Baking Baker's
                       If you like cookie dough and cupcakes this is just the recipe for you!  

Yesterday my hubby and I did a little exploring of San Diego. We went and ate at Kansas City BBQ, the place where the piano scene from top gun was filmed. It was very fun seeing all the Top Gun memorabilia and getting a taste of my past roots in Kansas City. We also explored parts of Balbo Park and Sea Port Village. After our day of exploring we decided we would bake something together. This is truly one of my favorite things to do with my husband, so I was very excited to find a new recipe. We searched in many cookbooks but finally settled on this recipe which we found on all recipes.We went to Albertsons got all the groceries we needed for our dinner and dessert. This is a two part recipe...we started with making and freezing the cookie dough, made/ate dinner, then completed the cupcake portion of the recipe. This dessert may be a lot of work but I promise you they are completely worth it! 

What you will need: 

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3 eggs

How to make these cupcakes:
   Part 1: With an electric mixer beat butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. In a separate medium sized bowl mix together flour, baking soda, and sea salt. Then slowly add to the electric mixing bowl. Then fold in the chocolate chips. Now, take out a small baking sheet and place tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough onto the small baking sheet. Place baking sheet into the freezer for about 2 hours until frozen.
  Part 2: Preheat your over to 350. In your electric mixer beat 3 eggs. Then add cake mix, water, and canola oil. Line your muffin pan with paper liners and fill with cake batter 2/3 full. Next, place a frozen cookie dough ball on the top of each cupcake. Bake for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the CAKE PORTION of the cupcake comes out clean. You do not want to over cook these cupcakes because then the cookie dough will begin to cook. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack. 
  Part 3: Chocolate Icing!!!! I chose to put a chocolate cream cheese frosting on top of my cupcakes and it was delicious. Here is what you will need.
          1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
    • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
    • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
    • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chip
  •      Directions: Fill a sauce pan 1/2 full with water. Place a glass bowl on top of the sauce pan and bring water to a boil. Place chocolate chips and heavy cream into the glass bowl and mix until smooth. Then remove from heat. In a mixing bowl cream together powdered sugar and cream cheese until smooth. Slowly add chocolate mixture into the cream cheese mixture. Then ice cooled cupcakes with your delicious chocolate cream cheese frosting.


  •   We completed our evening with a cold glass of milk, delicious cupcakes, and I Love Lucy re-runs! I hope you enjoy these delicious cupcakes as much as we do! 


Baking Baker's
Today I wanted to share with you a recipe that I made a few weeks ago that I absolutely fell in love with. I cook a lot of chicken and turkey and sometimes it gets a little old, so I always look for recipes that are just delicious. This recipe is very hearty. It makes a lot so what I did was put half of it in the fridge for leftovers and the other half  I have frozen for sometime in the future. I always like to cook for my hubby when I am out of town and this is an easy one for him to just warm up! We both absolutely loved this recipe and its good for you too! Its only 198 calories per serving (1 1/4 cups) ! I got this recipe from Ginas Skinny Recipes which is another great website to look at for other healthy delicious recipes. 

  ~ 1 lb of lean ground turkey
  ~ 1 medium chopped onion
  ~ 1 bell pepper chopped 
  ~ 1 can of rotel with green chilies
  ~ 1 can of corn
  ~ 1 can of kidney beans
  ~ 8oz tomato sauce
  ~ 16oz fat free refried beans 
  ~ 1 package of low sodium taco seasoning
  ~ 2 1/2 cups of low sodium chicken broth

   In a large pot brown the turkey. When it is browned add in chopped onions and bell pepper. After 2-3 minutes add tomatoes, corn, beans, tomato sauce, refried beans, taco seasoning, and chicken broth. Bring the pot to a boil and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips, shredded cheese,  light sour cream, and what ever other toppings your family may enjoy! Hope you enjoy and are inspired to get cooking!