Monday, August 31, 2009

Mini Peach Tarts

These personal size peach tarts that Hannahlily made were the best peach pies I have ever had. She got the peaches at the Farmers Market before going to work and baked the tarts that evening. She used her favorite pie crust recipe, the peach filling below and topped the tart off with a lattice trim.
Peach Pie Filling
5 oz sugar
1/2 oz tapioca
1 oz flour
1/2 t salt
1/2 t nutmeg
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 oz lemon juice
1 oz butter, melted
1.5 lbs peaches (about 3 large)
peel the peaches (cut an x in the skin of each of the peaches - bring a saucepan of water to a boil . Drop the peaches in for a couple minutes until the skin loosens then immediately plop them in a bowl of ice water. Once they are cool enough to touch, peel the skin off, starting at the x you cut in the skin. )
Combine all the ingredients except the peaches and mix thoroughly. add the peaches and toss.

She baked the tarts in these dishes and then slipped them out to serve them.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Vikki's Notion Card

Everything that Vikki makes is so beautiful. This is a card that she made me. This is the cover
Stampin Up stamps
paper - Michaels
vintage lace, buttons, & seam tape

This is the inside. She wants me to take the seam tape and lace out and use them but I can't bear to take apart her lovely gift.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Quote #16

"The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones who care."
Charles Schultz

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Brent's Dreamsicle Drinks

Brent had these drinks lined up and waiting for us when we got to Knoxville to visit him. There is no limits to Brent's creativity and talent. He treated us to these drinks, appetizers, veggie meal, banana pudding desert and a tour of Knoxville sites. Brent has a
very special place in my heart forever and always.
I am so proud of the young man he is. Brent's Dreamcicle Drink
12 oz. frozen Apple juice concentrate
12 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate
Add these to blender, fill blender with water, blend. Pour mix into glasses that have vanilla ice cream in them.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Dreamsicle Cake

Hannahlily made this orange flavor refrigerated cake. **She used real whip cream instead of Cool Whip.

Dreamsicle Cake
1 box Duncan Hines Orange cake mix
3 eggs
1 c. orange juice
1 c. water
1/3 c. oil
Mix contents in bowl using wire whip for 3 minutes. Pour into 9x13 pan. Bake for 30 minutes at 350.
1 1/4 c. white sugar
1/2 c. orange juice
1 (8 oz. ) sour cream
**1 small Cool Whip
MIx contests in bowl & pour over cake. Keep in Refrigerator.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Portobello Mushroom Benedict

Hannahlily made this delicious twist on Eggs Benedict. If you have leftover sauce it's good on sandwiches, eggs, pasta ...
Portobello Mushroom Benedict with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Saturday, August 22, 2009

quote #15

When I googled "margarine versus butter" the results were 40,900,00. "As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists."
Joan Gussow

Friday, August 21, 2009

Box Lunches

Decorating purchased plain gable boxes make a fun package for box lunches. Hannahlily made this Henry one.
Accucut & Spellbinders - dies.
Hobby Lobby & Stampin Up - paper

Paula's fun quote "Best dishes from my kitchen to yours".

Spellbinders - dies

Michaels & Stampin Up - paper

Accucut & Spellbinders - dies

Target & Michaels - paper

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Southwest Tabouleh Salad

If you like southwestern flavor you might like this make ahead salad that is low calorie & loaded with nutrition. A great dish to take for lunch. We get the bulgar in the bulk section at Earth Fare.
Southwest Tabbouleh Salad
1 c. uncooked bulgar
1 c. boiling vegetable stock
2 chopped tomatoes
1/4 c. chopped sweet red onion
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drain & rinsed
1/4 c. chopped cilantro
1/2 t. grated lime rind
juice of one lime
2 T. olive oil
3 T. apple cider vinegar
1/2 t. ground cumin
1 c. frozen corn, thawed
1/4 t. salt
Bring vegetable stock to boil in sauce pan. Turn off heat and stir in bulgar. Cover & let stand for 30 minutes. Place bulgar in desired dish. Add remaining ingredients. Toss gently. Cover and chill over night.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Vikki's Beautifulness Treasures

Vikki is affectionately referred to as "eagle eye" by her friends. She has a knack for spotting treasures.
She sent me these pictures, along with permission to post, of her latest finds from the Tree Street Sale last week-end. She will, no doubt, turn these treasures into more treasures of beautiful angels, pillows and other precious crafts that will be available for sale at Lady Bug Cottage and the Apple Festival.
Vikki wrote:
"I came home and set all of my new treasures out on the kitchen table. Todd walked in and called it "junk" then Olivia asked with big eyes, "Why is the kitchen full of beautifulness? I just love how children think!"

Monday, August 17, 2009

Quote #15

"When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes."

Saturday, August 15, 2009

baby card

This is a baby card and board books we sent to a sweet little precious baby. Spellbinders dies

Friday, August 14, 2009

quote #14

"I would be most content if my child grew up to be the kind of people who think that decorating consist mostly of building enough bookshelves."
Anna Quindlen

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Brownie Mix in Jar

This quick and easy gift makes delicious, rich, moist brownies. Brownie Mix
1 c. plus 2 T. flour
2/3 t. salt
1 t. baking powder
1/2 c. chocolate chips
2/3 c. brown sugar
2/3. c. white sugar
1/3 c. cocoa powder
1/2 c. coconut
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
Layer in jar. Give with directions.
Mix contents of jar with
3 eggs
2/3 c. oil
1 t. vanilla
Bake at 350 in greased 9x9 pan for about 30 minutes.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Deep Dark Chocolate Cake

It's hard to believe but this delicious dark rich chocolate cake that Hannahlily made has beets in it and no oil. It's a low calorie healthy version of chocolate cake.
The recipe is in this cookbook or you can get it at the
Cooking Yourself Thin site:

Friday, August 7, 2009

Cherry Card


Dies - Accucut, Quickutz, & Spellbinders
Paper - Stampin UP & Sams
Rub on - Big Lots

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Nuetella Gelato

This recipe of Hannahlily's gelato will bring back memories for you if you've been to Italy. While in Italy, we did our best to have two scoops of gelato every day until we were in Florence where we accidently, not speaking Italian, ordered ten dollar bowls of gelato. While enjoying our gelato in the square surrounded by beautiful statues, a tourist stopped to take a picture, I moved so I wouldn't block his view then realized that he was taking a picture of us with our big bowls of gelato. Nutella Gelato
2 c. whole milk
1 c. heavy cream
1/2 c. & 1/4 c. sugar
4 egg yolks
l/2 t. vanilla
1/2 c. Nutella
In a saucepan combine the milk, cream, & 1/2 c sugar over medium heat. Cook until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl whip the egg yolks with remaining sugar using electric mixer until the eggs have become thick & pale yellow, about 4 minutes. Pour 1/2 c of the warm milk & cream mixture into the egg mixture and stir. Add this mixture back into the saucepan. Cook over very low heat, stirring constantly , until the mixture becomes thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, about 7-l0 minutes.
Place a strainer over a medium bowl & pour the warm custard mixture through the strainer. Stir in the vanilla & Nutella until dissolves. Chill mixture in refrigerator. Pour into ice cream maker & follow manufacturer's directions to freeze.
Nuetella Gelato sandwiched between mini peanut butter cookies.

This hazelnut-chocolate spread originated in Italy when cocoa was in short supply during WWII. It is available in the peanut butter section of grocery stores.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Quote #13

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.
Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”
The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”
“Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!”
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said…”I made a difference for that one.”

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Another Baking Kit

This is another baking kit we made for a bridal shower gift.