Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Profiteroles, cream puffs, really good, whatever you wanna call 'em

Last week, our Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club hosted a fundraiser for the  Sailing Academy

Our kids have been in the summer sailing lessons and Rafael has a keen interest in it. He LOVES it and talks about it constantly. Not so sure his crew is so excited, he dumps at least once a day.  But as his dad says, "if you don't dump, you're not trying hard enough" But I digress.... back to the post at hand....

The fundraiser was the annual lasagna dinner and cake auction. 
I've had this idea in my mind since last year's auction, but being new here, didn't have it together enough to make it. This year... I was ready.
(Just a little sample. As was noted by the auctioneer.. this year's theme was "Cake with a hole in it""

I have a cake pop maker and imagined a pyramid of cake pops... what kind? Couldn't decide. 
Instead, I made cream puffs. Have you made them before? It is sooooo easy!

 This recipe comes from an old Robin Hood Flour recipe book my late mother in law baked from.
1/4 c shortening and 1 c of water heated until shortening melts.
 mix 1/4 tsp salt in 1 c flour and dump into the wet mixture above. 
Stir until you get a paste.
 Remove from the pot and let cool slightly. 
Adding one egg at a time, mix after each egg for up to 4 eggs.
 You will get a bit of a runny consistency.
 On a greased or parchment paper lined cookie sheet, drop the dough onto the sheet.
I made 4 different sizes. I think these ones are from a 1.5 tsp. I made 1 tsp, 1/2 tsp and 1/4 tsp drops.
They temperature setting was 425 for 10 minutes, then 350 for 15, but it was too long.
After a few batches, I just did 375 for about 10-15 minutes.
My oven isn't the greatest. Play around on your own.
When they cooled, I sliced them half way and filled with whipped cream. It was warm out that day, so I put a little icing sugar in the cream before I mixed it. I also added some vanilla extract.

The chocolate glaze is a donut glaze from Alton Brown
So.. I dipped the bottom of the puff into the chocolate glaze and made a sorta pyramid shape. 
Once again, the auctioneer had his own names for things and this was lovingly named
Amanda's Volcano!
Not quite the effect I was going for, but killing it with powdered sugar can make anything look good! 
 It survived the heat and was bought up for $70! 
I was even complimented on how good they were. Phew!
As this is a fundraiser for our wonderful sailing program, people come prepared to spend.
This baby earned a cool $110!

All in good fun.
So friends, next time I'm invited to a pot luck.. expect these!
Now, what to make for next year.... hmmmm.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I went back to where I grew up...

This past weekend, we took a quick, bittersweet trip back to where I grew up, Port Aux Basques, Newfoundland.
The purpose was to lay my dad's ashes in their final resting place. 
The lone tree at the edge of the water.
Although it was short, we did get to visit some familiar places.
This is the view we saw from out kitchen and bedroom windows growing up.
(hi sis)
We stopped at several beaches. Grand Bay West
 Searston. Notice the mountains in the background. They are the Long Range Mountains
Also called, Table Top Mountains
looking for drift wood
 Maybe a Boxing Rock in Newfoundland?
 Official Plant of Newfoundland, Pitcher Plant.
 ah, la.
 There was great gathering of a very large family.  And it's still not everyone!
Much singing, laughing, eating, hugging, crying, loving. The weather was beautiful and we were so blessed with company and love.

On the way home, we stopped at Fortress of Louisbourg. A great place to spend a day.
 So yes, a bitter sweet family trip for a man who would have been so happy to be there. 
Who planned on going there this week for his 70th birthday and family reunion. 
Yes dad, your heart would have been very full.
Happy Birthday
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Saturday, August 10, 2013

any craft around here?

Does craft beer count?
 Seriously, this summer is outta control!
We've been so busy with the brewery and filling orders and trying to keep beer on the shelf.
It's a great problem to have and we're looking forward to having it even out a bit. 
To get one tank ahead will be nice. 
Thanks to everyone who've tried it and even more so to those who buy again. 
And again. And pass it on.
 I've not sat down for so long, that I fell asleep during my 1.5 hour visit to the dentist. 
I napped a few times and felt so relaxed. 
I was a little sad when it was over.

But the kids have been having a blast at their camps. That is what is most important to me.
The Ex is in town.
We stayed for a bit of the burn out competition. Crazy stuff. 
But once again, we left before the derby. 
Next year, we're going to time it a bit better.
These guys will be coming to live with us soon.
 Or is it this lot? Whatever, there will be five. And I'm kinda scared. We have to set up the electric fence around the chicken coop and run b/c we have racoons! I don't want the kids to go out first thing in the morning and have to run into a possible "event".
 Today, I called a time out and we went to the beach!
 A time out to not care about every room in my house looking like a bomb hit.
 A time out to watch my kids have fun in the sand.
 And to enjoy how they are growing. 
This one turned 7 today! 
Seven. And what a lovely seven it is.
This is my 1.5 hours of summer this year. 
Me in time out.
hmm, my underside looks a little pale.
 Maybe I can work on that.
 Let's see what adventures tomorrow and week will bring.
The calendar is already getting written up. Boo.

Here's hoping that you recognize when you need a time out too.
Now, I really should go address the kitchen and the supper mess. 
But at least, I didn't cook supper tonight. 


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

nice ending

After a day of this...
 I had a nap and missed this. (The picture is from last year.) 
And this year, my kids were on a float and throwing candy to the crowd. I was snoring instead. :(
 When all was done, I had one of these...
nice. And I smell like smoke from a campfire. :}
Summer joys.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

blueberry hill

It's Blueberry season!!!!
 And we live only a 5-10 minute drive to a lovely blueberry farm.
 So you know ya gotta stop in on your way home.
 To fill our boxes 
 And our tummies. 
Like my boots? Glad I had them in the car. They smelled like beer though. 
They be my bottle fillin' boots.
 Speakin' of beer, like my shirt? Newly arrived! Check it out here.
 And for some reason, I got to see this in the evening. Oh yes, I was going to the  movie. Love the jibs, the colourful sail out on the water.
Hoping to get in some more sewing this week. I have 2 days to do it. And I also have a "decorate it yourself? gel pen wallet" that has been in my head for about 2 years to show you.
till than, ciao,