21 February 2011

rumplestiltskin week 2

I'm late in posting this. Oh well.

I wanted to try this recipe from the Rachael Ray magazine... Lemon Crepes. Every time I make crepes I think about how fun and cool it would be to have a crepe pan. We don't actually have them that often though, but maybe we would if we had the special pan?

They were pretty good. I wasn't too wild about the cornmeal in the crepes, definitely gave them more texture. I might try them again just using flour instead of the corn meal, I think they'd probably work fine. The lemon filling was yummy. I think next time I'll just do a regular crepe recipe. Here's the recipe. Give it a try. Let me know what you think.

Lemon Crepes

(Basic Batter)
In a bowl, whisk together:
1 c flour
1 Tbls plus 1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt

Beat in until smooth:
1 c milk
3 beaten eggs
5 Tbls melted butter
1 Tbls vegetable oil

To this add:

1/2 cup white cornmeal (I had yellow, so that's what I used)
2 Tbls half-and-half
6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 c powdered sugar
grated peel and juice of 1 lemon
3/4 c heavy cream, chilled
3 Tbls butter, melted

Combine the batter, cornmeal and half-andhalf. In another large bowl, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and lemon peel until fluffy. Beat in the lemon juice.

Using an electric mixer, beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Fold into the cream cheese mixture and rerfigerate.

Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Grease the pan with some butter. Add 2 tbls of the cornmeal batter and, tilting and rotating the pan, form a thin crepe. Cook until golden, 1 minute; flip and cook for about 15 seconds. Repeat with the remaining cornmeal batter and butter.

Arrange the crepes on a work surface and spread some of the cream cheese mixture on each one. Fold the crepes in half, then fold in half again to form a fan. Dust with more powdered sugar. Serve with fruit.

My good friends' little boy had a birthday last week. Number 2! I had been wanting to make one of these for a long time, but have just never gotten around to it. So, I finally had the perfect excuse.

Cozy Car Caddy. On the outside:

And it folds up into this:

Found the great tutorial here. I'm planning on making a bunch more of these for some family with little boys, and another friend whose little boy will have a birthday in April. And of course Silas in July... plenty of time for that one. Now I just need to locate enough pairs of jeans that I can cut apart.

The last project I got to this week were some pants for Silas... or maybe I should say some testing of patterns for pants for Silas. I almost hesitate to post the pictures, since I'm not sure that he'll ever wear either pair, but it'll give you a good laugh, so I'll post away...

The first pair are some knee patch pants. I drafted the pattern from this blog post, but I did it a LONG time ago, so I knew that by now they would be to short, which they are. I think the knee patches are too big, and the size in general is just a little too baggy. But, at least I know what I would change for next time.

Go ahead. Laugh.

And the second pair. The tutorial for these is here. We like to fondly call these his Greg Brady pants. Try not to be jealous!

I think I'll try these again, with a few adjustments. And I'm thinking I need to get my hands on some old Brady Bunch episodes. Maybe if I start watching them with Silas now, I could be half way done with a Halloween costume!

11 February 2011

the rumpelstiltskin challenge

Found this challenge the other week while stuck indoors with all the snow. Sounds groovy, and I think I'll give it a whirl. I know, I know, I'm great with finding these "challenges" or sew-alongs, but I'm not so great with following through... at least not with posting pictures of what I do with those challenges or sew-alongs. But, it's a new year, so we'll see how it goes this time. I LOVE the idea of using stuff I have. Course I know that I won't limit myself to only stuff that I have, cause I've got so many projects in my head that I've promised to do for people, but I'm lacking a few items to make it a reality. With that being said, I still hope to use a lot of the stuff that I have, as much as possible. So, here's my first report...

I've decided that although I'm sure that a lot of the stash I'll be trying to get through will be sewing stuff, but I've also recently tried to organize the pages and pages of recipes that I've torn out or copied down from magazines, blogs, etc. Seems like the pile grows and grows, but my desire to work through it doesn't. So, some of my stash burning, will be working my way through collected recipes to see if they're keepable or not. So my two entries for this week have to do with "new" recipes that I've had for who-knows-how-long.

Growing-up we had coffee cake for breakfast frequently, so I really LOVE coffee cake. I have a couple of recipes that I really like, but it's always fun to try a new one.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake from Taste of Home magazine. The submitter claimed that it was a very moist cake, and she was right. It was very moist, and had the traditional cinnamon/sugar ribbon in the middle, and surprisingly was a little too sweet... which is saying a lot coming from someone who's favorite part of the meal is the dessert. I think if the recipe were altered a bit, less sugar, then it would be really good.

Chocolate Truffle Pie from Kraft Food and Family magazine. (tried to get the link for this one, but it wouldn't work, so if you want to try it, search Kraft Foods website and you'll find it.) We tried this the other night when the missionaries were over for dinner. It was just okay. I threw the recipe away, I wouldn't make it again. If you want a really AMAZING rich, chocolate cake, make this one. You won't be disappointed, and neither will anyone else you might happen to be nice enough to share it with. It's worth the time and ingredients... you'll be looking for excuses to make it again and again!

08 February 2011


It's becoming the norm... I post through about fall time, and then fall out of blogland until January rolls around. Then, I make something for Abby's birthday, and suddenly decide to post pictures. Therefore, so-as not to disappoint, here was this year's birthday gift:

A felt house. Just the right size for Polly Pocket, or Strawberry Shortcake dolls (I LOVE that they brought these back. What clever marketing!)

This is the inside of the house. That's a swimming pool, with a nice walking path, flowers, you know, Arkansas in the summer. (Shawn wondered why there would be a swimming pool on the wall of a house. I had no response to this.)

I originally got the idea here. But as I looked at the size, I wondered if it would end up being too small for a soon to be 7-year old. So, I used the basic idea of using felt, oh, this was the cute small house from felt - anyway, I decided to use an old pattern that my mom used years ago. I've used the pattern before, probably about 6ish years ago, and made some fabric houses for my girls. They still play with them, so they were totally worth the time, which is nice, cause they require a good amount.

The back of the house:

The side:

And the front:

The house was given with a small Strawberry Shortcake doll wrapped inside. When I asked P how she liked the gift, P gushed, "Oh, she really LOVED it mom! She LOVED Strawberry's long hair!" Like I said... typical.