Thursday, November 10, 2011

What am i workin on?

hmmmmmm?



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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Shower Day Part 2












The happy couple, Samantha and Jason.




















My sister pretty much rules.
















Granny enjoying her food.




















The other Bearded Lady and her husband, the carny ride operator.















L to R:  Jason's Mom, my Dad the rousty, and my Mom the fortune teller.
















Here is the awesome gift basket my sister made for me.  She painted the skull and the nesting dolls. She truly is amazing.
















Sam and Jason with our Grandparents
















And last but not least, Sam and Jason with our Grandad, Jason's Dad (referee) and his uncle (Hawaiian shirt).

Everyone who attended enjoyed themselves and everyone was so friendly and sweet.  Sam is marrying into a great family and I couldn't be happier for her and Jason.  Although, Jason is surely marrying into an awesome family too...  Thanks so much everyone who came!!!

Aaaaaaas promised...

Okay!  Here are some pics from this past weekend.  I went to my family's place last Friday to start preparing for my sister's wedding shower!  Here are some photos of us getting stuff ready and of the decorations!

Here are some pre-shower shots of candy, desserts, and making decorations!  I'll put the finished products in the next post.



Here are some of the filled candies I made.  Notice the Halls?  Keepin' it classy...




My Mom, amongst others, was a HUGE help  Here she is putting sticks in the brownie pops.















Here are some of the decorations. And a beer.  Yes, that WAS necessary.


Here are our yummies before decorations were added.
















See, my Granny was also very helpful!

The finished products will be in the next post!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Let's Hug!

I know I promised tons of pictures from the shower, but I haven't gotten around to them yet.  Instead, I've been doing this cross stitch pattern.




















And if you would like to do your own, here is the pattern!


Monday, October 17, 2011

Holy Yum!

Strawberry Whoopie Pies!



I'm too tired to blog much else!! They're a little brown, but don't let em fool ya! They taste like Frankenberry cereal!! If I have time, I plan to blog about wedding showers this week, leading up to Thursday, which is the last day I'll be in town before the shower! If I don't, do
not despair- I will be back next week to kill you with pictures!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Brownie Pop Success!!

The brownie pops worked great!
















What you'll need:

1 box brownie mix
Wilton brownie pops silicone mold
candy melts- chocolate and white
sprinkles
lollipop sticks

First, I baked the brownies and made the pops.  I had to cut a few down to make them even.
















I let them cool for a couple of hours.  Then I spread a little of the candy melts on the bottom of the pops to seal them.
















I put these on wax paper and put them into the refrigerator to let the candy set.
















Then I dipped a few into the melted candy.  I covered some, and just dipped the bottom of others.


















These will go into the refrigerator to set up as well.  I'm really excited to make more!

Heart-Shaped Taco Pie

Although my cake pop experiment didn't quite go as planned, something else did..
















YUM!

I took a puff pastry sheet and cut two hearts out of it with a gigantic heart-shaped cookie cutter.  I sprayed a piece of foil with some non-stick spray and put the hearts on top of it.  I put a mixture of refried beans, taco meat leftover from the other night, and cheese on one half.
















I put the other heart on the top and crimped the sides with a fork.  I sort of over-filled, but it's okay.
















I popped it in the oven for about 20 minutes.  I topped it with cheese and chowed down.  The ONLY thing I would change is I think I will use the lower sodium taco seasoning.  With the salty pastry and the regular seasoning, the pie was a little on the salty side.  But it was very, very good and I will be making more of these in the future, for sure!

You can put whatever in these.  I may try a chicken pot pie kind of filling next time.  You can make sweets as well!

Cake Pops Results!

So, I purchased the Babycakes cake pop maker.  I wouldn't necessarily give it a bad review.  It just didn't work to my liking.

It's awfully cute, though!















I used the tablespoon of batter that was recommended.  That overflowed and made a huge mess.  You can't tell in this picture, but it did when the pops were done.
















So for the next batch, I used less.  Rather than nice round balls, my cake came out in sort of flying saucer or even almost stumpy mushroom shapes.
















I thought I'd go ahead and try to decorate them anyway.  I refrigerated them overnight, since it was like 11 pm when I got done making them.  I dipped the lollipop sticks in a little bit of melted candy and stuck them in 12 balls before refrigerating the whole lot.  The sticks didn't stay in the cake balls when I dipped them into the candy melts, which is what is recommended for dipping.  That was AGGRAVATING.  I tried icing.  That only weighed the balls down and pulled them down onto the stick, where the stick was coming out of the top.

I will concede that I may not be doing this right.  But I looked on several sites and I looked at several YouTube videos.  Most people are making the cake balls by hand.  So, I think that maybe the cake pops maker doesn't make the balls dense enough to hold the sticks.  Or I'm doing something wrong, but I can't figure out what that may be.

So as not to waste all of the cake balls, I used tongs to dip the top part into the candy melts.  I melted and colored icing and drizzled it over them and use sprinkles.  They didn't come out too bad.
















So, the cake pop maker will be going back to the store.  I was thinking of keeping it to make muffin balls and possibly cornbread bites, but if they turn out that funky shape, I don't want nothin' to do with 'em!

Next up, I will talk about the brownie pops I have started!!!  Here they are, I just have to refrigerate them for a bit!

















Saturday, October 15, 2011

List success?

It's Saturday.   Let's see... have I accomplished anything I listed the other day?

1.  Savory puff pastry pies- will be doing that tonight!  I have to go to the supermarket first.  I will post pictures and a recipe if they are successful!

2.  Snappy hem things- not yet.

3.  More whoopie pies- No.

4.  Reviews on pie pop maker- Can't find any :(

5.  Test candies- meh.  Not feeling in the candy makin' mood.  Maybe tomorrow!  Ooh, and if they're good, I'll send them out to my lovely PenPal Cuppy (http://miss-cuppy.blogspot.com/)!!

6.  Cake pop maker- YES!

Soooo one out of six so far.  But I have been busy!  I have been making a more organized game plan for the week so that preparing on Friday and Saturday for the shower won't be stressful!  I still have a few things to buy and make, and I am just SO SO stoked and glad to be putting this shower on!!!  Anyhow, I'll check back with myself tomorrow and see again how I'm doing on the list!  Till then...


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Inspiration

I'm in a weird place today.  I suppose it happens.  I am feeling just kind weird and blah and useless.  haha!  No seriously.  But it's cool, I know it's just kind of a funk everyone gets into.  I'll be over it by tomorrow!

I am working on something pretty rad that I will share probably this weekend.  It's just another embroidery, but it's cool, because I did it, and because my friend did the pattern and I am totally impressed with it.

Until then, here are some things I want to do this weekend.

1.  Make some savory puff pastry pies.  With taco meat and beans and cheese.  Maybe some with delicious roasted veggies.  And I'll be using this for inspiration:
http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/10/3-pie-inspired-pop-tart-recipes.html
HOLY YUM!!!

2.  Buy some of those snappy hem things you see on TV so I can wear this REALLY cute pair of dress pants I bought that are ENTIRELY too long for me.  "Regular" length.  HA!  On what planet???  OR maybe I just have super short legs...

3.  I HAVE to make some more whoopie pies!

4.  Look up some reviews on the Babycakes pie pop maker and think of some good pie fillings.

5.  Do some test runs of candies I've come up with for my sister's shower.  Nut filled candies, Almond Joy- style filled candies, dark chocolate cayenne candies... etc.  I am thinking of possibly doing some fun mustache lollipops too.  We'll see.

6.  And after reading reviews, I think I will DEFINITELY purchase the Babycakes Cake Pop maker.  Oh yes.  Look out.  I'll make you fat.

I'll let you know if I did these things or if I just laid my fat ass (and I say that with MUCH love- I'm not berating myself!!!)  on the couch all weekend watching horror movies again!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Babycakes- NOOOO, I am not getting fresh with you.




OHMIGOD OHMIGOD OHMIGOD!!!  While perusing Kohl's a few weeks ago, I came across the Babycakes line of amazing tools to make cute tiny delicious baked goods.

There is the donut maker and the cupcake maker, neither of which call to me.  I am not a donut fan and I think it's just as easy to make cupcakes in a cupcake pan as in a cupcake maker.

There is a cake pops one that I kinda wanna play with.  I have not been successful in making them in the past, and maybe the cake pop one will help me.  Or maybe I'll pass on that one.

BUT... I HAD to buy this one.  It's a tiny whoopie pie maker!!



















Ohhhh man did I have fun with this guy after dinner!  It makes perfect and cute tiny whoopie pies!  I am thinking you could also do pancakes in it, but I don't find pancakes to be very exciting. Don't judge me.

It came with a little metal cinnamon sprinkler, a thing to lift the cakes out, a little cooling rack, an instruction book with recipes, a NICE frosting bag and a frosting tip.  It said on the box it comes with two tips, but I only got one.  It's cool, I already have the tip they were adding in, I don't need another.   Here is what I made, pre-assembly (of the pies, not the pie baker).
















The tops are a bit brown.  I will have to figure out a good cooking time.  The booklet suggests 2 and a half minutes, but that is far too long!
















There is another one I wanna get.  It makes... PIE POPS.  It has cavities for six tiny pies with holders for lollipop sticks.  Now, I am not a huge sweet pie fan.  But I LOVE savory ones!  I am planning to buy the pie pops maker and make meat pies and bean pies and cheese pies!

If you like baking and like whoopie pies, I would recommend this gadget.  It's SO awesome.  I can't say that enough.  It rules.




Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Gothy Hand

Jenny Hart from Sublime Stitching is awesome.  She makes the cutest patterns, and oftentimes, gives them away!  I have purchased many from her, and they are totally worth the $3-$5 I have spent on each, but it's also cool when I am broke to get a free one!

Here is a cocktail napkin I did from one of her free patterns.  For some reason, I just REALLY like this pattern.  It's so cute!!
















I like the colors I chose for it as well.  I didn't want the trademark black glove and black or red nails.  I can't wait to finish the napkins I bought from her.  I plan to order her blue ones and black ones next!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Caramel Apple Bites

It's been a while since I posted a tasty treat!

I saw these beauties over on Elsie's Larson's blog, A Beautiful Mess (http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/).  Check her out, she is my flame, my muse (haha South Park reference there, sorry, couldn't help it!)!  But seriously, she is VERY inspiring and I admire her ability to blog EVERY day about just whatever.  I always feel like I have to have made something to blog about.  Maybe I'll take a page from her blog (HA!  I kill me!) and just blog about whatever I want, along with crafty and tasty goodness!!  Look out.

Okay, now that I've gotten that verbal diarrhea out of the way.....

Caramel Apple Bites!!
You'll need:

2 large apples (I used Golden Delicious)
3 and a half or so caramel apple wrappers  (these things are a little tricky to work with.  They're super stretchy and easy to get all over the place.  Sigh.)
scissors or a knife to cut the wrappers
wax or parchment paper
tooth picks
chocolate to drizzle
nuts  or something to sprinkle
















And, apparently, a Crispin hard apple cider in case you get thirsty...

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees (this is not in Elsie's instructions, I don't think, but do it, cause I said to). Cut the apple into quarters and using a melon baller, scoop out balls of apple.

















Cut the caramel wrapper into small pieces.  I tried doing this with a knife but it did not work.  I ended up using scissors.  Put the pieces over the apple balls.  Bake in the oven for about 5 minutes, or until the caramel is starting to melt.  You don't want it to melt all the way, though.  That happened on a few of mine.  They should look like this when they come out of the oven:
















Stick a toothpick in each... and now comes the messy fun part.  Drizzle chocolate over the pieces and sprinkle them with nuts, sprinkles, candy bits, etc.  I used nuts.  I shoulda done my Halloween sprinkles! Ah well, I suppose that's a good excuse to do more!!
















Refrigerate for at least an hour.  Eat em up.  Fast.  Because the acid from the apple's insides will melt the caramel off.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

I have been working on a lot of projects.  My sister and future brother-in-law's wedding shower is coming up and I've been working on decorations for that.  I can't really do pics now, because she may see, and also, it's a constant work in progress.  I'll be sure to post plenty of pics at the shower, though!

I have done a few more cocktail napkins from Sublime Stitching!
































Sadly, our boss at work is moving to another department.  She is the best boss I have ever had.  I will miss her, but I am happy for her, because she's been offered a good opportunity.  Here is a cross stitch I have done for her.  I see that it's crooked, yes, and that TEARS me up, but what can I do about it really? It's already all stitched up and put in there... maybe she won't notice or care that it's crooked!  It's cute anyway.
















And here is a gift for my sister and her fiance, all framed up and pretty!
















I've been experimenting with knitting bows.  I like these!
















I think I'll take a break from crafting and work on these thank you cards for the shower!