Thursday, December 31, 2009
Being stuck at home did make for some good eating. Cheese ball, brie and fudge were grazing items at our house last week (to name a few). Oh yummy goodness. Here are three recipes that we love and usually only get at Christmas time.
Fudge: (also pictured are lemon squares -my favorites- and Mexican wedding cookies)
1 can evaporated milk
1 t vanilla
4 1/2 c sugar
2 sticks butter
18 oz chocolate chips
mix milk and sugar in saucepan. bring to full boil. boil 6 minutes. Pour over butter, vanilla, and chocolate chips. Stir until well blended. Let set up in fridge or in tins in the garage as we usually have to do.
Baked Brie with apples
Place brie in an oven safe glass dish. Cover with brown sugar. Add a couple pats of butter to top. Bake until brie is soft and a little melty. (about 300 degrees for 20-30 minutes) Serve with apple slices. If the apples are going to sit out awhile- soak the apples in a little salt water and rinse.
Cheese Ball with ham
2 packages cream cheese (16 oz) room temp
1 package sliced chip beef- sliced and diced
1/8 c mayo
1-2 t Worcester sauce
Combine all ingredients. Form into ball. Chill. Serve with crackers or vegetables.
What's your favorite holiday grazing treat?
So, I (with the help of my sister in law) raided my cabinets and dug up some of my Pyrex glass dishes. I think we did about 6 pieces and then the next day I did 6 more things on my own. The label warns that not all pryex will work. We only had one dud out of about 13 pieces.
We used vinyl letters that were in my scrap booking kit. I know I've had these letters for years. I'm not sure what options are at the stores now, but I would guess there are more choices. Then, painters tape was used for the edges.
After washing it off and drying the dish, the etching appears. These pictures do not do them justice. They turned out really cool. I used out last name on a few pieces (my crock pot lid, a 9 x 13- things I often take places). On some other pieces, I used words like delish, yum, food, grub, leftovers, treats, so good, etc.
I have my eyes on a mirror and a vase in the living room, but I think a different font would look better. I'll have to keep my eyes out at the craft shop.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
on to today's post:
Enviromom shared this great recipe for bean puree. My kiddos will eat anything with cheese on it, so I thought this might spice things up a bit.
White Bean Puree
3 cups cooked or canned navy or other white beans, drained
About 1 cup vegetable stock or water
3 tablespoons EV olive oil
Salt & pepper
Warm beans on stove top. Puree beans in a food processor or blender using as much liquid to make them smooth but not watery. Put back in a saucepan along with olive oil. Heat gently. (This is when I added about 1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese. )
We served it over bow tie noodles. Hubby and the kids raved. It was a favorite- I'll be making it again really soon.
sign of a good meal:
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
2 package yeast (each packet has 2 1/4 t)
2 1/2 c water
2 t salt
2 T vege oil
7 c flour
1 T cornmeal
Dissolve yeast in warm water. Let sit 10 ish minutes (or longer if a fight over the big dinosaur distracts you). Add other ingredients. Knead. Rise 1 hour (or longer if you're running out to target to find Brutus the monster truck that your little guy thought he was getting for Christmas that he did not get). punch down. Separate into 6 pieces. Dust with cornmeal. Form each into a ball. Let rise about 1 more hour (or a little less if there is crying about when dinner will be done). Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
Let cool, then cut a circle out and scoop out some of the inside without scraping too thin like I did on some. Use some of the filling pieces to toast. Place a few pieces of cheese over too. Top the soup with this.
1/2 c unsalted butter
4 onions, sliced (I used 3 large ones and it was enough)
2 garlic cloves, chopped (just realized that I forgot to add this)
2 bay leaves
2 fresh thyme springs (I used dried thyme instead)
kosher salt and ground pepper
1 c red wine (about 1/2 bottle)
3 heaping T flour
2 qt beef broth
1/2 pound grated gruyere
(1 baguette, sliced if not using a bread bowl)
mix stick butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, and salt and pepper and cook until onions are very soft and caramelized, about 25 minutes.
Add the wine and bring to boil. reduce to simmer. Simmer until wine has evaporated and the onions are dry. This took about 15 minutes. Remove bay leaves and rosemary stems. Dust the onions with flour and give them a stir. Turn the heat to low so the flour doesn't burn and cook 10 minutes.
Add beef broth. Bring back to simmer and cook 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Top with toasted bread and sliced gruyere cheese (or other hard swiss).
Monday, December 28, 2009
Hubby's parents spent a few days before Christmas with us.
We did Christmas Eve and morning together, just us four love birds. (which I did short posts about already)
I have mentioned my lack of appreciation for the pleasant company, but here is the newest addition to our family and collection of dolls. Meet Samantha (Bee calls her Janessa sometimes).
Tomorrow- an explanation behind this photo.
Friday, December 25, 2009
We added some Christmas lights and her microphone that she got from Grandma and Grandpa. The dress up clothes and costumes are right next to the stage.
Here's Lou excitedly playing with his new blocks. (You can see my sewing room is on the left through the opening. It is so nice for the kids to play and me to get some sewing done.)
Bee checking out the new doll clothes dresser:
Lou with the felt dino island:
Here's how it ended up folding up. I tried a number of different backings and closure methods. Felt loops and a long ribbon were the final choice.
I'm off to enjoy a few days with my family. Posting may be hit or miss for a few days.
I'm doing a roughed up look. I will be adding some painted birds and a cloth topper like for a changing table.
Here's the stationary set I had fun putting together for her. She loves to write letters and notes to her friends and family. She writes me a lot of notes. I save all of them, well, most of them. She is always begging for envelopes and note cards. In her set are fancy pencils, erasers, note cards, return address labels, note paper, and of course stickers. There are a bunch of envelopes too. I found this case at the thrift store for $2. The contents inside were all picked up cheaply. The return address labels are from vista print
Here's what Bee made Lou. We ordered the plain little wooden dolls from this etsy shop for about $4. She painted one set and I painted the other. I added some clear finish when they were all done. I love her addition of eyebrows!
I'll be sharing lots of Christmas pictures tomorrow and then some family pictures after that since we have lots of company for Christmas. Good times!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
I tell hubby that I need to support other people's etsy shops because so many people have supported mine. This is really just an excuse to shop. I think I'll do a post soon about my favorite etsy shops.