Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Tiny Pies

This is a "new" dessert floating through the web the last month or so.
Strange I have made these the last 40 years .
They were always in my daughters lunch box and made with sweet preserves with left over pie crust.
My tiny pies are made with left over fruit or any jar of sweet preserves is in the cupboard on any given day.
Try out this common recipe.
Kids and friends love this sweet or savory tiny pies.


2 cups blackberries (3/4 pound)
1 large Golden Delicious apple, peeled and coarsely grated
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon semolina flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
9 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons milk
Pastry dough for a double-crust pie

Special equipment:

2 large (17- by 12-inch) baking sheets; parchment paper

Cook blackberries, apple, semolina flour, cinnamon and 6 tablespoons sugar in a 2-quart heavy saucepan
over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until mixture just boils and is thickened, about 5 minutes.
Transfer to a shallow bowl to cool.
Put oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat oven to 375°F.
Line baking sheets with parchment.
Roll out half of dough 3/4 inch thick on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin into a
16- by 11-inch rectangle, then trim into a 15- by 10-inch rectangle, reserving scraps. Cut into 6 (5-inch) squares.
Place a heaping tablespoon of fruit filling in center of 1 square.
Moisten edges of square with milk and fold into a triangle, pressing edges to seal.
Transfer to a lined baking sheet and press tines of a fork around edges of triangle.
Make 5 more triangles in same manner, arranging them 1 inch apart on baking sheet.
Repeat with remaining dough and filling, rerolling all of the scraps together once to make 12 triangles total.
Brush triangles with milk and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Bake, switching position of pans
halfway through baking, until pies are golden, about 30 minutes total. Transfer pies to racks to cool.

Makes 12 small pies
active time: 40 min

Make your own dough
Hand Pie Pastry Dough
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
6 tablespoon unsalted butter, cold, cut in small cubes
2 tablespoons shortening
pinch salt
3-4 tablespoons ice water

1. In food processor or by hand, blend flour, butter, shortening and salt until the mixture resembles a coarse meal and has some pea sized pieces of butter left in it.
2. While pulsing add water a little at a time until dough comes together when pinched in your hand. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour or up to 1 day.
1. Roll chilled pastry out on a lightly floured surface into a 1/8 inch thick rectangle.
Place the circle in your hand and fill with about a mounded tablespoon of filling.
Seal shut pressing the edges well with your fingers. Fold edges over in a decorative shape or seal with the tines of a fork.
Re-roll dough scraps to make up to eight circles or squares, allowing it to rest about 10 minutes between rolling.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Keeping Ice off the Car

Winter in Alaska where we live can be so harsh! No matter where you live, though, scraping ice off of your car in the early morning is just no one's idea of fun. This is the BEST WAY to keep your windshield frost free.
Wipe the windows and windshield of your vehicle down with white vinegar, undiluted, after you park your car for the night. This will prevent frost from building on your car, and who doesn't LOVE that?

By AlaskanAurora from Dutch Harbor, AK

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Halloween Lawn spider to build

Found this easy project on the DIY network.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011


A rotisserie chicken is a busy cook's best friend. Whether you get yours from the farmers market or from your local grocery store, nothing beats being able to have dinner on the table in about five minutes. When simple roast chicken gets boring, you can save time by using the precooked chicken in various recipes. Read on for a big list of recipes. (See also: 5 Awesome, Easy-to-Freeze Meals)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Recipe card Blanks

Recipe : Pink Lemonade Cupcakes Link Find

These cupcakes are great for birthdays because they are not only visually pleasing but delicious too! The cupcake itself is a sweet lemon cake topped off with frosting that contains pink lemonade mix, giving it a tart flavor. This duo combination is simply addictive and will leave your guests licking their plates.

RECIPE: Pink Lemonade Cupcakes found here

Monday, October 10, 2011

Forget the shower Give me a third trimester Party

Great Article Posted by Dear Crissy
Do you know what I want? I want a third trimester party, because every huge, miserable pregnant lady really deserves a celebration. Here is a peek at my third trimester party registry…
Besure to check out this cute Party idea and her great gift List

Baby shower foods,

Baby shower foods, perhaps are the most delicate elements of the said event because these need careful planning. However, deciding on the menu can become considerably easier if the organizer knows the important considerations when it comes to the baby shower foods. Aside from saving him a lot of time, he'll definitely be able to choose the best dishes and save a lot of money by being guided.

If you are the baby shower organizer, don't forget to keep the following in mind when you're planning the menu: The number of guests. It's already obvious why this detail is important - you don't want to spend too much or too less on baby shower foods. Other than that, it'll be horrific to waste too much food or to not satisfy every guest's hunger. It is fine to serve food in excess if you intend to give some for your guests to take home but as much as possible, don't. It's better to leave the take-home goodies different from those served at the tables.

The party schedule. The food must be appropriate for the time that the event is taking place. Heavy meals are best for noontime and nighttime parties while light snacks are good for mid-morning and afternoon baby showers. Besides, your guests are already expecting that you'll be feeding them the proper meal type at the party so deliver it.

The baby shower theme. Every element of the party must tie-up with one another or else you'll risk ruining the mood. Just imagine your guests adoring your decorations and once they see your buffet table, their sparkling eyes suddenly look confused. Not a good scenario, right? To avoid this, make sure that the food display and presentation will complete the ambience. You don't need to sculpt the food or get exotic dishes just to fit it in with the theme; you can just do some tricks with the colors and utensils. For example, white serving plates and cutlery will look great for tea-party themed baby showers while skewered meat looks great for outdoor-types.

The guests' profile. Are all of your guests adults or will there be some children as well? Will they be all-women or will men be welcomed as well? Remember, every type of person has his own preference, but you don't have to consider each of theirs. Just make it simple by serving finger-foods for children or some meaty dishes for men.

The preparation time. If you plan to serve freshly-cooked and stove-heat dishes to your guests, then you definitely need to plan a menu that you can actually work on within the same day as your party. It doesn't matter if the dishes are simple and traditional, what matters is that you'll be able to serve the baby shower foods to the waiting guests on time. If you still want to pursue some rather ambitious gastronomic, it's fine; but make sure that you prepare in advance the right ingredients like pasta, marinated meat, and desserts.

Edie Mindell writes for Simply Unique Baby Gifts. Free shipping (lower 48 states) and lowest price guarantee on cute baby gifts and unique baby favors help you stay within your budget.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Cupcake Recipes

Ticings Buttercream Dream Frosting

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons hot water
1 box (16 ounces) powdered sugar

Cream softened butter in mixer bowl until light and creamy.
Add vanilla extract until blended, then fold in powdered sugar and stir until blended into butter mixture.
Beat at low speed on the mixer stand — about 3-4 minutes until smooth. Add hot water slowly to desired consistency.
If desired, tint with food coloring, or use untinted to cover and pipe details onto cupcakes and cakes.
From Ticings

Hummingbird Cake

2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 ounces crushed pineapple, (keep juice)
1 cup chopped toasted pecans
2 cups mashed bananas

Cream Cheese Frosting
8 ounces cream cheese (at room temperature)
4 cups powder sugar (sifted)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine first 4 ingredients in a mixing bowl, beat on medium speed and then gradually add flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir in vanilla, pineapple, pecans and bananas until blended.

Line muffin pan with cupcake baking cups. Fill batter into each baking cup about 2/3 full. Bake at 325 degrees for 17 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on wire racks.

To make cream cheese frosting, blend softened cream cheese and vanilla extract in a mixer with a flat attachment until smooth and fluffy. Turn mixer to low and gradually add powdered sugar until blended.
From Grace & Shelly’s Cupcakes

Maple Walnut Cupcakes

1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature (1 1/2 sticks)
1/2 granulated sugar
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon maple extract
3 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake or muffin tin with paper liners. In large bowl cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Beat in maple syrup, vanilla and maple extracts. Add eggs one at a time until completely combined. Continue beating just until mixture is smooth.

In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture, alternating with the milk. Beat until well-blended. Stir in walnuts or pecans.

Fill the cupcake liners three-quarters full. Bake for about 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool pan on cooling rack for 5 minutes, then remove cupcakes. Frost when completely cool.

Maple Icing

1/2 cup of butter, (1 stick) at room temperature
1/2 cup solid white vegetable shortening
1 tablespoon maple extract
3 tablespoons water
1 pound 10X confectioners’ sugar

With electric mixer on medium speed, cream together butter, shortening, maple extract and water.
Slowly add sugar 1 cup at a time until mixed completely.
Whip on medium/high speed for one to two minutes until light and fluffy.
If mixture is too stiff, add water 1¼4 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency.
— From Extreme Cake Sugar Shop

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Cherry Coke Float Cupcake

Discovered on, adapted from Homemade By Holman

For the Cake:

3 cups all purpose flour
6 T cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups Coke (don’t use diet)
3 tsp vanilla extract
1 can cherry pie filling

For the Glaze:

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3-4 T Coke

For the Icing:

1 1/2 cups heavy cream
6 T powdered sugar
1 teas Whip-It (optional*)
•Maraschino Cherries for garnish


For the Cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pans with cupcake liners. Mix together flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa in a bowl and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, combine sugar and butter and beat on medium-high until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each and scraping down the sides if needed. In a small bowl, combine buttermilk, Coke and vanilla extract, making sure to let the foam calm down after you mix it in. Foam will do us no good here.

Beginning with the your flour mixture, add to the butter mixture, alternating with the Coke mixture in 4 parts. Beat each addition just until incorporated.

Fill each muffin tin about 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 18-20 minutes until the tops spring back when touched lightly and a toothpick inserted in the center cupcake comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes in the pan and then transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once cooled, use a paring knife to cut out a cone shape in the middle of each cupcake. Add a spoonful of cherry pie filling to each cupcake. You may want to try to chop the cherries up a bit. The whole cherries were a bit hard to fit in each cupcake. Strain and reserve the liquid, give the cherries a quick chop, and then toss them back in the liquid before filling each cupcake.

For the Glaze:

Mix together powdered sugar and coke with a whisk in a small bowl until no lumps remain adding more or less sugar if needed. You want a thicker constancy, one that will glaze the cupcake but not disappear down the sides or into the cupcake.

For the Icing:

Chill your mixing bowl for 10 to 15 minutes before you are ready to make your icing. Beat cream in a chilled bowl with whisk attachment or hand mixer on low speed. If using, add the Whip-it then begin to add the powdered sugar, 1 spoonful at a time, increasing speed as the cream comes together. Whip the cream until it holds stiff peaks. Using your favorite tip, pipe the whipped cream onto cupcakes and top with maraschino cherries.

Monday, October 3, 2011

How the Internet Really Began

In ancient Israel , it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dot.

And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.

And she said unto Abraham, her husband, "Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?" And Abraham did look at her - as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load - but simply said, "How, dear?"

And Dot replied, "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price. The sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."

Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. The drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever having to move from his tent.

To prevent neighboring countries from overhearing what the drums were saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It was called Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures: Hebrew To The People (HTTP). But this success did arouse envy.

A man named Maccabia did secrete himself inside Abraham's drum and began to siphon off some of Abraham's business. But he was soon discovered, arrested and prosecuted for insider trading.

And the young men did take to Dot Com's trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS.

And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to that enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates, who bought off every drum maker in the land. And he did insist on drums to be made that would work only with Brother Gates' drum heads and drumsticks.

Lo, Dot did say, "Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others!"

And as Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel , or eBay as it came to be known, he said, "We need a name that reflects what we are."

And Dot replied, "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators." "YAHOO," said Abraham. And because it was Dot's idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com.

Abraham's cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious Energetic Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot's drums to locate things around the countryside. It soon became known as God's Own Official Guide to Locating Everything(GOOGLE)

And that is how it all began.