Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Pies in a ramekin

So I don't have a picture of this (go me) but its a super easy dessert. I like it because its a nice little size and the perfect little dessert. I guess if you like pie that is. Plus there are endless possibilities... just like making a normal pie! I start off with a frozen marie calendars pie crust. They are a little more expensive than other brands but I just love theirs. They come in two packs so I just use one for 4 ramekins. Once it thaws I roll it up together and divide it into 4 equal parts and roll those into balls. Then I roll those out with a rolling pin until pretty thin. You're gonna kinda press it into the ramekin and have a little extra hanging over the edge. Then you'll take a pie filling of your choice and fill the cup. Then just fold over the extra crust to close off the top. Also make sure you poke some holes in the top with a fork to vent. Then I put them on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil and bake at the temp according to the pie filling directions. You'll have to watch it. I think it bakes for like 20-25 min. Basically until its golden brown. Just keep your eye on it. Then once they cool you can top it off with a small scoop of ice cream and eat it right out of the ramekin. I've used cherry and apple pie filling so far and both are so good. Next I'm trying blueberry. I also want to try cooking the crust then doing a homemade chocolate pudding filling and top with whipped cream. You can really do a lot with it. I love my ramekins. Its a great investment to have a little set of those things. I use 'em all the time! If you don't have some and want to buy them make sure you get a set with lids. Since I can make 4 little pie things with mine I just put lids on the other two and keep them in the fridge. Same when I make homemade pudding and other things. Much more convenient. Hope you'll give it a try! It's so easy!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Thanksgiving Point Gardens Giveaway

It's been a while since I entered a giveaway. I saw this one and had to! Over at Love Stitched they are giving away 4 family passes to Thanksgiving Point's Tulip Festival. I wanted to go so bad this year but we just don't have the money. I wanted to go last year too but lack of money then too. I've heard its amazing and beautiful and I love doing stuff like this. I'm a total nerd when it comes to this stuff. You can enter too and even if you don't want to go, if you win, you can give them to me! :) So anyway check it out! Here's the link again:

Monday, April 4, 2011

Apple Nachos and Coffee Klatch Kolaches

So I tried out a couple recipes I saved from my Taste of Home magazine.

One night Scott and I had a little sweet tooth and I looked around to see what we had. I had a couple apples that were on the verge of turning soft and a couple bags of caramel bits, some mini choco chips, and some marshmallows that I don't remember buying and opening but did at some point but somehow were still soft. So I was thinking..... apple nachos! I had seen this recipe a while back and really wanted to try it. I was missing the peanuts and sprinkles but its ok. They were still quite yummy. Charlotte was loving them. Definitely not the healthiest way to eat an apple but pretty good none the less. I'd type up the recipe but when I have the link... why do that? Hopefully you don't have to be a member to view it but if so you can add your info or just tell me and I'll cut and paste it.
Oh and here's my pic of them. Mine were pretty ooey gooey.

The other recipe I did was Coffee Klatch Kolaches. Also another Taste of Home recipe. They had some more traditional type pastries from other countries and this happened to be a Czech one. Since that is where some of my ancestors come from I thought it'd be fun to try. My parent's had invited us over for breakfast before the Sunday morning session of conference. I thought my mom might have had something similar to this before. She said my grandpa used to make something like it but with a very similar name. They're pretty easy to make. Just takes some time while waiting for the dough to rise and what not. I used cherry pie filling and then tried the more traditional version with the prune filling. I liked both but would love to try and do some other pie fillings. Yummy little pastries. Here's the link for that one:
And here is my picture of mine. Not as perfect as the ones in their pictures but that's ok. Not too bad.