Thursday, October 30, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I'm thinking I'm going to go with the frozen meatballs and just make my own sauce and dump it all in the crock pot because I don't have time to actually make meatballs this week and the wedding is an hour and a half away from me.
So - I need meatball sauce recipes! I've heard there is something as simple as BBQ sauce and grape jelly - but, really? Is that any good? Is it "normal" good or "I'm at a wedding the food should be special" good?
I noticed on my other sham that they "quilted" a line about an inch from the edge of the sham - so I decided to do that as well.
At corners - snip the fabric part of the piping so that it turns easier.
Then I lay the other end of the piping inside the new "open" piping and wrap the fabric around. I make sure when I pin all the fabric in place I pin right where the two join together.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
However, the chef on the TV was NOT making a royal mess like I do. How did he avoid this? Why - he put the cake on top of a cooling rack to frost it! What a novel idea. All the extra icing falls down through the holes of the cooling rack and then you just move the cake to a pretty clean serving tray when you're done. Ingenious, I tell you! (And if you've been doing this for years feel free to gloat in your comments. I'm a little slow sometimes.)
Now to figure out how to get my cakes to not be lopsided. . . though asymetrical cakes ARE in style these days. . .
Thursday, October 9, 2008
First - a little figurine that I picked up at an estate sale a couple of months ago. She now resides atop my dresser. (The book that you can't see the title of is a 1908 English textbook. So cool!) Oh, and the candle is "Wicks 'n' more" kiwi scent. I love that candle! You get the scent without ever burning the thing. I'd like to order a couple more so that the scent will fill the entire room. I have one on my nightstand as well.
I also got a chair for my bedroom a few months ago. Here is Wilbur snoozing in his new favorite place. I need a side table, lamp, and to get my family tree framed for the wall above the chair - but that's going to have to wait a bit as those things are pricey! I do have all the stuff to start framing the old family photos - so hopefully those will be done soon and I can show ya'll those.
And here is Mishka on the small dresser. The frame behind her was originally the one for the family tree - - but the family tree grew to a larger size. So, that frame is propped up on the wall right now while it waits for an alternate assignment. You can't really see it well right now - but I'm collecting white and gold plates from thrift stores - there's two on the dresser there - and I have a few more to use as well. My plan at the moment is to hang the empty frame on the wall and then put some plates inside of that. We'll see!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
On another note I was listening to a podcast on adoption today and they mentioned the idea of having the birth mother or the caregiver in the orphanage/foster home make a hand print or fingerprint for your child. This way there is a very personal and unique connection for the child to have to their past and roots and who they are. I really love that idea so hopefully I'll remember it years down the road when I'm finally meeting my child. I was already composing some little poem in my mind about it and imagining it all framed up nicely.
When my grandmother made this dessert we called it "Chocolate Delight" - but when my sister-in-law arrived in the family she had a different name for it: Robert Redford. I'm not really sure WHY it's called that - but it stuck in our family. I made this dessert for a party the other night. (And we played Scattergories during the party and on the list that had "dessert" as a category our letter was "R" and I scored two points!)
So here is the very simple recipe for Robert Redford.
One stick butter, melted
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans.
Mix these ingredients together and spread in the bottom of a baking dish (9x13). Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Allow to cool completely.
Mix 1 small tub of cool whip and 8 oz of cream cheese together until smooth. Spread on top of cooled crust.
Mix together one box of instant vanilla pudding and one box of instant chocolate pudding prepared according to the "pie filling' directions on the box. Spread on top of the cool whip mixture.
Spread one small tub of Cool Whip on top of that.
Top with a grated Hershey Bar or chopped pecans (or both!)
Chill overnight before serving. It will set and you can cut it like a sheet cake to serve.