; Life is like champagne......: 2009-02-01

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Celebrity Apprentice is coming back!

Celebrity Apprentice is one of my select TV shows I love to watch! I was excited to see an add last night that it will be back on March 1 with a whole new cast of characters, and they are truly a bizarre cast! I went to the site for the show and could not seem to find the cast list, I am sure if I googled more, there would be an answer. Anyone catch the cast list?

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Champagne Food Friday

Some mornings I have all the best intentions to get up early and make something for breakfast for my husband to take on the go. Sometimes this does not always work out. I have an abundance of oranges right now and figured I would make Cranberry Orange Scones. Now you would think there was orange juice in this recipe I chose along with orange zest. The zest was there, the juice was not, kind of strange and a little wasteful. Wait......it gets better.

I have 30 minutes until he leaves for work to do this, a quick look at the recipe and it says 20 minutes to bake. I think I can make it. Start to get the flour and realize that I may not even have enough of flour, measured out exactly 4 cups, took a little out for the board. Then looked to see how much butter, 3/4 of a pound! Wow, that is a lot of butter and thankfully I had it in the fridge and not in the freezer. All this time I am watching the clock, the time is going by too fast.

I start to mix the wet, four eggs and a cup of heavy cream, another shocker since I happen to have heavy cream from the baby showers this past week. Add it to the dry and now I am ready to dump it out on the board. I should have reserved more flour for the kneading, it was very wet dough and sticky. But wait..............I forgot to add the dried cranberries.....aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh! So I decide to fold them in while I knead it. Tricky but seemed to work. The recipe wants me to roll them out and use a biscuit cutter to cut circles, no time or extra flour for that! It is a few pat pats and on to the cookie sheets, looking a little larger than suppose to but I figure by now what else have I got to lose. Oh wait, I forgot the egg wash, skip it and just dust some sugar on top.......no time!

In the oven to bake for 25 minutes, well forget that he will be taking them for on the go breakfast so I quick make him a PBJ, not as good but will do. How did they come out? They certainly were buttery but did not taste any orange. I think I will stick to an Oatmeal Scone recipe next time, probably easier and won't make me feel as guilty with all of the heavy ingredients in this one.

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Get involved

The National Elections may be over but the state and local elections will be starting to gear up for this November. You might think it is too soon to even consider thinking about this, not in the least! All politics are local and you CAN make a difference.

Here are a few questions for you.

Do you know what the largest portion of your town budget is?

Do you know what commissions are elected positions in your town?

Does your town have an economic plan?

Most towns have a web site and you can learn about your town government. If not, stop by your town hall and request information on what elected positions are available in your town. I have been involved in politics since high school, starting out with Shellfish Commission. Currently I am an elected official on Zoning Board of Appeals for the past 7 years and plan to run again. The time given is very minimal, but very gratifying. You learn a lot about your town government and become in tune with what is going on in your town.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Hail to the Little People

My daughter is crazy about the Fisher Price Little People! I remember I enjoyed playing with them as a child, I never realized how costly this toy is! I happened to pick up an older house at a second hand toy store which had all sorts of sound gadgets to it such as a washing machine and a microwave. Her Aunty Deb and Uncle T gave her another house for Christmas, different style. I figure she can have a neighborhood going with block parties. This one has a few sounds, of course the Toilet seems to be the standard sound.

Recently I purchased the Little People birthday set, got it on Amazon for a decent price. Searching around I found they have other sets, some going for $60-$80, for a Little People Toy! She LOVES the birthday set as it has a table set up with a cake that plays Happy Birthday. She has been going to so many birthday parties, it is fresh in her mind.

I find myself checking if there are new sets available.....it is addicting. This seems to be a classic toy and I think I will end up keeping this as a pass on toy. What I have found is that the Fisher Price web site has the best prices for the Little People toys, don't assume Ebay and Amazon are the cheapest.

Anyone else have the same situation with this toy?

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The adult cupcake

I am all about looking for different recipes for making cupcakes. And if it involves a little alcohol, you know it has to be geared toward the adults. When Smitten Kitchen came out with the Chocolate Whiskey and Beer Cupcakes, I caught myself staring way too long at the picture! I am ready to try theses cupcakes, I only need an event to bring them to!

By the way, Smitten Kitchen has been nominated for THREE Bloggie Awards, voting ended yesterday and of course I casted my vote because I LOVE Smitten Kitchen!

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Monday Knits

I have been attempting to felt a hat for Bugaboo Girl. Getting the correct size has been tricky and I want her to be able to wear it for next winter. With the help of my mother-in-law who gave me a head form, I managed to get this size correct and made the bobbles a contrasting color. The head form is great to let the hat dry on for shape. No pattern in hand, all experimenting.

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Champagne Food Friday - Emergency Chocolate Cake

I am a chocolate cake fanatic. This past Sunday at church, someone had made a chocolate bundt cake that was outstanding, I will have to get that recipe and try it out. For this Champagne Food Friday, I tried a modified Emergency Chocolate Recipe. It was an old War time recipe, basically using ingredients you have in your pantry, the authors from Cook's Illustrated doctored it up to add a little more chocolate taste and more moist texture. The beauty of this cake is to be made in a timely manner and also in an 8x8 pan!

Here are the ingredients.

1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup Dutch processed cocoa
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped fine
1 cup hot coffee
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl combine cocoa and chopped chocolate, pour coffee over to melt and whisk together until smooth. Add mayo, egg and vanilla, mix well. Add dry ingredients and mix ingredients until just combined.

Pour into a greased 8x8 pan, bake for 30-35 minutes.

Cool on wire wrack in pan for 1-2 hours, dust with confectioners sugar.

DO NOT over bake this cake or it will be dry. I unfortunately over backed it and was slightly dry, but still tasted good. Mayo is added to make it moist, and the coffee enhances the chocolate flavor. Try it out!

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