Itty Bitties

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I opened my fridge today and was visually reminded that I had leftovers from a recent cake-pop order to use up.  I immediately thought small, and well, big…big idea, small results, which I will fondly call, itty bitties,….tiny little cake-pops…why not?  They aren’t fancy (give me time)..but I do like them.  I like the size, they are cute and I felt much less guilt eating them than the bigger cake-pops.  I think there is a place for these in the world of dessert.  See for yourself..aren’t they adorably sized?

I replaced the lollipop sticks with toothpicks and made the balls much smaller, maybe 3/4″ or so.  One bite or two, these Itty Bitties are just the right size to enjoy without much guilt (and a fresh cup of coffee)!

Oh, and yes,  I ate the ones in the photo above…vanilla with vanilla buttercream and chocolate with vanilla cinnamon buttercream… they were yummy… uh, someone had to do it for the sake of the photo!  Oh the sacrifices….

 

— Deedee


I can’t believe I just figured this out!

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You may already have done this, but it is new to me!  My family loves my meatloaf, meatballs, etc.. but I HATE mixing all the ingredients with my hands, I just don’t like to touch raw meat.  My Mum always mixed it by hand and never complained about it which make me feel like I might be whining about something so small, but maybe it isn’t small at all;.  Perhaps there are lots of you out there that feel like I do…raw meat…ewwwww!  You would think that food safe gloves would be on my shopping list at all times, but I honestly never remember to look for them when I shop.  I have in desperation used my stand mixer, and it works great sans extra clean up it requires.   So………… after staring down my meatloaf mixture, pre-mixing, the other day, it came to me!  Hefty, Hefty, Hefty….yes a gallon sized zipping plastic bag!

I placed all the ingredients in the bag, squeezed out all the air and sealed it!  Once sealed I just squished and mixed to my hearts content and you know what, it worked!  I am so excited that I will never have to touch this meat mix again….not have to worry about cross contamination…at least when I make meatloaf!  Look how nicely it mixed up….

Tell me now, I can take it…. did you already know this bag trick?  If not, how do you currently mix up ground meat mixtures?

By the way, the recipe I use for my meatloaf is here.  I always tweek the recipe one way or another, but one thing never changes, I always top it with a coating of ketchup and a good sprinkling of parmesan cheese prior to baking, just like my Mum did.

Enjoy your clean hands!!

— Deedee


An Addiction?

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Yes, I am talking about Pinterest.  Are you with me on this one?  Honestly I was just going to be quick on the computer this time, just check email and then go be productive (did you just chuckle?).   I am struggling with that thing, you know, the inner voice…..stop, get up, turn it off, you have things to do and places to be, the cat is hungry!  Ok, ok, I’ll stop pinning…wait, oh look at that, I have to pin it and learn how to make it and oh yum, gooey brownies and watermelon pops…PIN!  I am laughing as I pen this because I know I must sounds so silly, how can someone just want to browse a bulletin board for so long (hours and hours?), but I know I cannot be alone, it isn’t possible…RIGHT?  I need some reassurance here…shout out if you, like me, feel you might need a Pintervention!

On the serious side, not that addiction isn’t serious, there are so many ideas and so many wonderful people willing to share their knowledge and experiences it hard to pull away from it and actually work on a project, isn’t it?  Maybe I will set my kitchen timer to limit my time.  How do you do it?

Do you have a favorite area of interest that you find yourself pinning the most?  I just noticed yesterday that I pin A LOT of things to my FOOD Board….oh that reminds me, I need to go start something for dinner! This definately calls for

 

— Deedee


Chair Re-do

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One of the things I love to do is visit estate sales, yard sales and re-sale shops.  If you can look beyond current condition and the current purpose of things you can find great treasures! The one thing I won’t buy is anything musty or with mold on it, I always give items the sniff test in several places before purchasing.  When “sniffing” I often find people looking at me oddly, but I don’t think you can really kill mold or clean the piece sufficiently for an allergy household.

At one estate sale I visited I was lucky enough to spot a 1960’s (ish) french country table and chair set at a reasonable price (and then haggle a bit for an even better price) and have finally set out to “re-do” it.  I needed a chair for a guestroom of ours that was named “the princess room” by my 5 year old granddaughter as it has lots of pink and whimsy in it and decided to use one of the chairs from the set I purchased.  Here is the before photo…

As lovely as it is in it’s current 1960’s circa color I decided to give it a more modern look with a dark gray paint.  I also purchased a hot pink thick wale corduroy to recover the seat.  I had my reservations about re-covering the seat since it has curved areas and I had never done a seat before this project…but hey, hard doesn’t mean impossible and if you think you can..well give it a go!   Here is the after photo:

Oh that doesn’t look like corduroy you say?  Bingo!  So, this is what I learned…don’t use wide wale corduroy on your first try at creating a curvy seat cover with cording around the edge, because if you do you will break all your currently owned sewing machine needles in less than 10 minutes!  Not to mention that it was so thick in the corners I couldn’t see what I was doing!   After taking a frustration break and replenishing my needle supply,  I remembered I had purchased some softer pink burlap at one of my favorite fabrics stores, where everything is $1.99 a yard!   Ahhhh, this fabric was much much easier to work with.  I used the same seat that was on the chair after removing the old fabric and adding a new layer of batting to give it extra cushion.   I am very happy with the way it turned out and LOVE it in “the princess room”…now if I could just finish the room itself…distractions be gone!

 

— Deedee


Apple Pie Rolls

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The other day my grandchildren were visiting overnight and I planned to take them to the local gym for open swim time after our evening dinner.  I don’t know about your experience, but I know from when my kids were little that swimming makes em’ hungry!  I really hand’t been to the grocery store in a while, I mean it’s just honey and I here and we really don’t need shop often or have much on hand at one time.  With all that said I did find that I had very little to choose from and I wanted something to be ready to eat as soon as we got home so the kiddos could get off to bed quickly.  I also wanted healthy i.e. not a lot of sugar.  I found a couple of apples and some unopened eggroll wrappers and not much else.  So why not try to make something apple pie-ish?

I chopped two apples into small pieces, sprinkled with cinnamon (we like a good amount) and one packet of stevia and approximately one teaspoon of flour and mixed it all together in a medium bowl.

 

Next, I placed approximately 2 to 3 tablespoons of the apple mixture in the center of each eggroll wrapper:

Moisten the edges with a little water then roll up once from the bottom corner tucking the apple mixture in firmly.  Next, fold in each side over the just covered apple mixture and bottom corner wrapper…now just roll it over to the top corner.  Before placing in the over I sprayed each roll with cooking spray then sprinkled with a pinch of sugar  .I baked mine on a parchment lined baking sheet at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned.

 

Don’t they look good?

The tasted great! My grandchildren loved them and each had two. My adult kids loved them too.  The possibilities are endless and I cannot wait to make them again!

Here’s Cheer’s to Apple Pie!  I might need to get to that grocery store though, the cupboards are almost bare now……

 

— Deedee


Let’s Eat Cake(pops)

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I was recently asked to make some cakepops for Yarnia, an awesome local yarn shop participating in the RHODY Yarn Crawl.  What would be better than something sheepish to “shear”?  Yes, I say this a bit sheepishly… But seriously, I found Sheep Cakepops from Bakerella and fell in love with them!   Oh, you know I had to try them and well……

I added some other Sheep Shapes and Yarn CakePops and TahDah… they came out pretty good… not Bakerella good, but Deedee GreenStreet good.

 

The sheep in the top of the photo above is dipped in coconut. The sheep to the left  is my interpretation of the ones I saw made by Bakerella.  The sheep on the bottom right has pieces of mini marshmallows under the chocolate.

The owner of Yarnia was very happy with them and hopefully there won’t be many of the 60 CakePops left after the Yarn Crawl.  Hmmm, a Yarn Crawl, perhaps a great way to unwind after a long day… hehehe…Now off to clean my baking mess in the kitchen..ho hum where is the kitchen fairy when you need her?

Oh and if you are ever in the area of Woonsocket, RI please do visit this wonderful Yarn Shop.  Yarnia offers all sorts of yarns, weaving looms, spinning supplies and accessories!  I have posted a tidbit of what they offer in the photo below….

 

— Deedee