Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I skipped out on two of Decembers recipes: Grandma's All-Occasion Sugar Cookies and the Real Butterscotch Pudding. But that's okay, right? I'll make them at some point. My mom gave me a fabulous Madeleine pan from Williams-Sonoma for Christmas and I just had to put it to use...thus I'm posting a TWD recipe today.
I made Dorie's Traditional Madeleines and dusted them with powdered sugar. They were amazing. Not as hard as I thought they would be. They were so moist and had the best lemony flavoring you could imagine.
I also tried Dorie's white chocolate whipped cream recipe for a little berries and cream to pair with these french wonders. It was glorious. Anyway, be sure to check out the Tuesdays With Dorie Blogroll to see all the other groupies baking today. And don't forget to check out Anne Strawberry for the cheesecake recipe.
Next week: French Pear Tart!
Monday, December 29, 2008
Ligretto is the name.
But I like to call it speed on steriods. (speed the card game that is...)
Anyway, I love it and actually bought the hub and I a few boxes two Valentines ago. We have yet to play it this Holiday break.. (hint hint in-laws if you are reading this!)
Learn more about the game here and buy it here!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
* Strawberry Basil Lemonade
Friday, December 26, 2008
looks like 09 is going to be packed full of martha cooking and new york city-inspired baked goods. i love christmas gifts!
top to bottom: baked: new frontiers in baking, sweet serendipity: delightful desserts and devilish dish, the magnolia bakery cookbook and martha stewart's cooking school.
...and this time with Lindsey's updated recipe.
What you think? Don't they look gorgeous on my new cake stand!
The hub must have read my mind or rather, my post.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Be sure to check them all out if you are doing some last-minute shopping!
After a week of skippin' out on TWD, I'm back. I needed a little break and here I am.
I made my very first real cheesecake. Thank you so very, very much Anne, of AnneStrawberry for choosing this recipe. Now friends, you'll just have to wait to see the recipe for the actual post on her blog between Dec 30 and 31.
I loved this and it was easy. The only problem that I had was a little water seeping into the bottom of my spring form pan. I lined it twice with aluminum foil, just like Dorie suggested but I had problems...and it looks like others did too. But no worries, it didn't ruin the whole cheesecake.
Oh...and be prepared to let it cook a total of 2.5 hours! It's worth the wait.
I stuck with the original recipe, though I did buy some of Anna's ginger thins for the next I make it!!! This is a keeper and dare I say my absolute favorite Dorie recipe. (i'm not just saying that!!!)
On a side note: the hub and I were up at the Gateway Sur la Table in SLC last weekend. I was browsing for some gifts and saw a couple pick up "Baking: From my Home to Yours," I immediately walked up to them and exclaimed, "That is a fabulous book! I love it and bake from it weekly!" I'm not sure what they thought of me...but I just feel I have to tell everyone how great this book is!
Be sure to check out all the other Tuesday with Dorie groupies...most of them will be making Real Butterscotch Pudding! Yum Yum.
Next Week: Not sure...I may or may not do the sugar cookies. I'm still deciding.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Peppermint bark + brownies = AHH-MAZING!
I found this irresistible recipe by Lindsey on her blog, Cafe Johnsonia.
I made it a few weeks ago and LOVED it.
I undercooked them, but they were still good. And what do you know...she reads my mind and updates her post with a how-to/troubleshooting guide! ---all just today! Thanks Lindsey!
Guys, you have to try this recipe!
Whether you are an artist in any form, be it photography, painting, decorating, designing, quilting, cooking, creating...from a beginner to an already beyond-amazing artist who I would blush around (which is common)...then you know that after all the equipment is paid for and after you've mastered all the buttons and brush strokes, you need to fill your days with things that inspire you. Things that you think are pretty, things that make you happy. Things that make you feel good about yourself and your work. And then after a long day of work and criticism, you need to surround yourself with the people, places, and things that you love.
With that said, here are some of my most favorite wish list items this Christmas. Perhaps this will give you some ideas for you or for the artists in your life.
1. An inspiration board for my office space.
design for mankind made this amazing little e-zine of real life inspiration boards. go here to see her 2nd issue. My favorites are on page 1 and page 19.
2. A chair or couch, be it from anthro or DI.
like this one from anthropologie. i'd love to find something similar at a thrift store.
3. Pretty stationary
for letters or thank you cards, like letterpress cards from sycamore street press
4. Cute flats
like the french sole 'season' flat in yellow. the best days are the days you love your shoes!
5. Shoulder bag
like this one from elsa bags on etsy
6. Scented wallflowers or candles.
7. Yoga passes. so therapeutic.
8. Netflix subscription
movies can take you away. (and this one is beyond inspirational to me). also, this is something i may not buy for myself.
9. Restaurant gift cards
you just can't fail with food.
10. A night off with my husband
or my best friend. or my sister. this might be the most perfect gift.
About Bethany: Have you ever met someone that is just so darn cool you want to be her friend? Well, meet Bethany. She’s my friend, bah!!! She’s got this cute thing going on—whether it’s her sense of fashion, charming kindness or her fantastic photos—she’s got it nailed. Bethany blogs at her live feed on Bethany Jackman Photography. She photos those in love, people she loves and the life she loves. I’m continually inspired by her and escape from my cube world every time I get to look at her blog.
Some favorite photos of mine: it just so happens her newest post is a new fave, this pair of wedding rings in a sunflower and um…everything else. She’s a native Coloradian living in the Utah Valley. Check out her blog, you’ll become addicted. And if you are looking for a photographer—she’s your gal! (Non-Utah Zip Code peeps, she does travel!) Thanks Bethany!
A great idea for those political minded friends of yours, no matter what party they belong to! Anyone can appreciate the classic Hilary Nut Cracker, functional and funny. One of my friends has these and it seconds as a sweet conversation piece. Nuts not included.
The Leg Lamp. I have no other words other than I know that I would be stoked to see this under my Christmas tree on December 25.
Nothing in this world beats a good, solid game of cards. But why stick with the old, bicycle version of playing cards when you can have the new and improved Russian Government Leaders Political playing cards?! (If you click on the link, make sure to scroll down some to get to the cards). It features Czars, Socialists, and some guy who looks like Napoleon.
Check out her blog, Ford Pride/Ford Frenzy...whatever you call it, it is full of the Ford. Some of my favorite posts include: anit-cat (sorry cat lovers...i just hate cats and i'm insanely allergic to them), Meet Howeezi and Yes I live at home. Enjoy everyone and Merry Christmas.