Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Fun times in the O'Connor kitchen

What a wonderful week. I only had one day off this week and I spent it with these two beautiful ladies. Randi was the lucky winner of the Local Girls Pie Giveaway and wanted to learn to make the pie instead of just getting one. Don't you just love it! Aubrey is home for the summer, loves Randi (just like me), and wanted to get in on the party too! We all ended up with a decadent pie to share with our families.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Local Girls Chocolate Pie Giveaway WINNER

Tara drew the winner--and its RANDI. I'm so happy that I doubled my projected participants in this contest. I'm touched that you all stop by. As for the winner, she is beautiful (see above), smart (my mom her 3rd grade teacher verifies), a loyal friend, a person of high integrity, honest, a person who keeps confidences, and person Ive learned a lot from. She's also working her toosh off in Nursing school! So proud of her.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Local Girls Chocolate Pie Giveaway

My walking buddy told me that this is national pie week....Funny we talk about food while walking. I can't find any verification...MAYBE SHE JUST LIKES PIE. Anyway I'm giving away a beautiful chocolate pie made by me! BEST CHOCOLATE PIE EVER!!

Leave a comment and we will pull a number out of a hat.

If comment history is any indication Aubrey, Courtney and Randi will be competing for this pie. I love you girls. Aubrey and Court, you can collect it when you are home IF you beat the stiff odds and win!!!! Ha ha!

Winner to be announced on Sat April 24

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Magnetic chalk board

I bought this UGLY framed picture at a local thrift shop for $15.00--just for the frame, of course.

I used the mat to mark an outline on the sheet metal I purchased at the Home Depot.

I used metal clippers to cut the sheet metal. I think if I do this again, Ill go to the sheet metal shop and beg, plead and pay to have the metal cut by a pro because it was a nasty job. Im not sure my hands have recovered yet.

I painted the frame red and used chalkboard paint on the metal,reassembled the frame and hung it on the deplorably ugly row of cabinets that run across my kitchen. I HATE HATE HATE that row of cabinets, but that is another more expensive project for another more prosperous time. Stop by and leave us a message! Love Love

Monday, April 5, 2010

Lemon Layer Cake

Oh my gosh.....I made this cake once a week for two weeks and you know one complained. I seriously LOVE lemon. I get an itch in the spring to whip up something with a little sweet and sour flavor.

My friend Lenny gave me the cake part of this recipe. She is a master baker. Just ask my family. They wait at the door during the Christmas holiday season in anticipation of her annual delivery of sugar cookies.

1 box lemon cake mix
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup apricot nectar
3/4 cup oil
4 eggs
Mix cake mix, sugar, apricot nectar and oil.
Add eggs one at a time
Grease and flour cake pans
bake at 325 for 20 min.

2 large egg yolks
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tbs unsalted butter slightly softened
pinch salt
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
1/4 cup heavy cream

To make filling: in a medium saucepan, whisk together the yolks and sugar until combined. Whisk in the lemon juice, butter and salt. Cook over med-low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon for 5 to 6 min. Do not let the filling boil, or it will curdle. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a medium bowl. stir in the lemon zest and allow the filling to cool. cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

beat heavy cream til soft peaks form. Remove the lemon filling from the fridge-whisk til smooth. Gently fold the whipped cream into the filling. Cover and refrigerate till ready to assemble the cake.

3/4 cup unsalted butter,softened
3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
2tbs heavy cream
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest

To Make Lemon Frosting: Beat butter on medium speed until creamy, about 30 sec. Beat in the confectioners' sugar on low speed. Add the cream, lemon juice, vanilla, and lemon zest. Increase the speed to med-high, and beat for about 3 min, til the frosting is light and fluffy.

Go on..make it, share it, but by all means....EAT IT!!

Saturday, April 3, 2010