Saturday, January 22, 2011

family style dining on the beach...or in a horse stable

I first discovered Outstanding in the Field while paging through a magazine. Their outdoor restaurant concept is innovative and admirable. Their 2011 schedule will be out in March, and I can't wait to see where they are going next year! I would love to book a few tickets for dining on the beach in California.

"Our mission is to re-connect diners to the land and the origins of their food, and to honor the local farmers and food artisans who cultivate it.Outstanding in the Field is a roving culinary adventure – literally a restaurant without walls. Since 1999 we have set the long table at farms or gardens, on mountain tops or in sea caves, on islands or at ranches. Occasionally the table is set indoors: a beautiful refurbished barn, a cool greenhouse or a stately museum. Wherever the location, the consistent theme of each dinner is to honor the people whose good work brings nourishment to the table.Ingredients for the meal are almost all local (sometimes sourced within inches of your seat at the table!) and generally prepared by a celebrated chef of the region. After a tour of the site, we all settle in: farmers, producers, culinary artisans, and diners sharing the long table".

I think it would be neat to eat in a stable too!

hpnotiq avalanche cocktail

1 ½ oz. Hpnotiq
1 ½ oz. Malibu Coconut Rum
Splash of Lime Juice

Shake with ice, strain into a coconut rimmed martini glass

Friday, January 21, 2011

Seashell flower bobby pins

cowry sea shells pearl
bobby pin
card board
hot glue

Start by grouping 8 of the cowry shells to make a flower shape. I hot glued them in place by placing a little dab of glue on the sides. Then hot glue your pearl to the middle.  Then I put the cardboard between the bobby pins and placed a little bit of hot glue to the top of the bobby pin and placed the seashell flower on top. By placing the cardboard between the bobby pin it helps keep the bobby pin from sticking together. Enjoy! :)

Friday, January 14, 2011

beachy fireplace mantel

I have been dreaming of going on a trip to white sand beaches. I was really hoping to go for my bday in February but that doesn't look like it's going to happen. So I have to improvise at home :(. I'll be posting a few more beachy things in the next couple days.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Chocolate cupcake molds

Brrr another cold day in the Rockies, :). Perfect for cooking. I was paging through my new Martha Stewart Magazine and I saw a cute idea to make these chocolate molds. Sorry I could not find the link on Martha's website she used milk chocolate and her molds turned out more uniform. Mine did not hold the round cupcake paper shape but I still think they are fun.

white chocolate chips
paper cupcake liners
wooden spoon or cooking paint brush
peanut butter
nuts (peanut or almond)
small sauce pan

Using a cupcake pan I placed out a few paper cupcake liners. Then put some water in a small sauce pan and bring that to a boil. I added a few chocolate chips to a plastic bowl and placed on top on the boiling water, stirring with a wooden spoon. Once the chocolate melts add a little bit of the chocolate to the paper liners and either use your wooden spoon to spread the chocolate all over the inside of the liner or use a cooking paint brush to cook your liners. Then place the chocolate in the fridge for 10 minutes to set. Leave your sauce pan boiling. When the chocolate has set remove the pan and add more chocolate to a small bowl and continue temporing the chocolate for a second coat. Apply to the set chocolate and put the liners back in the fridge for another 10 minutes. While your waiting for the chocolate go ahead and add your peanut butter to a piping bag. Martha used a star piping tip but I didn't add a tip. Then chop up your nuts. I used almonds since peanuts don't last very long in my house, lol! Remove the chocolate from the fridge, gently remove the paper liner and pipe in some peanut butter and top off with your chopped nuts. I think these would be great with some fruit cream cheese dip and fruit slices. I think I may make more for Valentine's day using a little bit of red in the white chocolate.  Enjoy!!

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

crabby chairs

It's been snowing all day in Colorado and it's really making me want to go on a tropical vacation. I thought I would share these crab chairs from Design Toscano that I am in LOVE with! I have been eying them down for a long time!! :) Maybe someday when I buy a house and have a pool I'll be able to pick a couple of these up. Right now we just don't have room in the apartment. I would want to paint them orange to resemble king crabs. I can't believe how fast the weekends fly by!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

crystal snowflakes

white pipe cleaners
popsicle stick
Twist three 5 inch pipe cleaners together to form a snowflake. Tie the flake with string to a popsicle stick. Fill jar with 9 tablespoons borax and  3 cup of boiling water, make sure to mix the mixture well. I added a few drops of blue food coloring but you can just leave it white. Hang the snowflake in the jar. Let your snow flakes sit over night and remove. You can take the snowflake out after 6 hours but the longer it sits in the solution the more crystals it will get.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Beach Clay pot

  • Small clay pot
  • Yellow, orange, red, green, light brown, blue, and white paints
  • Elmers glue
  • Hot glue  
  • Sand
  • About 16 pasta shells
Paint the flower pot light blue (mix a litle bit of white to the blue).  Paint the bottom half of the flower pot light brown. Mix some elmers glue into the brown paint and apply the mixture over the brown area of the pot. Sprinkle on some sand while the mixture is still wet.  Use the red paint to paint a crab and green to paint seaweed. You can add a few fish or star fish if you'd like. Paint your pasta shells, I had two of each color. Hot glue the pasta shells around the rim of the flower pot.  Fill your pot with a plant or your favorite candies. I think I'm going to fill mine with sand and sea shells.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

grape cluster cupcakes

Box of cupcake mix 
Red and Blue food coloring or you can buy purple frosting :)
Purple gumdrops
1 green gumdrop

Start by making your cupcakes. Let them cool completely then frost the cupcakes with purple frosting (mix a little bit of red and blue food coloring together till you get a purple that looks like the gumdrops) and arrange the gumdrops in a grape bunch. To stack the grapes on top I just put a little bit of frosting on the bottom to keep them in place. Cut the green gumdrop in half and place at the top of the grape cluster.