Thursday, May 13, 2010

Amazing Coconut Macaroons

I found this recipe on Kay Whitt's blog when I was searching for inspiration for my next sewing project. They are still the best I have ever eaten. Try not to over indulge. It is hard to only eat one...

Tres Leches Coconut Macaroons
Recipe yields 24 large
4 14-ounce bags sweetened coconut flakes
2 14 ounce cans sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1 to 2 packages high quality dark chocolate (I used Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cover cookie sheets with parchment paper. Mix half of the recipe together at a time by placing a bag and a half of coconut in a mixer bowl, along with one half of the remaining ingredients. Mix slowly with a paddle attachment. Once all of the ingredients are well blended, add the remaining half bag of coconut. Mix in and empty the bowl into a very large bowl. Mix the other half of the ingredients in the same way. Add it to the already mixed portion. Use the ice cream scoop and lightly pack the ingredients together so that the macaroon holds together nicely during baking. Place onto the cookie sheets and bake. I was able to place two sheets into my oven on different shelves, so I changed their position halfway through baking to keep the browning even. The original recipe says to bake for a total of 10-12 minutes, but I found I needed longer. I baked for 10 minutes, then moved my pans, and set the timer again for 10 more minutes. You will know when they are done when the bottoms are nicely browned and the tops are lightly toasted. Remove them from the pans to cool on a rack. Once they are completely cooled, they can be dipped in chocolate.

Melt the chocolate in a medium bowl in the microwave, stirring after each minute until just melted. Dip the cooled macaroons halfway into the chocolate, then place back onto baking sheets covered with parchment and set in the refrigerator or freezer until the chocolate is set.

Fluffy Pancakes

I love pancakes. I like to roll them around sausage and eat with my hands. I love pancakes! This is a recipe that a friend gave me. They are some of the best I have ever eaten.

3 cups flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 eggs
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup oil
2 1/4 cups milk, divided
Mix the first 3 ingredients together in a bowl with a whisk. Set aside. Stir together the eggs, syrup, oil and 1 cup milk. Add the dry ingredients. Stir together. Add the remaining 1 1/4 cups of milk. Pour the batter by 1/2 cup measurements on a hot griddle. Turn pancakes when golden brown. Serve wrapped around a sausage link or with butter and syrup. Enjoy!

Sariah Bishop Baby Shower

District Art Show 2010

These are photos of some of the artwork we taught this year. This is at the fairgrounds, where the school district holds their yearly display.

Lastly more photos of purses

More photos for Purses with a Purpose...

Purses with a Purpose May 2010

I like to volunteer in the community and this is one that is near and dear to my heart. This is such a worthwile event and who doesn't love a new or genly used purses. I wanted to post some photos of the event. We had so much fun. Can't wait until the fall for the next one at Silver Sands.

Sewing a new skirt for MEEEE!!

I have so wanted to sew a couple of new patterns that I received a while back from Serendipity Studio. Thanks Kay! I finally decided on Green and Black and White. I wanted a spring green with a pop of black. I needed 21 stips of each printed material @ 2 1/2-inches wide. So it took me about 1 1/2 hours to finish the skirt. I will now have to sew one for each of my two daughters, I am sure! Two more patterns to accomplish for new Sunday skirts for me. I will post photos by the end of the day. Hope this is inspiring enough that you will want to sew one also. Til Later!

Worst Blogger Ever

I always have good intentions but never seem to have the time to blog. I am setting a new goal to blog once a week. I love to cook and sew and volunteer but the volunteer part has taken a large part of each day. I am vowing to take care of me and I will make time for my hobbies that I enjoy.