Sunday, April 27, 2008
the committee decided to go "green" and avoid using disposables, so they supplied a wine glass to each guest. they even carried the drinking party animal logo onto the glasses, which i loved. obviously this isn't the font i used in the coordinating pieces, but i didn't really work on this - they just input my art.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Labels: real food
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Labels: real food
Sunday, April 13, 2008
i told you i like baby cards. this is not the last you'll see of them, either.
husband and i found out that his best friend/cousin and wife are expecting a baby in november. i sent this little card in the mail as soon as we heard the news. isn't that little 'buggy' (as my grandma would say) cute?
on an unrelated note, i haven't baked in a week. i'm trying to get back into to shape and baked goods do not fit into my plan. i am shedding tears, as i am sure you are, that there won't be any cupcake posts. worse, no buttercream for me to enjoy and you to lust after. i'll try to make up for it by making something interesting this week - maybe some new dinner recipes?
and one more unrelated thing. an apology (and vent) of sorts. i am sorry for the wacky font/text of recent. blogger, what is wrong? did i do something to make you angry? some days when i post, half of the text is so tiny no one could ever read it. today it looks like we're on a double spacing roll. this does not sit well with the perfectionist in me. don't make me bust out my old html knowledge and work from the html tab, ok? that won't be fun for either of us.
Friday, April 11, 2008
the sugar cookies are Martha's recipe and you really can't go wrong there. the icing is what usually gets people's attention, and that's my own recipe, i guess. i like the icing to get a little hard on top but to stay soft near the cookie and i use meringue powder to achieve such a consistency. i don't really measure, either...(tsquare, pretend you never read that) but i'll do my best to give you a guide.
basic sugar cookie icing
2-3 tbsp milk
4-6 c powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
water as necessary
food coloring (paste/gel preferred)
1. mix the meringue powder and milk until combined
2. add powdered sugar in increments, slowly combining & alternating with tsps of water to achieve desired consistency
3. add vanilla and food coloring
4. spoon into pastry bag and pipe onto cookies
the icing should be thick enough to hold it's own - if it's too runny it will drip down the cookies. i like to pipe a guide line along the edge of the cookie and fill the center as needed. twirl the cookie to fill the gaps and allow to dry for several hours. the icing will be almost hard on the outside, but not so crunchy that it chips a molar.
yes, they look pretty good. decent domes even (but hard to control, they really puffed!). then i tried one. the top was pretty hard and the inside was, well, not really chocolate-y. it didn't taste of much more than baking goods. it was too late to redo, so i whipped up some vanilla bean cream cheese frosting (also from cupcakeblog) and figured it would mask any less than perfect cake with is creamy goodness.
i was right. even if people really didn't like the flavor, the mini cupcakes were still gobbled up. i don't consider this a complete failure but i still maintain that i've never made a red velvet cake. i guess that means i've got more cupcakes to bake...i'm sure no one will mind!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
i hosted the annual cheer party yesterday. the theme (because i'm into that) was mini foods! it was so fun and i think everyone liked it. the thing about miniature food is that you have to make so much more of it that normal sized stuff...and it takes a long time! cutting mini slices of things and assembling 40 or 50 of something for a group of 14 was pretty time consuming! it's a good thing i had husband on hand - he was a life saver. he cooked all of the mini hamburgers and managed the kitchen while i mingled.
2008 cheer party menu
mini vegan grilled cheese
mini mac 'n cheese cups (even some vegan!)
mini taco salads
baby carrots and dip
minty sweet tea
iced cheer cookies
this post is about the food, but i'll post about the desserts later.
these were tsquares idea. scoops tortilla chips, shredded lettuce, black beans, salsa and a slice of avocado. this one might have been the hardest because they take a bit to assemble. we made then about 1.5 hours before the party and by the half way point of the festivities, most of the chip bottoms were a little soggy. i know husband was careful not to add much juice with the salsa, but i think using pico de gallo might help - less liquid = crispy chip.
the mini hamburgers started this whole theme. they are so popular and i wanted to serve them with other comfort food staples (which i'd say the above foods were). i was most nervous about the buns but totally lucked out and found bags of mini potato buns right at the grocery store. small pieces of lettuce, vine on grape tomatoes, shallots and small dill pickles made up the fixings and we had bowls of ketchup and mustard to spoon on. like i said, husband cooked these to perfection and everyone love them.
citrus punch with star fruit