Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
It is the amazing creation of my dear friend
True to her character she is hosting an amazing giveaway today,
head on over and check it out!
P.S. don't forget to wish her a Happy Birthday!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
About a pound of tomatoes from your garden.
I used: sweet 100's, tigerellas, celebrity, cherry, ace, and beef steak.
Quarter the tomatoes and spread them out on a cookie sheet.
Drizzle with olive oil and salt generously.
I also sprinkled some fresh basil on them.
Roast in the oven at 375 for about 35 minutes. You want to see the tomatoes start to caramelize just barely.
Remove the tomatoes from the oven and when they have cooled enough, begin to blend them a bit at a time, throw in a handful of fresh basil and salt to taste. Once you have blended everything up, add about a cup of milk. ( it would probably be fabulous with cream, but I used one percent milk )
Once it is all incorporated I send the soup through a mesh strainer so it is smooth. (if you have a food mill this would work, but I don't have one)
That is it, so easy and soooo good, enjoy.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
The thunder and lightening tonight remind me of one of my favorite things. It's the scene from the Sound of Music when Maria calms the children down during a thunderstorm by singing to them all about her favorite things.
Who doesn't LOVE that song? So on this stormy night, I thought that I would share a few of my favorite things with you!
I recently found these on etsy, and I think they are wonderful!
Isn't etsy the best?! Here is another favorite....
Beautiful Bird Measuring Spoons
(these absoloutely sing to me)
now on a sweeter note....
(crispy, fluffy, love them!)
and finally something from one of my favorite blogs,
Tatertots and Jello
(this is made with all of their addresses, so fun!)
What are some of your favorite things?
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Are you like me? Do you love getting something fun in the mail? Most especially I love to get magazines!
We get several around our house: National Geographic, Boys Life, VeloNews, Grays Sporting Journal, Outside…(are you noticing a trend?) but my favorite magazine is always Sunset.
Sunset magazine is the best, it is full of recipes, gardening tips, and fun destinations, all accompanied with brilliant photographs.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
In a medium saucepan slightly beat an egg, stir in one 5 ounce can of evaporated milk (2/3 cup), 2/3 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup butter. Cook and stir over medium heat about 12 minutes or till thickened and bubbly. Remove from the heat; stir in 1 2/3 cups flaked coconut and 2/3 cup chopped pecans (the fresher the better). Cool the frosting thoroughly before frosting with it.
3/4 cup butter softened
1 2/3 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2/3 cups cocoa
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/3 cups water
Heat oven to 350, prepare your cupcake tin
In large mixer bowl, combine butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla, beat on high for 3 minutes.
In separate bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and baking powder together. Alternately add water and dry ingredients to the butter mixture until combined. Fill the cupcakes, it should make about 36. Bake about 30 minutes.
I have a folder in my photos on the computer titled,
“food I love”
(Ha, anyone who knows me well wouldn’t find that too surprising)
The folder is full of pictures of food I have made, or want to make, or even just a great something that I wanted to remember.
It is not uncommon for my family to have to wait a bit to eat while I snap a few pictures.
So here is a little peek into my “food I love” folder…..
German Chocolate Cupcakes
I made these for my father in law’s birthday a couple of weeks ago. I know that he loves German Chocolate so I can use it as an excuse to make them; they are one of MY favorites too!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Last Saturday was the first market of the season, and it was so much fun. The market is in Pioneer Park and runs from 8am to 1pm. Immediately walking into the market you can smell so many different things. It was crowded, but not too crowded. We wandered down all of the different aisles trying to take everything in. It was wonderful! Where else on earth can you find such an offering of fresh produce, great food, art, plants, and unique jewelry.
One of our first stops was not officially a market booth, but it used to be. Across on the street to the north of Pioneer park is a small waffle place named “Bruge’s Waffles and Frites”.
Monday, June 7, 2010
We went to Western Gardens and gathered up all of the tomatoes I had my eye on, a zucchini, some pumpkin and cucumber seeds. I also grabbed a basil, oregano, cilantro, and rosemary.
As a family we planned out the boxes and carefully designated each spot for each plant.
I wanted to try different types of tomatoes so we did 6 different kinds of tomatoes.
Sweet 100’s, Early girls, Romas, Celebrity’s and Tigerellas. (there is one more but I forgot) I also planted black beauty zucchini and space saver cucumbers.
I personally think that the entire reason to have a garden is for the tomatoes. Think about it….salsa all summer, delicious pasta sauce, eating one right off the vine. Oh tomatoes is there anything that you can’t do?
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Welcome to Alpine Poppy, I am super excited to be starting this blog. It has been in my mind for a long time and it feels really great to be finally up and going. I have so many things that I am looking forward to sharing with all of you, and spring is the perfect time of year to be getting started.