Tag Archives: martha stewart

’tis the season…

REAL snowflakes!

so I have so far not been living up to my part of the bargain, and posting 2 times a week…  I’ll try to make up for it!  It’s December 6th, (holy crap I started wirting this post a while ago!)  and since I work in retail, and in the school system, Christmas season for me starts immediately following Hallowe’en.  Christmas carols have been on the in store radio station for the last 4 weeks or so (and I am one of the few people who honestly love it!), Christmas plays/dances/songs/poems/skits have been in practice for the last 2-3 weeks, and now Mother Nature has unleashed the snowy wintry weather on us too!

The first THREE snow days of the school year happened last week (also known as snowmageddon),  and how did I spend them?  Sleeping.  Sleeping and blowing my nose.  With this winter wonderland weather, I also caught a cold (surprise surprise), which had gotten worse probably due to the fact that since I could not get my car out of the drive way, I chose to walk to work.  In the crazy snow.  When the sidewalks weren’t shoveled OR plowed.  How long did it take me you ask?  about 25 minutes.  How far away do I live from my work you ask?  Normally it takes 5 minutes to walk there.  Shitty.

Alright, enough of my complaining…..

What have I been up to the last couple weeks?  I’m glad you asked!

1.  I baked 10 dozen cookies for a cookie exchange.  Seriously.  They turned out awesome if I do say so myself.  I know I know, I should have taken pictures!  I took one, but then forgot.  And it’s not an exciting pic, it’s just of the ingredients!  I’ll tell you what I made though, and you can picture it in your head!

Sooooooooooooo, I chose to do chocolate covered mint wafer cookies.  Fancy!  They’re not wafers, so I’m not sure why the recipe calls them that, but whatever.  They are chocolate covered, and they are minty, so 2/3 isn’t bad.

Here’s the recipe.

What you need:

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus another 1/8 of a teaspoon
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter @ room temp.
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint extract

What to do:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a bowl whisk the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.  Set aside.
  • Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg and vanilla.  Gradually add flour mixture until just mixed.
  • Form balls of dough about 1 teaspoon large and place on baking sheets.  Take a flat bottom glass, and flatten balls into 1-11/2 inch rounds (OH- don’t forget!!!!- wet the bottom of the glass first!!! Otherwise the dough will stick to the glass, and it’s all messy).  Bake slightly until firm, about 8 to 10 minutes.  When done, transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • NEXT make chocolate coating!  This can get MESSYYYYYY!
  • Melt the chocolate, mint extract, and rest of salt on a double boil thing where you boil water, then put a bowl to rest on top part of pot.  If the chocolate gets too hot, it will turn all sticky and doughy, not melty and smooth like you need it.
  • LASTLY, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Put cookies one at a time on a fork and dip into chocolate.  Then place on parchment paper to cool.  My advice is this…. I went through a lot more chocolate than I thought, so I just started throwing cookies in the chocolate, and forking them out.  I’d put like 10 in, then pull out one at a time.  Messy yes, but a little easier as they are already coated when you go to pull them out.
  • Anywho, after coated decorate with whatever edible decor you’d like!  I used sprinkles! 🙂
  • Cool, and enjoy!

Ok, that’s a mix of the actual directions and my advice thrown in!  By the last dozen, I was flying through the recipe.  These cookies are easy peasy, AND they look professional.  Always a plus!

Tip- if your chocolate turns all doughy and stiff, there is no way to save it.  I googled it, and it said so, so it must be true.

Hmmm, what else can I share?

2. Oh, I tried again at the Cranberry Pumpkin Cheesecake and it rocked out with it’s cock out.  (For those of you who don’t know, I actually own a T-shirt that says that.)

Oh wait, no I don’t it says rock out with your guac out.  As in guacamole.  Same difference though no?

the infamous t-shirt...

Ok, so last time I took a picture of that recipe and posted it, but it was kind of out of focus, so I’ll just type it out.

What you need:

  • 2 cups gingersnap cookie crumbs
  • 4 table spoons butter or margarine melted
  • 3 packages cream cheese softened
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 can pumpkin puree (not pie mix!)
  • 1 can cranberry sauce
  • 2 eggs

What to do:

  • combine cookie crumbs, and butter in bowl, spread mixture into 10 inch spring form pan.  Press crumbs evenly over bottom and 2 inches up sides.
  • preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • beat cream cheese, sugar, flour, and spice until smooth.  Add eggs and pumpkin.  Mix well and pour into crust.
  • place pan on cookie sheet, and bake for an hour.  Turn off oven, but leave in for another hour.  Remove from oven, let cool, then refrigerate for at least 6 hours.  You might want to actually take a butter knife and trace around inside edges of pan to make sure cheesecake doesn’t stick to sides!
  • After cooling, carefully remove from pan, and spread cranberry sauce on top before serving!

Super good, super easy.

HOWEVER…..

if you remember, the first time I tried this, it was really moist….most likely because of the extra pumpkin puree I added!!  AND it didn’t really have enough pumpkin pie spice taste.  Soooooooooooooo, this time when I did it, I made some recipe modifications…..  pay attention people, I’m not going to repeat myself.

  1. I halved ALL ingredients EXCEPT the cookie crumbs, AND pumpkin pie spice.  ALSO instead of a can of puree, I only used about 2 spoonfuls.  Still orangey, still pumpkiny.
  2. I used an 8 inch springform pan.  Still springy, still cheesecakey.

It was so much more flavourful!  BUT I will warn you, that it is quite a lot shorter.  The first recipe is quite tall, more of a traditional cheesecake.  The modified one is shorter in height, but way more flavourful and dense.  Very VERY good if I do say so myself, and it got excellent reviews at our family Christmas party that was had this past weekend.  Seriously.  Awesomely.  Good.

I googled awesome, and this is what came up! (it's for real my baseball team's logo!! haha)

Alright…I have a couple more posts in the works, AND I’m expecting my prof. wedding pics back like any day now!!!!  (Like as in yesterday :P)

AND we got a fancy new camera thanks in large part to optimum points!  So yay to Shoppers!  Yay to new cameras!

We’re heading to the T dot tomorrow, so hopefully we’ll be breaking out the new cam and getting some sensi pics of a sensi 30 something get together.

ikes.

ok, for reals I’m embarrassed at how long I let this blog go…..

I’ll be back for real before Monday, I just got some awesome recipes, and some great craft ideas that need to be blogged about.  Look out Martha Stewart, here comes Erin F-T.  (In case you’re wondering, my new initials (as soon as I get around to changing my name) are EFT.  Say it out loud.  (I mean really sound it out) Just awesome.)

Check this out!

Whisk count = ….3?  it’s definitely 3 or 4.

Advertisements

2 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized, What's for Dinner

jeez louise!

i decided to skip the blog for this week due to overnight shifts, and dress fittings.  that was a mistake.  apparently my group of 5 followers wouldn’t let it be, so here i am at 11pm on friday night popping out a blog post :).

this post is just going to be an update on my busy life, as i still haven’t put together pics from sandra’s wedding, AND i will definitely do a monday/tuesday meals next week!  promise!

things i feel i should blog about tonight:

1.  i am sorely disappointed in martha stewart.  seriously.

2.  how fashion forward i have become this week.

3. the western fair.

alright, let’s get this post going!

1.  martha martha martha!  last week,  you all read about my pom-pom experience and how i was praising martha stewart for being so…martha!  you all know what i mean.  martha is awesomely fantastic in all that she does.  so last week when i saw the annual hallowe’en issue of martha’s magazine come out, i first squealed in delight (of course), then purchased it immediately.  that’s where the excitement stopped.  i have bought the last 2 annual hallowe’en issues, and love them!  i’ve read them about 100 times each, and love love love the ideas in them!  LOVE!  when i opened up this year’s issue, i found that all the magazine was, was a repeat of the last 2 issues put into 1 issue!!!!!  wtf?!  and it was a $9 magazine!  come on martha!  can’t you come up with new ideas?  seriously!  the food ideas were the same, the costume ideas- same!  decor ideas…you guessed- SAME!  sigh.  i was pissed.  luckily i work at a store and was able to get my friggen money back.  i will be honest, 1% of the mag’s ideas were new, but not clearly not enough for a whole magazine, hence the repeats i’m guessing.  friggen martha.  she’ll have to earn back my trust i think.

yes. this IS what i look like in tights! 😛 haha

2.  on wednesday of this past week i wore leggings for the first time since grade six….in public!  haha.  yea yea, i know you’re probably saying duh erin, they’ve been “cool” for like 2 years.  well my friends, i have finally joined the year 2010.  and i’m glad to be here.

3.  tonight i had the opportunity to work at the shoppers booth at the western fair.  it was a nice change of pace, and let’s face it- fair food is the bomb.  who doesn’t like fair food?!  sausage on a bun, candy corn, fudge, deep fried anything!  love it!  i didn’t indulge in all those food choices…i was only there for 5 hours, and frankly, that would have been disgusting!  but i did get a chance to have a sausage on a bun, and an elephant ear! 🙂  while in line for an elephant ear i did notice that they also now sell….drum roll please!!!   deep fried…..butter!  blech!  i almost got it just to see why someone would ever think of doing that!  and you know what?  people were eating it!  they basically cover the butter in dough, deep fry it, and put chocolate, or whatever you want on it….they end up looking like chicken balls.  ugh.  if anyone out there has ever tried it, let’s hear what it tastes like!  was it worth the $6?!

butter.

that’s it for now… see ya on monday!

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

wedding wednesday #4

ah martha stewart.  how have i not tried making one of your wedding ideas yet?  well my friends, the wait is over.  i erin flattery have attempted a martha stewart diy project.

i have wanted to try tissue paper pom poms since i first started creeping wedding blogs.  they’re just so cute!  i’m not sure how you couldn’t like them!  i didn’t really prepare for the craft.  let’s be honest, when am i ever really prepared for stuff?  i have been to michaels 2x this week, and it’s only wednesday!  the only thing i really did make sure i had was tissue paper.  if any of you are trying this at home, make sure you have wire, or whatever it is that is supposed to hold the pom pom together.  i ended up wrapping an elastic band around the middle, and it didn’t work so well.

ok, on with the craft.

first, you take 8 sheets of tissue paper, and you stack them on top of each other.  done.

step 2 and 3

next, you start folding the tissue paper into about an inch sections accordion style.  if you think about it, you’ll get it.

then, when it’s all folded, you can cut the ends into shapes.  ie- i just rounded my edges a la martha stewart’s example.  but i think you could probably cut some neat edges into it which would look pretty great.

next, oh, ok you have to make sure the centre of your tissue paper is already wrapped or secured with wire, ribbon or whatever you’re using.  ok.  now you start pulling each layer up and apart from the middle.  now be careful people!  we are working with friggen tissue paper!  did i rip some pieces off you ask?  yes.  yes i did.  well they didn’t so much rip off, as rip strips into the pom pom, but you know what i mean.

last, attach fishing line, or whatever to hang the pom pom wherever your heart desires!  i did not infact have anything to hang it with, so i just kind of  held it up with my hand.  none the less, i was quite pleased with myself!  i ended up getting lazy, and just used the whole pack of tissue paper (12 sheets) instead of using the 8 like they suggest.  this seems like it wouldn’t make a difference right?  wrong.  i think it would be easier to pull apart with 8.  i think i might also try a small pom pom.  they’re just so pretty!

ta da!

if anyone has a birthday, or special occasion coming up you can bet your bottom dollar there’s going to be a pom pom attached! 🙂

wedding diy project?  not sure yet.  cute?  definitely.

last week i mentioned my friend’s wedding full of diy projects!  i haven’t forgotten about it- they will be posted next wednesday!

3 Comments

Filed under DIY, Wedding