Snowpocalypse 2014

CIA Nonstick Muffin Pan

We are lucky enough to live in the South and enjoy some amazing weather most of the year.  However, there are exceptions to the rule… 100 degree days in the summer & snow/ice storms in the winter.  We haven’t had any bad winter weather in 3 years, but now it has happened to us twice in the past 2 weeks.  It’s fun to enjoy the snow with the kids, but they get cold way too fast and then we have to think of other things to do.  This go around, we decided to cook!  First we made Lucky Charms cupcakes. Yes, it sounds pretty gross, but the little boys were in heaven!  I used the CIA Bakeware 12 Cup Nonstick Muffin Pan to bake these delicious cupcakes.

After the cupcakes were baked and cooled, that’s when the kid fun began! I found a trick online to make store bought cupcakes taste like they are from the bakery, and I have to say… they were delicious! It was so easy to doctor the store bought mix.

The Lucky Charms cupcakes were filled with some of the marshmallow icing tinted with green food coloring so that when you bite into the cupcake, you get a surprise.  The marshmallow icing was delicious, yet rather sweet. But, it was okay since we won’t be making these too often.

If you have kids around, this is definitely a fun way to get them in the kitchen and excited about baking.

The other thing we decided to do was to cook in our All-Clad Slow Cooker. We love our southern comfort food around here.  We also have family from New Orleans and love to celebrate those traditions, especially with food!  With Mardi Gras being a couple weeks away, we decided to celebrate by cooking slow cooked jambalaya.

The best thing about the slow cooker is that it really does take about 20 minutes to prep, but that’s about all you have to do!  Just start your cooker and go about your day.  Having this handy in our kitchen leaves so much time to have fun with the kids …especially on snow days!  The All-Clad Slow cooker has some awesome features that will guarantee a delicious meal at the end.  It has the longest cooking time of any slow cooker of 26 hours.  You can cook something and keep in warm so that it’s perfect when you are ready to eat.  It also has a removable ceramic insert that’s nice enough to serve at the table and it’s easy to clean up because it can go right into the dishwasher.

Let’s just hope that last week was our last snow.  Now all of us southerners know how all you northerners feel all winter long.  Stocking your kitchen with awesome tools may make it go a little faster 😉

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