Friday, December 30, 2011

SU Occasions Mini 2012 Sneak Peek #5

Work's been a little crazy these last couple of weeks and as a result, very little time for crafting but I try. This is probably the last sneak peek I will be able to squeeze in before the new catalog is released next Wednesday (Jan 4th 2012!) but we'll see, I might have time to crank out another sample this new years weekend.

featuring:
framelit dies: labels collection
stamp set: Rue Des Fleurs, Mixed Bunch
designer paper: everyday enchantment (sale-a-bration 2012!)



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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Another Cake Story: Brownie Balls!



These were actually unplanned.... me and a coworker were baking brownies to bring into work however when they came out of the oven, the brownies were such delicious gooiness that we couldn't cut them into little serving squares... such a tragedy! Then I realized they sort of had the same consistency as my cakes balls...so solution: Brownie balls!

I think they turned out well :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

SU Occasions Mini 2012 Sneak Peek #4

This card turned out a little different than I had imagined it...oh well. I was trying to play with the idea of iris twist so I can show off some of the new designer series paper in the sale-a-bration catalog but the colors are too similar and they sort of blended into each other...

Hopefully the close up shot will help show the different patterns a little better :). Enjoy!

featuring:
framelit dies: labels collection
stamp set: apothecary art, loving thoughts
designer paper: everyday enchantment (sale-a-bration 2012!)



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Friday, December 16, 2011

SU Occasions Mini 2012 Sneak Peek #3

This one is a quickie I whipped up, but it does a good job displaying the new floral punch coordinated stamp set. Threw on a little bit of glitter and some greenery and there we have it!

featuring:
punch: blossom punch
stamp set: mixed bunch, loving thoughts, and array of sunshine
designer paper: everyday enchantment (sale-a-bration 2012!)



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Saturday, December 10, 2011

SU Occasions Mini 2012 Sneak Peek #2

Be excited if you love the Big Shot and its numerous dies because in this new upcoming catalog SU is introducing Framelits Dies!

featuring:
framelits die: labels collection
stamp set: welcome christmas, petite pairs (SU 2011-2012 catalog)


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Friday, December 9, 2011

SU Occasions Mini 2012 Sneak Peek!!

That's right! It's about that time again for another new mini catalog release from Stampin' Up (Jan 4, 2012, mark those calendars!) which means you've come to the right place to get a glimpse at some of those new and exciting products! This will be one of the many posts to come, featuring something from the new catalog, so stay tune and keep checking back for more sneak peaks!

It's all about the die cuts and punches!

featuring:

large sizzlit die: paper doily
punch: blossom punch
stamp set: mixed bunch (only a small piece is shown, more later)


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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Another Cake Story: Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake!

I promise this is the last of my pumpkin pie/cheesecake madness...last experiment :P


A combination of cheesecake and pumpkin pie. 2 layers, one consist of pumpkin pie (clearly the top layer) and the second, bottom, layer consisting of cheesecake. You'd think its much like the pumpkin cheese cake...but not really. This has its own character. Whatever floats one boat I suppose. A success overall, but I still prefer my pumpkin cheesecake over all the 3 types of baked desserts from this weekend. Yum!


Friday, November 25, 2011

Another Cake Story: Pumpkin Cheesecake!!

Pumpkin Cheesecake!
How could I resist? Its been a baking drought after all...plus I had a little bit of batter leftover from the pumpkin pie I made yesterday (mentioned in previous post) so why waste good material?
Pumpkin pie batter + cheesecake batter = delicious airy goodness! Somewhere in between a mousse/cheesecake and a pumpkin pie...Oh so GOOD!

it's a little cracked on top...but that was only because I got too excited and took it out of the oven too quickly... almost perfect! GRr :P

Best Pumpkin Pie!

HAPPY (POST) THANKSGIVING!


Now what's a Thanksgiving without any pumpkin pie right!? Actually I was just really in the mood to bake some pumpkin pie... and Thanksgiving is just the excuse to make some. I've made pumpkin pie in the past with a different recipe, but I have to say, the one I came up with this time around is GOLD (at least I think so)! Recipes in the past were straight out of a cookbook which I didn't bother lugging back with me to my parent's house so I thought, internet...eh who needs a cookbook really?! Turns out there's like a billion recipes for pumpkin pie and none of them were quiet what I remembered it to be...So I went HERE looked at the recipe and gave it my own tweak because I felt that it lacked something (besides a recipe for the crust).

Long story short(er), here is my version of a pumpkin pie recipe complete with a crust recipe as well : CLICK!

Try it and let me know if its good or not! :)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Vegetarian Risotto! (with Soy Chorizo, Say What!?)

It's been too long hasn't it?! At least for me it has, I missed being in the kitchen!
Well the lack of food creations are because I am in the middle of relocating (employed again, Woot!). I have finally flocked away from home (yay!)...and realized simple things like toilet paper and cooking oil doesn't just fall out of the sky... Things we take for granted right?

Anyways, seeing how the weather is starting to reach that unbearable coldness once again, the boring sandwiches I've been living on just doesn't cut it in this weather. I want something WARM. My solution (and have been craving ever since I saw that arborio rice I packed for the move) is a nice warm bowl of risotto!

Normally risotto is jam packed with creamy deliciousness and very little nutritional value...seeing how my diet has been rocky this last month due to the move, I decided, let's cut the crap (aka heavy cream and butter) and make it more nutritional and delicious too.

So here's what you need:
Will make about 3-4 servings (1 cup serving size)
1 cup of arborio rice
2 tablespoon of olive oil (I used garlic infused and skipped having to mince the garlic...lazy? yes but effective)
black pepper (optional for seasoning)
1/2 an onion (chopped)
1 zucchini (recipe called for 1 cup, I don't have my measuring cups with me, so 1 whole zucchini it shall be)
1 cup of carrots (I skipped this...figured I overdid the zucchini...but up to you)
3-4 cups of chicken broth (I used 4 cups...but that might be because I had a little more rice than the recipe called for...again, no real measuring device)
1/4 of the soy chorizo from trader joe's (optional, I just wanted some protein in my dish; FYI the casing is not edible as I had thought because I apparently don't like to read the packaging carefully and threw the plastic casing into my risotto...yum! plastic!) or any type of meat/meat substitute will do (use about 3-4oz, a standard serving of protein).

Here's what need to be done:
  1. prep the veggies (chop, dice, mince, etc, whatever you like)
  2. throw the chicken broth into a pan to bring to a shimmer (after it boils and shimmers, you may keep it shimmering or turn off the heat)
  3. add 1 Tbsp oil to a sauce pan, throw onions and veggies into the pan and saute until golden brown and then add rice and remaining oil into pan (cook for about 5-10 mins) until rice is lightly browned.
  4. Once the rice has been slightly cooked in oil, start adding the chicken broth to the rice mixture 1 cup at a time. Make sure the previous cup is fully absorbed by the rice before adding the next cup. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. This process should take about 20-30 minutes depending on how attentive you are :). While trying to watch a football game and cooking... my risotto took a little longer... :P
Now your turn! Have fun and enjoy!

Monday, November 7, 2011

November Collections

For everything GIVE THANKS!


Before we realize, Thanksgiving is approaching once again. Seems only like yesterday when we were enjoying the warm days of summer, and now fall is fully upon us with winter close behind. What better way to welcome the new season than with a few creative projects?


With Fall comes Love
materials:
stampin' up:
very vanilla, early espresso, more mustard, crazy cajun cardstock
leaves of a tree, hand-penned holidays stamp set ( SU 2011 holiday mini catalog)
early espresso, more mustard, garden green, crazy cajun ink



Season's Greetings! 
materials:
stampin' up:
garden green, whisper white cardstock
curly cute, stitched stockings stamp set ( SU 2011 -2012 catalog)
garden green ink


A new way to give thanksmaterials:
stampin' up:
pool party cardstock
its a wrap holiday wraps stamp set (new SU 2011 holiday mini catalog)
chocolate chip white ink



Giving More Thanks
materials:
stampin' up:
basic black, whisper white, lucky limeade, pumpkin pie cardstock
gently falling, perfectly penned stamp set ( SU 2011 holiday mini catalog)
pumpkin pie, pool party, chocolate chip ink



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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

October Collection

HALLOWEEN! HALLOWEEN! HALLOWEEN!
CANDY! CANDY!
COSTUMES!!

Best time of the year and what better way to start the celebration with a little creative Stampin' Up session with my upline and fellow crafters.

Treat or Treat...or BOTH!
materials:
stampin' up:
very vanilla, basic black cardstock
piece of poison stamp set ( SU 2011 holiday mini catalog)
pick you poison designer series paper (SU 2011 holiday mini catalog)
basic black, pumpkin pie ink

Floating on Spooky All Hallow's Eve
materials:
stampin' up:
rich razzleberry, basic black, whisper white cardstock
out on a limb stamp set ( SU 2011 holiday mini catalog)
basic black, rich razzleberry, pumpkin pie ink
 



CANDY! CANDY! CANDY!
materials:
stampin' up:
basic black, whisper white, tangerine tango cardstock
spooky bingo bits stamp set (new SU 2011-2012 catalog)
basic black, rich razzleberry, pumpkin pie, craft whisper white ink


Batty for Treats! EEK!
materials:
stampin' up:
basic black cardstock (bat)
glimmer brads (bat eyes)
sizzix petal cones die (bat body)
spiderweb embossing folder (bat wing)
its a wrap holidays stamp set ( SU 2011 holiday mini catalog)
basic black, pumpkin pie ink

Sunday, September 18, 2011

September Collection


Birthday Snails
materials:
stampin' up:
very vanilla, early espresso, calypso coral cardstock
button buddies stamp set (new SU 2011-2012 catalog)
happiest birthday wishes stamp set (new hostess SU 2011-2012 catalog)
early espresso ink



Birthday Cakes
materials:
stampin' up:
basic gray, pool party, calypso coral cardstock
easy events stamp set (new SU 2011-2012 catalog)
basic gray, pool party, calypso coral ink


Simply Wonderful
materials:
stampin' up:
island indigo, whisper white, river rock, more mustard cardstock
fruit and flower stamp set (new SU 2011-2012 catalog)
friendly phrases stamp set (new SU 2011-2012 catalog)
cherry cobbler scallop dot ribbon (new SU 2011-2012 catalog)
cherry cobbler, island indigo, garden green ink

Congrats!
materials:
stampin' up:
rich razzleberry, basic black, river rock, whisper white cardstock
triple treat flower stamp (new SU 2011-2012 catalog)
basic black, rich razzleberry ink

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Halloween Shortbread Cookies!

Saw this set of Linzer Halloween cookie cutters at JoAnn and I just couldn't resist. Decided to whip up a batch of my shortbread cookies so I can play with the cutters. Let's just say Halloween came early in the kitchen this year :)

Sandwiched in between the shortbread cookies is a dark chocolate nutella filling with some green candy melt swirls for the spirit of Halloween.

Another Cake Story: Cheesecakes Galore!!

Since I've already conquered the regular cheesecake recipe, I thought its time to expand out to different cheesecake flavors. The experiment came out with some mixed results.

Mango Cheesecake
Would've been perfect if I used more than one mango, unfortunately I only had ONE mango in the whole house when I was making it...now we know, stock up. Texture was perfect: smooth, light, and fluffy.

Dark Chocolate with Oreo Cheesecake
I meant to make something that was suppose to be about 60-70% dark chocolate...however, might've went overboard and landed myself with a cheesecake that was 80-90% dark...needless to say it became a little bitter. Note to self: less cocoa powder, don't let the color trick you.

Baileys Cheesecake
Let's just say I got a little overexcited with the Baileys and perhaps gave it a shot too much. Sometimes less is more.

The Classic
You can't go wrong with the classic. Perfect as always.

Until next time... Perfection requires trial and errors and I'm well on my way :).



Thursday, September 1, 2011

Macarons!!


So proud! I have successfully made a batch of macarons with matcha green tea filling :). Well they look decent anyways....but I had some minor setbacks which I will discuss later...photos first! Sometimes I think I bake just so I can take some pretty pictures...

These look presentable don't they? Well sometimes I think looks are quite deceiving and in this case it is :P. Unlike most people who seem to have problems with getting the glossy shell or the little pie feet or having cracks on the outer shell...I experienced none of that. In fact on the outside, they look great! Inside...well that's up for discussion.


several issues I may still have to work out:
  1. getting the temperature for baking them just right: baking in a toaster oven is tricky business...luckily they baked ok but I had some that were slightly brown on top...but was not baked enough on the inside (too gooey) which means the temp was too high. I was already playing with the baking temp. One good thing about a toaster oven, even if its a recipe for ONE batch, I have to break it into separate batches to bake because it doesn't fit. As expected the last mini batch I had was the best one...though still a little gooey, but at least the came off the parchment paper ok.
  2. toooo sweet!! I'm pretty sure its not suppose to be so sweet... Not sure if this is because they weren't fully baked or I just had to much sugar (I followed the recipe, although there are so many different ones, I followed the particular one I was using...)
  3. getting the meringue to the perfect consistency: worried that I'd over beat my egg whites, I became too cautious...so naturally the opposite happens...I under beat...first rounds of egg whites never made it to the oven because it was so runny. Second round (pictured above) came out pretty decent but I think I can still beat it a little more. It might've play a role in the issues I've mentioned above.
In conclusion, this will be a continued experience. More updates later as I try to conquer the macarons! I also ran across a rather useful blog about making macarons (BraveTart), its a useful reference tool to go to.

Until next time...Macarons!