Saturday, November 17, 2012

Fall Sangria, Glittered Bottle

Over the past week, I've tried a few different things to keep me going.

I know the narrative and quality of my posts are gone - my limited time puts posting at the bottom of my to-do list and I usually end up quickly getting it done and moving on to other things.

So I'll get to it.

Recipe 106 - Fall Sangria from
I still had some apple cider left over from my pumpkin cake with apple cider glaze, so this was a perfect recipe to pull up when I needed to bring something to a friend's house for dinner! I (kind of) followed the recipe on that required a mixture of apple cider, cinnamon sticks, hot sauce, white wine, and bourbon.
Well, I followed the recipe. Then I had to double all of the other ingredients and add a whole bottle of sprite to cover the overwhelming taste of the bourbon. Yech. I added cinnamon sugar to the rim for a sweet touch, and that was delicious!!!  If I were to do it again, I would follow the liquor-less recipe that I was looking for in the first place at howsweeteats. But hey, it was quite a drink.

Recipe 107 - Oreo Truffle Brownies from chef-in-training:
These brownies were a pretty good concept - Homemade brownies covered with a layer of Logan's desired Oreo Truffles, and a final layer of melted chocolate. Yum.  I followed the recipe given, and it was the first time I have ever made homemade brownies. I was hopeful when I tasted (consumed a good portion of) the batter and they were quite easy, but with the mixture of two additional chocolate parts, it ended up being too much chocolate for me. If I were to do it again, i would use a regular brownie batter.  I would have also used more cream cheese in the oreo truffle section to make them more moist. Finally, I needed a little more chocolate to cover the whole part. I think this one could be delicious, but I need a second shot.

Gift time! My roommate's birthday was last week, so I made this oh-so-simple glitter-covered liquor bottle from pinterest (link was broken).  I had already done the glitter scene with my glittered shoes and wine glasses, so I had a good idea of how to do it. I bought the alcohol bottle, covered the parts I didn't want glittered in tape, mod-podged the whole thing, added glitter, and waited for it to dry. I then added a layer of clear lacquer and let it dry again. I peeled the tape off, added a 'K' in gems for her name and a few gems around the outside of the labels, and that was it! I think this is a cute and easy way to give a regular bottle of liquor, and it makes a great souvenir for the recipient!  

That's all for now, but the holiday season is coming up and I will have some time off work!
Uh oh.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Snow White Apron, Book Purse, Raspberry Scones, and more recipes!

Hello everyone! The year is flying by and I'm still finding as many opportunities as I can to create.  Here are some of the things I've tried in the past month or so.

I'll start with the recipes:

RECIPE 100!!!!! Cheesy Cauliflower Puree from "I Breathe, I'm Hungry"

My friend Tiffany had made this cauliflower puree for a dinner when we were over at her house one night. It was surprisingly good! I love those vegetables that can pass as not healthy foods. I enjoyed these fake mashed potatoes.  They weren't as good as the real thing, but it was a good fake-out!

This is an interesting and surprisingly easy recipe.  I bought grapes.  I bought melon flavored Jello mix. I sprinkled some jello powder on top of the grapes. Instant 'candy'. Very yummy!

I was very excited to make this recipe... but I wasn't too impressed. I used oats, vanilla bean yogurt, raisins, and cereal.  I think I added too many oats because it was pretty dry. I might try it again with about half as many oats next time!

Recipe number 103: Raspberry Scones from Martha Stewart
SO Happy I made this recipe... I'm ready for England now!!!  Great scones are very rare to find in America, and I love making my own.  It was a very easy recipe, and the scones were great accompanied with nice hot tea.  All I need is a little clotted cream, butter, and jam to make a true cream tea. YUM!

Recipe Number 104: Healthier Stuffed Shells from Weight Watchers
I browsed through weight watchers recently and pinned a few of their recipes.  This was one of them.  The shells were delicious and Logan ate practically all of them :(  I found it hard to believe they were really only 5 points for 4 of them because there weren't many substituted ingredients compared to real stuffed shells, so take caution.

Recipe Number 105: Two-Ingredient Pumpkin Cake with Apple Cider Glaze from noble pig
This recipe is sold as an extremely easy and delicious cake that you can whip up.  I love things that are easy and delicious and take as little time as possible.  I also love when I have an excuse to make something sweet to give to other people... and Halloween was the perfect time! I was looking for something seasonal to make for my class/coworkers and found this.  I doubled the recipe and made some for logan's office, too.  It was delicious, but I cooked it like 3 times as long as it said because it just was not getting unmushy.  It might have been the glaze seeping through, I'm not sure! I just kept cooking and cooking and it still ended up tasting like a delicious mushy scoop of cakey ice cream. It was good though! Recommended :)

That's all my recipes for now... Here are some presents!

My England friend Edie's birthday was last month.  I made her this apron.  We are both Disney geeks and it's what we bond over when we're together.  She's also a vegetarian so I'm thinking about sending it in a package with a vegetarian cookbook or something. I just love how it turned out! This was inspired by Disney's version of the same apron, shown here.

It was also my friend Melissa's birthday.  She's a book lover, so I made her this book purse:

There are various instructions for this online, but I kind of did my own thing since I was in a time crunch and didn't like all of the options.

That's all I have for now!!  Goodnight!