Quick Recipes – Baklava Cups

Baking, Inspiration, One hour, Pastry Making
No, these aren’t actually baklava.  But yes, they are made with (almost) the same ingredients.  The two big differences here is that the pastry sheets have been preformed by a machine somewhere into the cutest little fluted cups, and there is no layering involved.  So it is easy to make a little treat that tastes like baklava without all the hassle of making the million layer delicacy. I really love baklava, and was preparing to make my first batch (ever) from scratch by getting the ingredients from the store when I found these: [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="295"] I love it when I find a cheat while trying to be proper...[/caption] So I thought: “Can I make something taste like baklava while making it super quick?” I took them home and,…
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From Bread to Cake – A Simple Story of Evolution

Baking, Evolution, History
I could go on for quite a long (and boring) time about how baking evolved, because I think it is pretty fascinating.  But, this is supposed to be a “simple” story, so I will keep it to the bones as much as possible.  This is a look at how bread – specifically leavened breads – turned into the wonderfully addicting party favorites we know today.  Links to my research (and some of my favorite sites) are listed at the bottom, if you would like to delve further into cake ancestry. Before we dive in, you need to know that it is more difficult than one might think to classify a “cake” from a “bread,” and it depends upon who or where you ask as to which is which. The best…
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Easy Halloween Treat: Eyeball Cake Pops

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Nothing screams Halloween like something super sweet on a stick.  I immediately thought about making cake pops for an office treat. The traditional cake pop recipe uses icing to keep the crumbled cake together in that little ball.  That just sounds like too many calories for such a small sucker.  Two bites and it is gone, to live forever on your hips.  I scoured the internet for a better cake pop recipe.. and I found it.  Mixing the cake crumbs with peanut butter will give the same sticky effect with a little less calories.  It is still a little high in calorie, but the peanut butter makes up for it with health benefits.  If you want, you could just as easily exchange the peanut butter with other nut butters.  I…
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Making Music with Sibelius 7

Arrangement, Inspiration, Music Writing, Writing music
With my New Year’s resolution now in effect, I cannot spend any money on my crafts, and that includes my music.  Thankfully, Brant purchased me a really wonderful Christmas gift of professional music software.  For those that are interested, I got the Sibelius 7 professional music writing software.  Brant is my number one fan when it comes to music writing, and he wants my music to sound as realistic as it can, as do I.  This is the most amazing software that I have ever used. I have shown you in previous posts how I use the free software, MuseScore.  In fact, you can reread the posts here, here and here.  I still really like this software.  Much of the writing in MuseScore uses the same features as Sibelius, to…
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(Late) New Year’s Resolutions: Crafting with What you Have

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I know it has been quite a long… long time since I have written a blog post.  Well, let’s just say that the title of my blog is no joke.  Jobs change, priorities change, and suddenly it is a new year.  And, as usual, I am already behind.  I finally got around to making my New Year’s resolutions, and there is one in particular I want to post to the public via my blog: I hereby resolve to: not spend any money on crafting supplies during 2013. Oh my goodness, I can’t believe I just read it out loud.  As someone just 13 cats away from hoarder status, that is saying something.  Ask anyone who I have lived with (good luck, that is a short list) and they will tell…
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