Friday, January 29, 2010

This Week's Funky Flowers

Love the roses..
but from a distance you can't see the roses...
all you see is what looks like 3 blades of grass

Maybe it's me...

Maybe I just do not understand the art of flower arranging...

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Random Acts of...

 ...PINK

Isn't this a cute tree?
I got this as a gift from a sweet sweet girl who saw it and thought of me!
Wow!
What an amazing compliment!
I have it at my desk at work, and it makes me smile everytime I look at it.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Pottery Barn Decorating Classes

Pottery Barn has been offering free decorating classes for a couple of years now. I finally made it one this last Sunday.  The class started at 10:30am before the store opened.
There were about 15 people.
It was very comfortable and informal.
I highly recommend attending one. They hold them about one a month.



We got the 2010 Spring Color Palette

Everyone got 10% coupon. I bought this pizza cutting board.
It is normally $39.00 but marked down to $19.97.
I love a good bargain!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Hearts


I them!

Anytime I see something with a heart on it, I have to have it.
This is a picture of all things that I have collected over the years.



To be honest, I do not think this is EVERYTHING I own ♥.

As a matter of fact, it isn't..
Check these out!


The fluted pan is from Pampered Chef. I have never used this one.

The pan with the small 's has been used numerous times.
I make white chocolate candys with nuts and toffee chips.

The bottom pan with the "ruffled " hasn't been used in along time.
The last thing I remember making is "Champagne & Blueberry Jelly" molds for a brunch many years ago.
I found the recipe, so I will make them and take a picture this time.

Bet you can't guess what my favorite holiday is...

Actually, I see shape cooking with all these pans in the very near future.
Stay tuned...


Monday, January 25, 2010

Flourless Chocolate Cake

I got the recipe from The Amateur Gourmet.
Click here for his recipe.

Bittersweet chocolate, unsalted butter, cocoa, sugar, eggs

I used the 10 inch springform pan that he refers to on his website.
It gives it more of a "tart" or "torte" look.


Do not be fooled by the simplicity of this cake.
It's not a fancy looking cake, but
oMg
It is so good!
It is crunchy on the outside and cheesecakey like on the inside.
Chocolate ooey goodness!
I added cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne pepper to the cocoa to give it a little zing!
&
Dusted it with powdered sugar

Now that I know how to make it, I will make a raspberry sauce to go with it next time!

On the hunt for Bundt...

...not really...

but

I just cannot seem to get away from this topic, like at Christmas when I blogged about it twice

Yesterday, I stopped at a local Goodwill - in search of all things written of and by "Julia Child".
(I am sorry, I refuse to spend $30 on any of her books when I just KNOW they are out there collecting dust)


Like this one that I found on a shelf at my stepmom's house..

anyway, I digress,

While at Goodwill, I found this bundt pan in it's original packaging!


It was burnt orange, and it even had the original instructions
 (which in itself makes me laugh - who needs instructions on how to use a bundt pan? )
The pan was scratched up pretty bad, so I resisted the urge to buy it..
even though as I sit here right now typing this,
I want to go back to Goodwill this instant to get it before someone else does.
But I keep asking myself, "Why? When I really do not even cook with bundt pans but once a year"
Then I tell my "other" self that "it's a collector's item"
but then I envision the conversation with the Clean House patrol on why I'm hanging on to something that I can't use. It's not like I'm going to actually display it anywhere.

I'd like to say this is the last you are going to hear from me on the subject of the bundt,
but I just cannot make any guarantees at this time.


PW's Creamy Mashed Potatoes


This recipe is from "The Pioneer Woman Cooks"  - page 146
(if you do not own this cookbook yet, you must go get it immediately)

My pictures do not do it justice
(yes, I am still using my iPhone camera)
These babies are made with cream cheese, and let me tell you,
OMG
they are delicious.



I made them to go with these Chicken Tenders.

Click here to get the recipe from "half hour meals"

Blackened Shrimp

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