Girl Scout cookie Thin Mints cake pops

I’ve reinterpreted everyone’s favorite Girl Scout Cookie into everyone’s other favorite thing– cake pops!

Thin Mints Cake Pops | sagebrousseau.com

Sorry for the lag in posts here, I’ve been buried up to my neck in this lovely Boston snow. But in between shoveling sessions, I’ve whipped up this little post to celebrate the only good thing about February: it’s Girl Scout cookie season!

Thin Mints Cake Pops

  • 1 Box chocolate cake mix (cook as directed on box for 13 x 9 cake)
  • 1 (16 oz.) Can chocolate frosting
  • ¼ tsp. Peppermint extract
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • White chocolate chips (or white candy melts)
  • Green sugar sprinkles
  • Lollipop sticks (or popsicle sticks)
  1. After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl.
  2. Add all the frosting to the bowl, and peppermint extract. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Roll mixture into quarter size balls and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet (approximately 45-50 balls).
  4. Place in the freezer for a little while to firm up.
  5. In a small bowl, melt chocolate chips in the microwave at 30 sec intervals, stirring in between, until melted.
  6. Dip the tip of your lollipop stick in a little of the melted chocolate coating and insert (a little less than halfway) into the cake balls.
  7. Once firm, carefully insert the cake ball into the chocolate coating by holding the lollipop stick and rotating until covered. Once covered remove and gently tap and rotate until the excess chocolate falls off.
  8. Place in a styrofoam block to dry.
  9. Place about ¼ cup of white chocolate chips into a zip-lock baggie and microwave for 20 second intervals, until melted. Squish the bag with your fingers to mix and smooth the chocolate between intervals. When melted smooth, snip a tiny piece off of the corner of the bag and drizzle over pops.
  10. Sprinkle green sugar over pops while white drizzle is still wet.
  11. ENJOY!pops2

homemade ketchup? yes, please.

I hate to admit this, but my seven-year-old has recently entered the stage of all foods must be dipped in ketchup in order for me to eat this.

DIY ketchup | sagebrousseau.com

I pick my battles, so I go with it, the only problem was when we ran out of ketchup… this was an emergency situation! I did a quick Google search and learned that making my own ketchup was relatively fast and easy and I had all the ingredients on hand. Ketchup-crisis averted.

At first, I was skeptical. Would it taste as good as the brand I’ve always bought? Would it pass muster with the picky eater? To my surprise, homemade tastes far better than store-bought ketchup, and my child-tester LOVED it! Score! I haven’t bought any ketchup since.

DIY ketchup | sagebrousseau.com

Here’s my recipe for the best ketchup you’ll ever try (bonus: no high-fructose corn syrup):

DIY Ketchup

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • ½ teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cups water

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan over low heat. Simmer, stirring frequently to avoid spattering, for 20 to 30 minutes or until desired consistency. Adjust the flavors as necessary, you can add up to another tablespoon of sugar or a little more worcestershire sauce to get the taste you desire. Serve and enjoy!

P.S.: Happy New Year, I hope your 2015 is happy and healthy so far! I’ve been down and out with a massive cold, but now I’m back.

mexican hot chocolate mug cake

It’s Cinco de Mayo! Let’s celebrate with a little chocolate cake made in a mug!

mexican hot choclate

Mexican hot chocolate is a slightly spicier version of regular old cocoa, thanks to the addition of cinnamon. For this recipe, you’ll need a store-bought Mexican hot chocolate such as Abuelita (look at that sweet little grannie). You’ll be using about half a tablet, chopped up very fine (finer than what’s pictured below).

I have to admit, I’m a little obsessed with the microwave cake-in-a-mug movement. It’s just so much fun making a little one-person cake in under five minutes! It’s perfect when you need a little something warm and chocolatey, just for you. My go-to is usually a chocolate chip cookie cake, but I thought I’d spice things up a little.

abuelita

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tablet of Mexican hot chocolate, chopped fine (about ¼ cup)
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup + 1 tbsp. milk
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil

Instructions:

  1. In a microwave-safe mug, whisk together dry ingredients.
  2. Whisk in the milk and vegetable oil until all ingredients are combined and batter has no clumps.
  3. Microwave mug cake for 70 seconds, to 1 minute 30 second on high
  4. Carefully remove from microwave, let cool and enjoy!

yumm!

take-out at home: fried rice

I was never really a fan of the typical Chinese take-out fried rice. But this is now one of my go-to recipes when I want something fast and yummy.

Fried rice with eggBelieve me, I love the ease of take-out, now and then. But sometimes, making your take-out faves from scratch is as easy as picking up the phone (and even tastier). You only need a few simple ingredients, some of these things you might already have in your fridge…

fried_rice_ing… and there’s little, to no skill involved. I’ve adapted this recipe from one of Martha Stewart’s, but I think mine is better (don’t tell her)!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 thick slice ham (8 ounces), cut into strips
  • 1 bunch scallions, white and green parts separated and cut into 1-inch lengths
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger (pro tip: I buy grated ginger in a tube found in the produce section)
  • 1 cup shelled edamame (thawed, if frozen)
  • 1 1/4 cups cooked white rice
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 large eggs

Directions:

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Add ham, scallion whites, garlic, and ginger. Cook, stirring frequently, until beginning to brown, 2 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add rice, scallion greens, edamame, vinegar, and soy sauce. Cook, stirring, until heated through, 2 to 4 minutes. Divide fried rice among four serving bowls.
  3. Wipe out skillet with a paper towel. Heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium. Gently crack eggs into skillet; season with salt, and cook until whites are set, 2 to 4 minutes. Top each bowl of rice with a fried egg. Garnish with scallions.

Enjoy!

I scream for ice cream

Temperatures actually got above the teens today and it felt down right tropical!

icecreamMaybe, just maybe, spring is actually on its way… which means summer is just around the corner… which means ice cream! Ice cream is the best. I love ice cream. Making it, eating it, looking at it, it’s all good. Coffee is my absolute favorite, followed by black raspberry. How about you, what’s your favorite flavor?

irish soda bread: a slice of ireland

It’s almost Boston’s favorite holiday: St. Patrick’s Day! And I am 100% not Irish.

irish soda breadHowever, I have kissed the Blarney Stone and therefore I consider myself “Irish by association” at this time of year. I really don’t have big plans for St. Patty’s day, despite my proximity to South Boston and a plethora of Irish and non-Irish revelers.

But! I have a fondness for the Emerald Isle and nostalgia for my brief adventures through its glorious landscape. And! I do love a good corned beef and cabbage dinner. Ah, but nothing is better than a nice warm slice of irish soda bread with a little butter and a cup of tea in the morning. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

slice me some soda bread

let's eat

we go together like cookies & milk

What can I say about Valentine’s Day, that hasn’t already been said?

cookies & milkThis year, be sweet to yourself. I don’t think Valentine’s Day has to be all about romance, and kissy-kissy things. I think it’s a fine time to celebrate the little things that make you happy. By all means, show the people you love how much you care about them (aren’t you doing that every day?), but why not show yourself a little love, too. 11 ways to love yourself more.