May 14, 2015

More... Slow Cooker Recipes

The lovely folks at Pick Your Plum posted slow cooker recipes on FaceBook, 100 of them in fact.  Who wants to spend time cooking in a hot kitchen during summer?  There are so many
better things to be doing. 
Slow cookers to the rescue!

Pallet Planter

This took me forever to finish....because I couldn't decide exactly what I wanted to do.  After checking on line, gathering ideas and a few discussions with my son (my helper in the attached pictures) this is what we came up with and we are quite happy.  Originally we were going to fill all the little 'boxes' but then we came up with this alternating idea.  We just put the flowers in today but in a few weeks as they start to grow and fill in, the whole planter will look lush.
I think this project is progress report worthy.  I'll do my best.

Mexican Slow Cooker Recipes

Here are a whole bunch of yummy Mexican Slow Cooker Recipes (lets call them MSCR) from one of my favorite blogs 'How Does She'.  Its no secret I LOVE slow cookers, throw everything in, turn it on, put on the lid and tada, come dinner time its ready to go.  Oh ya, and lets not forget how the house smells heavenly all day long.

May 13, 2015

Tiramisu Mousse

Browsing through Facebook tonight and THIS pops up.  My goodness, its like a gift from heaven, tiramisu mousse without the cake part (lady fingers).  Its quick, easy and certainly sounds yummy - Dough Style, for sure!
I cant wait to try this, I hope, I hope, I hope I have time this weekend to whip some up.
Jump over to Crazy For Crust blog for ingredients and instructions.
(Link below)

Pallet Planter

So.... I started this project a few weeks ago and just haven't had the time to work on it.  Tonight I stayed up a little late and was able to line and plant 2 sections.  My goal is to continue doing a little at a time and by next week it should be done.  So far, I'm loving it.
(Does anyone know where I can buy a few more hours for my days?)


Strawberry Habanero Spread from The Slow Roasted Italian

I've never seen this before but I have to try it.  I think I just found my weekend project. 
If this turns out yummy I just might have found my Christmas neighbor gifts too.
Yay me.

May 2, 2015

Blueberry Zucchini Cake!

Uhm, WOW.  I am baker has done it again.   This looks amazing and I cant wait to try it!

April 8, 2015

Marvelous Molds Review

I LOVE this product from Marvelous Molds and I've finally had the time to sit down and play with it and perfect my technique.

My first few tries were incredibly frustrating.  I watched several instructional videos, all done by different people and they made it look so easy....I however....ya, I had a few issues.  My biggest problem was how to get a clean sharp cut edge.  Finally I realized that fondant and gum paste has to be rolled thin so that the silicone mold cuts through completely.  Once I figured that out, I was golden.

(There's a little gold spot on my white fondant, this was FIXED prior to the event)

For this cake I used 50/50 mix (fondant/gumpaste) and colored it a deep yellow then painted it gold with Aztec Gold luster dust.  It took a few coats to get the shade of gold I was looking for but it went much faster than expected.

So at the end of the day, I really enjoy this product my only complaint is price!  My heavens they are so over priced its silly.  I paid around $28 bucks for a flimsy little piece of silicone.

April 4, 2015

Slow Cooker Jalapeno Popper Chicken Taquitos

I just tried these out on a group of young men and they APPROVED.  Enthusiastically.
They are super easy and I admit I enjoyed them as well!  These will be showing up on my dinner table quite often.

I also made a batch of CafĂ© Rio's Creamy Tomatillo Ranch Dressing.  To Die For.

There are many recipes on the net which are all very similar.  This is my own combination of what I have found online and what my boys like.
1 packet dry Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
1 C. buttermilk
1 C. mayo
1 jalapeno chopped, remove seeds
juice of 1 lime
2 tomatillos, husked and roughly chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 bunch cilantro leaves coarsely chopped
Place all ingredients into a blender.
Blend on high for 2 minutes
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving
*My boys like to see a little 'chunkiness' in their dressing so I pulse the mixture a few times until I have small enough chunks that will pass through a squeeze bottle.  I remove about 1/4 cup of the dressing and set it aside.  Now I blend the rest of the dressing for the full 2 minutes.
After 2 minutes I add the reserved dressing back into the blender and pulse everything together a few more times. 
This is mainly for appearances.
**This dressing will go FAST.  I always make a double batch or more.

March 31, 2015

Grow Tulips in a Vase

Spring is here and its more beautiful than ever! This is my favorite time of year and I love decorating in new fresh pastels with flowers and buds everywhere.  Since tulips are one of my favorite flowers ever, I just adore this project.....

click here for details....

March 29, 2015

Homemade Cake Release

I love this stuff!  I've even made extra to give as gifts to family and my students....  Easy as pie.

Equal Parts
Vegetable Oil.
mix well by hand or with a mixer
Store in an airtight container in the fridge.  If mix separates simply remix.  This mix can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 months. 

Slow Cooker Bread

Ah!  I slow cooker everything I can.  I haven't tried this recipe yet but hope to soon....