September 13, 2012

Easy Breakfast Treats...

Instead of something sweet, I brought these mini broccoli quiches to work
 today for our Staff Devotional Time.

They are so Quick & Easy...
I prepared and baked them in the morning.

...and brought them to work straight from the oven!
~here is the recipe~
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk 
  • 2 tbl flour
  • 2 C frozen broccoli florets finely chopped
  • 3/4 C cheddar cheese, freshly grated (or the cheese you like)
  • salt and pepper to taste (add other spices to taste)
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Spray/grease the muffin pan liberally.
  3. Microwave the broccoli for three mins.then chop
  4. Beat the eggs & flour in a bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  5. Pour into muffin pan and bake for 25 minutes.

Staying Cozy,

September 9, 2012

An Apple Today....

It is almost apple picking time here in Oregon...

Before you head out, consider what you'll do with the apples that you pick.
Mini Apple Pies are so fun to make
...especially in a jar!

Home-made jam is much easier to make than 
you'd think and makes a wonderful gift.

 Blackberry & apple jam

 Add apples to any cake for a moist & delicious result!

Pick some apples...and have some yummy fun!

September 8, 2012

The "perfect" frosting!

 “I’m not really a big frosting person” many  are overly sweet. I love frosting that is more like whipped cream.
You can get that light & fluffy result by starting with a "white sauce". Really...and it is so good. And it’s not so thick and sweet that you need a gallon of milk to get it down your throat. It’s mild and smooth, and light as air and it doesn’t take away from the taste of the actual cupcake!

I made these for my friend at work this week!

Perfect Cupcake Frosting and Filling

3 tablespoon Flour
1/2 cup milk
(whole milk is best, but I use non-fat when it’s all I have and it’s actually fine)
1/2 cup real butter (I prefer salted, but you can use also unsalted and add salt to taste)

1/2 cup sugar
(that’s granulated sugar, not powdered sugar)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
, or other flavor if you wish.

Whisk together the flour and the milk. Heat in a small sauce pan on medium heat.Whisk continuously until it starts to thicken. Let it cook, while stirring, until you can start to see the bottom of the pan. Smash any flour lumps with a rubber spatula to keep mixture smooth.

Keep cooking mixture until it resembles thick pudding, almost a paste-like consistency.


Put this mixture in the fridge and let it cool completely, it’s fine if it stays in there long enough to get chilly, you just don’t want it warm at all. As it’s cooling, feel free to stir it occasionally to speed up the process and keep it from forming a crust on top.  When it is chilled, you can move on to the following step.
It an electric stand mixer, beat the butter and the sugar for a minute or two until well combined and fluffy. You’ll want to use the whisk attachment on a stand mixer, not the flat paddle. Then while beating, add in the thickened milk mixture and the vanilla. Beat to combine and then scrape down the sides. Don’t be scared. It’s going to look like a goopy mess and kind of lumpy and separated like this:

But you just wait. It’s gonna blow your mind in a few minutes. Beat on med-high until it comes together and becomes light and fluffy.  It can take anywhere from 5-10 minutes.

Use it to fill or frost cupcakes, cakes or other pastries. 
You can’t go wrong putting this on just about anything

Stay Cozy,

September 6, 2012

I cast my line and hooked these...

 Cast iron cuties!

...and only $1 a piece!

September 5, 2012

Lovin' the Target $1 Section....

Gotta love the target "Dollar Deals" this week...

 Fabulous Gift Wraps....

 ...with tags and printed tape!

 ...even matching gift boxes!

Stay Cozy & Crafting!

September 4, 2012

A funky way to pass the time....

 I found this fanciful clock at my local Goodwill Store...

 The "winged heart" pendulum works perfectly and there was not a chip to be found...

and only $3.99!

Stay Cozy,
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