Friday, May 5, 2017

Happy Cinco de Mayo!! Strawberry Margarita Pie and Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Remember our old friend the
 amazing Margarita Key Lime Pie??

 Please let me introduce you to her new friend...

Strawberry Margarita Pie!!
 These pies can be made gluten free, simply switch the 
crust to an all crushed GF pretzel
crust and your have a magnificent dessert!!

Oh...and here's another fun friend for Cinco de Mayo:

Fresh Fruit Salsa with baked Cinnamon Chips!!


I'm running out the door to show these recipes on Fox19!!

See you later.  Enjoy!!!

Margarita Key Lime Pie with 
Pretzel-Graham Crust and Candy Sea Stars

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Crust:
1 cup finely crushed graham crackers
½ cup finely crushed salted pretzels
1 tsp coarse sea salt
2 TBS granulated sugar
6 TBS melted unsalted butter
In a food processor, finely chop the graham crackers and pretzels.  Add sugar and melted butter to combine. Mixture will resemble wet sand.  Pour into a 9-inch pie plate.  Using an empty drinking glass, lightly tamp down the crust, forming it to the bottom and sides of the pie plate.  Sprinkle with sea salt.  Set aside.

Filling:
(1) 8-ounce softened cream cheese
½ Cup sour cream
¾ Cup key lime juice (If using fresh key limes, consider using a clean garlic press to make quick work of the tiny key limes.  Cut in half and then squeeze with press over a bowl.
(1) 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
1 drop of green food coloring (optional)

Directions:
In a food processor, whip the cream cheese until light and fluffy with no lumps.  Add in sour cream, lime juice and sweetened condensed milk.  Continue to blend well until the mixture is smooth, silky and emulsified.
Pour mixture into prepared pretzel-graham crust.
Bake for 10 minutes on the middle rack of a preheated 350 degree oven.  The pie will set and be less glossy after the 10 minutes.
Do not brown the top of the pie.

Chill pie well, for a least 4 hours up to overnight.
Top with fresh whipped cream and candy sea stars for garnish.

Whipped Cream
½ pint heavy whipping cream
3 TBS powdered sugar
(If you really want a margarita-esque pie, add a shot of triple sec to the cream before whipping -optional.)
On low speed of a mixer, whip cream sugar and optional alcohol if using.  After it thickens a bit, mix on medium high until thick if keeps shape.
Fill a piping bag fitted with a decorative tip and decorate edges of the pie.

Candy Sea Stars:
Using a candy mold (sea stars or other ocean themed shaped mold) Fill mold with melted white candy melts or almond bark.  Let chill for five minutes.  Once set, pop out shapes and decorate pie.  (Candy sea stars are a great make ahead garnish…simply keep in and air tight container until ready to use.

Candy molds are available in craft and baking supply stores. 
I purchased mine at Cincinnati Cake and Candy on Galbraith Rd in Reading, Ohio.

Candy melts and Almond bark: candy melts are available at cake supply stores and some craft stores with a baking section.  Almond bark is available in the baking aisle of most grocery stores.


Strawberry Margarita Pie with 
Pretzel-Graham Crust from Karri Perry; Blue Ribbon Kitchen

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Crust:
1 cup finely crushed graham crackers
½ cup finely crushed salted pretzels
1 tsp coarse sea salt
2 TBS granulated sugar
6 TBS melted unsalted butter
In a food processor, finely chop the graham crackers and pretzels.  Add sugar and melted butter to combine. Mixture will resemble wet sand.  Pour into a 9-inch pie plate.  Using an empty drinking glass, lightly tamp down the crust, forming it to the bottom and sides of the pie plate.  Sprinkle with sea salt.  Set aside.

**For Gluten Free: Make crust of only crushed GF Pretzels

Filling:
(1) 8-ounce package of softened cream cheese
½ cup puréed fresh strawberries
¼ cup key lime juice (If using fresh key limes, consider using a clean garlic press to make quick work of the tiny key limes.  Cut in half and then squeeze with press over a bowl.
 (1) 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk

Directions:
In a food processor, puree the strawberries (about 5-6 medium strawberries-cleaned and hulled) Add the lime juice, pulse for two seconds.  Pour the strawberry/lime mixture into a measuring cup and set aside.
In the food processor, mix the softened cream cheese until smooth and creamy with no lumps; scrape down the sides if necessary.
Add the reserved strawberry/lime mixture, to the cream cheese.  Finally, add the sweetened condensed milk.  Continue to blend well until the mixture is smooth, silky and emulsified.
Pour mixture into prepared –cooled pretzel-graham crust.
Bake for 6-8 minutes on the middle rack of a preheated 350 degree oven.  The pie will set and be less glossy after the 8 minutes.
Do not brown the top of the pie.

Refrigerate pie for at least 4 hours, up to overnight.
Top with fresh whipped cream and fresh strawberries.

Whipped Cream
½ pint heavy whipping cream
3 TBS powdered sugar
(If you really want a margarita-esque pie, add a shot of triple sec to the cream before whipping -optional.)
On low speed of a mixer, whip cream sugar and optional alcohol if using.  After it thickens a bit, mix on medium high until thick if keeps shape.
Fill a piping bag fitted with a decorative tip and decorate edges of the pie.

Fresh Fruit Salsa with Baked Cinnamon Chips
Karri Perry; Blue Ribbon Kitchen

Baked Cinnamon Tortilla Chips:
Using soft flour tortillas, cut tortillas into wedges, to make “chips”
Place cut tortillas on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Spray the tortillas lightly with coconut cooking spray or butter spray.  Sprinkle generously with a mixture of granulated sugar and cinnamon.
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes on the middle oven rack. Check back every 3-5 minutes until the tortillas are lightly golden and crisp.  Remove from oven and let cool.  Store cinnamon chips in an air tight container.


Fruit Salsa
 Finely dice ½ cup each of:  watermelon, strawberries, honeydew, and fresh pineapple.
 ½ teaspoon lemon zest
 ½ teaspoon lime zest
  ½ teaspoon orange zest.
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon fresh orange juice.
1 teaspoon honey
Dice the fruits and set aside.
Zest the lemon, orange and lime, set zest aside.
Pour the fresh juices into a small bowl, add the zest and honey.  Stir together the juices, honey and zest.
Add the diced fruits to a medium mixing bowl.
Gently pour the fruit juice/zest/honey mixture over the diced fruit.  Stir gently until the fruit is well mixed. Refrigerate fresh salsa up to 2 days.
Serve with the baked cinnamon tortilla chips.

**Yes you can swap the fruits to make other fruit salsa combinations.  Consider: mango, cantaloupe, kiwi, grapes, blueberries or cherries

Monday, April 3, 2017

When Life Gives You Baseball Cards

Could it be??

After a few months of wondering,
followed by a few weeks of waiting, 
only to be followed by a
 few more months of forgetting...

Could it be that our mailbox was 
holding a wish come true...??

Turns out...
 the answer was YES!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Lucky Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cake

I feel lucky
Very, very lucky
And probably not for the reasons
you might think.

Not because its the luckiest day of  all
St. Patricks Day

Not because I correctly picked
one single number  on
 the last Powerball  jackpot
(I still need to turn in that ticket 
for my $4.00hope its not too late)

Its because of this super-amazing twist of fate

Friday, March 3, 2017

Double Chocolate Cream Pie

Can you build a better mouse trap??

Hmmm....

Some things can be improved upon....

and other things...are probably better left as they are...

So this post begs the question...

Could I make a perfectly chocolate cream pie more chocolaty??

Turns out the answer is....

yes!!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Valentine Table & DIY Heart Napkin Rings



Roses are red...

Frogs are green...

Isn't this the cutest Valentine table

that you've ever seen??

Wait...

Don't answer that!!

It is pretty cute though...


Whew... 
friends... What a whirlwind
of activity around our house lately...
Between the crazy weather,
 field trips, school meetings and
 Live videos... there's a lot going on!

Did you see the FB Hometalk Live??
(I'll include it at the end of this post in case you want to watch.)
Did you see the part where my mom wrote in??
She totally caught me off guard...

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Touchdown!! Snackadium Success!! ...and Super Bowl Snack Ideas!!

Up until yesterday...
all of my Pinterest fails 
had thankfully taken place in
 the privacy of my own kitchen... 

Jell-O molds that didn't gel...
cakes that didn't rise to any occasion...
 ...there have been plenty of misses... 

Plenty.

So yesterday, 
making a BIG super-important project...
all morning... on live TV... 
Well, it came with a little stress...
I did not want a Pinterest fail...
and especially not in front of...
Cincinnati.
Is that asking too much??

This is probably why I didn't sleep 
very well on Thursday night...

So much to do... 
So much to think about...

Will this "stadium" which is actually
 a pile of office organization 
boxes and computer holders look
like a stadium??  Will it??  
Can it??

Here I am setting up the stadium structure on Thursday.

Friends... 

Yesterday...  
was A-mazing!!

I can't wait to show you all the cute, 
super-fun things we did... live, on-air yesterday...

No Pinterest fails allowed!!  No way!!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Super Bowl Snack Stadium!

Hey friends!

Are you having a Super Bowl party?!

I am... but it's an early morning party...

Our local Fox 19 is having a 
Super Bowl party Friday...
today...
as in, later THIS morning.

To get ready for the BIG event they asked 
if I could help put together a snack stadium.

Of course!!
I love a great party 
--the Super Bowl is always a fun event 
to plan for!!
How exciting...

This project has been in the works for
a little while now...
With the help of Pinterest, family and friends...
I gathered some of the easiest
and best-loved fun for a super-amazing,
 Super Bowl party.

Whether you plan to
relax on your couch in you PJ's...or throw
a great big shin-dig...there's
probably something for everyone
during today's segments on FOX.
(at least I hope so...)

This is set-up from today...

this is set-up from home... 
testing out my design...


This is from earlier today...setting
everything up in the studio...
Yes, the hot glue gun was there too!

We are making a big stadium
complete with all the extras... 
like penalty flags, team colors and lots of snacks!!

Actually, we have a second stadium...
For those who like to order in...
City Barbecue is filling our 
second stadium...It's going to be delicious.

Please stop back later to see the filled stadium!!
I am so excited to see it all finished...

I hope it will look amazing...
I really do...

But, we will all have to wait until we are live on air...
Let's all keep our fingers crossed  ;)


More set-up from today...



Below find all of the sources form today's segments.

I'll be back on the blog later to
show you photos of the filled...and finished 
Super Snack Stadium!!

You can tune in locally 
on Fox19 WXIX, Cincinnati
starting at 8:45 am!!

Hope to see you!!



 How cute... a football wrapped milk carton for the kiddos.
 Team colors...



Super Bowl Snack Stadium Sources:
Stadiums:
Office organization boxes: IKEA
Laptop/phone holder: IKEA
Soda boxes: Kroger
Spice racks: Wal-Mart, Target, The Container Store
Aluminum pans: Kroger
Football field table cover: Cappels
Lg. Metal Pails, holding the pretzels: Target-last spring
Paper Straws: Kroger
Silver and red picks:  old purchase from Pier One
Penalty Flag tins: IKEA
Yellow Napkins: IKEA
Team Pom-poms: Cappels
Whistles: Cappels
TV Bingo Cards: Party City
Team logo cups: Party City
Green field plastic cups: Party City
Team Balloons: Kroger
Striped wrapping paper: TJ Maxx
Football/Ref Stripe scrapbook paper: Hobby Lobby
Sprinkles: Cincinnati Cake and Candy in Reading

I'm trying to use the selfie stick.... 
I think there's a trick to it I haven't discovered just yet...


 Beer Cheese for Pretzels:  Blue Ribbon Kitchen --photos coming soon!!

2 packages Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1 packet dry ranch seasoning ( Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning)
6 ounces-beer
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Directions:
Mix softened cream cheese and ranch seasoning until combined.
Add 6 ounces of beer, stir well. ** If making cheese into a football shape, add only 4 ounces-for a slightly thicker consistency.
Add the shredded cheddar cheese.  Cheese mixture will thicken.
Chill at least two hours. 

Football:
If desired, form cheese into a football shape, add small pepperoni to cover the surface, add string cheese for laces.

Serve with pretzels.

Don't forget to check later for all the details from our Super-Snack Stadium recipe segments!!

Remember Super Bowl LI will be on FOX this Sunday!!
--So much to remember...






Tuesday, January 24, 2017

HomeTalk Live Today: A Vintage Kitchen Tool Wreath and GIVEAWAY

Welcome!! 
 Today is the HomeTalk 
Live Demo on Facebook at 1 pm EST!! 


Were you feeling like you needed
 some "Farmhouse" decor in your life??

That seems to be all the rage...

Today we are making an actual,
true-blue...genuine...
vintage kitchen tool wreath!!

Look on the on photo above...patent date 1923
that mixer is certainly vintage!!

It doesn't get much more farmhouse-y than that.

The BEST part??  I'm giving a wreath away!!

Monday, January 9, 2017

The BEST Appetizer of New Year's Eve and a Special Milestone!!


"Milestone!!"

I was born in the 70's...

Our family always drove
"new-to-us" cars...
 not brand new cars from
 the showroom floor.  

It was a different time...
a time when families bought 
what they could afford...
no more and no less.

Credit cards were not
an everyday item...
In the 1970's
We paid cash for everything...
It's just how we did things.
 Car payments were
not an extra bill a lot
of families wanted to take on ...

If something on the car broke, 
you fixed it yourself, if you could...
and if not, the local mechanic was always a good bet.

I know our family was
 the proud owner of
at least five or so different
 cars that I can remember...

My dad always picked out 
good looking cars...
Some of our cars were
 certainly better than others... 

Many we remember for their quirks...
the weird seats, or after-market horns...
the fancy wheels or the tiny-triangle
 backseat windows.
Truthfully, 
the quirks gave us funnier stories
 and fonder memories.

My dad would cheerfully announce
 from the driver's seat:
"Milestone!!

We would all peer
 into the dashboard and 
watch the odometer slowly 
flip to a brand new number.
49,999...and then...wait for it...

"50,000 miles --and she runs like new!!"  
Wise words... 
from my real-life 1970's dad!!

Today, I am happy to announce from my
desk chair at my computer:

"Milestone!!

because....

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Biscuits and Loaded Potato Leek Soup for a COLD day


I was almost useless
 the entire shiny, 
brand new week of 2017...
I just knew I was coming down
 with something late on New Year's Eve... 
(a whole week ago)  

I felt great all through the holidays...
 and having a healthy family
throughout the merriest time of the year
 is a true blessing... 
A 100% sneeze-free home and 
no doctor's visits...that's truly the stuff
 of fairy tales...any parent can tell you that.

For me...that dreaded 'I'm catching a little something
feeling was spot on...
and it wasn't the
  Santa ClausMopolitans 
I celebrated with
all evening long...  I'm certain.

As late as Wednesday,  
I quietly asked my husband:
"Do you think I should reschedule
 the live recipe segments??"

After a long pause he said:
"It's only Wednesday... 
I think you'll be better by Friday morning..."

I really did not want to cancel on FOX... 
Should I stay or go?? Hmmm...