Ramblings of Random Rashawn

just a bit of everything

February 8, 2012

Filed under: Rambles — ramblingsofrandomrashawn @ 7:59 pm

I apologize for the lack of posts. I moved, and my new place is still in boxes. My kitchen is a lot smaller now and it is going to take some time to get use to the whole baking thing in it. Today’s adjusting consists of writing this post, pinning and watching a marathon of Face Off on the Syfy channel.

Have any of you seen this show? I have to say I know this is going to be my new obsession. I have been sitting here wishing I am more artistic and creative to me a movie makeup artist. I always seem to discover great things halfway through it seems like. Thank goodness for marathons! Some of the stuff these guys are creating on this show are so out of this world it is just unbelievable. From sea creatures to movie villains, it takes some serious talent to do what these guys are doing.

So being a movie makeup artist will be at the top of my list for a while taking place of my dream to be a cryptic zoologist. Which I Syfy’s Destination Truth to thank for that one also. Do you see a trend starting here? Maybe I should start watching another channel? Umm, totally not going to happen! I have my Grandpa to thank for my love all this weird non-sense from this television channel. I really do watch other channels, just this one more than others.

Here is a short clip from Face Off. The pink sea monster is one of my favorites they have done! Along with the Tooth Fairy from the movie villain episode which I could not find a clip for.

 

 

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats January 25, 2012

Filed under: Recipes,Snacks — ramblingsofrandomrashawn @ 8:28 pm

I am not the kind of girl who is really into Valentine’s Day. I never really have been. I know it’s like every girls dream come true with all the chocolate and flowers and jewelry. It just isn’t for me. But there seems to be something different about this year, I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s seeing everyone’s cute ideas and yummy looking dishes and desserts posted all over the web.

So I came up with these cute little rice krispie treats as my contribution to the Valentine’s Day ideas all around the web! They are pretty simply to make. You could whip up a batch for you and your sweetie. Or maybe send them with the kiddos for their Valentine’s party.

Ingredients

6 cups Rice Krispie Cereal

1 10 oz. bag Strawberry Marshmallows

3 tablespoon Margarine or Butter

1 teaspoon Strawberry Extract (or more to taste)

Red Food Coloring

approximately 20 Green Candies; fruit roll-ups, fruit by the foot, gummies, tootsie rolls (I used lime tootsie rolls)

In a large sauce pan over low heat melt margarine or butter. Add in the marshmallows and melt until smooth, remember to stir! While you are waiting for them to melt you can spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Once the marshmallows are melted smooth add in the extract and food coloring until you get your desired taste and color. I always add in more coloring then needed because the cereal will lighten the color. Add in the cereal and mix well, then spread in the prepared 9×13 pan and press flat.

Once the mixture is cooled cut out the treats using a heart-shaped cookie cutter (mine was about 3 inches). Lay them out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatted out your green candies (I used the bottom of a drinking glass) and bend to looked like leaves, I made a little steam coming off the bottom to stick into the heart. Place the stem between the two bumps at the top of the heart and press together slightly to make it stay.

Melt some chocolate or chocolate coating. I used a 1/4 of the package of candy coating. Then dip the ends of the hearts into the chocolate and lay back on the lined cookie sheet. Let the chocolate set and enjoy!

 

Good Intentions January 9, 2012

Filed under: Rambles — ramblingsofrandomrashawn @ 12:25 pm

I will not make any resolutions this year, because I never follow through with them and then I am unhappy with myself because I didn’t keep them. So this year I have a list of intentions. Things that I will try to accomplish and if not I promise not to be unhappy with myself. I  shall share my list with you guys.

  • Be a better blogger
  • Post more often
  • Find a theme for this blog that I actually like
  • Dance more
  • Laugh more
  • Take my job less seriously
  • Cook more or at least equal to the amount I bake
  • Take more pictures
  • Sit in front of TV less
  • Hang out with friends more

I think that is a pretty good list to start the year. Hope everyone else has started the year off good and there aren’t too many broken resolutions yet. Here’s to 2012!

 

Christmas Goodies January 6, 2012

Filed under: Rambles — ramblingsofrandomrashawn @ 6:32 pm

I know that it is well past Christmas now but I still wanted to share what I baked for my family and friends this year. I did a total of 4 baskets, I know it doesn’t seem like much but they were packed FULL of goodies. I also took a bunch of goodies to work including their favorite the Butterfinger Rice Krispie Treats! They all go nuts over those.

Here is my list of everything I made.

Candy Cane Biscotti

Mint Creme Oreo Stuffed Dark Chocolate Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vanilla Bean Marshmallows with Hot Cocoa Mix

White Chocolate Mocha Cookies

Orange Cranberry Holiday Granola

Butterfinger Rice Krispie Treats

Banana Nut Bread

Great Grandma’s Molasses Sugar Cookies

Peanut Butter Reindeer

Peppermint Bark

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and New Years! I must have been very good this past year because Santa brought me a brand new Dell laptop! Thanks again to my honey for the surprise. I really needed a new but it has been an adjustment getting use to it and rounding up all my pictures and recipes for the blog. But it was wonderful to see family that I only get to see once or twice a year and great to have sometime off of  work to relax. And the food of course! Christmas Eve is always spent at my Grandma D.’s where my dad deep-fried to turkeys, my grandma and mom fried about 40 pounds of chicken and she also fixed a ham! Christmas morning Chuckie and I spend it with my parents. Mom fixed pancakes, sausage and hash browns!  For Christmas dinner Chuckie and I go to his parents and his dad fixed rib roast. He made it in the rotisserie and it turned out so tender and juicy!

 

Great Grandma’s Molasses Sugar Cookies January 5, 2012

Filed under: Cookies,Recipes — ramblingsofrandomrashawn @ 1:37 pm

LOVE these cookies! Just have to get that out there. These cookies are an all time family favorite. You can bake them anytime of the year but I always make sure they are included in my Christmas cookie baskets. This recipe came from my Great Grandma Cecil. How I loved that woman! I always remember her beautiful long white hair wrapped into a bun, her matching sweatshirt and sweatpant outfits and how she always made you eat hominy (gag!). She was a great woman, I don’t know if she found this recipe or if she created it but it came from her either way!

Great Grandma's Molasses Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/2 c. Shortening

2 c. Granulated Sugar

1/2 c. Molasses

2 Eggs

4 teaspoon Baking Soda

4 c. Flour

1 teaspoon Cloves

1 teaspoon Ginger

2 teaspoon Cinnamon

1 teaspoon Salt

In a large bowl cream sugar and shortening until smooth. Add in eggs, molasses, soda, salt, spices and flour; beat until combined. Dough is going to be very stiff. Cover dough with plastic cling wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour. The longer you refrigerate the more pronounced the molasses taste will be. Roll dough into balls and roll the dough balls into granulated sugar until lightly covered. Bake at 375° F on parchment lined baking sheets for 8 to 10 minutes. Allow to “bake” for 2 minutes longer on cookie sheet before removing to wire rack to cool. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

 

Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies January 4, 2012

Filed under: Cookies,Recipes — ramblingsofrandomrashawn @ 12:52 pm

These cookies are one of my holiday favorites. They are easy to make because they just use a store-bought cookie mix but you can use your favorite peanut butter cookie recipe. The assembly of the cookies can be a little time-consuming but they are so cute in the end!

I apologize the finished product picture is from last year, so the photo is not that great but it gives you a general idea of what they will look like.

Ingredients

1 Peanut Butter Cookie mix (I used 2 Betty Crocker snack sized) or 1 batch of your favorite Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients called for on the Packaged Mix (mine had water and oil)

Mini Pretzels Twists

Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips

Cinnamon Decorations (Red Hots or the Betty Crocker Cinnamon Decors. Red M&Ms would also work)

 

Prepare cookies according to the directions. Cover dough with plastic cling wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour. The cooler the dough will be the easier it will be to work with.

Prepare a bake sheet with parchment paper and flatten out your cookies and assemble them. I only bake 3 at a time because they spread. I have found that easiest way to shape the faces is to, roll a tablespoon of dough into a ball. Hold your pointer finger and thumb about an inch apart and flatten the dough between your fingers until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Should look something like this.

Easiest way to shape the head.

Once the cookie is flattened add 2 pretzels for antlers, make sure you don’t press them all the way down through the dough or they will snap off  once they are baked. Add 2 chocolate chips for his eyes keeping them close together. These cookies spread when they are baked and you don’t want his eyes to end up miles apart. Then place a cinnamon candy for his nose. He should look something like this.

Before the Bake

Bake at 350° F for about 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow to cool on baking sheet for about 2 minutes and then move to a cooling rack to finish cooling. I store mine in a plastic container that way they don’t break as easily. Makes about 24 cookies.

Finished Cookies

 

Snow December 17, 2011

Filed under: Pictures,Rambles — ramblingsofrandomrashawn @ 10:28 am
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In honor that my first Christmas party is today, that it was 55° outside when I went to work Thursday and that we still have NO snow, I thought I would post the pictures I took after our first snow fall back in November. They aren’t the greatest or even the prettiest pictures but I still enjoy them!

Oh and by the way, it is trying to snow!

 

 
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