Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Fall Kits

I just finished putting together these kits from The Idea Closet. The kits came out on The Idea Closet blog the first of November, but because they take Tracy a week or two to cut out and pack up after she gets our order and us a week or two before we can get to SLC to pick them up plus then get together one night to craft sometimes they don't get to be displayed for as long as we would like, but I'll have brand new Fall kits to display come next year. :) Thanks for more great kits, Tracy!



Gingerbread Graham Cracker Houses

Friday night Brandon and Kim invited us & Josh and Savannah over for dinner and to make gingerbread graham cracker houses. I was really excited because Andrew and I have talked about making one for a few years now, but we've never done it. It was really fun to see what each couple did as we went along. We started with a floor in ours, but everyone else just started with walls. We also left our front door open so you can see the mini marshmallow snowman version of Andrew and Jessica inside. ;)

Josh and Savannah did a 2 story house.

Brandon made an outhouse to go with their house. ;)

We all had such a great time and I think everyone already wants to do it again next year. :)


Happy Thanksgiving!

This year we spent Thanksgiving with Andrew's family, which meant having dinner at his Grandma Ercanbrack's house. When we arrived for dinner they asked me to set my pie on the special pie table and all over the table were these cute gum drop, raisin, mini marshmallow and candy corn turkeys. Aren't they so cute? :)

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner though I didn't get a picture of us all around the table.

On Thanksgiving night Andrew and I have sort of made a tradition of going to the movies if there's something playing we want to see so that night we went and saw the new Harry Potter movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It was good and so now we're excited to see part 2 coming this summer.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Christmas Kits

I just finished putting together these kits from The Idea Closet. I love the Merry Christmas one especially because it is very vintage including vintage papers, lace, pearls and a pearl pin! :) Thanks for more great kits, Tracy!



Monday, November 22, 2010

Grandma Ople's Apple Pie

I found this recipe on Basket 411 a week or two ago so I showed it to Andrew since I knew we had apples in our fridge that hadn't been eaten from a few different BB. Andrew instantly wanted me to make it because he loves anything drenched in caramel or caramel sauce! The recipe is super easy and if you cheat like me and use store bought pie crust, it is even easier. ;)

Grandma Ople's Apple Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 8 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a sauce pan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add white sugar, brown sugar and water; bring to a boil. Reduce temperature, and simmer 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work of crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.
  3. Bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes.


Turkey Pumpkin Kit

Remember this picture from this post?

When I bought pumpkins for Halloween last month, I bought a few extra so I could have pumpkins around through November and also so I could use my Turkey Pumpkin Kit. It turned out so cute. :)



Friday, November 19, 2010

Fondant Class Week 4 - Final Week


Wednesday night was the final night of the fondant class I've been taking. For our final project we first had to bring a cake to class that was crumb coated.

Bottom layer - 8 in round

Top layer - 6 in round

Then we made marshmallow fondant in class to cover our cakes with.

Stacked and covered in marshmallow fondant.

After my cake was covered in fondant, I filled a piping bag with yellow buttercream and piped the centers of my Fondant Blossom Flowers.

Then it was time to put the finishing touches on my cake. Our cakes had to include at least one of the techniques we learned during the class such as the fondant bow with curlicues or any of the flowers. I liked everything I had learned and made during the class so I decided to include everything on my cake. First I attached my Fondant Blossom Flowers around the top layer of the cake, then I attached my Daisies on the front of the bottom layer, next I inserted my Quilling Flowers in the bottom layer (If you would like to see my Quilling Flowers before they were placed on my cake, click here.) and added my fondant bow with curlicues on top. I really like the way it turned out.

I have now completed all the cake classes that are offered by my teacher at this point (Here is a link to her blog if you want to take a look at what she offers.) and I feel like I have learned so much. I guess all that's left to do now is practice, practice, practice! :)


Monday, November 15, 2010

Bountiful Basket - November 13, 2010

On Saturday I picked up my Bountiful Basket. Here's the list of this week's bounty:
  • 1 head green leaf lettuce
  • black seedless grapes
  • 13 Brussels sprouts
  • 8 tangerines
  • 9 persimmons
  • 6 pears
  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1 5 lb bag potatoes
  • 6 Fuji apples
  • 6 bananas
  • 1 bundle of celery
  • 6 ears of corn



Friday, November 12, 2010

December and January Tuck Swap

Last night was tuck swap again and I got to be the hostess this month! Since December is such a busy month we decided to swap both our December and January tucks. Our theme for December was Christmas. The one I made is above and the one I received is below. I got Kim's tuck for December.

Our theme for January was Winter.

The one I made is above and the one I received is below. I got Katie's tuck for January.

After we swapped, I had made coffee cake and hot chocolate for everyone. We ate, talked and laughed, which are some of the reasons why I look forward to swap night! I love having people over to my house and I always hope that they enjoy coming over too.



Monday, November 8, 2010

Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Quesadillas

Andrew and I love fresh pineapple, but I have never bought one because the outside of a pineapple has always seemed kind of intimidating to me. In my last BB though I got a pineapple so I was excited about the prospect of using it. Turns out I had nothing to be afraid of. My knife sliced through the pineapple like butter and it was so delicious and sweet! Before we ate it all though I set some aside to make this recipe that I found on Basket 411 using my BB tortillas as well! *Check out the first link as it gives some great tips on an easy way to cut your pineapple for this recipe.

Grilled Chicken & Pineapple Quesadillas

Ingredients

  • 8 whole Flour Tortillas
  • Butter Or Margarine
  • 2 cups Grilled Pineapple, Sliced
  • 3 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups Monterey Jack Cheese, Grated
  • 1 whole Jalapeno, Sliced
  • Cilantro
  • 3 Tablespoons Barbecue Sauce

Preparation Instructions

(To grill pineapple: cut wedges, stick on skewers, and grill over low heat. Cut into slices.)

(To pound chicken, place inside a Ziploc bag and pound with a mallet or large can to flatten to uniform thickness.)

Sprinkle with salt and pepper and Cajun spice (or cumin/cayenne, etc.) Drizzle olive oil on a grill pan and grill on both sides until done, brushing with barbecue sauce. Set aside and slice into very thin slices.

Warm griddle over medium heat and put sizzling butter or margarine in the pan. Slightly warm and toast tortillas on both sides, then remove from griddle and set aside.

To assemble, sprinkle four browned tortillas with grated Monterey Jack. Arrange chicken slices evenly over the surface. Add pineapple slices and jalapeno slices. Sprinkle on cilantro. If desired, drizzle extra barbecue sauce over the top. Add second browned tortilla on top of each one. (You’ll have four complete quesadillas at this point.)

Add to oven to warm, or back to skillet to warm, until cheese is melted. Cut each quesadilla into six wedges. Serve with sour cream, pico de gallo, and lime wedges.

Sunday night we turned on our George Foreman Grill and started grilling our pineapple. It worked perfectly and though I've never had grilled pineapple before, it too was delicious!

We made a few changes to the original recipe. I used a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, we didn't use the jalapenos, cilantro or barbecue sauce and we used mild cheddar cheese instead of Monterey Jack cheese since that was all I had on hand. Still it was very good and is probably something we would make again. :)