Tuesday, February 24, 2009

My Day

My day so far has been nice and boring... I've been quilting the bento box quilt... I will never quilt a twin size quilt on my home machine, that is for sure! Not worth the trouble, especially when my mother has a long arm (Babe, if you want to know what to get me for Christmas...) and will quilt all my quilts for me for free!

I just finished a piece of homemade multi-grain bread (have I mentioned I bought Elliott a bread make for Christmas, and it was the best gift ever??) with camembert on it. So delicious. I probably won't need dinner tonight, as I think another piece is in order. Maybe just a supplemental salad with avocado. The grocery store has had delicious avocados lately... go figure. I can't rememer where they are being flown in from, but they are so good! Hmmm, maybe I should have avocado on the bread. Yum!

The boys came home from school not too long ago. Andrew's jacket was stolen today, but luckily he has a super-padded sweatshirt which is pretty cozy and should hold him for the remainder of the cold days through Spring.

I leave you with a question from Ethan: "Mom, are Mexican's poor, or do they have TV's?"

PS... I went with zig zags. Thanks for all your input!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Opinions, please!

Which do you like better?

aqua squares?


or aqua zig zags?

Thanks!
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Overheard

Setting: We were sitting around the dinner table discussing the kids' school day. Andrew's class had library today.

Elliott: Do you guys use a card catalog to find books?

Ginger: (Snickering in the background)

Andrew: What's that?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Petite Chocolate Raspberry Cups

These were our dessert for Family Night this week. Emma and I were making molded chocolate hearts for Valentines Day treats, and I grabbed a little cup form also.

They looked so good, it was hard to wait...


They tasted good too...


Petite Raspberry Chocolate Cups

For the cups:
1 Wilton cup mold
melting chocolate squeeze bottle
1 package white (or your preferred color) molding chocolate (we used Wilton)

Melt chocolate according to package directions. Squeeze chocolate into cup mold about 1/3 of the way. Using a clean paint brush, brush the chocolate up the sides of the mold. Wait a few minutes, and rebrush. You want the sides to be thick enough they will hold up when the frosting goes in them. Repeat until sides are thick enough. Place mold on a flat surface in your fridge and let chocolate harden completely.

For the frosting (these measurements are approximate, because I altered a recipe I have memorized for chocolate frosting.):
Wilton large star (?) piping tip
piping bag
1/3 c. softened butter
1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 c. powdered sugar + more for desired consistency
2 tsp. milk

Cream the butter, and then mix in the cocoa. Add the milk, and then mix in the powdered sugar, 1/3 c. at a time until frosting reaches desired consistency. Not too soft and not too hard... I did it slightly less stiff than I generally do for frosting a cake.
Place the piping tip in the bag, and then add your frosting. Pipe the frosting into the cups in swirls.

Place two raspberries on the frosting, and serve immediately. Fresh raspberries would be best, but as those are out of season at the moment, and we have lots of frozen raspberries left from our trip to Spencer Farms (we picked our own), I thawed them on the counter for a couple of hours.

Please note... these are completely unhealthy... the white melting chocolate has hydrogenated oil in it. But seriously, they are so good.

And yes, both my girls are wearing Princess dresses... its been happening non-stop for the past couple of weeks. Cute!






Monday, February 02, 2009

Wow!

Look what I just won.

In her previous post, Emily asked for help in naming the quilt pattern she designed. It reminded me of an English cottage garden, or an English Garden Maze, so I offered up Cottage Maze. Do you think I have been watching too many British pre-20th century period movies?

Thanks Emily!!