Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
but I'll save them for later. Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend.
Neither Gollum nor Trey are affiliated with any of these brands...we just flat out like 'em.
Friday, May 29, 2009
The Bandwith Bandit is hogging the internet, so Foodie Friday is running late. But Mr. Linky is up and running, and he's ready for your wonderful food links TONIGHT.
In the future, to avoid the battle of the bandwith, I will be posting Foodie Fridays on, well, Fridays. That won't start till next week, June 5th at 9 am, next Friday morning. No theme, just food and food talk. Suggestions for themes are always welcome.
I've been visiting with my granddaughter, Annabel, this week. She says to tell you all "Hi!" Here she is looking for the mermaid in the pond.
Link up to Foodie Friday via Mr. Linky's Magical Widget:
Friday, May 22, 2009
Oh, it's Foodie Friday again! Grab some index cards, because you'll want to write down some of the lipsmacking recipes that bloggers have cooked up for you.
I made triple brownies this week, and they didn't last long.
It's hard to improve a brownie; but sometimes the palate cries out for layers of sugar and gooey goodness.
1 box brownie mix
buttercream icing (canned or homemade)
semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 stick butter
Bake brownies; cool. Mix buttercream icing and spread over brownies. Pop the brownie pan into the fridge while you prepare the top layer. Melt 1 stick butter and add chocolate chips. I don't have a double boiler, so I improvise by putting a a pyrex bowl over a pan of gently boiling water. Blend the chips until smooth. Remove brownies from fridge and quickly pour melted chocolate over the buttercream icing layer.
I had terrible luck when I put this into the fridge. While the brownies did "collect" themselves, the top layer cracked. So, just put the pan in a cool place, covered, and wait for the chocolate to harden, or go ahead and cut a huge, gooey slice.
A little bird told me that Mr. Linky has been fading in and out; so if you don't see him, you can either check back to add your link, or you can leave a comment with your link. If you are looking for recipes and want to visit the participating bloggers--and IF Mr. Linky has gone missing--just check the comments. Thanks to everyone for making Foodie Friday so much fun.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Welcome to Foodie Friday's Second Trainwrecks & Bloopers.
Can you guess my blooper?
I knew you could. :-) And it started with such promise!
Cute cookie cutters, dough, and my trusty rolling pin.
Tra la la, let's make Eiffel Tower cookies, Bandwith!
What went wrong? I chilled the dough before and after baking...but they developed major hip-spread, morphing into unrecognizable objects.
That said, they were still edible.
Er, most were edible. I baked these ugly ducklings right in the cookie cutters, thinking I would circumvent hip-spread.
No such luck.
The clean-up was epic and unforgettable. I am still vacuuming crumbs after the Eiffel explosions.
Bandwith was intrigued by my dilemma. Naturally, I'd used refrigerated, store bought cookie dough. He immediately Googled the problem: I needed to add more flour to the heinous store bought stuff.
I'm still shaky with a pastry bag--anything with icing sends shivers up my spine (unless it's going into my mouth, of course).
However, silver dragees hide a multitude of culinary sins...not quite so edible, but at least it looks like a shoe. Stay tuned for more adventures with icing.
If you are participating in this week's Foodie Friday, type your name and Foodie Friday permalink into Mr. Linky.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
A twig bench...
A table and chairs to replace the set that shattered and blew to the winds...
The Lytton's bench, from a long-ago Mother's Day, not new, but beloved.
And Bandwith's ducks taking a dip.
See you all tomorrow (pending the temperamental Mr. Linky) for Foodie Friday's Trainwrecks (or any food/drink).
Sunday, May 10, 2009
My mother is visiting, and we spent Mother's Day Eve working on the tablescape. The Ironstone is "Singapore Bird," a popular pattern in the late 70s.
Going with the bird theme, we set four placesettings with twig flatware, two with my grandmother's "Wild Rose." The goblets don't match--literally, the end settings have different glassware, if you'll look closely. Mother always says a table is more interesting when things DON'T match.
Mother knows best!
Mom is 81 and still sets a beautiful table. She considers it a "grace note."
Singapore Bird by Adams
Echo Point from Big Lots
We used aqua plates from Big Lots as chargers. They worked great!
A cute, intricate butter knife.
Dr. Gollum just returned from a mysterious Mother's Day gift-buying trip, so stay tuned for the outcome. The mystery gifts are sitting in the back of his truck in BIG boxes.
Happy Mother's Day,