Not what you’d expect

Hello everyone!

This post is going to be different. I’m sorry to let you down, but I did not cook or bake anything this time. Instead, I interviewed my son Josh, who was my special chef in the donuts blog.

Here are his thoughts on cooking.

It’s funny to see cooking from a child’s perspective. My goal is to teach him how to cook at least one meal a month. That way as he grows older, he won’t be so dependent on others.

Check back later this week, I’m thinking of doing the Tasty‘s Cauliflower Fried Rice.

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Grab dinner by the balls

Hello everyone!

For this weeks recipe we attempted the mozzarella stuffed meatballs found on Tasty. Never have I ever made meatballs in my life. The only meatballs I ever made were the frozen ones from Subway. That was my first job ever. I remember the first time I ever had to make them. It was lunch time, and nobody had prepped them the night before. I had to improvise, although they came out a bit watery, I received an “E” for effort.

When it comes to cooking, I don’t know why I am so impatient. When we decided on this, I was dreading it because the meatballs take 2-2.5 hours to  cook. For the longest time, I wanted a crock-pot. Every birthday, Christmas, you name it; I always mentioned it or dropped hints. Last year my wish was finally granted. It made me realize, I don’t like waiting so long for my food to cook. Don’t get me wrong, I love my crock-pot, but I only use it when I know I won’t be home hovering over it while my food is cooking.

After viewing the video from Tasty numerous times, we began.

ingredients

Ingredients: -2 bottles of your choice of spaghetti sauce -1 lb of beef -1 lb mild Italian sausage -Breadcrumbs -2 eggs -garlic powder -low moisture mozzarella -salt -pepper -basil

We started by cutting the cheese into small cubes. After doing so, Buzzfeed directs you to keep the cheese in the fridge while preparing the meatballs.

The meatballs weren’t as complicated to put together as I thought. Once we added all the ingredients together, it was time to get messy!

all together

Once we mixed the ingredients together, it was time to make some balls!

Grab just enough of the mix to get a good size ball, compare to a ping pong ball.

balls

Once you’ve made your balls, you can now add cheese!!

Time to get cheesy

This part was the easiest. You just insert the cheese inside the meat and roll it back to a ball.

After this process it was time to put the in the crock-pot. Before we did this, we lined the crock-pot with a slow cooker liner. This is the best inventions ever. It makes the clean up process super easy. If you are a frequent crock-pot cooker, I definitely recommend you start using these.

Crockpot

Once the crock-pot is good to go, add your sauce then meatballs. You are going to put in a few and then add more sauce. Continue this process until you are out of balls.

Sauce

I recommend not stirring the meatballs right after you put them in. I made this mistake and I damaged 3 meatballs.

Now is the time to be patient…

crockpot

2 hours later

After waiting patiently (not really), it was time to try these bad boys.

fin

We paired the meatballs with spaghetti. You can choose whatever you want or just enjoy them by themselves.

The verdict….

expectations

vs

reality

The meatballs turned out really good. My picture may not be as perfect as Buzzfeed’s but this is one meatball even Mario Batali would be proud of 🙂

Until next time, check out our video and let me know what you think.

Sending you smore love <3

Hello everyone!

This weekend we chose to recreate Buzzfeed‘s Smore brownies. I love Smores! I seriously can never have enough. I mean what’s not to love about them? Chocolate, graham crackers, and MARSHMALLOWS! I thought everyone liked marshmallows, but I was proven wrong. I was talking to my pal Mel and she informed me that she does not like marshmallows or let me clarify this, she only likes them in hot chocolate.

Any who, after watching the video over and over again we were ready to start!

We started off with the following ingredients:

Graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate fudge brownie mix

Graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate fudge brownie mix

Before we started the brownies, we set the oven to 350 degrees to preheat.

oven

After prepping the brownies, we laid the graham crackers down on the pan. Good luck on setting them in perfectly.

I also sprayed the pan before hand to prevent the graham crackers and brownies from sticking to the pan.

After pouring the mix into the pan and placing the marshmallows on top, it was time to bake!

50 minutes later it was time to check the brownies. When we took them out, they were still super runny. I was a bit disappointed, but I thought, “Let’s try 10 more minutes.” This happened about 3 more times until finally I gave up and just took them out.

You don’t know how angry/disappointed I was. The marshmallows were completely burnt. I didn’t even want to look at it. The recipe I had been looking forward to making and it ended up like this.

Expectations

Photo courtesy of Buzzfeed

vs Reality

Although the brownie itself wasn’t bad, the marshmallow was so burned it became hard and inedible. After this I re-watched the video and went back to read the recipe they posted in their comments on Facebook.

It states on there to only use half of the brownie mix and place the marshmallows on 15 minutes before the brownies are done.

SMH

Reading this made me even more upset! If Buzzfeed is going to be posting these videos, they need to be as accurate as the recipe they follow. How many people are going to even read that? As you can tell I am still pretty bitter about it, but there is nothing I can do except try again. At least this time I will know what to expect and what to try differently.

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed this post. Don’t forget to check out my video below and come back later this week for a new post!