Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
It's been a busy day here, but I'm never too busy to whip up a great dessert! Mango Berry Crumble is a variation of a recipe I found on Mennonite Girls Can Cook. It's the perfect summer dessert!
Mango Berry Crumble
- 1 cup flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons corn starch
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1-2 ripe mangoes
- 1 cup fresh blackberries
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
- Heat oven to 400°F.
- In small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Add water. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens and boils. Remove from heat and stir in almond extract.
- In ungreased 1 1/2 quart baking dish, combine mangoes and berries.
- Stir in thickened sauce.
- Sprinkle with topping mixture.
- Bake at 400°F for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve warm...with whipped cream or ice-cream if desired.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Last week, my hubby came home with an armload of both vintage and recent Disney posters. The studio needed to make room in their storage closets so they started doling out these, not so little, pieces of history to their employees. For several days, our living room floor was covered in dozens upon dozens of movie posters.
Greg finally rolled them up and when he carried them to our closet, he was surprised at how heavy the roll of posters was. This afternoon, I was curious to know just how much these thick pieces of paper weighed so I set them on the Wii balance board and began measuring. You’ll never guess how much these posters weigh.
Nearly 12 pounds!!!
Are you kidding me? You know I love freebies and I’m all for owning a piece of history, but what the heck are we going to do with 12 lbs of Disney posters?? Honey, I think we’re going to need a bigger house!
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Don't know what I'm talking about?
Friday, May 21, 2010
I’m definitely a girly girl at heart. I prefer dresses to pants. I love hot rollers and flat irons. A day of pampering at a spa sounds heavenly. And I have always dreamed of going to beauty school just so that I could perfect my own hair and makeup. Intense, I know.
Although there was a time in my childhood when I longed to be a tomboy and play on soccer and baseball teams in the summer like my brothers did. It was during that time that my mother forced me into my older cousin’s two-piece bathing suit complete with ruffles on the tushie. Back then, just the thought of baring my midriff in public made me want to vomit and now I spend my days by the pool in as little material as possible to maximize my tan. I woman shouldn’t have unflattering tan lines, you know.
I long to have a daughter (or niece if God blesses me with little boys) that loves everything girly. A daughter who asks to wear her hair in ribbons and curls. A daughter who adores the colour pink and could live in a hot pink tutu. A daughter who’s closet is filled with cute little dresses and adorable shoes. I cannot wait for the day when I can finally make the DIY tutu I’ve had bookmarked on my computer for years.
The other day I calculated my chances of having a girl in our family and I’d say it’s looking promising. Between my sister and my two brothers, my husband’s brother and sister, and our someday brood of 4 or 5, I’d say the chances of having a sweet little niece or darling daughter are pretty good. I am currently resisting the urge to run out the door to the Carter’s clothing outlet with my 25% off coupon in hand to buy every little pink polka dotted dress in the store. (Sigh) Someday…
Disclaimer: I love my little nephews more than life itself and wouldn’t trade any one of them for a whole slew of little girls. Micah, Noah, and Jacob, you are my world and I am so blessed to be your Auntie!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I’d like to say that I made that delicious chocolate cake from scratch, melting 5 ounces of bittersweet chocolate in a double boiler and using only unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder imported from Holland, but that would be a lie. I decided that since I’d be tackling fondant making and decorating for the very first time, I should leave the cake making to Betty Crocker.
As for the marshmallow fondant, I used a recipe I had gotten from a new blog friend who has some real experience when it comes to making fancy cakes. Her desserts are simply works of art. All you need are a few simple ingredients.
2 cups marshmallows
1 tsp water
1 tsp clear butter*
1 tsp clear vanilla flavouring*
Lots of icing/powdered sugar
Lots of Crisco shortening
Cornstarch (to prevent fondant from sticking when rolling it out)
*I used your basic yellow butter and regular vanilla extract and the fondant still came out very white. Remember, you’ll be adding a ton of powdered sugar. Unless you’re going for pure perfection, I don’t think it really matters what you use.
I’ll do my best to explain how I went about mixing the ingredients, but keep in mind that everything I know I learned on YouTube so it might be best to just click on over there are see it for yourself.
1. Start by greasing a microwaveable bowl and spatula (including the handle) very well with shortening. This will prevent the melted marshmallow from sticking. Don’t skip this step or you’ll end up with a very gooey mess!
2. Add marshmallow, water, butter, and vanilla to the bowl.
3. Place in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Take it out, stir it, and repeat until the marshmallow is completely melted.
4. Then begin adding powdered sugar to the melted mixture. You’ll need a lot of it so add liberally. Stir and continue adding sugar until it becomes a little more solid.
5. Grease a clean countertop or work surface and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Also grease your hands with Crisco before dumping the fondant onto the counter.
6. Kneed the fondant and continue adding sugar until it is no longer sticky. It will probably still be a little tacky and that’s just fine. You can add food colouring at this point if you’d like. I’d suggest you wear gloves (or greased sandwich baggies over your hands like I did) as you kneed in the color to prevent staining your hands.
7. Lightly grease the finished ball of fondant, cover it with plastic wrap, and place it in the fridge overnight. (Note: Most recipes I’ve seen say to refrigerate overnight but some just leave it on the counter for a few hours. Do what works for you. I refrigerated.)
8. The next day, remove fondant from the fridge and place on the counter for a few hours to bring it to room temperature. Or do what I did and unwrap it and warm it in the microwave for about 10 seconds.
9. Once it is soft and pliable, you are ready to roll it out! Cover your countertop or work surface with cornstarch and roll away; adding more cornstarch to the counter if fondant begins to stick. (Note: Next time I will definitely roll the fondant thinner. Remember, you don't want the fondant overpowering your delicious cake!)
10. Put a layer of buttercream frosting on the cake before covering in fondant. Oh, and if it’s a layered cake, make sure you add a delicious filling like chocolate ganache or berries.
That’s it. Leave a comment below if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to answer them. If you’re completely confused, here is a video that may help. My method differs a little but you’ll get the picture.
Remember, this was my very first attempt with fondant so I’m no expert, but I found it to be easy to make and sooooo easy to work with. If you give this recipe a try, let me know. Send me a link. I’d love to see pictures of your creations!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Isn't he cute?
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
I love shooting engagement photos too. A newly engaged couple’s love is contagious and I can’t help but get swept away in it.
No matter where I go, I am always on the look out for that next great location for a photo shoot.
I go ga-ga over alleyways with old brick walls, metal fire escapes, and graffiti.
I love wide-open fields with tall grasses blowing in the wind.
I’m a sucker for older cars in vibrant colours.
I just about died the first time I saw this car. For months, I waited for the perfect subject to photograph in front of it. I was beyond thrilled a few weeks ago when my nephew agreed to sit on the road for me (something he is never allowed to do). I just love the vintage feel and couldn’t be happier with how these photos turned out!