Unless...it's an unexpected phone call from someone I've only "talked" to in forums and on blogs--my good friend from Splitcoast, Darlene Pavlick! She had my number, which I just included with my address months ago, and just felt like calling! It's so wonderful to match the voice with the picture and their wonderful, warm type-written words.
Darlene was my first "follower" on this blog, and a big cheerleader! She's so fun, creative, and friendly, and I enjoyed our conversation immensely! Thanks, Darlene, for making my day even better! Looking forward to our next chat! You can visit Darlene on her lovely blog Dar's Crafty Creations--tell her hello from me!
Well, on to a sweet little Thanksgiving image I used from Crafty Secrets' "Homemade" Images & Journal Notes booklet--I just love these! (I'm sure I've said it a thousand times!) I love this little chef, and this seemed like the right time to use him! I copied some recipes that are found at Recoverd Recipes (I talked about them in my post a couple of days ago), printed them out, and there's the background--easy peasy! I used a cute hounds tooth print from DCWV's "Mod-Retro" stack.
And look at this yummy new glitter I just got from Little Pink Studio--bronze glass glitter--oooooh!
I found this Shakespeare quote online, and it just seemed perfect, so I typed it up in an old-style font on cardstock.
How about a recipe? I've been planning to make this for a week or so now, and finally got the chance last night--Alton Brown's Boston Baked Beans. If you ever watch his show, which is fabulous, his new cookbook--"Good Eats, The Early Years"-- is based on the show and so much fun to read! I changed the recipe up a bit, but here's how he gives it:
Boston Baked Beans--Alton Brown Style!
1 pound bacon, chopped
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 small jalapenos, chopped
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 pound dry Great Northern beans, sorted and rinsed
1 quart vegetable broth
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. kosher salt
Heat the oven to 250 degrees. Place a dutch oven over medium heat and add the bacon, onion, and jalapenos, stirring until the fat has rendered from the bacon and the onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, brown sugar, and molasses.
Add the beans to the dutch oven, along with the broth, and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the cayenne, black pepper and salt.
Give them a stir and cover the pot. Place the pot in the oven and bake for 5 to 7 hours or until the beans are tender.
I chose not to use jalapenos, and used a can of mild green chilis (chopped) instead. Very good. I also found the beans to be a bit on the salty side, so I would cut that down a bit.
These were absolutely delicious and worth the long baking time--a repeater in the Campbell house!
Now, to serve along with these, my sister Becky gave me the perfect recipe:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 cup cornmeal
2 large eggs
1 cup pumpkin puree (canned)
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp. molasses
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 9-inch square or pie pan. Sift flours, baking powder, salt and spices in a large mixing bowl. Whisk in cornmeal. In separate bowl, beat eggs lightly. Whisk in pumpkin, brown sugar, oil and molasses. Make a well in the dry mixture and add pumpkin mixture and blend batter with a few quick strokes--don't over mix! Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes, or until cornbread is browned and the surface has a slightly springy feel.
And what goes better with pumpkin cornbread than some amazing...
Fluffy Honey Butter!
1 stick butter, softened
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup marshmallow fluff
Now, to quote my sister, "and whip it....whip it good!" and serve at room temperature---DELICIOUS!!!One more card for you tonight, then I'm heading off to bead--my eyes are half open right now!
I used the cute red polka dot patterned paper from Crafty Secrets' Radiant paper pack, some Bayou Blue, Close to Cocoa and PTI Vintage Cream. A little lace, gingham ribbon, some delicious velvet ribbon, and a real vintage button from my husband's grandmother's stash.
I'll see you all tomorrow...and as always, thank-you all so much for visiting me and for your very kind words! Sleep tight!