zaterdag 31 december 2011

Cranberries love nuts bars, again

I already made these bars for my daughters birthday, as you may have seen in an earlier post. But I wasn't completely happy with the result. There was too much butter in the recipe, it dripped from my backing tin when it stood in the oven. So I decided to try another recipe, I found it on Pinterest. One of my addictions. You can see my pinterest here

The recipe came from this blog.

See my measuring cups :) I'll admit I am a sucker for these kind of things.

I slightly adapted the recipe. Used pecans and a cranberry mix. Don't think I would be an all pecan kinda girl... Love the taste (and colour) of the cranberry.


225 gr unsalted butter in cubes
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 2/3 cup flour
½ ts salt

115 gr unsalted butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
2 ts whipping or heavy cream
200 gr cranberry/nuts mix
75 gr pecans

Preheat the oven to 160 celsius and line a 24 cm tin with greaseproof paper, don't use foil, it will stick a bit.

Mix the butter and brown sugar together thoroughly with a handmixer or if you are a lucky girl with you stand mixer. Add in the flour and salt and mix until crumbly. It will look like sand with some clumbs. Press into the lined tin and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.

Prepare the filling by combining butter, brown sugar, honey and cream in a saucepan and stir it over medium heat. Simmer for a minute and through in the nuts and cranberries.

Remove the crust from the oven when ready and immediately pour the pecan filling over the hot crust spreading it to cover the entire surface. It will then look like this. (And yes, I used tin foil and yes, I told you not too from experience, lol)

Return the pan to the oven and bake an additional 20 minutes. Let it cool down to room temparature first and then cool further in the fridge. After that cutting is easy. I cut it in four pieces, devided those pieces in two and those pices in three. Makes a total of 24 pieces of yummy, gooey, stickey paradise!

This is how they turned out. As you can see the crust is quite dark, ofcourse because of the dark brown sugar. Next time I will use light brown or white sugar.

Peanut blondies

For the new years party we will be attending tonight I made some peanutbutter blondies. The recipe came from Carolines blog, again. It can be found here I slightly adjusted it. Instead of 150 grams of salted nuts I used 100 grams and I added 50 grams of white chocolate. It was what I had at hand. Didn't feel like going out for more groceries. In december I sometimes think I live at the supermarket. My oven is fan driven, and I guess Caroline's isn't. Because my blondies don't have the brownie stucture they should have, or I wanted them to have. They came out pretty dry. Still taste good though! See me preparing here. (Yes I was dressed for something else, dinner with the family, smart huh? But I survived without staining my clothes)
And this is how they turned out. I hope they will be liked tonight.
Slightly adapted from Caroline Brouwer
- 135 gr flour
- 1/2 ts backing powder
- 1/2 ts cinnamon (I will leave it out next time)
- 1/4 ts baking soda
- 1/4 ts salt
- 125 gr peanutbutter with nuts
- 70 gr unsalted butter
- 150 gr sugar
- 150 gr light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 ts vanilla extract
- 100 gr chopped salted peanuts
- 175 gr chopped milk chocolate
- 50 gr chopped white chocolate

Preheat the oven to 180 celcius (or 160 fan driven) and line a 24 cm pan with foil or backing paper.

Mix (with a fork) the flour, backing powder, cinnamon (optional) backing soda and salt in a bowl. Mix the peanutbutter and butter together untill softened, add both sugars and the vanilla extract and mix them through thoroughly. Add the eggs one by one and keep on mixing. You will have a very soft mixture right now. Add the dry ingredients and mix them through with the mixer for a short while, after that use a fork or spatula to mix in the chocolate and peanuts. Transfer the dough to the lined pan and bake for 40 minutes.

The blondies will be golden brown. Don't cut untill completely cool.

vrijdag 30 december 2011

Millionaire shortbread

Last week was Christmas. And over here we have a first and a second day of Christmas, don't ask me why the second day is.... I think it's because otherwise we can't get our fridges emptied out. We went to visit Dordt's family and I decided to make some food (you know, empty the fridge). One of the three things I made was a Millionairs shortbread. I followed the recipe of Caroline Brouwer, who has an amazing (recipe) site right here. I only added a bit of chocolate to the recipe because otherwise I would have eaten it straight away...

The recipe for this can be found here, it's in Dutch. The photo is not really good, it was taken with my phone ;)

donderdag 29 december 2011

Cranberries love nuts bars

The week before Christmas I made some cranberry/nuts bars as a treat on my daughters 7th birtday. 7 already... She got a big horse-riding centre from playmobil. Luckely she was very happy with her gift.

Back to the cranberries love nuts bars. The recipe is from Caroline Brouwer, here site can be found right here. I only adapted it slightly. Where she used pecan's I used a cranberry/nut mix. Only because I love, love love cranberries so much! I followed this recipe (it's in Dutch) but came to the conclusion that there was a bit too much butter and honey in there for my taste. I will make them again but will follow another recipe. One that uses cups.... But the main reason for that is my lovely matroeshka cups. Wich I will show to you later!

This is how they turned out. No need to mention they were gone very soon!

Who am I?

I am monalisasmiles, aka Mariska. I am, as mentioned married and a mother of two. I work 3 days a week, have a fulfilling social live, am creative, love to cook and take photographs. This blog will be about me, my family and how we have let the internet in our lives. I will fill this blog with food, photograps, fashion, shopping, diy home deco and all other things I find on the internet and want to share. This is me, on the first day of Christmas, with my daughter. We visited the Zoo, you know, relatives, haha.

dinsdag 27 december 2011

Monalisasmiles, Dordt and ICQ

Monalisasmiles, that me. Dordt, well that's my hubby. ICQ, I guess you can call it the ancestor of MSN and all the other chat programs out there. People who used ICQ will always kinda smile when they hear "uh-oh" I know I do! After a few weeks of talking online, sometimes for hours, we decided to meet. And to keep this story short, eight months later we bought our first house together. Now, 12,5 years later we are married and parents to two kids. A girl and a boy. You will be seeing them a lot here I think. We recently moved from our first house. Our current house is in the same town, but it's bigger and better, as it should be ofcourse. Dordt and me, taken with my phone camera. But sometimes a photo doesn't have to be spot on sharp to be loved...

maandag 26 december 2011

The internet and me

I will start this blog by telling how I met the internet, or maybe how it found me. I guess it was around 1996 when my boyfriend (not my husband) got a personal computer for his room. Soon after that we started living together, the pc came with us. Internet wasn't accepted as a part of life as it is now. Some (maybe even most) of my friends thought I was crazy for spending time on it. There was nothing to be found, they were wrong, but I will get to that later. We both started using ICQ, played games and just were "on" it. The relationship ended about a year later, it had nothing to do with the internet. I moved to my own house, bought a computer and was on the web again. Ofcourse I did a lot of other things, like work, but this post is about how I met the internet. During that time I met my husband though ICQ. He did a random search, the scandral ;) But we soon hit it off online and decided to meet. I will make a post about that later.