Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Inside the tins were coconut lace cookies, chocolate espresso snow-caps, sugar cookies, peppermint fudge, and chocolate cheesecake truffles (AMAZING, will post recipe!).
Friday, December 24, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
I've watched Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and Elf, and made sugar cookies, chocolate espresso snowcaps, coconut brandy cookies, peppermint fudge, gingerbread men, champagne truffles (didn't add enough chocolate, may need to do a fixer-upper mission), and I currently have early grey tea cookies and green tea cookies in the freezer awaiting their turn in the oven.
And since no Sweater Party would be complete without a group shot:
We thought the staircase would make it look like a really nice family portrait :)
Well that's all for today - I've got to get those cookies in the oven!
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
I have to say, I wish I had found a better sweater to properly commemorate 5 years of awful tacky sweaters but I will wear the one I found loud and proud.
I even bought a 'trophy' this year for the winner of the best/worst sweater.
For your entertainment, here are some beauties I googled.
I wish. I wish I could have found this somewhere.
The 10th party. I will create this masterpiece with my own two hands.
And while not everyone might appreciate a holiday wardrobe malfunction, I think everyone can appreciate a really good couple shot. I am going to photoshop (read: microsoft paint) my face and John's face onto these shiny, happy people:
Chocolate Espresso Snowcaps
Friday, December 17, 2010
Today I'm going to get super crafty and bakey! Gift baskets need to be started and finished and I have to get ready for the bad xmas Sweater Party tomorrow night!
I'm making some ciabatta and will start on more cookies soon!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
There is a lot of snow out there... I have a feeling I will be shoveling that driveway again tomorrow.
These look so good and seem like they would package well to take as a host/hostess gift to any holiday party you might attend in the next few days. For the recipe go here.
I think tomorrow I will not only decorate my gingerbread cookies, but I will also attempt some fudge and the chocolate gingerbread bars!
Friday, December 10, 2010
I used my Aunt Wendy's recipe and made some to take up to John's grandparents' cottage in the summer and it disappeared very quickly! I think this is a great idea for a Christmas gift since you can find some really cute tins to put it in AND it would go great in a movie-themed basket.
That's it for now - though you can believe the recipes for some of these will be going up in no time.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
My friend Danielle is a huge cake decorating buff - she's phenomenal! There's a link to her website on my essential readings list, make sure you check it out. She loves (and showed it to me so I am also now in love with) this blog called Cake Wrecks. It's hilarious and I highly recommend you give it a look over if you haven't already. One thing they feature every so often are these darling (sarcasm) little things called 'Naked-Mohawk Baby Carrot Jockeys'. What are baby carrot jockeys, you ask?
Little babies who ride atop carrots.
I searched for these bad boys on ebay and finally found some! I bought 20 of them for Danielle's decorating pleasure and made her 4 chocolate cupcakes and put the babies on marzipan carrots.
I also made her eclairs - complete with puff pastry cream!
- Prepare an ice bath; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine 6 egg yolks, 1 egg, and 2 tbsp sugar. Add 3 tbsp cornstarch and 3 tbsp flour; whisk until smooth and pale yellow. Set aside.
- In a medium saucepan, combine 3 cups milk and 3/4 cup sugar. Stir over medium-high heat until milk begins to steam. Whisking constantly, add half the hot milk to the egg-yolk mixture. Stir until smooth; add combined mixture back to remaining hot milk in the pan. Bring mixture to a boil, whisking rapidly to prevent scorching. Remove from heat, and stir in butter and vanilla. Strain through a fine sieve into a medium bowl.
- Place over ice bath and let stand, stirring frequently, until cool. Remove from ice bath, and press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto surface until ready to use. If not using immediately, refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
*It's best if you have a 'filler' attachment for either a cookie press or a pastry bag - cause otherwise the cream will be diffiult to get into the eclair! If you don't have a filler attachment, make profiteroles instead of eclairs.