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11  Oreo Turkeys & Pumpkin Sugar Cookies in Dessert by maytina on: October 20, 2010 08:38:07 PM
 Canadian Thanksgiving just past and to help the kids celebrate the Friday before the weekend at school, we made Oreo turkeys and pumpkin sugar cookies.

I had seen the Oreo turkey cuteness on so many blogs this year and last year that I really wanted to make them, but wasn't sure if it was a good idea to have Oreos in the house. I will seriously eat the whole box myself, no problem!   Shocked

Turns out I needed almost all of the cookies for the turkeys anyway!

Essentially, you just take a double stuffed Oreo, and poke about 5 pieces of candy corn in the top. Then poke two broken pretzel pieces in the bottom. Voila! Now your turkey has feathers and feet! I have seen some tutorials use a Malteaser or a chocolate covered mini marshmallow or something else small and brownish for the turkey's head. I just used a serious dollop of brown royal icing, because I had a bunch left over from sugar cookie decorating. Then I used a little white royal icing for eyeballs and little blue and green sprinkles for pupils, yes I used a tweezer. Not that I'm at all obsessive when I'm playing in the kitchen. Ahem.

The sugar cookies are very standard, as is the royal icing. It was really just a matter of getting comfortable with how it comes together.

2 - 3 cups confectioners sugar, unsifted
2 large egg whites
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp almond extract, optional

Beat the egg whites with the lemon juice, sift in the sugar and mix till smooth. Add almond if you feel the need but it's great without. Use more sugar for thicker border frosting, thinner for flooding and tah-dah!
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12  Three Twinkleberries in Knitting: Completed Projects by maytina on: October 08, 2010 08:51:14 AM
Last fall for my birthday, my bestie got me a hank of Starry Night, it has flecks of real silver in it! So so twinkly. I love to knit socks more than anything else, so of course I was going to knit up a pair of Twinkleberry socks. But the hank runs a little bigger than most and I could do more with it, but I really wanted to do socks.

Sooo, I made three socks, one for each of my kids, to hang on the inside doorknobs of their bedrooms on Christmas Eve! The basic plan is to stuff them with a few things to keep them from attacking the living room for a few precious moments longer!

I still need to find some cute blue or silver ribbon to make the loops to hang off the knobs, but I love the way they turned out!

Thanks for looking. Smiley
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13  Lemon Meringue Pie in Dessert by maytina on: October 08, 2010 08:41:46 AM
I know pretty much everyone has a recipe for lemon meringue pie, but this one turned out so much better than other ones I've tasted. I bake almost everything from scratch and still I used the Sheriff lemon pie mix all the time! This recipe is super simple and was amazing.

Lemon Meringue Pie

6 tbsp corn starch
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup + 6 tbsp sugar
2 cups water
3 egg yolks
1 tbsp butter    
6 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp grated lemon zest
3 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 baked 9″ pie crust

Mix cornstarch, salt, 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup cold water in a saucepan. Slowly add 1-1/2 cups hot water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture comes to a boil and thickens. Boil for about a minute, then add a little hot mixture into the egg yolks. Blend the egg yolks into the sugar mixture.

Cook and stir for another minute, then remove from heat. Add butter, lemon juice, lemon zest and rind. Cool slightly, and pour into your baked pie shell. Set aside and make meringue.

Combine the egg whites and cream of tartar, beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 6 tbsp sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Spread it over the filling, and make sure you seal the filling by spreading the meringue right to the crust. Pop it in the oven at 400 for about 5-10 minutes. Watch your meringue people you dont want to wreck your beautiful pie on the last step!
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14  Classic Snowball Cake, Salsa Roll Ups & Dharma Food! in Dessert by maytina on: July 05, 2010 01:27:23 PM
Last month I threw a Lost-themed birthday party for a good friend and I had a blast putting it together.

I always make a chocolate-vanilla combo for her birthdays, and this year I wanted to do something a little different. The Classic Snowball Chocolate Cake is technically a chocolate cake with a cream cheese filling and it was amazing. Fun to make and it tasted really good. I didn't put the coconut because not everyone there liked coconut.  Wink

First for the actual recipes, then Dharma food photos after.

Classic Snowball Chocolate Cake
1 chocolate cake, uncooked
1 pkg. (250 g) Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese, softened
1 egg
2 tbsp granulated sugar

Prep the batter for your favourite chocolate cake (the recipe technically called for a, gasp, boxed mix!), then mix the cream cheese, the egg and the sugar till combined. Dollop this on top of the chocolate cake batter. The recipe uses an oven safe glass bowl to give it a snowball shape, but you can use whatever pan you want and it still works. The cream cheese filling stays pretty close to the top (bottom if you invert it) so you may want to bang the pan against the counter a few times if you're going to invert it. I used a springform pan so I didn't have to.

Salsa Roll Ups are so easy it's hardly even a recipe. All you need is 1/2 a 250g pkg of cream cheese (softened, of course), 3 tbsp salsa, 2 spinach or tomato tortillas and 1/2 cup shredded cheese. Just mix the cream cheese with the salsa, spread onto the tortillas and sprinkle with the shredded cheese. Roll up tightly, poke with toothpicks, cut and serve!

Now, for the Dharma gear. I got all of these labels (and a bunch I didn't photograph) from http://maxpictures.com/weblog/2007/04/10/lost-labels-for-your-dharma-initiative-needs/

Thanks for reading!!
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15  Recent Socks! in Knitting: Completed Projects by maytina on: August 24, 2009 08:46:30 AM
I've been knitting and knitting and knitting and this is what I have to show for it.  Tongue

Menehune Cobblestones Socks
Pattern here - http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns2/socks/panda-menehune-sock.html

Tadpole Socks
Pattern here - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tadpoles

Air Raid Socks
Pattern here - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/air-raid-socks

I love knitting socks because it's so portable! When we go driving, I tape the pattern to the dash and knit along the way!
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16  Pile 'o pies! in Dessert by maytina on: August 24, 2009 08:30:33 AM
I haven't posted pics of my weekly pies in a while and I have so many! Here are some of the more fun ones! I challenged myself to make a different pie every week this year, and a few times I've made more than one in a week.

Chocolate Espresso Pecan Pie was #25

Spaghetti Pie was #26 and could have been much, much better with sauce!

Peppermint Pie was #33 and according to all accounts tasted like Christmas

Smores Pie was #39, I made it for a camp fire night which seemed like a fun idea, but then you're eating Smore Pie alongside fresh Smores, so I was a little marshmallowed out.

This one, Blueberry-Honey Pie was #40 and as delish as it was, it looked very 'rustic'!
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17  Brownie Bottomed Chocolate Apple Pie (& a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie) in Dessert by maytina on: June 04, 2009 10:57:42 AM
I've been making a different pie every week this year, so far I've made 22, these are #s 21 and 22. The Strawberry Rhubarb is totally standard except for the crust, which was a heap of pastry stars and a wee bit of sugar.

It's the 22nd pie of the year that really kills me. Originally, a friend sent me this link (http://www.kayotic.nl/blog/?p=2982) to a Chocolate Apple Pie. I was just about to pop it in the oven when one of my girlfriends came over for my weekly Stitch n Bitch and suggested I put my Punk Rock Brownies on top. So I did, and then when it was ready, I inverted it and put a little icing sugar on top.

So essentially here you have an apple pie with dark Hershey's chocolate mixed in, inside a cocoa pie crust ON TOP of a gooey brownie. I was so sad there was none left over!

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18  Fruit Flower Arrangements in Dessert by maytina on: June 04, 2009 10:43:51 AM
I came over here today to post this pic of fruit flowers my girlfriends and I made for my wee one #3's baptism a few weeks ago and saw another post with fruit trees! Such neat ideas and so neat to see how they come together.

We used cookie cutters to get flower shapes from the pineapple and the watermelon, we cut 'x's' into the small end of the strawberries and put a grape in the middle for wee flowers. Oranges were twirled around the skewers for little buds too and we added parsley for leaves!

We made little boats out of the leftover watermelon!
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19  Skull Socks in Knitting: Completed Projects by maytina on: April 03, 2009 08:42:25 PM
I've never done intarsia socks before, so the weaving in was a bit of a nightmare, but overall they knit up pretty quickly.

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20  Baby Dress in Knitting: Completed Projects by maytina on: April 03, 2009 08:21:36 PM
We all have our lessons in gauge. You'd think I would have swatched  before I cast on for this dress but no, I didn't. I used this pattern - http://tinyhappy.typepad.com/tiny_happy/2008/06/blossom---a-knitted-dress-pattern.html/. It's made in one piece and really cute but in my case way too big for the child it was intended. I was going to give it to my older wee one, but she's just too rough for cashmerino!

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