Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Dandy Dessert

I don't subscribe to Good Housekeeping, however, the other day it arrived in the mail. I don't know how it got there, but I'm glad it did! Right there on the cover was an enticing summer headline. No, it wasn't about Tom and Katie...instead it was a wonderful recipe for peach crostata! I've never made crostata before, but am now a huge fan of this easy to prepare and delicious dessert.

To begin, peal and thinly slice your peaches (about 3 peaches) and toss with cornstarch, ground ginger and salt (recipe below).

Once you roll out your pie crust, simply arrange your peach mixture in the center...

...and fold in your edges.

Pop it in the oven and 25- 30 minutes later, you have a beautiful dessert to surprise your loved ones!

Peach Crostata

Preheat oven to 425°F. In lg. bowl, toss 1 lb. peaches, peeled and thinly sliced, with 3 Tbsp. brown sugar, 1 Tbsp. cornstarch, ⅛ tsp. ground ginger, and pinch salt. Unroll 1 refrigerated ready-to-use piecrust (for 9-in. pie) on cookie sheet. Arrange peach mixture on crust, leaving 2-in. border; fold border over filling. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until crust is golden. Serves 4.
Read more: Recipes with Peaches - Easy Ways to Cook Peaches - Good

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tricky Notes

I love these clever little pocket notebooks available at Fab.com! Some of my favorites include:

Tricky's Bank Roll

Cup of English

and Tricky's Black Purse.

Great for jotting down notes and digits, grab your set before they sell out!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

She Hunts....You Gather

Tired of searching craigslist for a find? Let Ellen Richardson do the hunting for you at listedDISTRICT!
Ms. Richardson's scours the items for sale on craigslist and sends the awesome finds to your mailbox! Recently unearthed finds include...

a $20 NKOTB sleeping bag

 ...and a cool MCM Hutch for $150

Sorry though, you'll have to find the muscle and the courage to pick up your own items that you purchased ;)!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Art in Chocolate

Looking to add some pizazz to your cupcakes?

Recently, a friend had a birthday and I wanted to make something special and unique to celebrate. I thought of the ubiquitous jimmies or candy confetti or even sanding sugar, but then I thought of my past experience with melting chocolate into monograms and shapes for cakes and decided to try and make something modern and fun for my cupcakes.

After making a batch of mini chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing, I began creating my chocolate adornments.

I began by melting white chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips on the low setting in my microwave. After it was throroughly melted and malleable, I placed it in a sandwich bag.

Then after snipping off a small corner of the sandwich bag, I began creating free flowing "squiggles" out of the melted chocolate. When I finished laying out my forms on wax paper, I placed them in the freezer and waited for them to harden.

Once they were ready, I began placing them in my cupcakes.

The results, a fun and modern dessert!

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