Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
I realized yesterday after I got the labels all printed that I forgot to do one for my cookie jar and my baking soda jar too....so guess what I did today?
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
- 2/3 cup dried cranberries
- 12 ounces good-quality white chocolate, chopped
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Line a heavy large baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk the flour and baking powder in a medium bowl to blend. Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar, butter, lemon zest, and salt in a large bowl to blend. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time. Add the flour mixture and beat just until blended. Stir in the pistachios and cranberries.
Form the dough into a 13-inch long, 3-inch wide log on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until light golden, about 30 minutes. Cool for 30 minutes.
Place the log on the cutting board. Using a sharp serrated knife, cut the log on a diagonal into 1/2 to 3/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange the biscotti, cut side down, on the baking sheet. Bake the biscotti until they are pale golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer the biscotti to a rack and cool completely.
Stir the chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water until the chocolate melts. Dip half of the biscotti into the melted chocolate. Gently shake off the excess chocolate. Place the biscotti on the baking sheet for the chocolate to set. Refrigerate until the chocolate is firm, about 35 minutes.
The biscotti can be made ahead. Store them in an airtight container up to 4 days, or wrap them in foil or parchment paper and freeze in resealable plastic bags up to 3 weeks.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
On the patriotic one I used a brick red, beige, and navy blue paint. The vinyl is from Chatty Walls and it blended into the beige too much so I inked the edges with Chocolate Brown ink and then rubbed brown chalk around the lettering. I love the distressed feeling of it, thank heavens it turned out!
The Little Boy Stacker is done with the same colors as the patriotic one. Navy Blue and Brick Red with white vinyl from Chatty Walls. Thanks Chelon for all your help with the vinyl and sayings! I love how they all turned out!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I bought all the fabrics at Hobby Lobby because they have really cute coordinating lines. From start to finish this one took about 2 hours.
So they were pretty easy really, I just cut 2x4 to whatever size fit their name best. The lettering was done with my cricut (I love that thing), and it is 2" tall. The lettering, not the cricut. :) You paint the blocks whatever color you want and I just used the wrong end of a paint brush and did the dots all the way around with more paint. Slap the vinyl on when it is dry and then I sprayed them all with a clear varnish spray. You tie tulle around the top block and hot glue a flower on top! Easy peasy right?
I seriously made all of them in like 2 1/2 hours and that included cutting and sanding the wood. And all for just pennies really.
The website where I found the idea is So Lovely Creations. Check her out, she has some super fun ideas for so many things, and she has an etsy shop too. (but you can make it yourself for tons cheaper!) :)
And I made this one for me and my sister in law Christie. Michaels was clearancing off their mini spring wreaths and I got this one for $2 which is what I spent on the crepe paper to make the one above, I like it just as well and LOVED that is took less than 5 minutes to just glue it on. Done!