Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Thinking about the last year, the memories that have come along, some with purpose and intent and some by surprise, some believe life is directed and others believe it is by happenstance, none the less I want everyone to cross the bridge to a new day, a new thought, a new memory, a new joy, a new sense of totality and well being, be blessed my friends and take care as we all venture into another year in this journey we call LIFE! Happy New Year, Diana
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Well here we are another year about to start and this one is not finished yet!! I certainly will try to do much better at my blogging, and I have started out by putting a new banner on my blog, please leave me a comment and give me your thoughts, I will truly appreciate your them since I am still relatively new at this!!! My new banner is courtesy of FreeFoto.com, everyone stay warm and cozy!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
A favorite at Christmas, these morsels of intense flavor and texture are surprisingly easy to make and require no more than just a few fresh ingredients.
8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons sweet butter
Break the chocolate into small pieces and place them in a food processor or blender with 1/2 cup cocoa powder. Pulse until completely blended. Combine the cream and butter in a small saucepan and stir until hot; be certain that it does not boil. Pour the hot mixture over the chocolate in the blender and process just until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until firm, 2 to 3 hours.
Scoop out the chocolate by the teaspoonful or with a melon baller, then shape each piece in your hands. Coat in the remaining 1/2 cocoa. Refrigerate until serving time.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Well everyone the top photo is what is suppose to happen in the fall, the beautiful colors and cool brisk air, but lo and behold this is really the truth!!!! Old man winter is really a Wolf in Sheep's clothing, just take a look at this!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Here he is my favorite little monster, no certainly I am not afraid of this little monster, for you see his only thought is COOKIES!!! This cookie monster is my nephew and what a cookie he is! Love and Kisses, Auntie Diana
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Love the idea of baking bread, the type that comes from the artisan bakeries, where the loaves are crusty outside and chewy inside, the loaves that look like a work of art and you hate to eat but alas you give in to the desire! I have not tried this recipe as of yet but intend to do so very soon, will post the ending results, have a blessed day.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Here is a picture of my young man, I have been told I am not allowed to say he is my little boy any more, don't you know he is all of 10 years old, so he reminds me as if somehow I had forgotten, well I guess at 10 that does qualify him for young man now instead of little boy! I feel blue! Anyone else out there got these same blues??????
Monday, September 29, 2008
This is my dream dining room, the table, chairs, lights, the colors, I love the whole room but have a moderate budget, if you could only do part what would it be, looking forward to the ideas. Have a great day!
*courtesy of Pottery Barn Fall catalogue
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
I must say here is the most beautiful fall picture I have ever had the privilege to see, you see my little guy is the artist who made this, he is six years old and a artist in his own right, I love this picture and will always cherish it, have a sweet evening!!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Fall just isn't fall without this delicious moist wonderful calorie free cake, ok well maybe the calorie free part is stretching it but the rest is the truth! The recipe follows:
* FOR THE CAKE
* Nonstick vegetable spray
* All-purpose flour, for pans
* 3 cups self-rising flour
* 2 cups granulated sugar
* 3/4 cup vegetable oil
* 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
* 2 very ripe large bananas, mashed
* 1 (8-ounce) crushed pineapple, with juice
* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 4 large eggs, beaten
* FOR THE FROSTING
* 1 pound (1 box) confectioners' sugar, (for the frosting)
* 1 (8-ounces) cream cheese, room temperature (for the frosting)
* 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, softened (for the frosting)
* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, (for the frosting)
* 1 tablespoon milk, or more if needed (for the frosting)
* 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, (for the frosting)
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray and flour three 8-by-2-inch round cake pans, tapping out excess flour; set aside.
2. Prepare the cake; in a large bowl, stir to combine self-rising flour, sugar, oil, pecans, bananas, pineapple, vanilla, cinnamon, and eggs.
3. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans, smoothing with an offset spatula. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until the tops spring back when gently pressed with your fingertips, 26 to 28 minutes.
4. Transfer pans to a wire rack to cool 10 minutes. Invert cakes onto wire rack. Re-invert cakes and let them cool completely, top sides up.
5. Prepare the frosting; in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine sugar, cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon milk on medium speed until frosting is smooth. If needed, add more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, to achieve the proper spreading consistency.
6. Using a serrated knife, trim tops of cakes to make level. Place four strips of parchment paper around perimeter of a serving plate or lazy Susan. Place the first layer on the cake plate. Spread the top of the first layer with 1/4 of the frosting. Place the second layer on top and repeat process with another 1/4 of the frosting. Place the remaining layer on top of the second layer bottom side up. Spread entire cake with remaining frosting. Sprinkle the top with pecans. Remove parchment paper strips; refrigerate until ready to serve.
*courtesy of Martha Stewart website.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
I know it seems crazy, but I am so ready to start the holidays, I have always loved fall and winter but I have had enough of summer I want the fall and winter to be here, maybe it is the cozy feelings I get knowing my kids and family will be together and the fireplace will be going and cookies and the christmas cookbooks, wow, anyone else out there feel the same way!!!
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
…but I do like to think about the life of wine, how it’s a living thing. I like to think about what was going on the year the grapes were growing, how the sun was shining that summer or if it rained… what the weather was like. I think about all those people who tended and picked the grapes, and if it’s an old wine, how many of them must be dead by now. I love how wine continues to evolve, how every time I open a bottle its going to taste different than if I had opened it on any other day. Because a bottle of wine is actually alive — it’s constantly evolving and gaining complexity. That is, until it peaks — like your ‘61 — and begins its steady, inevitable decline. And it tastes so good
*Excerpt from Sideways.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Well here I am for the first time writing a post, I don't know if I am doing this right, but is there a right way to write something or can it just be from the very center of someone's soul! I look foward as I venture forth to meeting new people, have a beautiful evening!! Diana