Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Beach Cupcakes

These cupcakes are a great way to celebrate summer coming to an end!  We have made these on several occasions before, this time we made these for a friend who was celebrating her birthday.  She had just been to the beach.

These are so fun and easy to make.  I just love the Fruit Stripes gum.  We found the Fruit Stripes gum at Winco (we live in the west), but you really could use any kind of gum.  The "beach ball" is just a little gum ball.  The parasols can be found at Hobby Lobby or other craft stores.

Directions for the Beach Cupcakes

1.  Bake your favorite cupcakes.
2.  Make a batch of buttercream frosting.  Tint it light blue, ocean-colored.
3.  Crush a sleeve of graham crackers.
4.  Frost the cupcakes with the buttercream frosting for the water.
5.  Dip half of the cupcakes in graham crackers for the sand.
5.  Bend the Fruit Striped Gum into a beach chair, apply a little bit of frosting on he bottom of the chair.
6.  Add the beach ball (bubble bum) to the cupcake with a little bit of frosting on the bottom.
7.  Place the umbrella in the cupcake.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sun-Dried Tomato Bacon Parmesan Pasta

Hello Red Couch Readers!  We have been making this pasta, on and off last summer and this summer.  It was a recipe that my daughter Talley and I came up with last summer.  It is filled with some of my favorite ingredients.  Even those that don't like fresh tomatoes, love the sun-dried tomatoes in this pasta.  The sun-dried tomatoes just gives the pasta a wonderful zing.

Here is a close-up of the pasta.

Sun-Dried Tomato Bacon Parmesan Pasta

1 (16 - ounce) package of pasta -- we used Rotini, but any pasta will do
1-1/2 cups sun-dried tomatoes, cut in small pieces -- we use the tomatoes in a plastic pouch (not in oil)
1-1/2 cups onion, diced -  we used a sweet onion
2 cloves garlic, diced
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1 (12-ounce) package bacon, cooked until brown and then crumbled
1 (5 ounce) container shredded Parmesan -- we use the kind from the deli.
Basil, for garnish, optional

In a large pot, cook pasta according to directions, drain and set aside.  In a large dutch oven, put sun-dried tomatoes, onion, garlic, and olive oil.  Saute the onion, sun-dried tomato, garlic, and olive oil in the dutch oven for about 6 minutes, or until the onion is soft.  Add the ground pepper and the red pepper flakes.  Add the bacon and heat thoroughly.  Remove from heat.  In a large serving bowl, add pasta and sun-dried tomato mixture.  Cool, then add Parmesan cheese and garnish with basil.  Serve hot or cool.

Note:  This is a really, no-fuss recipe, and it can be adapted to your needs --  add less oil or more sun-dried tomatoes.

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Lemon and Lime Cookies

Hello, I thought I would share a few pictures of some cookies that I made.  Making lime or lemon slices are just about the easiest cookies to make, using the wet-on-wet technique, and I think that they are so cute!  

The lime cookies have a sad tale.  My daughter wanted to bring some to a friend.  So we had a few errands to attend to before bringing them to a friend,  It was a hot day, and we left them in the car.  You guessed it!  They got soft and mushy and they kind of melted!  Lesson:  Do not leave cookies in the car.

We also made some lemon ones.  

I just haven't posted in months, and all of a sudden today, I thought I would make a post.  I am sorry for not posting more often.  It is not that I haven't been up to things, it is just a factor of time and priorities.  I hope that you are well.

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