Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Jungle baby shower

My good friend Milena was so kind to give me a baby shower last week. I just wanted to post some pictures of her beautiful creations.
Her husband cut the wood for the cup cake stand and she wrapped the wood in a jungle theme. She also added a Giant C on top because I am going to name my baby boy Collin.I thought this was so clever because she can reuse these blocks for future parties.
We agreed that a dessert bar would be best for a Thursday evening shower. I am glad we did because it was a-lot less clean up.  Look at her popcorn horns. Aren't they cute!
She wrapped vines around her light fixtures, I thought that was cute.
So finally here is the last picture I will post. Milena is on the left and I am on the right. This was the only picture that was remotely alright to post of me. I am due on March first and my face is looking pretty swelly  so the rest of the pics will remain in my possession.
Thank you so much Milena and for all who came!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Mock Samoa cookies

I know what you are thinking "Yikes I can't believe she is posting a picture of these cookies". Well there is a
method to my madness. Believe it or not , the chocolate was not crackly yesterday and they are very tasty!
   Anyway,so I was looking for a yummy recipe for my baby shower this week and I came across this wonderful "Samoa cookies" one here at Once upon a plate recipes.
Look how gorgeous hers look!
Alright so mine are a bit embarrassing! Anyway everything was going just great with the first cookie layer,I thought I had this in the bag. That was until the dreaded caramel topping ahhhhhhhhhh. I followed the recipe and I think I am just a bit slow because the mixture I made was so thick that it would not even stick to my cookie. It was not only thick,but it solidified like a rock! I tried to chew through it and I felt like my teeth were going to fall out. I wanted to throw the whole darn bowl across the room,but then that wouldn't be to lady like would it?
    Well,I had some luck on my side yesterday,I happened to buy a second bag of caramels. GOOD THING!
Instead of melting them all at once,I decided to put in about 5-7 pieces at a time in the microwave and I added a bit of water. I then I added a small amount of the toasted coconut to the mixture and it worked out a-lot easier for me. I think now I might even try making them again. Now as for the crackly chocolate on top,I think I will use Wilton melting chocolates instead of semi-sweet chocolate chips next time.
  Now I am not trying to bag on the recipe,it probably worked out very well for Mari over at "once upon a plate",and I am so very happy that she shared her recipe because I will try it again in the future.I am just keeping it real with my experience.
   It is all rather funny really.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Addicted to Sarah's house

Most of you probably don't know that I do not have cable, or dish or whatever. In fact I didn't have Netflix until this Christmas when my sister gave it to me as a free trial for three months. Now this may seem crazy,but is it really? Think about it, I can go to and find all the shows I want to see right here at my computer.  I think it is pretty terrific really! But the most awesome discovery I made this week was this show " Sarah's House". I know I am way behind on these shows,but I am so addicted!
    If you happened to miss this show check it out! She buys a house and renovates the whole thing including all the landscaping. Granted,she doesn't physically do all the labor and she has a bunch of money to throw down,but who cares. I think that is why I like the show so much.
  Anyway check it out,I think you will enjoy.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Thank you Tuesday

Today I just wanted to say thank you to a couple of great gals who featured my Cinnamon bread last week.
Make sure you have a look at their blogs,you will not be disappointed.  

        Mandy over at the project queen throws a party every Tuesday and it is called "Turning the daunting into do-able". So Clever! You can find her blog here

 The other lovely lady I would like to introduce you to is Kindra over at " At home with K". She is so sweet she has featured me twice and I owe her a big thanks! She hosts a party called "Terrific under 10 Tuesdays".
I think this is such a good concept and I like the challenge of making projects under $10. Have a look at her blog here

Thank you again ladies and thank you all who are reading this,perhaps you will come join their parties as well.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Pillsbury cinnamon swirl raisin bread

I haven't been doing a-lot of crafty things lately,but I have been doing a-lot of eating! Tomorrow I will be 8 months pregnant and I am really feeling it. The heaviness that is,but I figure I might as well enjoy the treats while I can for now!  So today in the midst of my gluttonous rampage I am going to share a delicious recipe with you.
This recipe is derived from The Pillsbury Cookbook.
Can you tell that I have used this a bit in the past 10 years of my married life? Well anyway the recipe today is.............
   Pillsbury cinnamon swirl raisin bread 

Ingredients for dough
5-6 Cups all purpose flour (or bread flour)
3 Tblsp sugar
2 tsp salt
2 pkg active dry yeast ( I did two tblsp)
2 Cups warm room temp water
1/4 Cup oil or shortening
1/2 tsp cinnamon 
1 cup raisons

1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
Melted butter or margarine

Topping ( I added this)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
About 1 tblsp milk

Warning: I have slightly altered this recipe from it's original version.

Step 1
    Mix water,sugar and yeast in bowl. Let stand for about 10 min. (It should get nice and foamy).

In a separate bowl mix together salt,2 cups of flour and cinnamon.

Step 3
  Transfer yeast mixture to a stand up mixer with a kneading hook. Add oil and dry mixture to the yeast. Start blending the dough together. Add in your raisins then slowly add in the additional flour until the dough does not stick to the sides. Add in about a 1/2 cup flour at a time. It shouldn't be really dry or sticky,but somewhere in between.

 Step 4
     You have two options with kneading your dough.
Option A.
You can take it out of your mixer and knead your dough by hand on a floured surface for 8-10 minutes. 

Option B.
 Leave your dough in the mixer and let the dough hooks knead it for about 8 minutes. You will need to add little sprinkles of flour to the dough while it is mixing. I can usually tell when the dough is ready when it relaxes a bit.  

Step 5
   Make dough into a ball and transfer to a greased bowl. Cover the bowl loosely with plastic wrap that has been greased. Follow with a dry cloth to cover the top. Now set in a warm place for 45-60min until it is doubled in size.
To check your dough to see if it is ready,stick your finger in it and  if it leaves an indent it is ready. If the indent doesn't stay then the dough is not ready.

Step 6
After dough has risen ,punch down dough several times to remove any air bubbles. Divide dough in half and shape into two balls.
Take one ball at a time and roll out into a 14x7 inch rectangle. 
Now spread melted butter over the top and then sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar filling. 

Starting with 7 inch side,roll up. Seal edges and place seem side down into a medium sized greased loaf pan. Now repeat step 6 and seven to make your other loaf.

 Step 8
Cover and let rise for about 30min or until the dough is 1 inch above the pan edges. 

Step 9
 Uncover and bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until the bread sounds hollow when tapped.

Step 10
After the bread has baked remove from the pan. Mix the powdered sugar and milk together in a small bowl to make a smooth glaze. Pour the glaze over the top of the hot bread. Allow the the bread to set for 30 minutes before cutting to get the best results.

All right,now it is time for you to give it a try. 

 Have a look at ,my first attempt at making this bread vs the second attempt.
Here is the second time around

Much better and so yummy! I hope you enjoyed this.

Go have a look at the parties that I will be joining!
Turning the daunting into do able
Weekend warrior 
Debbie doos newbie party
Anything goes
Terrific under 10
Nifty thrifty tuesdays
Wow us wednesdays
Get your brag on
Weekend wanderer