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April 2014

Rustic bridal shower cake

We had the pleasure of hosting our long time friends bridal shower over the weekend. It was a lot of work but everyone enjoyed their time. Like with any party the center piece of the party, besides the bride, was the cake. We made a pink moscato champagne cake with butter cream frosting and filling. It cake was very yummy, it was hard to not eat all of the cake we trimmed off. Jodi made some beautiful flowers for accents and we wrapped the outside of the cake in cookies. There was very little left after all was said and done, which is the sign of a job well done. Wishing the bride to be the very best in her new adventure.

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Wine Jelly…for a bride to be

Hi everyone sorry I was missing last week. Last week was super crazy busy. It all started with the day before Easter, my sister in law and I spring cleaned the house and prepped food for the next day. Easter came and went and I don’t remember the last time I did dishes 16 million times in one day. I honestly could not have hosted Easter with my sister in laws help! She is a life savor that is for sure. The week after Easter was school vacation week so the kickboxing gym I go to had a altered schedule which threw off the rest of my week. Not to mention last Wednesday was Admin day, I ended up baking some cookies (recipe to come soon)…for my admin at work, as a thank you for all that she does (she honestly doesn’t get enough praise for the amount of BS she puts up with). Any ways by the end of the week Jodi and I were preparing for our friends bridal shower…mind you that takes up Friday, Saturday AND Sunday. Which leads to today. Im exhausted and ready for a vacation. I already told Dan that next weekend don’t plan on me being productive…or social…I have a date with some movies and my couch for at least one of those two days. Although my weekend did end on a high note, I got the majority of all my normal weekend chores done AND Dan brought me out for a nice big ice cream…after the weekend I’ve had…that was my dinner…

Our friend who is getting married is a huge wine-o. We thought it would be appropriate to make wine jelly for favors. Yes I know that sounds like an odd combination…but the reviews we’ve gotten so far are all positive. We used a sweet red and a sweet white wine. It was a huge hit with the guests and I even got to send some down to my friend in MD who is also a huge wine-o too.

Im sure you’ll see some more crafty posts we did for the bridal shower…including the cake…we ended up sticking with the wine theme and make a champagne cake with butter cream frosting…drool. In the mean time…Im going to go get another cup..or two…or 10 of coffee so I can function…sorta…happy Monday everyone!

Wine Jelly

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Ingredients

3 1/2 cups wine

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

1 (2 ounce) package dry pectin

4 1/2 cups white sugar

Steps

Combine wine, lemon juice, and pectin in a large saucepot. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Return to a rolling boil. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam off top, if necessary.

Ladle hot jelly into hot, sterilized jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Tighten 2 piece lids. Process for 5 minutes in boiling water bath.

Key Lime Pie

So as always, when it comes to holidays, or more importantly holiday dinners, I am always on dessert duty. Spring always makes me want the more fruity pies like lemon meringue or today’s recipe…Key Lime Pie. This recipe I got from All Recipes

Key Lime Pie

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Ingredients

Crust
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup white sugar
6 tbsp butter, melted
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Pie
3 cups sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup key lime juice
1 tbsp grated lime zest

Instructions

Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, melted butter and cinnamon and press into a pie dish.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In a medium bowl, combine condensed milk, sour cream, lime juice, and lime rind (and if your me a couple drops of green food coloring). Mix well and pour into graham cracker crust.

Bake in preheated oven for 5 to 8 minutes, until tiny pinhole bubbles burst on the surface of pie. DO NOT BROWN! Chill pie thoroughly before serving. Garnish with lime slices and whipped cream if desired.

 

 

Reese’s Madness Cake

So a co-worker of mine was throwing her fiancée a surprise birthday party and wanted a cake.  She sadi he was obsessed with chocolate, and Reese’s peanut butter cups.  As soon as she told me that I had the perfect cake in mind.  Jen and I had a lot of fun doing this one and it came out awesome.

This was a chocolate, chocolate chip cake with peanut butter mouse filling covered in chocolate buttercream and fondant.  Decorated with dark chocolate ganache and of course, lots and lots of peanut butter cups.

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Crayon Tote

So you can find tutorials for these all over the internet.  I personally just saw this on over at LBG Studio, bought a coloring book and figured it out based on the size of the book.  It came out so cute and I really love these Dr. Seuss fabrics I found at my local quilt shop.

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