I know I've been talking quite a bit about Green Table Gifts, it's just that I'm so excited to be a part of it!
Before they officially opened, the artists had an opportunity to have a mini photo session with Carlee from Oh Snap Photograpy. She took product and head shots of us for the use of both Green Table Gifts and our own business use. I had briefly meet Carlee at the Believe Boutique in Chandler as she would go from vendor to vendor "snapping" photos of all the lovely things we had for sale! She was so much fun to work with and has a great eye!!
Later we heard about a local bakery where the owner had extensive training from some of the top pastry chefs in Paris. My dear Husband gave me some for Christmas that year. I cut each one in half and froze them so I could make them last longer. He then bought me some for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, my Birthday and Christmas this past year. Shhh..don't tell, I was hoping to get some for Valentine's day this past week but....hmmm....no such luck. I may just have to sneak over and pick up my own this week.
Last Monday night I needed a quick and easy desert to take to a meeting. I was going to make an amazing pie cookie I had seen on Pinterest but I was too tired and didn't have all the ingredients. I did have two boxes of Butter Pecan cake mix that I had picked up by mistake whe I was making cupcakes for my daughter's graduation party. So I did what any internet savvy chick would do and looked for a cookie recipe to use my cake mix in. I tell ya, it couldn't have been any easier and they were quite tasty too!
So here ya go.
1 box butter pecan cake mix 2 eggs 1 stick butter
1/4 cup flour
Soften or melt butter (not hot). Add eggs and beat slightly.Add cake mix and flour mix well (batter will be stiff).
Drop spoonfuls, I used a small cookie/ice cream scoop, and pressed on a pecan half.
Where I live, the sun is shining and it's around 70 degrees give or take. I'm seriously NOT bragging, I know what's around the corner (115 degrees) and I DON'T like it!! However, this weather makes me start thinking of Spring and Easter and since I've been feeling a little creative, I've pulled together some Spring hair jewels!! By the way, St. Patrick's Day is less than a month away and Easter is April 8th this year. This year is already going by quickly!
I have the worst imagination when it comes to dinner, plus I don't like to cook!!
When I was in Starbucks yesterday, they had a free iBook download for "Quick & Easy Recipes 1-2-3" by Roxanne Gold. Did someone say "quick and easy"?? Right up my alley!!
Three Step Chicken
1. 2 thick skinless, boneless chicken breasts
2. 4 thin slices of boiled ham
3. 4 slices Swiss cheese
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray ( I used a ceramic baking dish).
Carefully cut each chicken breast in half as though you were slicing a bagel. Pound them heavily with a mallet to create thin cutlets. Season with salt and pepper and place on the baking sheet several inches apart (Oops, I missed that step).
Place a slice of ham on each piece of chicken then a slice of cheese on the ham. Bake 12 minutes, or until the cheese is melted (but not running all over the pan). I did finish ours under the broiler for a minute or two, I like toasty bubbly cheese!
I also made a cucumber vinaigrette salad. The other night we had a Greek vegetarian dinner and I found a recipe for Greek style dressing here which I used on the cucumbers.
Add a crusty loaf of bread and you have an easy, yummy dinner!!
My oldest daughter, Colette, turned 19 Saturday. I know, I know, I don't look that old (LOL). Yes, I was three when I had her. Anyhoo....We were looking around Anthropologie a couple of weeks ago and came across a cookbook that had a pretty chocolate cake with pink frosting.
She told me that she wanted her Birthday cake to look like that. This week she told me she wanted purple frosting.
Here's my version...
I'm pretty darn pleased with how it turned out!!
I used a regular chocolate cake mix and substituted almond milk for the water. I've done this a number of times and I think the cake turns out moister and not tough. I split the batter between three 8 inch pans and reduced the baking time by about five minutes. Always check to be sure the cake is done!
I used Wilton's 1M tip to outline the layers and Bakery Crafts 9P tip to fill it in. I didn't cover the entire cake but when I put the layers on, the frosting spread out pretty evenly.
By the way, here is my favorite recipe for frosting.
In a bowl combine butter, sugar and salt. Beat till blended.
Add the milk and vanilla and beat for an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until smooth and creamy.
I found a tutorial on making the "roses" at I Am Baker, as I've mentioned in an earlier post, I am lazy. I didn't dirty ice the cake first so once again, there is a little bit of chocolate cake peaking through. It still looked quite pretty. I finished them off with white dragees.
Wednesday, working on fundraising letters for my daughter's trip to Africa.
Thursday, getting passport pictures taken, going to the Passport Office to get her Passport only to find that the office closes at 4 pm. Killing time for an hour and a half before she has to go to work.
This is when she was 9 months old...shoo shoo boo!!
Friday, going with my oldest daughter to register for cosmetology school, running out to meet with the vice-principle at the high school about my son, running back to finish up some paperwork at the cosmetology school. Coming home to bake my oldest's birthday cake only to find that my hand mixer was at church because the men of the church were putting together a Valentine's breakfast for their families (my husband stole it). He stopped by my parent's house to borrow theirs after I freaked out. Baked her cake and cupcakes for the Super Bowl party. Work with my daughter on her letters.
Saturday, go to the Valentine's Breakfast (was quite yummy), a baby shower, go shopping an spending time with my daughters (it was my oldest daughter's 19th Birthday). Come home, decorate her cake, go to dinner, celebrate with Grandma and Grandpa.
Sunday, church, Super Bowl, home crash!
Whew...I'm tired all over again!!
I hope you had a great week...
By the way, keep watching the blog, more to come on the yummy Birthday cake!!