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Friday, August 1, 2014

Darling Desk Redo....

My Friends are so sweet to let me share their projects.....This desk redo turned out so sweet & my friend Tammy did an amazing job bringing this well used desk back to life.
Bravo Tammy.....Love this darling desk!
Simply Full of New Found Style....
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cowboy Bedrolls for Breakfast...

Cowboy Bedrolls for Breakfast are so good and easy to eat on the run! Make ahead and reheat! YUM!
 Cowboy Bedrolls
  from PineCreekStyle

Ingredients:

  1. 12 wonton wrappers
  2. 6 breakfast sausages, cooked and cut in half lengthwise
  3. 2 eggs, scrambled & cooked with seasonings & chives
  4. salt, pepper and chives for eggs
  5. 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  6. oil for frying
Directions:

  • Cook the egg mixture in a medium fry pan. Do not scramble. Let cook in a thin layer, like a crepe,  and flip like a pancake to finish cooking. Cool and slice in strips for layering in the wonton wrapper.
  • Slice the cooked breakfast sausage in half lengthwise, see photos
  • Layer wonton with cheese, warp egg strip around the sausage half , place on wonton and wrap closed.
  • Fry rolls, cooking both sides of the wonton. 
  • Drain on paper towels & serve.
Makes 12 bedrolls
Serve with cheddar cheese sauce, salsa or guacamole.
Serving Breakfast with Tasteful Style...
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Don't Have an Egg? Use this...

A cooking chart with easy substitutes, in case you don't have an egg on hand. 
Baking with Style....
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Decadent Strawberry Tequila Cake...

A bakery style cake with home made taste! This cake was amazingly simple to make & the taste is heavenly!

 Decadent Strawberry Tequila Cake
          from Pine Creek Style

  1. One white box cake mix
  2. Tequila; enough to equal the liquid measurement on the cake mix * (My box called for 1 cup liquid)
  3. 1 tablespoon of vanilla powder
  4. 1/2 cup of strawberries for infusing: cut strawberries, place in a cheese cloth bouquet bag... see directions 
  5. 1 tablespoon simple syrup or clear Karo syrup
  6. Eggs & oil as called for on the cake mix box
  7. additional 1/2 cup of fresh cut strawberries to be used for the filling
  8. 1/2 can of prepared vanilla frosting for the filling
  9. A heaping 1/2 cup of melting chocolate for ganache & 1/4 cup each of white & pink chocolate for candy topping 
  10. 1/2 cup of Whipping cream for the Chocolate ganache/frosting
Directions:
First, make the Tequila infusion, then the cake batter.

  •   In a large vessel, pour in the required tequila for the liquid measurement. Example: 1 cup of tequila, 1 tablespoon of simple syrup and the bouquet bag with the cut strawberries inside. Drop the bouquet bag in the tequila mixture and heat in the microwave for 40 seconds on high. Let cool. Then squeeze the bag into the pink tequila to drain. Set aside strawberry tequila to cool & use later to the cake batter. Discard the bouquet bag.
  • Mix the cake batter as directed (eggs, oil etc.) on the box using the infused strawberry tequila. Also add the vanilla powder at this time. Mix well and place in a prepared baking pan.
  • Cook the cake according to the directions on the cake box. Cool.
Filling:
 Between the cake layers, mix:
1/2 cup of chopped strawberries, fold gently into 1/2 (-3/4) cup of canned frosting. Use this to fill between the cake layers.

Frosting/Ganache:
Make a Dark Chocolate Ganache for the top.

  1. 1/2 to 3/4 cup of melting chocolate in a sauce pan
  2. Slowly add 1/2 cup of whipping cream to the chocolate , stirring constantly
  3. 1 tablespoon of tequila, optional
  4. Stir until melted completely and shiny in appearance.
  5. Cool, slightly warm, and pour over the top of the cake
Chocolate Candies

  • Melt the chocolate's (1/4 cup per color)  and use a teaspoon to drizzle melted chocolate in a desired pattern onto waxed paper. Let harden and use as candy decor on top of the ganache/cake. See photo for example


The above photo shows the different steps of the cake.
Drizzle chocolate in the pattern you wish....Let harden then place on cake top.
This Cake has Decadent Style & Taste!
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Faux Marbled Walls with Awesome Results...

A simple paint change in our Master Bathroom, added light to the room & depth to the walls.  Just the look I was wanting! Our bathroom was too dark, we only get direct morning light. The dark forest green wall behind the sunken tub didn't help. The off white marble tiles have dark green veins, along with dark green diamond tiles for insets. I needed to keep some green in the room....
The back wall has been repainted in a faux marble look. I left the original forest green paint on the wall.  Then, I used a light tan and a cream over the top blending all of the colors in the room. I created a marbled look for the wall. Now you can see the veins and depth of the heavy plaster style walls. With the dark green the wall, the texture was barely noticed.
 Just look at the difference! I love the lighter look and the room looks bigger!
 Touches of green in the decor blends with the greens in the tiles and the veins of paint on the wall. The window shutters color blend nicely with the new paint color. They are a beautiful mahogany color and looked to RED with the dark green.
 I tried to give you a better look of the paints before & after! the marbles look is very subtle, so I enhance the paint color (brownish) below so you can see the marbled look up close!....
The green is actually much darker, I had to lighten it so it didn't look black! You can't see the wall texture at all! The paint on the right has been enhanced so you can see the details. The camera really didn't do the "Justice" I needed! The actual is paint, is now Marbled and a very subtle creamy tan with dark green veins.

The Marbled Look:
1. I left the Dark Forest Green paint
2. Sponged a light Tan over the top..(It looked horrible!)
3. I then sponged a light cream over the top of the 2 colors! (Yikes still ugly!)
4. Then...I used a plastic cup with WATER in it & a paint brush (2 1/2 inches wide) with a touch of cream paint on it. Then I dipped the brush in the water cup and white washed the walls in a swirl and swiping motion. I worked in small patches. Blending the edges of the last patch as I worked quickly. The secret is to not use too much paint or water. You don't want it running down the walls in streaks! Blend, Swirl & Sweep....Repeat...blending over the previous sponged area and the current blending area until all of the wall is finished.  (AWE....Much better...I love it!) Perfect!!!

The last step gives you the marbled look. It lets the veins of the darker paints show through, yet they have a light white-wash over the top to soften and blend the colors. At different times of the day, depending on the light, the marbled wall seems to subtly change color & depth. I love it...Just what I wanted.
This is the powder room, off the sunken tub area. Similar colors, are in here along with a picture that mimics the one near the sunken tub. Not shown is my antique vanity, which still has a dark green wall behind it, and is the focal point for that room!
Now the room's colors blend beautifully! **On a side note we bought this home after it had been built & painted. Some of the paint didn't quite fit our decor. This was one of the areas that didn't work for Me! I love my Stone Lady's on either side of the bay window. This new paint really shows them off nicely. AND..., I love the lighter, brighter look for putting on my makeup!
Simply Marbled Walls with Style...
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Peach Fritters...

There were White Cling Free Peaches sitting on the Kitchen counter.  Suddenly...., Ornery was craving Fritters 'n Peaches!
Peach Fritters from PineCreekStyle

  • 2 cups of  Bisquick
  • 2/3 cup of Heaving Whipping Cream
  • 2 cups of fresh peaches, diced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon sugar mix, plus extra for sugaring after cooked...about 1/4 to 1/2 cup according to taste
  • a heavy dash of nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla powder
  • Oil for frying, I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Canola
Directions:
1. Mix in a bowl; Bisquick, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon sugar, dash of nutmeg, vanilla powder, whipping cream & egg. Blend well
2. Fold in the peaches to the batter. Gently blend.

Cook:
In a deep frying pan, heat oil until hot, Approximately to 36o-375 degrees. 
Drop the fritter batter by teaspoons into the hot oil, growing on both sides.
Remove and place on a paper towel. Shake or sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the top.
**Work in small batches, 3-5 at a time. 
Serve warm
Pure Delight...
Serving Fritters with Style & Taste...

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