Become a fan of Stash Tea on facebook.
Yeah, that’s pretty much it. I made peanut butter cups a couple of day ago..I’ll try to post that tomorrow night. Also, seafood chili. Even jwa liked it! That’ll be (hopefully) this week too. If you become a fan of Stash Tea. . . . → Read More: Facebook is Fun and Stuff
Holy crap! Look at the pillow I just made. I can’t believe it mostly turned out. I even finished it early in class tonight. I only messed up one little part of my satin stitch — it got a little puckery. But just in one small spot. The rest looks nice.
It was pieced together with ten pieces on the front and two pieces on the back. It even has a zipper back there. Hooray!
If that wasn’t enough excitement for one night, I also finished making the cupcakes to bring into a work party tomorrow. They are Strawberry Marscapone Cupcakes. I was very skeptical of using a box of mix in this recipe, but it really works. I was kind of a cake snob (okay, fine, I still am) but I cannot recommend this recipe enough if you need a bunch of tasty cupcakes relatively quickly. I was really impressed with the end result — so was jwa and he’s even more cake snobby than I am!
This makes around 20-ish cupcakes and they are very soft, delicate and delicious.
Sorry! No pictures of the making. Just the finished product…
Strawberry Marscapone . . . → Read More: Throw Pillow and Strawberry Marscapone Cupcakes!
I have always wanted to learn how to sew on a machine and make stuff. So, I got myself a birthday present and got a great deal on this sewing machine. jwa and I found a used desk at a resale shop on Hawthorne for a very reasonable price and … voila! It’s my new crafty set-up. Look out Etsy, here I come.
I’ve been taking a sewing class at a place by work (we use their machines — super nice and pricey Berninas) and so far I have a pillowcase.
I even had extra material and was able to then use my machine and whip up a matching pillow case at home on Sunday! So far I really like my little sewing machine. It’s not too complicated and it seems to work well.
The machine and desk fit super nicely in my office. I think next, I’ll try to do some pillows or something like that.
I haven’t forgotten the food. Coming up next – Vietnamese salad rolls!
But not before one more sewing . . . → Read More: Crafty New Toy
No market this Saturday because of the STOOPID SNOW!!@!@
More info at . . . → Read More: Portland Farmer’s Market for 12/20 — Cancelled
Now with recipe links!
Appetizers: (going light this year!)
* Orange (or Tangerine) Marinated Green Olives (From the book, The New Spanish Table by Anya von Bremzen)
* Rosemary Cashews — scroll down for recipe
* Pumpernickel Crostini with White Bean Puree & Smoked Salmon (Just a few!!)
White Bean Puree:
Adapted from a recipe by Tyler Florence
Extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp anchovy paste
1 (14-ounce) can white cannellini beans, drained
1/4 cup chicken stock, heated
1 tsp white wine vinegar
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a saucepan add tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and anchovy paste and sweat for 1 minute until fragrant. Add the beans followed by the warm chicken stock and cook until heated through. Transfer the mixture to a food processor or blender and puree with a splash of white vinegar, salt and some freshly ground black pepper. Thin with extra stock if the puree is too thick. Give it a final taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
The Main Event:
* Cornish Game Hens (ATK recipe) with Apple, Hazelnut & Sausage Stuffing and Hen Drippings / Apple Cider Jus (Something like this)
* Caramelized Root Vegetables with Chestnuts, Garlic & Thyme
* Brussels Sprouts . . . → Read More: Thanksgiving 2008 — The Planning is Half the Fun!