Sunday, December 26, 2010

OH and.

Found out tonight, after our last night @ Wayfare, Tyler tweeted my dinner....
too funny!

She's making. He's making.

Day after Christmas tradition has changed.
Which means, time to start "try-outs" for new traditions.
First of all, the mall today.
Not kidding, gotta add that in!!!
no, not crazy, we saw everyone we knew there today!
Which is code for everyone we know, but otherwise wouldn't see over the holidays!

Now, home.
I'm making French Onion Soup.
So comfort food for me.
And he' making croque monsier.
Again, YUMMM.

My recipe, well, they way I made it last time was a blend of Ina Garten's & Ree Drummond.
Which means soon, after a couple tries, it will be mine. :)
thanks ladies!!! I love you both. dearly.

As for "he's making", I never have. BUT I have eaten it & loved it.
Oh crap, gotta run. He's messing with my soup!!
more later on gifts for the chef that worked!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

my mornings...

So my mornings are often a flurry. 
I've described my daily awakening as being shot out of a canon into my day. 
sometimes the flood of what has to be done & extreme hurry makes it feel like that...
but its cool, its my life. 

SO. Somedays my life take a turn & I need to sit. 
Oh sit. 
Be still.
Yes, please.
And this particular morning I had just done rounds to schools & home to rake a quick 3 garbage cans full of leaves before the sprinkles started.
And had photos from the day before to edit & sort through. 
this part I love...
then add a cup of tea & a snack. 
Oh be still.
MY heart!
a friend & neighbor had dropped by with 
 our christmas card & her version of baking this year.
a box of Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars

Love these things...
and I've made em ;)
so I thought I'd share...

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened 

1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar 

3 eggs 

1 tablespoons minced crystallized ginger

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt 

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder 

3/4 cup chopped sweetened dried cranberries

4 ounces white chocolate, cut into chunks 

4-ounces cream cheese, softened

3 cups powdered sugar

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup chopped sweetened dried cranberries
zest of one orange

Drizzled Icing
1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon milk

2 teaspoons vegetable shortening

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Make cake by beating the butter and brown sugar together with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the eggs, ginger, vanilla, and salt and beat well. Gradually mix in the flour and baking powder until smooth. Mix the chopped dried cranberries and white chocolate chunks into the batter by hand. Pour the batter into a buttered 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Use a spatula to spread the batter evenly across the pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the cake is lightly browned on top. Allow the cake to cool.

3. Make the frosting by combining the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, lemon juice, zest  and vanilla in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. When the cake has cooled, use a spatula to spread the frosting over the top of the cake.

4. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of chopped dried cranberries over the frosting on the cake.

5. Make the drizzled icing by whisking together powdered sugar, milk, and shortening. Drizzle this icing over the cranberries in a sweeping motion with a squirt bottle or fill a small plastic storage bag with the icing and cut off the tip of one corner.

6. Cover the cake and let it chill out in the fridge for a couple hours, then slice the cake lengthwise (the long way) through the middle. Slice the cake across the width three times, making a total of eight rectangular slices. Slice each of those rectangles diagonally creating 16 triangular slices.

Makes 16 bars ...ish. unless you nibble. like me :)