bake with, the answer is no-doubt, always strawberry.

So as you’re ringing in the New Year with your family and friends, make sure to not only look back at your year but to also have one of your favorite desserts in hand.  Mine will be this chocolate cake.  Maybe it will be yours too?!

I have one more post before the year ends.  It’s a compilation of all of YOUR favorite recipes from Krissy’s Creations in 2011.  Don’t forget to check back tomorrow to see what made the list :).

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sparkling Cider Cupcakes

Now that Christmas is over we are at the point where we are anticipating the New Year, but still enjoying the holiday season.  The decorations are up, the tree is still standing, but the lights are turned off.  We are starting to say goodbye to Christmas and hello to New Years.

This is also a time where many people have work and school off and they get to spend more time at home.  While you’re at home relaxing, you should definitely utilize your time well and get in the kitchen!  End the year with a bang and create some of your favorite foods and desserts.

A good place to start is to bake up some cupcakes.  And if your making cupcakes, you might as well make some cupcakes that are New Years themed.  Like these Sparkling Cider Cupcakes!

These cupcakes are a variation of my favorite white cake.  I added brown sugar and sparkling cider into the base recipe, and then topped the cupcakes with festive gold sprinkles. 

Other than Champagne, Sparkling Cider is the go-to drink for New Years Eve.  Why not utilize this celebratory beverage and incorporate it into delicious cupcakes?  Sounds good to me!

I hope you enjoy your last week of 2011 and spend the last days doing the things you love.  Mine will be spent relaxing and baking – 2 of my favorite things! 

PS – I still have 1 more recipe to show in 2011.  It’s another cupcake recipe because, what can I say, I love cupcakes!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas in Pictures

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  Mine was fantastic!  We spent quality time with family, gave {and opened} presents, and ate delicious food.  Here is a quick insight into our Christmas this year.  Enjoy!

Christmas Party

Christmas Eve

Christmas Dinner

Now that Christmas is over, that means New Years is right around the corner! I'll be back tomorrow with a Cupcake recipe worthy of a New Years Eve Party :).

{And yes, I created all the food and desserts you see in the pictures above!  I was in the kitchen a lot this Christmas season.  I had fun!}

Friday, December 23, 2011

Candy Cane Macarons {Mini}

Can you believe Christmas is in 2 days?!  I feel like I was just eating a delicious Thanksgiving dinner and now I’m getting ready to cook a big Christmas dinner.  This is the first year that my husband and I are hosting Christmas dinner at our place.  We are finally old enough and actually have a home where we can have our families over for Christmas.  

Being such an avid cook and baker, I am extremely excited to be hosting such a big dinner.  I have planned and planned and planned.

I planned the menu down to T.  I wrote out my grocery list and already purchased everything I need, except for a few protein items that need to be purchased the day before.
The buffet table and appetizer table already have all the platters set out and ready. 
The place settings and table decorations are set.

Everything that I can do, other than actually cooking the food, has been done.  I just can’t wait until Christmas day comes and all my hard work finally pays off! 

But before I get in the kitchen and don’t leave until late Sunday night, I want to show you my last Christmas dessert for this year – Candy Cane Macarons.

Macarons are one of the most satisfying desserts that I make.  After they come out of the oven, and I see that the recipe worked, I get this overwhelming feeling of joy that they actually came out how they are supposed to!  They are also just so delicious.  They have this perfectly chewy texture and sweet taste that works so great in every way.

Macarons are a touchy dessert to make because it’s hard to get them perfect.  I feel that they never will be truly perfect.  You’ll always want them to be more smooth, or chewy, or have the “feet” rise more.  But don’t let this get in the way of you making them.  They are worth the pure excitement when you finally reach success {and continue to succeed!}.  I still jump for joy every time I bake them :).

Bake these festive macarons for your Christmas party or dinner this weekend, and everyone will be swooning over them.  They will be so impressed!

I also made these candy cane macarons smaller than the usual.  I thought they would look cute in mini size... And I think I was right :). Enjoy!

Tomorrow is the day before Christmas and I will be wrapping up all the Christmas recipes that I showed you. Don't forget to come back for some last minute dessert ideas!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Cut-Out Christmas Sugar Cookies

My husband and I are addicted to How I Met Your Mother.  Yep, addicted.

We record every episode {new and old} and watch at least one episode a day.  And when say at least one, I really mean at least two or three.  Yes, I’m watching it right now.  

To tell you the truth, I’m pretty much watching it almost every time I’m working on a blog post.  If you could even call it working, I really just have the computer on my lap not really typing anything until a commercial or when the show is over.

I don’t know what it is about HIMYM {Yes, us fans can shorten the name and use abbreviations}.  It’s just so funny and captivating, we can’t stop watching it.

But I have pulled myself away from the TV to tell you about these Cut-Out Christmas Sugar Cookies.

Everyone needs a good sugar cookie recipe.  Especially one that can be used to cut out fun and festive shapes.  I found the perfect sugar cookie recipe from Sweet Sugar Belle.  She creates beautiful decorated sugar cookies.  I’m in awe with what she can create with sugar cookies and royal icing.

I knew that I wanted to make sugar cookies with festive Christmas cookie cutters.   So I whipped up a batch of sugar cookies {Yes I was able to whip up a batch because this recipe doesn’t need to chill! Major Bonus!} and cut them into shapes such as Christmas trees, candy canes, snowmen, bells, and stockings.

I simply decorated the cookies with dots of royal icing and a little shimmer of colorful sprinkles.  I wanted the sugar cookies to really shine, and not add to much extra sweetness with the royal icing.

These sugar cookies are soft with a slight crunchy and crumbly texture.  I added almond extract to the cookies so they have a nice almond flavor and aren’t bland or too sugary.

Tomorrow I have the last Christmas dessert recipe for you, and it’s a good one!  Don’t forget to come back :).

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