Yesterday I turned 29!! Which I can’t even really believe! When I was a kid, 29 seemed the most ridiculous age possible~ so far away and SO OLD AND MATURE. I DEFINITELY feel young at heart and happier than ever. I didn’t spend my actual birthday doing anything SUPER AWESOME because I had to work and then went to sleep very early.
BUT…. TODAY WAS VERY EXCITING! And full of sprinkles and rainbows and excitement!
I made some homemade ice cream very first thing this morning. Because it’s my birthday! So ice cream is a must! 😀
There are only two ingredients needed: heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk. With a handmixer, whip the heavy cream (half a litre / 16 ounces) until you get little peaks. Then add in a whole can of the sweetened condensed milk until the mixture thickens up.
Finally, add in your favourite flavours! I added in sprinkles into this batch, but other favourites are broken up peanut butter cups, chocolate chips, broken cookie bits, the possibilities are totally endless and yummy. Throw it in the freezer for a few hours until it’s fully frozen and THAT’S IT (I don’t even buy ice cream anymore because I can make infinite ice cream)!!!
Next up… I baked my colourful cake!! I ended up using a cake mix (which of course is far easier, but honestly just as tasty). I added 1 1/4 cups of water, 1/3 cup of avocado oil, and 3 eggs, mixed and tah-dah!
By this time, I was HUNGRY! So I saved a little bit of the cake batter and made Hello Kitty waffles!! I’ve had my Hello Kitty waffle maker for a while, but haven’t had a chance to actual use it yet. I added MORE sprinkles for more fun. Look how cute and colourful!!!
I spent ALL morning in the kitchen baking again and I *think* I’ve got all my Christmas goodies done for this year (if only because I don’t have an inch of freezer or cupboard space left!) So favourite foods seems like the perfect prompt for today!! Let me tell you… I have a MAJOR sweet tooth! All my trips to the dentist as a kid are proof of that!
Here are my top ten favourites:
Waffles (with extra extra butter and syrup!)
Bagels – I usually add sprinkles for extra fun!
Cupcakes – the more frosting the better!
Ice cream sandwiches – the best kind of sandwich for sure! I made this one from a recipe from the Hello Kitty Baking Book (link to Amazon)!
Fish and Chips – so yummy and greasy! This is from my favourite little restaurant – Fergie’s Fish N Chips
Strawberries – so sweet and good for you! Especially with whipped cream!
Pizza – I LOVE pizza and don’t think I could ever get sick of it. It’s one of my favourite things to cook too! I made this Pikachu Pizza a couple years ago (with vegan cheese!)
Japanese sweets! – They’re so yummy and very different! My favourites are Sakupan (adorable chocolate panda cookies), Strawberry Pocky, and anything ramune (it’s a bubbly lemon-limey flavour)!
There are just TWO WEEKS until Christmas! I am both SO EXCITED and SO RUSHED because I have so much to squeeze in. Bake exchange at work, baking for family dinners, baking my favourites for ME to snack on! Shortbread is my all time favourite Christmastime snack, especially because it’s so easy to make on a whim with ingredients you almost certainly already have!
And with chocolate chips and sprinkles, even happier!
What you need: 1 cup of Butter – room temperature 1/2 cup Icing Sugar – sifted 1 1/2 cup of Flour 1/4 cup Cornstarch 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla 1/2 cup of Chocolate Chips and/or Sprinkles (I choose to add both for extra colour!)
How to make them: 1. Preheat oven to 325°F and grease cookie sheets 2. With an electric blender mix the butter and icing sugar until quite fluffy. Then add in the flour, cornstarch, salt, and vanilla until everything is combined. Hand mix your chocolate chips and sprinkles. 3. Scoop your dough out with a spoon (balls should be about golf ball sized) onto your greased cookie sheets, and flatten with a fork. Add extra sprinkles to the top. The recipe makes ~36 cookies 4. Bake for 15 minutes. Cookies just be just barely golden when you pull them out of the oven. Let them cool (if you can!)
These cookies are so fluffy and yummy. I personally like to throw them in the freezer and think they taste even better somehow when they are chilly. Enjoy! xox