Community Fundraiser for Kim Camphuysen
Monday, September 28th; 5-7 pm
Outside of La Roux Salon and Costa Vida
***20% of every meal purchased from Costa Vida between 4-9 pm will be donated.
***Bake sale and other goodies for purchase.
People in Farmington are incredibly kind and generous, especially when someone is in need.
Kim Camphuysen could use the community’s help right now. She has been diagnosed with colon cancer.
So I was so happy to hear about the bake sale to raise money for her medical costs. I love a good bake sale and I love to support a good cause!
Mom’s Awesome Popcorn Balls
I decided to make my Mom’s popcorn balls for the sale. You know the popcorn balls are good when a pregnant woman craves them. That pregnant woman was my little sister. My Mom, of course, would make them and deliver them to her. She’s such a great mom!
I hope you stop by and try my Mom’s popcorn balls and grab a bite to eat at Costa Vida. And if you love to bake like I do, donations are welcome and you can drop them off at 4:30 at Costa Vida.
After you buy the popcorn balls, I know that you will want the recipe! My Mom said that I could share it. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you on Monday!
Some boys are obsessed with superheroes; my son is obsessed with doughnuts.
This is a typical greeting from my three-year-old Joe.
“Hi Joe.” says his cousin, sister, uncle, grandma, etc.
“Hi Doughnut.” reply from Joe.
He has gone from calling everyone “Doughnut” to randomly talking about doughnuts only fifty times a day. We don’t know when this obsession will end, but he’s spreading it around and keeping doughnuts on our brains.
Pumpkin Crumb Donuts
I’m posting this recipe in honor of my son and for all the crazy amounts of pumpkin recipes that are flooding the blogging world right now – making me giddy for fall, cooler days, Halloween, and sweaters in Farmington.
These doughnuts are the perfect fall treat. They are incredibly tasty and easy to make. Don’t hate them because they are not fried. They are just as delicious. I hope you bake these beauties up soon.
One last thing, here is my son’s favorite doughnut YouTube video (Sorry if the sight makes you lose your appetite. Please watch the end; Joe laughs hysterically when he watches it!)
Pumpkin Crumb Donuts
Incredibly tasty pumpkin donuts with a struessel topping and vanilla glaze. The perfect fall treat!
You can impress all your family and friends in Farmington with this homemade red enchilada sauce! It’s really good!
Growing up, my Mom (from California) would make a big batch of spaghetti sauce when guests were invited. That was her go to meal. We always knew when people were coming over when Mom pulled out her spaghetti pot. It was delicious, fed large amounts of people, and was easy to make.
I, on the other hand, will either make a large pot of beans or my homemade enchilada sauce. That’s a New Mexican for you.
This enchilada sauce is so easy to make and much tastier than the canned stuff. Since my twelve-year-old eats more than his dad, it is far more economical to make the sauce rather than buy four cans of it for one dinner.
Be careful of which chile powder you use. You want to use chile powder from New Mexico, not the “chili” powder that is a mixture of dried chiles, cumin, garlic powder, etc. The New Mexico chile powder is just straight powder form dried red chiles.
Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce
A delicious and easy red chile sauce to make mad enchiladas!
I can finally bake a fabulous, soft, high altitude proof, consistent chocolate chip cookie in Farmington.
For four years, I could make the best chocolate cake you have ever eaten, but I couldn’t make a plain ol’ chocolate chip cookie.
I almost gave up. But it really bothered me, like insanely bothered me that I didn’t have one of the most basic recipes under my baking black belt. I have tried this recipe here, and this one here, and this one. They either baked up in puddles, were too hard the next day, or were fabulous one day and then awful when I baked the same recipe the next week. So frustrating!
Now I have an awesome, you-need-to-bake-this-moment soft chocolate chip cookie recipe. I would love to share it with you.
These cookies are incredibly soft, not cakey or crispy.
One cookie scoop of dough is 1 1/2 tablespoons.
You don’t need any fancy equipment to make really good cookies. But you can buy some things that will rock your baking world! 1. medium #40 cookie scoop.2. Silpats. Your cookies will bake up thicker and you won’t have to use cooking spray. 3. Good baking sheets. You can easily buy them at Sam’s Club for around $12. My Mom has almost black sheets. Just bake them for less time if your baking sheets are dark or thin.
Take out right after 10-11 minutes. Do not overbake. After 11 minutes, they will be pale and puffy like cakes. That’s normal. When they cool, they will flatten and those beautiful crags will appear. Just make sure to cool for 2-4 minutes on the baking sheet.
These freeze beautifully after baked! We eat them straight from the freezer because them are cold and chewy.
Baking brings me great joy. But baking at a mile high (yes, we are twinsies with Denver) can be tear producing and downright frustrating.
When you live at 5,395 feet above sea level, it does crazy things to your baked goods. Your cakes, brownies, and cookies will rise and look beautiful and AH-MAZ-ING. Then a second later, they will fall completely flat – along with your hopes and desires. Wow, I must be venting all my baking frustrations in this post.
When all your baking recipes fail, you tend to distrust any baking recipe – yes, all the ones on Pinterest and baking blogs (*sigh of great sadness*).
But, no need to fear! I am going to give you my killer brownie recipe that has been adjusted for the high altitude of Farmington.
Requirements for a killer brownie:
Thick. I want to sink my teeth into it.
Rich, dense, and chocolaty.
A perfect cross between fudgey and cakey.
What I have learned:
Melt the butter on low heat. Butter tends to scorch easily on high heat.
You will use an inordinate amount of butter, sugar, and eggs. This recipe makes a large amount – perfect for a potluck, funeral, or to share with neighbors or coworkers.
A light layer of decadent frosting elevates this brownie into perfection.
I made the original recipe without any adjustments (it is smaller because I triple my recipe). Here is what it looks like.
Killer Brownie Recipe - High Altitude Style
A killer brownie with a light layer of decadent frosting that has been adjusted for high altitude (5,395 ft.)