This really embodies the feel I'm hoping to achieve on our big day... a casual but beautiful ceremony with a laid-back brunch reception to follow...and, inspired by fall of course. I loved the idea of using simple jars as centerpieces and the rustic burlap on the tables. Unfortunately I collected these images before this blog began so I can't give credit to where I found them (same goes for below!). Anyway, we have decided on a venue for the ceremony and reception and I think it will be perfect for the style we are hoping for!
These cookies are already a cinch and to make it easier I was using pre-made cookie dough that day. I simply used food coloring (it took quite a bit) to turn the dough orange and baked the cookies like normal. After they cooled I melted the Hershey Kisses and used a sandwich bag as a piping tool to draw on the basketball lines. They ended up looking pretty awesome and tasted just like the regular blossom cookies! If you want to make a basketball themed cookie and are looking for something other than ordinary sugar cookies, I would definitely recommend giving this a shot.
You can find a traditional, non-shortcut version of Peanut Butter Blossoms here.
Original Collector: me
Monday, March 30, 2009
12 cups sliced apples
3 cups apple cider
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
Peel, core and slice apples. Cook apples in cider on stove until soft. Transfer cooked apples to a heavy roaster-type pan, add remaining ingredients and mix well. Bake in oven at 300 degrees, stirring occasionally. Will need to bake a minimum of 2-3 hours until thick (use your best judgment) and then ladle into pint jars leaving 1/2-inch head space. (Makes approximately 6 pints.) Process in water bath for 10 minutes after water starts boiling.
Original Collector: My Grandmother
Before I began planning my wedding I was frighteningly unaware of the vastness of the blogging world. While searching for inspiration I’ve stumbled across blogs on every single topic under the sun and WOW, I’m impressed. How can this naivety be? Your guess is as good as mine. I’ve actually been a member of the blogging world since 2005 where I share a private blog with my hometown best friends…a laid-back blog of 2 parts catching up, 1 part gossip, and 1 part “Dear lord, please keep me from being bored at work!” It’s a wonderful, comfortable space to hang out with my old friends (all now in separate corners of the globe) that has served well and, hey, it’s the closest we can get to meeting up for happy hour.
As for this blog…well, this will serve as my own life’s “recipe” box or a more accurate description: a hodgepodge, catchall of all things I love. For years I’ve had a serious obsession with cutting, tearing, rewriting, saving, or book marking anything and everything that inspires me. This habit has inevitably created a cluttered mess of piles of magazine clippings, printouts and disordered, arbitrarily named folders on my desktop. My collection is roughly 70% recipes and 30% other inspirational fascinations: photos, projects, interior design clips, jewelry, artwork, and random items I love but have no use for and/or cannot afford. Welcome to my attempt at organizing and compiling all of these tidbits….maybe you’ll find something you love too.
Disclaimer: In no way do I guarantee that I will update this blog daily, weekly or even monthly. I do not guarantee that I will not completely forget about or abandon the blog after 1 or 2 weeks. I will try my best to update but knowing me this could be another short-lived fascination that gets filed away in the rest of my collection.
Saturday, March 28, 2009