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1  COOKING / Dessert / Homemade Blueberry-Peach Pie on: July 31, 2009 04:38:18 PM
hey dudes.

so, for my birthday [which is in 4 days] i always like to try baking something new, and challenge myself instead of just making another cake (although, sometimes it's still a cake... just an unusual kind or something). anyway, this year i wanted to bake a pie completely from scratch.

so i did.

and i'm now in LOVE with pie baking. on to the pictures...

i made the crust from scratch from this recipe: http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/11/pie-crust-102-all-butter-really-flaky-pie-dough/

i looked at a lot of pie filling recipes, and made up this frankenstein recipe:

Blueberry-Peach Pie Filling

4 peaches, peeled and sliced
1 pint fresh blueberries, rinsed and drained [however, don't rinse them until you're about to mix them in]
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup light brown sugar
3/4 c white sugar
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

mix the flour and sugars in a large bowl, making sure to get as many lumps out of the mixture as possible. add fruit, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg and stir until fruit is evenly coated.
makes 1 9in pie.

here's the pie before i put the top crust on it. yummy fruit Smiley


i need to get a normal pie pan, as opposed to this ceramic one, cause the crimping didn't work out so well for me. so i just forked it... which i think still goes nicely with the rustic type crust that i used.
baked it for 10 min at 425 then 55 min at 350. turned the oven off and let it sit in there for about 30 min to set the filling.

here it is after i took it out of the oven:



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it spewed a little bit, but i see it as a good thing! makes it look more tantalizing... hehe

i'm super proud of this, and cant wait to eat it.
thanks for looking!!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / oodles and oodles of lucky stars -- HELP! on: June 27, 2009 04:30:23 PM
so, i'm getting married in october, and just about everything except our clothes and the food is going to be made out of paper, since im whacko about origami.

BUT

for me, that means folding a BAZILLION lucky stars for garlands, centerpieces, hair pieces, etc...

so my question is, does anyone know how expensive it is to get paper cut specially at Kinkos? or does anyone in dallas or oklahoma city have a paper cutter thing i could use? [love my technical jargon... haha]

or even a printable template that marks a letter size piece of paper into strips for stars would be awesome.

i hope someone can help!

p.s. if you live in the dallas area and rule at folding stars, ill trade you cookies for your startastic abilities... hehe
3  COOKING / Dessert / Neon Mini Cupcakes! on: March 29, 2009 06:36:53 PM
I just got a mini muffin tin, so I had to make something super cute! The recipe I used ended up making 8.5 dozen of them though!! It was my first time making ganache and I was nervous about it, but it turned out perfectly and set all shiny Smiley I'm really proud of them! [I went hog wild with the pictures and the quality isn't great, sry]


The cupcakes before I frosted them. I made blue, pink, green, and purple.


All 8.5 dozen [minus a few "snacks"... heh]


mmmmm so shiny and tiny!!


They all had tiny little chocolate peaks on top!!


And just for fun Smiley

Thanks for looking! C&C welcome, of course!
4  COOKING / Dessert / Pineapple Cupcake Extravaganza! on: March 24, 2009 01:22:45 PM
ok, not really an EXTRAVAGANZA... i just made waaaaaaaay too many!  Cheesy


(this is only HALF of them.... haha)


up close Smiley

Theyre vanilla cake with crushed pineapple baked in it with white buttercream frosting and a marachino cherry on top Smiley
theyre moist and awesome!

C&C welcome and thanks for looking!  Kiss
5  COOKING / Dessert / Super Choco-Lemon Cupcakes on: March 11, 2009 09:33:54 AM


I made these bad boys yesterday. Vegan chocolate cupcakes with dark chocolate chips topped with lemon buttercream frosting and dark chocolate drizzle candy.

I had no idea how well dark chocolate and lemon go together... These were great Smiley

C&C welcome and thanks for looking!!

 Kiss Kiss Kiss
6  COOKING / Dessert / English Toffee Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting on: March 05, 2009 06:58:02 PM


I took my tried and true Vegan chocolate Cupcake recipe and made it not-so-vegan by adding english toffee pieces... topped them with chocolatized basic buttercream frosting and finished them off with a sprinkling of the toffee pieces Smiley

i can't even explain how beautiful they turned out!! so moist and flavorful... they won't last long!! haha

thanks for looking  Kiss
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / The Great Chili Experiment on: January 22, 2009 11:09:08 AM
Man, it's been forever since I've posted on here! I figured today would be a good day to return, as I'm attempting to make homemade chili for the first time... I'm not scared though, I figure it's in my blood [being born and raised in Texas... heh].

So anyhow, I decided to go the slow cooker route, and I just put it all together [got up at 9am and i JUST finished at 11 ha]. So here's what I've done:

[None of this is exact, as I never measure anything... I cant decide if that's a good thing or not haha]

1 large bell pepper [chopped] +
1 large onion [chopped] +
4 large cloves of garlic [minced]
sauteed in a bit of chicken broth [homemade as well and TASTY!]
1 ring of smoked sausage
a handful of shredded chicken
1 can of red beans [drained and rinsed]
1 can of kidney beans [drained and rinsed]
1 can of fire roasted diced tomatoes + juice
2 cans V8
about 1 cup chicken broth
salt, white pepper, paprika, Tabasco to taste

Threw it all in the slow cooker...
I'm running on a tight budget so the only things I bought SPECIFICALLY for this were the onion, bell pepper, and beans. Everything else we just HAD and needed to use. I hope it turns out well...

Let me know if yall see anything I should add, as I'll be around most of the day to fuss with it  [or try not to haha]

I'll post pictures tonight after it's done Smiley
8  California / California: South / Moving to LA in 2 weeks! I can has friends, plz? on: November 08, 2008 04:17:26 PM
ok, so heres the sitch...

I'm moving to West Hollywood from Dallas, TX in about 2 weeks to join my boyfriend [which is awesome!]
BUT, he will literally be the ONLY person I know there [besides his friends, but sadly, I don't have much in common with them...]
SO, I need some new friends!! I figured this would be a good place to start, as I am an overly crafty sort, and crafts are always nice to share and work on together!

If you need a new friend, or even just want a new one, you should definately let me know.

p.s. im pretty awesome Smiley [not to toot my own horn]

p.p.s. im really into electronic music and classic rock, kawaii, cats, and food... so someone i could go to shows with [or rather, could take me to shows], go kawaii shopping, and make bentos with would be AWESOME.
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Ideas for Virtually Free Pirate Accessories?!?!?! on: October 28, 2008 07:31:28 PM
any ideas for what i could make a sword/sheath from?

or anything else "piratey"?

lol i cant spend ANY cash on this costume, and ive got a pretty nifty wench outfit put together out of my existing wardrobe [lol that says something...], but i need accessories!!

id like to stay away from anything head scarf-y as ive got curly hair and itll make me look bozoish...

do pirates put feathers in their hair? and if so, would purple and yello be ok? haha [parrot feathers?]

sorry... i need help with this!
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / need steak ideas ASAP! on: October 24, 2008 04:52:16 PM
ok, so im MAJORLY craving some rare/medium rare red meat today. so im totally buying a steak on my way home from work [which isnt til 11! boo Sad]

aaaaaaaaaanyway...

does anyone have a favorite way to prepare a steak for one? lol [not including grilling, for i live in a studio Sad]

also, i wont have time to marinate... haha well, at least not for more than an hour or 2.

TIA!
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