snow trees

Around Christmas time I started teaching myself how to do embroidery. What once used to be for old ladies is new improved SO easy and even more fun. First i looked up basic stitches, then when I had no idea what the still photos were showing me I hopped over to you tube and watched tutorials. Doodle Stitching is pretty awesome, super easy, extra transportable and rather relaxing. It’s super cheap too! This one was my first finished “doodle”. A lovely little snow scene for Christmas.

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super bowl treats – saint’s sazerac cupcakes

Dessert number 2 for the big game was a New Orleans original. Apparently this town is so cool it has an official cocktail called a Sazerac. It’s rumored to be one of the oldest cocktails created in the US. After reading a brief history on the cocktail and the glorious praises it received I decided there was no other choice for a super bowl treat…Sazerac Cupcakes with chocolate filigree fleur de lis it is! Recipe @ the modern day pirates. After tasting this little baby I may have a new favorite drink. The Sazerac if anything like the cupcakes is unbelievable.

The Fleur de Lis were an alteration to a Martha Stewart valentines treat (chocolate filigree hearts). They were super super easy. All you need is parchment paper, melted chocolate (I used milk chocolate but I think dark would work way better) a fleur de lis tracer under the parchment (or whatever you want to create out of chocolate) and a parchment pastry bag. Add melted chocolate to bag and trace. Then let harden in the fridge. So easy and so so classy.

super bowl treats colts cookies

For the big game last Sunday I decided to make 2 desserts, one inspired by each team. Unfortunately Indiana does not have that many trade mark food, drinks, or cuisine. But, they do have corn. Lots of it. So I decided to make corn meal cookies in the shape of the Colts horse shoe. Recipe was super easy. Biggest problem was the pastry bag portion of the recipe. The dough refused to be squeezed out. I instead used a horse shoe template and shaped the cookies by hand. Cookies came out really good. They aren’t too sweet and the corn meal adds a nice crunch. Very yummy. Recipe thanks to Martha Stewart and posted @ The Modern Day Pirates.

appletini cupcakes

So I’ve been on a “booze cakes” kick recently and decided for a friends birthday to once again make a “special” present. Found out that my fabulous friend Jason’s favorite drink is an appletini and went to work. I found a recipe online for caramel appletini cupcakes but because Jason said nothing about caramel I altered the recipe…a lot, and it came out great! Recipe is posted at The Modern Day Pirates. My one major worry was how liquidy the batter was, but they turned out perfect and were extra spongy. Very tasty and as usual a huge hit.

elephants and giraffes for baby

I was hired as a “pastry chef” by my dear friend Sheena to make cookies for her friend’s baby shower. The “theme” of the party was zoo animals, which coordinated with the baby’s bedding. The only cookie cutters I had in the house were a giraffe and an elephant so, making due, I created a pastel army of both for all to enjoy (and some little hearts and stars for those people who “don’t want to eat a big cookie” but then eat like 12 little ones. Stop being crazy…it’s a cookie, it’s not going to kill you. Really people). I heard the cookies were a big hit. I think they came out super cute.

sense-o-sketch

Way back in the days of college my friends and I used to play Cranium. A lot. The game is simple, working in pairs/teams get to the finish first by completing 4 categories (Data Head, Word Worm, Star Performer, and Creative Cat).  There are sub categories for each. One of which is “Sense-O-Sketch” (get your teammate to guess the word on the card by drawing with your eyes closed.) The word was “bee hive”  and I was so impressed at how well the quick, blind drawing came out I promised myself I would save it and frame it one day. Finally almost 3 years (and a 350 mile move) later I did. In my opinion it looks like unique modern art. Or, at the very least, like it was drawn with eyes open.