Thursday, September 28, 2017

Carrot Soup

While everyone has pumpkin on the brain ,I am thinking about carrots! The farmer's markets are overflowing with beautiful produce right now....everything from tomatoes to carrots. I purchased a bunch of carrots this past Sunday and had quite a few in my garden, so I decided it was time to make some soup. I made a large pot and then froze it so we will have a quick lunch or dinner option throughout the cooler months. Once the soup cools, it can be stored in mason jars, freezer bags or any other air tight container and frozen.When you need it, pull it out,heat it up and enjoy.

1 large onion,chopped
2 cloves of garlic,chopped
4 lbs. of carrots,chopped (approx 1 inch pieces)
8 c. chicken stock
2 tsp. olive oil
2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
1 c. sour cream
salt & pepper to taste

     In a large stockpot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and saute until tender,approximately 5-7 minutes.Add carrots,stock and rosemary. Bring to a boil then lower to a simmer and cover. Let it simmer approximately 45 minutes to one hour.Remove from the heat when carrots are tender and set aside to cool.Add the sour cream and stir well. Puree the soup in a few batches using either a food processor or blender, until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

This soup can also be served on tasting vessels as shown in the picture above. It is a delicious addition to any meal or party.

The soup will be thick. You can thin it with a bit more stock when you plan to eat it. Divide the soup into freezer containers,seal well and freeze.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Graduations and Summertime!

Today I am sharing the last of of the graduation and summer cookies.In the picture above, I made ten platters for a high school graduation! Congrats to this young man for all of his achievements!
I also put together 200 cookies for another graduation party.This family was celebrating multiple graduations at the same time. Lots of cookies for a lot of people!
  After all of the graduations were over, the cookie theme turned to birthdays. I made these minecraft cupcakes and a cookies platter to celebrate the eighth birthday of my friend's twin boys.

The last of the celebrations was a dual themed party for a brother and sister. The theme was Mermaids and Sailors. Isn't that such a cute idea? Loved making these.
Everyone enjoyed their treats,and I enjoyed making them. Now I will be taking a little break for the summer and spending time with my family. I will be posting some new summer recipes as well as updates on our garden. We seem to be  doing well so far with all the rain we've had. I also have some new projects in the works that I will be announcing in the very near future. Stay tuned!
  Have a great week!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Springtime Celebrations

 Springtime is always a fun,busy time. Here are a few of the goodies I made for friends for Easter,Communions,Baptisms and  a few birthday parties..

   Here is a special carton of egg cookies.So cute.
I made many.many of these jellybeans.
Quite a few of these were made. The peep cookies are always a fun addition to the platters.
The next platter was for a special little guy who loves art. I was pleased with this one!
 These Disney themed Oreos went all the way to Orlando for Easter.
 This nice assortment of linzer tarts and madelines went to a fun gathering.

 This platter was sent to school with one of my boys for Teacher Appreciation Day.

The next two platters were for Communion celebrations.

I also made many cookie favors for Communion parties.

The favors below were made for a beautiful baby girl's baptism.
This platter of crowns was made to celebrate the 60th birthday of a mom who refers to herself as a princess!

This assortment was made for a Star Wars themed party for a young boy. Not bad for someone who has never watched any of the Star Wars movies. Oh well, not a sci-fi/fantasy fan,what can I say? I will be back tomorrow with the last set of cookie creations for graduations and summer fun!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Sweets for the Bride

I 'm back! I have been experiencing many computer related issues and was unable to post anything to the blog. Not sure how I managed to get things to work again,but I did! I wanted to catch up on all the cookies that have been made since February.Lots of pictures to go through,so let's get started.Today will be the bridal edition.
  Over the past few months I've made cookies and assorted treats for a variety of celebrations. Many lovely ladies were celebrating engagements,bridal showers and weddings. Here are some of my favorite creations from those celebrations.
   For this shower ,the bride to be requested chocolate covered strawberries as well as calendar "save the date" cookies.

 The next bride wanted her guests to receieve a glitzy letter "M"
 I really enjoyed making the cupcakes for this beach themed bridal shower.
 This shower was travel-themed,and they requested vintage suitcase cookies.
 The next two brides wanted simple wedding dresses,one with Tiffany inspired colors,the other requested pink details.

 I think this was my favorite.The bride to be and her family love horses and racing, and the wedding will be in Saratoga,hence the wedding dresses and race horses. Fun!
 This bride wanted every guest to have an engagement ring cookie presented in a small ring box for her guests. Cute idea!
Wishing all of the lovely ladies happiness as they begin a new chapter in their lives.
  I will be back tomorrow with more cookie creations! Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Cookie Decorating Class

A few weeks ago, I held a cookie decorating class at a local church. The day before the scheduled class,we had a blizzard. It was windy,cold and messy outside. I have to thank all the ladies who braved the slick roads and slush to come and have a fun evening together. They were a fun group of ladies and youngsters,and we all enjoyed our evening. A special thank you to  my friend Mary, who captured the event on film(is that even a thing anymore)?
    Due to the storm, the cute Valentine placemats I  ordered didn't arrive on time, so we used parchment paper instead.

We worked on the basics of cookie decorating, filling a pastry bag,how much pressure to put on the bag while decorating, outlining and flooding cookies.

   Once they felt comfortable, we moved on to adding flowers to the cookies.

The ladies were clearly having a fun evening.

At the end of the night, they showed off their creations, packed them up and took them home to enjoy.

Some of them even wore a little bit of the icing! A fun night for all. Looking forward to some spring classes.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Valentine's Day

Another Valentine's Day has come and gone. I wanted to share a few pictures with you of some of the goodies I made for friends. The picture above was actually three sets of cookies I made for mini platters. I was very pleased with the way they turned out.Here is how they looked when they were wrapped up and ready to go.
I also made a nice set of Valentine chocolate covered pretzels and cookie favors for a Valentine get together.

Someone requested a mini platter with pretzels and chocolate covered Oreos. It was very cute!
Chocolate covered pretzels are always popular, especially for Valentine's Day.
Another friend, who works for Tiffany & Co. ,asked to have some personalized hearts made up for her department.

Here is a random addition to this post, simply because it was so delicious! I made a broccoli-cheddar tart for my sweethearts!
Now, it is time to get the shamrock cookies going. Here are some I made last year. Love the patterns, so I will be making them again this March.