Friday, February 13, 2015

Golden Girl Granola REVIEW


Happy Friday!!!!

Let me start telling you that  I am extremely picky when it comes to granola and the food that we eat at home. Healthy food is a priority in my house and we try to stay away from any process overly sweet food products at home.

Now, let's talk about granola...
How do you like yours?

 I like granola that is not overly sweet, with tasty ingredients and with lots of interesting flavors. I normally make my own so I truly know what is in it and I can vary ingredients based on what I have at home.

But, there are times when the every day running around doesn't allow me to make it and that's when I need to buy a good quality and tasty brand of granola. 

I was thrilled when asked if I wanted to do a review on my site featuring Golden Girl Granola. Before answering the email, I went to their website to read about Golden Girl Granola, the  ingredients in it and  their product philosophy.
Chocolate Decadence Golden Girl Granola
 

Golden Girl Granola is a family granola business based in Shirley, MA.  They make and sell granola in 14oz and 3oz bags  which you can purchase on their website. This company takes great pride using local products made by hand with the highest quality ingredients.
The mission at Golden Girl Granola is to provide a naturally healthful and deliciously crunchy product of the highest quality to their customers.
 
Now that I know what really is on their granola I was totally ready to try it.
I selected The Original, Chocolate Decadence, Truly Tropical and Creative Cranberry Flavors.
 
 

Over the past few weeks my family and I have tried all these flavors and we have to say that is absolutely delicious!!!
Golden Girl Granola is an all-natural, whole-grain granola that is non-GMO, dairy free, cholesterol free, casein free, trans-fat free, wheat free and has no artificial color or flavors.
This granola is produce in a gluten free kitchen, is free of preservatives and hand crafted in small and artisan batches. It taste just like homemade
Just look at these cashews in the Truly Tropical Granola Flavour.

 
And did anyone say that you can use granola only in the morning with your fruit and yogurt?
 
Nope, when you use a good quality and delicious granola like Golden Girl Granola, there are plenty ways to use it, from snaking, cookies and salads to yummy treats like ice cream!!!
 
Both of my little girls  love to eat ice cream with Chocolate Decadence granola, the tasty chocolate chips, almonds and coconut bring the whole dessert experience to another healthy level.
 
 
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Friday, February 6, 2015

Nautical Theme 1st Birthday Cake

 
One of the reasons I love making cakes is being part of special moments.
 I made this cake for a little boy turning 1, his mom had a Nautical theme party in mind and wanted a cake to match the party invitation and décor.

 
I didn't have cutters for the sizes of the elements that I needed to incorporate in the cake, so I got some templates online, printed them out in the size I need them and hand cut them .
 
 I did had a handy letter mold of the letters.




I used a Styrofoam ball to make the crab because I was short in time, but rice crispy treats will work great. For the crab I use all gumpaste.

 
I also made a little smash cake for the birthday boy.



Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Beauty and the Beast Cookie favors

 
For the Disney lovers...ugh!! me!!
Beauty and the Beast Cookie Favors.





Friday, January 23, 2015

Valentine's Heart Cookie Tutorial

Happy Friday! couldn't wait for this day to arrive. It's been a long week.
 Weather has been very cold around here and we are expecting more rain this weekend.

I have been working on a little project and I have been baking so much! last Wednesday I used over 10 pounds of flour!! and what can I say? I am already feeling my pants tight from all the taste tasting I am doing.

Ok, so I am not going to bore you any more and let's make these heart Valentine's cookies.



I made this cookie set for The Cookie Cutter Company.
I wanted to do some elegant cookies and using a cute silicon mold is the best and fastest way to accomplish that.
 
To make these cookies you will need:




-Bright white and tulip red Americolor colored royal icing


-Pastry bags and squeeze bottles

-Gold disco dust

-Mini rose silicon mold (sold at many craft stores)

-kopykake (totally optional)

-Small and medium size brush

-Shortening

-Small amount of fondant




 
 
 These are the little roses that came out from the mold, they were the perfect size for these cookies and turned out so cute.
 
 
Gather the supplies and let's make the roses:


 
Silicon molds are available in many styles and give the perfect detail for accent small areas on cookies.
Please keep in mind that these mini roses will dry a little but they are totally safe to eat, or you can just remove them and eat only the cookie ( something that I would do)
To make the roses start by kneading the fondant using a small amount of shortening. I used some white fondant that I had around mixed with tulip red gel to accomplished the pink color in the picture.
 
-Make small balls of fondant and press them into the mold filling the entire cavity.
-Scrape off the excess fondant with a small spatula, then, press against the edges of the cavity with your finger to make sure all the edges are clean.
-Hold the silicon mold with both hands and press in the center to release the mini roses.
 

 
 
-Place the mini roses on a paper towel
-Mix a little gold disco dust with vodka (I used an old container I had with gold luster dust) and using a small brush apply it to the edges of the petals.
-Set the mini fondant roses aside


 
 
WHITE FLUTED COOKIE HEART
 
 

-Outline and flood the cookies and let them dry completely.

 
-Squirt a little amount of the tulip red color on a clean small container and blended with a dab of water.
 Using a medium size brush, apply a few strokes here and there on the cookie in no particular order.
 
Attach the roses to the cookies with a dab of royal icing 

 
RED COOKIE HEART
 
 

To make these elegant red heart cookies, follow same instructions as the white heart cookies. 
For these cookies, I added a few strokes of gold disco dust mixed with a little vodka.


Attach roses with a dab of royal icing and make a few extra details to accent the cookie. You can make lines, swirls and dots.



Adding a pearl bead border to the cookies adds an instant elegant feel so I went that way along with some scallop borders.

To make the bead border use stiff consistency icing and tip #2 or a bigger tip if you want to have a bigger size of beads.

Squeeze the decorating bag as you lift your hand raising the tip slightly so that the icing gets out

Relax pressure as you draw the tip down and bring the bead to a point. Stop squeezing and pull away the tip.

Start the next bead a little behind the end of the previous bead to form an even chain or leave some spaces in between like I did.

 
 
                                         LOVE COOKIE
 
I love this cutter, is pretty big and you have room to either go the traditional way and decorated similar to the “Love” Statue in Love Park in Philadelphia by sculptor Robert Indiana. 
In this pictorial you can see that I used my trusty kopykake to outline and flood the letters.
Or you can just do something totally different and do something else.
 
Here I used some small cookie cutters that I have and using an edible marker, I traced the letters.
Then, I outlined and flooded each letter. After the cookies were dry, I attached the fondant roses with some royal icing.




Are you traditional when decorating your Valentine's Day cookies ? what is your favorite way to use and decorate the Love cutter and the heart cookie cutters?
 
 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Elephant theme Baby Shower Cake

 
Super girly Baby Shower cake I made a few months ago.
Handmade sugar elephant holding a pink balloon.