Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I also mentioned a "silly art class" taught online by Carla Sonheim, the author of Drawing Lab. The class begins January 5th. Each day, class participants will receive a worksheet with prompts to inspire creativity. You can find out more information about the class here.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
I'll be posting more about a cool challenge that the author is participating in starting in January, plus a "silly art" class that is available online!
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
I made this Cherry-Blueberry pie recipe from All Recipes yesterday. I didn't know how it was going to turn out, but it is so good! I don't make pie that often, but I think I will be making this again soon. Enjoy!
- 1 (15 ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling
- 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
- 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon water
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
- Press one of the pie crusts into a 9 inch pie plate. In a large bowl, stir together 1/2 cup of sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon. Stir in the cherry pie filling and blueberries. Spoon into the pie crust. Top with the second crust, and press the edges to seal. Flute edges, or press with the tines of a fork. In a cup, whisk together the egg white and water with a fork. Brush over the top of the pie, then sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of sugar.
- Bake for 45 to 55 minutes in the preheated oven, or until crust is golden brown. Cover the edges of the crust with aluminum foil if they appear to be getting too dark. Cool for at least 2 hours to allow the filling to set before serving.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
This tasty (not to mention easy) bread recipe has become a holiday tradition in my family. It is so quick and fun to make - plus, it always turns out pretty, especially once you add the orange glaze and the dried cranberries. Enjoy!
Sunday, October 31, 2010
This was a little idea I had as an alternative to a candy buffet- Make your own trailmix!
See those cute little treat boxes? I got those at Walmart for only a few dollars in their party section and decorated them with some fun scrapbooking papers.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
All I have to say is beautiful. Go check out the rest of the party- I love all the intricate details and gorgeous colors. I think I will be snatching some of these ideas for my harvest party on Saturday. :)
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
Dark Chocolate Coating
In a microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate and butter. Melt on high power in the microwave, stirring every 45-60 seconds, until chocolate is smooth. Chocolate should have a consistency somewhere between chocolate syrup and fudge for a thin coating.Dip each cookie in melted chocolate, turn with a fork to coat, then transfer to a piece of parchment paper or wax paper to set up for at least 30 minutes, or until chocolate is cool and firm.Reheat chocolate as needed to keep it smooth and easy to dip into.
Makes 3 1/2-4 dozen cookies.
Monday, October 11, 2010
This week I decided to make the following recipe in celebration of Cookie Month. They were very yummy! Unfortunately, they got snatched up so quickly that I didn't get a chance to take any pictures...but oh, well- I'm glad that everyone enjoyed them!
P.S. I took out the nutmeg - that didn't sound quite right - and they were still delicious!
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
7 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup roasted salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
Frosting and ganache
1 cup chunky peanut butter (do not use natural or old-fashioned)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided, room temperature
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg (I used a dash of cinnamon instead)
1 tablespoon whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
7 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 325°F. Line 13x9x2-inch metal baking pan with foil, leaving long overhang; butter foil.
Place 3/4 cup butter in heavy large saucepan. Add both chocolates; stir over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat. Whisk in sugar, vanilla, and salt, then eggs, 1 at a time. Fold in flour, then nuts. Spread in prepared pan. Bake until tester inserted into center comes out with moist crumbs attached, about 30 minutes. Place pan on rack; cool.
For frosting and ganache:
Using electric mixer, beat peanut butter and 1/4 cup butter in medium bowl to blend. Beat in powdered sugar, salt, and nutmeg, then milk and vanilla. Spread frosting over brownies.
Stir chocolate and 1/4 cup butter in heavy small saucepan over low heat until smooth. Drop ganache all over frosting; spread to cover. Chill until set, about 1 1/2 hours. Do ahead Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and keep chilled.
Using foil as aid, transfer brownie cake to work surface; cut into squares. Bring to room temperature; serve.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
- 2 sticks of butter
- 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cup white sugar
- ¾ cup dark brown sugar
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup cocoa
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
- 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
- 1 cup dried cherries
Place the butter and bittersweet chocolate chunks into a medium sized microwave-safe bowl and microwave on level 7 for 2 minutes. Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir the butter and chocolate until they emulsify and come together. Add the brown and white sugars and stir well to combine. Add the eggs and stir well to combine.
Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add the butter/chocolate mixture to this and stir well to combine. Add the semisweet chocolate morsels, pecans, oats, and cherries. Stir to combine.
Using an ice cream scoop place 6 mounds of dough on the prepared cookie sheet. Each mound should have about 1/3 cup of dough. Using the palm of your hand flatten the mounds out so that they are about 1/2” to ¾” thick and a circle shape. Bake for about 12 minutes in convection oven, 15 minutes in a standard oven. Adjust cook times for your own oven.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Here's what's coming your way:
Peanut Butter and Fudge Brownies with Salted Peanuts (Oh. my.)
Triple Chocolate Boomchunkas (Love the name!)
Best Rolled Sugar Cookies (I've made these several times. I usually wouldn't choose a sugar cookie over something chocolate. But these are amazing.)
I got this fun recipe from one my my readers. Can't wait to try it out:
Homemade Oreos (So fun! I'm hoping to find a good substitute for the veg shortening though- not too big on that...any ideas folks?)
Monday, September 6, 2010
This sweet little piggy 4x6 art print was created by corid at Etsy.com.
So, here's a theme that's a bit unique. I was thinking about how sweet and charming fairy tales are...and what an adorable birthday party for a baby girl this might make. I just have to share my ideas with you!
Create these fun invites using the template from this site.
- Decorate using three of these jumbo foil pig balloons from Amazon.
- Paint three large recycled cardboard boxes to look like the three little pigs' houses- one of straw, one of sticks, and one of bricks. If you'd like, cut doors and windows in the houses so that your guests can play in them.
- Using a stamp, make wolf tracks across your tablecloth.
- Pink balloons, streamers, etc.
- Make pig party hats as instructed on this website.
- Make mini houses from straw, sticks, stones, and any other natural elements you can find in your yard. You can also use buttons, toothpicks, etc. Let your guests be creative!
- Make pig and wolf paper bag puppets and let your guests act out the story.
- Read The Three Little Pigs aloud.
- Play "Pig, Pig, Wolf" like "Duck, Duck, Goose"
- Play "Wolves and Pigs," similar to "Sharks and Minnows"
Pigs love mud- so why not feed it to your guests?! Treat them to these yummy-looking Mini Italian Mud Pies, courtesy of Rachael Ray. (To make them more kid-friendly, use chocolate ice cream instead of coffee, and omit the espresso bean garnish.)
Serve your guests "straw," "sticks," and "bricks," using cheese straws or Golden Oreo straws for straw, pretzels sticks or Pixie Sticks for sticks, and wafer cookies for bricks.
Make these festive piggy cake pops as instructed on Bakerella.
Decorate a sheet cake with three decorated Rice Crispie Treat "houses," made to look like a house of sticks, a house of straw, and a house of bricks. Or...
Make this easy pig cake from Family Fun.
- Purchase inexpensive pink headbands and attach pink felt ears with hot glue for pig ear headbands.
- The sweet, vintage Three Little Pigs Goldenbook can be purchased inexpensively at Walmart- send each guest home with a copy!
- Make these cute pig cupcakes from Taste of Home, place in a cellophane bag, and tie with pink ribbon.
I also found some sweet little Etsy goodies for your viewing enjoyment...
Three Pigs Cake Shop Skirt (Love it!)
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Most impressive of all was the Fluffernutter Shake "an homage to the sweet schoolyard sandwich (peanut butter and marshmallow fluff)." This yummy drink can be found at...get this...Peanut Butter & Co. in New York. I'm a little bummed right now that I don't live in NY, because I want to go there so bad.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Candy Warehouse has lots of fun car candies including these gummy race cars as well as candy-filled cars and milk chocolate racers.
I created this fun invite using a free downloadable font from Kevin and Amanda and cool vintage car graphic from The Graphics Fairy (also free!).
Below are some cool car party ideas from various sites on the internet- sometimes I'm just amazed at what people come up with!
- Ask guests to bring a riding toy (bike, wagon, etc.) and have a "car wash."
- Create pretend driver's licences, then take the child's picture with a polaroid camera and attach it to their personalized licence.
- Set up a large board, slanted at an angle between the ground and a hard surface. If you'd like, you can paint it black and draw "road lines" to divide the lanes on this "street." Gather some hotwheels, add some little boys, and tada! you've got a great game for a bargain! This is so simple, but it really will keep them entertained for a while.
- Play Red Light, Green Light.
- Create a race car obstacle course with cones, puddles (pool if it's warm enough, blanket if it's too cold), hills, jumps, etc. (To add extra fun, create car costumes for the guests out of cardboard boxes.)
- Purchase wooden car toys ($1.99 each at Hobby Lobby) and set out paint, stickers, etc. for the kids to add some personality to their cars.
- Let the kids create vanity plates for their riding toys from foam sheets and foam stickers.
- Arrange pumpernickle and white bread sandwiches on a platter to look like a black and white checkered flag.
- Oreos can be used as "wheels"
- Make "stoplights" by adding red, yellow, and green candies (such as gum drops) to rice crispies or wafer cookies
- Make a figure eight race track cake by putting two round cakes side by side and frosting in green, then drawing the track with black frosting.
- Racecar gummy candies
- Wooden Toy Cars for kids to decorate
- Racecar stickers
- Black and white checkered flags
Monday, August 30, 2010
Image 2- elizabethannedesigns.com
Image 3- bravobride.com