Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
The second was the second and final scarf for Janet.
The third was a completely random scarf that I made because I liked the yarn. It's made from Red Heart Boutique Magical "Wizard." It's got green, red, purple, and gray colors, and several different textures, which is part of what made it so cool for me. The pattern is called Spectrum Scarf.
I'll put it on my shop and see what happens.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Blackberry Cobbler #1It was pretty delicious. The tartness of the blackberries offset the sweetness of the sugar that was sprinkled on top. Tom said this is one of his favorite things I've ever made.
- 1 stick Butter
- 1-1/4 cup Sugar
- 1 cup Self-Rising Flour
- 1 cup Milk
- 2 cups Blackberries (frozen Or Fresh)
- Melt butter in a microwavable dish. Pour 1 cup of sugar and flour into a mixing bowl, whisking in milk. Mix well. Then, pour in melted butter and whisk it all well together. Butter a baking dish.
- Now rinse and pat dry the blackberries. Pour the batter into the buttered baking dish. Sprinkle blackberries over the top of the batter; distributing evenly. Sprinkle ¼ cup sugar over the top.
- Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 1 hour, or until golden and bubbly. If you desire, sprinkle an additional teaspoon of sugar over the cobbler 10 minutes before it’s done.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
If Adrienne's Secret Sister likes the Orioles, it's hers, but otherwise, I'll try to sell it to some other Orioles/Clemson/Harley Davidson fan.
Friday, October 26, 2012
The second scarf was for Linda at Huber. She ordered two Frilly Crochett Scarves for two of her step-daughters, both in "Shuffle."
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The second was for Chris. He ordered a Frilly Crochet Scarf for his mother, in the color "Hip Hop," which are kind of Eagles colors (at least in fluorescent light).
Things are moving along pretty well.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Eggplant RouladeI think that this dish had a lot of potential, but, in my opinion, it needs more filling for each eggplant slice. It could be that I bought eggplants that were just too big, but they were the smallest ones available at the store early this morning. They had graffiti eggplants that were smaller, but I wasn't sure how the flavor would be affected.
- 2 italian (or 2 small almost seedless american) eggplants
- 1/3 cup oil for frying
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour for rolling
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 1/2 tablespoon sour cream
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 1 tablespoon walnut (optional)
Or you can use: chopped fresh tomatoes, garlic, chopped cilantro, minced garlic
- Trim eggplants and cut lengthwise into 1/3-inch-thick slices. Put slices in salted cold water for half an hour to remove bitterness and prevent excessive oil adsorption during frying.
- Remove the slices from water and dry them with paper towels. Roll the slices in flour until coated.
- Place the eggplant slices in a skillet of preheated oil. Fry until crisp and golden brown (big heat) on both sides. Check the tenderness of the slices with a fork.
- Remove from skillet and let drain on a plate lined with paper towels.
- For filling: mix mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic and cilantro in a small bowl.
- Spread 1 teaspoon of filling on each eggplant slice and roll up the slice, enclosing the filling. Make the remaining roulades in the same way.
- Garnish with cilantro.
Wrapped Tenderloin with Gorgonzola-Mushroom GravyThis dish was really tasty, and Tom loved it. It was a version of Beef Wellington, which I've only ever had at the Tidewater off of the banquet buffets, and they aren't really fabulous. Tom liked the biscuit surrounding the beef much better than the phyllo dough that the Tidewater uses. I think the phyllo is the best part of the Tidewater's banquet Beef Wellington. The Gorgonzola-Mushroom Gravy was surprisingly good, too.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 beef tenderloin steaks, about 1 inch thick (4 oz each)
- 1/2 teaspoon Montreal steak seasoning
- 4 Pillsbury® Grands!® frozen buttermilk biscuits (from 25-oz bag)
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese (4 oz)
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 jar (4.5 oz) Green Giant® sliced mushrooms, drained
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
- Heat oven to 400°F. In 8-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Pat steaks dry with paper towel; sprinkle both sides with steak seasoning. Add steaks to skillet; cook 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove steaks from skillet; place on plate.
- Place 2 biscuits on microwavable plate. Microwave on High 30 to 40 seconds, turning biscuits over halfway through microwave time, until soft enough to press into rounds. Repeat with remaining 2 biscuits.
- Spray cookie sheet or 13 x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. On cookie sheet or in baking dish, roll or press 2 of the biscuits into 5- to 6-inch rounds. Place 1 steak on center of each flattened biscuit. Press remaining 2 biscuits into 5- to 6-inch rounds; place over steaks. Flute or crimp edges with fork to seal. In small bowl, beat egg yolk and water with fork until blended; brush over top biscuits. Bake 14 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.
- Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, mix cheese, pepper, whipping cream and Worcestershire sauce. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer uncovered, stirring constantly, until cheese is melted. Stir in mushrooms. Keep warm over low heat.
- Serve half of mushroom gravy over each wrapped steak; sprinkle with parsley.
As with Holly's and Lyn's benefits, $1 from the purchase of every drink in the bar was donated to the cause, and there were raffle and silent auction items in the banquet room. For my part, I crocheted some scarves, and put them up for sale, with everthing except for the cost of materials going to the charity.
Kristen, who organized the Lyn Comer benefit, did the same, but with football team themed wreaths. A couple of bands donated their time and talents, and the Tidewater donated some free hors d'oeuvres. Unfortunately, I had things to do, so I couldn't stick around for the actual event, but I did my part and purchased some raffle tickets.
Mocha BrowniesThey were super easy to make. I made the first and second layers last night (or early this morning), and stuck the pan in the refrigerator until I left for work this morning. I did the third layer at work, and put it in the refrigereator until Nicole got to work. They went over really well. I thought that they were a tad bit too sweet, but practically everyone else on the staff who tried them liked them.
- 4 eggs beaten
- 1 C sugar
- 1 stick real butter
- 1 t vanilla
- 1/2 t salt
- 1 C flour
- 2 T instant espresso coffee ( more can be added)
- 1-16 oz can Hershey's syrup
Beat together butter and sugar till fluffy. Add eggs and mix well. Add salt and vanilla. Add flour and syrup and mix well. Pour into greased and floured 9x13 baking pan @ 350 for 20-25 min. Check at 20 min. Remove from oven and cool in pan.
- 2 C powdered sugar
- 1 stick real butter
- 4 T Kahlua
Mix butter and sugar and then add Kahlua. Mix well and spread over cooled brownies. Put in fridge to cool.
- 6 oz chocolate chips
- 6 T real butter
Melt butter and chips in small saucepan over low heat. Stir until melted and spread over brownies. Keep in fridge for easier cutting. May also be frozen. For mint brownies, delete espresso from brownie layer and replace Kahlua with creme de menthe.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Tom came in, too, and he really enjoyed the museum atmosphere. He even wants to go back to see the museum!
Afterwards, I took a few photos of the view.
We don't usually see the Inner Harbor from this angle.
And of course, the famous Domino's Sugar sign. Overall, a very pleasant evening.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
It was, of course, our breast cancer awareness game, and the band wore pink ribbons and pink plumes.
For pregame, we performed Immigrant Song and Jump, and for our halftime show, a Queen Medley. We were joined by Josh Spiegel from 98 Rock. I, for one, was quite disappointed by the experience. I thought that he would be a little bit more active with the band, but I only saw him once during the game, right before halftime. I would also liked to have seen him address the band with some real feeling, not like he's just doing his job.
When I got home, I made dinner with some items I got from Tastefully Simple, the potato cheddar soup and the parmesan cheddar biscuits.
They were super easy to make, but I didn't think the flavor was as good as everyone raved. Don't get me wrong, we ate all of it, but I don't think I'd go out of my way to purchase either of them again.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
It all went pretty well in my opinion. Time seemed to go pretty fast, and the people seemed to enjoy the demonstrations. There was even a railcar on display.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Mel thought it should be a little longer than the three feet it ended up being, so I finished making it four feet long tonight, and gave it to Mel. She loved it, and wore it most of the night. She thinks I should make more, and sell them. Julia, another bartender at the Tidewater, even put an order in for the next one!
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
He plans on playing triangle, something he's new to. 98 Rock has been great supporters of the band, and we're really excited to have him perform with us.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Tom wanted to come with me, so that we could spend time together, and then go to Wal-Mart afterwards. On the way to Wal-Mart, we stopped at Friendly's, hopefully for breakfast, but ultimately for lunch. I got the soup and salad combo, New England Clam Chowder in a sourdough bread bowl with Caesar salad.
It was tasty, but I like my clam chowder much better.
Friday, October 5, 2012
Bleu Cheese and Apple Stuffed Chicken BreastsI only made the chicken part, and it turned out really well. Surprisingly, the bleu cheese flavor wasn't as overpowering as I anticipated, and almost all of the people who tried it liked it. The people who didn't try it said they didn't like bleu cheese - their loss.
- 2 (6-oz) boneless skinless chicken breast halves
- 1 oz (1/4 cup) crumbled blue cheese
- 1/4 cup Finely chopped apple
- 1 tsp Chopped green onions
- 1 tsp Olive oil
- 1/8 tsp Salt
- Dash pepper
- Dash paprika
- 1/3 cup Apple cider or apple juice
- 1/3 cup Chicken broth
- 3/4 cup Uncooked instant white rice
- 1 tbsp Chopped green onions
- 6 Thin apple slices
- 1 tbsp Chopped pecans (optional)
- Heat oven to 350. With sharp knife, cut 3-inch slit in meaty side of each chicken breast half to form pocket.
- In a small bowl, combine cheese, chopped apple, and 1 tsp green onions; mix well. Gently spoon half of filling into each chicken pocket. Close with toothpick or small skewer. Place in ungreased 10x6 inch baking dish. Brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and paprika. Pour cider (or apple juice) and broth over chicken.
- Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes or until chicken is fork tender and juices run clear.
- Remove from oven. Remove chicken from baking dish; place on serving platter. Cover to keep warm. Add rice and 1 Tbsp chopped green onions to juices in baking dish; mix well. Place apple slices over rice.
- Cover; return to oven. Bake an additonal 2 to 4 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Serve rice with chicken. Sprinkle each serving with chopped pecans, if desired.
And, while at work, I received a long awaited text/picture message - Jamie C's new baby in the mermaid outfit what I crocheted for her.
As you know, I was really concerned about the size, but from this picture, it looks a little big.