Foodstirs October 2017 Review

Sorry this is so late.  I worked on the Foodstir kit the first week of November but I kept pushing this back. My son loves to help in the kitchen so I thought this would be a perfect activity for a weekend where his dad was out-of-town. I did not go well this time. In fact, it was a failure.

So how it works, you can sign up for a subscription and a box comes every other month.  They follow a theme so like October was Little Monster Cupcakes for Halloween. The box has the dry ingredients and information cards that tell you how to make it, tips, what wet ingredients you need and what stuff you need like measuring cups. Plus it has anything “decorative.”

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Cupcake mix, icing mix, sprinkles, food dye, chocolate chips, bag for icing and cupcake liners

So it started off fine.  My son put all the cupcake liners in our cupcake tin while I got out the wet ingredients and other dishes we would need. My son really wanted to help mix the wet ingredients so we sat at a table and stirred. We would get upset whenever I helped too much.

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Now here is where it went downhill. The instructions said to mix in the vanilla cupcake mix. My son wouldn’t stop stirring so I quickly grabbed the bag and dumped it. For some reason, it would get thick, just really watery. Now we had to put the mix into two different bowls so we could dye one purple and one green. Again, it was really watery. That is when I looked in the box and noticed Vanilla Cupcake Mix in the box. I had used the Vanilla Icing Mix. No wonder it was so watery.

So being the person that I am, I decided to fix it by adding the mix and baked the cupcakes.  Yeah, they are just complete liquid. I bit into one that was “cooked” and it was so rubbery. So I threw them right into the trash. Luckily we had gone shopping the day before and my son had picked out some cookies, so we dined on those.

Lesson learned: read all labels completely. I did save the sprinkles and chocolate chips for another day when maybe we can try again. This failure was all on me and not the company so we are signed up to get one in December.

Foodstirs August 2017 Review

I have loved Sarah Michelle Geller since I was a teen girl watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I have followed her career and seen her movies and watched her other TV shows. When she went into the subscription box service, I thought it was cool but that was all. Now that I am including my son into cooking and baking, I decided to give the box a try since I am busy and I don’t go grocery shopping (my husband does, grocery stores put me in a foul mood).

So how it works, you can sign up for a subscription and a box comes every other month.  They follow a theme so like August was Smore Cupcakes for summertime. The box has the dry ingredients and information cards that tell you how to make it, tips, what wet ingredients you need and what stuff you need like measuring cups. Plus it has anything “decorative.”

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Food dye, marshmallows, cupcake tins, icing bag, cupcake mix, graham crackers for the crust and icing mix

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Yes, we are stirring on the floor.  None got on the floor and they were only for our family.

The recipe was pretty easy to follow. I decided to do their pro tip and put a marshmallow into the batter. The recipe made 8 cupcakes. My son loved stirring and putting the cupcake tins into our cupcake pan.  He also loved licking the icing off the spoon.

Now onto our bad-looking cupcakes.  I love to bake but icing is not my thing.

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So my “fire” looks like someone bled all over my cupcakes but the taste was fine. We had trouble keeping the marshmallows perfectly on the cupcakes during the second cooking. The cupcakes tasted fine.  I really like the graham cracker crust on the bottom.

We enjoyed it and can’t wait to see what we get in October. It was a nice activity to do with my son that I would like to continue.

Interested in trying it out? Go here.

Bread Pudding

I love to bake but my problem is that I will end up eating it all.  My husband is not huge into sweets and I am.  My son would love sweets all the time but I limit his for obvious reasons.  Last Friday we were out to eat and my husband glanced at the dessert menu and mentioned that he had not had bread pudding in a long time.  I told him I would make it since it couldn’t be too hard, right?  It isn’t as I found out.

I tried to get my son to help me because he enjoys helping out in the kitchen but this I made all by myself. My son helped in his own way, like when I was cracking the eggs, he climbed on the kitchen table and dumped my ice water out. Or when I was stirring, he was on his little ride/push bike and kept riding into the kitchen and into me.  So really big help there. I really thought he would like tearing up the bread because he does that for the fish and turtles at a pond we visit.

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Husbands rating: 4.5/5. He said it was nice and soft.

Ease: 4.5/5. It really was easy. I just had trouble completely blending the eggs.  Yes, I stirred by hand so maybe with a mixer it would be better but the yellow in the picture is some of the egg.

Changes: Kept everything the same but did not add raisins as we were out and they are my sons food anyway.

Recipe: You can find it here.

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