Monday, January 31, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Working on more valentines I wanted to try my hand at sketching a heart. I did a search and found some images on the internet and did a sketch that I then scanned and stylized a little in photoshop and used on a new card that I put in my etsy shop.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Tonights heat and serve dinner I made was stuffed acorn squash. * photo of squash before heated and served
- acorn squash
- green pepper
- grated parmesan
- bread crumbs
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
So simple yet I often forget about it... oatmeal. I find that the portion size recommended is usually almost twice as big as it needs to be, so I made half a portion size and made it with half milk and half water. When it was almost done cooking I added a dash of maple syrup and some fresh strawberries that I cut up. Nice way to start the day!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
I found some cute little door lockets that I thought would be a prefect place for my gnome to live, and then he'd be right there, around your neck when you need someone to talk to... so I took his picture and put him in the locket and posted it on etsy along with some other necklaces. And I started working on some photo medallions too which should be up there soon.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
I started to work on some glass tiles for magnets and necklaces.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
We got a giant head of cabbage in our farm share and I've been trying to use it in different ways, so today I experimented with using it as a wrap for a hand roll.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Take advantage of snow days! It's beautiful out and most people will stay in so you can have almost any place (any place that's actually open) pretty much to yourself. I gave up on looking stylish and pulled on my waterproof pants and boots and layers of shirts under my winter coat and headed out. I had a great time out and about by myself and meeting up with friends.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
- pancetta - cut up small
- egg - beaten
- parmesan - grated
- salt and pepper
Friday, January 7, 2011
I've heard stories of a family tradition of three generations getting together before Christmas every year to make these cookies. I've now made them a few times with my mom. I was anxious today waiting to hear some news and decided to channel that energy to baking which I did not do at all this holiday season. So I attempted to make mandel schnitte. I modified the recipe slightly based on the equipment I have and and what was available when I went to the local store.
6 eggs (* I only had 5 so made it with 5 eggs)
2 Tblsp vanilla (small bottle)
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup honey
1 1/2 lbs. Grated mik chocolate (*I used high quality chocolate chips and used the food processor to grate them)
1 tsp allspice
1 1/2 lbs blanched whole almonds (*I could not find blanched or raw almonds to blanch myself so I used blanched slivered almonds)
Frosting – powdered sugar and heavy cream
Pre-heat oven to 500 then turn down to 325 for baking
Beat eggs slightly, add sugar, stir until well mixed, then add honey and vanilla, then blanched almonds (tossed thoroughly in some of the flour) then add the chocolate. Sift spices and baking powder with flour then add 1 1/2 cups flour to mixture, keep adding flour until you absolutely cannot stir in any more
Take a ball of dough about the size of a baseball and roll this into narrow strips on a well floured board and place carefully on cookie sheet. Turn oven down to 325 and bake for 15 minutes. When cool slide strips off cookie sheet onto waxed paper and when cool enough ice with a mixture of powdered sugar and heavy cream.
Allow to cool completely then cut diagonally into slices like biscotti place in cookie tins in layers with waxed paper between the layers