the temperature at which sweets happen

Month: September 2009

Octoberfest Sister Style

Octoberfest Sister Style

Stop by everyday for the next two weeks for creative tricks,and delectable treats to help you celebrate this Halloween! Want to play along? Grab our button (—-> over there!)and post it on your sidebar.Next week you’ll have a chance to share your best tricks and […]

My Turn to Try

My Turn to Try

I have not been able to get that cornbread out of my head: The staple cornbread of Z’Tejas, with the secret ingredient! The one that is more than just another buffet style cube shaped yellow bread, the one with a crunchy brown exterior baked in […]

Furry Festivities

Furry Festivities

We brought Danger home just 1 week before Thanksgiving when he was just 8 weeks old.


We named our little furry Danger because of the adorable little fur mask framing his eyes. He cried the first few nights missing his brothers and sisters, but then he realized how much we loved him, and how good he had it.

He has it sooo good.


This week he turned 4 years old; of course we celebrated his special occasion!! Danger received a new hair cut, tons of presents, a trip to the park with a new tennis ball –


and…

Puppy Pumpkin Cake

I sandwiched this recipe from two wonderful recipes: Pumpkin Muffins and Pumpkin Cake Roll with Cream Cheese Frosting from Doggy Desserts by Cheryl Gianfrancesco to make a yummy cupcake for Danger to enjoy on his special day.
P.S. I highly recommend this Doggy Cookbook!

Cake:
3 eggs
¼ cup honey
¼ cup oil
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup water
Simply add all ingredients together and mix until smooth
Pour into cupcake liners, ¾ full, makes 5 jumbo cupcakes or 10-12 regular size
Bake at 375F°, 20-25 minutes or until cake springs back to the touch
Transfer to wire rack to cool

Danger says,
“Ruff! Ruff!”


Frosting:
8oz. cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon honey
¼ cup oil
Beat with mixer until smooth and creamy
Frost cupcakes as desired


Based on Danger’s reaction, the cake was delicious! Both he and Tipsy (at least what Danger didn’t steal from her) loved their special treat, but Danger’s favorite part of his birthday has always been opening presents. He actually understands the concept that there is a prize underneath all that pretty paper, and frilly ribbon.

See exhibit A:

Not only does Danger survey the present, but after he makes the initial attack, he methodically determines which piece of the present must be attacked next to unveil the enclosed gift before proceeding. Notice when he takes a moment for meditated sniffing of the new guest before accepting his prize?, priceless!

We got to celebrate with my sister and her family, and her boys especially loved experiencing and seeing the novelty of an animal enjoying the same things they do! We left the pumpkin cake for the furries to enjoy while we consumed an amazing peanut butter cake with smooth ganache frosting! (Don’t worry, I’ll share that recipe soon enough!)

Where Are You Going?

Where Are You Going?

… why, to the Checkered Umbrella Boutique of course!! The checkered umbrella boutique was founded by Nettie Barnett and her daughters who were all energized to release their creative wiggles.This the is the first boutique for Nettie and Co. and it sure to be a […]

Endless Opportunities

Endless Opportunities

Some like it hot, orange juice that is… okay, a very limited few “some”, me included. The way it soothes as it rushes down your gullet and the way it warms up every part of your body is pure comfort. It is just like a […]

Marshberry Ice Cream

Marshberry Ice Cream

My sister and I went blackberry picking a few weeks ago to a little u-pick in Payson. It was bittersweet; sweet because I love to pick berries, bitter because I’ve never had to pay for blackberries before, ever (yes, that’s another plug for Oregon). It’s not that I’m cheap, it’s just that I wish I had a cute little blackberry patch all to myself to produce all the limitless berries I could ever want!

You can see from this picture how excited I get picking fruit – hair all disheveled, but look at that smile!

I knew before we went exactly what I would be doing with all the tempting, black, ripe berries I brought home – saving them!! (I told you I was stingy with food I can’t reproduce.) I intended to save them for an express purpose, to be revealed at a later date… oh the suspense!, can you stand it?

…but one pint of berries, I reserved for ice cream.

Marshberry Ice Cream

This ice cream has a lucid flavor, one of tart distinction and thick, though fluffy composure, with a perfect blend of berries and cream and smooth marshmallows. It is rich with luscious affection and a complimentary soft texture.

Gabriel says, “It is delicious!”

½ pint of blackberries
½ cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
¾ cup mini marshmallows
2 ¼ cups heavy cream
¼ cup water
Add all ingredients into a blender and purée until smooth

Transfer to a sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium heat
Cook for several minutes, and remove from heat
Let cool for 10 minutes, then add remaining ½ pint of blackberries and ½ cup mini marshmallows and stir to melt slightly

Churn according to maker’s manufacturers instructions, or churn by hand.

For an extra burst of goodness, pour orange syrup over the scoop(s)!

Visit Pamela’s blog for all the pertinent info on where to go to u-pick!

Fashion Food

Fashion Food

It is coincidental that today is the day I made this cake. When Andrea introduced this cake in March she giddily remarked her excitement for Spring. It it coincidental because today is the day that it appears Fall has arrived – and we have been […]

Lucky Winners

Lucky Winners

I loved hosting my $100 giveaway! It was so fun checking in every day to see what all of you had to say, and I loved and continue to love (keep it coming) all of your feedback. I’ve had a great time visiting and reading […]

We Will Never Forget: Project 2,996

We Will Never Forget: Project 2,996

On September 10, 2001 Mark Whitford received a long awaited call, one which he and his wife Renee, had hoped for and anticipated.

His application to join Staten Island’s Elite Rescue 5 team was accepted. His life long dream was realized.

Whitford was a member of Manhattan’s Engine Co. 23. As the chauffeur of his firefighting brigade, it was his duty to remain with the truck… but when news received them of the attacks on the World Trade Center neither him, nor any of the six members of his company hesitated the call for rescue.

His wife Renee remembers his fighting and captivating spirit. “He was incredibly happy. That’s why he didn’t stay with the truck. It was in his blood. He was a rescuer,” she said.

His twin sons, Timothy and Matthew, now 9 years old will be proud to learn of their fathers legacy. He was devoted to the experience of our Earthly adventure, offering the ultimate sacrifice of his own life so that others might be able to celebrate and live their lives to the fullest. He considered each moment precious, particularly those spent with family and friends. Mark Whitford was known for his genuine sincerity, humor, and intelligence.

Timothy and Mattthew will grow up knowing that their father valiantly died while trying to save others at the world Trade Center on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

Whitford graduated from Tottenville High School in 1989 in Staten Island as the 3x PSAL Wrestling Champion in his weight class from 1987-1989. He went on to study at Seton Hall University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, graduating in 1993 with two Eastern Regional Wrestling Championship Titles in 1992 and 1993, and as a two-time NCAA qualifier.

He worked for Chase Manhattan Bank until 1997, when he was accepted into the Fire Department.

It was his calling.

In Rosebank in Engine Company 152, Whitford responded to a man’s plea for help when he approached him in his engine truck outside the fire department; the man’s wife was in labor. Drawing from his skills learned as an EMT, Whitford delivered a beautiful, healthy 6.5 pound baby girl.

By 31 years old, Mark had lived a full, intense and joyous life. He was an honorable man, and deserves to be remembered.

We will never forget.

Click here to see all Project 2,996 memorials.

The Place to Be

The Place to Be

Daybreak is the place to be this weekend! The Spotted Zebra Boutique in South Jordan will be loaded with  accessories, jewelry, candles, talented artisans – and candy,… of course! Boutique Location: 3361 Water Crescent Place South Jordan, Utah 84095 Directions Boutique Hours: Friday: September 11th,  […]